With a rise in obesity and chronic disease, so too have the number of fad diets promising a quick fix.

But the key is finding an option that is sustainable long-term, and while it requires effort on the individual’s part, for dietitians Desi Carlos and Lisa Peterson there really is no going past the good old Mediterranean Diet, after all, study after study continues to prove so.

With so much conflicting information out there, the pair behind Two Greek Girls Cooking is hoping to make things a lot clearer at The Mediterranean Diet Expo.

The first of its kind, the expo will be held at The Greek Club in Brisbane and will be a full day dedicated to understanding the advantages of the diet by learning more about the science behind it. A wide range of medical experts, including microbiologist Andrea Kazoullis and clinical psychologist Dorothea Vallianos will speak about the Mediterranean diet’s benefits in preventing diabetes, cancer, heart problems, brain diseases, digestive and blood disorders, and promoting total body health.

Meanwhile there will be plenty of opportunity to taste test, with stalls set up to try local Greek produce, while the Greek Club’s restaurant Nostimo will be serving up healthy Greek food, wine and coffee, without skimping on flavour.

Beyond the health seminar element, Desi and Lisa are looking to showcase that the Mediterranean Diet goes beyond food, and is rather a lifestyle choice deeply seeped in culture and one’s approach to life.

The day will be a total immersion in the wonders of Mediterranean living – which means plenty of fun. There will be live Greek music, Hellenic Dancers performing, and a Greek DJ.

“Our passion is to help all Australians cook, eat and live simply and healthily with a wonderful Mediterranean diet rich in flavour and nutrients,” agree Desi and Lisa.

“If you are a young Greek or Mediterranean, it’s a great opportunity to reignite your heritage and revisit the simple, traditional diet of your grandparents, now recognised as the optimal way of eating for disease prevention and longevity.”

The Mediterranean Diet Expo is taking place on Sunday 21 October in the The Greek Club’s Grand Ballroom (29 Edmondstone St, South Brisbane, QLD) from 10.30 am-7.00 pm. For more information and to see the schedule, visit https://twogreekgirls.com/mediterranean-diet-expo/