If now, after five years of it topping the charts, you're thinking it's time to give this diet a whirl—we're here to help. It's one of the diets we love most because of its gentle holistic approach—and also because of all the delicious recipes that fit into its parameters (our favorites are here).
To start, there are some pantry essentials that you should have on hand to get going. According to Suzy Karadsheh, founder and chef at The Mediterranean Dish and an expert in Mediterranean eating, there are four crucial categories of ingredients to grab: extra-virgin olive oil, shelf-stable vegetarian building blocks, frozen seafood, and a variety of spices and herbs (for a more detailed breakdown of her recommendations, head here).
As the diet's popularity has continued to boom, cookbooks have hit shelves focusing on adopting this eating style. We asked dietitians and nutritionists for their favorite titles, and there's plenty to choose from—you can find those here.
The truth is, whether it's totally new to you or you're just newly considering it, the Mediterranean diet is an easy-to-adopt and super-nutritious plan for supporting overall health—feel free to adapt it to fit your lifestyle and preferences, too.