Julieanna Hever, the Plant Based Dietitian, was torn.
As an expert on nutrition, she knew that the healthiest diet for humans is plant-based whole foods.
As a lover of all things Mediterranean (especially Italian), she appreciated the glorious flavors of the Mediterranean diet; a diet that we're told includes generous amounts of olive oil, red wine, cheese, and fish.
How to reconcile the two?
Turns out the Mediterranean diet we read about in the media bears only superficial resemblance to the food and lifestyle patterns of the real Mediterranean diet. Kind of like how the food served in rural China doesn't exactly consist of deep-fried General Tso's chicken and egg rolls.
Julieanna set out to discover the true Mediterranean diet, the one responsible for the health, vigor, and longevity of its adherents.
Her thrilling discovery: the real Med Diet is a whole food, plant-based diet. And that's the basis of her excellent, yummy, funny, empowering new book, The Vegiterranean Diet.
In our far-ranging and laugh-provoking (at least among ourselves) conversation, we explore:
- why Julieanna felt the need to write the book
- the connection between this book and her past life as a Shakespearean actor
- the culinary advantages of an Egyptian ex-mother-in-law
- how nutrition and sex education are similar, in really unpleasant ways
- the scientific evidence for and against olive oil
- the anti-reductionist secret of sofrito
- what a true American food culture might look like
- the importance of teaching kids to grow and appreciate food
- the difference between ingredients out of context and a wholistic lifestyle
- some of Julieanna's favorite Vegiterranean recipes
- and much more…
Enjoy, add your voice to the conversation via the comment box below, and please share – that’s how we spread our message and spread our roots.
The Vegiterranean Diet on amazon
PlantBasedDietitian.com – Julieanna's website
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