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Mediterranean Diet Columns

Five Things to Remember Podcast

  • Podcast: Stress, Digital Toxicity, and the Hero’s Journey with Brian Luke Seaward Brian Luke SeawardWe cover a lot of ground in today’s podcast, from how to get out of negative thinking loops to how crisis can be transformative. We also talk about the hero’s journey, digital toxicity, and how to stop being a victim of your life. I think you will find many nuggets from Brian that ...
  • Podcast: Weight Loss and The Mediterranean Diet This podcast is part of our interview with Dr. Artemis Morris, a Naturopathic Physician, whose family comes from the island of Crete. We talk about how a modified Mediterranean diet can help with weight loss. Dr. Morris also shares evidence that it’s possible to be healthy and be overweight.
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Fiesta

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Food Cart

  • Egyptian Breakfast: Ful Medames Breakfast, yum!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 a ...
  • 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 decided ...
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Guest House

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Heart of the Matter

  • Spice up your Valentine’s Day (and night) with Aphrodisiacs With Valentine’s Day upon us, it is a wonderful time to consider all of the ways we can share our love. Beyond cards and flowers, there are also aphrodisiacs. What exactly is an aphrodisiac? Simply put, it is a food or substance that increases sexual desire or excitement. Do you ever feel frisky after drinking a ...
  • The Heartbreak of America When I was researching the Mediterranean Diet on the Island of Crete I interviewed a photographer about the Island and their healthy traditions. In 1950’s Crete, the people of the Island had some of the highest longevity rates in the world. The first researchers who went to Crete could only find one man ...
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Living Mediterranean

  • The Journey of Jess Kurti Jess KurtiMediterranean Living met and interviewed Jess Kurti, a passionate and seemingly tireless woman who is traveling the country to run marathons in all 50 states all while volunteering at all of the Feeding America food banks.
  • Love And Longevity On the Island of Crete Greek Food For Mediterranean DietThey are still in love and have the energy of any active middle-aged couple. The difference is that Giannis Maragoudakis is 97 and his wife Katerina is 80. They live on the Mediterranean island of Crete and have a lot of sage advice for us younguns.
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Local Flavor

  • The Heart And Soul Of Sofrito Sofrito is a traditional Spanish vegetable base that is a foundation for many other dishes. It has a long a long history and has been referenced in cookbooks as early as the 1300’s. Sofrito is highly flavorful and makes an excellent base for sauces, stews and other dishes. The elevated flavors are the result of the ...
  • Best of Boiled Eggs, Mediterranean Style Cretan Salad for Mediterranean DietBoiled eggs are a popular ingredient eaten in The Mediterranean. From Tunisia to France, to Israel to Croatia, you’ll find boiled eggs served whole, sliced and chopped into dishes. Boiled eggs are a simple food that can elevate your cooking, particularly in combination with fresh vegetables. They have a natural umami (savory) flavor, so ...
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Mediterranean Diet

  • Food To Nourish Your Body And Soul Nourishing Horta With PotatoesTake care of yourself and flourish by incorporating some of the most nourishing, nutrient-dense foods in your diet. Many of these foods are packed with cancer-preventing antioxidants and heart healthy fats, proving that comfort foods can be good for you!
  • Mediterranean Diet Reduces Risk of Blindness by 26% Mediterranean Diet and eye healthA new study out in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that participants who ate a Mediterranean Diet were 26% less likely to get advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is a disease of the eye, which cannot be cured (but can be treated) and as it progresses, leads to blindness. One out of ...
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Mediterranean Vegan

  • The Mediterranean Vegan Mediterranean Diet VeganBeing vegan means not consuming any animal products (including meat, milk, cheese, honey, fish, and chicken).  The Mediterranean Diet can easily be eaten vegan.  People in Crete are traditionally vegans half of the year, because they are vegan on religious holidays and there are a lot of religious holidays!  On those days, they will eat ...
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Mediterranean Vegetarian

  • How to Make Pesto without a Food Processor or Blender (video) Oh sweet basil, it’s pesto time again!  Some say pesto has been around since the 1860’s, others say some version of it has been filling up Italians since the 16th century, but one thing is for sure, it’s been around long before the invention of food processors or blenders.  This “old fashioned” recipe uses only ...
  • Eating Briam on the Island of Ikaria (with recipes) The jolly middle aged man with slightly rounded features and a walk that reminded us of Andre the Giant rattled off the specials of the day.  This was a weekday in the Mediterranean and the specials were the only items on the menu.  Goat stew, tzatziki, Greek salad, and Briam.  I get such a thrill ...
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Moving with a Purpose

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Nectar of the Gods

  • Olive Oil and The Simple Salad   “Olive oil is as important to a salad as a door is to a barn” —-From One Thousand Salads by Olive Green (I kid you not, that’s his real name), published 1909   My wife Christine used to like to eat her salads without any dressing.  To me, a naked salad could only be eaten if the vegetables ...
  • Top Tips For Buying & Cooking With Olive Oil Mediterranean DietMediterranean Living shares some helpful tips on buying and cooking w/ healthy, high quality olive oil.
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Peasant Baker

  • How to eat and make Cretan rusks (Dakos) 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 speak ...
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Peasantries

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Sacred Table

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Sea Cuisine

  • What Seafood is Safe to Eat? It’s not always easy figuring out what to eat as part of a healthy and environmentally conscious diet. And, there are many factors that come into play when choosing fish and seafood. There’s quite a bit of information out there on this topic. It can be a challenge to wade through it all to discover ...
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Siesta

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Sunday Dinner

  • How to cook a Moroccan tagine dish without a tagine If you have ever ordered a traditional Moroccan tagine dish in a restaurant, half the fun is having a colorful tagine come out and uncovered in front of your eyes.  As the tagine top is removed, a large cloud of steam billows into the air and the unique smells of moroccan cuisine enters the nostrils. ...
  • Chicken Tagine with Lemons and Olives I call this a chicken tagine dish because it traditionally would be cooked in the conical ceramic tagine. I have adapted it so you can make it in any pot that will fit the ingredients and have added a crock pot version as well.  The recipe blends the spices of Morocco (cumin, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon) with ...
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Tapas/Mezze

  • Stuffed Grape Leaves (with video) Stuffed grape leaves are traditional to many eastern Mediterranean countries. You will find this delectable appetizer on the menu from Lebanon to Cyprus, from Turkey to Greece. Each country has their own popular ingredients for stuffing grape leaves, with the most common being rice and ground meat such as lamb or pork. The spices will ...
  • Introduction to Lebanese Meze Mediterranean Diet Recipes for MezeEvery Mediterranean country has a tradition of small plate foods that are eaten either as appetizers or as a meal on their own.  In America, we are most familiar with Tapas from Spain, but there are many other versions of Tapas from other countries.  The Lebanese version is the “Meze”.  These small plates of food ...
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Taverna

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Tiny Sweets

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Weeds and Spice

  • Lemon Balm: Summer’s Remedy for the Busy Mind Lemon Balm in the Mediterranean Diet with RecipesIn the Mediterranean, the growing season lasts for much of the year. One of the principles of the Mediterranean Diet is to eat what is in season, and what is abundantly available. July is a month of great abundance in our gardens here in New England, and one of the plants that grows most heartily ...
  • Beat The Summer Heat With Cooling Peppermint Mediterranean diet recipe for peppermint teaWe all know and love the flavor of peppermint. It’s cooling, refreshing, invigorating, and slightly tingly. A cup of iced peppermint tea on a hot summer day is a wonderful treat, as is an after dinner mint, particularly after a heavy meal. Adding fresh mint to hot and spicy dishes, particularly to sauces, marinades and ...
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