Hello, Carbs. I’ve Missed You

pizza beerMy husband and I recently returned from a vacation in Italy. I literally ate more carbohydrates in the two weeks in Italy than I have in the past year. And I’m not one bit sorry. It was fantastic. We ate pizza and or pasta every single day and washed it down with lots of red wine followed by gelato.

ravioliI took a cooking class where I learned to make homemade pasta. During the class we ate two different pasta courses with bread and cake. I’m not kidding. I would normally never do this and I almost stopped myself, but really? I’m in Rome at a cooking class and I’m going to monitor my carb intake? Nope. Not me. So I told myself to shut up and I did it.

You would think from this description that I would have had to buy a second seat on my return flight. I did not gain a single pound. I’ve covered this in prior posts so I won’t go crazy, but there is something here that is really important.

First of all, we walked everywhere in Italy. I live in Texas where the only place I walk is to my car. I have to take myself on a walk like a dog to get any exercise. It’s pitiful.

Second, we ate real food, cooked fresh that day, and ate only what was in season. Even when we were in the train station, there was no fast food; only a man and a Panini press and an espresso machine. I never saw once Sysco truck or the equivalent the whole time we were there. I did see a produce truck, lots of farms, vineyards and ladies rolling out dough and crushing tomatoes.

A couple of times I ordered something that I saw on the menu like spinach. I was told, “No spinach in season only eggplant, zucchini or red pepper.”

This happened a couple of times until I realized they keep the vegetables on the menu but people know what is in season (except Americans who are used to getting things year round).

fruit storeTheir grocery stores are not the behemoth eyesores we have in the states. They are small, charming and have only this: produce, meat, fish, fowl, cheese, milk, eggs, flour, sugar, wine, baguettes, pasta and a small amount of cereal and chips.” That’s it. No ridiculous frozen sections, not twenty types of cereal, not twelve varieties of bread, soda, crackers, goldfish, pop tarts etc.

Furthermore, they don’t have the guilt associated with food that us Americans have. They eat and enjoy. They talk and linger and drink. Oh yeah and they get to have the wonderful oblivion that comes with living in a country where there are no GMOs and chemicals in your food.

So cheers or cin cin to you, Italy! I’ll be back. Until then, I’ll be rolling out the ravioli at home.

Former Pro-GMO Scientist speaks out against GMOs

Well this should get your attention. Credit to Dylan Charles at Waking Times.

Former Pro-GMO Scientist Speaks Out On The Real Dangers of Genetically Engineered Food

Big Girl Steps to Health

Yesterday’s post was about changing the way you eat with baby steps. Today is, you guessed it, big girl or boy steps!

• Detoxify. I found a very painless detox program. You can eat, drink a little red wine and have a tiny bit of dark chocolate. It sounds too good to be true, right? I’ve been doing Natalia Rose’s Detox 4 Women and it is mostly a pleasure. She’s a little heavy-handed with the Stevia, but other than that, I like the foundation. http://www.detoxtheworld.com/books-detox-4-women.php Continue reading “Big Girl Steps to Health”

How Do I know GMOs are Unsafe?

As my husband has said to me, “Show me the evidence that GMOs are unsafe.”

Here you go. Warning, you’ll be damn mad you watched this the next time you go to your favorite Mexican restaurant and reach for a tortilla chip. You’ll never look at it with such drooling adoration again. Curse you, Monsanto. I loved chips and queso. I live in Texas for crying out loud and nothing goes better with a Margarita!

Continue reading “How Do I know GMOs are Unsafe?”