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Trip of A Life-Time to Italy!
As many of you know, the past four years of working on
the Hauser Diet book have been quite grueling, especially with
2006 being a year of helping my mother fight for her life
against lung cancer. She passed away in January of 2007;
fortunately, very peacefully—for which I am grateful.
to say, year 2007 has been a year of regrouping.
Back to Italy: Part of the regrouping
involved finalizing and printing the Hauser
Diet book. Ever
since taking up cycling about six years ago, Ross and I have
looked at various cycling tours. We finally chose Tuscany,
Italy because of my heritage (Italian), my love for cooking
and wine, and our friends Allan and Barb Parungao and Nicole
Baird and Travis Mitchell would be joining us. The trip also
coincided with the release of the book The
which Nicole and I wrote. The trip was our reward for working
so hard these last four years on the book. Interestingly
enough, this book has the potential to revolutionize nutritional
thinking, much like the book Prolo Your
Pain Away! has done
for pain management. So if you have not picked up a copy
of it yet, you can get one at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0966101073?i.
We know you’ll be glad you did! You’ll find out
why some people need to eat like a lion (lots of meat), where
others need to eat like a Giraffe (lots of veggies). It’s
all about finding out your individual Diet
Type and following
But anyway…let me tell you a little bit about our
trip to Italy…the trip was so fabulous, exciting,
and filled with emotion, that it will be hard to put it into
words. I may provide you with a more detailed article about
the trip itself later, but for now, I will just share some
of the best experiences…
I love Italy! What’s not to love?
• the cycling was fantastic…
• the food was out of this world…
• the wine was spectacular…
• the olive oil superb…
• the people—so wonderful!
Ciclismo Classico Bike Tour
of Tuscany: Here is a picture of Nicole, Travis,
I having our first espresso in Italy after a 40-hour nightmare
trip to get there – delayed
flights, cancelled flights, buses, trains with doors that
didn’t open…the list goes on. We were haggard
from traveling, but the scenery behind us and that first
cup of coffee melted away the frustrations instantaneously.
We were all given our Ciclismo Classico jerseys
and took our first ride of the tour—which seemed to
be all up hill. We were still quite jet-lagged, but managed
to make the ride up the hills. What a great group of people!
You would have thought we were friends for life! I hope we
stay in touch for many years to come. Ross and I are 3rd and
4th from the left and Nicole and Travis on center right.
Our first hotel was absolutely fabulous…great food,
great views, great service. A quaint old 1400’s farm
turned hotel…here were some of the sights we saw on
a daily basis:
the first day of cycling, I hooked up with the “sista’s
from Boston” who were just a hoot to ride with. Two ladies,
Maryellen and Kathy were indeed sisters, and Cathy was a good
friend of theirs. They pulled me up many hills singing “Hey,
Mambo, Mambo Italiano…” I hope to meet them again
some day and do some cycling with them. They were amazing athletes
and great people!
The sisters gave me an honorary headband inducting
me into the “sisterhood.” Quite
and Nicole/Travis (above and below) at the Fattoria dei Mandri
where we visited the old Medici estate and olive oil press. Below
we learn about how to make cold pressed extra virgin olive oil.
This olive oil was fantastico! Of course, Nicole and I purchased
some and sent it back to the US and are using it in our home
cooking. The Italian olive oil is much fresher and has a stronger
taste. It’s a very tasty and healthy way to get in some
good fat into your diet!