One of the lessons some of us have learned after the pandemic is that we need to slow down. Some have used the extra time not commuting to cook and enjoy their meals more than they used to. It is not only important to eat healthy food, but we need to eat smartly. But why is that so?
In 2020, when a lot of us were forced to slow down, I actually realized that everybody meant by "we live fast, walk fast, work fast and we want to eat fast." I've come to terms with the fact that I don't want my world to be the one where were meals are measured in seconds thanks to the microwave. Al desko is a word people used to use more and more often as a synonym of something good because being busy is a sign of success... it is pretty sad, isn't it? More and more people simply want to reclaim their time to eat. So let's take a look at the Slow Food Movement and see how we can apply it to our lives.
How did Slow Food come about?
The Slow Food Movement was created in 1986 by journalist Carlo Petrini when he saw with horror that a McDonalds had opened its doors in Piazza de Spagna in Rome. In his rebellion, he decided to focus on slow food, a philosophy based on the enjoyment of good food, with fresh, seasonal, organic, and local products. From the beginning, the movement focused on biodiversity, sustainability, and respect for nature.
It is a movement that creates involved consumers, who use their decision-making power as a revolutionary spear against the modern food industry.
What does Slow Food stand for?
A homemade pizza made with whole wheat flour is much healthier than a frozen one. A homemade burger is better than a purchased one. But don't think of slow food as cooking from five in the morning to three in the afternoon to make three-course meals and elaborate desserts. While fast food tastes about the same for everyone, slow food defends the richness and aroma of the local cuisine. It's about taking time to enjoy the process of cooking, no matter how simple the dish may be.
Local products, fresh products
Slow food promotes local and seasonal produce, being aware of the carbon footprint that each product leaves when it is transported from one place to another. Betting on local and organic produce is a guaranteed victory because not only are they more sustainable but they are also fresher, have more taste, and keep more nutrients.
Ok then, what about taking 20 minutes to eat a donut?
If I eat a donut in peace and good company, is that slow food? Absolutely not. It's not just about eating slower, it's about eating right. Slow food rejects all processed and mass-produced products for obvious reasons. We need to eat slowly to realize that we are full and have enough energy. Did you know that it takes about 20 minutes for the brain to register the feeling of satiety? If you eat fast, you will stop when you feel full but it will be too late.
Benefits of slow food
The trend has positive effects on the body because there is greater use of the nutrients contained in fresh vegetables such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The benefits to our health will be reflected in fewer probabilities of manifesting food allergies or long term side effects caused by the excess of hormones and antibiotics that are used to stimulate cattle growth.
The slow food trend invites us to be more reflective of our habits as consumers and to dispense with the preservatives of processed foods or frozen dishes that are offered ready to heat in the microwave.
It’s all about being mindful of what and how you eat.