Well, for starters, OUR approach may not be typical of other Greek Orthodox Christians. We do live in Ontario, Canada, and are surrounded by a myriad of ethnic cuisines which lend themselves well to providing inspiration for Lenten dishes. So, although we may have touched on dishes such as Pad Thai, Mexican Burritos (Chipotle), etc., you'll notice that our dishes are mainly classic Greek dishes.
What, then, does research say about the physiological effects of a traditional Greek Orthodox Lenten diet? There are a few ways to approach this question. For starters, how about examining how it affects those who practice it in the most dedicated manner. Much discussion has taken place about the very low level of cardiovascular disease and incidence of cancer in Greek Orthodox monks in Mt. Athos (the Holy Mountain), Greece. A couple of years ago, the popular U.S. television show 60 minutes discussed the astounding good health and longevity of monks in the Christian world's largest monastic community (see the video below).