The Mediterranean diet is something you’ve likely heard of but probably haven’t tried. I believe that the Mediterranean diet is the most ideal style of eating for global advocation as we move into the future.
Here’s my case for the Mediterranean lifestyle.
This video is based on what I call the “three pillars of the Mediterranean diet” (as outlined below):
1. Ethics, morality and agricultural degradation
2. Health and longevity
3. Social and logistical experiences
1. Ethics, morality and agriculture
Clearly, the agricultural industry and anything involving meat and animal production are not good for the sustainability of the environment.
Although I’m not a vegetarian, I’m close to it and I think this is likely as good as it will get for a large majority of the world.
Vegetarians and more specifically vegans do have the ethical and moral high-ground in terms of environmental degradation because they eat much more sustainable and green-friendly diets.
However, in saying, that I don’t think that you must be a strict vegan to be an ethical and moral person. The morality of animal suffering is subjective to the individual.
This is why the Mediterranean diet (which reduces almost all red meat) and minimises overall dairy, poultry (to a somewhat moderate quantity), is a great move for general advocation to the majority of people disinterested in a health-centric lifestyle.
2. Health and longevity
The Mediterranean diet has long been symbolic of good health. We see this with the Italian-Sardinian people or the Greeks living the island of Icaria.
These people live to extremely old ages. Many researchers believe that this comes down to their diet (as well as other genetic and lifestyle factors).
The generous amount of olive oil and seafood coupled with the foundation of plant-based food sources and the culture and social nature of these people creates an ideal scenario for longevity.
We know that Mediterranean diets help those who are diabetic, obese, also with overall athletic performance and even with the reduction of the chance of cognitive decline (Alzheimer’s, dementia). We also see noticeable improvements and the reduction of the chances of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, stroke and overall quality and length of life.
3. Social and logistical
This is less important, but shouldn’t be overlooked. Because the Mediterranean diet includes such a wide variety of foods (including red wine) it means that one can be somewhat flexible in their diet and this still enjoy the logistical and social perks in their cities and stores and social circles.
This means it’s easier to follow for longer and this equals greater sustainability; sustainability being synonymous with consistency and we know consistency is one of, if not the most important factor for the maintenance of optimal health.
I think that coupled with intermittent fasting [or without] this diet will allow people to be healthy and improve their overall quality of life drastically if it is adhered to appropriately and for an extensive length of time.