For many, Santorini and the Mediterranean are symbolic of a happy and healthy life.

We’re not just imagining it; the Mediterranean is the only region in the world containing two blue zones–areas of the world where people live measurably longer lives.

It comes as no surprise that many have found happiness through adopting a Mediterranean-inspired lifestyle and diet.

It is a diet that is inherently connected to the philosophy of clean eating: avoiding products with processed and potentially harmful ingredients in favour of safer and more nourishing ones.

Unlike ‘fad’ diets that are unbearable in the long term, clean eating is based on practising awareness when making choices about food and wellbeing.

What the Mediterranean diet teaches us:

Go back to basic foods
The Mediterranean diet is characterised by inclusion. Wholegrain breads, root vegetables and extra virgin olive oil all have a place on the table.

What’s left off is refined and processed products such as sugary drinks and white carbs. A good way to visualise this to lay out the groceries on a bench. How many are in commercial packaging? These products are likely to be too processed for clean eating and the Mediterranean diet.

Colour is key
It’s not just the landscapes of Italy and Greece that are Instagram-worthy. The diversity of food in the Mediterranean diet–and the emphasis on fruit and vegetables–means that most meals have more colour than Cinque Terre. This is a great indicator when it comes to nutrition.

‘Eating a rainbow’ has long been recommended as a way to make sure that your diet contains the variety of vitamins and nutrients needed by the human body. The ‘yes’ list of a Mediterranean diet makes this easy.

Make lifestyle changes that you enjoy
A diet that steals the enjoyment of food is not likely to be sustainable. Take pleasure in being able to host clean eating dinner parties, have your lunch be the subject of food envy at work, and eat meals that genuinely bring you joy.

When a healthy eating plan reinforces your love for food instead of challenging it, you’re less likely to stray from your goals. Instead of watching others eat while resentfully taking your meal replacement, have a friend over for a Mediterranean fare that’s healthy for both of you.

The focus is on a liveable, enjoyable, healthy way of eating.

The science behind such a diet is continually being uncovered. Over 50 years of extensive studies suggest that the Mediterranean diet is directly correlated with good health.

There is evidence to suggest that people who follow a Mediterranean diet may lose more weight than standard low-fat diets[1], which speaks volumes for its potential.

But the benefits go beyond weight loss. Maintaining a Mediterranean diet can also increase energy levels, help with high cholesterol and improve your health in other ways.

The Mediterranean diet has inspired Modere’s M3–a comprehensive weight loss program and healthy lifestyle plan newly released in Australia.

M3 is a program that supports you as you adopt a new approach to food and wellness, which consists of healthy Mediterranean meal plans, powerhouse supplements and pledges to make simple lifestyle choices like mild exercise. It’s a structured way to incorporate positive changes into daily life.

[1] In a single 2-year study, subjects following a reduced-calorie Mediterranean diet lost an average of 4.4kg, versus an average of 2.9kg for subjects following a reduced-calorie low-fat diet.