If you're a fan of the Mediterranean diet, but don't live in a Mediterranean climate, there might be an alternative for you: the Nordic diet! While the principles of the Nordic diet aren't exactly new, it's gaining in popularity partly because of Claus Meyer, co-founder of the famed Danish restaurant, Noma. Meyer has been working with obesity scientist Arne Astrup and a team of researchers at the University of Copenhagen to determine whether the Nordic diet could be a successful part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle the same way the Mediterranean diet is believed to be.
The Nordic diet works in a similar fashion as the Mediterranean diet, by focusing on foods rich in omega fatty acids and antioxidants, but by using ingredients that are more suited to cold-weather cooking, as opposed to a Mediterranean climate. Berries that thrive in Northern parts of Europe, such as blueberries and cloudberries, greens such as kale and cabbage, and lean game meats such as venison or elk, are all staples of the Nordic diet, along with starches and fish.
Meyer also recommends eating more side dishes, replacing fatty cooking oils with naturally sweet condiments such as honey or molasses, and says that moderation is the key— but he doesn't focus on portion control. Rather, he believes that eating simply prepared, flavorful foods will prevent overeating.
Meyer hopes to take the Nordic diet to his homeland of Denmark and implement it in schools, where he says an obesity epidemic looms, but it's gaining ground in the U.K and in the U.S., too.
What do you think? Does the Nordic diet sound like something you'd try?