Studies show the Mediterranean diet is many things: a depression fighter, life extender, heart helper. One surprising thing it’s not? An actual diet.
The Mediterranean diet is a way of eating, like being a vegetarian is a way of eating. Unlike being a vegetarian, however, there are no hard and fast rules. You can, technically, follow a Mediterranean diet and still have an occasional (ok, infrequent) slice of cake.
When I moved down to Birmingham, Alabama for my internship this past January my biggest fear wasn’t that I was moving 1,200 miles away from my family and friends, or that I was going to have to start paying rent and doing my own laundry again. No, my biggest fear was over what I was going to eat.