Mediterranean Diet & Philosophy - Elizabeth Peddey Melbourne

Mediterranean Diet & Philosophy

The Mediterranean diet was identified through scientific observations made of the eating and lifestyle habits of long living adults residing around the Mediterranean basin in the 1960s.  As for most traditional diets, the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet cannot be considered independently of the cultural and physical activities that envelope it.  

The Elizabeth Peddey School of Mediterranean Cookery and Gastronomy teaches the art of home cooking.  Additionally, Elizabeth’s close association with Pisciotta on the Cilento coast in Southern Italy creates a wonderful opportunity for those of you who are keen to experience the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle first hand.  The school relocates to the south of Italy for the Italian Summer.  It is here that students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the gastronomic and cultural activities that have placed Cilento in one of the famous blue zones of the Mediterranean.

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Comparisons made of the diet and lifestyle of Americans in the 1960s and those of the Mediterranean were linked to some important health benefits attributed to those living in the Mediterranean region, including an increased life expectancy. 

Claims of these benefits continue to accumulate in both scientific journals and the popular press.  Even when taken up in middle age, it is evident that  there is a reduced risk in heart disease, stroke, some cancers, Type 2 diabetes, cognitive decline, memory problems, dementia and depression, observed amongst those who adopt a traditional Mediterranean diet and lifestyle.  Additional to such health benefits, the mainly plant based, local, seasonal food integral to the diet is is generally inexpensive and leaves a comparatively small carbon foot print.