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How to Live Longer Like Japanaese
Did you know that the Japanese have the second highest life expectancy in the world? In comparison, India ranks Number 163 according to CIA and Infoplease.
Japan Ranks Number 2 Globally for Their Longevity.The average life expectancy of Japanese is 85 years. Japanese women live up to 88 years on average and Japanese men live up to 81 years on average.
In contrast, the average life expectancy of an Indian is 68 years. Indian women live up to 69 years on average and Indian men live up to 67 years on average.
What is remarkable is that the Japanese live disability-free and relatively healthy up to 75 years. Plus, there are low rates of adult obesity, cancer and heart disease in Japan.
How do the Japanese do it? As a mom, don’t you wish that you can help your children and husband live a longer and healthier life? Read on to find out how!
The Japanese’s Longevity Diet
The Japanese’s high life expectancy can be traced to their longevity diets, of which the Okinawa diet is the most well-known. The Japanese diet is frequently referred to as the iPod of food.
The Japanese concentrate the energy of food into compact and pleasurable sizes. Their dishes are often beautiful and eye-appealing.
Compared with other countries, the Japanese eat fewer calories per day and per bite. Their diet has a low calorie density:
• They eat real rather than processed food.
• Their diet is high in certain carbs (grains like rice, noodles), fish and vegetables…
…and low in saturated fats and sugar.
• They eat less meat and dairy compared to other countries.
• They have smaller desserts.
• They have smaller portions.
To prevent overeating, the Japanese also practise eating in moderation. They stop eating when they feel 80% full (this is known as hara hachi bu).
Unlike fad diets in the West, there is no food demonization or severe food restriction in the Japanese diet.
Lifestyle: The Japanese Stay Healthy and Active Longer
It is also common for Japanese people to walk and cycle and they are less reliant on cars.
There are many community groups and neighborhood associations which organize communal walks, tai chi, yoga, etc. And the Japanese go out more to socialize due to their smaller houses.
Many Japanese also opt to postpone their retirement or have second careers and continue to work after retiring.
Want to find out more about the Japanese’s secrets of longevity and the longevity foods they eat? Check out the following infographic which was created by our friends at JapaneseUp!
Infographic by: JapaneseUp
If you want your family to live a long and healthy life, remember to let them eat real food rather than processed food.
Serve your family more grains (like rice and noodles), fish and vegetables, and less meat and dairy. Look out for foods low in saturated fats and sugar when doing your grocery shopping.
And have smaller desserts and smaller portions during meal times.
Follow the Japanese’s longevity diet and lifestyle habits and you and your family can live a long and healthy life like them too!