Going Raw…………. Yikes! Not very Italian I know.
It may sound insane but I am Going Raw for 3 months! I know this is not very Italian but boy its a great prep for that coming Italian stint in Europe this summer. All that gluten (PASTA), dairy (MOZZARELLA & CHEESE), sugar (TIRAMISU), alcohol (WINES) that one loves to enjoy whilst on vacation in Italy is all fine in moderation but is your body ready for it? This is all very acidic food and quite harmful if you overdose. Before heading off for that fabulous ‘degustation’ holiday, make sure you are ready for it so you dont come home feeling & looking line a like a mozzarella ball yourself!
If you are heading up Kilimanjaro wouldn’t you be training before leaving home doing heaps of stairs, climbing and generally getting fit ? Well eating your way around Italy and the Amalfi Coast is a bit the same, you really should prepare for it.
So apart from doing plenty of stairs before leaving home, very essential on the Amalfi Coast so you dont have screaming sore calves and shins for an entire week when you arrive just getting to and from the beach, try a good ORGANIC Alkaline diet to get yourself prepped for your big Italian food fest ! I suggest starting a few months before leaving home. I’m a pretty extreme person so decided to go RAW! Only raw veggies ,sprouted seeds, grains and nuts plus a few berries & fruits for three months. This is really a big detox. Go for very little acidic food; no meat, fish, dairy, gluten grains, heavy oils, or sugar………..just plenty of raw veggies, fruit, spouted non gluten grains like buckwheat and quinoa, fermented veggies (I make my own and they are delicious – recipe to follow) , seaweeds for iodine and a few seeds and nuts………..but not too many as they too are full of Omega 6, which is something we want to avoid. Think Omega 3 in it’s plant form and this is what we want to achieve for perfect health and energy!
You may feel a bit “orribile” (horrible) to start with, but that will soon change and before long you will be feeling on top of the world, full of energy and with little hunger!
A few weeks before you leave, I would start slowly introducing a few lightly steamed foods, some light gluten free grain toast, about 20% of what you eat could be now cooked to get your system used to a regular diet again. Try and stay off the heavy stuff like red meat, heavy dairy, sugar and too much wine. “Cuoncio cuoncio” “slowly slowly” as the locals say while climbing up those long staircases on the Amalfi Coast! The eating is the same deal.
Dont forget the juices and smoothies! The Italian flag is the way to go and these will stop the hunger, up the energy and alkaline your entire system.
See Kimberly Snyder for some great tips & recipes, she is one of the best experts with smoothies, alkaline diet and energy tips and if you are feeling really brave, go the RAW with Kristina. I cant get enough of those fermented veggies and they are so easy to prepare. I make a batch a week and finish the lot! Here is Kimberly’s fermented veggies recipes Don’t forget, don’t go nuts with the nuts! they can be dangerous and very fattening! you don’t want to look like a blown up Macadamia nut in your pretty Italian bikini on the Amalfi Coast !
For more tips on preparing for your Italian stint write to me at email@example.com or for your accommodation visit www.my-amalfi-coast.com
Buon Appetito and don’t forget, all great treats come in small ‘organic’ packages !