Mediterranean Diet Pyramid

Why am I FINALLY starting the Mediterranean Diet?

Doctor Says…

The last couple of years when I have gone into my yearly doctor appointment, I have been told that I need to lose weight. I always told them that I am “working on it”, but in reality that didn’t last very long. When we got married I lost some weight, but gained it all right back. Last year when I went my doctor was very specific about trying the Mediterranean Diet.

Let’s try another one…

I have tried a bunch of different fixes and diets but none of them seemed to last. With these methods, I was always trying to cut out all the things I love even though I knew they were not the best for me. I tried going vegan, but I love CHEESE! I tried the 21 day fix, but I got frustrated when it came to counting all those containers. I tried Weight Watchers, but I felt like I got penalized for eating nuts because they were so many points, when in reality they are healthy. I felt like I gained traction in counting macros but I just became obsessive about it which isn’t healthy either so I just kind of gave it all up.

What is the Mediterranean Diet…

While I don’t really consider this a “diet” in the sense that it seems more like a lifestyle change than anything. It still allows me to eat CARBS and CHEESE but just in more modest proportions. This is fine with me because I can still have them without feeling guilty!

The Mayo Clinic lists this diet as one of the healthiest diets especially when it comes to heart health. I have family history of high blood pressure and high cholesterol and I would be lying if I said that these things didn’t weigh heavily on me as I move into my mid 30’s. My husband and I are starting to think about having kids and I just want to be the best health I can when we do get to that point. I feel like this something that I can really stick with and still keep the variety up!

The Goal…

I want to take the building blocks of the Mediterranean Diet and apply them to more western cuisine. My husband is of Italian descent so all things fish are not foreign to him. However, I grew up in the Midwest and fish at my family table was Gordon’s fish sticks. We have been trying to eat more fish but sometimes it just gets bland! It seems like the internet is really lacking on a lot of approachable fish recipes that fit into the Mediterranean Diet category. I’m all for a good cream sauce, but this is something that we are going to have to work on!

My goal is to help make the Mediterranean Diet not only more approachable, but more affordable as well. Even though it’s just the two of us, we try and stick to a tight food budget. Seafood can be expensive, but I want to try to keep the sides filling, healthy, cheap and accessible.

So come follow me while I embark on this journey. I’m sure I will fumble along the way, but it’s not about being perfect, it’s just about being better!

Building blocks of the Mediterranean Diet.

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