I am so excited about our interview with Dr. Artemis Morris, a Naturopathic Physician and co-author of The Anti-inflammatory Book for Dummies. Dr. Morris is an expert on the Mediterranean Diet whose family is from the Greek Island of Crete. She spoke with me about what the healthiest people in the world ate on a weekly basis. She also tells us about her Aunt from Crete who recently passed away at 107 years old. She interviewed her at the age of 104 and reveals her secrets to a long and happy life.
Typical day of eating on the Island of Crete:
Bread: Baked or toasted (harder toast), whole grain bread
Local cheese: Raw, local sheep or goat’s milk cheese (high fat cheese)
Tea: Local Cretan tea, chamomile
Local sheep or goat milk
Largest Meal in Afternoon:
Wed: Macaroni Day
Fri: Fish Day
Sunday: Free range chicken or lamb
Most other days beans are the main part of the meal.
Nuts, seeds, fruit (all locally picked)
Horta (Wild edible greens)
French Fries fried in olive oil or rice
Olives and whole grain bread
Smaller meal (usually leftovers from lunch)
Greek salad (feta cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, olives, oregano, olive oil)
Mild to moderate consumption of alcohol along with a traditional Mediterranean Diet reduces risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Women: 1 drink per day
Men: 1-2 drinks per day
Local wine made from grapes
Moonshine: Made from leftovers of wine making process. Digestive aid.
Moderation is key
Walking 5 miles or more plus harvesting/cooking
Next time we will be speaking with Dr. Morris about olive oil and how to fry (yes fry) french fries.