photo by hv: market in Thessaloniki
The Mount Athos diet
â€œModeration in all things,â€ my grandfather always used to tell my mother, and my mother said it to me. Itâ€™s one reason he lived to be over 90; and so may you, if you are able to follow the regimen in the Guardian and Observerâ€™s latest weekend giveaway â€“ the â€œMount Athos Dietâ€.
These two special reports are quite fun, in a pop science kind of way. Their stated aim is to give some insight into the lives of the â€œworldâ€™s healthiest peopleâ€ â€“ in this case, the monks at Mount Athos, the male-only, semi-autonomous religious community in Greece. Thanks to their diet â€“ regular fasting, home-grown vegetables, simple wine and occasional fish, never any meat â€“ these monks have one of the lowest incidences of cancer in the world. Itâ€™s a Mediterranean diet, but without a souvlaki in sight. What could be healthier than that?
I have visited Mount Athos, about eight or nine years ago now, and I can concur about one thing: a trip to the Holy Mountain does help you lose weight. When I was there I lost half a stone or more. But as the Guardian points out, the diet canâ€™t take all the credit. There are lifestyle factors too â€“ and the trouble is, the lifestyle isnâ€™t exactly transferable to life in the Big Smoke.
Read here the complete article.