At Fully Mediterranean, we believe enjoying good food and taking care of your health aren’t mutually exclusive and in fact, go hand in hand. Our mission is to provide you with the strategies and tools needed to empower you to take action and make informed decisions to live a fuller, healthier life.
The Mediterranean Diet is more than just a diet. It’s a lifestyle which promotes:
The Mediterranean Diet is consistently ranked as one of the top diets in the world. There is sound science to show that following the Mediterranean Diet leads to weight loss and reduces the risk for chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.
The best part? The Mediterranean Diet isn’t complicated or restrictive. You don’t have to count calories or cut out entire food groups. Easy to follow, delicious, nutritious, effective for weight & chronic disease prevention, and still get to enjoy a glass of wine? Enough said!
The Mediterranean Diet is a pattern of eating centered around fresh and seasonal plant-based foods – including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, seeds, nuts, olive oil, herbs and spices – as well as fish and poultry. The Mediterranean Diet is not just a ‘diet’ but a lifestyle emphasizing regular exercise, shared meals with family and friends and a mindful approach to both eating and living. Scientific research shows that the Mediterranean Diet can reduce the risk of heart disease and other chronic diseases, increase longevity and help with weight loss and maintenance, among many other benefits.
Hi, I’m Pam! I am a registered dietitian nutritionist, specializing in the Mediterranean Diet. I love good food. I love to cook. And I have never met a vegetable I do not like. I grew up with a love for cooking from my mother and grandmother. My grandmother was from New Orleans so celebrating with food and family was just always a part of my life. It was always about food in my family – eating dinner together, sharing meals on Sundays and cooking for special occasions. Even now, I continue the same traditions with my family for birthdays, special occasions, and family dinners when they are home. Cooking for family and friends is one of my favorite things to do.
Food has always represented a sense of well-being and community for me. When I first started my nutrition practice, it was really about deprivation, no fat, and counting calories. I worked with clients who made progress but never really felt like they could continue this way of eating long term. They felt like steamed broccoli and tasteless chicken were their only choices. Thank goodness things have changed! Food can be healthy and taste great. I love the Mediterranean pattern of eating because it can really help people understand this – feel-good foods and rich flavors that leave you feeling energized and satisfied.
I love the Mediterranean diet for its holistic and sustainable approach. It incorporates nutrition, exercise, and mindfulness. We nurture our bodies through our food choices. My passion is to help people meet their goals and live fully.
Pam specializes in the Mediterranean Diet. She is currently in private practice and partners with UT Health School of Public Health Nourish Program to teach, “Outsmarting Disease with The Mediterranean Diet.” Her previous services include clinical practice at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, outpatient programs at the Methodist Hospital, and teaching “Nutrition for Chefs” at the Art Institute of Houston’s Culinary Arts Program. She was a Gold Medal winner at the American Culinary Federation National Championship for “Healthful Cooking-Balancing the Art” and “Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year.”
Claire Virga is a Registered Dietitian with her master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics from New York University. As a dietitian, Claire has worked with a wide range of clients, providing nutrition counseling and group education in the private practice setting. Claire believes in a holistic approach to nutrition counseling and that realistic lifestyle changes are the key to a lifetime of health and wellness.