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I’m Trying the Mediterranean Diet

So my doctor told me to think about the Mediterranean Diet. Well, let’s be honest, she told me I should start following it! I’ve been watching my weight start to creep up, and lately it has been creeping at a bit of a faster clip. I don’t really know why, other than the fact that I’m a 50+ year old, relatively inactive American male that probably eats too many processed foods, like most of my fellow countrymen. I’m going to give it a try.

The Mediterranean diet is a bit intimidating though. With a heavy emphasis on fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, olive oil, beans, and whole grains, it is going to take more thought (and probably more time at first) to get used to making meals this way. Red meats are to be only rarely consumed. White bread? Pretty much never. Meat in general is not a heavy emphasis, though fish, seafood, and chicken can be incorporated in moderate amounts.

One advantage I have is an incredibly talented cook for a wife. She will undoubtedly be able to figure out how to incorporate things like lentils, whole wheat breads, and Greek yogurt into some delicious recipes. I love beans, and nuts are also an acceptable snack, along with organic, no-sugar-added peanut butter. I think I can do this. At least I can try?

It is all about change I guess. At work I deal with change management all the time. It feels a bit different when we are talking about changing ourselves. And change can be a scary thing. There is always a bit of the unknown. Will I succeed? Will I fail? Food change, in particular, is pretty significant. It is one thing to change our furniture around, another thing to change our diet. We eat all the time! But I think it is important to approach change with a positive attitude, otherwise you likely set yourself up for failure right from the start. We have all known people who are chronically pessimistic about any change. That isn’t generally a very healthy way to live. Change can be good. Change can be hard. But change is inevitable, isn’t it?

Someone once said “everybody is in favor of progress, it’s change we don’t like.” Isn’t that the truth? But change is, really, at the heart of who we are as Christians. God cannot change. But I must change. If it weren’t for change, I would be in pretty rough shape at the moment. In fact, I would be dead. And one day the big change will come. I’m looking forward to that change, aren’t you?

“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed– in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” [1 Corinthians 15:51-52 NKJV]

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