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Well yes indeed, the time finally came.  My husband and I went ahead and “hired” new doctors.  With this came some really invasive examinations and a battery of lab tests.  Lo! Behold!  My husband at 52 and myself at 47 3/4 are the proud owners of “Metabolic Snydrome“.  This was determined by our serum triglyceride levels and serum glucose levels.  This syndrome is also physically characterized by a larger abdomen and thicker waist, which is associated with putting one at risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  

The doc was really wonderful, giving us examples of how she and her husband dropped 25 lb in a year and adjusted their lab values and heightened their state of health.  A drastic decrease in carbohydrates, loads of vegetables and fruits (some fruits, not all),a ton of high quality healthy fiber in the form of legumes and whole grains, and 30-40 minutes of aerobic excercise at least 5 times a week.

We took this advice to “heart” and began our research.  It seems that the Mediterranean Diet Lifestyle is the very definition of the regime she prescribed for us.  

This style of living utilizes healthy fats, such as olive oil, lots of wild fish and poultry, legumes, nuts, dairy, whole grains, low glycemic index fruits, fresh vegetables, and recognizes the benefits of red wine at dinner.  (10 oz for men, 5 oz for women).  Certainly the plan does not advocate starting to drink alcohol if you already do not, nor does it encourage one to do so if alcoholism is at question.  The same benefit is derived from grape juice.

I hate diets.  Seriously!  I don’t feel like I am deprived.  Rather, I feel like I am on vacation on some beautiful Greek island.  No Joke!

Today is day 2 for us.  The second day of the rest of our lives.

For breakfast, we had whole grain pita chips and a plate of home made yogurt cheese with chives,tomatoes, onion drizzled with yummy olive oil, almonds, walnuts and raspberries.  

Our midmorning snack will be a creamy bowl of Greek yogurt with walnuts and berries drizzled with honey.

Lunch is quickly sauteed fresh spinach with garlic in olive oil along with bowls of lentil soup sprinkled with feta cheese.

Mid afternoon snack will be some nuts and apples.

(Nuts are to be limited to a handful a day because of their high fat content).  

Dinner will be grilled salmon, tossed salad with balsamic vinegar, lemon and olive oil dressing with fresh herbs, and a bit of crusty bread dipped in olive oil.

We are both fortunate to be working from home, so we can take breaks and do this.  The food sounds fancy but it is truly minimal prep time.  

This is awesome!  

Here is a photo that I just had to take of breakfast.  It made me laugh because it was so fancy!  But it sure as hell took less time to pull together than bacon and eggs, or a frozen microwave breakfast—you know, that cardio toxic stuff!



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