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.
But years later, when I eventually found myself back in the United States, I couldn’t believe how difficult it was to export those same eating habits and lifestyle norms. Our culture doesn’t encourage it and the food delivery systems make it almost impossible.
I gave up on it pretty quickly and fell back into the standard American diet and sedentary lifestyle. Slowly but surely, I began to gain weight, lose energy, and generally became less healthy. Poor sleep, aches and pains, mood swings… you name it.
I’m not sure what was the final straw that inspired me, but one day I just decided that I was going to make it a priority to practice the lifestyle habits I had learned in Italy, despite all of the head winds I would have to fight against.
Well, it worked. And it wasn’t even as hard as I thought it would be.Turns out, most of the resistance was in my own head. It simply took a shift in my mindset.
On January 1, 2019 I put a plan into action. I knew from experience that trying too hard to go “all-in” at once would only cause frustration and ultimate failure. So I plotted out six incremental steps that I would take to gradually get back to the Italian version of myself.
Now my mission is to help as many people as possible to find the same inspiration, and change their lifestyle to change their life. The “Six Steps to a Mediterranean Diet” will be part of the soon-to-be-released second edition of my book, Eat Like an Italian.
The first edition did quite well, occasionally bubbling up to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list. But it was more of an irreverent memoir on the obsessive fixation that Italians have over their food (notice I didn’t say “diet”). Now I’d like to take a more serious look at how the Italian way of eating can make us healthier, without ever worrying about a “diet.”
Join me on this journey!
“Let food be thy medicine, and let #medicine be thy #food.” - #Hippocrates #mediterraneandiet