‌Diet fads tend to come and go: One day we’re eating low-fat, low-calorie and low-sugar foods; the next we’re eating like cavemen or giving up meat or eating only cabbage and grapefruit. But while many diets have had their moment in the spotlight, there’s one diet that has endured — the Mediterranean diet.

Research proves over and over again that people who put an emphasis on produce, fish, whole grains and healthy fats not only weigh less but also have a decreased risk for heart disease, depression and dementia. So what are you waiting for?

Here are the basics: Shop the market perimeter, eat seasonally and break (whole-grain) bread with people who make you smile. Now for the nitty-gritty.

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