Phentermine Mediterranean Diet Resources

Mission: To Popularize and Simplify The Only Diet and Life-Style That Has Worked Over Generations.

Methods: Medical facts...Fiction; The Mediterranean Life-Style; The Mediterranean Mind-Set; The Mediterranean Diet Pyramid - good for all; Mediterranean cuisine (recipes, shopping hints); The central role of Exercise (in the fields or in the cubicle); Related products; Using and referring to all existing sources of information, old and new.

Commercial and Educational Outlets: Print media (booklets, cards, pamphlets, hand-outs); The Internet (this web site); Newspaper; Broadcast; Television media; Stores; Professional Offices.

Our Personal Resources: Physicians - Healing Arts; Epidemiologist; Culinary Arts; Food Service Management; Business and Law Professions; Journalism and Entertainment Fields; Engineering; Teaching Profession

JOIN US REGULARLY FOR GUIDES TO A LIFE-STYLE upon which to build a life.

A little more about us. This is a family enterprise. The Sprecace and Dechiario families have managed to produce and unite in marriage with three health care professionals, two specialists in cuisine, a three-member business group, two teachers, a four-member design and marketing group, an engineer and a web master.

Our Professional complement includes:

  • George Sprecace, M.D., J.D., FACP, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine Yale University School of Medicine.
  • Alan Dechiario, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Columbia and NYU Colleges of Medicine.
  • Mary Grace Webb, MA, RD, CDN, Clinical Nutrition Manager, New York Hospital Queens.
A FEW SIMPLE BUT BASIC RULES TO FOLLOW:
  • The decision facing you is not whether to lose or to stay at your current weight.  The decision is whether to lose or to gain another 50 or more pounds in the next year or two.  That's the reality.  And that's the committment you face.
  • It doesn't matter what diets you have tried and failed at.  There is plenty of evidence that, except for a life-long committment to the entire Weight-Watchers Program, the only diet and life-style that has been found to work life-long...since before the days of the Romans...is the Mediterranean Diet and Life-Style. 
  • Yes, you must weigh yourself, and record your weight, daily.  Psychologists call it "positive and negative reinforcement". 
  • No, you don't have to count calories...unless you want to.  But one key here is portion size.   We assume that you are on this web-site because you have long been consuming too much food.  So now we will follow THE RULE OF HALF.  Whatever portion size you have been used to, whether at home or especially when eating out, reduce all portion sizes by half immediately. 
  • Not only must you not miss a meal...you should not allow yourself to get especially hungry: eat four to six times per day...the right foods and in small quantities.  We will have suggestions regarding snack foods (eg. fruits, dried fruits, nuts...) in our Products and Buying Guides section.  But it's OK to have "lunch" at 10:30 AM and "dinner" at 4:00 PM if that suits you. 
  • Have at least one meal together with the whole family daily, relaxed and uninterrupted except by congenial conversation.  This is a daily life-event that you miss at your peril...and at that of your children. 
  • Eliminate all soft drinks.  And restrict yourself to one modest drink (preferrably red wine) daily. 
  • Study and understand the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid, found elsewhere on this web-site.  The new Federal "My Pyramid" is a tribute to all the food lobbyists in Washington, spiced with a dash of political correctness.  Eat the right foods and shun the wrong foods.  This program is useful also for diabetics and for those with Metabolic Syndrome. 
  • Exercise is vital...and the rule here is MORE!   NOTHING WILL WORK WITHOUT IT.  See suggestions on this site.
  • Have realistic goals, as outlined on this site.  Your body will resist your efforts for a time.  But don't you fight yourself or get discouraged.  "You can do this". 

GS

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Feature... Issue 0501-01

January 13, 2005

What every Italian - American, and everyone with such a friend, knows
  • You spent your entire childhood thinking that sandwich was pronounced "sangwich.?
  • Your family dog understood Italian.
  • Every Sunday afternoon of your childhood was spent visiting your grandparents and extended family.
  • You've experienced the phenomena of 150 people fitting into 50 square feet of yard during a family cookout.
  • You were surprised to discover the FDA recommends you eat three meals a day, not seven.
  • You ate pasta for dinner at least three times a week, and every Sunday.
  • You grew up thinking no fruit or vegetable had a fixed price and that the price of everything was negotiable through haggling.
  • You watched Lawrence Welk and Ed Sullivan every Sunday night.
  • You were as tall as your grandmother by the age of seven.
  • You thought everyone's last name ended in a vowel.
  • You thought nylons were supposed to be worn rolled to the ankles.
  • You were surprised to find out that wine was actually sold in stores.
  • You never ate meat on Christmas Eve or any Friday for that matter.
  • You ate your salad after the main course.
  • You thought Catholic was the only religion in the world.
  • You were hit at least once with a wooden spoon.
  • You thought every meal had to be eaten with a hunk of bread in your left hand.
  • You learned to play bocce before you went to school.
  • You can understand Italian but you can't speak it.
  • You have at least one relative who came over on the boat.
  • You grew up calling the bathroom the baccausa.  And you only had one.
  • You were surprised to learn most kitchen utensils had another name which didn't end in a vowel.
  • All of your uncles fought in a World War.
  • You have at least one relative who wore a black dress every day for an entire,year after a funeral.
  • You have relatives who aren't really your relatives.
  • You have relatives you don't speak to.
  • You drank wine before you were a teenager.
  • You grew up in a house with a yard that didn't have one patch of dirt that didn't have a flower or a vegetable growing out of it.
  • Your grandparent's furniture was as comfortable as sitting on plastic.
    What?!!!  You WERE sitting on plastic.  You thought that talking loud was normal.
  • You thought cookies and the Tarantella were common at all weddings.
  • You thought everyone got pinched on the cheeks and had money stuffed in their pockets by their relatives.
  • Your mother is overly protective of the males in the family, no matter what their age.
  • Every lunchmeat you ate ended in a vowel.
  • There was a crucifix in every room of the house, including the cellar.
  • There was a saint somewhere in the yard.
  • Boys didn't do house work because it was women's work.
  • You couldn't date a boy without getting approval from your father.
  • You know what lemon ice is.
  • You called pasta limacaroni."
  • You have at least one irrational fear or phobia that can be attributed to your mother.
- UNKNOWN


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