May is Mediterranean Diet month, which is a LOT more exciting than you might expect. In case you haven’t heard of it yet, the Mediterranean Diet is one of the healthiest ways of eating on the planet. It’s not a gimmick that involves eating like a cavewoman or denying your love of cheese. Instead, it’s all about eating like some of the healthiest people on the planet: the Spanish. (Well, and the Greeks, Italians, and French as well).
Here’s the deal: The Mediterranean Diet is ranked the #1 Best Diet Overall by U.S. News & World Report (as well as #14 if you’re looking to lose weight and #1 diet for healthy eating). According to Healthline, the Mediterranean Diet has also been shown to prevent heart attacks, strokes, type 2 diabetes, and premature death. And if that’s not enough to convince you, then you should know that it is also QUITE delicious and honestly not that difficult to follow. Curious? Here are 10 tips and tricks for eating like a Spaniard on the Mediterranean Diet.
1. Try salmon instead of your usual red meat.
One of the main tenets of a Mediterranean Diet is having more fish and less meat. While it’s okay to have poultry once or so a week, you’ll want to cut down on your consumption of red meat. Ideally, you’ll only be having red meat a few times a month and instead switching to having fish a few times a week. But if you’re pregnant, you definitely want to be cautious of your fish intake due to mercury levels that can affect fetus development.