By Jamie Leach
Growing up, fresh vegetables, a handful of raw nuts, or even a bowl of lentil soup were my regular after-school snacks.
Beyond sharing a meal, the Mediterranean culture cultivates a balanced social life and a certain connectedness to the people who matter.
Mediterranean people do not specifically carve out two hours a day for heavy lifting at the gym. But, that doesn’t make them inactive.
They love to tell stories; their conversations filled with humor. There is certainly a sense of priority-- yes, take life seriously, but to do so with a joyful attitude.
Take food for example; Mediterranean folks don’t buy too much of any one ingredient. The whole concept of buying in bulk remains foreign to them.
Eating freshly matters, and they don't mind making multiple trips to the market--on foot, mostly.