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Published On: Tue, Oct 17th, 2017

This 7-day Pioppi diet plan will extend your life by 10 years

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By Victoria Woodhall

From starting each day with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to eating eggs for breakfast, this seven-day Pioppi diet plan will extend your life by 10 years.
Pioppi, in southern Italy, has been dubbed the ‘world’s healthiest village’, with its residents frequently living 10 years longer than elsewhere to 100 years old.
Despite bacon and chocolate being a staple of their diet, its inhabitants’ love of vegetables, oily fish and nuts is thought to prevent them from developing heart disease or type 2 diabetes.
To adapt the diet of Pioppi, which UNESCO has protected as the home of the Mediterranean diet, into that which suits the average western urban-dweller, cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra and former athlete Donal O’Neill have created the below seven-day meal plan.
As well as consuming lots of olive oil for its heart-health benefits, the diet also involves starting each day with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, which is thought to aid acid reflux, lower blood pressure and boost weight loss.
The diet also includes eggs most days, which are a good source of protein for keeping hunger pangs at bay. It also recommends intermittent fasting by limiting your ‘eating window’ to just eight-to-nine hours a day. Red wine is permitted providing it is good quality.
In a piece for Get The Gloss, Dr Aseem and Donal feature an extract from their book ‘The Pioppi Diet: A 21-day Lifestyle Plan’ that explains how to incorporate the life-extending plan into your everyday life.

•Monday
No breakfast: Only coffee with coconut cream
Brunch: Two or three-egg mushroom omelette. Coffee with coconut cream
Afternoon snack: Tinned oysters; full-fat Greek yoghurt with berries; a handful of nuts and cinnamon
Dinner: Picanha steak (a superb Brazilian cut) served with creamed spinach and avocado side salad; two squares of dark chocolate (95 per cent cocoa solids); a cup of Earl Grey tea

•Tuesday
No breakfast: Only coffee with coconut cream
Brunch: Halloumi and fried tomato; vegetable soup made using chicken bone broth; a small portion of oily fish (anchovies, sardines, pilchards); coffee with coconut cream
Dinner: Grilled salmon fillet with vegetables and sauerkraut; two squares of dark chocolate (95 per cent cocoa solids), a cup of Earl Grey tea

•Wednesday
No breakfast: Only coffee with coconut cream
Brunch: Full-fat Greek yoghurt mixed with coconut cream and berries with a handful of nuts, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a pinch of turmeric; coffee with coconut cream
Afternoon snack: Bacon nut-butter sliders – crispy, grilled bacon strips, topped generously with almond butter and a sprinkle of raw cacao
Dinner: Grilled lamb chops with lots of mixed vegetables and a side salad; two squares of dark chocolate (95 per cent cocoa solids), a cup of Earl Grey tea

•Thursday
Breakfast: Two or three eggs any style, with smoked salmon and avocado; coffee with coconut cream
Brunch: Smoothie with kefir and/or coconut milk, berries, a handful of nuts, some avocado; a tablespoon of coconut oil, a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, turmeric and fresh mint
Dinner: Chicken bone broth to start, with one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and salt to taste, followed by fresh pan-fried hake and vegetables; cacaonut bombs (raw cacao, cinnamon, coconut oil, cream and nuts heated, blended and frozen into bite-size pieces); a cup of Earl Grey tea

•Friday
Breakfast: Bacon and two or three eggs, any style, with avocado (optional); coffee with coconut cream
Brunch: Fish soup (made using chicken broth)
Dinner: Low-carb pizza; cacaonut bombs; a cup of Earl Grey tea
Saturday
Breakfast: Nut-butter omelette; berries and full-fat Greek yoghurt; coffee with coconut cream
Brunch: Greek-style salad
Dinner: Roast chicken with sweet potato and mixed vegetables; cacaonut bombs, a cup of Earl Grey tea
Sunday
Breakfast: Smoked salmon with three scrambled eggs on very high-quality sourdough (the only bread I eat, thanks to the fermentation process and taste), avocado and crème fraiche; coffee with coconut cream
Brunch: Smoothie, as before
Dinner: Baked trout with mixed vegetables; berries, nuts and cream
This article was originally published by Get The Gloss and reproduced with their permission.
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