By Debasis Kayal
Jul 15 2020 4 min read

The Mediterranean Diet is more than fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs, seafood, chicken, lamb, pork, veal, vegetables, onions, garlic, olive oil, olives, lemons, parsley and feta cheese. It is a way of life. In countries like Greece, for instance, the diet is related to the fasts and feasts of the Greek Orthodox Christian Church. As an example, for those Orthodox Christians who practice the faith strictly, meat is eaten only 145 days out of the year. How is this, you may ask?   Every Wednesday and Friday are meat free days year around, except for the great feasts of Pascha (Easter) and Christmas when there is no fasting the week following these feasts (and at some other times). There is the 40-day fast for Christmas. The Pre-Lenten fasts. The 40-day fast for Lent leading up to Holy Week and Pascha. The fast during Holy Week. Other fasts include the 15 days in the first of August, for the Dormition (falling asleep) of the Virgin Mary. Plus, many other minor fasts throughout the year adding up to 220 days without eating meat. Outside of monks in the monasteries and some of the elderly

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