Fast food is taking over the world more and more, but some are against this “fast food” offensive. There is even a whole movement called Slow Food.
What it is?
Slow food is a movement that opposes fast food, that is, the so-called “fast food”. The name, by the way, translates as “slow food”, that is, it is clear that ideas aimed at ousting hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries and other “harmful things” from life and the diet are pursued. And today it is not just a social movement, but also a way of life, as well as a special diet.
In general, it is believed that the Slow Food movement appeared in 1989, but then it was officially registered. It all started in 1986, it was at that time that the direction began to emerge in Italy. Initially, several gourmet Italians advocated “slow eating” who opposed the proliferation of “fast” foods, unified meals, and fast food absorption. But the apogee was the opening of a McDonald’s fast food restaurant in an old mansion.
Today, more than one hundred thousand people from 100 countries of the world participate in the movement. The main direction is considered to be the development of special commandments and rules of nutrition of society, aimed not only at a healthy and correct diet, but also at preserving the traditions of national cuisines, which are gradually being replaced by the “fast food” popular among young people.
What foods should not be consumed?
It is clear that all fast food should be excluded from the diet, that is, foods containing trans fats and the so-called fast carbohydrates. These include hamburgers, cheeseburgers, French fries, and various convenience foods.
What foods can I include on the menu?
The menu can and should include healthy products: cereals, vegetables, berries, fruits, fermented milk and dairy products, nuts, fish, meat, legumes, herbs, dried fruits, cereals (especially brown rice, bulgur, barley), as well as natural vegetable oils … Moreover, farm products grown in their native area are especially appreciated, they are considered the most useful.
The nutritional principles promoted by the Slow Food movement:
- Choose organic, preferably farmed and locally sourced produce that is locally grown. They are healthier, more nutritious, and safer. The longer the transportation, the more likely it is that the products will be either spoiled or “flavored” with various chemicals. It’s great if you have your own vegetable garden or garden, or at least familiar and proven farmers.
- The food must be delicious so that you can enjoy it. So all the nutrients will be better absorbed, and you will get complete satisfaction and cheer yourself up thanks to positive emotions.
- Eat slowly, taking your time. Chew everything very carefully to fully experience the taste. In addition, with careful chewing, saliva is actively released, which partly already in the oral cavity breaks down some components, for example, carbohydrates. And in order to fully immerse oneself in the absorption process, it must take place in silence and without external stimuli. That is, you cannot eat on the go, in front of the TV, or for a company with friends or family.
- Observe the measure, do not overeat. As soon as you feel a slight feeling of satiety, this means that the meal should be stopped, even if there is food left in the plate. In general, it is better to eat small portions.
- It is best to choose and eat minimally processed foods. So, it is advisable to eat fruits, vegetables and berries raw, that is, fresh. If the dish involves thermal exposure, then it should not be too long. Bring everything to readiness, but do not overcook or fry. By the way, it is generally better to refuse from frying and smoking, preferring steaming, baking, stewing or boiling.
- Try to cook everything yourself and at home in order to be able to adhere to the principles of healthy eating, select high-quality ingredients, as well as take into account your taste preferences and enjoy not only the food itself, but also the creation of culinary masterpieces.
- Try to eat at home and not in cafes or restaurants. Take homemade food to work too.
- Start eating only in a good mood to get positive emotions.
Benefits of Slow Food:
- It’s delicious, because the dishes can be very diverse!
- This is beneficial for weight loss as the basic rules of “slow eating” are similar to those of the best and healthiest diets.
- This is interesting because you can cook and taste original dishes, as well as use recipes from around the world.
- It’s not expensive. Cooking yourself with local produce can save you some money. Fast food is usually much more expensive than homemade meals.
- It is good for your health. The diet contains healthy foods rich in minerals, micro- and macroelements, and vitamins. In addition, the healthiest and most correct cooking methods are used in cooking.