Consume Healthy Fats

Now that the fat-fearing era of the 1990s is over, Registered Dietitians recommend cooking with healthier fats, namely avocado oil, and olive oil, as well as enjoying fatty-acid-rich fish, like salmon, tuna, and trout. Replacing refined fats with these healthier sources of fat can help decrease your risk of heart disease and diabetes. When it comes to cooking at home, consider putting avocado oil in your pantry. At Luvo we use avocado oil in our meals because it’s nutrient-dense, has a high smoke point (doesn’t burn easily), and has a pleasantly neutral flavor.

Treat Eating as an Enjoyable Occasion

It may seem a little odd to suggest that simply enjoying your food is a part of healthy living, but we couldn’t agree more. Mediterranean cultures have long regarded the dinner table as a place to gather with family and friends, to talk and laugh, and of course, enjoy eating. In our busy North American lifestyles we often eat on the go—at our desks, and the kitchen counter. It’s easy to forget to take time out of the day to enjoy our food.

Studies from Harvard show multitasking while eating can actually lead to weight gain. Try to take time during at least one meal per day when you sit down, eat mindfully, and engage with family or friends. This can mean enjoying a home-cooked meal with family or simply eating your work lunch in the break room with a friend.

As you can see, there are many reasons why the Mediterranean diet inspires us, and it recently ranked as the best diet out of 35 possible eating approaches because it is so flexible and easy to follow. It’s also been rigorously evaluated for nutritional completeness, ability to produce short-term and long-term weight loss and potential for preventing and managing diabetes and heart disease. 

Our newest meals align with this way of eating by including ingredients like black sesame seeds, buckwheat ramen noodles, crushed chilies, edamame beans, sunflower seed butter, avocado oil, and of course, lots of veggies.

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