After months of self isolation (and no real end in sight), no access to my senior gym and no logic to my food intake - I am feeling pretty sluggish!
My go-to methods to combat that feeling are not cutting it now. I am a big fan of Weight Watchers as a healthy and successful method for losing weight BUT I am not a big fan of the tracking you needed to do for the long term. I am not a fan of the low fat diets, low carb diets, low calorie diets or the restrictive “buy your food from us” diets either. They all require some form of tracking and tracking is what I can’t do for the rest of my life.
Then, on the TV last night there was a story about the best and healthiest diets from U.S. News World Report ... you know, one of the many topics typically covered in January. They mentioned the top 3 diets for health and weight loss.
#1 Mediterranean Diet
#3 Weight Watchers
I did a little research on the internet ... and depending on the site, #2 and #3 could be exchanged for the Flexitarian Diet. BUT, the Mediterranean diet is always part of the top 3 on all the sites I visit.
Feeling like I need to take some action to combat this sluggish feeling, I am going to give the Mediterranean diet an official “try" while I am stuck at home with time on my hands. I have often said I could be a vegetarian if I was feeding only myself. And the Mediterranean diet is heavy on fruits and vegetables, and low on red meats, sugar and saturated fat. Since I am still feeding one other person - who is a meat and potato man - it will mean more food prep for me (who hates cooking, ha!) But it seems that my body chemistry is changing anyway, and I frequently crave a lettuce salad and chicken or salmon over eating a burger or a steak. I often prepare two different meals now because I don’t feel like eating what he is eating.
The other biggie in my mind ... besides the lack of tracking is ... because this is an eating pattern - not a structured diet - you’re on your own to figure out how many calories you should eat to lose or maintain your weight, what you’ll do to stay active and how you’ll shape your Mediterranean menus. Good.
I really need to do more reading on how to stock my kitchen and what to make.
Anyone else on a Mediterranean-style diet and have feedback about it? Any resources you know of to round out my knowledge of this subject? As luck would have it I have America’s Test Kitchen, The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook already. I’ve been attracted to this eating plan before apparently - must have bought the book! Ha!