Diets 101: Mediterranean v Sonoma Diets

Mediterranean Diet

Considered to be one of the best diet plans ever, the Mediterranean Diet is inspired by the lifestyle of southern Europe, which is believed to promote a healthy life with a reduced risk of disease.  A diet that became popular in the ’90s, it has since been shown (through an ongoing pile of evidence) that eating plenty of plant foods and healthy fats is beneficial to your health, and that the Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and some types of cancer.

The theory behind the Mediterranean Diet is less about weight loss and more about living an enjoyable and active life with a healthy, pleasurable diet based predominantly on reasonably portioned sized plant foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts herbs and spices.  Moderate consumption of diary, fish and poultry is allowed, while foods that need to be limited include those that are high in saturated fats like red and processed meats, eggs and butter.