Embracing a Japanese-Centered Diet

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The Japanese tend to have the highest life expectancy in the world and this is attributed to their diet. With their consumption habits being rated as one of the healthiest in the world, eating like the Japanese is becoming a new diet fad and embracing their diet is an absolute must when traveling to Japan. With that in mind, this begs the question, what exactly does a Japanese diet consist of?

Eating A Lot Of Fish

The average Japanese person eats around a 1/2 pound of fish each day. Although this sounds like a lot, it is important to remember that red meat simply isn't as popular in Japan and fish is used as a substitute.

Red meat has much higher levels of saturated fats than fish. Eating high levels of saturated fats increases cholesterol and the risk of heart disease, so it's no wonder that switching to fish will leave you healthier. Replacing your red meat consumption with fish is the first step to eating like the Japanese.

Hara Hachi Bun Me

Hara hachi bun me is an old Confucian principle taught that translates to "eat until you are eight parts full." This is something that is widely integrated in the Japanese diet. When comparing portion size between American diets and Japanese diets, you will find that Japanese meals are much smaller. Smaller portion sizes lead to fewer calories consumed and ultimately less weight gain. If you are trying to eat like the Japanese, it is important that you scrap the word "supersize" from your vocabulary.

Eating Rice

The Japanese are renowned for their high consumption of rice. In fact, it's nearly impossible to find a Japanese meal that doesn't offer rice on the side. But what makes rice so healthy to eat?

The most important health factor regarding rice is that it is high in carbs and protein and low in fat. Being low in fat means that it is low in calories while still giving you the energy you need to get through your day. Rice is a tasty part of any meal that will fill you up without raising your blood pressure.

Drinking Green Tea

The Japanese diet is not only about what you are eating, but also what you are drinking. While the westerners of the world are drinking their large soft drinks, the Japanese are consuming cups of warm green tea.

Green tea provides an amazing amount of benefits for something that is tasty and easy to prepare. Not only are there zero calories in a cup of green tea, this tea is actually known to speed up your metabolism, causing you to burn calories. Green tea is also known to strengthen your immune system and regulate blood pressure. The best part is that all you need is hot water and a tea bag to make it! Knowing the benefits of green tea and how often the Japanese consume it, it's easy to see why they live for so long!

Taking Advantage Of Nature

The Japanese are known for being nature-friendly. This isn't only because of their beautiful gardens and forests though. The Japanese take advantage of the wonderful both the tasty nature of produce and the oils that mother nature bestowed upon us.

Eating plenty of fresh plants not only provides you with vitamins, minerals, and oils that cannot be found in other foods. Taking a multivitamin does not compare to the wonderful benefits of eating fresh produce.

Some of the plants consumed by the Japanese also contain other healthy topical oils, such as myrrh oil. These oils are fantastic for you skin, so eating plants not only provides you with a healthy diet but also access to these oils! It's killing two birds with one stone!

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