I don’t like restrictions–period. So when I hear the word diet, I feel frustrated by all the things I won’t be able to eat. Imagine my surprise when I learned that the Mediterranean Diet isn’t what we traditionally think of when we say “diet”, but is a lifestyle that should be enjoyed with both pleasure and health in mind. Can someone give me an Amen?!
Enter Amy Riolo, author of The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook who made the word “diet” sound very inviting by focusing on the importance of enjoying meals with others, and maintaining physical activity.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: CATHY NELSON ARKLE
One year my father decided to raise pigs. Another year my mother thought we needed a pig in the house… as if three kids weren’t enough! (Okay, it was a guinea pig) In some cultures they’re considered one and the same – something we learned after taking our pig fascination on a family trip to Peru. We weren’t prepared to eat the family pet, but when in Rome…
Photo on left: My mother playing with her food before eating it. I do believe I was admonished for this as a child. Hmm.
Which one is the real guinea pig….
the one on the plate, or the one with the fork and knife?
Peruvians have hundreds of guinea pigs living with them in their one-room houses. They consume an estimated 65 million per year. Wedding gift starter-kits include a male and female guinea pig, which soon multiply exponentially. We found all this fascinating until one showed up on our plate during dinner, compliments of our tour director. It didn’t taste like chicken, more like rabbit. Actually, it wasn’t that bad, though it left a nasty aftertaste. I think I got the one whose diet consisted of rank gym socks and sewer water. Continue reading