The Path towards a Long Life: Okinawan Diet

Okinawa is an area of great health and longevity

so…

Why would you want to eat like them?

Okinawan Diet Disease Rates

-They have lower rates of coronary heart disease, colon cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer compared to mainland Japan and America

-Their life expectancy is higher than other countries averaging at 81.2 years

-Hundreds of people are living to and over 100 years old in Okinawa

-It is proven that it is not genetics, it is the Okinawan diet and lifestyle

 

They are happy people.

What do the Okinawans with long life expectancies eat?

 

The staple carb: Beni-imo (Purple Sweet Potato) and sometimes Rice

*Rice is often mistakenly thought to be the staple but it was not for the people of Okinawa until recently

Vegetables: Some examples of the dozens of vegetables are Goya (Bitter Melon), Handama (Japanese Spinach), Ukon (Turmeric), Daikon (Radish), Konbu (a type of seaweed), and more…

Meat: Fish or Pork (mostly Fish)

Tofu: Prepared differently from other tofu made in mainland Japan or China

 

The amount of each food group is broken down into a pyramid:

This pyramid provided by the Okinawa Diet LLC is an easy-to-understand explanation of what kind of foods to eat and how much in moderation they should be eaten:

Vegetables, fruits, tofu, mushrooms, etc. are allowed to be eaten as much as one pleases (while still following the ‘Hara hachi bu’ rule or eating until you are 80% full) whereas cookies, chocolate, nuts, and oil should be rarely consumed, if at all.

Okinawan people believe in a saying ‘shingi gusui‘, meaning ‘infused medicine’:

Food should be thought of as medicine, not a fleeting moment of pleasure filled with sugar and fat. The Okinawan diet consists of mixing a variety of vegetables and seafood in order to obtain a balance of necessary vitamins and minerals. Their healthiness is not obtained in the Chinese traditional way of utilizing herbal dispensaries because just their food is enough. Enough to heal, prevent, and feel good for years and years.

Each vegetable and fruit have a different amount of various minerals and vitamins, tofu is prepared differently, fish and pork are eaten rarely, and low-calorie foods like konnyaku and moyashi are often unknown in other parts of the world. Many of the vegetables and fruit are also unheard of in many countries, making Okinawa an island of almost untouchable health. You cannot walk into a store in the US, England, or Australia and expect to always find Chomeiso or Getto. These foods have barely made their way past Taiwan and China and few other Asian countries.

Our website is to help people living in other countries to start thinking about how to improve and maintain health, lose weight, live longer, and think smarter about what they eat.

 

 

additional sources:

Willcox, D. Craig, et al. “The Okinawan diet: health implications of a low-calorie, nutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich dietary pattern low in glycemic load.” Journal of the American College of Nutrition 28.sup4 (2009): 500S-516S.

Lehman, Shereen. “The Okinawans Live Longer Than Most, Maybe It’s Their Diet?”. Verywell. N.p., 2017. Web. 7 Apr. 2017.

“Okinawa Diet Food Pyramid”. Okinawa-diet.com. N.p., 2017. Web. 7 Apr. 2017.

Caloric Density Pyramid PDF- Okinawa Diet LLC

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