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Interview with Anita Šupe

September 23rd, 2016

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KL: Anita, maybe we should start with explaing to our readers how the collaboration with Solaris began and tell something about the creation of interesting lectures and workshops.

: During last winter, I spoke to the director Katarina Lilić who suggested that during Soliva days in October which promote olives and olive oil, and thus the Mediterranean diet, this year we present the Paleo diet. I liked the idea, because the original Mediterranean diet is very similar to the model of diet we now promote as Paleo. It is a diet that is based on authentic ingredients in their complete form, a healthy diet rich in natural fats which we adjust to the climate in which we live in, as well as the season. Also I liked Katarina as a person of positive energy, which I think is extremely important in all relationships including business. And last but not the least, I like Solaris very much and I enjoy to observe how their offer develops so that it can satisfy even the most demanding guests.

 

KL: We are witnessing the diet trends, until yesterday, fats were a major threat to health, and this was followed by the big food industry that introduced light products and that have seriously recommended them as a healthy choice. Today we have a growing presence of exactly the opposite recommendation that healthy fats are just what you need to maintain vitality and health. Do we go from one extreme to another?

:The extremes are rarely good. What I’m trying to do with my work is to break the myths and prejudices, and to inform, educate and motivate, to help people to independently and responsibly make better food choices.

Natural fats of animal origin are not and have never been dangerous to our health, but have always constituted an important part of the human diet. They are the building material for the body, essential for normal growth and development of children and for the functioning of the human organism. The latest studies do not find any scientific evidence on the harmful effects of saturated animal fats and cholesterol, and suggest that the theory of the damaging effects of fat and cholesterol, is in fact an unfounded myth stemmed from poorly conducted research and above all commercial interests.

So there is no reason to disown natural healthy fats that give us the vitamins soluble in fats, energy and long-lasting satiety. But that does not mean that we should eat only fat or exaggerate in them, it’s all about returning to our natural diet and using traditional fats such as butter, olive oil, lard, bacon, eggs and the like without fear.

 

KL: From 15th to 31st of October every Saturday you will be hosting one out of three lectures and workshops together with three very interesting guests. At the first workshop called Family Paleo your guest is dr. Ana Vučetić Balažin. How did the collaboration with dr. Vučetić Balažin start? As we know you’re preparing a new book co-authored with the doctor.

: I met Ana a few years ago, we merged our similar interests to healthy eating. Ana discovered she had celiac disease as an adult, that inspired her to explore – on the way of changing her diet she discovered that the Paleo diet is a much healthier alternative to the classic gluten-free diet which is also based on processed food as the standard diet, only gluten-free. As a pediatrician, as well as the mother of a small boy she has a special interest in child nutrition. Ana has been running a popular blog Paleo hedonism for several years now where she shares valuable information, experiences and tasty recipes. The two of us are preparing to write a new book about healthy prehistoric diet for kids and adults, which will be the starting point to raising a healthy family, adults and children, and then we continue to develop different diet models that will teach readers how to adapt these models to their individual needs and health. The book will in addition to theory and recipes contain a practical guide for the food purchase and preparation. Ana, also, as a pediatrician gives special attention to the recommendations for child nutrition and baby food supplements. All this will be the theme of our joint lectures and workshops on october 15th.

 

KL: The theme of the second workshop is Sexy Paleo, a provocative topic and an interesting guest: Maja Petrović. Can you introduce Maja to us and bring us closer to the theme you’ve prepared for this lecture.

: I also met Maja a few years ago, she impressed me with her keen insight and a healthy curiosity that led her to explore the connection between nutrition and health. Maja is a “self-made nutritionist”, that shows how someone can be self-educated and very acomplished without formal education and that diploma is not everything. Her specific and funny way of writing stands out in her book Gourmet connection. From this book we learn about all the visible and invisible connections between food, sex appeal and love affairs. It combines educational texts on healthy and unhealthy foods, delicious recipes, interesting stories about ingredients and spices from ancient times, tips for successful love conquests, beautiful and sexy look and good feeling in your own skin. At our lecture we will talk about what diet can do for your appearance, how to lose weight without hunger, how to age slowly, and how women can stay vibrant, attractive and happy in their bodies at any age.

 

KL: The third guest presenting the topic of Health Paleo is Denis Delogu, the author of a very interesting book: In the woods: How I overcame autoimmune disease with the help of Paleo nutrition and functional medicine. It was your agency Tragom that published it. Tell us a little bit about Denis.

: When I met Dennis, he shared his fascinating experience and a very intimate story that flows from the diagnosis of severe autoimmune diseases – multiple sclerosis – to healing. I suggested to write a book about it, knowing how much people need such personal stories and find them useful. Denis did it and so did the book In the forest was written, where he described his time from the diagnosis and the initial shock, which led to the research and self-education, changeshe adopted by improving health and severe withdrawal symptoms that followed. A year after the release of the book, we are constantly receiving feedback, great stories and gratitude from readers, which tells us that the book has achieved its purpose: to motivate and to show that we are not victims of the disease and that changing diet habits and life habits means taking responsability for health into our own hands. At our lecture we will talk about nutrition as prevention and as therapy for various diseases, and Denis will be, as an archaeologist, addressing particularly the evolutionary perspective of the Paleo diet.

 

KL: What are your plans for the future? What new projects are you working on?

:I have been publishing educational literature on diet and health, and this is what I keep doing. There are three new books we are currently preparing: two cookbooks by Croatian authors, who will come to Interliber fair, and there is also the translation of a book from English original about the nutrition and health of children. I plan to publish it in Croatian s well as many more useful titles that will help people live a healthier and a happier life. I think that we are responsible for our health and our lives, and in order to know how and which way to go, we need to learn. Gone are the days of instant solutions. Learning, education, understanding of the processes and changes are leading to good health and a happy and fulfilled life.