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Podcast – Mediterranean Diet: Top Myths with Dr. Steven Masley

Podcast – Mediterranean Diet: Top Myths with Dr. Steven Masley

Description: Between the latest online fads and the crazy media headlines, it’s easier than ever to get confused about your health. If you want to make better decisions about your health today so you can feel better and live longer, you’ve come to the right place.


The Mediterranean diet is considered the top diet in the world, but what exactly makes it so successful? How difficult is it to get started?  How expensive is it? There are many myths surrounding the Mediterranean diet that can confuse and complicate this highly effective method for losing weight and living longer, but on today’s episode we’re going to separate fact from fiction as we dive into the delicious details of the Mediterranean diet.


I’m joined by Dr. Steven Masley, a physician, nutritionist, trained chef, author and more to share his insights into the diet that is proven to help you lose weight, reduce the risk for heart disease and memory loss, and live longer. He shares some of the observations he made during his months of sailing through the Mediterranean, ideas for getting started including a basic shopping list and simple recipes, and ways that you can start to enjoy your relationship with food again. If you’re looking for a proven diet that is completely doable and sustainable (as well as delicious), you need to listen to this conversation with Dr. Steven Masley.


Key Takeaways:

[1:10] Today’s topic is the Mediterranean diet — what makes it so easy, successful and appetizing.

[2:15] Dr. C introduces Dr. Steven Masley, who offers context about the actual makeup of the Mediterranean diet — what it is and what it isn’t.

[4:50] The history behind the Mediterranean diet, the origin, and why it’s considered the top diet in the world.

[7:38] How do food quantities affect the effectiveness of the Mediterranean diet, and what foods are most commonly included in it?

[11:30] Additional factors that contribute to the success of this diet include dining at a leisurely pace, interacting with nature, and the promotion of social connectedness during meals.

[16:58] Looking for simple ways to improve your eating habits? Dr. Masley offers tips from the thinnest and longest-lived countries in the world.

[23:35] Understanding the link between affluence and obesity, and why wealthier people in Europe are gaining more weight while obesity is plaguing poorer people in America.

[26:30] You don’t need to be a world-renowned chef to successfully follow the Mediterranean diet — Dr. Masley shares ideas on where to start regardless of your skill level.

[31:55] The first steps you need to take to successfully switch over to the Mediterranean diet, including shopping for pantry staples, shopping more often for fresh foods, and increasing your access to herbs and spices.

[34:48] How you can stay on track with the Mediterranean diet even when you’re on the road.

[36:24] Dr. Masley shares some of the success stories he has seen in his clinic and offers encouragement for giving the world’s most successful diet a try.

[39:42] Do you have a topic you’d like me to cover? Contact me on Facebook or Instagram using #medicalmyths.


To learn more:

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Dr. Steven Masley

The Mediterranean Method: Your Complete Plan to Harness the Power of the Healthiest Diet on the Planet — Lose Weight, Prevent Heart Disease, and More! A Mediterranean Diet Cookbook by Dr. Steven Masley

Recipes from Dr. Masley’s Kitchen



“There are endless possibilities with the Mediterranean diet, but it always has a theme of plant-based foods.” — Dr. Masley


“You can’t just add olive oil to your food and call it Mediterranean.  You need to eat the whole package of vegetables, fruits, beans and nuts.” — Dr. Masley


“The single biggest advantage of the Mediterranean diet is that it’s easy to follow.” — Dr. Masley


“This diet is so doable, it’s not hard or complicated, and you get to eat delicious food at the same time. It’s a win-win situation.” — Dr. Masley