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The Wonderful Foods of Italy

There is a lot to say about the food of Italy and its all good. Except for very touristy places, the food is fresh, well prepared and delicious. Italians love their food and so does the rest of the world. You may think you know Italian cooking because you eat in Italian restaurants in England or America or your parents were Italian but it is not the same as what is served in Italy.

Italy’s restaurants serve local fresh foods usually organic. The dishes are simple but extremely tasty. It may be a simply cooked meat or fish over a grill fire or a pasta cooked al dente with a wonderful sauce or fresh vegetables. You can eat well in any non touristy ristorante or Trattoria. These places pride themselves in the food they prepare and serve.

Come with us as we talk about the different foods around Italy. It is not just pasta and pizza. Our YouTube video below explores these wonderful foods.

 

– George J Febish

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Italy and Health

Italy has one of the world’s most efficient healthcare systems. The World Health Organization  rates countries on their over all health. Italy’s healthcare system focuses on exercise, happiness and healthy food rather than drugs. The people of this country eat well and eat fresh organic produce that is grown or farmed near their own home. Fruit is seldom shipped but picked locally at the height of freshness and nutrients. It tastes better and is healthier for you.

The Healthiest Countries in the World

1. Singapore
2. Italy
3. Australia
4. Switzerland
5. Japan
6. Israel
7. Spain
8. Netherlands
9. Sweden
10. Germany

The Least Healthiest Countries in the World
1. Swaziland
2. Lesotho
3. Democratic Republic of Congo
4. Chad
5. Mozambique
6. Burundi
7. Malawi
8. Angola
9. Uganda
10. Cameroon

The USA was rated 33 on the least healthiest countries in the world.

We should take a lesson on this from Italy. Not only is it a country on everyone bucket list but it gives us a great example how to live a happy and healthy life.

George

 

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How to Plan a Trip to Italy-Part 10

Now you are ready for your trip. Where can you find a place to exercise in Italy? Italy does have gyms but you won’t need them. Just walk … walk … walk and climb those stairs. You don’t need machines in a gym. Use the environment of Italy and get your exercising in as you tour. While you walk look around you. Smell the smells of Italy. In piazza with flower shops smell the fresh flowers. At fruit or vegetable markets stop and smell the produce. You can actually smell the fruit and vegetables in Italy. They are so fresh. We are so used to produce that is picked before it is ripe and shipped to us that when we get it, there is nor smell or flavor.

The strawberries are red and juicy inside, not white and dry. The peaches are perfect and juicy nor mealy. Apples smell and taste like apples. The berries are so good you will not believe it. Buy some fruit and snack at a fountain or as you walk. Italy is all around you. Enjoy it to its fullest. The vegetables are so fresh and still have dirt on them. If you have an apartment with a kitchen, buy some and prepare them. This is a real treat.

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Roman Artichoke

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Fresh Strawberries

We are vegetarians so we don’t eat meat but we eat some cheese and fish. In southern Italy the fish is so fresh and there is more of it than meat. The cheeses are so aromatic and fresh. Just a little with some of that great Italian bread. So good! Molto Buono!

Yes eat some pizza, pasta, gelato and wine. You deserve it. But eat fresh fruit and vegetables as well. Italians do not usually serve a vegetable with an entrée but you can order them extra. Italian families eat a lot of fruit and vegetables.

In small towns there are stairs everywhere. Take them. You will develop great looking calf calls and be fit by the end of your vacation. Some of the most interesting places are up or down a large set of stairs. Avoiding them will mean you miss so much. Cities like Positano are ALL Stairs! You really can not avoid them.

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Stairs … Stairs … Stairs

We walk 6-8 miles a day and sometimes climb 30 or more stairs. By the time you come home, you won’t think twice about walking a few miles or climbing several flights of stairs. In Rome, walk to everything. The sites are within a few miles of each other. Don’t just take the metro. Walk and see the city! No gym will do that for you. Be healthy, live long, enjoy Italy as the Italians do.

George & Jo Anne

 

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