Regarded by many as one of the healthiest diets in the world, the mediterranean cuisine is largely based on eating lots of fruit and veg, eating and cooking with healthy plant-based fats, eating less white carbs and replacing these with whole grains and cereals, and opting for fish instead of meat. Finished off with plenty of herbs and spices, every meal is packed full of lots of plant-based nutritional goodness.
When researching this cuisine, I found the main issue for us IBS sufferers was their love for beans and high fibre grains. Also, high levels of even plant-based fats can cause indigestion. for some people. But luckily, two of the mediterranean’s most iconic foods (and also two of the best foods in my opinion) are fine to eat: olives and feta – yum! And not to forget their love for wine which I am very happy to drink plenty of.
So wack these together, throw in a load of vegetables, some grainy goodness from brown rice or quinoa, maybe grill up some salmon or other seafood, top it off with a mix of herbs and spices, and there you go – a super healthy and IBS friendly mediterranean dish.
Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to try out some IBS-adapted mediterranean recipes, discuss and research further why people are giving this diet such flourishing health reviews, and monitor how, overall, it makes me feel.
I also hope to be able to spell (without looking it up every time) the word mediterranean by the end of it…