When I think of the typical American breakfast, I am reminded of those long lines of cars at Dunkin Donuts full of people waiting impatiently for morning coffee, doughnuts, and egg sandwiches. Would they give up their vanilla creme donut and caramel covered latte for some beans and bread? Many countries throughout the world enjoy […]
I don’t like to get embarrassed. It probably stems from my days as a geeky overweight kid with thick plastic glasses and a tendency towards bright, neon colored clothes bought by my Mother at the Salvation Army. My fear of embarrassment multiplies by ten when I am traveling in other countries. I barely tried to […]
As a Registered Dietitian, I have promoted the Mediterranean way of eating and living for the past 10 years. I give talks and cooking workshops, write cookbooks, and import olive oil from the island of Crete. Now I have created this website! Let me tell you a little bit about myself: By American standards I […]
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 […]
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!
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.
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.
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, […]
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.
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 […]
The 10 Steps
- Step One – Learn about the Mediterranean Diet and it’s benefits.
- Step Two – Try It! Recipes, Restaurants, and Friends
- Step Three – Eat the Bulk of your diet from raw and cooked fruits and vegetables.
- Step Four – Popeye’s Rule – Eat at least one serving of Greens per day
- Step Five – Make the Switch to Olive Oil (and other healthy fats)
- Step Six – Change your Protein
- Step Seven – Eat small amounts of whole, unprocessed grains
- Step Eight – Make what you drink work for you
- Step Nine – Move!
- Step Ten – Practice the Mediterranean Guidelines no matter what kind of food you are eating.