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On aging and health – two books


I write about these two books together because they are rather similar: none of them is vegan, but both of them underline that you should keep low the intake of your meat and animal protheins; both of them focus on several tips, without deepening none of them.

As for the first one, Super Salute (= Super health): the author, Massimo Gualerzi, is a cardiologist, expert in cardiovascular illnesses, who founded a sort of medical gym in the city of Parma. But I must remind myself never to buy a book when its price is lower than 10 euros. First of all, because the cardiologist was not able to write the book alone, but he needed the help of Claudio Rinaldi, a journalist: in my opinion, if you want to write a book, you must strive to write it alone. Secondly, I do not like books about health when the include recipes. For God’s sake: give the information, deepen the topic, and then let people invent their own recipes following your suggestions, we do not need Accademia Barilla to give us recipes… but this is perhaps just my opinion and a myriad of ladies out there is willing to read and try them, nobody knows.

He suggests a sort of revised Zone diet and give other tips about stress, overweight, sleeping, salt, relaxing, exercise. I believe that none of these points says anything new to me, but in the last years I really read a lot of this sort of books, therefore if you are struggling with fat and diabetes, yes, do read this book, because this book is – for sure – better than a stop by McDonald.

The second book – Till 100 years old – is Filippo Ongaro’s, the first Italian to get the Board Certification in Medicine of Anti-Aging by American Board of Regenerative & Anti-Aging Medicine. He worked for European Space Agency (ESA) on nutrition and fisical preparation of space crews. I liked this book more than the first one, although it is also not deepening a single topic. It teached me, for instance, that aging is very linked to muscle mass. Moreover, albeit not vegan, he stresses that daily intake of vegetables should be around 400-500 gr and that we should count more on spices (and he prefers fish instead of meat, not far away from Dr. Berrino’s position).

Considering my last readings on oils, I do not fully agree with him when he says that extra virgin olive oil and avocado are not harmful at all. I believe that such a sentence could push people to exagerate with fats: yes, they are not dangerous like saturated and animal fats, but it is better not to take a glass of olive oil per day first thing in the morning, just because it it mono-saturated fat:-)

He then add some other information about willpower, nutrigenomic, exercise, character, habits, spirituality, but I felt less annoyed than the Gualerzi’s book, because I follow Ongaro’s blog and I maybe I think he is more inspiring in his assertions. Yes, maybe mine is just a subjective feeling…

After all, you know that I am a grumber and my final suggestion is always the same: please do read both ones and put them into practice. I am myself not 100% vegan, I allow myself some exceptions, and these two books’ tips are still better than a couch potato meat eater life!


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Mangia che ti passa, Filippo Ongaro


Continuano i miei… carotaggi nei libri in materia alimentare.
Interessante la genesi degli studi di questo autore, che, in quando membro di uno staff che seguiva gli astronauti, ha potuto tener sotto controllo delle persone in maniera completa, evitando le specializzazioni tipiche della medicina moderna, abituata a focalizzarsi su singoli sintomi, singoli organi, singole medicine.

Rispetto a The China Study, qui l’approccio è meno estremista, perché sono ammessi anche uova, pesci e carni (tutto biologico e di buona qualità), sarebbe comunque interessante un confronto a quattr’occhi tra Ongaro e Campbell, visto che quest’ultimo esclude del tutto le proteine di origine animale.

Non sapevo dell’importanza della vitamina D (a me hanno sempre decantato la C…), e ho preso atto della modificazione della piramide alimentare, dove, rispetto alla tradizionale da noi conosciuta, i carboidrati perdono il ruolo preminente che ci hanno insegnato ad attribuire loro.
Quello che per me sarebbe più difficile (però non lo escludo) è di eliminare gli zuccheri. E i miei biscottini mattutini? Come faccio a farmi un pasto alle sette di mattina, con insalata, verdura cotta, e un uovo??
Buono il suggerimento di rendere i pasti meno “densi” per ridurre l’apporto calorico, e ok la spinta verso le noci, la curcuma, lo zenzero e l’olio extra vergine di oliva.

Non sono ancora convinta a mollare il vegan, ma questo è comunque un libro da leggere.

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