An Accountability from Antiquity

While in Italy this summer, it was impossible not to notice the local appreciation for the fine art of food preparation and consumption. A meal there is not only to be enjoyed; it is to be experienced.

While in Italy this summer, it was impossible not to notice the local appreciation for the fine art of food preparation and consumption. A meal there is not only to be enjoyed; it is to be experienced.


Italian culture is ingrained with a respect for food. Ancient Romans were so appreciative of their bounty that the goddess, Edesia, presided over feasts and banquets. They also had deities to care for the harvest (Ceres,) wine (Bacchus,) fruit (Frutesca,) and the list goes on...



It's hard to connect the dots between an early civilization's sacred connection with food to our own country's often unstable relationship with it. For the United States, choking on an obesity rate of over 30% makes it hard for us to embrace a celebration of food.


The way to correct this epidemic is to start thinking critically about our food choices. We need to stay aware and accountable while we stay full. Luckily, there are tools available to help us do just that.


A food log is one of the most effective agents of weight loss success. A member of my expert panel, Kristin Kirkpatrick, has provided a fantastic guide to help create a food log. While abroad, I employed this strategy to help moderate my portions and ensure that I was doing the best I could to maintain a healthy and balanced diet (you can view my results below).


It's always difficult to be removed from your normal routine, and vacation offers a multitude of opportunities to indulge or overeat. No one is perfect, and I am no exception, but you can still make healthy choices while appreciating a culturally authentic meal.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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