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The Mediterrasian Lifestyle

Updated on May 12, 2016

Most Americans today are looking for healthier ways to live. Lifestyle options are many and sometimes confusing. Here's a simple way to address these issues.The Mediterrasian Lifestyle! Let's look at two cultures that seem diverse, but are very similar in their lifestyle philosophies. This might seem crazy, but Asian and Mediterranean people live life in a similar fashion. Simple mindful lives, healthy food with a moderate amount of exercise. Combining these ways of living and eating can lead to looking and feeling better. The Mediterrasian lifestyle is a East meets West fusion that will benefit anyone wanting to change for the better. There's a certain sensibility about life in these cultures. The pace of life in America is frenetic, productivity obsessed, stress inducing and unhealthy. I'm suggesting we take a step back and examine the advantages of reordering our priorities to mirror our European and Asian neighbors. We need to start a health revolution in the U.S. With the increase of life threatening diseases ( diabetes, cancer, heart disease, obesity etc.), it's time to take a fresh look at our present lifestyles and make healthy changes.

Our consumption of over processed, high fat, carbohydrate saturated fast food is killing not only our bodies but our culture as well. We've lost our respect for food and quality of life. That's where these two cultures can teach us to return to a more humanistic way of living. If we can find time for reality TV and computer games, we can also make time for proper food and exercise. It's time to rediscover family meals, a time to socialize and enjoy our food.

Food is only half of the equation. The other half is exercise, getting a daily dose of some physical exertion. I'm not suggesting a full blown workout (if that's your thing...good for you), just a simple walk after lunch or dinner.

Food Pyramids


Fresh Pasta

Examine the two food pyramids above. They're practically identical, only the ingredients of the cultures vary. Both are very vegetable-centric, low fat, limited protein and simple alternatives to healthier living. Every thing in moderation. The Mediterrasian diet allows you to eat from all the food groups, the difference is the emphasis on the amount of vegetable and grains in proportion to meat that they consume. Health experts agree that eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables is essential for good health. Both cultures advocate daily moderate exercise in their lifestyle. This doesn't mean having to go to the gym to workout. Just a 10- 15 minute walk will work. We really need to get back to eating fresh meats, fruits and vegetables not the crap that comes out of the refrigerated section of your local supermarket. Cooking and eating at home is a way for a family to reclaim quality time together. It brings civility to a meal, instead of rushing through the to-go line at a fast food joint and scarfing it down in your car. I'll venture to guess that the time it takes to visit your favorite take out place, a fresh healthy meal can be prepared at home. Simple preparations like grilling, roasting, steaming, stir frying your main dish protein with a side salad or vegetable and some pasta or rice makes a tremendously healthy and satisfying meal. And you'll actually know what's in your food because you've prepared it yourself.

The main idea is to incorporate the Mediterrasian behaviors into your lifestyle... (Good News: including an occasional adult beverage, i.e. Wine, Beer, Sake is OK). It's well known that these cultures are known for their low rate of heart disease and cancer. And most notably, for their longevity. If your debating a change, I seriously suggest you take a close look at the Mediterrasian lifestyle. I truly believe there isn't an alternative unless you prefer being overweight, constantly stressed, and increasing the possibility of dying at too young an age.

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      8 years ago

      Definitely the way the US needs to head - a healthier way of life. Enjoyed the Hub!

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      Jai Warren 

      9 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      2uesday sounds like your lifestyle patterns itself after the Mediterrasian Lifestyle. The main thing is moderation in your meat portions, maybe vegetarian every once in a while, plenty of fruits and vegetables and add pasta or rice. The exercise doesn't have to be formal "go to the gym" stuff. Just taking a walk or gardening, which I know is your passion... Thanks for the great comment!

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      9 years ago

      Voted up and useful, my diet is a mixture of Italian, Greek, with some rice dishes too and also traditional English based recipes the later have been altered to make them 'healthy versions' of the traditional. Cooking and eating the right foods is of a greater importance than many people realise.

      If healthy eating is not taken into consideration then the effects can take their toll before the person has had the chance to make the necessary adjustments to their diet.

      Exercise also helps to make you feel happier as well as healthier. A good article, I hope it helps to get the idea across of the importance of healthy diet and exercise in our lives.

    • Jai Warren profile imageAUTHOR

      Jai Warren 

      9 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      Welcome Mark, thanks for the compliment. I love to eat good food, but exercise keeps us healthy. They go hand in hand... Thanks, Ciao!!!

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      9 years ago

      Looks delicious and great info too, a balanced diet is always the way a head but healthy food is the best option along with some exercise, great hub. :)

    • Jai Warren profile imageAUTHOR

      Jai Warren 

      10 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      Thanks, msorensson. I'm glad you enjoyed it. If people would use moderation when eating, and in life, they would definitely be healthier. Ciao!

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      10 years ago

      I enjoyed the hub. Yes, if people would choose carefully what they eat it is possible to eliminate diseases associated with obesity.

      Thank you for the suggestion of mixing them.

    • Jai Warren profile imageAUTHOR

      Jai Warren 

      10 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      It sounds like life in your part of the world is exactly what "Mediterrasian Lifestyle" is about. I wish more people in the USA would adopt these healthy habits. Thanks for visiting! Ciao. :)

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      Les Trois Chenes 

      10 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      We live in Limousin, France where people know how to eat and enjoy a good glass of wine. The older locals seem to live to a ripe old age and stay active until the last!

    • Jai Warren profile imageAUTHOR

      Jai Warren 

      10 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      Thanks Lady E,

      Healthy eating and living is a must today. I appreciate your visit and comment.

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      10 years ago from London, UK

      I think the Mediterrasian diet is a healthier option. I wish that fresh Pasta dish in your photo was infront of me right now. I just need a glass of wine by the side of it. Thanks.


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