Ask the Anytime Gal: Is the Mediterranean diet good?

Question: I keep hearing about the Mediterranean diet. Good, bad, or indifferent?

Answer: The Mediterranean diet is actually more of a lifestyle, and does incorporate many healthy foods and behaviors. For many years, it has consisted of high levels of activity, low stress, and a highly-moderated earthy and nutritious diet. Living in the United States, we don’t often see the high activity and low stress combination very abundantly. But no matter where we are in the world or what our situation is, following a Mediterranean meal plan is never a bad idea. Their diet is centered on small portions and an abundance of plant sources: fruits, vegetables, potatoes, breads and grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. They strive to stay away from any processed foods and their main source of fat comes from olive oil. They promote fish a couple times a week and red meats a couple times a month. Fruit is the main option on their dessert platter. Their fitness guidelines are pretty broad, but they do recommend an amount of physical activity that promotes a healthy weight and well-being. In the end, the Mediterranean diet is thought to be one of the healthiest diets out there.

About the author: Andrea Ivins is the club manager and Zumba Instructor at Anytime Fitness in Palestine, TX. To submit a question for future articles, please contact the author at or

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