Embracing an Organic Mediterranean diet

Atkins, Low Carb or Paleo? I am getting confused.

Diets seem to come and go, they are fashionable for a while, they bring to light new trendy foods which hit the shops and make the producers big money and then they slowly fade and disappear only for them to be replaced by some other new trend. But can you treat a diet like clothing and follow the fashions?

fresh fruit

Fad diets, as they are called, often seem to happily exclude entire food groups and they seem to work for a while, for example if you want to lose weight, only to be abandoned later on because they are too extreme, really difficult to stick to and sometimes potentially unhealthy.

There are no shortcuts when it comes to diet: it needs to have the right balance of fruit and vegetables, cereals, carbohydrates and proteins, it should be enjoyable and delicious and this is just what the Mediterranean diet, rich in fruit and vegetables, fresh fish and olive oil is all about. A diet is about lifestyle and certainly not a short term thing.

fresh mackerel

Mackerel is an excellent source of Omega 3

When I was a child I had some digestive problems and my belly looked like a little inflated balloon so my parents decided to put me on a partial macrobiotic diet for a few years. Macrobiotic food was popular in the 70s, it was developed by a Japanese educator named George Ohsawa. This diet is low-fat, high in fiber and predominantly vegetarian. It emphasizes whole grains, beans, legumes, and vegetables and it is low in saturated animal fat, dairy products and sugar.

So tamari (soya sauce), seaweed, umeboshi prunes, grains, seeds, wholemeal bread and brown rice was daily food for me. I remember hating it as it was so boring and bland. My happiest days were when I would come home from school to find a big bowl of pasta with ragu’ waiting for me. Then I did have a broad smile on my face!

As soon as I grew out of my digestive problems thankfully my parents decided to stop the diet and I continued with a normal Mediterranean diet. I loved it although I must say the taste for wholesome foods, grains and seeds (and brown rice sometimes) has stayed with me ever since… and I guess this is not such a bad thing after all!

I believe that the Mediterranean diet is one of the best ways to keep healthy and fit. It is also important to consider that these days those gorgeous looking fruit and vegetables you see on display in supermarkets may have a large amount of pesticides with strawberries, apples, peaches, grapes, celery, peppers, cucumbers at the top of the list for pesticides residues .

fruit and vegetables at the Italian market

Wash well or peel fruit before consuming it as it is heavily treated with pesticides.

Just before having children I decided to embrace an almost totally organic diet prioritizing food over clothing and holidays. Children are more sensitive to pesticides especially when they are very young.

Organic food is expensive for most people but the trick is to buy a few key ingredients like chicken, which is often mass produced, milk, flour and at least some fruit and vegetables.Β  We mustn’t forget that whatever you put into our bodies will show from the outside as well as from the inside with higher energy levels, bright skin and with an overall feeling of well being.

Eating well is not only beneficial to your body but to your mind too as you will be able to function better, think more clearly, feel happier and healthier for it.

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8 Responses to Embracing an Organic Mediterranean diet

  1. Steve

    Well written. Good, sensible approach to healthy eating. This is something we all need to be reminded of from time to time.

  2. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    What a good post…You have written so much good info and also well written. I try to buy organic when I can. Especially fruits and veggies. Yes, most of it is expensive, but I look at it, that it is so important to spend a small amount extra then going to the Dr. later on if you get sick from pesticides, etc. Growing up in an Italian family as well, my mom used the Mediterranean Diet all the time. We used to have Mackerel fish as well. It was so good. But you are so right Alida, eating well is not only beneficial to your body but to your mind too as you will be able to function better, think more clearly, feel happier and healthier for it as you said…..thank you for sharing….Hope that your weekend is a fun a good one…
    Dottie πŸ™‚

  3. Elisabetta

    I am with you 100 % Alida. I’ve been eating healthily for as long as I remember. No processed foods, some good fats like olive oil and nuts and very little sugar. Organic if possible especially for chicken and eggs. And of course, the revered Mediterranean diet (more specifically, it’s Italian for me! πŸ™‚ )

    • Alida

      Oh we are just the same then! I am very strict with eggs too. My parents always kept hens so I grew up we free range organic eggs. You really can tell the difference between a good and a bad egg! Also with meat too. Ciao! x

  4. la cucina di Molly

    Concordo con te, la dieta mediterranea Γ¨ la migliore e salutare! Nella mia cucina non manca mai frutta verdura e un ottimo olio d’oliva di produzione familiare! Un abbraccio e buon fine settimana!

    • Alida

      Ne sono sicura,vivi nel posto perfetto per praticare la dieta mediterranea alla perfezione. Con l’olio d’oliva, i pomodori e il pesce che avete voi.. sono gelosa! Che bonta’!

  5. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    I love Mediterranean dishes..veggie heavy and lots of seafood..just the right thing for me.

  6. gloria

    I love mediterranean food, is the best ALida! Nice post!! And I love veggies and fruits!!
    xo

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