As someone who does not eat meat I follow the key principles of the Mediterranean diet already, lots of vegetables, fruits and whole grains. When I am at home my diet mostly consists of vegetables with legumes for protein and grains like rice. Being in Italy I have adopted the practice of cooking with olive oil instead of something like butter. It is not the easiest task trying to find butter in the grocery store; they definitely sell it here in Italy but it is much harder to find. However if you want to find a giant vat of olive oil have no fear its everywhere. When you go to a restaurant and order a salad they bring you olive oil and balsamic vinegar as a dressing and almost everything is cooked with olive oil. Not really surprising because there are olive trees everywhere. When I am cooking for myself I sauté vegetables with olive oil or drizzle it over my pasta. Extra virgin olive oil is the best olive oil and is made from the first pressing of the olives so it has a very strong olive taste to it. I have really enjoyed cooking with it and eating it over the past 5 weeks and it is an aspect of the Mediterranean diet I will be taking home with me, along with three bottles of Italian olive oil.