• If I could come back for the Mediterranean cooking sessions I would. I still can’t believe that I ate so much and so well when we were there this past January. I was never hungry, never had blood sugar highs or lows and loved the food……btw…have kept all my weight off plus more.

    From Kris McAllister
    May 30, 2013

  • Just wondering what your thoughts are about Wheat Belly. I’m up 20 pounds since leaving HHHI about 10 years ago – tried to stick to the plan and did Weight Watchers. I’ve been off and on a wheat belly type of eating 80% of the time and have lost 12 pounds without feeling hungry. The 20% ‘off plan’ seems to be when eating out or at a party.

    From Rhonda Koplin
    May 30, 2013

  • Kris, thanks for your comment. I am looking forward to the Mediterranean sooking sessions as well. Glad ot hear that your felt well on and enjoyed to meal plan while your were here. Most importantly congrats for maintaining your weight loss

    From Bob
    June 3, 2013

  • Rhonda, happy to hear that you are having success with the Wheat Belly style of eating. While there is certainly nothing wrong with limiting your consumption of wheat products, and those with celiac disease should eliminate wheat and other products that contain gluten altogeter, we do not agreee with the book’s advise that essentially all wheat (even whole wheat products) should be avoided. When eaten in reasonable amounts, whole wheat products can be a part of a healthy diet. In fact, accoding the the University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter, many studies have linked the higher intake of whole grains(including while wheat) with a reduced risk of diaetes, heart diseas and stroke.

    From Bob
    June 3, 2013

Hundreds of Studies Prove Mediterranean Diet the Way to Go


According the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), hundreds of scientific studies have linked the Mediterranean diet to reduced risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and other conditions. The evidence is so overwhelming that Dimitrios Trichopoulos, MD, the Vincent Gregory Professor of Cancer Prevention at the HSPH describes the Mediterranean way  of eating  “possibly the best ever”. A new study published on February 25th on the New England Journal of Medicines web site adds more evidence to support Dr. Trichopoiulos’ belief. In fact it might provide the strongest evidence to date. Quoted in the New York Times Rachel Johnson called the study “really impressive” Johnson, a professor of nutrition at the University of Vermont and a spokesperson for the American Heart Association added, “And what is really important – the coolest thing – is they used very meaningful endpoints. They did not look at risk factors like cholesterol or hypertension or weight. They looked at heart attacks and strokes and death. At the end of the day, that is what really matters.” The study found that participants at high risk for heart disease and stroke cut their risk by 30% by switching to the Mediterranean diet.

But what is the Mediterranean diet and is something that most people could live on. The Mediterranean diet, according the Mayo Clinic, emphasizes:

  •   Getting plenty of exercise
  •   Eating primarily plant based-based food, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains legumes and nuts
  •   Replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive and canola
  •   Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods
  •   Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month
  •   Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
  •   Drinking red wine in moderation (optional)
  •   Enjoying meals with family and friends

If this looks familiar, it should, our guests have been enjoying this type of delicious culinary experience here at H3 for years. Including providing the meals a pleasant, family style environment with interesting, friendly people from all over the world.

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