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Start the year off as an Italian would. After all, Italians do it better, baby.
The new year is a clean slate, a chance to change your life for the better. Or at least that is how most people like to think of it. Granted, many of us make resolutions that we never keep. Somehow, those 10 pounds we want to lose, we end up gaining. And looking for that new job seems like a hassle when you already have one that is so-so but pays the bills.
So, why not make a list of resolutions that you will actually keep? What better than a list of resolutions that help you get in touch with your heritage? Here are some resolutions that will have you fitting in more with the paesani:
In fact, the Italians, for the most part, don't restrict their diets. These are people who would give up an arm before giving up their carbs. (I'm living in Italy at the moment with a bunch of natives, and we eat pasta every single day. Every. Single. Day.) But Italians eat everything in moderation – no super sizing here – and they pay careful attention to what they ingest. They'll have a small breakfast of a pastry and espresso, one big meal a day – at lunch – and a small dinner. Many of them snack on fruits in between lunch and dinner.
They don't put garbage into their bodies because they appreciate food too much for that. Every bite is to be a revelation. Every taste is to be judged and analyzed. Essentially, Italy is full of food critics. And many of the southerners still keep gardens and eat organic – straight from their own backyards. Fresh herbs, fruits, and veggies make the meal tastier and healthier without having to settle for that “diet” stuff. Trust me, these meals taste mmmhhh, mmmmmhh, good!
Be so vain.
Sure, this might come off as arrogance. And you don't want it to go too far or you could end up looking – or worse acting - like the Situation. But paying attention to your appearance and giving yourself a makeover are great ways to boost self-confidence and tell the world (not to mention yourself) that you're worth it. Go ahead make a bella figura without any guilt.
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