Longevity is very common for Japanese women, namely their average lifespan is the age of 84, and for the past 25 years, they hold this record.
Not only that they live longer from the rest of the women all around the world, they also look younger and manage to delay the inevitable aging process. So, you must wonder what they do to gain all these benefits. In this article we will show you their secret to longevity and beauty.
Naomi Moriyama, a Japanese writer, in the book “Japanese women don’t get old or fat”, reveals the secrets of the Japanese kitchen and remedies which can boost your health and offer you young-looking appearance.
According to Naomi, traditional Japanese cuisine uses foods that prevent aging, weight gain and health issues. Their cuisine is comprised of foods like fish, rice, seaweed, fruits, vegetables, soy, and green tea, thus leading to weight management and aging prevention.
Typical home cooked meals by Japanese people are soup, grilled fish, a bowl of rice, cooked vegetables, fruits and green tea. Fish seems to be their favorite dish as they eat around 10% of all consumed fish in the world, and they are only 2% of the world population.
Naomi states that Japanese children are being taught of the rules of a healthy diet since young age, and they appreciate the food consuming it slowly. They serve their food in small portions, and each food is separately served, and above all people are not allowed to fill up their bowls. Japanese cuisine is really simple where the meals are slowly prepared, steamed or grilled.
Rice is their bread replacement, thus making this fact a huge distinction between their and our eating habits.
For Japanese people breakfast is the most important daily meal consisted of various foods and drinks, such as fish, seaweed, steamed rice, omelet, soup, tofu, young garlic, and green tea.
Their diet is not consisted of many sugary foods, and when served and consumed they are in small portions. Japanese ladies are well aware of the negative effects of the consumption of sweet foods such as ice-cream, cakes and chocolate on the overall health, and because of them they avoid to eat them.
In the end of its book, the author states the essence of physical activity as an important means to longevity and good health:
“Exercise is a part of the daily routine in Japan and in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, they built an entire culture of biking, walking and hiking.”