Next month is my second favorite month of the entire year (October for some inexplicable reason has always held the top spot in my heart.) I love May! For one, May is Mediterranean Diet Month. It’s also the month our attention turns to mothers and motherhood. And if you didn't know, I'm kinda obsessed with maternal health and women's health in general. Mother's Day serves as a reminder of the amazingly complex ways a mother’s body shaped her child before, during, and after her pregnancy.
At first glance, a connection between the Mediterranean lifestyle and maternal health isn’t readily apparent. But if we look at the research, we’ll find the former has the potential to positively affect the latter.
Before we dig into the impact the Mediterranean lifestyle has on fertility and maternal health, let’s define the Mediterranean lifestyle.
What is the Mediterranean Lifestyle?
The Mediterranean lifestyle includes the delicious and healthy eating pattern, a focus on fun functional movement, and the social habits of the traditional Mediterranean way of life. There’s plenty of research which details health benefit after health benefit related to following the Mediterranean lifestyle.
The healthy eating pattern is all about eating:
- plant based meals full of fruit, vegetables, beans, peas, lentils, herbs, and spices.
- ample amounts of healthy fats from olive oil, seafood, nuts, and seeds.
- limiting red meat and refined sweets
The other equally important parts of the lifestyle include:
- weaving enjoyable movement throughout our days
- spending time with people we like and love
- participating in activities that light us up
It’s pretty clear why the Mediterranean lifestyle is associated with improved health. And good health is one of the cornerstones of optimal fertility. Read More