"A Tavola non si Invecchia" in English "You Never Grow Old At The Table". This is a famous Italian proverb we grew up with, profoundly meaningful for Italians. It refers to The Mediterranean Diet that is not just a Diet but a lifestyle typical of Italy, Cyprus, Croatia, Spain, Greece, Morocco and Portugal.
The proverb explains why in Italy we love high-quality food, why we stay around a dinner table for hours, why we cook our own meal instead of ordering it and so many other aspects typicals of the Italian lifestyle.
Inscribed in 2013 on the Representative List of the "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity", the Mediterranean Diet is a lifestyle that embraces many aspects of daily life.
In these columns, we are going to present to you this Cultural Heritage of Humanity and we hope you will start to embrace this lifestyle in order to eat better, live healthy and longer.
Before going deeper into the subject, we want to introduce to you Antonio. In fact, we want to discuss important topics only with the help of experts.
Antonio is a Doctor with a High-Profile Career. Graduated at 24 years old in Medicine and Surgery with the highest marks, he is also a Specialist in Gerontology, Geriatrics, Diabetology, Renal and Blood Diseases. He was a university professor and a researcher first, then he started his professional career in hospitals and his last assignment was Chief of Geriatric Division. Antonio now is retired and part of UsItalianFood team as Advisor, fully focused on UsItalianFood's Product Development.
But first of all, Antonio is a father. He is an Authentic Italian, born and raised in Catania, now living in Modica. He is a motorcyclist who loves to travel. Last year, at the age of 68, he traveled for 6500 miles riding his motorcycle from Southern Europe (Sicily) to the extreme North of Europe, North Cape. Yes, he spent 1 month with his family, traveling on the road!
Antonio: << Hello everyone, it is an honor talking with all of you about Nutrition, Diet and culture >>. Let's start from the most important thing.
The Mediterranean Diet is not a Dieting Trend, it is a lifestyle that allows you to live longer. (As demonstrate by Harvard School of Public Health, the British Medical Journal and as explained by CNN, Time and many others).
Actually, the best way to understand what it involves is reading the Official UNESCO statement.
"The Mediterranean diet involves a set of skills, knowledge, rituals, symbols and traditions concerning crops, harvesting, fishing, animal husbandry, conservation, processing, cooking, and particularly the sharing and consumption of food."
"Eating together is the foundation of the cultural identity and continuity of communities throughout the Mediterranean basin. It is a moment of social exchange and communication, an affirmation and renewal of family, group or community identity. The Mediterranean diet emphasizes values of hospitality, neighbourliness, intercultural dialogue and creativity, and a way of life guided by respect for diversity."
"It plays a vital role in cultural spaces, festivals and celebrations, bringing together people of all ages, conditions and social classes. It includes the craftsmanship and production of traditional receptacles for the transport, preservation and consumption of food, including ceramic plates and glasses. " UNESCO Declaration.
Thank you for starting this journey into the Mediterranean Diet with Us. See you next Tuesday for the next chapter of "You Never Grow Old At The Table" with Antonio Tribulato.