The Mediterannean Experiment

Diabetes + High Cholesterol + Fatty Liver + Family = Not Good.

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  • Name: Rachel211
  • City: Cocoa
  • Region: Florida
  • Country: United States

My Weight Loss

Height: 177.8cm
Start weight: 262.00lb
Current weight: 255.00lb
Goal weight: 175.00lb
Lost to date: 7.00lb
Remaining: 80.00lb

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Before After

Starting on Victoza

After a doc apt and talking to my endocrinologist - I have started on a new medication called Victoza. It has been great so far! My sugar numbers are in the non-diabetic range now. They dropped like 75 points in just 2 days. If you don't really know what that means - let me just say, that is huge!!

And I've lost 5 pounds! :)


Mediterranean Lifestyle Pyramid


Attempting a ratatouille type dish! Wish me luck!

(BTW - the kids are watching Ratatouille while I’m doing this)

Summer Vegetable Tian

It turned out really good! Terry even had seconds! ;)
Technically its not ratatouille because it has cheese on it!

Summer Vegetable Tian

2 sm yellow onions

1/4c olive oil
2 lg red potatoes
2 med zuchinni
2 large yellow squash
3 tomatoes
Italian blend Mrs Dash
1 tbs garlic
1 cup shredded italian cheese mix

Chop onions up small - cook till tender in olive oil on medium heat
Put a large tbs of minced garlic (I use the jar stuff) in the oil just before the onions finish.
Put saucepan aside off heat
Slice all veggies into 1/4 inch slices and put on seperate plates- KEEP THE POTATOES REALLY THIN!
Season all veggies with salt pepper and Mrs Dash lightly
Layer veggies standing up on their sides
Once the veggies are all in - take the oil, onion, garlic mix and evenly pour it over the top of everything
Cover with foil and bake at 400 for 45 min
Uncover and put cheese on - bake for another 20 min till cheese melts and browns (keep an eye that it doesn’t burn)
Let sit for a few min before serving

Adapted from a recipe found at:

Oh Salad.....

Why we I got started with Mediterannean

My hubby and I could both lose some weight. But I need to in particular.

About a year and half ago I found out that I had developed full blown type 2 diabetes after having gestational with both my kids, and needing to lose about 80 pounds. I knew that I was pre-diabetic but it didn’t really do much to stop me from gaining weight.

Two months ago I went to my 3 month check up with my endocrinologist (diabetes doc) and my sugar levels were much higher than normal for me (7.7 A1C). Yes, I did have an infection at the time which will raise your levels a bit, but it was obvious that we needed to start doing something about what we ate.

With two small kids (2 & 5) in the house and a limited budget, our big fillers for meals have been rice, potatoes, and pasta. And LOTS of it. But recently my liver doctor told me that he wants us ALL to switch to the Mediterannean diet - and so far its going pretty well!

Here is a good “before” (practically current) shot of both of us. Neither of us beat each other up about little slips here and there, particularly things like not being able to find an item with everything out at a fast food place or something - we just try to order as best we can.

I’m going to keep this posted about recipes I try and how its going since I know that there are tons of other people out there who need to fix their diet - but aren’t thrilled about it.

I MISS COMFORT FOOD!!! ;) But I guess I’ll stick with it.

Salad in a jar!

A while back I saw several pins about salad in a jar. I always hated how soggy salads got when I made them in I advance - but this works so great!! I already had a food sealer and I just ordered the mason jar attachment from Amazon. Sucking all the air out of the layered salad keeps everything good for a whole week!

There was a little adjusting - like feta stays better than shredded cheese, the less sliced items the better (use grape tomatoes!), and crunchy items (like roasted soynuts) will get soft, but for the most part it works excellent for both me and Terry! Fast lunches are the way to go!!

Here we go...

So… here we go.

I used to be “reluctantly low carb” but after a doctors office visit this week he wants the whole family to switch to the Mediterranean diet.

I knew a little bit about it and it sounds interesting. One of the nice parts is having a glass of red wine with dinner every night. ;)

I’m going to try to learn this new way of cooking and I’ll let you know how its going!

The Basics

Greek yogurt - actually good?

Eatin some greek yogurt this morning. I’ve tried it before and wasn’t crazy about it (I’m not a huge regular yogurt fan either) - but this dannon stuff isn’t too bad. They seem to have the consistency and fruit mix pretty good.

Terry had one of the orange cream flavors last night and it was tasty, and this peach one was surprisingly good. I don’t usually care for fake peach flavor but it says on the ingredients ‘peaches’ not ‘peach flavor’ so maybe it tastes better because they actually used REAL fruit for a change. ;)

Only 8 carbs too - so we will see how my blood sugars are in 2 hours!