How the Mediterranean Diet can change your plate
Switching your diet up can be a big change for what’s on your menu. Many people fail a diet not because they have no will power, but because the diet starves them of familiar foods, or even macronutrients like carbs or fat.
One of the reasons why the Mediterranean diet is so successful is that it can largely be adapted to any food you want to eat. There are recipes out there for Mediterranean adapted Chinese food, Mexican, Italian and more.
How to Adapt Your Plate
If you prefer foods from a totally different part of the world, adapting your plate may be the best course of action for you. In that case it’s best to take a look at what foods the diet encourages, and in what amounts, to help you adapt recipes.
If the recipe you want to adapt is spaghetti for example, it would mean swapping to whole grain noodles, limiting or removing the red meat, and pairing that spaghetti with a delicious salad. Even if you don’t picture Spaghetti when you think of Mediterranean food, it can still be part of your diet.
To help you plan your dishes, remember that fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains should make up the most of your food. Fish and poultry can be eaten sparingly. Red meat should be avoided.
Use these general guides to help you figure out where you can swap in whole grains, vegetables and more to help you keep to these general guidelines.
Start out with an open mind
The Mediterranean diet works because of its high adaptability. You don’t have to change yourself very much to adapt to this diet. Instead of putting you on a strict diet of only a few ingredients, you focus on increasing the number of vegetables, fruit and whole grains while limiting the amount of red meat and processed foods.
It’s possible to follow this diet without ever trying an authentic Mediterranean dish at all—but you’d be missing out.
One other reason why it is so easy to stay on a Mediterranean diet is how delicious the food is. If you don’t like trying new foods or are worried they will taste bad, you’re in luck. Mediterranean foods are some of the most delicious out there.
Before you strictly stick to adapting your own familiar foods to Mediterranean style eating, try giving authentic dishes a try. You may be surprised at how much you enjoy them.
We invite you to give Mediterranean food a try here at Aladdins. We serve fresh, authentic Mediterranean food in a variety of different dishes. Try a little of each and see if you can find a new and delicious meal you enjoy.
The Mediterranean diet has many benefits to it. It can help improve your brain and heart health, help you lose weight, and help you live a longer and healthier life. It’s also very easy to adapt to your current way of eating. The next time you’re in the area, giv