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My Lifestyle of A Mediterranean Diet

Updated on May 15, 2017
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Croatian foods with olives
Croatian foods with olives | Source
A traditional meal with  salted fish
A traditional meal with salted fish | Source
Green cabbage called Collards in my garden
Green cabbage called Collards in my garden | Source
A specific time for this meal in January sometimes prepared on other occasions
A specific time for this meal in January sometimes prepared on other occasions | Source
Muscles cooked with garlic sauce and spices.
Muscles cooked with garlic sauce and spices. | Source

What Is So Special About The Mediterranean Diet?

You probably read about it, and have even seen on television, but you will never know unless you live in these parts of the world.

The Mediterranean Diet is the most pleasing and simple diet anyone can fall into.

There is no pressure on eating in this unique style.

The easy to do recipes are healthy and don't include any fast foods.

Don't be fooled by what you think is the correct Mediterranean Diet. What I have to offer you, will open your eyes and mind to the real and most sure way of eating.

A daily means of living, from winter to summer. The short in between change of weather encourages individuals to eat properly and healthy even more.

I am South African and didn't know much about the Mediterranean Diet. Since my move to the most southern part of Europe, called konavle, in Croatia. I improved my knowledge of the much healthier lifestyle.

Olive oil, olives, lots of fresh green salads, fish, home-made smoked dried meat, red wine, walnuts nuts, daily outdoor life, green cabbage, called Collard greens, and fresh garlic have awesome benefits.

The herbal spices picked close to mountains, like mint, sage, rosemary, thyme, and not to forget the wild asparagus which is harvested during April. It is a bitter tasting vegetable.

Since living in Croatia, not only have I adapted to a new lifestyle, I enjoy the different foods, and the way such foods are prepared.

The Mediterranean Diet has taken many parts of the world by storm. I live here and know exactly how the local people eat and live this specific way. For twelve years it has opened my eyes to another way of eating.

A new way of life, and I didn't have a problem with the daily routine of eating unique foods. It is no diet for me I look at Mediterranean foods as proper way of eating.

I have never been on any specific diet eating this way makes me feel great.

By just preparing the most healthy meals everyday becomes part of my routine. If you make it part of your daily menus then you don't call it a diet. The people who live out of this part of world would call it The Mediterranean Diet.

I have visited many neighbors, and had on certain occasions had meals together, and was really impressed by how they prepare their food.

A healthy way of life, and in a simple way. Such foods don't cost much and is truly amazing of how tasty it can be. A handful of salad can be when dressed with some olive oil, and a bit of salt, vinegar, and some fresh and finely chopped garlic.

The Walnuts nuts are great to eat after cracked out of a shell, and when made into a sweet liqueur it is a good appetizer. I prefer eating the Walnuts!

Olives are harvested during November until January; you can fry the olives for a few minutes, cover the bottom of the pan with some cooking oil, or some olive oil, and try it.

If you like, try roast the olives add some potatoes, onions or carrots, and have a for a good variety of vegetables.

The olives taste slightly bitter but once you start on eating them, you can't stop, just as snacking on peanuts. and you eventually acquire the bitter taste.

The green salads are made from lettuce, and another green leafy lettuce called Zucenica, grown in their back yards.

The fresh purple and sweet tasting onions chopped into medium-sized pieces, some garlic finely chopped or grated, olive oil, and salt, adds a creamy taste to the fresh green salad.

Cimunica, a name in the Croatian language used for the younger shoots of the Collard greens the crispy green leaves of the green cabbage.

Another main ingredient that is added to the daily foods, it grows only in the winter, the green cabbage prefers growing in cold climate.

The smoked and dried meat is a traditional method which has been successful for many years. The dried meat is often cooked with the green cabbage (Collard Greens), and potatoes. An excellent combination with a slightly salty dried meat and potatoes.

It makes a good and healthy meal.

Just boiled and eaten, the flavors of the smoked dried meat, such as the head of the pig, a delicacy to the Croatian tradition and home-dried-made sausages are slightly fatty, and an easy to prepare meal.

Add all the ingredients as the above-mentioned require simmering for about forty minutes or until tender.

The fresh garlic and onions are eaten in salads or added with most meals. Red wine after a meal is most often a choice for many local people.

However, most of the local people have wine with a mix of water, calling it bevanda.

Red wine is known to have great benefits providing you don’t exceed the limits. The key to everything in life is moderation.

Every individual has their own limits, and some like fatty foods or lean foods, but it doesn't interfere with their healthy eating.

The outdoor life takes care of that. After a meal is eaten outdoor activities is the answer to get rid of the belly or waistline.

Most local people have siesta time after lunch, for about two hours daily in the afternoon this helps out after a hard day of work, resting is crucial to a person’s health.

The daily outdoor life is incredible, something I have grown to enjoy myself. The fresh air and working in the fields is much better than going to the gym. It is fun, only if you are into such a kind of life.

Working around the olive and fig trees, in preparing them for the next season, for the bearing of more fruit keeps you active on most days.

Walking is a natural way of losing weight too. I enjoy walking, during the winter, as well, but the weather can be unpredictable during the over five months of winter.

Try some of these Recipes of a True Mediterranean Diet; you won't go wrong by the simple cooking.

  • Beef Goulash

Buy one kilogram beef, slightly fatty, or lean ask your local butcher to sell you beef for a goulash.

One finely chopped Kapula, a name for the purple sweet onions.

One clove of garlic peeled and chopped.

Two red tomatoes, skinned and cut into pieces.

Six carrots, cleaned and cubed.

Add some salt and pepper to taste.

Chop up a stem of Rosemary.

Two bay leaves for good flavor.

Two fresh green peppers, seeded, cored and chopped into small pieces

Eight potatoes peeled and chopped into little pieces so that all the ingredients can cook well together.

Add canned peas or frozen peas toward the end of the cooking.

Add the meat in some water covering the bottom of the pot.

  • Method:

Allow the meat to simmer for ten to fifteen minutes thereafter add all the ingredients, including the spices and cook until tender. An occasional stir is required. A perfect goulash with thick sauce for the family and healthiest too with no oil added. You can cook chicken or lamb in the same way.

  • Barley and Chicken Wings:

Partially boil half kilogram barley

Leave aside after boiled, while preparing the chicken wings

Fry the onions until lightly brown

Add the tomatoes, or tomato puree

Add some vegetables, like carrots, potatoes, red peppers, chickpeas, or Brussels sprouts, try being creative when making this meal. Add a variety of vegetables.

Juice of one lemon and add a teaspoon of sugar for a tangy taste.

Mix the ingredients together making a sauce from all the little additions; you can also add Worcestershire sauce, to give it a slightly spicy taste. Note, that the local people here don't eat spicy foods, but I am used to eating spicy foods and enjoy my meals better with some spice. Add olive oil when cooking or sunflower oil, just to cover the base of the pot.

Add the chicken wing casserole to the barley and put into an oven dish straight into the oven at one hundred and eighty degrees Celsius. Allow to cook until barley is soft in stirring the mixture every twenty minutes to avoid the meal from drying out. You need to keep the sauce, so don't forget about it in the oven.

When done you will have a most delicious meal.

The Collard greens are boiled with potatoes, until soft and olive oil is added to the ingredients, with some salt to taste, finely chopped fresh garlic.

Kale is also eaten in the same way, one of the most popular green vegetables in Croatia.

Kiwi fruit is eaten for breakfast, with yogurt, or a fruit salad is prepared with the addition of other fruit such as, apples, or a Rock Melon, a very juicy melon.

Sometimes walnuts are added for the extra bite. Citrus fruit, such as oranges and mandarins are eaten to prevent colds and flu, and is also good for the skin.

Fish is eaten on Wednesdays and Fridays as most Catholics usually do, and, is a popular among other cuisines of the Mediterranean foods.

The tiny fish are lightly spiced, dipped into flour and fried crispy, eaten with boiled vegetables such as Collard greens and potatoes. The whole fish is eaten.

A peasant way of eating as most of you may think but is such a healthy way.

There is no weight gain in eating this way. Those who gain weights don’t eat the healthy foods; instead eat out more than cook a meal at home. Most of the above mentioned meals are cooked at home, only the traditional foods are prepared at restaurants.

A Croatian traditional meal called Menestra is cooked with a variety of smoked dried meats, with green cabbage (Collard greens) and potatoes a popular meal in most regions.

Another Menestra is prepared with dried beans instead of the green cabbage, or Collard greens, and with the same kind of dried meat.

Sarma, a special meal cooked over the period of each Near Year. In this recipe soaked Cabbage leaves from vinegar is used or you can boil the leaves in salted water, the mince is wrapped with these cabbage leaves and cooked in a sauce, also known as Stuffed Cabbage Leaves.

  • Stuffed Cabbage Leaves:

  • Ingredients required for this recipe as follows:

Four large cabbages leaves

Quarter cup butter

Half a kilogram of lean mince

Two medium-sized onions chopped

One and a quarter tablespoons tomato paste

One and quarter tablespoons water

Pinch of grated nutmeg

Salt and pepper

Set the oven at one hundred and eight degrees Celsius.

Cook the cabbage leaves in a large pan of salted water for five minutes, Drain and cool. The hard stem should be removed, from the base of the leaf.

Melt the butter in the pan and add the onion. Fry the onions until brown and the cabbage leaves slightly fried, don't brown the cabbage leaves. Add the mince and fry for five minutes. Stir in the tomato paste the water, nutmeg, salt and pepper.

Cool slightly, divide filling between cabbage leaves, fold sides over and roll up. Place stuffed cabbages in a greased oven-proof dish, join side must be faced down. Bake in the oven for fifty minutes or until cooked, serve while hot.

  • Serves four

What most important about life here, most people live healthy lifestyles in these parts of the world, not sedentary lifestyles and eat plenty of green salads and fresh fruit.

Figs are eaten when freshly picked or dried and is also part of our diets. The daily eating foods which each individual would have no problem to stick by.

A sweet tasting cabbage if cooked correctly.

Try this super duper recipe red cabbage is sweet and is most pleasant tasting you know how to cook it.

  • Red Cabbage:

One medium-sized red cabbage, finely shredded

One pound cooking apples, peeled cored and sliced

One cup of water

Four tablespoons sugar

One teaspoon salt

Four cloves

Six tablespoons vinegar

Four tablespoons butter

One and a quarter tablespoons redcurrant jelly

  • Serves four

Put the cabbage and apples into a saucepan, and add the water, sugar, salt, and cloves. Cover and simmer for about an hour, or until the cabbage is tender. Remove the cloves, and stir in the vinegar, butter and the redcurrant jelly.

  • Helpful Hints:

The meal freezes well, if ever you need to, and should be used within two months. To serve from frozen allow to thaw, at room temperature for six hours. Reheat gently in a saucepan, stirring frequently.

Ground paprika, hot or sweet is used to flavor foods; it has been adopted from the Hungarians. Trout is a specialty, and is barbecued; most meals are prepared on a barbecue during the summer. A mushroom called the Penny Bun, often eaten with eggs, with a bit of bacon, and with some fried or fresh onion. Vegetables are used in every meal.

  • Fresh water fish, Carp and Trout is used to make Paprikash

Cooked into a sauce with a few ripe tomatoes, add some freshly crushed garlic, and lemon juice added for the tangy taste. Add the fish ten minutes before the sauce is cooked. A meal of this kind is cooked over an open fire in a Cauldron.

Homemade cheese, from goat and cow's milk is mostly eaten by the village people.

Strawberries are an excellent treat for breakfast or a snack too.

Pumpkins are eaten roasted or pumpkin fritters are made, a tasty deep fried doughy and crumbed treat.

Misanca is a mixture of wild grown Mediterranean herbs, at times there can be more than twenty different kinds, used in fresh salad.

Dressed with olive oil, red wine and vinegar, cooked briefly, and eaten as a side dish, to meat and fish, and can be eaten with other vegetables too.

Mushrooms are used in this diet as well, the Chanterelle, another kind of mushroom which peasants eat, and know exactly how to identify them as well. About ten varieties are edible which are found in forests.

A blessed mushroom called, Smrcak or morel is eaten in most villages and, where there are hardly any bachelors, and women eat lots of this mushroom and are most jovial afterward.

The Mediterranean herbs are used for flavoring almost every food.

Veal with potatoes roasted in a pan with a bell shaped cover and the heat of charcoal cooks the meal at slow heat, making the meal very tender and tasty. One of the best tasting meals you could ever have.

From olive oil to baked or fried olives, to figs eaten fresh or dried the Mediterranean diet is the best way for me, and is the healthiest lifestyle.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      jtrader I like the recipe with chicken and barley all part of a good diet thank you

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      jtrader 3 years ago

      The barley and chicken wings is new to me.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      FlourishAnyway thanks for being one of my good supporters glad you came by I appreciate all votes up and more

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      I've read about the Mediterranean diet but did not know much about what it entailed, so thank you for the description, details and photos. It sounds very healthful indeed. Voted up and more.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      midget38 thanks for commenting a simple lifestyle indeed

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      moonlake thanks very much for commenting and for the votes up shared

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I have to agree, the mediterranean diet is absolutely delicious! Lovely Beef Goulash recipe!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      The food all looks so good. Enjoyed this hub. Voted up and shared.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      stricktlydating thanks very much for sharing your brief comment I am glad you stopped by have pleasant weekend.

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      StricktlyDating 4 years ago from Australia

      G'day DDE! Thank you for sharing your diet and lovely recipe's, they are so lovely!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      ologsinquito thanks for your kind comment

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      ologsinquito 4 years ago from USA

      The food in these pictures looks delicious and from your description it is very fresh.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Jackie Lynnley thanks for commenting on my hubs have a good day.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      So interesting and lots i want to try to I love collards and never thought to grow any. I think I will try them. Thank you! ^

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      rasta1 thanks for commenting have a good day

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Those who live by the Mediterranean diet do live long healthy lives.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      tillsontitan thanks for all votes have a great day.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Extraordinary thoughts from you, and I really enjoyed reading your suggestions am working on writing more about me on HP you have given me more to think about , thanks Au fait and have a lovely day.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      And here I thought stuffed cabbage was a German dish! This was a very helpful hub DDE and you really stuffed it full of good recipes.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      This is a wonderful hub you have written and now that you have helped me better understand the Mediterranean diet and its advantages, I would love for you to share some of your personal recipes cooking in this fashion (method).

      I wonder if you realize the wealth of information you have that many of us would love for you to share. You have lived in countries that many of us will never visit or experience, and I for one, would love to hear more details about what life was like in South Africa as well as what it is like where you are now in Croatia, and anywhere else you have lived that is unique to what we experience in the U.S.

      What are the common habits and beliefs of the people in your former country and are they different from those habits and beliefs where you are now? Are people more or less religious? What is an ordinary day for most people in these different places/countries.

      I, and I suspect many of your other readers, would love it if you would share some of your recipes from where you are now as well as from South Africa.

      You must be a wealth of information about these different places where you have lived. Please share the things you have learned that are perhaps unique and special to the different cultures you have experienced. These are things that are also unique and special about you and which very few other writers (if any) on Hubpages are qualified to write about.

      We are always seeking to find that 'niche' that will make us stand out so that our writing will be more successful. You have something very special that you could share through your writing -- knowledge of places most of us have never been and will never go, not because we wouldn't like to visit those places, but because our lifestyle and finances will not allow it. Help us to better understand the culture, the people, and the ways of the people in the places you have lived, through your writing.

      Voted up, interesting, useful, and will share.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Becky Puetz an interesting and different lifestyle works well if you make the effort thanks for stoppingy

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      Becky 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      All these ideas and recipes sound delicious and healthy. I will be trying some of these soon. Thanks for sharing.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      vespawoolf a lovely way of life, thanks for the votes up and sharing, have a good Sunday

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      What a healthy and beautiful lifestyle. I bought a cookbook years ago about the Mediterranean diet and we've always followed it as much as possible. I enjoyed reading about the local herbs and recipes. How nice to live in Croatia. Enjoy! Voted up and shared.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      MarleneB A great way of life, and fried olives are so tasty thanks for commenting on my hubs, Rewriting Articles and Plagiarism and My Lifestyle of A Mediterranean Diet I really appreciate you taking the time and sharing your opinions, have a lovely day.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Thank you for sharing the ins and outs about the Mediterranean Diet - which, like you said, is really not a diet, but more like a healthy way of eating. All of your recipes sound wonderful, and I will definitely try the fried olives. I've never heard of doing that until now, but I do want to try it.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thelma Alberts thanks for stopping by, my different style with the Mediterranean Diet makes it so unique and such a natural way

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      I love mediterranean food. They are not only yummy, but healthy as well. Thanks for sharing the recipes, too. Have a lovely day DDE!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      midget38 thanks for commenting have a good day

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      rajan jolly thanks for sharing your views here

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      tebo you can try whatever suits you and I am sure you have good results thanks fro stopping by was glad to read a comment from you

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      tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

      I had heard the Mediterranean diet is very healthy. Try as I might I cannot enjoy olives, however your method of cooking them may help me. I don't eat meat but could still easily do the diet without meat or fish as many vegetarian recipes are Mediterranean based.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      A very interesting hub with useful recipes. Thanks for sharing.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      The diet sounds so healthy.....walnuts are my favorite! Thanks for sharing, DDE.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Pamela99 My Lifestyle of A Mediterranean Diet works the best and is most natural thanks fro commenting and the vote up so appreciate your efforts

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      I keep hearing about the Mediterrain diet being so healthy, but I didn't really know much about it before your hub. You explained everything very well, and I can see how you could easily maintain your weight while enjoying your food. Voted up!!!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Elias Zanetti thanks for votes up and pinned glad you like it and have a nice day

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      Elias Zanetti 4 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Very nice hub about Mediterranean diet, dde! And the recipes you provide are very interesting. Voted and pinned!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Faith Reaper you know as I mentioned in my comment to kidscrafts it is such a natural way of staying healthy.A most natural diet. Thanks for commenting and for the votes up and sharing

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      kidscrafts thanks for being one of best supporters so glad you stopped by this kind of diet is most natural

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi DDE,

      Thanks for the excellent hub here on this diet. I have read that it is one of the best diets in the world.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I love the Mediterranean diet. So healthy..... and just great to eat :-)

      Thanks for sharing some recipes as well Devika!

      I love your pictures at the top.... I just want to eat now ;-)

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      James-wolve thanks but Croatian foods are not spicy as Moroccan foods glad to see you stop by and have good day

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Very interesting and well-documented.It seems there is no great difference between Moroccan and Croatian foods.

      Have a wonderful Sunday!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Careermommy This is my way of life and heard so much about it living here has taught me lots about foods in the region I live and have adapted to a peaceful and enjoyable way of life thanks for commenting, have good day.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Sunshine625 A lifestyle not many people can get used I have adjusted well to the foods and everything else that goes with, the idea of lamb sounds good too. thanks for taking the time and commenting here, have a nice day.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Radcliff, I am enjoying this lifestyle and these foods so different and really is a way of life here thanks for such a detailed comment from you have great Sunday

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thanks something I have been doing for nearly eleven years

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thanks

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You know i used to have that problem as well not knowing how to change the habits of other members of the family just do it by yourself eventually they can change their minds on their own thanks for commenting and sharing your thoughts

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      DDE, interesting hub! I really want to eat healthier food, and I really like to try new food. The problem is the rest of my family. I don't know how to change their habits. Thank you for the recipes!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this look at a Mediterranean diet.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good stuff here my friend. Passing it along to Bev. Thanks for the information.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I love every food you mentioned here, Devika. Ok, maybe I've never eaten parts of a pig's head, but that's about it! I like how you make the point that it's not only the foods you eat, but the entire lifestyle: being active, enjoying nature, and taking time to relax with friends and family. My daughter and I just got back from a bike ride to the park, so we practice what we preach! I'll choose a walk in the park over an hour in the gym any day. Thank you for sharing your ideas and simple recipes.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I grew up eating Mediterranean food. I've been craving stuffed cabbage. I prepare mine with rice and ground beef, sometimes ground lamb. Yum! Thanks for sharing your recipes.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      DDE, I absolutely love Mediterranean food. The photos you displayed would make anyone want to be on this diet. The nuts, olives and salads are my favorite, and I've been eating kale almost every day now because of the phenomenal health benefits. Nice hub!