Why Eat Like An Italian?

The Mediterranean Lifestyle offers cuisine that is both delicious and healthy. On this website, we discuss "why" this is the case, and "how" you can incorporate the wisdom of past generations into your modern routines. Buon appetito!

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When you hear “Eat Like an Italian,” what comes to mind?

Does it imply healthy Mediterranean food or the most delicious cuisine in the world?
Well, how about both? (Obviously!)

Origins of The Mediterranean Diet

The late U.S. physiologist Ancel Keys is the person most closely associated with popularizing the origins of the Mediterranean Diet. He coined the term when he published the findings of his

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Italian Food Rules

34 Italian Food Rules

Several years ago I wrote an article entitled, “Five Italian Food Rules that Foreigners Need to Know.” It was inspired by a few of the (many) reprimands that I’d received in the course of making numerous culinary missteps while living in Rome. I quickly learned that this was a serious matter. So the first five

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health benefits of olive oil

Health Benefits of Olive Oil

By now we have all heard about the health benefits of olive oil in our diets. Not only is it less “fattening” than other fats, but it appears to actually protect us from cardiovascular disease. One of the mechanisms proposed is that it increases the amount of high density (“good”) cholesterol in our blood stream,

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crimes against Italian food

Crimes Against Italian Food

There have been many crimes committed in the last century or so… crimes against Italian food. And paesano mio, the results are not pretty. Listen, I get it. It takes effort to stay on the path of righteousness, especially when every marketing message is praising the bounty of Olive Garden’s endless pasta bowl (with unlimited

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Breakfast for Mediterranean Diet

Breakfast for Mediterranean Diet

“What’s a good breakfast for Mediterranean Diet followers?” is a question I often hear. The confusion is easy to appreciate when you see things like “Eggs Florentine,” or “Greek Omelet” on a breakfast menu in the United States. Spoiler Alert: Those concoctions do not exist in their namesake countries, and certainly not for breakfast! Those

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Why is the Mediterranean Lifestyle the Best?


In the last few decades, science has confirmed what the Italians have known intuitively for a long time. Eat quality food, have good social networks, sleep enough, and move around. It's just that simple.


Unlike most "diets," the Mediterranean Lifestyle is all about common sense living. Nothing extreme or painful. Just a relaxed approached to a healthy life.


If we take a responsible approach to how we live our own lives, it will also benefit the planet. Conserve energy, don't waste food, respect your environment. The goals are perfectly aligned. 


Well, this point hardly needs anyone's endorsement. But it's worth appreciating that eating quality food makes up happy as well as healthy. Not for nothing that Italian food is the most popular world-wide. 

About the author


I'm  Rick

While living in Italy for several years, I “accidentally” discovered the many glorious benefits of eating a Mediterranean diet. I say “accidentally” because it wasn’t a conscious effort, but rather the natural consequence of trying my best to adapt to the local culture.

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