I enjoy Japanese cuisine with its variety of light, fresh and tasty dishes filled with all sorts of healthy ingredients. Did you know that Japanese people have less fat and look younger compared to other people? One of the main reasons is the great cuisine and the healthy ways they approach cooking and dining.
Cook food at home: People in Japan prefer to cook their food at home. They have their grilled fish, miso soup, steamed rice, fresh veggies, and seafood with fruits as desserts. The daily doses of omega-3 fatty acid are readily consumed in these foods, which is why they tend to live longer.
They consume food fresh on season: They choose ingredients that are available in season as the fruits and vegetables are at its best quality. Supermarkets in Japan are full of fresh food that is free of preservatives, which helps to maintain optimal levels of wellness and health, hence less diseases.
They eat a small portion of everything: Rather than have a big meal or big portions, Japanese people go for varieties of food but in small portions, having a bit of everything in their meals. They chew their bites very slowly, which allows their food to be easily digested and, prevents bloating. This ensures they maintain a flat belly.
The food is lightly cooked: The Japanese are very health conscious when it comes to the food. They stay away from excessive oil, heavy cooking or anything unhealthy. They always choose fresh food, lightly cooked like pan grilling, steaming and boiling. They believe that too much cooking destroys a good amount of the food value. I completely agree with the sentiment.
Steamed rice in their meals: Although a lot of you think that eating rice contributes to obesity, I have to correct this wrong information. It is not the rice that makes you gain weight, it is rather the way you cook it. Adding oil, butter or margarine will eventually turn this food into a saturated unhealthy one. Steamed rice is wheat- free and can be easily digested. The way you cook your food plays an important role in your health and calories intake.
Breakfast is their king’s meal: Breakfast is the major and the biggest meal of the day in Japan. It consists of many items such as steamed rice, omelette, fish, and miso soup with tofu. Not to forget the daily green tea. People who have a larger meal at breakfast and smaller dinner tend to be thinner than others.
They exercise daily: Japanese people tend to be active with a daily workout routine. Bicycle riding, walking, and hiking are the main exercises that keep them healthy, which they do outside in the nature. So their lifestyle is naturally active, which prevents having medical problems, osteoporosis or arthritis.
So here was a small example towards healthy eating, healthy living, reducing fat and looking younger. And it is very easy to imitate, you can do the same.
A balanced and healthy diet has always been the best for a healthy body.
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