In 1993, Oldways created the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid – in partnership with the Harvard School of Public Health and the WHO – as a healthier alternative to the USDA’s original food pyramid. Today, the Mediterranean Diet is more popular than ever, with new research every month documenting its beneﬁts.
Starting at the base of the pyramid, you’ll ﬁnd an emphasis on activity and social connections. Moving upward, you’ll see the core foods that you’ll shop for and enjoy every day: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, herbs, spices, nuts and healthy fats such as olive oil. Fish and seafood are typically eaten at least twice a week, and dairy foods – especially fermented dairy like yogurt and traditional cheese – are eaten frequently in moderate portions. Eggs and occasional poultry are also part of the Mediterranean Diet, but red meat and sweets are rarely eaten. Water, and wine (for those who drink) are typical beverages.
If you’re eager to get started, the simplest way is to download our 4-Week Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan! This includes 28 days of breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes to jumpstart your Mediterranean lifestyle.
Available either as a downloadable PDF (at the PDF link above) or as a pre-printed hard copy.
To purchase hard copies of the pyramid card (printed on letter-size 8.5”x11” cardstock), please visit our Oldways store at the link below.