Passion Is Cooking

Episode 74

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Mediterranean diet, but what about the Mediterranean lifestyle. What if we take that even further and combine that with life and business coaching while engaging in making delicious, wholesome meals? That is just a tiny piece of what Dario and Anita have done at Passion Is Cooking. This episode of the podcast discusses the Mediterranean lifestyle, how Dario and Anita married their businesses, and the surprising health and relationship benefits that science associates with cooking. You’ll be ready to create your masterpieces in the kitchen after getting inspiration from Dario, Anita, and me. Are you ready?

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Episode Transcript

Dr. Richard Harris: [00:00:00] What is going on everyone. Welcome to the Strive for Great Health Podcast. I’m your host, Dr. Richard Harris. Our mission at the podcast is to empower you, to take control of your health with lifestyle medicine and mindset modification, to live with joy and purpose. So today we’ve got a special guest.

We’ll actually two special guests on the show. We have Chef Dario and Anita from Passion Is Cooking. Chef Dario has over 40 years of experience as a head chef and executive chef for restaurants all around the globe. I’m talking multiple different continents and there’s a wealth of knowledge about cooking.

And then we have Anita, Anita is a powerhouse of a business woman. Was in management for companies with billions of dollars in revenue and like me, she’s a lifelong learner and she decided to go and pursue education in NLP and mentorship and business coaching. So we’re going to talk about on the episode, how they marry together, their ideas and created passion is cooking.

We’re also going to be talking about the Mediterranean lifestyle. Now a lot of us have heard of the Mediterranean diet. But we’re taking a step further. There’s a lot of benefit in the entire Mediterranean lifestyle. We’re going to be talking about that. And then we’re going to be talking about some surprising health benefits and relationship benefits from cooking.

We always like to leave you with some actionable advice. That’ll be at the end of the podcast, what’s stopping you from cooking? At the end of the episode, the answer is going to be nothing. Cue the music

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And now to this week’s episode.

Welcome to Strive for Great Health Podcast. I’m your host, Dr. Richard Harris. And today I have with me on the show, Anita and Dario of Passion Is Cooking. How are guys?

Anita: [00:04:04] We’re doing great.

How are you doing?

Chef Dario: [00:04:06] Thank you very much for having us.

Dr. Richard Harris: [00:04:08] I’m doing fantastic. Thank you. Another day that we can reach people and bring a message of hope and healing is a great day. So. Tell me about your business. How did passion is cooking come into existence?

Chef Dario: [00:04:22] Wow, that’s a, that’s a full, loaded question and it’s actually a quite interesting, I mean, both myself and Anita had had two businesses, you know,  I’m a chef for the past fourty years and Anita is a lifestyle strategies.

She was speaking all over the world. She was. in the UK, she was in India, she was and I was traveling with my business. And one thing we learned is we didn’t want to make the same mistake in the past. And we really wanted to make sure then, you know, we stayed together. We were kind of spending more time together then apart. And I think it was the same year. Probably it will say 2018, we were in Europe and we were invited to this castle in the northern part of Italy for an event. And the event was about, you know, bringing in a chef in as a guest chef to discuss and all these people that were part of these events.

They were fascinated with the chef at the beginning, but at some point in time during the dinner, They were getting more attracted to Anita, you know, the mindset, you know, we feel disconnected with our life. We are so busy. We never realized what we, what we are doing business is great, but we don’t have time together.

You know, we want to be more connected with Anita doing this for so many years in training people in businesses to do that. After that night, we kind of drove away and said, Hmm, there is really something here that we could do together. Not just for ourselves, but even to share it with other people. So, and that’s how Passion Is Cooking started.

Anita: [00:05:58] Yeah, we really wanted to have that connection. We known from our previous lives. That being connected is not only a way to, to stay together and but it also is, is better on your health and longevity to have to have that connection. So when we found a way to be able to bring our two businesses together, and I think Dario, it sounded like you said four years, a chef.

He said fourty years a chef. With his Italian accent, sometimes it comes out. And and me being a mindset coach and connecting the two, it really was, you know, the epiphany that came to us that we need to do this, to share to others because we do it ourselves. We cook together and it’s just such an enjoyment. And now we’re sharing it with the world.

Dr. Richard Harris: [00:06:39] That’s such an amazing story. I always love to hear about couple entrepreneurs because that’s what me and my wife are venturing into. So I haven’t talked about some of the podcasts yet, but my wife is now managing a spa and the spa has a lot of holistic wellness services. And so there’s a lot of synergy between what I was doing previously.

And now what she is doing. Now we have mastermind sessions, just the two of us where we talk about different ways that we can synergize our business. And it really has brought us closer together. And I love how you married mindset and cooking because people don’t realize that cooking is one of the healthiest things that they can do for themselves.

For numerous reasons. The data shows that if you cook, you eat healthier food. If you cook, actually if you have kids in the kitchen with you cooking, they have better grades. They improve their scores in mathematics. They have better focusing skills. They have better team skills, they have better leadership skills.

And this is actually hard data that proves this. If you go to Harvard’s website, they have an entire section on this, on the benefits of cooking together as a family. You save money when you cook together, there are so many benefits associated with this. So let’s get more back into your business. What services do you offer for your clients?

Anita: [00:08:05] Well, we, of course we do cooking classes and it’s, it’s interesting because we have it from the, you know, Dario creates the recipes, but anyone that’s intimidated with cooking sees that, you know,  I’m the home cook. So I bring the other perspective to it, you know, asking the questions and the delicious meals that we create with our cooking classes are very simple.

We have them online. Of course, most of them are virtually now because of the new world, but it’s opened up a whole new thing for us. So we do cooking classes for just people that will sign on. So weekly have cooking classes. We do cooking classes for families that want to get together, that we connect people from Europe to North America, to Australia.

We do those types of things and we also have corporate cooking classes because I have a very big business background. So it’s team-building type of cooking classes. So it’s all around connecting activities around food and, and really being connected and, and coming up with resources that pull both of our strengths together.

So you know that those are some of the main ones that we have, but we have an umbrella company is called olive your life. Well, it’s all of your life and it’s all around health, the lifestyle. And we have a media outlets with recipes online that you can go to. And we also have this summit that we’re doing, we did one a month ago, and we’re doing a new one in June that talks about that as well.

That’s all about cooking together health. It’s about, you know, food and, and, and all of that. That’s going to be coming up too. So we have various resources, that is Passion Is Cooking right now.

Chef Dario: [00:09:32] I really do believe in also, you know, you said something very important. You know, food is connection, you know, you know, our, our motto is cook together, eat together and travel together when we going to be able to, but it’s such an important conduit, you know, food is health.

If you really, and the biggest, the biggest common misconception sometimes is. And when we created these umbrella olive your life right on their need is. One of our, our, our biggest part, which is the Mediterranean lifestyle. The people unfortunately confused sometimes to the Mediterranean diet, which is really, is not such a thing, because as soon as you impose someone, the diet part, There’s an image , oh well, so I’m not going to be eating or I’m not, no, that’s not. It’s not what you’re doing. You know, being healthy doesn’t mean that you’re not eating it’s choosing what you eat and be responsible while eating. REally rediscovered the part of our pillars of the Mediterranean lifestyle and, and really focusing on all the grassroots, starting with your kids.

Like you just said, you know, kids react better. We gotta focus on grassroots. So our mandate of olive your life in the Mediterranean lifestyle is really starting to force people to understanding that, you know, food is connection. Food is health, but food starts here is for me mindset, which Anite obviously has as an expertise for it, and really realize good ingredients can create a great meal, but more so healthy meal and that’s that’s, that’s the big part.

Dr. Richard Harris: [00:11:10] You just brought up a couple more excellent points about the benefits of cooking and eating together. There’s data that shows that it fosters feelings of bonds among families, there’s data in teens that show they feel closer to their parents and other relatives when they cook together, when they eat together, there’s also data that shows it makes you more open to cultural experiences. And, I want to say this, the correct way. You know what we’ve seen so far with all of the, the racial injustice and, and issues is a lack of cultural awareness and a lack of openness to different cultures and different ideas.

And if it’s something like being in the kitchen, because you know, there’s no real quote unquote American food, right? All our foods are from different cultures because we all came from different cultures unless you’re Native American. And so when we cook. We’re getting foods from different cultures all around the world.

And even that subtle shift of, of picking foods from around the world can open your mind to the possibilities and acceptance of other cultures.

Anita: [00:12:23] Oh, it’s, it’s so true. Previous, well, in my business, I had this thing called getaway to find your way. And part of it was engross yourself into other cultures and you learn so much and you grow so much as a person when you understand that.

And that’s also through food. When you understand the foods and the experiences and how people live and create, it’s just, it opens your mind to so many other possibilities.

Really what you just said in America or anywhere, you know, we’re in a melting pot to really be able to learn so much for different other cultures.

Chef Dario: [00:12:56] We should really embrace in this now really be excited. And that’s, that’s, that’s, that’s our message. You know, that is not the thing was one thing it’s about really embracing and learning, you know, when you, when you eat food and travel. Ainly being together, you learn together, you really expand your, mind and your soul and your heart.

Anita: [00:13:18] And we, we do that with something that we call the international dinner club. And if you go to Passion Is Cooking on the website, you’ll see that it’s a community that we’ve been building for two years and it’s around different cultures and different types of food. And what you do is you explore them, a different culture every month.

So it encourages you to cook together. It encourages you to get together with friends. It encourages you to try different foods and new cultures. So every month there’ll be a different thing. So this month is Spain and everyone from the international dinner club, they do it in their own different way.

They get together with their friends and their community. They have a time with us to sort of, okay, what, how do you cook this? What do you do with all this interesting food? And every month we pick a different place. And it’s exactly what you’re saying. It’s opening up those cultures. It’s opening up people’s minds as the first step until we can travel again, until we can you know, expand it that much more. It’s that little experience, dinner theme of a travel place and culture that you can do at home.

Dr. Richard Harris: [00:14:13] That’s a really interesting point because I’ve been blessed and fortunate that I’ve been able to travel a lot of different places. And when you travel to different places, And they know you’re not from there.

One of the things they want to do is immerse you in their food. When you go to a restaurant and it could be some little hole in the wall restaurant, and they know you’re not from there. They want to literally show you everything about their culture, about their food. They want you to enjoy the experience and really feel like you’re one of them and that’s something and I’ve experienced all over South America. When I went to Italy, I had an amazing experience in Italy centered around the food and the togetherness and how the chefs and the waiters and waitresses and how they really wanted it to feel like a family environment.

And the same thing when we were in Spain. And when we were in Prague and all these other places, it’s so different than it is here, where here it’s all about get in, get out. Even the restaurants are about, we need to churn as much as possible to make money. Well, the best restaurants don’t do that. They treat you well because you get repeat customers, you get customer loyalty.

My favorite restaurant in Houston is like that. I go there all the time. All the time. And I see the same people there all the time. They have a high retention rate because of that strategy. Now, what have you found either in your own personal life or through some client stories about the impact they’ve had of cooking and travel on their health?

Anita: [00:15:52] Well, we do, we do culinary retreats as well. And so we actually have one in September to Tuscany that we’re doing and I speak from the person that’s not from Italy. Of course, Dario was born in Italy. He knows half the country. It seems like when we go there every time and we go into a town and they’re like,  Chef, Chef, Dario. You know, it’s, it’s funny, but being new to Italy and have gone there, I guess every year for the last six years now, it totally opens you up.

And the retreats that we do, there a little bit special than other places. And every time people leave from one of our retreats, they are just opened up to a whole new life. And in a whole new way of living, it’s called the slow life. It’s kind of like taking a different pace on life. It’s really sitting back and tasting your food, really opening yourself up to the new cultures.

We do things like, you know, well, we do the meeting, the Michelin star chef, and we go to the fancy restaurants. We do the cooking with us, but we also get in there with the locals and learn how to cook with them. We get the old no-nos that come out, that they will do. You know, the little pasta classes we get together with some of Dario’s friends that had, we had this big backyard party, and it’s just a different experience.  It’s really engrossing in the culture and the way things are are there.

Chef Dario: [00:17:04] I also think, you know, and you just, you know, it’s great to listen where he’s reading our minds, you know, the view of traveling. It’s opening your eyes is allowing yourself to be open and allow yourself to discover. But when you allow yourself to discover, you’re not just discovering you’re discovering the country, your curiosity, you get spark, but you really spark your relationship.

You really spark the innovation, the adventure of that specific moment. And we noticed that when we take people to these culinary retreats and I mean, Italy, Spain, France, different country. I mean, right now we’re doing Tuscany, but the biggest thing we tell people, we said, You know, whenever, whenever you land or whatever you landing, open your eyes, open your nose, open your ears.

But the most important part is open your heart. Because that is where you really experience. And is the simplicity, sometimes, sometimes we are over complicating life and it is a habit of every one. I think every country has their own way of thinking, but I think it’s  taking a step back and really learning the most important part of.

What I call conviviality, which is such a fundamental part. And we found when we bring in people to connect a week into really, we take them away to connect, but we bring it to a point and actually are connecting to themselves. That is the biggest, the most empowering moment. Conviviality is where everything is, what we need right now.

And we notice it more right now because, you know, unfortunately we are maybe more disconnected from, from the situation we’re living in right now, but what are we gonna learn from that? It’s going to be very powerful and then next steps we are going to make to work towards. It is going to really create a path for a future.

And we really, you know, we are creating this movement because we believe in it. And because we want to serve as many people as possible, because we believed in food, health connection, travel are a big part of where you are. We took so many things for granted and now we actually are going to stop, we’re going to pause and we’re going to enjoy it I think a little bit more.

Dr. Richard Harris: [00:19:28] Yeah. So important to get away. Sometimes we just get lost in the details and there’s actually really good data that shows that if you ask someone to think about three things that are going right in their life, they’ll do that. And then they can do it easily. So they say, oh, my life is pretty good.

But if you ask them to name 12 things, Then it’s hard and they say, well, my life may not be so great. And it’s the opposite with bad things. Right? So getting away really shows you and allows you to zoom out. And take in a different mindset, open up your perspective and see that, oh, the things that I was stressing about in that moment, they weren’t so bad.

And we see this anecdotally all the time in our clients and our patients that they travel and they say, you know what? I didn’t do anything different, but I’m sleeping better. They travel and they eat the same foods and they say the foods that used to bother me. No, I don’t, it doesn’t bother me when I travel.

And part of that’s because the US is garbage in terms of consumer protection. But also some of that is the mindset that you have when you’re traveling the openness, the connectedness, there is really good data that shows that social isolation is the worst thing for human beings. It’s the worst. We are tribal people.

That’s, that’s been our entire history has been in tribes and in groups where the fear of being alone, activates your pain centers. That’s how much we do not want to be alone. It is so bad for our health and traveling allows you to get immersed into a group. And I think what you’re doing is so powerful, marrying that travel with cooking with what we would think of now is old world ideas, right? But they’re not old world ideas. They’re constant human history ideas that we just got away from recently that we need to go back to because they are so beneficial for our health, our mindset, and our overall wellbeing.

Anita: [00:21:40] So true. So true. And, and, you know, that’s, that’s the whole reason why we cause we feel it in ourselves and we see it in our clients, the transformation that happens, there’s so much data behind it, but people get so caught up in the living the every day.

But they ended up forgetting, you know, what life and enjoyment is. Like you said, you ended up picking the, the negative as opposed to the positive and why, you know, being grateful every day and writing down those things is so important because people end up doing that. They go on autopilot as we call it.

Right. You live on autopilot and you don’t really get to enjoy. So that’s why we like to create those experiences. People, you know, with COVID, unfortunately it’s been a little bit more virtually, but again, it’s expanding, you know, and everything that we do. So it’s, it’s so true.

Chef Dario: [00:22:20] I think also, you know, and that brings something really, you know, we always leave on a blind spot, you know, for the longest time.

And I know we live right behind a blind spot and we really don’t see things. So we are, we are driving life 200 kilometers an hour and we never realize the beauty of what’s left and what is a right of ourselves. It’s like you, you’re driving this beautiful country road with beautiful scenery, but you’re not seeing it.

Because you’re so focused on getting there. And you really don’t realize that two opposite side of the road. I think, now more so than ever, people will take that step to actually say, oh, well, let me look at that. And let me slow down a bit more. I hope anyway, you know, that that’s what is our message.

That’s what we, that’s what we are gearing towards and food is connection. I mean, I, you know, I was brought up in a way then, you know, when you’re sitting at that table it’s the story of your life. The story of your day, is when you were breaking bread. Everybody is everybody’s the same,  there is no difference.

You know, my grandmother used to used to use to make meals, but if my friends would come to visit me, it was a chair for him or her or whoever it was, you know, is a sense of conviviality. That is not, that is not the sense of oh let’s organize herself. And I think it’s just about taking a step back, slow down and really enjoy what we have.

Dr. Richard Harris: [00:23:50] Absolutely. We have to do that. You have to take time away to reveal and peel back the negative bias that we have as humans in order to see your life for what it really is. And once you do that, you realize that man we’ve got, I’ve got it pretty good. You know, I’m blessed. I’m fortunate. There’s, and when you travel, you can see the other side, especially if you’ve been to some of these third world countries about how good we really have it and how much we have to be thankful for.

Now, we always love to give people on the podcast, some actionable tips, right? Because we want to give people information and then we want them to take that information and then do something with it. A lot of people have a fear of cooking. They’re just terrified of it for some reason. I don’t know why people are so afraid of cooking, but sometimes I ask people, what do you cook?

And they’re like, No God, no. Like, like it’s like, it’s this terrible disease ridden situation or something, right? Like they just walked into a nuclear bomb or something. Right. We need to dispel this fear of cooking. And so what are some, you know, three simple tips that we can use to get over our fear of cooking and get into the kitchen.

Anita: [00:25:05] Well, first society has created so much around making things simple for these foods that have all these chemicals in them. People are doing this fast-paced life and they don’t realize what the cooking is. But if we were to break it down to simple tips, one is the mindset change, you know, really understanding how important cooking is and when you understand how important it is for your health, you will make those steps and make those changes.

Number one is setting time aside. Time aside is, is really important. So when you get home, if you’re hungry, you know, make something that, some kind of vegetables right in that time, so that you’re not gouging and saying, oh, I have to order something in. And to really set that time aside that you’re going to be able to.

Get over that fear of it and know that you’re going to have that time available to cook. Number two is to plan. Planning is really, really important so that you have the meal, the food in front of you, and you’re going to feel comfortable with cooking. Try a few recipes. You know, we have this free meal plan or grocery list on our, on our site.

You know, look at some of the simple recipes that are out there, come and try some of our recipes. They’re pretty simple and explore and experiment, right? If you set that time aside and you make some plans, you’re going to get over that fear of being intimidated. We had a cooking class the other day, I passed a class and it was interesting.

Cause people were saying exactly what you said. They go, oh, we were afraid to do the class. You know that people were going to, you know, we weren’t going to understand it or we weren’t going to be able to follow it. And at the end of it, everyone always says, oh my gosh, it was so much fun. And I didn’t feel intimidated at all.

And that’s a big thing, you know? And then the last one is really to, to encourage doing it with others because when you do it with other people, you can enjoy that time together. So Dario and I, we have so much fun cooking together. And, you know, I left the household when I was young, not knowing how to cook.

You know, we ate together all the time as a family, but my mom didn’t let me in the kitchen. So, you know, I would, I be frying an egg in a pot, not knowing it had to go to frying pan with something to not let it stick. I had no clue and, you know, And now I’m cooking with Dario the chef. I’m the one that’s not cutting fast.

And who cares? You know, at the end of the day, you’re having fun. You’re creating something, you know, what’s going in your food. And so to me, it’s just, you know, relax, enjoy, set that time aside. You know, plan, the meals that you’re going to be able to create. And when you have that time available and something that you can snack on so you’re not so hungry. I find those are things that will help with the fear and also finding the time to be able to get back in the kitchen and cook again.

Chef Dario: [00:27:32] Also is create some fun.

Anita: [00:27:36] We dance in the kitchen

Chef Dario: [00:27:37] Problem number one, and we’re not talking just about food, about everything is the fear of failure, but there is no such a thing here.

I mean, a simple thing is simple because you just kinda, the first thing I say to everybody, say, exercise your palette, then allow your palette to accept what you like. That is not such a thing as a bad cook. There’s just people that don’t want to do it. Okay. We encourage people to say in, in any, they just said it, you know, we had this scalpels that were part of our, of our, of our cooking class and was a simple recipe.

And one person was so intimidated. I never cooked, but I want to break these fears. It’s you know who to you, then you’re doing it. You know, it’s a simple thing right now, when you organize yourself by like even making a simple plate of pasta, okay. Even a salad then gives the time to have you, your kids, your husband, your wife, whoever it is to really build a hobby to say, this is our time.

This is our time. How was your day? Let’s talk about your day and what do you like, what do you do? Like let’s, let’s, let’s adventure, this, and we, we want people to really get used to it, but your palette is the first thing. Your mind goes right into your palette and your palette really opens up and it allows you to accept or, maybe not.

And if something doesn’t work happens to me all the time, you know, where sometimes we test recipe and I know I’ve been doing this for 40 years and sometimes, oh my God, what have I done? But it’s nothing wrong. It’s an exercise in you allowing yourself to, to create simple recipe, create wonderful memory. That’s all I’m going to say.

Dr. Richard Harris: [00:29:32] Yeah, that’s amazing. And that’s exactly what I tell people. I was fortunate that my grandmother was a chef. We didn’t know she was a chef until she passed away. We were going through her things and we found a diploma from culinary school. And so we just thought that grandma was an incredible cook, but she was actually trained the, so that was, that was funny, but we grew up in the kitchen and I grew up cooking and it’s something that I’ve always done. My wife, not so much, she didn’t grow up cooking. And when we first met, when she moved in, she was afraid of, of cooking. And I said, look, the first time you picked up a softball, she played college softball. Were you able to throw it well? Well, she said, no, this is like any other skill, right?

Michael Jordan didn’t become Michael Jordan overnight. He wasn’t Michael Jordan in  high school. We didn’t even make the basketball team the first time we tried out. Everyone knows that story yet. When we try to do something, we expect to be, you know, dunk from the free throw line, Michael Jordan immediately, when we are all don’t make the basketball team the first time Michael Jordan, when we start, but the more we do it, the better we’re going to get at it. It’s like any other skill and then leverage tools. There’s so many cooking tools, you know, there’s air fryers, there’s spiralers, there’s all kinds of things that’ll cut and dice and do all that stuff for you.

If you don’t want to do that. So get the tools and make the job easier. Now we have a food processor, we have an air fryer. We have all kinds of different cutting gadgets and tools for different things to make the job easy because we’re both busy professionals. And I always tell people, listen, you don’t need to make a Chef Dario seven course meal every time you step in the kitchen, have the sandbox. And so I know basically what all my meals are going to revolve around. So when I opened the fridge, I know, okay, here’s my meat. Here’s my veggies. Maybe here’s a little bit of fruit. Here’s what I might have for dessert, which is usually like a homemade chocolate peanut butter pudding, or some roasted pecans with a little bit of honey on them.

So I have a sandbox and it makes it really easy because I don’t have to think. I just look and say, okay, this is the archetype of the meals I usually have, I just pull from the individual components and that’s how we’re able to cook 97% of the time, even though we’re both busy, we prepare, we plan, we grabbed the right tools and we know most of the time you keep it simple.

And when we want to do something special, we usually reserve that for the weekends. When we have more time. And we’ll go to the store. And this is usually from my wife. She’s usually the one that does this because I don’t need that much variability. She can, she needs to eat different things. I can eat the same thing every single day and be happy.

So she’ll go and say, Hey, I want to do this. I want to do this casserole. Or I want to do this keto cake or, and I’ll say, okay, well, we’ll go to the store Saturday and we’ll get the ingredients and then we’ll make it tonight. And we’ll grab a bottle of wine and, you know, that’s basically what we’ll do. So we save those, those new excursions for when we have time and the rest of the time we stick in our sandbox.

Chef Dario: [00:32:39] No, it’s funny. And you know, based on those things, you experiment that you experimented the healty way and we give you an example. We have a recipe of an eggplant parmesan and everybody’s have an idea. What it is, is a simple eggplant is almost like a lasagna with tomato. And it can be very heavy because, you know, you frying something and it’s really heavy. So we have to always think about the healthier side. So, you know,

Anita: [00:33:01] We call it healthyish

Chef Dario: [00:33:03] Healthyish, that’s right. So. You know, you’re talking about, you know, the fryer, the air fryer. So what we did with the eggplant instead to bread them, instead to do all that stuff, we put them on a an air fryer, right? So what we developed this recipe for people, we had a gentleman that he was in his mid 60’s from Italy that his grandmother or his mother made it.

They always can always pretty happy yet. And as well, why don’t you try that? Oh my goodness. I don’t know if I can do that. I’ll try it. He loved it. He absolutely loved it. Loved it. He said, oh my God, I was digesting better. So that’s the other thing, you know, is the responsibility of the adventures but be responsible and that’s, that’s important. You know, we only have one health and we have to make sure we take care of it.

Dr. Richard Harris: [00:33:52] Awesome. Well, thank you so much guys, for coming on the show. Is there anything else that you’d like to say before we close out the episode,

Anita: [00:33:59] We would love everyone to come and join us. You know, we do quarterly summits and we call them challenge summits and having people come in and we go through five days, it’s for free and go through the, sort of the process of how to learn more about food, about health, about cooking. It’s it’s really fun. We bring in some special guests from around the world and it’s all around food and travel.

Chef Dario: [00:34:21] And also gives an opportunity to mean for us, for, for us as day, like we say, is, is building these movement, this movement and, and, and really serve people the best as possible. Maybe to give some tools, you know, there are no question they maybe aren’t afraid to, to ask, or maybe don’t want to ask and that is an opportunity is a platform there, you know. It’s food, it’s wine, it’s travel, it’s health, it’s everything encompassed in these five days. And we have like Anita was saying some, some great speakers that can actually enlight maybe with a little bit more information.

Anita: [00:34:56] It’s called wine dine and travel time and it’s going to be the next one will be June 14th. And then we, depending on, I guess when people watch it, there’ll be once, but go on over to Passion Is Cooking and yeah, you’ll find it over there. So, come and join us.

Dr. Richard Harris: [00:35:10] Awesome. Well, thank you so much for coming on the show and adding a lot of value and talking about something.

That’s one of my passions and something that every time I step into kitchen reminds me of the good times with my grandparents and my cousins. And people that I thought were cousins that weren’t really cousins and people I thought weren’t family that were actually family. You know, we all have some of that going on when we’re young, but thank you guys.

Thank you, Anita  nd Dario for coming on the show. To all my listeners, thank you for listening to the Strive for Great Health Podcast. Have a blessed day.

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