A Spanish dietician explains the Mediterranean diet in 6 simple steps.

The "gold standard" for healthy eating is the Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes vegetables, fruit, whole grains, olive oil, fish, legumes, wine, and dairy in moderation.

Santaliestra recommends balancing protein from meat, fish, eggs, and legumes like beans, lentils, and chickpeas.

The Mediterranean diet includes olive oil, which Santaliestra noted is often mixed with vegetables for taste and health.Healthy fats like olive oil can help the body absorb nutrients from salad leaves, according to Insider.

The Mediterranean diet relies on vegetables for fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They should be eaten more, says Santaliestra.

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If you can, Santaliestra recommends cooking from scratch for at least one meal of the day. By doing so, you're likely to increase your consumption of unprocessed, fresh, whole foods. 

Santaliestra advises a handful of nuts mid-morning or mid-afternoon. Whatever nuts you pick, choose plain or roasted ones without salt or coatings.

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