One method of keeping your heart healthy is to devote an entire month to eating a Mediterranean style diet which is based on the diet circa 1960 in several areas of the Mediterranean region, specifically the Greek island of Crete, other areas of Greece and southern Italy. Researchers were drawn to these areas because the adults living there had very low rates of chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer, as well as very long life expectancy. For example, the natives of Greece had a rate of heart disease that was 90 percent lower than that of Americans at the time.
In addition to a physically active lifestyle and drinking plenty of water, the Mediterranean diet is rich in grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts. The majority of the fat in the diet is provided by heart-healthy olives, olive oil, fish and seafood.