Instead of singing an aria or dressing in an Armani suit to mimic the Italians, take time to look at what they eat and how they consume their meals. Italy is the healthiest country in the world. What can we learn from them? While most Americans shy away from a daily pasta intake, 90 percent of Italians eat pasta multiple times a week, and they have lower rates of obesity! One key is portion control rather than piling mountains of pasta on your plate.
Another benefit of eating Italian style is slowing down. Lunch is the day’s main meal as Italians take 90 minutes during their workday to enjoy it with others. Italians consider eating a leisure pastime, which allows you to feel full more quickly. While Americans gobble a sandwich at their laptop, well over a majority of Italians eat family-style. Studies show that prioritizing social relationships benefit your health and mortality.
Nutritional research reminds us that the Mediterranean Diet is one of the healthiest diets in the world. Increase your olive oil consumption and throw out those foods that have ingredients you can’t pronounce. Add whole grains, fruit, vegetables, and fish to your grocery list. You’ll be humming along with Pavarotti in no time!
Read HERE for a full summary of the healthy habits to adopt from Italians.