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MIAMIRN's Photo MIAMIRN Posts: 2,677
7/26/19 8:54 A

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CRISHTEENA's Photo CRISHTEENA Posts: 5
7/26/19 8:49 A

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Hi, this is Crishteena, who started the post. Thanks for all of the helpful replies. So many great points made. I'm treating it as a way of life rather than a diet.

It's not easy to change my bad ways such as eating sweets, but I'm making progress. My doctor recommended it because it's works well with diabetes and just "makes sense". Exercise and lots of water need to accompany my "way of life".

Again, thanks to all for the great conversation and tips.

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7/23/19 1:59 P

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I agree that the Mediterranean "diet" is more of just a style of eating vs a "diet." This is how we try to eat in our home - the base of our intake is fruit/veggies, healthy fats (oils, nuts/seeds, avocado) sparingly, some fish, eggs, chicken, with our main dairy being greek yogurt, occasional cheese. Rare red meat and saturated fat. My personal downfall is sweets!! I could eat sweets all day, but I have really been working hard to cut WAY back lately. These extra pounds have got to go and I know the culprit. :)



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7/22/19 5:14 P

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The Mediterranean diet is simply a life style associated with that area of the world. If you approach this as something that offers you a wide choice of delicious healthy food you'll do just fine.

It's more about what you can eat than what you can't eat. Focus on all the wonderful aspects of the diet, and like anything, do the best you can. There will be days or meals where you might be eating more like the Standard American Diet (SAD) and that's OK. for me, I aim for healthy eating about 80 - 90% of the time and that works just fine.
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MIAMIRN's Photo MIAMIRN Posts: 2,677
7/22/19 1:21 P

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I've been eating the Mediterranean diet since childhood. I had no idea I was eating the Mediterranean diet until the medical community started writing about it. For me, it was just how I was raised. So, how did I become so huge you ask? It started when I began to have health problems. What changed was how I was eating, not what I was eating. What changed was proportions and snacking on sweets. I began drinking sweet drinks or juice, eating desserts, sweets, bread, and starches in large proportions. Plus, I was snacking with my all-time favorite, ice cream! Before long, I became so round you could roll me down the street! Lol. I have a sense of humor but in reality, depression and low self-esteem hit me hard.

I now use "My plate" for portion control. It's from the National Institute of Health site. I use a medium-size plate. 1/2 of my plate is vegetables and some fruit, 1/4 meat, fish or some kind of low-fat protein and the last 1/4 is for bread, potato or pasta. I make my own dressing. I don't use butter or margarine, cut the fat off beef, pork, etc. before cooking lean meats. I sautee a couple of times a week but never drown my food in olive oil. I actually only eat meat or chicken once a week. I've gotten to like fish much more than I used to. I've learned how to make delicious vegetable dishes that are truly filling. It was a struggle, but I now like drinking water with lemon or lime or some kind of fruit in it.

My point is, there are hundreds of ways to sabotage a healthy plan. So just trying a new meal plan is not just in the meal plan, but how you manage it.

I'm not saying the change for me was easy. No way it was. I started and stopped and changed my diet plan, went back to the Mediterranean food plan again. It took several years for me to come out of denial and stop eating emotionally. It took longer to make it my lifestyle and actually learn to like it.

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It's SO worth it though.

I hope I helped a little.

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PS: SparkPeople has a "Mediterranean Way" team. It has lots of information and education. You might like it emoticon

My name is Elona. I live in the Philippines.
Love life! Never, never give up! Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never give in nothing, great or small, large or petty. Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense-Winston Churchill. When you have a lemon, make lemonade!


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7/22/19 1:48 A

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You can spend the time and money on a dietician if you want, but if your Doc told you to do something that makes sense, I would go with that, at least to start. If it doesn't work out, try something else. US News and World Report has become a pretty reliable way to check out eating plans over the last decade or so and if they rank a diet/eating plan in their top twenty or so, I'm certainly not afraid to give it a shot, so I'd say you're good with the Mediterranean Diet as it is their pick for number one overall this year (and I think it has been in the top five for several years running). If you go to their website you can read their reasoning for reaching that conclusion as well.

I don't think they rank SparkPeople even in the top ten, but I've lost over eighty pounds just using the simple Spark plan of counting calories and exercising. There is no one perfect way to do it, but as for me Doctor advice takes precedent until I prove to myself it's not working, then I regroup and go from there. Good luck with whatever you choose!

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7/21/19 2:29 P

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In addition to what NIRERIN said, is there a medical reason your doctor recommended a Mediterranean eating style? Yes, it is a style that focuses on many good things like fresh vegetables and fruits, lean protein and healthy fat. Honestly, your unless your doctor is also a properly trained and licensed Registered Dietician, he probably only has a baseline knowledge of what a healthy diet is. If you are trying to resolve health issues through nutrition like diabetes or cardiac issues, your doctor should really refer you to a Registered Dietitian.

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NIRERIN Posts: 14,679
7/21/19 12:25 P

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Not sure what you are trying to do now, but you can always just cherry pick what you like best from the Mediterranean and use what you like best from what you are doing now and then add in other options from wherever you find them as you find them. Do what works for you and your body. Beyond that no one is coming to knock down your door because you had a non-Mediterranean meal. So if your blood work looks good, your weight is good (or moving in the right direction) and you enjoy it, do it.

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7/21/19 11:14 A

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I am so hesitant about starting something else and quitting. However, I'm going to try this mediterranean diet anyway. My doctor recommended it, and I like the way it sounds. So far, I'm doing OK with it.

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