Rachael Ray, the celebrity chef, author and business woman, lost over 40 pounds. So… what’s the Rachael Ray weight loss secret? Here’s a hint. It’s plant-focused, easy to follow, and fueled by healthy fats. You guessed it – the Mediterranean Diet.
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Eating Italian doesn’t have to mean giving up on your diet goals. Actually, traditional Italian food has all of the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet because that’s exactly what it is! Here are 14 of our favorite healthy Italian recipes by our Italian recipe developer, Giorgia Fontana.
Fat is one of the most misunderstood components of a healthy diet. The belief that fat is fattening and increases our risk of heart disease has long been ingrained. It makes sense doesn’t it? Something that fills us up and makes food taste better must have its consequences. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s possible to eat a high fat diet, lose weight and protect against heart disease at the same time. In fact, some of the healthiest people in the world eat high fat diets.
Some examples of detoxifying foods are: broccoli, asparagus, beets, berries, olive oil, oatmeal, nuts, legumes, ginger, turmeric and citrus fruit. These foods are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which will provide your body the flow of nutrients it craves. Check out our 7 Mediterranean Diet Detox recipes!
If you take a look at a Mediterranean Diet food list, you’ll see many of options that are considered “superfoods”. A food is typically given superfood status when it contains lots of nutrients and reduces the likelihood of disease. Common examples include salmon, blueberries and avocado. Here are 7 of our favorite Mediterranean Diet superfood recipes!
Soups and stews from the Mediterranean are flavored with a variety of herbs and spices that produce amazing aromas when they are being cooked. The soups included here are traditional recipes from Spain, Morocco, Greece and Italy. Most of them are incredibly simple and inexpensive to make. As always, we found that each of these winter soups is super scrumptious. Stay warm and enjoy!
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.
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 Mediterranean Diet has been in the news a lot in the past few years. It has been voted the #1 diet by U.S. News & World Report. Not only was it voted the top overall diet, it was also rated the best healthy eating diet, the easiest diet to follow, the best diet for diabetes, the best heart-healthy diet, and the best plant-based diet. I would also add that, in my humble opinion, it is the best tasting diet out there. But what is the Mediterranean Diet?
The Mediterranean diet features so many delicious vegan recipes because it is a plant-based diet. This is 7 of our favorite vegan recipes, from Vegan Pesto to Baked Eggplant with Caramelized Onions. There’s a great variety of recipes to try out! If you have a guest who’s vegan, there’s a perfect recipe for them on this list! Even if you aren’t vegan, and you just want to eat healthier, these are great recipes to add to your diet!
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“This program is a way of life, one which I have adopted successfully, and more importantly one which I have sustained for over one year now. My weight remains steady at 160 pounds (down from 216). My energy levels rival that of someone 20 years younger than me (I’m now 57), enabling me to exercise in any way that I desire, from lifting weights to intense cardio sessions.”
— Michael Little
“After completing my 10-week program, I had a regularly-scheduled appointment with my doctor. Because my cholesterol has always been above the normal range (229 last year) I requested that she test it again this year. I’m happy to report that my total cholesterol dropped to 169, which is in the normal range, and all my other numbers improved as well.”
— Claire C.
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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."