Monday, January 8, 2018

#DietForever | What is Mediterranean Diet?

Oh my! Few weeks ago, I was on Keto diet, I survived Christmas with very minimal cheating. But still there was cheating, so meh. It takes a while to go into ketosis, I think, for me, give or take, 3 days, so if I suddenly cheat, then there goes the diet, hello, fats! I think it will be hard for me to go back to it because unless I commit to it (truly, madly, deeply), I will always need to worry on all the bacon and fats I'm slurping if I suddenly break the fast. The struggle is even worse after the New Year with all those fruits I hoarded. I thought of going for a week on GM Diet, but realistically, with it, I can only do 2 days. Desperately, I googled weight loss diet  with fruits and vegetables and and red wine (I'm missing my daily glass of red wine with Keto Diet)? Hahaha Tadaaaa...Mediterranean Diet is it!

It is said to be a heart-healthy eating plan where it incorporates the basics of healthy eating — plus a splash of flavorful olive oil and perhaps a glass of red wine. It also features whole wheat and other grains, fruits, vegetables, and a certain amount of seafood, but low in meat and dairy products. Hmmmm 🤔 it's amazing, how it just refers back to the usual healthy diet espoused and preached by my parents, and now I preach and nag to my son about, minus the wine. 😉

Mediterranean Diet welcomes a glass of Red Wine to boot. 🍷 Whaaat? Red wine? I'm in!
Mediterranean Diet Food Guide from Wikipedia
Eat: Vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, potatoes, whole grains, breads, herbs, spices, fish, seafood and extra virgin olive oil.
Eat in moderation: Poultry, eggs, cheese and yogurt.
Eat only rarely: Red meat.
Don't eat: Sugar-sweetened beverages, added sugars, processed meat, refined grains, refined oils and other highly processed foods. Credit: Source
The upside of going into this diet today, and hopefully committing to it, is we actually have an abundance of fruits and vegetables in California. It's so easy to eat colors. Plus, we actually use Olive Oil in cooking anyhow. My difficulty will probably be eating less of red meat, which I can survive not eating for a year when I was on medical emergency last time. So yes. Maybe I can do this too. Minimizing sweets and desserts, hmmm, I can do that too. I hope. The serving of healthy carbohydrates via whole grains makes it realistic. People, I need rice and bread too. The difficulty of Mediterranean Diet personally for me is that there's no recommended serving or calories. Plus, there's no measurable committed weight loss like how Keto and Scarsdale diet do (albeit very drastic), where you can actually lose plus minus a pound per day. Going into Mediterranean diet will bring me back to the ever reliable of really living a healthy lifestyle and committing to it long term. Oh well, we're creature of habit anyhow and I've been on diet forever. Will be updating this another weight-loss journey here and on IG (@chicsassymom). Follow me. Wish me luck. Let's do this! Aja! Aja! Fighting! ✌🏻 

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