What is the Slow Food Movement?

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You may have heard about the "slow food movement" and wondered what all the hullabaloo was about. As people begin their weight loss journey, it's easy to become assaulted by the sheer number of lose-weight-quick schemes and overnight cures. Fortunately, as one learns what goes into maintaining a healthy weight, it becomes easier to avoid jumping onto the bandwagon for the latest trends.

The "slow food movement" is an eating trend but the opposite of a fad diet. The movement was founded by Carlo Petrini about 30 years ago. In 1986, the Italian scientist and politician started the movement as a response to the increase in corporate farming and production of processed foods, as well as the rapid growth of fast food restaurants. As the story goes, McDonald's was opening a golden-arches franchise near the historic Spanish Steps in Rome.

Petrini's goal was to restore a farm-to-table lifestyle and reverse the notion that it was more important to produce food in massive quantities than to protect our health and wellness. He was one of the first advocates to bring awareness to the idea that the importance of the nutritional value had suddenly become dangerously less significant on a global scale.  In October 2004, he founded the University of Gastronomic Sciences, a school intended to bridge the gap between agriculture and gastronomy.

The result of corporate farming? Processed foods, fillers and preservatives as well genetically-engineered crops that have caused many Americans to become less healthy and obese. That's why the "slow food movement" seeks to restore value to food that is grown, harvested and distributed locally, and in season. The kind of food that is fresh, delicious, and well suited to the region in which it's been grown. Supporters of the movement have worked diligently to revitalize local markets and put farming communities back on the map.

The Metabolic Research Center's core philosophy and approach to food goes hand-in-hand with today's slow food movement. Eat healthy, whole foods that will work together to raise your body's metabolic rate and encourage consistent weight loss. So, when you visit the recipe section of the MRC website, you'll find the blueprints for slow-food-movement recipes that will not only aid in shedding excess weight but also help to restore your overall health.


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