What is Mediterranean Lifestyle

A healthy way of living, focused on:

  • a plant-based diet, but one where all foods are allowed (and encouraged) ,
  • physical activity in the context of daily family and community life; biking, or running as transportation; leisure time physical activity (e.g., dancing); occupational or household chores; play; games and activities,
  • a sleep pattern that allows for adequate rest – including a short mid-day siesta as needed,
  • social participation – social ties – conviviality – stress control,
  • living in synch – promoting a way of life (diet, transportation, etc.) with low environmental impact.

The special features that distinguish the Mediterranean Lifestyle from other healthy lifestyles are mainly the predominance of olive oil as the main culinary fat, conviviality, high social interaction and the pattern of sleep.