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Bereavement in Crete

Sat, 27 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0000

British Ex-pat Advice:

In the event of a Death/Bereavement in Crete, Greece   Where the Greek National Law stands on the Death of a British national in Greece


Where the Greek National Law stands on the Death of a British national in Greece

(See: Extra Information Specific to Irish Nationals)

The sudden death of a relative or friend is always distressing no matter when, where and how it takes place. When it happens abroad there is the added concern caused by the practical issues immediately at hand.

The chances are if you are caught up in a sudden death, you may well be at a loss as to what to do, such as: how and where to obtain the correct advice. You may be uncertain what to do next or who to contact. These notes drawn up by Brits in Crete team using some material from the Athens Embassy. The information is designed to help you through the practical arrangements you will need to make.

The British Embassy in Athens states clearly that the Consular Directorate in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London and British Consulates in Greece are ready to help in any way that they can.

Importantly, in the event of a death in Greece you should be aware that Greek procedures differ significantly to those in the United Kingdom.

While the British diplomatic staff understand your need to make arrangements as quickly as possible, this may not always be as fast as you would like.


Detox With Avocados

Sun, 10 Aug 2014 15:14:49 +0000

Detox with Avocados



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The Avocado is the very top beneficial food in the Cretan Diet due to its toxin busting compounds. The fruit bearing trees were brought to Europe originally by the early Spanish explorers to the Americas. The exact origin of the avocado is in Mexico where the local Aztec Indian word "avocado" actually means "testicles" in the Nahuatl language. Another anomaly is the avocado is also called Alligator fruit.

Today, the green and succulent Avocado (L. Persea americana) bearing trees are found growing in Western Crete and Cyprus and the fruit is abundant during the summer months.The avocados contain almost 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamins B and E, and folic acid. When the avocado pulp (guacamole) is consumed along with other foods it acts as a "nutrient booster" by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene, and lutein. In fact, an avocado's energy comes from fat, most of which is mono-unsaturated fat (oleic acid) which benefits in reducing cholesterol levels in the system. Slice them, dice them, pulp them, which ever way you choose to present them the fruits are packed full of antioxidants, especially glutathione. This is a detox agent of the best kind. Glutathione works wonders as it carries harmful toxins right out of the body making you feel better and healthier.

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Please note: While the Avocado is good for us humans as part of the Cretan Diet do make sure your pets (including horses) do not ingest any leaves; play with the pit (stone) or twigs due to a substance called Persin is harmful to their well being.



Detox With Broccoli

Sun, 10 Aug 2014 15:14:22 +0000

Detox with Broccoli


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In the Cretan Diet, Broccoli (L.Brassica oleracea var. italica ) has built up such a strong reputation in recent times for being economic to consume, yet it is full of all-natural anti-oxidants to cleanse the body. Broccoli really is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, chromium, and folate. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin E, manganese, phosphorus, choline, vitamin B1, vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), potassium, and copper. In fact, broccoli is brimming full of anti-oxidants. Best uncooked, but if you have to... really have to, then steam it to retain its goodness. It is so high in enzymes, it is these that do wonders for your digestive system as well as to cleanse it. Broccoli is plentiful across Greece and Cyprus as a locally grown produce when in season. Look out for this member of the cabbage family in virtually every Greek and Cypriot market.


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Detox With Cabbage

Sun, 10 Aug 2014 15:13:59 +0000

Detox with Cabbage



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Cabbage (L. Brassica oleracea family) is another of those healthiest of foods you'll find in the Cretan Diet ! Do I hear you say .. "dah"? Yes that is correct, cabbage is an excellent source of those essential vitamins C, K and B6 that work to cleanse and detox the body. It is also a very good source of manganese, dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin B1, folate, copper and sulphur compounds. If you are seeking potent anti-carcinogenic compounds that rid the body of pesticide residues and any prescription drugs, even after cooking then cabbage is truly your friend as it is full of them. It is up to you to find a great recipe in which to include it to make Cabbage attractive. All three varieties, the Green, White and Purple/Red (used in stews and for pickling) are cultivated all over Greece and Cyprus and history has recorded this fact for at least a 1000 years. Just an interesting note, Brussel Sprouts (cabbage when cut young) is known to cause flatulence. Although no big deal, this little problem is caused by a substance called risaccharide raffinose that the small intestine cannot break down. But then other foods such as beans and onions can have the same effect although for differing reasons. The bottom line it is still part of the detox process in the human body.


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Detox With Cranberries

Sun, 10 Aug 2014 15:12:19 +0000

Detox with Cranberries


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Cranberries (L.Vaccinium oxycoccus) are definitely toxin beaters in the Cretan Diet. They contain phyto-nutrients which offer antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer health benefits. The deep red berries also pack a vitamin C punch, contain dietary fiber and manganese, as well as being a good source of vitamin E, and K, copper, and pantothenic acid. Imagine all these benefits on top of preventing urinary tract infections especially in men. But they can also get rid of toxins lurking around your system. Cranberries get rid of waste residue from the body and are anti-bacterial so they remove any toxins. Taken dried, fresh cooked or as juice, just go for Cranberries as a routine, a snack during the day, an additional topping on yoghurt or mix into a fruit salad. Just remember that they are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer. 


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Detox With Garlic

Sun, 10 Aug 2014 15:11:58 +0000

Detox with Garlic

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Garlic (L. Allium sativum) is a true staple of the Cretan Diet and found piled high on the stands of local market traders. Its distinctive smell is due to the high sulphur mineral content in its various compounds that acts as a cleansing agent. Garlic is the true aristocratic ingredient of main courses in Cretan cuisine acting as the base for flavouring meat and savoury dishes. By ingesting garlic its complex make up of manganese, vitamins B6 and C and selenium are all compounds known for their cardiovascular benefits. Above all though it is the sulphur that when it is taken regularly in any form has a real cleansing affect on the body draining all those damaging toxins that build up over time. Sweating out the garlic through the pores of the skin is doing you and me a big favor, although our nostrils may tell us otherwise.

Did you know that in Italy, Sicilian men like their womenfolk to give off a garlic aroma from the body? It is considered as a particularly attractive virtue! So much for cleansing of toxins. You may well look upon garlic differently from now on?


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Detox With Grapefruit

Sun, 10 Aug 2014 15:11:37 +0000

Detox with Grapefruit



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Grapefruit (L. Citrus paradisihas wide ranging benefits that include preventing kidney stones, detoxing the liver and to keep the digestive system in good working condition. This citrus is not often associated with the Cretan Diet but Grapefruit trees are found growing alongside the Orange trees in the groves in the Chania region of Western Crete.  Grapefruit is an excellent source of Vitamins A, B1 and C. The fruit also contains plenty of pantothenic acid, copper, dietary fiber, potassium, and biotin along with phyto-chemicals including liminoids and lycopene.

Just a note of caution on Grapefruit for anyone on prescription drugs. Grapefruit naturally contains certain compounds that interfere with an enzyme in our body that facilitates the distribution of some blood pressure and heart drugs. If this happens it that may cause unexpected trauma in a person leading to serious consequences. Often prescription drugs will carry the warning not to consume Grapefruit in such circumstances. If you are not affected then go for the detox work out with Grapefruits. Just eat them.


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Detox With Lemon

Sun, 10 Aug 2014 15:11:16 +0000

Detox with Lemon


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Lemons (L. Citrus limon) rich in vitamin C flush the liver of toxins. It is a fact that lemons are a staple intake in all Mediterranean areas, especially in the Cretan Diet. The Greeks use lemons in, on and with, almost everything. They are a big part of their diet often ingested with olive oil. When Lemons are added to dishes, the juices blend together the various flavours of all the ingredients. Lemons are great for marinating meats for this reason.

Most people know that lemons go well as drinks be it in a mixed fruit juice; put into cocktails or as a squeezed lemon squash or even a "fizzy" drink by adding carbonated water. Overall, Lemons aid the digestion process. Ingesting Lemons gives a feeling of comfort. Indeed their intense Vitamin C content flushes the liver of toxins from all over the body. Did you know that the humble lemon is believed to have originated in the foothills of the Himalayas?


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Detox With Lentils and Pulses

Sun, 10 Aug 2014 15:10:45 +0000

Detox with Lentils and Pulses


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Lentils can cause flatulence. That is good for you as they detox the body of bad bacteria and resulting gases. Many varieties of Lentils (L. Lens culinaris) have formed a substantial part of the Cretan Diet for hundreds of years especially the black-eyed beans, Lima beans/butter beans, known locally as Gigantes and Fasolia, or yellow split peas served up as Fava. Believe it or not, nutritionists say that Lentils should be considered an essential part of the human diet to be taken on a regular basis. Lentils are low in calories and high in nutrition. The Greeks believe you should take a Lentil soup once a week at least, and for good reason. Lentils are an excellent source of molybdenum, folate, dietary fiber, copper, phosphorus, manganese, iron, protein, vitamin B1 and B6, pantothenic acid, zinc and potassium. The list of benefits shows that high fibre content lowers the cholesterol keeping your arteries clean. This in turn make the blood work more efficiently at detoxing the system especially in the dietary tract.That high fibre content in Lentils does one more very important service to our bodies: Lentils keep the bowels clean and detoxed keeping us without stomach and other discomfort resulting in a happy frame of mind through the day. The folate and magnesium lower homocysteine levels which is good for the heart. Our blood sugar levels are balanced and controlled, and so much more. The main growing areas for beans and peas in Greece are in the more Northern prefectures.


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Detox With Sunflower Seeds

Sun, 10 Aug 2014 15:09:52 +0000

Detox with Sunflower Seeds


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Long associated with the Cretan Diet, one ounce of Sunflower seeds (L. Elianthus anuus) contain half of an adult's daily intake of Vitamin E, one of the best anti-oxidants. Why is this important? Because Vitamin E keeps your skin alive, vibrant and youthful by combatting the powerful UV sunlight found in Crete, Greece and Cyprus. Vitamin E is found in the very high content of polyunsaturated oil contained in each seed. This is known for the easing of Arthritic pain in the joints, for instance. The oil also lubricates the walls of the intestine. By doing so the oil absorbs the toxins found in the digestive tract and flushes them out. Other anti-oxidants such as calcium, selenium, magnesium and copper keep the body's energy flow, well flowing. Taken as a snack the seeds are a great dietary supplement with all its detox capabilities that scour the liver. The vibrant yellow Sunflowers are grown over most of Greece, especially Crete.



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Detoxify Naturally The Cretan Way

Sun, 10 Aug 2014 15:15:27 +0000

Detoxify Naturally the Cretan Way   Brits in Crete passes along some sound advice on how you can detox your body when in Greece or Cyprus. The remedy is to simply eat the right foods when staying there, without the need for dietary supervision. You do not need fancy or expensive solutions, just follow the Cretan Diet (or other local variations of the Mediterranean diet). Detoxing means flushing the body of waste that has built up over time. Such waste is found all around the body in key working organs, even in the skin but above all in the blood flowing through the veins and arteries. Your body and spirit needs help, naturally. So why don't you permit specific foods with toxic busting compounds and other goodies do their work and let your body self repair. You just enjoy the eating and drinking! Below is not an exhaustive list of recommended detoxifying foods yet it is a good place to start. Some of the items you take raw in salads, others need some simple cooking, others you can squeeze to make a drink. You do not have to go crazy and over indulge, just on the occasions when you see them available, then include them in your food/drink intake. We will add to the list shortly several other great detoxifier foods. These include artichokes, olives, olive oil, and tomatoes. They deserve more coverage in their own right as an integral part of the Cretan way of eating. But first our all-important detox foods in the Cretan Diet list: Detox With Avocados   Find out what "avocado" means in the Aztec Nahuatl language? Detox With Broccoli  Why Broccoli is so important to our way of eating? Detox With Cabbage  As a kid I hated cabbage, but why I insist to eat it as an adult, why? Detox With Cranberries  What would the Thanksgiving Holiday be to Americans without Turkey and Cranberries? Did they know something about Cranberries we didn't? Detox With Garlic Only in the second half of 20th Century did Garlic creep into traditional English Fayre, but the Continental Europeans knew why Garlic was good all along! Were their taste buds different? and why does it drive some Italian men crazy? Detox With Grapefruit Grapefruits are a fairly recent edition to Cretan cuisine but of huge value to our digestive tract. Detox With Lemon Yellow or green varieties are put in, on, with and even under other foods. So why have zesty Lemons been a staple component of Mediterranean eating and drinking for 1000s of years. You must know why? Detox With Lentils and Pulses Lentils: Boring? Think again and find out why they are critical to our intake of food that is natural and good for all of us. Detox With Sunflower Seeds In some cultures, Sunflower seeds are fed to birds destined for the pot. But hey, I would reserve this little gem as a precious snack for we humans! If you are interested in the Cretan way of eating, BritsinCrete recommends "The Omega Diet" by Artemis P Simopoulos and Jo Robertson, the Lifesaving Nutritional Program based on the diet of the Island of Crete.  [...]

Healthcare :: Public and Private

Sat, 27 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0000

Living as a British or Irish Ex-pat in Crete - Greece

Public Hospitals and Private Healthcare

Brits and Irish and any other EU national anywhere in Greece are covered by reciprocal health agreements with the Greek government and any need for assistance from Greek public hospitals is provided free of charge. None the less private health cover insurance is recommended by the British and Irish Embassies in Athens. (Download full information on British Government advice in its "Notes on Living in Greece" here.)


How to Return Deceased Irish Home

Sat, 27 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0000

Advice on Returning an Irish Person's Remains

To Ireland for Burial or Cremation

Edited by Brits in Crete team for the region of Greece, including Crete and Cyprus
(but applies equally to other Irish Ex-Pats in other places abroad)


Introduction/Basic Information on Formalities

What happens when abroad if a friend or relative who you accompany suddenly dies and they are an Irish citizen. What do you have to do? It is an awesome task for many, unprepared and at an emotional time. The Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin has drawn up a basic guide as to the procedures that need to be followed which Brits in Crete has tailored to suit the circumstances in Greece (much applies to Cyprus as well). Greece and Greek Cyprus are part of the EU, that means member states share generally the same rules. That fact helps simplify procedures that are very strict regarding the transportation of corpses across national borders. The basic information here can generally be applied to other places in the world for the procedures to be followed in the Irish context. Whether as an Irish Ex-pat in Crete or visitor, the same information on this page applies.


Mediterranean Diet Reduces Heart Disease

Sun, 09 Oct 2011 10:43:15 +0000

Mediterranean Diet Beats Medicines in Heart Disease Prevention


Author: PREDIMED-Navarra, Spain


The Mediterranean diet containing olive oil and nuts is more effective in reducing and preventing heart disease than drugs according to preliminary research results of a Spanish study, part of the PREDIMED-Navarra project.

PREDIMED-Navarra project is a randomized, long-term nutritional intervention study conducted at the University of Navarra, Spain aimed to assess the role of the Mediterranean diet in the primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Olive oil and nuts, such as almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts all enrich a Mediterranean diet.