A Mediterranean diet is made up of simple, nutrient-dense whole foods that come from the land and sea. Seasonal fruits and vegetables make up a majority of the plate, olive oil, protein-rich legumes, fish, unprocessed meats, and ancient grains are also big staples.
The Wild Mediterranean diet draws on the tried-and-true features of a Mediterranean diet but offers a plan to more fully restore microbiome harmony with a program for "rewilding" the gut. A Mediterranean diet is made up of simple, nutrient-dense whole foods that come from the land and sea. Seasonal fruits and vegetables make up a majority of the plate, olive oil, protein-rich legumes, fish, unprocessed meats, and ancient grains are also big staples. Drawing on pre- and probiotic-rich food traditions, the Wild Mediterranean program provides much-needed deep cleaning for your gut. You give your body a rest from immunogenic foods—those foods that could be giving your immune system a hard time (think anything processed)—while simultaneously flooding your system with tons of Mediterranean-diet-specific plants, plus some lean proteins and healthy fats. A Wild Mediterranean blends plant fibers, phytonutrients, unprocessed fats and meats, minerals from the sea, with a strong emphasis on lifestyle factors that embrace movement and social interaction.
All of the foods on this diet help fight off inflammation in your gut not only by themselves but in tandem with other foods as well. For example, dietary fats like olive oil and omega-3s (found in nuts, fish, eggs) help protect the gut when combined with plant fibers, absorbing nutrients more efficiently and in turn promote a robust immune system. Intuitively, when we think about "healthy food" the majority of us think about isolated food items. New research has shown that instead of singling out food, if we consider our diet pattern as a whole we notice some remarkable results.
Returning to the rituals of simpler times armed with the knowledge of now is a potent combination for our wellness of body, mind, and spirit. Your gut is home to more bacteria than any other part of your body, but did you know that it isn’t the only part of your body that is affected by bacteria? Your entire life you have been surrounded by differing bacterial environments and we are just beginning to identify the profound ways in which not only our food but also our surrounding environment can affect us both physically and even mentally.