Guest Blogger: Barbara Conelli ‘Do You Love to Eat?’
Do You Love To Eat?
When did enjoying good food become a sin? Seriously, it’s ridiculous and I never understood this. Why should I count the calories, worry about what every single bite contains, and stress each time I get hungry?
Good food is one of the pillars of Italian Dolce Vita. In Italy, food is the cure to every illness you can think of. Food is the cure to heartbreak. Food is the ultimate flirting tool. Food is a way to meet new friends and keep in touch with old friends. Food is the heart of every home. Food is fun, food is love, food is pleasure. Food is something to be enjoyed. And cooking is an ingenious craft, a delicious art, and an essential part of the mating game. My Milanese friend, the chef of a wonderful local trattoria who makes the best tagliatelle quattro formaggi in the whole world (and looks like Adonis in the process), says: “If God didn’t want us to enjoy food, He wouldn’t give us taste buds.” And he usually adds: “A cook is the doctor of the nation. If everyone ate in my trattoria, you wouldn’t need supplements.” Amen.
Let’s be honest: Do you take the time to enjoy every single meal? Do you cook for yourself and your friends, do you savor every bite, do you have fun with those you love when enjoying a delicious dinner at least once a week? Is eating something that you do to stay alive, or is it something you look forward to every day?
Each time I go to Italy, I submerge myself in all the delicacies this wonderful country has to offer. Croissants and cappuccinos for breakfast, creamy risottos, juicy steaks and scrumptious pasta for lunch, my aunt’s chocolate desserts after every meal, pizza and wine with friends for dinner, and little snacks throughout the day. And do you know what happens after this Lucullan feast alla Milanese? I actually lose weight. At least five pounds. Every single time.
How is it possible? Well, I have a theory. When I’m in Italy, I enjoy the food I eat with all my senses. Without feeling guilty or thinking that “I really shouldn’t eat this”, I simply let go and welcome the spirit of the epicurean pleasure. What’s more, everything you eat in Italy is full of the Italian sun, sea breeze, passion and love. Can the Italian sun, sea and passion and love be fattening? I don’t think so.
Therefore, to bring a piece of your own Dolce Vita into your days this week, eat what you love and eat it with those you love. You’ll see that your life will be much sweeter. (Plus, guys everywhere in the world love girls who eat. Really. Take my Italian word for it.)
Barbara Conelli is an internationally published author and Chiquenist on the mission to bring Fantastic Fearless Feminine Fun into women’s lives. In her charming, delightful and humorous Chique Books filled with Italian passion, Barb invites women to explore Italy from the comfort of their home with elegance, grace and style, encouraging them to live their own Dolce Vita no matter where they are in the world.
Barb learned to read and write at the age of four, and a year later, she wrote her first bestselling book that became a big hit in local kindergartens. She turned into an overnight success that lasted for twelve exciting hours. Since then, she has never separated from her writing endeavors. Barb writes even in her sleep and she can often be seen sitting on her bed at three a.m. with a flashlight frantically processing her somnambulant ideas. A born nomad and adventurer, she’s been there, she’s done it, and she’s not afraid to write about it.
An entertaining storyteller, Barb has a unique ability to capture the magical atmosphere of the places she writes about. Through the pages of her books, Barb takes your hand and guides you through the irresistible beauty, captivating secrets, unrepeatable spell and fugitive moments of Italy. She makes them come alive easily and spontaneously, and her writing is like a magic carpet that carries you to Italy and back in the blink of an eye. She introduces you to fascinating women who have created the face of Italy, lifts the shroud of their mysteries, and reveals adorable places off the beaten track where the authentic Italian heart hasn’t stopped beating.
As a naturally curious person who loves traveling, meeting new people and discovering their life stories, Barbara founded Chique Show, an entertaining radio show for women and about women. On Chique Show, Barbara shares her Dolce Vita adventures and interviews inspiring women authors and experts who show listeners how to live their sweet life with gusto.
Barb lives between New York and Milan, and as a real globetrotter, she’s always on the move, accompanied by her adorable and very spoiled beagle. To her, writing is like breathing, and she’s currently working on her new book.
Her latest book is Chique Secrets of Dolce Vita, a narrative travel nonfiction book full of charming, poetic, delightful and humorous travel and life stories about extraordinary Milanese women, men who have succumbed to their temptation and the art of living your own dolce vita no matter where in the world you are.
You can visit her website at www.barbaraconelli.com or connect with her at Twitter at www.twitter.com/barbaraconelli or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/barbaraconelli.