As I'm approaching 40, my body is not the same. It's been a little frustrating to watch my once sky high metabolism slow down and to watch the scale climb despite eating like I always have, but I've discovered a lifestyle diet that is actually working for me and I thought's I'd share it with you. 

I've been doing the Mediterranean diet, which really isn't a "diet" at all. Essentially you eat like they do in the Mediterranean. This means eating lots of fruits and veggies, eating fish twice a week, and avoiding red meat, carbs, and refined sugar. This doesn't mean you can't have any of these things, it just means you need to make fruits, veggies, and lean meats the priority with every meal.

I'll be honest, I haven't lost any weight yet, but I feel so much better. I have more energy and I don't feel bloated all the time.

Here's some tips to get you started if you're interested.

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables. Aim for 7 to 10 servings a day of fruit and vegetables.
  • Opt for whole grains. Switch to whole-grain bread, cereal and pasta. Experiment with other whole grains, such as bulgur and farro.
  • Use healthy fats. Try olive oil as a replacement for butter when cooking. Instead of putting butter or margarine on bread, try dipping it in flavored olive oil.
  • Eat more seafood. Eat fish twice a week. Fresh or water-packed tuna, salmon, trout, mackerel and herring are healthy choices. Grilled fish tastes good and requires little cleanup. Avoid deep-fried fish.
  • Reduce red meat. Substitute fish, poultry or beans for meat. If you eat meat, make sure it's lean and keep portions small.
  • Enjoy some dairy. Eat low-fat Greek or plain yogurt and small amounts of a variety of cheeses.
  • Spice it up. Herbs and spices boost flavor and lessen the need for salt.
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