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Ditch Dieting in 2024 – Embrace the Mediterranean Lifestyle Instead

Over in the sunny Mediterranean, meals are more than just eating; they’re about spending quality time with loved ones. It’s the joy of being together, sharing stories, and laughing that really makes these moments special.

Experts believe this way of life is what makes the Mediterranean diet stand out. Including daily walks and a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, while cutting down on red meat and sweets, has made this diet number one for six years in a row.

Still skeptical? Research shows this diet helps prevent many health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes, and deep sadness.

Let’s rethink dieting next year and instead enjoy food as an essential part of living well. CNN’s “Eat, But Better: Mediterranean Style” newsletter is all about this enjoyable and healthy way of eating.

To get started on this healthier eating path, here are five beginner tips from the newsletter:

Start with Whole Grains

Switching to whole wheat bread and pasta, and choosing brown or wild rice over white rice, is an easy first step into the Mediterranean diet.

Also, try “ancient grains” such as quinoa, amaranth, millet, farro, spelt, Kamut (believed to be from an Egyptian tomb), and teff (originating from Ethiopia). Each has a unique flavor and feel, so try one new type each month to find your favorites.

Click here for the rest of the nutrition tips.


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