Now letâ€™s get something straight first. I am not a diet person. Sometimes, we all have to get back into balance after a holiday season or too many weekend parties or excursions in a row, but in my opinion diets the way they are set up always fail, and people who are always on them, struggle more than they need to working so hard, just to end up not being able to keep up with all the rules and regulations. I was in the health field before I broke out and became a professional foodie. I learned so much about how people eat, why people eat and how people finally got a handle on their eating and got healthier. The way is one word and one word only which I think is initially scarier than “diet” because it requires change and commitment â€“the word is lifestyle.
Most people reading this post are foodies. So we especially have to be careful about the way we eat, because we constantly surround ourselves with food! As I am sure most of you have noticed, the main focus of this blog is leftovers and how to use food from your pantry and fridge to round out ingredients for menus each day and it is about creativity. You have also probably noticed that my kind of cooking is influenced heavily from the Mediterranean. This is the food I grew up on, and it is the food I love the most, that I am most comfortable with and over time, I have realized makes me feel the best â€“ both physically and emotionally.
It is a healthy way of eating. It is a lifestyle as well. It is about eating vegetables, lean meats, fresh dairy, lots of whole grains and fiber and a nice glass of red wine every once in a while. It also takes into account peopleâ€™s desire for something sweet â€“ but not too much, and not too often. Does this sound like a diet to anyone? It is a lifestyle. Other aspects that make it a lifestyle is that there is a focus on enjoying meals with family and friends â€“ sharing food and sometimes sharing plates of food with people is good for your well-being and sense of happiness.
People in the Mediterranean are also more active, they walk. A lot. Many people in those regions eat seasonally because those are the foods that are the freshest and so not much else is needed to make the food taste good, because it is already good! And in my own personal opinion, many live near the ocean, and I think the sea air and being able to see the ocean is good for your soul. Now we may not all be able to live near the ocean. But we can try to eat the freshest foods possible and avoid most things that are packaged and processed. It is not easy to switch into a new lifestyle, but this book Mediterranean Diet Cookbook: A Delicious Alternative for Lifelong Health will certainly help. It is full of not only delicious recipes, but also teaches the reader so much about the different foods and ingredients of the Mediterranean and how they are used!
If you click on the link, it will take you to Amazon where you can even look inside some of the pages of the book to get an idea of what it is all about! So go check it out! It is a wonderful resource for those interested in learning more about the Mediterranean Diet or just for those who are looking for some great Mediterranean recipes! I hope you enjoy!