If you know me at all, you know the only thing I really want to do in this life: travel the world. I usually find any excuse to ask someone, “So where’s your dream travel destination?” — because I care but also because I’m hoping I’ll hear a place that’s not already on my list. What’s a place on my top five travel list? Greece. Not just because of the incredible views — the Greek know how to slow down and enjoy food, good company and all the gifts life can bring. There are 8 things in particular we can learn from this wise group of people.
1. Get social when you eat.
There are tons of ways to connect with others while eating, from preparing a meal together to celebrating a milestone or birthday with loved ones! Eating becomes more meaningful and joyful when we do it with other people.
2. Drink red wine (moderation is key!)
Rich in phytonutrients such as flavonoids, red wine boasts some health benefits when consumed in moderation. The Greeks know how to enjoy without overdoing it!
3. Variety is the spice of life.
Eat the rainbow, right? Enjoy a wide variety of fruits and veggies while also incorporating several whole grain options (like bulgur, whole wheat pasta or quinoa!) and healthy fats, such as avocado, olive oil or nuts.
4. Probiotics have a place.
Yogurt and cultured products like cultured vegetables have healthy bacteria that are beneficial for your gut health! These probiotic foods will help with your overall digestive health.
5. Healthy fats get a thumbs up.
Did you know fat helps promote healthy skin, nails and hair growth? Look for sources like avocado, olive oil, nuts and seeds that can help improve your cardiovascular health.
6. Pace yourself — eating is not a race!
Ever heard of mindful eating? It can help you stay present for your meals and better listen to your hunger cues. So much of our lives are fast-paced, but your body will thank you if you slow down during your meals.
7. Movement matters.
The Greeks are no stranger to morning or evening runs. We know that movement is beneficial to our health, so start small if you’re new to exercise! Even a few minutes can do your body and mind some good.
8. Embrace your relationship with food.
There’s no doubt that some of us have a rocky relationship with food, but hopefully incorporating a bit of mindful eating and variety into your eating habits will ease that relationship.
Read the original article for a more comprehensive overview of all we can learn from the Greeks!