“Ladera (lathera) is a Greek word meaning “in oil”. These are the kinds of foods that define the real Mediterranean diet. They are mainly vegetarian foods cooked in copious amounts of extra virgin olive oil. Since meat was eaten scarcely in the traditional Mediterranean diet, people relied on these foods to fill them up and give them enough protein. These are mainly vegetable and bean dishes, but the surprising thing is that they’re eaten as the main dish, not a side dish.
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A modified Mediterranean Diet meal plan has been shown to help people lose weight and most importantly, to keep the weight off. I personally have lost 40 pounds eating the Mediterranean Diet and have been able to keep the weight off for 2 years. The trick, for me, has been losing the weight slowly and only having to modify my diet slightly.
Not being able to poop is no laughing matter. Here are some general guidelines of how the Mediterranean diet can help relieve constipation.
Let’s face it, constipation is no fun. It is uncomfortable, painful and can be dangerous if it goes on too long. Luckily, most cases of constipation can be solved with a change in diet and exercise (for severe constipation, you should see your doctor). Some of my favorite recipes just happen to be excellent at relieving constipation. These are dishes that are high in fiber, fruits, vegetables and olive oil.
There isn’t much that is more satisfying than making a romantic meal for your loved one, especially when it really comes from your heart. I invite you this valentine’s day to forget about the commercialism and really delve into what about your loved one makes your heart leap. Spend some time thinking about what would make them happy and do it for them!
Are you spending a lot of time watching other people exercise? When I go to parties to watch sporting events, I notice that the food is usually Doritos, potato chips, M&M’s, processed dips, lite beer and sugary desserts. The problem here, for me, is that if there is no alternative I will eat all of those foods and as the athletes are celebrating their wins on t.v., I am down for the count with heartburn and bloating.
This traditional Mediterranean Diet meal plan will show you foods that the people of the Mediterranean ACTUALLY eat. These recipes are very traditional foods from their respective countries and are eaten from childhood. Children from these countries grow up loving vegetables and beans because they are cooked in a delicious way, with lots of olive oil, fresh herbs, citrus, and aromatic spices.
My first trip to Crete, the Greek island considered to be one of the healthiest places in the world, was the beginning of my education about the true Mediterranean Diet. This island has some of the highest longevity rates in the world and the men here live to be the same age as the women. As a matter of fact, when the first researchers went to Crete in the 1950’s they could only find one man on the island with any kind of heart disease.
The most asked question about the Mediterranean Diet is: “What do they eat for Breakfast?”. It’s easy to see why there is confusion. I probably have over 100 different cookbooks from all over the Mediterranean and rarely is there a section on breakfast. If you look on-line you will often find “Mediterranean Breakfasts”, but they are often far from what is actually eaten there. Here are 7 of our favorite traditional Mediterranean breakfasts.
When I first informed my friends and family that I would be studying abroad in Italy for a month to study the Mediterranean Diet, their initial response was, “What are you going to eat?” They all know I have been gluten-free (GF) for a year and while they were excited for my opportunity, it was clear that images of pizza, pasta, and grains were flying through their heads.
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In the 1960’s, the Greek island of Crete had the highest longevity rates in the world, the men lived to be the same age as the women and researchers could only find one man on the island who had heart disease.
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