Switch to the Mediterranean Diet
The Mediterranean diet. This ever-popular eating plan and lifestyle, which is derived from the regimes followed by the those who lived around the Mediterranean Basin (such as Italy, Spain, and Greece) about 60 years ago, focuses on foods that are mostly plant-based (i.e. fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds) along with healthy oils and smaller servings of fish, dairy, and lean meats. After all, the citizens who reside in this part of the world have lower rates of cardiovascular disease — the number one cause of death in men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — as well as longer life spans.