My Mediterranean Lifestyle Journey – 2 Month Check Up
A couple months in and I’m feeling great and it’s getting better everyday! There have been some ups and some downs and most of all I am still at the beginning of what is truly a lifelong journey.
At the beginning of the year I dived in and really started living the Mediterranean Diet and by diet I mean it in its true deeper meaning going back the the word’s ancient Latin and Greek origins of “Way of Living”. The beginning was very easy having adopted the 12 Days of Christmas celebration where the entire season from December 24th all the way to January 6th is a time of Feasting. And I certainly did plenty of that!
The actual eating of Mediterranean foods wasn’t so hard because I’ve been eating the Mediterranean diet and that’s diet in the modern weight loss philosophy for a little while. At the same time adding in lots of extra movement and walking wasn’t so hard because I’ve been moving towards that goal for some time. There was and is still some adjustment on making these things “everyday” activities but I think I’ve done a good job and am well on track on this front.
The hardest part has been adopting the Mediterranean philosophy towards life. Don’t get me wrong I’m 100% behind slowing down the pace, living stress-free, simplifying,focusing more on family, happiness, spirituality, generosity, quality over quantity, etc… It’s the implementation of these things while living in the modern American world where the entire culture exists in complete opposition to what I want to achieve.
This recent Cadillac commercial I saw very clearly defines the line between the Mediterranean and American psyches.
Trying to take it easy and relax is a difficult thing to do when you’re working 6 days a week 10+ hours a day – not to mention commute times! I can’t say too much about my work because of rules but basically I work for a Public Utility and between the Great Recession and budget cuts my workgroup has gone from 4 to just me, from a less than 2 week turnaround time to over 6 weeks. And with it has come an avalanche of work and stress and constant agitation of angry (rightfully so) customers.
This has been the most challenging part of my journey – slow down & de-stress. I’ve come to realize the best way to approach this problem is the way I deal with food: quality over quantity. I don’t have an excess of free time so I have to make the best use of what I have and at the same time streamline the other areas of my life with the 80/20 Principal to squeeze out any extra time I have. I’ll write up a post soon discussing some of the lessons I’m learning on this front. In the meantime this is where I’m at living the Mediterranean Diet.