Previous Post on Mediterranean Diet
Last September, I wrote a blog post titled Why Dorit Baxter Loves the Mediterranean Diet, in which I explained that, “Born and raised in Tel Aviv, on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, I grew up with a cuisine rich in olive oil, fresh fruits and vegetables, fish and fowl, so the popularity of the Heart-Healthy Mediterranean Diet in America has simply affirmed the food plan by which I live healthy and maintain a trim figure.”
Study Proves Effectiveness of Mediterranean Diet
This week the New York Times reported that “About 30 percent of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease can be prevented in people at high risk if they switch to a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits and vegetables, and even drink wine with meals, a large and rigorous new study has found.”
A Way of Living
A follow-up commentary in the Times titled When Diet Meets Delicious reminds us that the original Latin sense of diet (diaeta) connotes “a way of living,” and describes a style of eating exemplified by “a piece of fish with a lentil salad, some greens and a glass of wine. It’s not onerous. In fact, it’s delicious.”
This is how I have always experienced the Mediterranean approach to food because I was raised on it and have incorporated it into my busy New York life, whether preparing food at home or ordering in a restaurant.
When I am joyfully cooking a plentiful meal, whether for a dinner party, or to consume myself over a period of days, I am not stinting with the olive oil which I think of as a lubricant of life and health. I delight in shopping for fresh fish and colorful, crunchy vegetables. For me, eating is about abundance not deprivation, pleasure not guilt. For me, food is to savor, not scarf. Food for me is at the crux of life’s bounty. This is why I relish purchasing, preparing, serving, and consuming food in the Mediterranean style.