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What You Eat, Not How Much

Eataly Slogan.jpgA visit to Turin’s Eataly, the first of what has become a worldwide set of locations celebrating Italy’s Slow Food movement, came at just the right time. The NYT published a piece on February 20 explaining what everyone already benefiting from the French Paradox knows: good dietary health and appropriate weight levels do not come from counting calories, but rather from eating natural, delicious food. See: The Key to Weight Loss Is Diet Quality, Not Quantity, a New Study Finds. The article omits only to note that unadulterated food is inherently satisfying and therefore appetite-limiting, while chemical- and sugar-laced processed foods leave one wanting evermore. However, the piece did observe:

Dr. Gardner said it is not that calories don’t matter. After all, both groups ultimately ended up consuming fewer calories on average by the end of the study, even though they were not conscious of it. The point is that they did this by focusing on nutritious whole foods that satisfied their hunger.

As evidence of that proposition, allow me to put forward my modest lunch of seared greens and octopus tentacles; it was just the ticket at Eataly’s fish counter on a snowy Thursday in Lombardia:

Eataly Polipo.jpg

I felt healthier, too, after a lovely glass of Alto Adige riesling.


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