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Aphrodisiacs

Spice up your Meal (and Night) with Aphrodisiacs

Many Mediterranean Diet recipes are 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 glass of champagne? That is an example of consuming an aphrodisiac. There are many juicy and delicious foods, drinks and spices with […]

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Mediterranean Diet Weight Loss Recipes

How Much Water Do I Need To Drink For Weight Loss? (video)

Water has long been considered one of the elixirs of weight loss and new studies are showing us why (and how) it can help decrease our waistlines. Most of the studies on water and weight loss have come to a simple conclusion:  Drinking 16 ounces of water 30 minutes before a meal can help you lose […]

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Briam Mediterranean Diet Recipe

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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Breakfast Crete: Mediterranean Diet

Cooking, Eating, Napping: Life on the Healthiest Island in the World (Crete, Greece)

The Mediterranean Diet is considered one of the healthiest in the world. And, the Greek island of Crete is a great place to explore this traditional, healthy diet. The unique climate of Crete allows everything to grow in abundance. Wherever you travel in Crete, you are surrounded by olive trees. Cretans consume the most olive oil of anybody in the world. This is one of the keys to their extremely healthy way of life.

The Cretan diet consists of lots of olive oil, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and small amounts of meat and fish. Cretans also consume moderate amounts of wine and Raki, the local aperitif. They cook everything in olive oil and they hardly use butter. Butter is used for certain dishes and special occasions like rice pilaf. Could this way of eating explain why Cretans have some of the lowest rate of heart disease in the world? This is certainly part of it.

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mediterranean diet and lifestyle

How the Mediterranean Diet Changed my Life

In 2006, after years of gaining weight, dieting, losing weight, counting calories, restricting foods, and binge eating, I made a two month trip that would gradually change not only my dieting life, but every aspect of my life, for the better. For those two months, I lived on the relatively small Greek island of Crete, […]

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Mediterranean Diet Benefits

Why the Mediterranean Diet is Unlike Any Other Diet

Does the word ‘diet’ fill you with dread? Does it make you think of deprivation, eating food that tastes like cardboard, and feeling hungry all the time? There are many ‘diets’ that cause these feelings for people, and they don’t provide long-term results. The Mediterranean diet is different. Here is a list of reasons why.

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Eating Mediterranean at Reading Terminal Market - Philadelphia

Eating Mediterranean at Reading Terminal Market – Philadelphia

I visited Philadelphia last weekend and spent most of my time either eating or looking for places to eat.  The City of Brotherly Love is full of fancy, one-named restaurants (Amada, Morimoto, Buddakan) which are all well reviewed with full reservation lists or long lines.  We did try one of these; Zahav, which specializes in “refined Israeli cooking” and […]

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Cayenne Pepper: The Anti-inflammatory and Heart Healthy Spice

Cayenne Pepper: The Anti-inflammatory and Heart Healthy Spice

Show a little love for your heart by eating spicy cayenne pepper! Stop by to learn about healthy and delicious cayenne pepper.

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Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Salmon with Capers

The Mediterranean Diet: Ten Days to Happiness

A new study shows significant changes in our mood and heart after eating Mediterranean for 10 days.

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Mediterranean Diet Secrets

7 Secrets to Eating the Mediterranean Diet

7 Secrets to Eating the Real Mediterranean Diet

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