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How to Eat Mediterranean

Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Falafel with Tahini Sauce

Searching for the Perfect Falafel Recipe

My first experience making falafel was a huge and embarrassing disaster.  I was in my late 20’s and living as an intern in an intentional community.  Once a month, I had to make dinner for all the interns and residents of the community. I wanted to prove what a great cook I was so I […]

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Mediterranean Diet Secrets

7 Secrets to Eating the Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Diet is one of the most researched (and tastiest) diets in the world.  A study came out recently that was on the front cover of the New York Times, the Boston Globe and was featured on the Today show.  The study was from the New England Journal of Medicine.  It showed that participants from Spain (who already eat Mediterranean) followed a more traditional Mediterranean Diet meal plan were 30% less likely to have cardiovascular disease.  The study was so revolutionary that they had to stop it so because it was deemed unethical to continue it.  In other words, they needed to tell the other people who were in the study because they were getting so much sicker than the people in the traditional Mediterranean group!

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Mediterranean Diet Hummus

7 Mediterranean Diet foods you are already eating

The Mediterranean Diet is one of the most well researched and healthiest diets in the world.  Many of the foods eaten in the Mediterranean are already eaten in other places.  Here are some of the popular foods that you are already eating that are part of a Mediterranean Diet meal plan.

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Green Pies of Crete (Hortopita and Spanakopita)

Green Pies of Crete (Hortopita and Spanakopita)

When I lived in Crete, one of my favorite comfort foods was green pie.  The people of Crete go into the mountains to pick a large variety of greens with the Greek name of Horta.  By some estimates there are 150 varieties of edible greens on the island.

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Mediterranean Lifestyle Principle #1: Eat to Live, Eat to Celebrate

Mediterranean Lifestyle Principle #1: Eat to Live, Eat to Celebrate

The people who live on the Mediterranean Island of Crete taught me some long lasting lessons about how to eat.  When I told them that I was from America and that I was in Crete to learn about the Mediterranean Diet they smiled widely, sometimes they would laugh.  “You Americans, so concerned with your health, […]

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U.S. News and World Report votes the Mediterranean Diet the #1 Plant Based Diet!

U.S. News and World Report votes the Mediterranean Diet the #1 Plant Based Diet!

It seems strange to compare the Mediterranean Diet to other diets such as Weight Watchers and the Biggest Loser.  The Mediterranean Diet is much more of a lifestyle and permanent way of eating than an actual “diet”.  It has been around for thousands of years with proven rates of high longevity and low disease rates.

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The Mediterranean Lifestyle Principles

The Mediterranean Lifestyle Principles

The Mediterranean Lifestyle is about much more than just diet.  It is a way of being. It is hard to really understand it unless you actually go to the Mediterranean region, get away from the touristy areas, and spend some time in small villages.  Here, as you walk down the road, you will be invited […]

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Traditional Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan

A Traditional One Week Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan

The traditional Mediterranean Diet has been shown to be one of the healthiest ways of eating in the world.  The problem is that many Mediterranean recipes found in cookbooks or on the web are not traditional.  We interviewed the Mother of a local restaurant owner on the Island of Crete to find out what a typical week of eating would have looked like 30 years ago.  This is a true Mediterranean Diet meal plan from the island.  There were no fancy kitchens and people ate mostly off their own land.  Dishes were simple and delicious peasant foods.

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Mediterranean Diet

Top Tips For Buying & Cooking With Olive Oil

Olive oil is a key component of the Mediterranean Diet.  You will find it in almost every Mediterranean Diet recipe.  It can be difficult to get a good quality olive oil here in the states.  Here are some tips for buying and cooking with olive oil.

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Mediterranean Diet Recipe

Traditional Moroccan Couscous Recipe (Video)

As with most recipes, technique is important. In this video, Alia and her Grandmother show step by step how to make traditional couscous.

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