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6/1/11 8:01 A

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Thanks for doing this research. I am really trying to wrap my focus around this since my doctor recommended it. I really like vegetables, cheese, yogurt, and breads. All the other diets did not take care of my food favorites and this one does.

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Nice summary! Thanks for posting.

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3/11/11 7:01 P

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Thanks for the good info. I'm going to get a copy of the Medit. food pyramid. Glad to hear that exercise is featured. That has been key for my success.

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11/18/10 6:00 P

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Glad you are checking out all the info Ellen!

Becky - you forgot the Ya sure before the you Betcha emoticon and for all you people from other parts of the world a true Minnesotan (pronounced Min nee SEW tan) would say 'Ya sure, you betcha.'

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You betcha!
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11/18/10 5:19 P

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Thank you that was very interesting.
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Thanks, I'll check that out.

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Join the Team Goals at the bottom of the Team page to get your Omega-3. Everyday when you check off your "Other Goals" you will be reminded there. That's actually what reminds me. If DH hasn't already remembered.... HECK! Don't do what I did today. I checked it off and forgot to take it! Check it off AFTER you take it! LOL!!

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I'm really forgetful about taking my fish oil too. I'll have to think up a way to remind myself to take it. Any good ideas out there?

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Yep! Set it out and take it with dinner! You will be glad you did!


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I have mine, but I haven't taken it lately. I have fallen off the wagon to better health. Need to change my ways soon!!

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Fish oil is a great way to get your Omega-3's my DH and I take one a day every day.
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I bought fish oil today!!!

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Great article!! I love fish and fishing. I got that from my parents. I grew up always having fresh fish and I've carried it on, I'm always trying new & creative fish recipes.
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The only fish I ever ate was canned tuna and frozen fish sticks. I worked at Long John Silver's for a year and had their fish, which suprisingly wasn't too bad with enough tartar sauce. Oh, but I do love to go fishing. That is fun!!

The doctor suggested taking fish oil too!

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Funny how we tend to eat what our parents eat. My mother never ate fish, so needless to say, neither did we. I started trying it on my own in restaurants. Cooking it seemed daunting. Now I know how easy it is, and how good it can be.

Still when my mother asks, "What's for dinner?" and I tell her, "Fish!" she wrinkles up her nose. OH well, she never ate fish, never exercised a day in her life and lived the life of a premadonna. It took its toll rewarding her with diabetes & and pace maker... but she's made it to 86! I want to make it that long too, but I think that exercising, eating right, and getting those Omega-3's from eating fish might keep me from the diabetes & pace maker! I'm almost 66 and so far so good!


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Great article! Thanks for posting it. My hubby and I had a really nice dinner out last night. I had the most amazing grilled swordfish topped with finely chopped "mediterranean" vegetables.It was absolutely to die for!

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I've always liked fish. emoticon even when I was a little child.

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OH... Pop Quiz??? Is someone asking for a POP Quiz?? LOL!

I'm glad everyone enjoyed this article. It was one of many that I came across. I'm happy for the questions that get me digging. I want to know just as much as you do!

Hey, as for the fish...you would be surprised at how good fish really is! Check out my Grilled Mahi-Mahi (not fishy) and the Grilled Tuna... It's amazing! Really if it is fishy... it is not fresh! I never ate fish either, except shrimp or halibut, maybe fish sticks. Give it a try. A little at a time. If you can't eat it.. then take an Omega-3 supplement. We take Fish Oil but I know there are lots of supplements out there that won't burp back! LOL!!
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Fantastic Article, thank you for posting it.

Will this material be included in the pop quiz?

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Again, wish I had this for my doctor's appt yesterday. Although, she did recommend eating more fish and using olive oil, along with whole grains.

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Great article. Thanks for sharing!



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8/18/10 3:31 P

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Thanks for posting this, Becky. Our government standards are more aimed at supporting the nation's agribusiness rather than what is truly healthy. It is the reason our school lunch program promotes the use of high-fat foods. I can remember many years ago when the school lunchrooms were receiving huge quantities of cheese, butter and whole milk to base their cooking on. And just ask Oprah what happens if a public figure says anything negative about eating red meat. We all need to do our own research and thinking and base our daily diets on what we know is right for each of us. And for me, that is pretty much the Med. diet (with the exception of fish- I just can't do it :-b ).

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USDA and Mediterranean food pyramids: COMMON THEMES

Both the USDA and Greek pyramids place grain-based foods at the bottom of the pyramid, representing the basis of the daily diet. While the Mediterranean version emphasizes whole grains (8 servings/day), the U.S. version includes numerous refined flour products (6-11 servings/day). The next section includes both the fruit and vegetable groups. The Greek pyramid is more specific in serving recommendations: 3 of fruit and 6 of vegetables; while the U.S. pyramid gives ranges: 2-4 for fruit, 3-5 for vegetables. One major difference shows up: the Greek pyramid does not include potatoes here, while the U.S. pyramid does. In other words, the U.S. recommendations would count mashed potatoes the same as a green salad, even though the nutrient content of each is dramatically different.

USDA and Mediterranean food pyramids: MAJOR DIFFERENCES

One major difference is the "Daily/Weekly/Monthly" designation on the Mediterranean version. The USDA Food Pyramid is intended to show recommended intakes of different food groups for daily consumption. The "daily" section of the Mediterranean does not include red meat, sweets, or even potatoes. It is limited to grains, fruits, vegetables, cheese, yogurt and olive oil. Daily olive oil use is clearly recommended, since this food has its very own rung of the triangle, just above fruits and vegetables. By comparison, the USDA Food Pyramid lumps all fats and oils along with sweets in the very top point of the pyramid, with only "sparing" use advised. Clearly the USDA Pyramid does not address the known health effects of different fats and oils.

The top sections of both pyramids showcase most of the high protein foods. The Greek pyramid gives different protein sources different rankings of importance, with separate sections: fish, poultry, beans and nuts, eggs and red meat. Fish consumption is recommended almost daily, but red meat is limited to once a week at most. Contrast this with the more vague USDA recommendations for 2-3 servings per day from a group that includes all meat, fish, beans, nuts, and eggs. For example, it would be easy to interpret this to justify 3 servings of red meat daily, and never eat fish or nuts.

The dairy recommendations are similar-2/day on the Mediterranean Pyramid; 2-3 on the USDA version. However, in Greek cuisine, "dairy" means primarily yogurt and cheese, both derived from sheep's or goat's milk. In the U.S., "dairy" means cow's milk products, including whole milk and high-fat cheeses.

USDA and Mediterranean food pyramids: OTHER DIFFERENCES

The Greek Pyramid and the Harvard and Oldways' versions of Mediterranean-style food plans include exercise recommendations. The Harvard and Oldways' Pyramids put exercise right at the bottom of the triangle, to illustrate the importance of daily physical activity to the overall health goals of the food plan. The Greek Pyramid places a clear recommendation for physical activity alongside the "daily" section of the triangle. The USDA Pyramid does not include exercise recommendations.

The other big difference is wine consumption. The Greek Mediterranean Pyramid places wine, "in moderation," clearly in the daily consumption category. Other Mediterranean pyramids also include wine. The USDA Pyramid graphic makes no reference to wine and only mentions "alcohol" consumption on the last page of the explanations. Wine is grouped together with other alcoholic beverages and given no special consideration.

For more information on wine and it's health benefits see the following article for TheDietChannel: Wine: The Health Benefits of Drinking Red Wine.

USDA and Mediterranean food pyramids: WHICH DIET IS HEALTHIER?

A diet based on the Mediterranean Pyramid would be largely vegetarian, with daily emphasis on grain foods, vegetables, fruit, cheese, yogurt and olive oil. It would be high fiber, low sugar, and high fat, due to the olive oil. Fish, poultry, or occasionally red meat could be included daily. By contrast, the USDA pyramid diet would include meat, poultry or dairy several times a day. Most of the fat in the USDA version would come from meat, cheese, and vegetable oil. Most of the fat in the Mediterranean version would be from olive oil, with smaller amounts from nuts.

Given what we know about the benefits of olive oil, high-fiber plant foods, and limiting sweets and saturated fats, it's clear that the food plan outlined by the Mediterranean Food Pyramid would result in a healthier diet. The USDA pyramid gives prominence to meat and dairy products and fails to address the issue of fat type by lumping all fats and oils together in one group.

CONCULSION: the Mediterranean Food Pyramid helps improve food choices

The Mediterranean Food Pyramid is a great guide for anyone wanting to improve their food choices. The pyramid created by the Greek government gives clear recommendations for servings and types of foods. Even if you did not manage to follow the recommendations 100%, making basic changes to emphasize plant-based foods and olive oil, while de-emphasizing meats and sweets would result in a healthier diet.

By Donna Feldman, MS, RD

www.thedietchannel.com/the-mediterra
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