How to Lose Weight on the Mediterranean Diet …. Day 1-Intro

Me in Crete 2014.  Lost 30 pounds.  30 to go!

Me in Crete 2014. Lost 30 pounds. 30 to go!

Just a few words of introduction.

I am a Registered Dietitian who has been specializing in Mediterranean Diet for the past 10 years.  I have done extensive research on the Mediterranean island of Crete and co-wrote a cookbook called “Foods of Crete: Traditional Recipes from the Healthiest People in the World.”

A few years ago I was obese and now I am simply overweight.  Hooray!

I love everything about the Mediterranean Diet.  I also have a familial predisposition to hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, ice cream, and laying in the hammock.  Hooray again!

I know that if I ate at least 95% Mediterranean, took care of my stress, and moved every day I would lose weight.  I am pretty sure of this because it is what all the studies in reputable journals say and I have already lost 30 pounds eating Mediterranean.

So, I am perfectly willing and pretty darn excited to eat 95% Mediterranean for at least 10 weeks to see what happens and I will report to you daily with any magical insights I may have.

If you are not familiar with the Mediterranean Diet I would have you check out the 10 steps to Eating Mediterranean on Mediterraneanliving.com.

Today, I can report that I ate a lot of beans in the form of beans with greens which I made at home and hummus from one of our local Moroccan restaurants, the Mosaic Cafe.  I also ate a chicken tagine with olives for dinner.  I went for a walk in the morning and substituted what was surely becoming a nap with a bike ride in the afternoon.

Besides info about myself and how I am doing I will also be including recipes as well as cooking and nutrition videos.

Mediterranean Diet Tip #1

The number one enemy of any diet is sugar. Not only does sugar cause weight gain, but it also is a very potent inflammatory.   Sugar is pretty absent on the Mediterranean diet.  Honey is used more often, but still not in large amounts.  Coke and Pepsi are not Mediterranean.  Herbal Chamomile with honey is.  Mediterranean Diet tip #1  Take sugar out of your diet.

 

 

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