Eat Like A Greek
Very sane way of eating, as it’s all unprocessed foods. But there’s yet another component that comes into it, the lack of stress and “feeling guilty” because one ate this or that food. Over on a fitness board that I frequent, it seems like an awful lot of young women are really stressing so much about food one way or the other. They’re stressing over having one little treat per week, or deviating in the slightest from an extremely spartan diet to try to lose weight or to avoid gaining any. I mean, just today, one woman asked if eating 3 tomatoes in one day was bad for her – can you imagine! Or that any kind of starchy carbs are the work of the devil! Demonizing whole food groups creates a lot of internal stress. It’s one thing to avoid white flour, sugary junk with trans-fats etc. but to stress over even whole grains, etc. is just beyond the pale, IMO. It’s about balance and finding out what works on one’s body and getting on with life. Recently, I was reading a study that showed that even when eating a perfectly clean diet reasonable in fats, etc. if the people were stressed out it didn’t do them as much good as would be thought. Conversely, the other people who were not stressed and felt like they had more control over things, even when they ate things that were high in fat and cholesterol, didn’t suffer nearly the amount of bad effects that would be expected. The same stress connection can be applied to exercise too. If one is that stressed out, some forms of exercise can register as stress instead of beneficial fat-burning activity.
But back to the Mediterranean style of eating – this isn’t rocket science, it’s real foods eaten in a leisurely manner in the company of friends and family – no gulping down some processed junk while worrying that one is going to be late somewhere or has too much to do already. Americans could learn a lot from the Mediterranean cultures for sure.