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You are how you eat

Posted 10/16/2017 6:18pm by Shiloh Avery.

a random picture of an Italian mealtime I found on the internet

Have you heard of the benefits of the Mediterranean diet?  Of all the dietary trends and recommendations filtering in and out of our lives, the Mediterranean diet is the most persistent.  Eating Well magazine had an article about “9 foods you should be eating” that was modeled after the Mediterranean diet.  Jason (who is cooking lasagna from scratch including making the sauce and pasta), had enough: “Yeah Mediterraneans are healthy, but is it because they eat couscous and eggplant or because they have their priorities in order—they spend time preparing and enjoying meals rather than on the run in the car alone.” 

Hmmm indeed.  We do live in a super fast-paced society, where we accomplish the impossible and more, but rarely find time to prepare and enjoy a meal together.  I’ve never been to Italy, but when I think of it, I think of large numbers of people gathered around long tables with wine and many courses of delicious, lovingly prepared food.  I think this is what Jason meant: are Mediterranean people healthy because of what they eat, or because of how they eat? Or perhaps it’s a combination of both of these things.  Slowing down, preparing meals from scratch, automatically means you’re using whole, unadulterated foods, and slowing down--being "present in the moment." Perhaps we're not just what we eat, but how we eat.  I think I'd like to be more Italian :)

 

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