- Eat when you are hungry.
- Eat sitting down in a calm environment. This does not include the car.
- Eat without distractions. Distractions include radio, television, newspapers, books, intense or anxiety-producing conversations or music.
- Eat what your body wants.
- Eat until you are satisfied.
- Eat (with the intention of being) in full view of others.
- Eat with enjoyment, gusto and pleasure.
But it's not all about me: I am modeling life for my children. And I want them to sit back and enjoy life as often as possible, I don't want them to view eating that is something that needs to be over and done with, and in a rush. I want them to eat healthy, fresh, unprocessed foods that are prepared by themselves or others, with love. Children learn what they see, so it's obvious that it starts with me.
Life in Italy was always more conducive to eating with enjoyment, gusto, pleasure: The daily outdoor markets are inspirational - the fruit and veggies just taste better - and the many little local, family-owned shops selling housemade pasta and cheese and everything in between mean that there is never a shortage of the best of everything. Life moves at a slower pace there, and you can't help but to stop and smell the roses (or rather, the parmigiano reggiano) while dining at a cafe overlooking a picturesque piazza. But we can all bring a little bit of Italy into our home, by buying the freshest ingredients and cooking from scratch as often as possible, by taking a few extra minutes out of the day, to sit down, and dine, together (or alone) without distraction.