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September 2, 2011 at 8:22 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

The Mediterranean Diet

By Jessica Corwin MPH RDN More Blogs by This Author

A brief definition of the Mediterranean Diet and what it entails from registered dietitian Jessica Butcher.
Host, Gerry Barnaby - Hey, what’s happenin’, Barnaby here.  Some people would say that diet is a four letter word.  And it is, if it means depriving yourself of food just to lose weight and be healthier.  This is another HelloLife Moment and it’s all about matching your commitment to a healthy lifestyle.  And so, Jessica Butcher who is a Registered Dietician.  And we’re going to talk to you about the Mediterranean Diet.  How is that different than all the other diets we hear about? 
Health Coach, Jessica Butcher, RD – The Mediterranean Diet – and I use that term so loosely because it’s not really what you think of when you think of a diet.  A diet usually focuses on what you can’t have and it takes away all those foods you really crave.  Whereas the Mediterranean Diet, they focus on the good foods that you can have.  They focus on – the diet’s just filled with the healthiest, the most fresh, just the best foods you can possibly get. 
Barnaby – Ok.  Well you know we are shooting this in the wine aisle for a reason.  Because, not only is it food, but also, the pleasures of life incorporated into this diet.  Such as a little bit of vino?
Jessica – A little bit of vino is right.  A lot of people in the Mediterranean region, they like to have a glass of red wine with their meal at night.  It really helps them to slow down, enjoy the meal and savor the flavors of that meal.  And what they do that’s different than what a lot of Americans, they stick with moderation.  They might just stick with three or four ounces of red wine for that entire plate.
Barnaby – That’s pretty good, right?  So let’s talk about some of the food you can expect to accompany the wine.  Because as we are talking about the Mediterranean region, there is fish.  There’s probably less meat.  So describe the diet to us.
Jessica – The diet’s largely plant based.  It’s built on a lot of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds.  But then they do add in the delicious fatty fish and some chicken a couple times a week.  But very little, very little red meats at all. 
Barnaby – Alrightie.  Well, I tell you what.  It sounds delicious, it sounds healthy, and we’re going to delve in a little more deeply in ensuing segments to really flesh out  - if you will – the Mediterranean Diet.  So thanks so very much.
Jessica – You’re very welcome.

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