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Really simple way to start eating the healthy mediterranean way
on April 27, 2013
The mediterranean way of eating is one of the most studied and healthful ways of eating known to medical science so you should be eating this way if you want to maintain your health and minimize your chances of suffering from heart disease, stroke, cancers, diabetes, etc. (which are in large part caused by following the standard American diet).
That said, this simple little book is the key to making the change from your standard American diet to this new (to most of us), healthful way of eating. Actually, this diet (i.e. way of eating) is very old and is not a new or "fad" diet.
Fruit & Vegetables, Beans, Nuts, Fish and Seafood, Healthy Fats/Oils, Whole Grains, a little Poultry, even less Red Meat, Eggs, some Dairy (Cheese & Yogurt), Herbs for seasoning, and Wine to drink (optional).
In a series of four, weekly, "meal plans" (including the recipes) it takes you through a variety of different mediterranean (or mediterranean inspired) dishes (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and includes many hints and tips for cooking, substitutions, shopping, etc. The recipes are mostly very quick and easy to make once you've procured the (few) ingredients. The few that take longer generally need to marinate. Some are as simple as a plate of sliced tomatoes drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled with crumbled Feta cheese. Add a slice of wholemeal bread or toast spread with Hummus or Guacamole and your healthy, light lunch is complete. Delicious but so quick and easy.
A few of the recipes/meal ideas, are variations on a theme though (e.g. salads), so some can be a bit samey, but you can just pick the ones you like; it's not a rigid plan. I won't say they all taste fantastic, nor could they with such few ingredients, but pretty much all that I've tried I've enjoyed. "Quick", "easy" and "healthy" is the focus of this book though, it's not haute cuisine with loads of obscure ingredients. In fact, your local supermarket should have all the ingredients you'll need and often you'll be using convenience foods (e.g. canned chick peas, frozen shrimp, etc.) along with fresh ingredients.
You won't starve with the portions they recommend either (they're actually quite generous IMO) and each day's meal plan averages 1500-1600 calories (which for most people, constitutes a weight-loss diet).
So! If the mediterranian way of eating is new to you, this is THE place to start. The publisher's web-site also has many, many more recipes when you get bored with the ones in this book.
Buy it, use it, possibly lose (and certainly maintain your) weight and live longer.