When in Italy…Eat like the Italians

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We all know of the Italian grandmother who makes you eat and eat and eat. What if you ate like that and lost weight?! Guess what? You can!

Recently, I traveled to Italy and it was oh-so-amazing! The contrast between the way they eat and the way (most) Americans do, has really inspired me to keep ardently educating people about the importance of eating fresh, wholesome food, like the Italians do!

Let me tell you about what I ate in Italy—I indulged to say the least!

Our trip to Italy started in Florence….can you say gelato? There were gelato stands about every 50 feet and it was the most delicious thing you have ever tasted! My favorite was the Nutella flavor.

As we walked through the beautiful city, we stopped and had freshly cut prosciutto with buffalo mozzarella and perfect cherry tomatoes with the absolutely best house wine!IMG_1805

We then ventured down to Siena where we had margarita pizza, octopus, and gnocchi. We also had more phenomenal wine called Brunello. It is grown in Italy and was so delicious.

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Lastly, we went to Cinque Terre (five villages on the sea). As we got off the train, we smelled something astounding! It was fresh calamari, shrimp, fish, and crab being served at a beach stand. Unbelievable! So good, so simple, and so fresh!

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The most shocking thing was that with all that food and wine, my boyfriend and I both lost weight!

You see, when you eat food that is fresh, there are no preservatives. There is no junk to quite literally weigh you down.

And then of course we walked 8 to 14 miles a day. I know that it is not realistic to walk that much in your everyday life and you probably shouldn’t gorge even on fresh food every day. However, I do encourage you to choose fresh food like I did in Italy for most of your food and truly savor it. Don’t count calories. Often low-calorie food is so junky and will not satisfy you!

Opt for the homemade ice cream from your local ice cream stand, not the chemical-induced soft-serve ice cream from the ice cream truck! If you live in the Finger Lakes like me, try some of our local wines and not wine that has traveled from across the world. Buy free-range eggs from a local farmer. When it’s taco night, make your own corn tortillas (they’re actually easy). Skip the frozen meals and make your own (Google “easy fresh meals;” you’ll find tons of five-ingredient recipes from popular publications like Bon Appetit and Cooking Light).

Choose fresh whenever you can and try to exercise at least 30 minutes a day! Your body will thank you today and for years to come. Fresh food isn’t great for weight loss alone; it’s great for helping to prevent the chronic illnesses that plague so many people throughout o

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