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12/5/13 8:35 A

Jumping on this healthy eating plan, I am 55 and want to lower my Triglycerides and want to have a great overall Cholesterol report next time I get my numbers. Dr wanted me to come back 6 months. I don't want to get on a pill for this if I can do it with diet.

Any advice is great and I love the pantry list NAUSIKAA. and the website info here. Thanks! Checked out the Mediterranean Diet book from the library on my Kindle.
I can do this and will. I feel like I am on my own little island as it seems hard to find people doing this and giving comments on Spark and MVP.
It seems like everyone wants to do the new improved fad diets. I will focus on this and get healthy. I looked into the Gluten free but I don't think it makes a good diet for myself and husband.

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
4/12/13 3:30 A

I live the Mediterranean lifestyle (it's actually not just diet, but exercise as well) -- I live in Greece which makes it very easy. A pantry list... well here are some basics:

- a wide variety of dried legumes: yellow split peas, green split peas, black eyed peas, chickpeas, black beans, kidney beans, white beans, fava beans, etc.
- rice (I use brown rice and jasmine rice)
- pastas
- bulgur
- cornmeal (for polenta)
- vinegars and oils (primarily olive oil)
- yogurt
- seasonal fruit
- seasonal vegetables and root vegetables
- small fish once/week
- poultry, larger fish every 2 weeks
- red meat no more than once/month if at all
(most meals are vegetarian based around legumes and vegetables)
- olives
- honey
- eggs
- wine

This is how my husband and I eat. In a traditional Mediterranean diet like ours, lunch should be by far the largest meal of the day and dinner is very very small. We eat about 1/2 of our calories at lunch and spread the other 1/2 over breakfast, afternoon snack, and dinner.

Edited by: NAUSIKAA at: 4/12/2013 (03:31)
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3/24/13 4:55 P

Thank-you going to go to the website

ARANYANI Posts: 113
3/24/13 3:00 P

lots of fresh veggies and fruits, olive oil, eat more fish than other meats, etc.

The website has recipes and advices for the mediterranean and asian diets (also very healthy) - there is a pantry list here:

I've tried some of the recipes and found them quite good.

JACKIE1375 SparkPoints: (1,435)
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3/20/13 10:55 A

Has anyone tried this? I'm interested in it and need a pantry list.

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