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.
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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.
Olive Oil Could Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease By Nearly 20% – Plus Seven Recipes That Use Olive Oil Instead of Butter
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.
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.
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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."