In recent years, Americans have begun incorporating more olive oil as a butter substitute in their diets and the heart healthy effects are beginning to show. A new study shows that men and women from the U.S. who consumed higher amounts of olive oil benefitted from lower instances of heart disease. By incorporating more olive oil into our diets we have the potential to protect our hearts.
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Olive Oil Could Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease By Nearly 20% – Plus Seven Recipes That Use Olive Oil Instead of Butter
When I think of grilling in the Mediterranean, I can hear meat sizzling over hot charcoal with juices dripping onto the hot coals. I can smell the meat aromas mixed with herbs and citrus that characterize so many of the amazing marinades and sauces used in Mediterranean grilling recipes. I also think of simplicity, because grilling in the Mediterranean is all about highlighting the freshness and quality of your ingredients.
With studies showing that viruses can damage the liver,right now it’s imperative that we take action to support this vital organ with our food and lifestyle choices. We should all be working to reduce inflammation in our bodies and eliminate the toxins that naturally build up during the winter, when we are eating heavier foods and being a bit more sedentary. Luckily, the way to do this is growing up all around us!
Have you ever had the experience of freezing vegetables that, when thawed, resembled and tasted like pond scum? Want to learn an easy way to freeze vegetables so that they come out delicious and ready to eat?
How to boost your immune system has been on everyone’s mind lately. Studies have shown that eating the Mediterranean Diet is one of the best ways of eating for your immune system.. The amount of vegetables, fruit, olive oil, nuts, beans and fatty fish eaten in the Mediterranean paired with very low quantities of processed foods and sugar equals an immunity powerhouse that can’t be beat. Honestly, almost any recipe on Mediteterranean Living will be good for your immune system, but the recipes below are packed with some of the most powerful immune boosting foods out there.
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.
After my mom died, I started overeating. One meal in particular stands out in my memory. My extended family and I were all at an Indian restaurant and I ordered a full meal and then started eating everyone else’s leftovers. I was stuffing my grief. Even before my mom died, I was struggling with my weight, but after she died I gained 20 more pounds and was the heaviest I had ever been in my life (256 pounds when I got married a year later).
The Mediterranean diet was recently deemed the best overall diet after 35 eating plans were evaluated by US News and World Report. It was given an overall score of 4.2 out of 5 based on expert reviews in the categories of short-term weight loss, long-term weight loss, ease of following, and healthiness. Most notably however, it was given a 4.8 in terms of how healthy the diet plan is. The Keto diet, on the other hand, was voted #34 out of 35 in best overall diets.
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.
To start off, I am very aware that this post sounds like a Cosmopolitan article from the 70’s, but when I asked our community what their biggest struggles were with eating healthy, the most prevalent answers included “My biggest obstacle to eating healthy is my spouse” or “I have to cook two dinners every night, one […]
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Foods of Crete Cook Book
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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.
In our cookbook, Foods of Crete: Traditional Recipes from the Healthiest People in the World you will find over 110 delectable recipes by Koula Barydakis, a chef and cooking teacher from the island and a guide to eating the Mediterranean diet by Bill Bradley, Registered Dietician.