Amo il cibo Italiano! For those of you who don’t speak Italian, I just said “I love Italian food!” I had an incredible opportunity last year to study abroad in Siena, Italy and learned all about their food culture. I love the Italian food culture because it is all about using quality ingredients and taking pride in the food you make.
I decided to share my love of real Italian food with you this week for a few reasons. First, I miss Italy and love to talk about it whenever I can. Second, I was too lazy to attempt to cook a new dish (sorry). Third, I have been eating horribly lately and wanted to remind myself of a time when I actually cared about what I was putting in my body. In Italy, I learned that people take pride in the Mediterranean Diet, which consists of lots of vegetables and olive oil.
Going to a grocery store in Siena for the first time was a truly foreign experience. Over time I noticed that all of their produce was organic and grown locally. I asked a local why their produce is local and organic. They told me that the people believe this is healthier and they don’t like highly processed foods.
If you read my post from a few weeks ago, you already know that I am a huge snack fiend. Most American snacks are highly processed and not good for your body. As I became more acclimated with the culture of Siena, I started to eat more like a local and take better care of my body by eliminating highly processed foods and replacing them with more wholesome foods. I definitely felt a difference in my body and my energy level was much better. Take a look at some of my quality food photos!
Since I have returned to the U.S.A. I have been pretty bad at maintaining that quality Italian diet. It’s extremely difficult as a college student who has little time to sleep let alone cook to pick food options that are made with quality ingredients. Sometimes I’m lucky if I even have three meals in a day.
That being said, I have a challenge for myself and all of you. Let’s skip the soda and snacks for one week. Instead of the highly processed snacks, let’s have fruits and vegetables. Stuff that we all know we don’t eat enough of but walk past in the grocery store anyway. It will be difficult but I think it will make us feel better inside and out. No I don’t have the time to make my organic tomato sauce like I did when I was in Siena, but I think small improvements will make a huge difference in how I feel. I hope it makes a difference in how you feel as well.
Keep me updated if you decide to try the challenge with me! We can complain over carrots! Leave a comment or contact me on twitter @KristinaAzevedo