“If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” – Yogi Berra
“How many things I can do without!” – Socrates
Traditionally, the Mediterranean diet consisted of fresh vegetables and fruit, olive oil, fish, whole grains, and wine in moderation; the health benefits of eating like this are unmatched. It makes sense that the Greeks were fabulous athletes and philosophers.
The traditional Mediterranean diet has been linked to slower mental decline in the elderly…simply put, it’s brain food. High in Omega-3s, which may lower the risk of Alzheimer’s, a diet rich in the above foods reduces inflammation and may lower the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, arthritis, and cancer to name a few.
But because people love to eat and have access to processed, greasy, fatty foods, the Mediterranean diet is lost in the fryer. 75% of Greeks are overweight, over half of the people in Italy, Spain, and Portugal are overweight, and Spain ranks third in child obesity in Europe.
Let’s start eating like Zeus and drinking like Dionysus…occasionally.
We’ll start off simple…Greek Salad
- Cut 3 vine ripe tomatoes into chunks
- Thinly slice 1 onion
- Cut 1/2 of a European seedless cucumber into bite-sized chunks
- Slice 1 seeded red bell pepper and 1 seeded green pepper
- Combine in a bowl with 1 cup Kalamata olives and about 1/2 cup of flat-leaf parsley
- 2 slices of Greek feta (I prefer goats milk feta, in case you were wondering)
- Mix together with a couple of glugs of olive oil and some splashes of red wine vinegar
- Perhaps season with 1 tsp dried oregano, a pinch or two of salt and black pepper
Totally fresh…especially if you have any of these treats growing in your garden.