We’ve all been down that road—you make a New Year’s resolution to eat better, get in shape, or lose a few pounds. By the time the ice and snow has melted, your resolve has gone along with it.

It may not be your motivation that’s lacking. In fact, many dieters set themselves up for failure by creating strict, difficult, and costly plans. This year, consider the Mediterranean diet instead: flexible, delicious, and world renowned for its health benefits, it’s a New Year’s diet that’s actually enjoyable.

A Hearty, Healthy Lifestyle
 
More and more, scientific research supports the idea that a Mediterranean diet is one of the best ways to improve cardiovascular health, reduce the risk of developing heart disease and certain cancers, and support a long and healthy life. This is largely because the Mediterranean diet is built around plant-based foods, including fruits and vegetables, nuts and legumes, and whole grains.

At Nanoosh, we mix and match these hearty food groups to create new authentic Mediterranean dishes that are both organic and healthy. Swing by and try out our power food plates, packed with organic whole grains, all natural proteins, and fresh vegetables.

There’s still a lot of confusion in the world of nutrition—and advice that can be contradictory at times—but these specific foods are among the few nutritional choices we know for certain to be healthy. The Mediterranean lifestyle also incorporates regular exercise and social meals, both of which have a proven positive effect on overall health, including mental health.

Reaching Weight Loss Goals

 
Many dieters have achieved success by adhering to a Mediterranean diet, and there are two key reasons that likely support this. First, the diet is flexible—there are no extremely strict rules that cut out whole food groups (e.g. carbs or meats). Instead, the diet depends on loose guidelines, such as eating mostly plant-based foods and consuming red meat only in moderation.

Second, Mediterranean food welcomes all kinds of delicious meals that other diets might forbid. Many of these contain olive oil, salt, and other flavor enhancers that are acceptable in moderation. Keep in mind that some elements of the Mediterranean diet, such as nuts and oils, may be high in calories and fat (but healthy ones at that!), so weight watchers should always consider portion sizes when planning meals.

Savoring Every Bite
 
Last but certainly not least, the Mediterranean diet has enjoyed enduring popularity because, unlike most strict or fad diets, it allows for the appreciation and enjoyment of meals—along with the good life that good food and company entails. At Nanoosh, we savor the experience of dining as much as the food on our plates.

Go ahead and have a glass of wine with dinner, or a light dessert after your meal. The Mediterranean diet doesn’t just make room for occasional indulgences—they’re actually a core component of its lifestyle, and in certain cases may even enhance the diet’s health benefits.

Start 2016 with a resolution you can stick to—and actually enjoy!