Mediterranean Diet

I am tired of chicken and fish with some veggies thrown in for good measure. That, or I just survive on oatmeal and whatever low calorie, low carb, high protein, low fat thing I can find. It’s not fun. I am also not great at cooking things, meal prep – I can do that, but make things that I want to eat … not so much.

Here’s the plan. Cook books, recipes and YouTube videos to better myself and finally get the skills needed to have a healthy eating lifestyle.

Enter the two books I mentioned in an earlier post.

From these two books (a third is on it’s way, but I may not need it and will send it back) I bookmarked several recipes that look good to me. Here they are in no particular order other than how the are ordered in the books. 1. Mediterranean Breakfast Bowl. 2. Mediterranean Avocado Toast with Fried Eggs. 3. Mediterranean style oatmeal with honey and berries. 4. Mediterranean Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups with Herbed Cream Cheese. 5. Lemon and Chickpea Soup 6. Three Bean Mediterranean Soup. 7. Mediterranean Grilled Chicken with Olive Tapenade (I had no idea what what a tapenade was before now) 8. Mediterranean baked chicken with Olives and Tomatoes. 9. Mediterranean Stuffed Bell Peppers. 10. Mediterranean Style Baked Cod with Tomatoes, Olives and Feta. 11. Grilled Salmon with Mediterranean Salsa. 12. Baked Halibut Steaks.

That’s it for the first book, Mediterranean Diet Cookbook with Pictures. Which is actually not a great one. It’s not color and it’s super basic and not worth the $10. But the next book is brilliant. The Mediterranean Dish: 120 Bold and Healthy Recipes You’ll Make on Repeat. Full color, very interesting recipes and lots of content! There is a lot of explanation of how to cook, not just listing the ingredients. The author is gifted in both storytelling and cooking. This is a really cool cookbook. There are too many recipes to list for this one, and I really wish I could just take photos of each of the pages and paste them here, pretty sure that the author and publisher would love that. I am going to try the ones from the first book first because I am a total beginner with cooking. As I gain confidence, I’ll add in the second book’s recipes.

There is a lot of fish in this diet. Which is great because the doctor said no more red meat, just things like chicken, fish, turkey, etc. I found this video on how to cook fish that I think will help me prepare fish I will actually eat. Looking for the same for chicken, but I have not found one that I think will work yet. If you know of one …

I’ll keep posting here with updates on how this goes. Stay tuned!

Well Keto Is Out …

Keto worked for me years ago, but this time around, it turned out to be a bad option for me to choose.

About 4 weeks in I started feeling really sick. So I went to the doctor and got some blood tests and a physical. Turns out, I am just not a great candidate for Keto. The pain was from my Gallbladder, which was not loving the high fat content of my diet. The weight loss was kicking in, but at a cost too high. The blood work also indicates that I should be on a much different diet. Low carb and high protein, but low fat as well. Basically the Mediterranean diet best describes what I am doing now.

I liked Keto because I felt full and it was really easy to meal prep for. Now meal prep takes several hours on the weekend and costs quite a bit more. Veggies and healthy meats – they are not cheap and they take time to prep. I am also pretty hungry most of the time since fat content is low, the fiber from veggies and whole grains and nuts and sees are supposed to make me feel full, but I am also not a squirrel, so there is that.

To help I grabbed a few books off of Amazon because the recipes and suggestions online are overwhelming and crazy unclear. I also hate reading between 45 columns of ads. Seriously, the recipe is broken up all over the infinite scrolling page of ads, and it’s difficult to read. Because ads seem to favor overusing AJAX that does not load inline correctly, the page is constantly refreshing – losing my place in the recipe. This non-squirrel gets frustrated really fast.

The Books

The main steps to follow the diet include:

  • Each day, eat vegetables, fruits, whole grains and plant-based fats.
  • Each week, have fish, poultry, beans, legumes and eggs.
  • Enjoy moderate portions of dairy products.
  • Limit how much red meat you eat.
  • Limit how many foods with added sugar you eat.


I also added CrossFit back in. It’s been years … and I am really, really out of shape. All I do is walk 5 or so miles a day, which is nothing. I am hoping that between the eating and the CrossFit that I can get myself back in shape quickly and then maintain it for the rest of my life.