Today I am in Portugal, a country with a million stories, a beautiful landscape, many old magical cities and villages, and definitely one of the best cousins in the world.
Portuguese tradition goes far in terms of what food people eat and what they drink. In a joking way you can see it by people “you are what you eat”, if you know what to look for.
Essentially, this is not a McDonalds culture similar to many other developed countries in the world and McDonalds cannot get a hold on this market because a good full lunch with started, main dish and a desert can cost only 6 euro here.
Another characteristic about this country that it is always very hot here. This heat makes it perfect to be at the beach (under umbrella) and to enjoy warm evenings on a coast, drinking capirinhas or sangria (best in the world), overlooking some untouched dunes, natural landscapes or old cities of Portugal.
This heat also makes you darn thirsty. This where I want to come back to McDonalds culture, or rather the lack of it.
Despite the heat and the natural desire to drink two times the normal amount of water, Portuguese drink wine and like to eat their grilled meat and fish. My observation is that they don’t drink as much water as the weather demands and they eat none water rich food and therefore Portuguese people are naturally small and some are a bit overweight.
Ok, I don’t want to disrespect no one. Almost every developed nation on planet today is a bit overweight, but most are so because of the McDonalds type of eating. Moreover, all over the world people don’t drink enough water.
Essentially, Portuguese diet is a rich diet full of dishes to die for a drinks to die for and therefore it is impossible to give almost anyone advice here on diet changes, mostly because of habit, tradition and routine.
Habit, tradition and routines are in fact the hardest things a dietitian can struggle with while trying to make people eat healthy, because a person need to want to change his own habits before he can actually make any changes.
In Portugal the incentives to eat the same way as before are just too many and therefore it is that much harder to eat different. This is precisely why McDonalds cannot take over this market.
So overall, if you want to eat good and just enjoy your life, doing it for a very little amount of money, come to Portugal, but don’t stay here to long or it may become hard for you to leave the system.
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