Cretan diet habits have always been a matter of global discussion. It is sometimes characterized as a
phenomenon. Scientists still try to figure out what is the big secret that still gives Cretans a long live
and healthy life.
Hereby follow some tips for someone who wishes to try to follow and apply this diet, hoping to a
healthier and higher quality of life.
Choose simple and pure products of the area of Crete.
Follow the recommendations of the nutrition chain that actually represents the image of the Cretan
Nutrition regarding the quantity, as much as the quality.
1. Cook your food with love, using ingredients that do not cover one another.
2. Choose a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables.
3. Consume often fish and minimize the consumption of red meat.
4. Chicken, rabbit but also snails may be more often in your daily nutrition program.
5. Choose exclusively extra virgin olive oil, for cooking, and as an additional source of fat
choose dry nuts and olive oils.
6. Dairy products should be daily in your program, contrary to eggs and French fries that should
7. Legumes should also appear often in your weekly program either as a main course or as a
sandwich main ingredient.
Cook your food with love, adding ingredients that do not cover one another. Every ingredient must
be given his own chance to participate equally to the final taste result.
Prefer low cooking temperatures, to avoid the destruction of valuable nutrition substances.
Add herbs in every chance. Some parsley over your grilled fish, a bit of thyme over the meat in the
oven, plenty of fennel in your stuffed vegetables. What differentiates traditional food and gives it
extra flavor are the fresh herbs that grow in the yards of the houses. Spices came later in Crete and
were added to local cooking.
Sit on your table with the company. People love to share their food with family or with guests.
Consume greens with any chance given. Cretans love greens, it is a habit both nutritious but also
tasteful. Olive Oil, which is the main ingredient of Cretan nutrition, makes the greens even more
Sweeten yourself without sugar. The ancient Greeks loved fruits, especially the sweeter ones like figs
and grapes. Additionally, they used honey, that they tried to make sure they would not miss it.
Do not use much salt. Anyway, food is already tasty due to the spices and herbs used, so you will
manage to avoid arterial pressure.
Be brave by combining materials. Due to the harsh economic periods, the island has been through,
Cretans have learned to combine materials that seemed not to get along with each other.
Garlic and onion exist daily in the table of Cretans, and they consider them to be a medicine. So do
not skip using them cooked or raw, and benefit from their high nutritious value.
Eat healthy between meals. Prefer seasonal fruits and dry nuts, like almonds or walnuts.
Cretans always knew the value of breakfast. Even when the time was not enough they had to eat
before they left home. That could be rusk, olive oils, or cheese, either sweet or sour. They would
always combine with traditional Cretan Honey, and pies with wild greens.
There should be a measure of everything. From cultivating and respecting the environment until the
quantity of the portion. Everything stands behind a perfectly calculated balance that was depicted in
Knowledge is a powerful tool for every consumer. Food may be either a medicine or a poison,
according to a Cretan old saying. It depends, on everyone, to seek and find the supreme food for
The Cretan diet is timeless. If you want to know and benefit from its advantages you have to develop a
Do it because you want it not because you have to…