As I was walking around Spain this summer, it made me think about the fad that had once been the Mediterranean Diet (now replaced by Keto, but who knows what tomorrow will bring?) The Mediterranean diet focuses on good fats (think olive oil!), whole grains and is mostly plant-based. One of the leading research studies that thrust the Mediterranean diet into the media several years ago has recently been retracted (something rarely done) by a major medical journal , but overall the conclusions remain the same. The Mediterranean diet lifestyle is heart healthy.
In Spain, I put my FitBit to good use and ate a lot more than I typically would. I didn't gain a single pound. The food was fresh, flavorful and mostly consisted of whole foods (nothing artificial or processed), so whether we label it as the chic Mediterranean diet or not, this lifestyle approach to eating is something to which I would be more than happy to prescribe (including the obligatory glass of wine). And did you ever notice the skin of elderly Greek, Spanish and Italian people looks more full and plump rather than saggy and hollow? Thank you good fats.
The next summer stop is Greece and in anticipation of the trip, we scoped out grilled fish at The Greek Kitchen in New York City.