“Mangia!” “Let’s eat!” in Italian (pronounced monja).
by John Rowley
I grew up in an ethnic New York neighborhood that was mostly Italian. Whenever you went to someone’s house, it sounded something like this:
“Johnny boy! Howza you Mama anda you Daddy?”
“Oh, dey ah great, danks fa askin.’”
“Come on, Johnny boy, sit down and eat sumthin.’”
“Oh, I’m not hungry, I just ate.”
“Oh, that’s a great, how mucha do ya want?”
In my neighborhood, the word “no” just meant you didn’t have enough information to make an intelligent decision. And you had to eat! So . . . we ate.
I want to encourage you to eat, probably more than you are eating now, so you can be lean, healthy, fit, and vibrant. Eat at least five or six meals a day, dividing your protein, fats, and carbs among those meals. If you are over 50, four or five meals a day will be good. This is what Lee has been preaching for years. Eat to be lean, muscular and fit!
In addition, we are going to include a Victory Day or meal. On Victory Day you can eat whatever you want! Allowing yourself to splurge a little is good for your head and body. Immigrants have been eating this way for centuries.
Tomorrow we will go back to the neighborhood and take a peek at how they ate.
For now Mangia! The Labrada way!!
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