Great resource for plant-based diets

OldwaysMedDietInterview with Sara Baer-Sinnott, President of Oldways Preservation Trust

May is Mediterranean Diet month, a time to learn more about a traditional diet that’s linked to many important health benefits.  Oldways Preservation Trust has been promoting the benefits of a Mediterranean diet since 1990, and recently published two books that focus on Mediterranean eating: the Oldways 4-week Mediterranean Diet Menu Plan and The Oldways 4-Week Vegetarian and Vegan Diet Menu Plan.

I spoke with Sara Baer-Sinnott, President of Oldways, about the Mediterranean diet in general, and how these two books can help consumers transition to healthier plant-based diets.  Our discussion ranged from the evolution of the Mediterranean Diet pyramid over the past 20 years, to the 8 Simple Steps listed in the book that help readers focus on important food choices.

The Vegetarian/Vegan Diet looks a lot like a Mediterranean diet, by default.  Most of the pyramid is plant foods, with room at the very top for dairy foods that would be eaten by vegetarians.  Because fish and meat are not included, high protein plant foods, such as nuts and legumes, are emphasized more so than with the traditional Mediterranean Diet.

Recipes are a key part of any diet plan, but for some people, cooking is an obstacle to diet success.  They may lack the skills or the time to spend in the kitchen.  While both the Mediterranean and Vegetarian diet books have plenty of recipes, Sara Baer-Sinnott notes that the menus include many easy-to-prepare foods that minimize cooking.

OldwaysVegDietBoth the Mediterranean and Vegetarian diet books are organized in a simple, attractive  and consumer-friendly format, to make the transition to a more plant-based diet easy and delicious.  Even people who might be intimated by the idea of eating less meat will find that the recipes are easy to follow.  Whether your diet goal is to eat less meat or go entirely meatless, one of these books will help you achieve that goal.  The books are available on the Oldways website, along with grocery lists and refrigerator magnets and prescription-like tear sheet pads.  You can also find food pyramids for other ethnic diets, such as Asian or Latin American, more recipes and information about health benefits of traditional diets.

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