When we hear about processed foods we tend to think of junk food like donuts and other products that are high in calories and low in nutritional value. The tricky thing about processed foods is that food processing is a spectrum. Some foods that undergo processing are still some of the healthiest. Here are seven processed foods that you should be eating.
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More and more studies are showing the benefits of eating higher fat, especially in the form of extra virgin olive oil. Even more recently, low carb, high fat diets have been shown to be beneficial for weight loss, heart disease, type 2 diabetes as well as reduction of blood pressure and triglycerides. For most people, switching to a regular Mediterranean Diet will help with all of these issues, but for some it may be recommended to also decrease the amount of carbohydrates eaten. Let’s look at what a modified low carb Mediterranean Diet would look like.
Ultra processed foods are highly manipulated foods that have gone through many processing steps and have had sugars and/or fats plus artificial flavors and preservatives added. They are the lowest common denominator of processed foods and unfortunately, they are also some of the most popular foods: soda, chips, white bread, candy, sweetened breakfast cereals and most foods with a long ingredient list.
I’ll admit to not always making the most perfect food and lifestyle choices every day before this crisis hit. But once the immensity of the situation started to sink in emotionally, combined with the fact that we were experiencing actual sickness, we knew there was no time to waste in implementing the absolute most radical self care we knew how to practice. I’m happy to say that we have mostly recovered.
Some two and a half years ago, I visited a small Greek island near the west coast of Turkey. From my apartment balcony, I could hear the bleat of goats on the hill below, and could see a brilliant blue sea in the foreground. My husband and two teenage children were many thousands of miles away in Melbourne, Australia. I was on the island of Ikaria, which has been dubbed ‘the island where people forget to die’. It is one of five Blue Zones destinations across the world where residents live long and healthy lives. I had just turned 47 and in that moment, I felt great in my body, in my mind, and in my spirit.
The general argument by some is that all sugar is sugar. That reminds me of when people used to say that all fat is fat and it was all bad (boy has that changed!). The truth is is that maple syrup has some qualities that are vastly different than sugar.
Transitioning into fall with the Mediterranean diet is easy. Since the Mediterranean diet is very seasonal, there is no shortage of great recipes for the cold weather coming. The winter in the Mediterranean is mild but it can still get very cold. There are many mountainous regions of the Mediterranean and the villages in these […]
The Turkish recipes in this cookbook are mainly from Southern Turkey and Ozlem’s hometown of Antakya. She really stresses seasonality and using the best ingredients possible. The recipes use olive oil, yogurt, bulgur wheat, eggplant, pomegranate, chili flakes, and lots of herbs and spices to create healthy, traditional recipes. When Ozlem starts trying a new recipe, the first thing she does is call her mother. This shows how these recipes are being passed down generation to generation. Ozlem is excited to share these recipes with her two children who are set to carry on the traditions.
We’ve been testing avocado toast recipes lately and trying to create healthy Mediterranean versions. These are three of our favorite recipes we came up with. Two of these recipes are savory and one is sweet. They are all simple to make, but are also filling and nutritional Mediterranean breakfast recipes.
Getting through winter with a good mood intact can be quite the challenge. This is just one of the reasons I appreciate celebrating Valentine’s Day in February. What a pleasant diversion from the snow and chill, with an added bonus: a post-holiday season opportunity to whip up delicious treats.
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"The scientifically acclaimed “Mediterranean Diet” is presented at its best here, with the liberal use of olive oil and plenty of vegetable and fish dishes in addition to mezedes (appetizers), meat dishes, desserts, and pretty much every Cretan dish you can think of."