If you’ve kept an eye on dietary news, you’ve probably already heard that the Mediterranean diet is receiving a lot of attention due to its health benefits and weight loss options. But what is really so great about this diet and where can you find Mediterranean diet foods in Belvidere? The Belvidere Diner serves a wide variety of food, including some that work with a Mediterranean diet! Read on to find out more.

What is the Mediterranean Diet?
The Mediterranean Diet is based on the traditional foods eaten in the Mediterranean, such as Greece or Italy. It focuses on mostly plant-based foods with little processing, and healthy fats. Fish and whole grains are promoted in this diet, as well as occasional red wine. Spices and herbs replace salt for flavor with health.

Does it Really Work?
The Mediterranean Diet first gained attention because of its association with lower rates of heart disease and reduced rates of LDL or low-density lipoprotein cholesterol—the “bad” kind that collects in your arteries. People who follow a Mediterranean diet often show lower risks of heart disease as well as longer life spans in general. It has even been associated with decreased rates of cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and possibly breast cancer! Unlike traditional “diets,” this is really a method of changing your relationship with food and getting healthy things in, not depriving oneself.

How can I eat more like this diet?
To start eating Mediterranean, start by seeking fruits and vegetables. At the Belvidere, our Mediterranean salad is a great start, pairing feta cheese with arugula, red onion, tomato, cucumber, olives, and olive oil for a heart-healthy starter. For a healthy breakfast, try our Mediterranean Wrap, stuffed with three eggs, feta cheese, onions, and peppers. Fish is a great Mediterranean choice, especially fatty fish like salmon.

You should always consult with your doctor before starting a new diet plan, but some elements of the Mediterranean diet are a no-brainer. Enjoy healthy, natural foods at home and at your favorite diner in Belvidere for the best health!