In the early 1960s, the Greek people living on the islands, specifically Crete, and people living in southern Italy we’re noticeably living longer and had less chronic issues than most of the world. This phenomena intrigued scientists, so they decided to look into it. What they discovered was that the two countries (and later a good portion of fellow Mediterranean countries) shared a similar lifestyle of exercise, in the form of walking, and food consumption – fresh and healthy.

Over time they constructed a food pyramid,
and today we have the following thanks to Oldways

The above pyramid is not a diet, it’s not limited to number of days, or any other typical diet schedule, it is a lifestyle.
The Mediterranean eating lifestyle includes a good amount of fruits, vegetables, breads, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. And NOTHING processed.
Now with respect to what types of fruits and vegetables to get, just stick to what’s in season.
The big part of the Mediterranean diet is lots of olive oil. This is where people following the Mediterranean lifestyle get most of their fats – from a healthy source. So, feel free to put olive oil on everything – in moderation of course. Focus on getting your fats, which you’re body does need, from healthy sources.
Fish is also an important factor in the Mediterranean lifestyle. It’s best to find what you like and start there. Whether it’s salmon or halibut – discover what works best. Start eating fish a few times a week, and when you’re feeling adventurous – try some octopus, we do amazing ‘under the bell’ Croatian style octopus in Platform 61!

How about our favourite part - wine?

Drinking wine on a Mediterranean diet is done daily in moderate consumption and could certainly be left out for various health reasons.
The standard measurement of wine consumption is the following: 2 glasses for males per day, 1 glass for females per day.
And don’t forget about water – drink it as much as you can per day. I think the standard 8 cups a day theory is perfect.
Now that we have broken down this pyramid, you can see that it’s heavy in: fresh products, breads, grains, nuts, olive oil, and fish and low in red meats and sweets. Pescetarians would probably find this a bit easier than others – but if you’re after a healthy lifestyle and would like to see the true benefits of the “Mediterranean Diet,” this is what needs to be done.

So what are all these “benefits” of the Mediterranean diet?

The New England Journal of Medicine published a report in 2013 that was the result of a research team that followed two groups of people : one group was following the Mediterranean diet and another group following the ever popular, “low-fat diet.”
What they found was that people following a Mediterranean plan had 30% less cardiovascular issues vs those who were on the low-fat diet. The findings were so clear that they ended the study after only 5 years!The research team concluded: “Among persons at high cardiovascular risk, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts reduced the incidence of major cardiovascular events”We at Platform 61 love our Mediterranean diet and if you decide to follow this too and take advantage of some great health benefits, come along and as us to recommend some fantastic dishes to you.