Back from a vacation in Italy with a new appreciation for food!


Amalfi Coast, Italy (10/10/2007, taken from bus)

Amalfi Coast, Italy (10/10/2007, taken from bus) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We took 10 days to set up our new condo in Italy. It is in a small town called Velina south of the Amalfi Coast. When you spend time in Italy, especially southern Italy, you realize the Italians have it right. Farming is still done the old way without chemicals (especially on small farms). We bought fresh vegetables that still had dirt on them. When you cut into them they smell and taste so good. Imagine a tomato that actually smells and tastes like a tomato. The vegetables are so fresh from farm to your table in a day or two. We bought from a family that trucks in fresh vegetables to our small town each day from local farms.

The Italians have very small refrigerators for a reason! They don’t buy and freeze or keep in the refit, They buy what they need for a meal. Meat, cheese, bread, wine, vegetables, fish, etc. All at different stores that specialize in the best produce of that type. Restaurants do the same thing. As you sit and enjoy your meal, you can see people bring in fresh-baked bread, vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, etc. Why do they do this? Because in Italy people still enjoy the taste of good foods. They won’t eat anything else.

When vegetables taste so good, it’s easy to be vegetarian or vegan.


Does Organic Taste Weird?

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Nutrient deficient yam plant at Abakaliki, Nigeria

Nutrient deficient yam plant at Abakaliki, Nigeria (Photo credit: IITA Image Library)

I had a friend that said to me, “I don’t like the taste of organic!” That is really weird. Organic has no added taste. It is just the absence of preservatives. I told my friend to just go into the garage and get some fertilizer and sprinkle it on his organics and he would have regular produce. A little harsh, I admit but it does get the point across. God and nature made plant life a certain way to help keep us healthy and nourished. Man started fertilizing to increase profits at the cost of health. Look at our country now. After a few generations we are mostly sick.

There is another side to nutrients besides organics. It is rotating crops properly so the soil revives and keeps its nutrient base. When done properly, our plant food is very nutritious. Again it it a costly practice that has been mostly abandoned in the US for higher profits. Europe, especially Italy, still has farmers that care about taste and nutrients and farm to older standards. It works there because people want better tasting foods and healthier foods.

What are you eating?

A Time to Rethink Our Lives

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A Marine of the United States Marine Corps run...

A Marine of the United States Marine Corps runs through a creek. Original caption: “Lance Cpl. Anthony M. Madonia emerges from the water during the swimming portion of the triathlon. Marines and Sailors of Marine Security Company and the Naval Support Facility in Thurmont, Md., participated in the Catoctin Mountain Triathlon, July 20.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We have been talking about the epigenetic influences that affect our health:

  1. Diet
  2. Exercise
  3. Positive Thinking
  4. Belief
  5. Stress

We Americans seem to break all the rules. We eat junk (non nutritious food), smoke, don’t exercise, think negative, believe we will all get sick as we get older and live highly stressed lives.  I was recently in Italy and they think and live so different from us. They eat more nutritious than we do, they do smoke more than us, they exercise as part of the cities they live in (many hills and steps), they are positive thinkers, they believe they are healthy and happy, and they lower their stress by living fun lives.

We have to learn to eat mbetter, exercise better, think and believe better and lower our stress more. This will keep us younger, happier and in love with life.

Food in Italy

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Tasty Food Abundance in Healthy Europe

Tasty Food Abundance in Healthy Europe (Photo credit: epSos.de)

I am back from my honeymoon to Italy. The country, people and food are great. We went to Capri, Sorrento and Positano. I couldn’t help but think about the food in Italy. The fruits and vegetables are so much fresher, aromatic and tasty than here. Strawberries are red inside and juicy. Vegetables have an aroma and great taste. Food is not overcooked but slightly crunchy texture. We need to think about our food supply. How we farm, how long food sits in warehouses and what we are loosing in flavor and aroma. Eating is far more than chewing food. Our taste is more aromatic than taste. Our senses use texture, smell, flavor and visual to make our food appealing. Buy as fresh as you can. Enjoy food the way nature intended it to be eaten.

We know how important food is to our health and well being but it also must be appealing to us. Eat well!

Standard American Diet (SAD)

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English: Mizner Park, Boca Raton, Florida.

English: Mizner Park, Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Our normal diet is very SAD! We Americans eat too much salt, sugar and greasy fried foods. I was eating in a great Italian restaurant in Boca Raton, FL last night. The owner, chef was from Naples, Italy and had been chef at Grand Hotel in Rome, Italy. We got talking about Italy and how his food was very close to what you got in Italy at the non tourist restaurants. He said most people come into his restaurant and add salt to his food even before they taste it. It is a crutch! Salt & sugar can lead to serious illnesses and death. We buy prepared foods which are loaded with salt and sugars. We then salt them before eating them. Typically we have more than a daily allowance of salt in a single meal.


Try breaking away from prepared foods, canned foods and frozen foods as much as possible. Buy fresh produce and cook it your self. Add a little bit of salt for flavor. If you break the salt & sugar addition, you will enjoy the real taste of fresh food more and be healthier. Many people believe soup is so healthy and eat a lot of it. Canned or boxed soups are very high in salt. BEWARE! Make your own soup from scratch with little or no salt. Add a small amount as you serve it for flavor. The life you save might be your own or a loved one.