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Video: 4 Rules Of Italian Harmony
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Italy is a land of pizza and pasta, where the cult of food is more developed than anywhere else in the world. Despite this, Italians maintain good health and enviable slimness until old age. The great Sophia Loren said more than once: "Everything that you see, I owe the pasta." By the way, at 85, the actress looks great and even became the face of an advertising campaign for Barilla pasta. This Italian "magic" is not magic at all, but a few simple rules that anyone can follow.
The diet of Italians is built according to the rules of the Mediterranean diet (to be more precise, the diet is built on the rules of nutrition of Italians). This worldwide popular eating system is more like a hedonism holiday than a diet. A must-have food set includes fresh vegetables and fruits, fish, poultry, olive oil, dairy products - yogurt and cheese, red wine, pasta and baked goods. However, experts, not without some surprise, found that the Mediterranean diet not only prevents weight gain, but can also reduce it.
However, there are a few things to watch out for. The Mediterranean diet virtually eliminates added sugars, saturated fats, red meats, processed foods, and unnatural foods. Pasta is made from whole grain flour, tomato sauce for pizza and pasta is made from Italian-grown tomatoes, and fruit is a better alternative to desserts.
Lunch as a ritual
When lunchtime comes around, you’re unlikely to see a single Italian on the street. For the inhabitants of this sunny country, lunch is a sacred ritual, for the sake of which you can put off all business and forget about all worries. Italians dine at the same time, they never rush to eat, enjoy every bite of food and do not overeat. A plate of pasta is always accompanied by a glass (but only one) of red wine and a pleasant conversation. You will never see an Italian gobbling up his lunch while watching a You-tube show. This slow, deliberate consumption of food allows it to digest well and eliminates the possibility of overeating.
Not a single paste
Yes, pasta is indeed part of the daily Italian diet, but it does not constitute its basis at all. Italians eat a huge amount of fresh vegetables that are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber, which improves digestion and detoxifies the body. A hearty lunch is offset by a modest breakfast and dinner. Italians start the morning with a cup of espresso and some small bakery, and for dinner they do not eat carbohydrates at all - instead, a small portion of dietary fish or poultry and a vegetable salad.
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Nobody canceled the role of physical activity in preserving harmony and health. According to statistics, Italians are one of the most active nations in the world. They walk, run, swim, ride bicycles, dance and go to fitness. This is what they are accustomed to since childhood, which has long become a way of life, which means it is not perceived as an effort over oneself. Surely, if you have been to Italy, you have noticed that even the elderly residents of the country must walk along the city streets or along the beach. This continuous activity not only helps you burn more calories and keep yourself in shape, but also significantly improves health indicators.
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