For more than one reason February is associated with red and hearts – Pierotucci is embracing the challenge to show you something red every day. Just a little reminder to Go Red for Women and take care of your heart.
It’s not summer yet – in fact here in Florence Italy we are surrounded by snow capped mountains. BUT. That doesn’t stop us from enjoying the delights of the Mediterranean diet of lots of fresh veggies, cheese, red wine and fresh baked bread. It’s not easy to find a red, ripe tomato with crisp basil leaves to go on top … that will probably have to wait for the summer months but there is no end to the green veggies available in the wintertime here in Tuscany. It seems like everyone’s garden is bursting with life even in the coldest months of the year.
Even the Mayo-Clinic staff have indicated that the Mediterranean Diet has some excellent side effects and not only for your heart.
Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of overall and cardiovascular mortality, a reduced incidence of cancer and cancer mortality, and a reduced incidence of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mediterranean-diet/CL00011
Modern society has become so used to fast food alternatives, snacks filled with calories and unhealthy fats that fit into your leather handbag or leather messenger bag, sugar filled drinks . . . and let’s not forget a lack of healthy exercise. However it has been rightly said that the Mediterranean Diet is not a “diet” but
Rather, it is a lifestyle – including foods, activities, meals with friends and family, and wine in moderation with meals. http://oldwayspt.org/programs/mediterranean-foods-alliance/what-mediterranean-diet
For over 20 years I have been living this lifestyle and what strikes me the most is that where in Italy eating, relaxing and being with family friends is natural and unforced – where sometimes it appears that in other zones of the world it is a struggle to make space for the private and personal side of life. The people in the Mediterranean don’t have to think twice about taking care of themselves – it has been ingrained in their lifestyle since there were children.
What’s your favorite Mediterranean meal?
Become aware, check out the site http://www.goredforwomen.org to learn more about heart disease and symptoms of a heart attack.