I’ve just returned from 17 days in Europe(Slovakia, Vienna, London) and read TinaJane’s terrific blog about cultural differences.
Although I don’t have the perspective of a resident, we do travel to Europe several times a year. During this trip with family (3 generations), we immersed ourselves in the local culture. We ate lots of carbs, meat of the “schnitzel” variety and for those of age, a good amount of local beer and wine. Plenty of dessert (“kolach” in my native Slovak) was consumed too.
I returned at exactly the same weight at which I left. An even bigger surprise, DH (aka the junk food king) maintained his weight also.
Although we drank a lot of water as is our usual custom, the kids got to try the Coke made with sugar not HFCS and the Gatorade without the chemicals currently allowed in the USA.
Note the text on the wall!
Homemade desserts were a specialty of this place
These were made by my cousin Stefania.
This was Vienna
And then there was London.
While out sightseeing, this was a favorite stop. They’re all over, even at the airport. We did hit a few pubs too.
I realize that we did a lot of walking, but it was of the strolling variety, not the intense power variety I would do at home.
Much of the landscape was similar to that here at home, but looking around at the size of the people, it was obvious that we weren’t in Virginia anymore.
So I wonder, along with TinaJane, is there something about the European approach to life that makes healthy living easier?