21 DAY Mediterranean Diet Challenge DAY#21
Welcome to Day #21
You made it!! Congratulations!
It’s been such a great journey! I hope you were able to gain and establish new Mediterranean habits!
Eat for Pleasure
Today, I would like to focus on the aspect of satisfaction and enjoyment of food. The Mediterranean diet may be called a “diet”, but it really isn’t, in the true sense of the word. It is a way of eating, an attitude, a philosophy and most of all it is pleasure.
- Diets make you feel restricted, with the Mediterranean diet food is meant to be enjoyed.
- You shouldn’t feel hungry, but you should be eating based on your hunger.
- Eat until you are comfortably full and eating when you are hungry not because some diet plan tells you to eat every 2 hours even if you are not hungry.
- You don’t have to eat artichokes (or whatever food you hate) if you don’t like them, eat the vegetables you DO like.
- Eat a small breakfast if you are not hungry in the morning, that’s ok.
- Your diet should be customized for you and your lifestyle, not the other way around.
I also want to note that the Mediterranean diet is attainable and easy to follow from any part of the world. You do not need to eat “special” foods. It’s quite simple really; eat vegetables everyday by sautéing them with a bit of olive oil and cooking them with tomatoes and herbs, eat red meat once a week (or less), eat beans 2-3 times a week, eat fish twice a week and avoid processed foods and stop feeling guilty when you eat something “bad”. Aim for eating well about 80% of the time, the 20% is up to you.
Check out some of my favorite “20%” recipes, I make them on special occasions and sometimes when there is no special occasion.
Today’s New Challenge: Eat for Pleasure!
My Favorite “Indulgent” Mediterranean Recipes
Italian Apple Olive Oil Cake
This apple cake with olive oil has it's origins in the coastal region of Liguria, Italy. A simple and delicious olive oil cake recipe with sweet chunks of fresh apples and plump raisins with hints of cinnamon. Perfectly moist and dense with just enough crumble!
Margherita Pita Bread Pizzas
One word: PIZZZAAAA! Pizza is my biggest downfall when it comes to eating healthy. I love it with all my heart. So when I’m craving it (ahem….e’ry day…), these 10-Minute Margherita Pita Bread Pizzas are a delicious and healthy WIN!
Greek-Style Oven Fries
Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside oven fries. These Greek fries are baked in extra virgin olive oil and finished with flavors like garlic, oregano and feta.
Roasted Sweet Potato Tacos
These zesty roasted sweet potato tacos are made with refried black beans, fresh avocado, lime crema, and your choice of toppings. They’re easy to make, naturally vegan and gluten-free, and so delicious!
Quick Ladenia Milou
These lovely little open-faced tomato and onion pies, called ladenia, are almost like pizza and make for what is arguably the best-known dish on the islands of Milos and Kimolos.
Prosciutto Pizza with Corn & Arugula
Prosciutto and arugula elevate this simple grilled pizza.
Alright I hope you enjoyed your Mediterranean diet journey. At the end of the day its all about installing these healthy habits.
To success on your new healthy journey!
If you want to continue your journey eating the Mediterranean diet.
Check out The Mediterranean Meal Plan Project.
It will give you another 28-day jumpstart to keep eating this way of eating.
From breakfast, lunch, and dinner.