Just. One. More. Bite. I thought as my forkful of food circled lethargically around my plate as I contemplated how the last morsel could possible fit into my already expanded stomach. And why, with my feet dangling inches from the floor as child at a dinner table with no dog to sneak food to, was I trying to clean my plate when I was stuffed to the brim? This can be summed up in 5 words: “Finish your plate before dessert.” The thought of a treat being so tempting that the second compartment of my stomach was sure to open up, just in the nick of time!
- Plant Based
The traditional Okinawan diet emphasizes:
- whole grains
- Their diet is also rich in soy but the form is what is critical. They eat mainly unprocessed soy products. The ones I suggest: miso and tempeh
- They grow gardens and reap the benefits both from daily exercise, enjoyment, and nutrient dense foods. According to bluezones.com, mugwort, ginger, and turmeric are staples in their gardens. These all have potent medicinal and cleansing properties in our bodies. Ginger and turmeric are the two that I use vigorously throughout the day utilizing both fresh and powdered forms.
The Hara hashi bu Principle:
- Eating in accordance with this principle will prevent us from overloading our bodies and burdening it with food it must digest. It will also help to reduce our sluggish feelings after a meal. More energy to digest = less energy for you.
- Studies show a positive correlation between low caloric diets and longevity. My belief: it is less stress and energy put forth into digesting our food while still providing adequate energy and nutrients needed for that individual. But not so fast, here’s two things to know about calorie restriction:
- It is not so much about calories as it is about nutrient density. You can bet that the individual subsisting on a low-calorie diet of highly processed foods is not going to be the thriving individual we’re talking about here.
- Your caloric needs and amount of food intake are specific to you. My grandfather eats ginormous amounts of food and rarely feels stuffed but you wonder where it goes on his slender, muscular physique. The trick: he’s highly active, eats only high quality, nutrient dense foods and has a very high metabolism. Likewise, someone else needs comparatively less food to thrive. Find what works for you.
- Turn off your tv, computer etc. Anything that will distract you from the experience of eating and from your internal fullness cues.
- Shrink your stomach
- Eat slower.
- Eat on smaller plates