Trendy Urban Mediterranean Diets and Wine

Over the holidays, I went on a wine tour throughout beautiful Spain and I have to tell you, I tasted some of the most delicious wines there.  Fresh grapes and olives on the trees throughout the vineyards. It was not only beautiful but fascinating.  The people seemed to eat the most delicious food on Earth and yet all of them were so slim and had beautiful skin.  I learned something from the Spanish. They can eat and drink the richest most delicious foods without gaining weight.  I had a chance to talk to one woman named Maria and her husband Oscar. They gave me some tips on how they keep in shape.


Maria: “I eat a diet rich in fiber, fruits and vegetables and of course I

constantly drink wine from my own vineyard!”

Maria insisted that she has always had a goal to get fit before summer and says you must eat according to your goals.  She said you can’t drink hard liquor and eat processed food if you want a natural body. Eat naturally and you will have the beautiful lean muscular body that God intended you to have.

Oscar laughed and said that Maria makes it sound like it is all just so easy.  For him, it didn’t matter how many olives he hate or how many broccoli heads he consumed instead of juicy mashed potatoes, he had a harder path to weight loss.  Both of them own a beautiful vineyard together and while Maria has always been slim, Oscar needed a push. He said he had to order some vitamin supplements from the United States in order to help him lose fat he had stored over the years after quitting playing football due to a knee surgery and a car accident. He gained a lot of weight due to inactivity and his children were the ones who spent the afternoons working and exercising on the farm.

He had to carefully restrict his diet but he found he was hungry all the time.  Finally, after he ordered the fiber capsules from the US, he noticed significant changes in his body.  Skinny Fiber is the name of the supplement and he said that the best skinny fiber reviews showed people with an incredible amount of weight loss after taking the pills each day. He could even have a glass of wine with dinner and that helped him stay on track because he didn’t feel so tempted afterwards.  He still enjoys his leg of ham (a Spanish tradition) and his favorite Spanish potato egg omelet on occasion but he knows that his health is the most important thing.

These two wonderful people taught me a lot about life, health and living. They both eat well, drink well and lead wonderful enriching lives. If only the rest of us could be so lucky!


Three Health Benefits of Drinking Wine

As if you needed a reason to drink wine! But if nothing is going to make you enjoy the crisp fresh taste of red wine more, it will be after reading this article on amazing health benefits of drinking wine. I have always been convinced that red wine or white wine art so bad for your health. The Europeans have diets full of olive oil, cheese, fresh breads, and vineyard freshly picked grape and cherry wines.


And everyone knows that Europeans are healthy and in excellent shape and live long lives. Perhaps the secret all along is that they enjoy wine on a regular basis and do not feel guilty for it. Study show that wine actually helps many of the body’s functions including memory retention, fatigue, and regulating the circulatory system.

Here is a list of three amazing health benefits that will comfort you and your knowledge that drinking wine on a daily basis is in fact a good for you.

1) Drink Wine, Slim Down, Trim Waist

Recent studies have shown that people who drink wine on a daily basis have a lower BMI than people who only seldomly drink wine. People who drink wine on a daily basis have slimmer waists and less body fat than people who drink large amounts of hard liquor. Researchers believe that drinking a daily glass of beer or wine allows your body to burn more calories and boost your metabolism for up to 90 minutes after you drink a glass. So drink up, my friend!

2) Memory Retention

Can you believe that wine actually can help improve your memory? Researchers gave a test to women who drink wine on a daily basis and to women who do not drink any type of alcohol on a regular basis. The tests were memory-based and the results concluded that women who drink wine on a daily basis remember things and retain more information than those who do not drink.

3) Protect and Defend the Body

One case study concluded that people who drink around one glass of wine a day have less of a chance of getting food poisoning and also have a reduced risk of getting an infection that can cause ulcers and certain cancers of the stomach.

So, the next time you are about to feel guilty for pouring yourself a glass of wine at dinner, just remember that it is actually GOOD for you. And enjoy that glass without guilt!  Remember, a glass of wine does not equal a bottle of wine. Haha!  Cheers!

Wine and Dieting: Light, Low-Calorie Drinks to Maintain Health

This time of year is our busiest, with people in search of the best wines and champagnes for their party needs as new year’s day and eve approaches. One of the most desired and asked for wines are our low calorie and light wine options as people are adamant not to gain weight during the holiday season. Here is a list of our favorite wines and holiday drinks to avoid packing on the pounds during the holiday season.

White Zinfandel has only 100 calories per cup of wine and it is perfect for the holiday season.

We also love red sangria. From Spain, dark sangria is famous for being paired with healthy fruits such as oranges, apple slices, pears and berries. What could be healthier than consuming your fruit-a-day with a glass of red wine that can help regulate blood levels.

Red wine is also low in calories and studies show can have many health benefits providing you don’t over do it.

We recommend not to have more than three glasses of wine per night even at a social gathering or event and if you are consuming wine on a day to day basis, to stick to one glass per night with dinner.

This can help improve and maintain good health and also ensures you won’t over do it. Consistency is key with all alcoholic drinks to avoid gaining weight as it is well known that alcohol can turn to sugar.

Another thing to note are the types of foods and snacks you eat alongside your wine choices.  If you opt for something like red meats and fried potatoes, you are undoubtedly going to gain weight. However, we believe you actually enjoy the taste of the wine more when it is paired with something like fish and lemon or a ring of shrimp.

You may also opt for a light cream cheese spread or fat-free cheese squares and flaky whole wheat crackers or green grapes. This way, the focus is still on the flavor of the wine and the food and snacking choices will not be overbearing.

One of our resident wine experts has chosen to lose weight this holiday season and she has begun taking a new type of diet pill called skinny fiber that is a natural health fibre supplement. You can find skinny fiber at this skinny fitness health website and testimonials show weight loss success of many of its users. Mary has lost 10 pounds so far using this supplement and she has had no ill side effects. She now feels more than welcome to indulge in a glass or two of wine at dinner and has actually noticed that the wine leaves her more satisfied and less likely to reach for a second plate at dinner.

Whether you opt for a red or white wine, a glass of crisp champagne or a bottle of rosee, we encourage you to remember your body is your health and what you consume will determine what you look like. Happy new year to each and every one of you!

– Healthy Living Team


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