Janice Stanger, PhD

Janice Stanger, PhD

Posted January 25, 2015

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How The Vegiterranean Diet Transforms the Mediterranean Diet

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Julieanna Hever Delivers a Delicious Journey To Blue Waters and Health-Enhancing Foods

Julieanna Hever, the plant-based dietitian, takes the Mediterranean diet to its highest level of taste and health in her book The Vegiterranean Diet. She gives you several books wrapped into one: a Mediterranean diet history, a colorful travelogue, an overview of required nutrients and how to get them, a guide to stocking your kitchen and making healthy Julieanna Vegiterranean Diet Cover smaller.jpgcooking more convenient, and more than sixty extraordinary Vegiterranean recipes. The book is entertaining, informative, and compelling, with unexpected discoveries in every chapter.

Julieanna clarifies how the Mediterranean diet has changed since early research in Crete, when only 7% of calories came from animal products. Today, however, many have come to see this diet as reliant on fish, olive oil, cheese, and wine. This way of eating, as it is currently thought of, has been found to be an improvement on a standard American diet built on such staples as hot dogs, fries, and donuts. However, a comparison to the health-wrecking standard American diet is a low bar to pass.

Starting from the fact that the original Mediterranean diet was a whole foods, plant-based way of eating, Julieanna gives clear guidance on how and why you should take this lifestyle all the way to its peak. You keep all the flavor and enjoyment with a variety of recipes, with appealing ingredients such as sun-dried and fresh tomatoes, olives, lemon juice, vinegars, nutritional yeast, basil, rosemary, oregano, mint, garlic, tea, fruits, seeds, nuts, lentils, chickpeas, and eggplant.

What I like best about The Vegiterranean Diet is the way the author's passions and life journey are so intertwined with the Mediterranean food and lifestyle. I wanted to know more, and was fortunate to get Julieanna's insights and thoughts into the making of this book.

I first asked Julieanna how she fell in love with the Mediterranean and its food, and got a ready answer.

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