Yoga and soul food
My vision about life and health changed radically in the last few years. Like I wrote here, I unfortunately had to deal very early with my mother's long illness, doctors and hospitals.
What at that time seemed to be a huge disgrace that would have ruined my life forever it turned to be my most precious, although painful, experience.
What made me really furious and at the same time extra-motivated to see beyond were the doctor's words regarding my future health. Because my mother had cancer, I felt statistically condemned to get it too and there was nothing I could do, apart regular check-ups.
As a very proactive person I couldn't accept this AT ALL!
I started looking for alternatives, reading, getting informed.
Today my health is based on two staples: yoga and nutrition.
Practice yoga every day
eat what makes your body and soul happy
What do I eat?
I'm convinced that I was born vegetarian, as I never really liked any kind of meat or fish.
Today I'm so grateful for having had the opportunity to travel, discover and build up my own taste!
Inspired by vegan, paleo, raw, macrobiotic, ayurvedic philosophies and my Italian grandma, I follow none of them religiously.
However thanks to them I have discovered ingredients that I adore and innovative ways of cooking that inspired me to create new dishes and to eat in a more complete, nourishing way. Some of my creations are fusions between what I have learned from my Italian family and what I have tasted, seen and experienced around the world.
I have grown up in Southern Italy so I couldn't live without extra-virgin olive oil and fresh veggies cooked in thousand different ways.
My Italian grandma has been baking cakes and cookies with olive oil for decades and I grew up surrounded by homemade sourdough bread, ripe fruit and delicious food cooked with love and eaten with passion!
I'm deeply convinced that . . .
There is no health without pleasure
You decided to follow a vegan diet but you crave real cheese and none of your homemade cashew cheeses makes you happy? Or you are eating only raw food and find yourself crying hidden in the lavatory of a japanese restaurant while your friends enjoy a bowl of hot ramen? There is no diet on earth that can keep us healthy if our body feels deprived! Eating our food should be a wellness ritual, we should enjoy it, deeply, truly, slowly!
Never follow a diet just because it's trendy.
There is no universal rule: eat what your body asks for
Learn to listen to your body and you will know what makes you feel good. Since I practice and teach yoga I sharpened all my 6 senses and developed my own way to eat healthy but delicious with no sense of deprivation. This has been my personal way: you can achieve the same body-mind connection in many different ways.
Eat seasonal products
Ok I agree, it's somehow nice to have tomatoes, peppers, aubergines available all year long, but . . . I almost never buy them!
They taste weird, cost twice as much and often come from far away. In the worse cases they have been grown in sad greenhouses with artificial light. So, with some exception (banana, avocado), my credo is to buy and cook seasonal vegetables, if possible locally produced. I'll never eat fresh tomatoes in December, raspberries in October and pumpkin in July!
Own, feel, embrace your Self!
Get in touch with yourself, listen deeply to your body, love yourself. No doctor on earth can address you to the right strategy or therapy if you are disconnected.
Yoga has been my own way, but there are many different ways to get in touch with your deepest Self: the more you are in touch with it, the more you listen to yourself, the more nourishing (and delicious!) the food in your plate will be.