Can you stay on a restricted diet in the land of pasta and seafood?

Does this all fit in my diet? Probably not. Family I’m traveling with keep telling me it’s ok to splurge a bit but no one really knows that. What will cause my other artery to clog and the blood to stop flowing? I just need to take it on faith, given all the medications I’m on, that hopefully won’t happen on this trip.

I’ve been doing my best since I arrived in southern Italy to eat the way I’m supposed to on my restricted diet but doing that is proving impossible. I cannot avoid pasta here and I can’t find whole wheat pasta which is the only type I am supposed to eat these days.

What I am doing is eating smaller portions of pasta than would be served in American restaurants. Portions are smaller here because places serve the traditional Italian multi-course dinners. In those the pasta course is just a prelude to the fish or meat course and so not massive in size.

My first course, pasta with tomatoes and eggplants
My first course, pasta with tomatoes and eggplants

Our first night here, we ate in our hotel restaurant which served a wonderful tuna steak as a main course, made in a light tomato sauce on a bed of arugula. My first course was flat, round pasta with bits of shrimp also in a very light sauce. I’ve been surprised overall in not seeing the type of heavy thick tomato sauce we see at home.

MY main course, tuna and tomatoes in a  light tomato sauce with greens.
MY main course, tuna and tomatoes in a light tomato sauce with greens.

Does this all fit in my diet? Probably not. Family I’m traveling with keep telling me it’s ok to splurge a bit but no one really knows that. What will cause my other artery to clog and the blood to stop flowing? I just need to take it on faith, given all the medications I’m on, that hopefully won’t happen on this trip.

If it does, at least I’ll go eating fantastic food here and not junk food in the States.
John

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