No doubt, 2021 is going to get better! For many, the covid pandemic of 2020 created stress, which led to overeating, less activity and weight gain. With the vaccine now available, there is hope that life will get back to a new normal. Healthy eating and exercise should be part of the calls to action for our hopes and dreams of 2021. The good news is that the Mediterranean diet is still rated the best overall diet according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking.

According to my award winning book, Beyond The Mediterranean Diet: European Secrets Of The Super-Healthy, based on the principles of the Mediterranean diet, the Dash diet and a plant-based diet, is the gold standard! This combination focuses on legumes, nuts, seafood, whole grains, vegetables, fruits and low fat dairy. Freshly-pressed extra-virgin olive oil replaces butter and animal protein is more of a condiment than a focus. Fresh herbs and spices replace salt. Alcohol is on occasion. This type of eating is correlated with a decreased risk of disease and a lower body weight. Most importantly it’s enjoyable and easy to follow!

A recent study published in the British Medical Journal Gut, found that following the principles of the Mediterranean diet can have a positive effect on gut bacteria in just one year. Check out my book, it’s available on Amazon.

Remember that diet is a way of eating that should be individualized based on needs and preferences taking into account age, health, genetics and activity level. A registered dietitian has the expertise to create a unique plan that addresses a person’s individual needs. No-one should ever feel deprived or unhappy about the way they eat since food is an enjoyment. Behavior modification can help those with poor eating habits get back on track.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and delicious 2021!