With all of the diets out there, selecting a meal plan can be more difficult than actually sticking to one. Between Weight Watchers, Paleo, Atkins, Whole30, and the like, it's hard to determine which one is the healthiest, safest, and most sustainable. Fortunately, we can look to the team over at Harvard Health Publications for some much-needed clarity.
"We often write in these pages that the Mediterranean diet is good for your heart and brain," reads the report. "Now it appears that the Mediterranean diet may also help protect your telomeres … [which] sit at the ends of your chromosomes and help protect the ends from fraying. Telomere length is considered to be a biomarker of aging: shorter telomeres are associated with a lower life expectancy and higher rates of developing chronic diseases."
In other words, the Mediterranean diet is the golden standard of health when it comes to aging, heart health, longevity, weight management, and more. Studies have even shown that those who stick to the Mediterranean diet retain more brainpower as they age.
Best of all, it's a balanced and realistic diet that celebrities like Jennifer Garner, Heidi Klum, and Elizabeth Hurley have vouched for. It's rich in fruits and vegetables, carbohydrates in the form of whole grains, healthy fats like olive oil and canola oil (we love Gaea Fresh's Extra Virgin Olive Oil), protein from fish and chicken, healthy cheeses like feta, and, of course, red wine for antioxidants.
Pick up a copy of The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook for recipe ideas, and share your review of the meal plan below!