International Mediterranean Diet Month

Happy International Mediterranean Diet Month! Many festivities are happening on social media and around the world — stay updated here and find out details about our #MedDietMonth Twitter party May 19 here. To celebrate International Mediterranean Diet Month this year, Oldways created the How Mediterranean is Your Diet? quiz. See how the foods you normally eat stack up against the gold-standard Med Diet, and what delicious staples of the Med you’re missing. Take the quiz here.

Quiz takers receive a free 7-Day Spring Mediterranean Menu, and are entered to win a $150 gift card, a Mediterranean food bundle — including Mediterra bars, Bella Sun Luci sun dried tomatoes, Divina Extra Virgin Olive Oil and an olive oil decanter from FOODMatch, and walnuts from the California Walnut Board, — and a copy of the Oldways 4-Week Mediterranean Diet Menu Plan Book.

No matter your score, Oldways has gathered its favorite resources and tools to help you discover and enjoy this celebrated lifestyle.

Mediterranean Diet Inspiration:

  1. Take a 28-day Mediterranean Journey. The Oldways 4-Week Mediterranean Diet Menu Plan Book leads you through the delicious and satisfying tastes of the Mediterranean Diet. Featuring a variety of foods that are naturally healthy and low in calories, the Med Diet proves you can enjoy “good taste” and “good for you” at the same time.
  2. Read up on the Science. Hundreds of scientific studies show that people who closely follow a Mediterranean Diet get many health benefits, while enjoying wonderfully delicious foods. These benefits include everything from better heart and bone health and reduced risk of strokes and diabetes, to longer lifespan. We’ve got the resources to prove it.
  3. Save Money. Not only is the Mediterranean Diet healthy and bursting with regional flavors, but it’s extremely affordable. A 2015 study found that switching from an eating plan based on USDA MyPlate guidelines to a plant-based diet with olive oil can save you nearly $750 per year.  In fact, for $2 you can prepare a variety of filling and nutritious Mediterranean meals, and the options are endless. Our recipe collection speaks for itself.

  4. Travel to Thessaloniki, Greece. Oldways is headed to Thessaloniki, Greece in November 2016 for an eight day cultural and culinary tour. What better way to explore this magnificent region of the Mediterranean than accompanied by James Beard award-winning chef Ana Sortun (of Oleana, Sarma, Sofra) and museum curator Ronni Baer? Oldways Culinarias sell out; reserve now.

We're releasing exclusive Med Diet Month blogs each week during May, where we highlight some of our favorite Med Diet cookbooks and interview some surprise guests about this celebrated way of eating and living. Our exclusive Med Diet Month blog series starts May 2 on the Oldways Table Blog.

Join the Mediterranean Diet conversation on social media by using the hashtag #MedDietMonth. Follow @OldwaysPT on Twitter to join our #MedDietMonth Twitter party on May 19 at 1 pm ET, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook for Med Diet recipes, food photos, and more Mediterranean fun all month long.

For press release, Med Month graphics, and social media sheet, click here. Contact Ashley Owen, PR & Media Manager, for more info (ashley@oldwayspt.org or 617 896 4888).

We hope you enjoy the Mediterranean Diet 12 months of the year, but each May we shine an extra spotlight on the fabulous flavors and accessible, affordable foods that make up this remarkable way of eating. Created in 2009 by Oldways and the Mediterranean Foods Alliance, Med Diet Month celebrates the delicious foods and wide-ranging health benefits associated with the Mediterranean Diet. Via media, supermarkets, health professionals, and social networking, we hope you’ll be part of our Mediterranean Diet Month celebrations in 2016!

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