Do You Dare to Follow Your Dreams and Your Passion?

I am sorry it has been a while since you have heard from me, but wow what a ride these past months have been!

Perhaps you have been following me and “Project Healthy in Italy” and also my trip this summer to exciting Bangkok in Thailand via my blog, Instagram and other social media?

I have been using these past months to learn, explore, grow and to lay the next path for my career and future, and I am really excited about welcoming fall and new opportunities, and I will definitely be revealing more when everything is ready.

In the mean time I want to share the inspiring stories of some really strong and talented Italian women I met this summer in Italy and who all contributed to my project and helped make my stay in Italy so memorable and amazing.

They have all followed their dreams and are working with their true passions  and run their own businesses.

Next week I will be introducing you to Simona Guerra from Otto in Cucina Culinary School, Valeria Moschet and Stefania Fregni – who are both social media experts and the women behind the brands and blogs “My Lovely Bologna” and “My Modena Diary”.

I find their stories, knowledgde, kindness and passion to be really inspiring and I hope you will to! So make sure to check my blog og subscribe for updates.

Until then I would love to hear from you in the comment section below; are you an aspiring business owner? Do you have a dream or a passion you would love to make your full time job?


Orsi San Vito Wine – Made with Passion, Love and the Way Nature Intended

The focus on what we eat and how our food is produced is thankfully becoming more and more important. We are asking questions about our food. We want to know what’s in it and how it is produced. Is it natural, organic and are we actually getting what we are paying for? Because of these questions the food industry is forced to become more and more transparent.

But do you ask the same questions when it comes to the wine you drink? If not then come along with me to Orsi Vigneto San Vito  winery in the magestic hillside of Bologna and learn more!

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I was lucky that Alessandro Martini from Italian Days Food & Wine Tours was able to take me to meet Federico and his beautiful organic and biodynamic winery!

Natural wines are becoming more and more popular as we also understand that it is not only our foods that are being tampered with, but our wines as well. There is also a clear trend in going back to old, traditional methods of producing  and conserving foods and drinks for the sake of our health, to enhance flavour, and also to work more in tune with nature.

Federico and his wine production is a very good example of this philosophy in practice. He is extremly knowledagble and passionate about his wine, and ensures quality and respect for both the ingredients, the environment and takes great care in every single step of the process.

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Federico explains the natural fermentaion process of his wines. The famous Pignoletto Frizzante. Sparkling white wine from the region.

Italian Wine Culture

It was also important for me to get a better understanding of the Italian wine and drinking culture related to “Project Healthy in Italy” ( Read about it here ) as I know it is a part of the big picture as to why Italians are rated as being the healthiest country in Europe and second in the world.

As Federico tells me, “Drinking wine in Italy is about the social aspect as well as the enjoyment of something delicious, made with care and love. Also, we never drink on an empty stomach without food”.

Hense the Italian tradition of “Aperitivo”, a pre-dinner drink always accompanied with snacks or tapas style food.

Organic vs. Biodinamic Wine Production

To produce organic does not mean to produce biodynamic, but biodynamic produced food and wine is always organic. As a biodynamic wine producer there is a holistic approach to everything.

Federico shares, “To produce true wines of this terroir, we practice an agriculture which is capable of revitalizing the soil, stimulating plants and producing fruits with a strong bond with the territory. We don’t use chemicals and we work with nature to ensure the best possible conditions for our vines.

If the vines are under-performing and need nitrogen we plant beans or other pulses, leaving the cut plants to nourish the land. If on the other hand the vines are over-active we’ll plant grasses.”

Biodynamic wines are wines made employing biodynamic methods both to grow the fruit and during the post-harvest processing. Biodynamic wine production uses organic farming methods (e.g. employing compost as fertilizer and avoiding pesticides) while also employing soil supplements prepared according to Rudolf Steiner’s formulas, following a planting calendar that depends upon astronomical configurations, and treating the earth as “a living and receptive organism. Wikepedia

The fermentations are spontaneous without the use of selected yeasts, and there is no clarification or filtration on the wines. Federico is passionate about producing distinct wines with character and a non-standardized personality.

The farm also breeds free range Mora Romagnola pigs  and makes its own mortadella (famous from the area) using the best quality meat and spices.

San Vito has been producing wine for fifty years but since being awarded DOCG certification (controlled and guaranteed designation of origin) the popularity of Pignoletto has grown and wine buffs and entusiasts are starting to take notice.

Federico produces about 60 000 bottles a year and exports about 60 %. Both the USA and Nordic countries are buyers and recently the famous chef Gaggan Anad is on the list to buy the latest vintage for his famous restaurant in Bangkok.

Federicos also produces biodinamic vegetables and here we are inspecting the last of the farms artichokes. San Orsi also supplies the Michelain restaurant Amerigo with vegetables. I am visiting them next Friday! 🙂

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After roaming the vinyards, tasting mulberries straight from the tree, visiting the pigs and the spelt fields (!) it was finally time to taste the famous housemade mortadella and wine.

I love the dry, fresh tast of the natural fermentation process! There is also a low sugar content in Federicos wines, which gives them an extra star in my book. They have a very differant taste and mouth-feel than other wines I have tasted and go perfect together with the local charcuterie which is famous in the region. They taste natural, fresh, (even healthy) and are made with passion, love and the way that nature intended…

And finally the weekend sets in and we may enjoy the wine, eachothers company and shameless self- promation of our books, wine, mortadella and food and wine tours.

Learn more about Orsi San Vito Winery here

Book a food & wine tour with Alessandro and Italian Days here


Healthy Habits, Healthy Lifestyle. How to Change Your Diet and Lifestyle with David Mariani

Eat simple food, move with nature and make time for your spirit, is Italian health guru David Marianis philosophy on how to live a long, healthy and happy life.

 

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Changing ones lifestyle, getting into better shape and perhaps also losing weight is something both I and many of you are familiar with. I have been doing this on a personal level for years and also helping others do the same.

Therfore it was very exciting to meet Italys’ health guru and best-selling author, David Mariani in Montecatini for “Project Healthy in Italy”. (Read more about it here)

The passionate and humble David invited me to his wellness resort where he has been helping people change their lifestyles and health for over 40 years. He works with doctors, psychologists and nutritionists. But perhaps the best secrets and advice on the subject are those found in the answers from his many interviews with  Itailian nonnas (grandmas). These women are all well over 85 and still thriving! Their knowledge has become part of his teachings.

 

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David has recently turned his many years of research into a best-selling book “Reborn in 21 Days”, where he shares his knowledge on how important movement is for the body, mind and spirit. The book sold over 35 000 copies in Italy in its first week of release. Due to the success the book is also in the process of being translated into 21 Spanish speaking countries. Hopefully the best-selling book will also be translated into English soon!

David works both one- on- one with clients, loves to give speeches to larger audiences and is also passionate about sharing his “Healthy Habits” with companies as well.  His goal is to use his methodology to help prevent and cure, both short term and long term disease and illnesses that are due to a seditary and “modern day” lifestyle.  According to David’s research there are over 3, 5000, 000 premature deaths related to the lack of physical activity.  Luckily there are people like David wanting to help change our unhealthy habits and turn them into healthy habits one step at a time…

 

Read on for Davids best tips on how you can change your habits today!

 

 

 

Change Your Lifestyle the “Healthy Habit” Way- David’s Best Tips

1.Focus on what you are gaining. To permanatly change your habits and therefore lifestyle, focus on the positiv as you are actually adding value to you life and not taking something away. This is key.

2. Find you “inner spark”. Identify your inner motivation and use that as your motivator and you will acheive longlasting results. A typical inner motivtaion factor is wanting to have the health to see your children og grandchildren grow up.

3. Learn to listen to your body. Stop looking for answers outside and turn the focus inward.

4. Forget the words “have to”! Davids daughter, who has lost 26 kg in a year using Davids methods tells us wisley, “To lose weight, don’t think about losing weight!”. You don’t have to do anything, you want to do something.

5. Slow and steady wins the race. Change one small thing every day, every week and make sure to implement it everyday and soon it will be a habit. As David says, “It takes 9 months to be born so it will at least take 9 months to change.

To learn more about David and Healthy Habits visit here

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Sharing our books and knowledge with eachother:)

 

 

 

 

 


Day 1 Project Healthy in Italy- Discovering Bologna

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I have arrived in beautiful Bologna, Italy where I will be living and working from for the next month with “Project Healthy in Italy”.

In case you are a new reader, get caught up on my project here

I got my gym membership in order, tasted some local food and wine for lunch to help me ease into everything. 😉 You can see some pictures below…

I am loving my apartment right by Piazza Maggiore, and I am settling in and getting ready for a really exciting and hectic month. I can’t wait to take you along on the journey to discovering why and how the Italians are so healthy!

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Lunch (pranzo). The Italians are so good at making vegetables taste yummy! Grilled zucchini with local cheese. 

Tomorrow I have a really exciting day as I am travelling (by train) to the very small town of Pieve a Nievole where I will be meeting and interviewing the famous Italian health guru, David Mariani. Make sure you tune in tomorrow via my Instagram ( watch Instastories) account here to see everything happening live. I will be visiting some exciting places with him to discover the secrets to living a long and happy life.

Just a short update for you today as I am still getting installed here. I will be back with a lot more to inspire you on how to live a happy, healthy life the Italian way!

Ciao!


Healthy, Arugula, Pear and Parmesan Salad- Project Healthy in Italy.

This salad is my absolute favoritt and so easy to make!

It was the first evening of our girls weekend to Rome, Italy and by chance we discovered this lovely restaurant in an old cellar by The Spanish Steps. Luckily we got a table, and discovered quickly, we were the only tourists there. That is how you know you’re in the right place…

This is also the restaurant where I tasted the lovely arugula (rocket), pear and parmesan salad for the first time. I fell in love with the flavour combinations and just had to recreate the dish when I got home.

( Hey, by the way want to know more about my “Project Healthy in Italy” kicking off June 9th? Read more here)

 

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This salad is so yummy, healthy and easy to make!

Italians use a lot of leafy greens, and especially arugula, also called rocket. It is a bitter green which has a peppery taste and is excellent for the digestion, and therefore usually eaten as an “anti pasti”- appetizer. It gets those digestive juices flowing!

The combination of bitter, sweet, salt and sour is what makes it so irresistable and satisfying. It is also great for balancng the blood sugar and is low carb as well. I usually make ths salad as an evening meal when I’m feeling a little peckish.

 

Healthy, Arugula, Pear and Parmesan Salad ( 1 portion)

  • 2 handfull fresh arugula (rocket)
  • 1 pear
  • 1 tbs, roasted pine nuts
  • Reggiano parmesan shavings
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt (Maldon)
  • Lemon juice

 

How to: Roast the pine nuts (in a skillet) until golden to bring out the flavour. Wash the arugula and cut the pear into desired pieces. Shave some parmesan. Mix together with the pine nuts and sprinkle with olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt.

Tip! Want my best tips on how you easily can do a mini kitchen make-over for a healthier diet and cooking? Read more here

 

 

 


Will I Get Healthy in Italy or Heavy in Italy?

The struggle and fear is real… 

Living in the land of carbs, and white carbs at that, is a scary thought for me.

(Don’t know what I am talking about? Read about Project Healthy in Italy here)

As a previously overweight child and adult strugglig to keep a balanced weight and mind, carbohydrates and especially pizza and pasta, are my absolute drugs! The more I eat, the more I crave. Do you know the feeling? Also the more I eat, the more fat I gain, especially around my stomach. The more depressed I get as well. It’s a vicious cycle.

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I can eat pizza ( regular wheat based) or pasta ( regular white, wheat pasta) as a serving once in a while, but if I eat more than one meal consisting of this during a day or a week, my mind and body says, “stop!”.

I feel tired, depressed, bloated, and have a really cloudy mind. My body aches more as well and I just don’t feel inspired to really do anything.

So how am I going to cope for 1 month in Bologna, Italy where the temptations and carbs are literally at every corner? And how can it really be that the Italians can stay healthy, slim(?) and be the healthiest country in Europe and the world when this kind of diet makes me fat and a generally unhappy person?

Follow my journey and find out how my Project Healthy in Italy goes here on my blog and through my social media accounts Instagram here , Facebook here and YouTube here

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Project Healthy in Italy! The Healthiest Country in Europe and the World.

My quest for health in Italy…

Oh, my goodness how excited I am to finally share my latest project with you…

I am going to Italy and you can come along! Well, not literally (at least not yet) but you can follow my quest live here on my blog and through social media from June 9.- July 6.!

About Project Healthy in Italy

I love Italy and the Italian culture and believe I must have been an Italian nonna (grandma), making fresh pasta all day in another lifetime. It is a country so close to my heart, but yet so far away from my lifestyle and diet goals. Or so I thought…

Italy has once again been awarded the title of being the healthiest country in Europe, and the second healthiest country in the world. Italy has for years been the healthiest in the world, and just recently recieved second place with just half a point behind Singapore. (Bloomberg Global Health Index.)

The Italians live longer, are happier and have a health care system that really works in favour of its citizens.

 

What is their secret and how can it be one of the healthiest countries in the world when pizza, pasta, cheese and wine is what first comes to mind when talking or thinking about Italy?

How can it be that this wonderfully delicious but gluten-rich, carb-loaded cuisine can bring health and happiness to Italians, but if my diet consists of this in Norway, I become sick, fat and generally unhappy?

What is it that the Italians understand that both I and the rest of the world simply don’t? What have I been missing in both my personal and professional journey as a health and diet expert that the Italians haven’t?

And is the country really that healthy? Have they been able to avoid the ever-evolving problem of declining health and expanding waistlines that the rest of the world, including my own country, just hasn’t?

So, hey Italy can I really be happy, healthy and keep a balanced weight while living the Italian lifestyle? I can’t wait to find out! Follow my monthlong quest in the country of world’s greatest food and wine, and according to Bloomberg, the world’s healthiest…

Do you think it sounds exciting? Make sure to follow my blog by subscribing and liking my Facebook page here and Instagram (which I will really be active on) here

 

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