The Mediterranean Diet – Tasty and Healthy
I don’t know about you but when I’m looking to lose weight I need a diet that I’m going to stick to, with all the best intentions in the world I couldn’t last for more than a couple of days on a cabbage soup diet or a baby food diet.
The one diet I can manage and enjoy though is The Mediterranean Diet, you can eat so many varied and tasty meals from a variety of exotic and interesting cuisines that you will never grow bored with this change to your lifestyle.
Though the Mediterranean region includes a large number of countries the Mediterranean Diet is limited to the cuisine of just a few areas; Southern Italy, Greece, Spain, and Morocco.
Some of the main ingredients that are utilized are;
Olive Oil – is deemed to provide protection against heart disease and certain cancers as well as a number of other diseases from osteoporosis to diabetes.
Fish – a diet rich in omega 3 is very beneficial to the heart and it is suggested that fish is eaten at least once a week.
Tomatoes – are a staple of this diet especially in the Southern Italian region were tomato-based sauces are widely used. Tomatoes have a number of healthy properties especially for men as cooked tomato can lower the risk of prostate cancer.
Wine – Yes this one’s my favorites, a couple of glasses of wine with your meal is good for your health, a bottle of wine with your meal not so good!
Another great thing about Mediterranean cooking is that you can get hold of pretty much all the ingredients locally and with our ever-shrinking global economy you can even go online and pick up all your herbs and spices online, even Amazon stock most of them.
You also don’t need all sorts of specialized gadgets or hard to find pots and pans for Mediterranean cooking.
A mortar and pestle are used quite often and to make more authentic dishes you could purchase a Paella dish or a Moroccan Tagine.. A heavy-bottomed grill pan would also be useful for cooking Mediterranean style.
If you wish to learn more about the Mediterranean Diet I would recommend these two books;
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Mediterranean Diet – this book goes really in-depth explaining the benefits of the diet as well as providing you with seventy-five tasty recipes. It also makes it really easy for you to start this diet with meal plans and shopping lists. I wouldn’t describe myself as an idiot but I like things simple and easy so this book would be ideal if you are like me.
The New Mediterranean Diet Cookbook: A Delicious Alternative for Lifelong Health – is a great compliment to the idiot’s guide, it provides you with a further 250 recipes to use all suitable for the American Kitchen. I like how the author weaves in a bit of history about the cuisine into the recipes as well.
Even if you still crave that Burrito or a bit of traditional home cooking now and again, why not try incorporating a few Mediterranean Dishes into your weekly menu.
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