Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Losing Weight

The Mediterranean diet is not a diet, per se, but a way of life, a way of eating.

"It's a series of healthy lifestyle choices that can get you to your weight loss goal while you eat delicious, flavorful foods and get out and enjoy life," Meri Raffetto and Wendy Jo Peterson explain in Mediterranean Diet Cookbook For Dummies.

The lifestyle changes include exercising regularly, eating more slowly, avoiding stress, eating smaller portions, and consuming primarily fruits, vegetables and grains.

Mediterranean Diet Cookbook For Dummies 
Review: Mediterranean Diet Cookbook For Dummies

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Mediterranean Diet Cookbook For Dummies

Mediterranean Diet Cookbook For Dummies
by Meri Raffetto and Wendy Jo Peterson
For Dummies, 2011

The diet of Mediterraneans is credited by health professionals for lower rates of coronary artery disease, diabetes and fewer cancers among their population as compared to Americans.  Consuming lots of fruits and vegetables, legumes, olive oil, fish and poultry, nuts, cheese and yogurt, and red wine obviously has benefits, along with a less stressful and more active lifestyle.

While primarily a cookbook with 160 recipes inspired by Mediterranean cuisine, this book is also an introduction to the lifestyle of the region and how that influences food choices and meal planning.