Pioppi Diet, Secret to Living Longer?
What is a Pioppi Diet?
Apparently there is a small village in Italy called Pioppi, where the average life span of a man is 89 and some lived to a hundred. In this village, the ails of old age like dementia and diabetes are practically unheard of.
It is also interesting to note that American physiologist, Ancel Keys, who first authored the Mediterranean Diet, which by the way is now protected by UNESCO under the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, stayed in Pioppi for 28 years. He left this beloved village at age 100 and died soon after at age 101.
It is being claimed that adhering to the Pioppi Diet can regulate the insulin and help to lose excess fat, thus lowering the risk of contracting many types of diseases and illnesses.
Guidelines for the Pioppi Diets in a nutshell:
These are the Dos:
- Eat plenty of fibrous vegetables and whole fruits.
- Keep eating red meat. (I like)
- Eat a handful of tree nuts everyday. (like coconut?!!!, probably not, perhaps like almonds, walnuts, chestnuts but not peanut as it is legume)
- Walk for at least half an hour a day.
- Fast for 24 hours each week. (Nooooooooo)
- Eat three meals a day. Sup until you are full.
- Enjoy a glass of red wine.
- Do breathing exercises four times a day.
- Sleep seven hours a night.
- Have at least 2 tablespoonful of extra-virgin olive oil a day.
These are the Don’ts:
- Do not eat added sugars, including fruit juice, honey and syrup.
- Do not use seed oils, such as rapeseed, sunflower and soya bean oil.
- Do not eat refined carbs such as in bread, pasta, noodles, cakes and biscuits (kill me now!)
- Do not sit still for more than 45 minutes at a time. Get moving!