The Mediterranean Diet

Mediterranean Diet- Why It Is So Good For You

If you are a patient in our clinic it is likely it has been recommended to you to follow a Mediterranean Diet.

If this evokes thoughts of a glass of Rose, a bowl of Olives and a view of the Med, you are not a million miles away, but this thought is perhaps the exception rather than the rule.

We know how hard it can be to stick to a diet and we understand that life is a balance, just like your hormones. However, even small changes in diet can have a huge impact on hormones and well being

Does ‘the Mediterranean diet’ just mean Italian food?

When we talk about a Mediterranean diet, we are referring to a style of eating followed by people from parts of countries such as Italy but also Spain, France and Greece.

Do you have to be in the Mediterranean to eat the diet?

A typical Mediterranean diet has common elements such as lots of vegetables, fruits, beans, cereals and cereal products, for example wholegrain bread, pasta and brown rice.

It also contains moderate amounts of fish, white meat and some low-fat dairy produce and, in some cases, nuts, as well as smaller amounts of red meat and sweet desserts

So while, sadly, we can’t all be transported to the Mediterranean, we can all have a taste of it at home, and help look after our hearts.

Can the Mediterranean diet help you live longer?

Research into this style of eating has shown a reduced risk of developing problems such as type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol, which are all risk factors for heart disease. Researchers have also found that people who closely follow a Mediterranean diet are more likely to live a longer life and are less likely to become obese.

Does the Mediterranean diet include wine?

Wine may feature in the Mediterranean diet, but only in moderation.

  • Eat MORE (every day) leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts, and legumes.
  • Eat MODERATELY (weekly) lean proteins from fish, some poultry, and eggs.
  • Eat LESS (infrequently) Red Meats and Sweets (sweets are often eliminated if you’re following a stricter Mediterranean diet.
  • Use Extra Virgin Olive Oil regularly.
  • Avoid processed foods, too much sugar, and any products with a list of ingredients you don’t understand !

If you think you may suffer from a hormone imbalance and would like a diagnosis by an expert, we can help you in our clinic so please don’t hesitate to contact us at The Hormone Clinic or Book an Appointment

We really can get you back to feeling yourself again.