Fill Up On the Mediterranean Diet
What if we told you there’s a healthy, delicious, and nutritious diet out there that has been around for centuries and has a proven track record of helping people feel full for longer, lose weight, and cut cravings? You probably want to say we’re crazy, but hear us out. Our nutritionists understand the difficulties of dieting and have researched healthy ways of eating to make your life easier. If you’re serious about weight loss, or just eating better every day to help your overall wellbeing, you’ll want to know more about the Mediterranean diet.
The Mediterranean diet is comprised of fruits, veggies, lean meats, and healthy fats that give you a full day’s dose of vitamins and nutrients so that you don’t need to spend countless dollars on multivitamins and supplements. The menu is extensive as it doesn’t focus on excluding any food group, but rather it uses the foods and flavors found in the region. Bright citrus mixes with earthly and herbaceous seasoning fill every dish to help you forget about all of the heavily processed, over salted, and high-fructose corn syrup laced foods you’re used to. By ditching the store bought meals and snacks in favor of a plate filled with tasty grilled and baked veggies, lean grilled meats, and lighter carbs, you’ll stay full for longer – and your heart/cholesterol levels will thank you.
One of the common misconceptions about the Mediterranean diet, and the part that trips people up at first, is the reduction in meat overall. You typically won’t have red meat or pork with your meals; if you do have meat, it will be (deliciously seasoned) grilled chicken (none of that bland poached stuff here!) or fish (typically white fish, such as cod, haddock, tilapia, or grouper). Instead, you’ll have plates full of fruits and vegetables; the good news here is that your portions will increase as these foods are low calorie, especially compared to fried foods, red meats, and the foods we’re used to. Some simple ways to get started are by slicing up eggplant and roasting it in the oven with some balsamic vinegar and black pepper. Instead of potato chips or french fries, bake your potatoes and add some Greek yogurt instead of sour cream (incredibly, they taste similar and at a fraction of the calories, with the added benefit of additional protein in your diet).
A lot of people don’t look forward to eating salads, but we promise you’ll love this one and want to have it multiple times a week. Slice up some cucumber, grape or cherry tomatoes, dice a red onion and red bell pepper (or green if you prefer that earthier flavor), and toss in a few olives, chick peas, and capers (for that brine-tastic profile). Season it with lemon juice, red wine vinegar, a tablespoon of high quality olive oil, a pinch of salt and some black pepper. Sprinkle some cayenne pepper, paprika, oregano, and cumin for authentic seasoning. This salad is cool, crunchy, bright, citrusy, and too delicious to put down for a minute.
Pick up some boneless and skinless chicken breasts and marinade them in Greek yogurt, lemon juice, salt, and paprika overnight and toss that on the grill or in the oven. You won’t believe how incredibly tender, juicy, and delicious it is. It’ll be the best lean meat you’ve ever had and you’ll forget all about its unhealthy deep fried cousin.
Everyone always makes the mistake of thinking that a diet is nothing but boring, plain salads and starving yourself all day. By following the Mediterranean diet, you’ll be full, happy, and healthy as you watch the pounds fall off. If you have any questions about the Mediterranean diet, or our weight loss programs, feel free to call us or email us to learn more and we’ll be happy to discuss the plans we have available and which one is right for you. Call (423) 330-6308 today!