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The Up and Down-Sides of My Mediterranean Diet

Updated on April 12, 2016
I used to love fresh bologna sandwiches.
I used to love fresh bologna sandwiches. | Source

Update on my diet.

Here it is April and I have, with the help of God above, lost over 118 pounds thanks to this "fun" diet that I have to stay with for the rest of my days. For the rest of my "natural life," just sounded a wee bit too dramatic.

But as the catch phrase, "it is what it is," goes, I can't help what has happened, but I can help with what happens to my future. Do not get angry at my last statement. I said this with a lot of down-to-earth sincerity.

Just look at the pizza in this lovely model's hand.
Just look at the pizza in this lovely model's hand. | Source

Thank my cardiologist.

He is credited for placing me on The Mediterranean diet which emphasizes: Eating primarily (fresh) plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts. Replacing butter with healthy fats, such as olive oil. Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods. Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month. And for me to eat any food that is fried, including my life-long favorite: Fried chicken, is near blasphemy.

Time was I could eat six of these beauties at one sitting.
Time was I could eat six of these beauties at one sitting. | Source

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Honestly speaking.

Now if I were to write to you, "I love this diet," I would be telling you a blatant lie. I actually hate this diet. Sometimes. But when I look at the scales, I get a fresh perspective on living with less of "me" and more time, thank God, to see my precious grand children grow up and make wonderful contributions to our society as your grand children will also do.

The Mediterranean diet, as in any diet, gets tough at times. And every dieter among my followers will instantly know this term: Plateau, for that is "our" kryptonite when it comes to swiftly shedding those parasitical pounds. If I had my way, I would have already reached my goal of 200 pounds which would be a total of 135 pounds gone. So long. Farewell. But I just have to approach day and eventual weigh-in with faith and hope that my weight is coming down.

My main weakness: Chocolate milkshakes.
My main weakness: Chocolate milkshakes. | Source
Ahhh, my lovely ice cream. We sure had some great times.
Ahhh, my lovely ice cream. We sure had some great times. | Source
Dear cheese pizza, it wasn't you. It was me.
Dear cheese pizza, it wasn't you. It was me. | Source
Fresh boiled lobsters are verboten to me now.
Fresh boiled lobsters are verboten to me now. | Source
Girls like this do not cross my imagination thanks to the Mediterranean Diet.
Girls like this do not cross my imagination thanks to the Mediterranean Diet. | Source

Talking points.

Today I am playing around with the idea of writing shorter hubs. No one told me to do this. No one at HubPages said for me to shorten my hubs. I just thought it a gesture to respect my followers and their busy lives. Not that I do not love for my appreciated followers, for I do. Very much. And to think of them sitting in their favorite place sipping tea, coffee or water reading one of my "adventures," makes me so happy that I could dance on the moon.

But priorities in the lives of my followers take precedence over my ego boosts and I respect that. So I am trying to be content with knowing that my hubs are read and the text is viewed as how I meant it to be in the tone that my hubs are written.

The "talking points" about my Mediterranean diet are:

  • Sometimes when I am in Walmart in Hamilton, Ala., where I live, a pretty girl will pass through my vision, and instead of admiring how God made her so, so beautiful, I am wondering what she ate for lunch.
  • My dream life has also changed. I used to dream of owning a chain of radio stations, but now my dreams consist mainly of how great it would be to sit down and take my sweet time to eat a platter of Southern fried chicken with mashed potatoes (with real butter), and some homemade "cathead" biscuits.
  • When my wife and I are watching television, I could care less about whatever show we are viewing, but I love the commercials about fast food restaurants and Nutri-System featuring Marie Osmond who inspires me to keep on dieting.
  • Sometimes, as a treat or personal reward for me being faithful to my diet, my wife will stop somewhere on her way back from running errands and get us an order of succulent spareribs with tangy barbecue sauce. That's all fine and good, but my first question these days is: "Now, Pam, are you sure that I can have "this" food?" I do not want to start gaining pounds by any means.
  • Just like being around alcohol to an alcoholic, I try to avoid going to any reunion or social event where eating is featured. (e.g. the church where my wife and I attend have what they call "Fellowship Meals," with everyone bringing a covered dish. I used to count the days until we had one of these special events, but these days, I just go back home after the morning service and ignore the meal entirely).
  • The delicious food items that I would dearly love to "binge" on are all in the photos to the right. That tells you just how much "eating pleasure," I have lost thanks to the Mediterranean diet.

But in all sincerity, I trust my cardiologist. He is a mild-spoken, highly-gifted heart specialist. His statement to me, "by using the Mediterranean diet, you will live longer."

We shall see.


One of my cherished-followers, lives in Cape Cod, known for fresh, delicious lobsters. Well, Sparrowlet, my photo of fresh lobsters (above) are just for you.


For more information.

If you are experienced with congestive heart failure (as I was), then you might as your physician about these diets:‎


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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear BlossomSB,

      Thank you for the understanding I found in this comment. I sincerely appreciate it so much. Support from friends (like you) is very needed by yours truly.

      Yes, it is great to feel good and my number one goal that with God's guidance, I reached: I can now wear my dress slacks to church instead of those uncomfortable "one-size-fits-all" sweats.

      Of course, my church family understood why I had to wear these sweats, but I feel much more at peace with less of me to cover in clothing.

      And as for our fellowship meals--I am not ready for those yet.

      Hey, you have been one of my cherished friends/followers for almost five years. I really and truly appreciate YOU.

      And if I can ever be of help to you, I am as close as my "Send Kenneth an Email" section on my Profile page.

      Peace to you.


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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      I know how you feel, but isn't it wonderful to feel so much healthier? I'm on a diet - it's called FODMAP and means steering clear of gluten and a number of fruits and vegetables. For the first time in my life I can eat and not end up with pains in the tummy, so it's well worth avoiding those foods. I know how you feel at church meals, but these days at least people are aware of the need for gluten-free, so I can usually find something I can enjoy. Thank you for an interesting hub.


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