5 Things to Know about Okinawa Diet

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Okinawa diet pyramid
Source: centenarian diet research

Okiwana diet is a weight loss diet plan followed by the people of Okiwana island. The Okiwana diet is not just a weight loss diet plan but is also a diet that helps you to stay healthy and to have a longer life.

1. Okinawan diet rules

Rule
Source: Geoff B

Rule 1: “Hara Hachi Bu”

“Hara Hachi Bu” is a rule that is followed by people on Okinawa island. It instructs people to eat until they are 80% full. Actually, when you eat 100% full you are stuffing yourself with extra calories and end up gaining some more pounds of weight.

Rule 2: Eat healthy foods

A simple rule that is tough to follow especially if you love to eat the junk foods. This rule says to eat healthy foods and mostly green foods. Isn’t it difficult to choose the green foods when you have tasty meat in front of you? But if you want to lose weight then you have to follow this rule.

2. The secret to Longevity

Longevity
Source: Centenarian diet research

Did you know that Okinawan people have the highest life expectancy in the world? Okinawans have greater life expectancy than the rest of Japan and Japan is the country with highest life expectancy. As a result of the rules and the proper diet followed the people of Okinawa island they have the highest life expectancy in the world.

3. The traditional diet plan

Diet plan
Source: Steve Davis

The traditional Okinawan diet consisted of 80 % carbohydrates and they consumed fish minimum of three times a week with seven servings of veggies. They also consumed flavonoid-rich soy. They ate eat Pork, Pork is high in fats when consumed in excess often leads to heart disease. Confused? You heard it right they consumed pork and they loved it. But they cooked and skimmed off the fat and in the end they had a pork with high-protein collagen.

 4. Okinawa diet pyramid

The main principle behind the Okinawan food pyramid is to reduce the amount of calorie intake not the amount of food. It is called Okinawan diet calorie density pyramid. Caloric density is the amount of calories per gram of food.The above pyramid gives a clear picture of Okinawan diet.

5. Okinawan Cuisine

Okinawan Cuisine
Source: ayustety

Okinawan cuisine is the cuisine of the Okinawa island, due to the difference in culture, historical contact between other regions, climate, and vegetables grown in the region the Okinawan cuisine differs from the main Japanese cuisine. The Cuisine is also known as Ryukyuan cuisine.

Ingredients

  • Meat and meat products
    • Pork
    • Beef
    • Goat
    • Fish
  • Fruit
    • Pineapples
    • Papayas
    • Mangoes
    • Passion fruit
    • Guavas
    • Citrus fruit
  • Vegetables
    • Cabbage
    • Goy
    • Yams
    • Seaweed
    • Garlic
    • Onions
    • Tomato
    • Salad leaves
  • Bean products
    • Tofu
  • Grains and grain products
    • White rice
    • Brown rice
    • Seitan

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Asia, Japan, Kyusyu Region, Okinawa Prefecture