The Mediterranean lifestyle is about taking the time to relax and enjoy the company of family, friends and generally people you care about.
Meal time is not just a matter of refuelling. It is rather a time when you can pause and enjoy the taste, flavours and aromas and share food with people. It is seen as a social activity and one of the most important aspects of the Mediterranean culture.
One of the reasons why Cretan people live so long can be attributed to this balanced life mentality. Furthermore, fixed meal times, which are another aspect of the Mediterranean people, tend to help the human body regulate food intake more effectively and as a result satisfy its energy requirements, while avoiding over-consumption of food.