Did you know the word “diet” comes from the Greek word “diaita,” which means “a way of life”? Chef Maria Loi talks about how to be happier and healthier by following the Greek way of life — in particular, by preparing unprocessed, fresh food and eating tasty, healthy, and easy meals.

Known as the “Martha Stewart of Greece,” Maria Loi is an accomplished celebrity chef, author, healthy lifestyle expert, and Greek food ambassador. Chef Loi has quickly earned a reputation as the U.S. leader in authentic Greek cuisine and ingredients: in March 2012, she was invited to cook for President Obama, Vice President Biden, and 250 honored guests at the White House. Her latest book, The Greek Diet: Look and Feel like a Greek God or Goddess and Lose up to Ten Pounds in Two Weeks, is grounded in the Greek Mediterranean lifestyle and combines classic ingredients in recipes that satisfy the soul and the palate. The Greek Diet includes 100 healthy, authentic Greek recipes featuring unprocessed ingredients that will delight amateur and experienced home cooks alike.

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