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Eat Like an Italian

Eat Like an Italian

By Rick Zullo
Welcome to EAT LIKE AN ITALIAN, where we discuss how to maintain a healthy diet without "dieting." Join us in the kitchen and at the table for a generous helping of delicious food. Ciao!
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The Italian Food Rules
The Italian Food Rules might seem trite to a foreigner visiting Italy. But these guidelines are very important if you don't want to "fare una brutta figura," make a bad impression. And they are good for your health, too!  Read the full list here:
November 29, 2021
Crimes Against Italian Food
Listen, I get it. It takes effort to stay on the path of righteousness, especially when every marketing message is screaming about the bounty of Olive Garden’s endless pasta bowl (with unlimited garlic-butter breadsticks). Yes, there is such a thing as too much pasta.  But let’s at least not fool ourselves. Concoctions dubbed as “Italian food” outside of Italy are usually a gross bastardization of their lineage; just barely even resembling the humble beginnings from which they arose.  So indulge me, if you will, with this rant in the defense of all things holy and Italian. The crimes against Italian food will not go unpunished! Read the transcript here:
September 12, 2021
Starvation: Quarantine and The Fasting Mimicking Diet
Last time I talked about time-restricted eating and how fasting is NOT synonymous with starvation. Well, that was before the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns of our normal societal routines.  During this strange times, grocery shopping has become a challenge, and for some who are out of work, it's also an economic challenge. So some degree of starvation is not out of the question, even within the wealthiest nation in the world.  On the plus side, it gave me the nudge I needed to give Dr. Valter Longo's Fasting Mimicking Diet a try.  And still, all of that says nothing of "emotional starvation" in this time of social distancing. Perhaps that's a topic for another conversation.  Stay safe, my friends.
May 01, 2020
Time-restricted Eating
Fasting is NOT synonymous with starvation. There are many variations of time-restricted eating that are easy to follow with enormous health benefits.
January 12, 2020
Six Steps to Achieve the Mediterranean Lifestyle Diet
Starting a new diet or lifestyle regime can be daunting. The trick is to break it down into "bite-size" steps so that you don't get overwhelmed and frustrated, causing you to give up too soon. In this episode I outline six simple steps to achieve the Mediterranean Lifestyle Diet. Each one is fairly easy, and in the end, you've made some big changes towards improving your health. 
December 26, 2019
Introduction to the Mediterranean Diet
​American physiologist Ancel Keys championed a diet that mimics the traditional diet and lifestyle of Mediterranean countries. Let's explore how we can implement the same practices in 21st century America. To read more go to our website,
December 24, 2019