What is Fully Mediterranean?
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:
- Enjoying fresh and seasonal plant-based foods
- Sharing meals with family and friends
- Moving regularly and mindfully
One of the Top Diets In the World
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!
Mediterranean Diet Dietitians
Pam Fullenweider RD, MS
Pam is a Registered Dietitian who 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 RD, MS
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.
So What is the Mediterranean Diet?
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.