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May Is Mediterranean Diet Month!

Filed under: DietsHealthLisa DeFazio

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I was essentially raised on the Mediterranean Diet. My mom is Armenian and my Dad is Italian. During my childhood, my Armenian grandmother used to make many delicious, healthy, middle eastern dishes, and my Italian grandmother used to prepare these to-die-for, tasty Sicilian and Neapolitan meals.

Since May is National Mediterranean Diet Month, I wanted to talk a little about what this diet is, its benefits and how it works.

For thousands of years the Mediterranean diet has been been considered the healthiest diet to maintain our wellbeing and prevent many chronic and life threatening disease. Research validates that eating a diet rich in plant foods and healthy fats is beneficial. Many studies have also proven that religiously adhering to the Mediterranean diet protects us against obesity, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, development of heart disease, metabolic syndrome, some cancers, type 2 diabetes and also leads to longevity.

The health benefits are not due to this diet alone, but a way of life too. In addition to a wide variety of nutrient rich, low fat foods and casual dining, family involvement and physical activity make the Mediterranean diet even more effective according to many experts.

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Lisa DeFazio Explains The Mediterranean Diet

Filed under: Exclusives!DietsFoodLisa DeFazioNutrition

Haven't heard of or tried the Mediterranean diet yet?

Studies have shown again and again that this is one of the healthiest diets on the planet and celeb nutritionist Lisa DeFazio agrees!

Check out the video above to learn why it's better for you and how to start eating it!

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Roast chickpeas at 350F with a little olive oil, salt, pepper and curry powder until crisp (about 15-18 minutes) for a quick and guilt-free crunchy snack. Let them cool before serving.

- The Hot Plate

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Quick low fat dressing: 1 tsp olive oil, 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1 tbsp Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp honey (or maple syrup) and salt and pepper. It doubles as a great steak marinade!

- The Hot Plate

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All About The Healthy Benefits Of Oils!

Filed under: Exclusives!FoodMargaux J. Rathbun

Did you know there are more reasons to use oils then just cooking?

It turns out that different oils actually have a bunch of amazing health benefits too! However, cooking specific types at too high of a temperature can RUIN any healthy advantage the oil has to offer.

Do yourself a favor and check out the video above to hear all about oils from FitPerez correspondent and certified nutritional therapy practitioner, Margaux J. Rathbun!

If you're looking for more healthy tips, check out her website here!

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In the summer, I brush this simple marinade on everything that I grill: 1/2C Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1 clove minced garlic, 2 tsp fresh parsley and 1 tsp thyme. Adds a huge boost of flavor!

- Kitchen conscious food lover, Caitlin Cooks

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Hair Cocktail, Anyone?

Filed under: HairstylesKelly Bensimon

Kelly Killoren Bensimon has had a busy schedule filming lately and all the work on her hair has left it a bit dry and dull.

So Miz Bensimon called up her hairstylist friend and now has some great tips to share on how to treat your hair at home.

The cocktail consists of olive oil, sea salt, lemon juice and vodka.

According to Kelly:

“The olive oil adds shine, sea salt removes product and residue, and the lemon juice and vodka actually work to bring out natural highlights.”

Check out the clip above to see it in action.

Have U ever tried one of these hair cocktails? Did it work? Share your tips with us here!

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