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2/10/11 12:23 P

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Thank you for the replies everyone!

I think the white bread in Turkey was still way healthier than anything packaged you would get in the US. It had that made from scratch texture and taste. You can buy flat bread (lavash) and fluffy pretzels on the street there, though I did this only once. I was all about the apple tea! ...and no it's nothing like 'apple flavoured' teas you might get here emoticon

I never had a need or desire to eat other besides seafood in Japan. Japanese food is very macrobiotic and the portion sizes so sensible. I love green tea and became really fond of green tea ice cream---LOL even the Obon holiday only Green Tea Mc.Flurries from Mc.Donald's.

I have this policy of not being too strict about maintaining vegetarianism when travelling, my 'pyramid' of meat goes: Fish, Chicken, Lamb/goat, beef---I don't eat pork ever and lucky me have never had to take that beef step. Only had goat once...at a Saudi families' house....HAHA I have many Saudi friends and not a one can understand why someone would be vegetarian, so when in their homes I respect their customs :)



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Hi again Samantha, When I lived in that part of the world they used ground wheat and corn ...it was very roughly ground too.
You would sometimes get the husks caught up in your teeth..
But it tasted so very good and great fibre .. they would also use sour milk to bind it ...So I am guessing it was a sort of sourdough.
Its funny but when you are kids growing up ..you really don't take so much notice of how and why .. if it tastes good you eat it!
I used to love the way they cooked the fish ! it was either gutted and stuffed with vine leaves and basil or thyme and a piece of a sliver of wood joined it then baked in the oven ...was really nice.
My grandparents were very fond of fish stew too.. with pieces of the bread to mop up all the juices .
I am sure you will enjoy this team ... we are all open to new recipes and we are all supportive of one another .
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2/5/11 11:19 P

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So glad you posted a little more about yourself Samantha. Your experience abroad is priceless. Reading about someplace and the way they eat is very different than having a personal experience with it. The white bread/Turkey experience is interesting. I wonder if this is a more recent experience - in the last 30 years or so. Unfortunately some of the benefits of the Mediterranean eating have been lost in the Mediterranean region as Western influences take over. Of course Becky is probably right about the white bread being different than our white bread fare. I remember the Wonder bread of my youth..... It took me a long time to change the white bread habit but now I can't imagine eating such a bland, untextured bread.

You must have been quite young when you became a vegetarian. Do you now eat red meat and poultry or did the Japanese influence stop at fish. I have heard that vegetarian's traveling in the Baltic countries have a hard time of it unless they are really into potatoes with lots of butter. We are quite lucky here in the states to have so many options.



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Hi Samantha!

Glad you posted about your personal experience with the Mediterranean way of eating. You're right, it's not really a diet at all, but a way of life.

I find it interesting about the white bread in Turkey, but I would suppose that they don't eat the "white" bread that we are accustomed to here in the States. Is that right? I would imagine that it is fresh baked from unbleached flour. I love sourdough bread and find it almost impossible to give it up. I have really cut down on the butter though. I allow myself one pat or less of butter a day.

I too was not really fond of fish, but I must say, I have a wonderful (simple) recipe for Mahi-Mahi that you might enjoy. (Grilled Mahi-Mahi) Check out the cookbook that I put together for the team and see what you think. You can locate the link to the cookbook on our Team's Page in the links section.

I'm glad you joined the team. It is really helpful to have someone who has experienced eating the healthy way first hand.

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Hi Sam,
Welcome to the Mediterranean Team.
We are a active and friendly group of Sparkies that fervently believe this lifestyle choice is the way to live our lives.


We have all benefited greatly, from the lovely fresh food and exercise, this is especially good for our hearts and many of the medical profession recommend this way of eating and lifestyle ...
Please feel free to ask for help if your need it ..
All our challenges are set to help you to track you Nutrition and Exercise .. this is one of the most essential part of this team.
We have Forums for you to participate in and also games to play... they are also all engineered to help you focus on our lifestyle.
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2/5/11 10:07 P

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Hi everyone,

Thought I should stop by and say 'hi. My name is Samantha and I am 27 and have been on Sparkpeople since August, and just celebrated a year and 55 pounds gone overall.

I love the Meditternean style of eating/foods and was following that way even before I put a name to it. I absolutely love mixed nuts, fresh greens, cheese and most seafood (not so keen on 'stronger' fish like Mahi-Mahi.)

I was a really strict vegetarian for ten years before I moved to Japan for a couple of months and accepted seafood---not sure how someone can be vegetarian there on the long term though I do have one friend that ate white bread and riceballs the entire time!

I am also very fortunate that I have visted Turkey and seen the the Meditternean style of eating in action, overall people seemed healthier in appearance and attitude than some of the other places I visted where either too much fried food or not enough food in general was being eaten. Though I must say this about the Turks...they love their white bread...a standard Turkish breakfast is almost always white bread, boiled egg, a bit of feta or sheep cheese and jam.

It's nice to be here :)

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