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Life in General « Page 2

Life in General


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New Years Resolutions – 2011


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Normally I would have a long list of resolutions about poor eating habits, exercise and the many changes I would like to make in the new year – a fresh start! But, I feel so great since changing my eating to the

Happy New Year 2011

Mediterranean-style diet, that I have no regrets, no resolutions – only to proceed as normal.

I suppose it wouldn’t hurt me to add more exercise to my lifestyle. I do a lot of swimming and outside activities in the summer, but winter – I’m tucked in for the long winter’s night! And I don’t want to come out until Spring!

My daughter, who had been very active in sports, took the fall and now winter off. She’s feeling consequences of “not moving” too. She’s asked me to look into finding an affordable treadmill so we can both use it. Not a bad idea.

But for me, 2011 – moving forward in Mediterranean Style!


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Helping those Struggling with Hunger – Susquehanna Bank Help for the Holidays


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A local bank is helping millions of people who are struggling with hunger.
Susquehanna bank, a local bank with a heart gives you the opportunity to donate up to 15 meals with two easy clicks!

From November 15 through December 31, they are running their first ever #Tweet2Feed campaign.
With two simple clicks, you can donate up to 15 meals to individuals and families in need.

It’s a great idea and you can really make a difference. Check it out here – http://susquehanna.net/Promotions/tweet2feed.aspx.


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More Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet


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I’ve seen the benefits of the Mediterranean diet in my cholesterol, weight and general well-being. But, I just found an article that shows this lifestyle may even help reduce depression. A Spanish study followed 11,000 people who followed the Mediterranean diet closely and found that these people had a 30% reduction in the risk of depression than those whose diet had few of the crucial Mediterranean elements.

There was a whole host of positive benefits that have been found by following the Mediterranean-style diet, including “the diet may improve blood vessel function, fight inflammation and repair oxygen-related cell damage – all of which could reduce the chances of developing depression.” – according to the study, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry journal.

From what I read, it is beneficial to those who MOST closely follow the diet. So, it seems as if you can’t just take some aspects of the diet and enjoy all the benefits, but you must really adhere to the plan to reap all the health rewards.


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My Favorite Part of the Mediterranean Diet


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I recently wrote a post on what I miss most since I started the Mediterranean Diet (ice cream for those who missed that post). But there are many things and foods that I really enjoy since following the Mediterranean Diet.

First and foremost – I love the way I feel, I love the fact that the weight is coming off so easily and I love that my health continues to improve. But there are foods that I love too. These are some of the new foods (new to me) that I really like -

1. Hummus, and I like the Tribe Brand the best. I like the red pepper, garlic and the 40 spices flavors.

2. Black bean & corn salad (see past post)

3. Whole grain, multi-grain breads – they’re so good

4. FISH – who knew I could love fish???

5. Finally, the thing I love the most about the Mediterranean Diet – RED WINE! My doctor says I need to have one glass of red wine every day. I love that!


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Mediterranean Diet – What I Miss the Most…


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It’s been almost two months since I started the Mediterranean Diet in which I gave up sugar, dairy and white flour. I admit that I feel great, I’ve lost at least 10 lbs, my cholesterol has dropped a significant amount, and I miss ice cream most of all.

Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae  It was easy to give up white flour, white rice, white pasta. Much of the change was very easy for me – it was a new and different mind-set – but from the get-go I never felt like I was “dieting”. There was never a date a weight or an event where this was all coming to an end. This was my new life. Any time that I felt tempted to go back to my old ways – I would remind myself that if I continued down that path – I would surely die (at least sooner than later). But, all that being said – the one food that I miss most of all – ICE CREAM. Wonderful, chocolate ice cream! From Bryers to Ben & Jerry’s – I love it all. I miss Dairy Queen Blizzards made with chocolate soft-serve, Snickers, Butterfingers and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! I miss hot fudge sundae’s from Courtney’s Sundae Shoppe. I miss Breuster’s – Peanut Butter Cup Sundaes. I even miss the little Weight Watchers DIET sundaes and ice cream treats.

Now, I feel better than ever and I’m not going back there… and my doctor has even said that an occasional indulgence is fine – it just can’t be a way-of-life anymore. And it’s not.


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Mediterranean Diet Improves Cholesterol Dramatically


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I have been going to see my family doctor once every three months to have my blood pressure and cholesterol checked. This was the visit that was going to decide if I need to go on cholesterol lowering drugs or not. Well, I started this Mediterranean on August 20th. My last visit to my doctor in July, my cholesterol was 245. This visit my cholesterol was 170 – a dramatic difference. My doctor was ecstatic at the results. She couldn’t believe the results.

So, no cholesterol-lowering drugs for me!

I have to go back to the doctor in the beginning of January to see how I do over the next few holidays – Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years! Ugh!


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Breaking the Sugar Addiction


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I was completely hooked on sugar. I didn’t used to be a sugar addict, but in recent years, especially after I met my husband – desserts became an everyday event. We would go out for ice cream many times a week; search for the best cheesecake in almost every area we traveled to – I was completely sold on sugar. I would insist that chocolate was essential to my health and well-being. I told myself many lies in order to not have to give up sugar.

But my latest visit with my doctor, convinced me that I REALLY needed to change for the sake of my health. That’s when I changed my lifestyle and adopted the Mediterranean diet. The change was dramatic and difficult for the first many days, but became easier and easier with each passing day. Sugar was the most difficult “food group” to give up. I would seriously crave sugar, desserts, CHOCOLATE – everything I used to love. Evenings were the most difficult time of day. That’s when I would always have the most sugar. It was almost like a reward for getting through the day.

After one month of a sugar-free lifestyle – the cravings are gone. I feel 100 times better and I have dropped nearly 9 pounds.

How much sugar do you consume?

I’d love to hear about others who have broken the sugar addition!