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KELLEY74
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4/4/13 6:43 P

I notice that your post is from abut a month ago- have you tried the diet? If so, how is it going?
My husband and I started following the weight loss menu (as opposed to the maintenance options) outlined in the book The Mediterranean Prescription. This is day 4. I have lost about 2 pounds and crave my starches, sweets, and diary. I have eaten more fish and veggies in the past few days then I normally eat in a few weeks. This is good, but challenging. It is really helping that my hubby is doing this with me and that my older kids love fish.
So the positives- eating healthier and fresher foods, adding variety to my family's diet, learning to not be afraid of cooking fish
The negatives- labor intensive, time consuming, spending more on groceries (but I am still learning where to buy these foods I don't normally shop for, hopefully we will get the bill down).
We were committed to doing this as the menu dictates for the two week weight loss plan, but I am finding it too labor intensive. I feel like I am constantly shopping, planning my shopping, cooking, and cleaning up in the kitchen. Having my life this food-centric is not helping when it comes to my cravings. We are planning to modify the two week plan to work for us (i.e create a list of simple lunches).
I'd love to hear about anyone else's experiences/advice.




PATRIC8
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3/2/13 6:37 P

I've eaten this way most of my life. It's a healthy diet but not so much for losing weight. Most writings about this diet neglect to mention breads which are a huge part of it.



SNOOPY1960
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3/2/13 3:45 P

My parents have been eating the Mediterranean diet all thier lives, that is just how they ate.

Their parents ( my maternal and paternal Grandparents ) immigrated here from Sicily back in the 1920's . Both of my parents are 86 years old, fully functional , they cook for themselves, clean the house , neither of them need a cane and walk every day ! It is amazing to me.

So...there is something to be said about this diet ( I am guilty of of NOT following in my parents footsteps)

Growing up my Mother never bought any prepared foods. She made her own bread, pasta, baked goods, jelly etc etc We never ate anything unless she made it....well occassionally we would get Chinese food but that was it. She would go to farmers markets and buy fresh fruit and veggies.

My maternal Grandfather lived close by and he would bring us fresh fish that HE caught himself from the ocean.

When I got married, I found prepared foods, deli meats,prepared baked goods and frozen foods and look what happened to me, I gained a ton of weight. My parents have never been overweight.

So eating only good quality foods, homemade, no additives really does work.

I should go back to my roots and do the same but it seems I am addicted to sugar and carbs.
Got to find my way back...........


BASIC DIET

The Mediterranean diet emphasizes:
Getting plenty of exercise
Eating a lot of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts
Include whole grain bread and cereals like oatmeal and bran
Replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oil
Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods
Limiting red meat to no more than once a week
Eating fish twice a week
Eating chicken or turkey twice a week each
Eating eggss a few times a week
Yogurt and cheese a few times a week
Drinking 5 ounces a day of red wine



Edited by: SNOOPY1960 at: 3/2/2013 (21:37)


ROBERTAUP
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3/2/13 8:41 A

I just made the falafel and it was delicious. It is a great snack too.



ROBERTAUP
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3/2/13 8:40 A

I just love Mediterranean food. There are a lot of good cook books and recipes on this site.



BEAUTIFULLC
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3/1/13 7:44 P

My doctor suggested this for me. I am trying to find more information and meal plans. If you have any, please share.

Thanks!



BREIT67
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2/28/13 1:41 P

Is anyone using the Mediterranean Diet? I've heard a lot of good things about it lately - even an article here. I'm considering using this plan along with Spark. I'm new here so I'm not sure if it's a good idea or not. Will it go along with this program easily? Should I start something else new now or wait until I know more about what I'm doing? Any feedback would be appreciated.



 
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