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Mediterranean Diet - what is it and why is it good for you?

There is always a lot of talk around dieting and whether we should or shouldn’t do it, especially in January with everyone trying to kick their year off on the right foot. There are many diets out there but a lot of them just aren’t sustainable.

This year the world has finally seen sense - the diet of this year is not telling you ‘no more carbs’ or ‘only eat protein’ or ‘stop eating vegetables’ -  it’s something much more achievable for your average Joe. The diet of 2019 is the Mediterranean Diet; it’s not even a fasting diet but more a positive change on your daily eating habits that will help you lose weight as well as live a longer happier life.

The Food

The Mediterranean diet is inspired by the countries bordering the sea and does vary slightly in definition but in general, contains the following foods:

  • All fruits and vegetables.

  • Whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, couscous, oats, whole grain pasta and bread, etc.).

  • Nuts and seeds.

  • Tubers (white and sweet potatoes, beets, etc.).

  • Healthy fats (avocados, olives, etc.).

  • Beans and legumes.

  • Seafood and fatty fish (salmon, shrimp, sardines, herring, etc.).

  • High-quality olive oil.

Now, despite the damage it’s doing to our environment it’s actually incredibly easy to get your hands on everything listed above that wouldn’t naturally be grown in the UK. And the best thing about it is that a lot of the meals you can create with these ingredients are absolutely delicious. There are tonnes of recipes online to inspire you, we may even share some with you over the coming weeks. Or if you’re feeling lazy, our Beetroot & Sweet Potato Salad is a great way to kick things off.

The Health Benefits

This diet is actually prescribed by doctors. It is often promoted to decrease the risk of heart disease, depression, and dementia.

A study at Harvard showed that “The Mediterranean diet is effective in reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases and overall mortality. A study of nearly 26,000 women found that those who followed this type of diet had 25% less risk of developing cardiovascular disease over the course of 12 years.” The study also showed that you were 30% less likely to have a stroke and you also age more gracefully.

It doesn’t end there either, in a separate study by Martha Clare Morris, PhD it showed that if you followed the Mediterranean diet (or MIND diet as she calls it) it lowered the risk of Alzheimer's by as much as 53% in participants who adhered to the diet rigorously.



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