We can learn healthy eating tips not just in our country but also abroad. Brian and I love to travel and experience other cultures. I started traveling abroad during my high school years, and Brian in college. Together, we have visited four continents, more than 36 countries, and lived in Europe for seven years.
And if you’ve ever been out of the country, you know that one of the best things about traveling is the eating. Buon Apetito!
Our cultural experiences have changed the way we view and enjoy food. We have learned a lot from our travels about what it means to eat healthy.
Is it any surprise that though the U.S. ranks number one in health care costs, it is only number 36 in life expectancy? Not at all. We have paid a high cost to become a nation of TV dinners and fast-food restaurants. We have many healthy eating tips to learn from the countries around us.
One thing we noticed from our time living and traveling abroad is that Europeans enjoy eating. It’s not just the food, but everything surrounding the experience. Cooking is an art form in many places, and eating often accompanies the gathering of friends and family.
Other cultures can teach us a lot about healthy eating and help us incorporate new habits that will help our kids as well. Perhaps this is why our own kids (all Europe-born) enjoy eating and trying new foods. They do not quickly shy away from things that may look different.
Check Out Healthy Eating Tips From…
- Germany: The proper way to eat bread and when to eat your largest meal.
- Italy: The main focus of our eating, which oil is the best for our health, and the ease of homemade sauces.
Where have you traveled? What healthy eating tips have you gleaned from the other cultures around us? Leave us your comments below!