Disease and Illness Prevention, Health Flash, Lifestyle and Fitness, Mental Health, Nutrition, Stress Management

Health Flash – Ikigai and hara hachi bu

Okinawans have one of the longest disability-free life expectancies in the world. They age gracefully. Loneliness and depression are rare and the word “retirement” doesn’t exist. They follow the traditional dietary practice of hara hachi bu and they have an ikigai – a reason to get up in the morning and enjoy life.  Advertisements

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Disease and Illness Prevention, Nutrition

Health Lessons from Okinawa

This post is the last in a series of two. Okinawa is Japan’s most southern state and consists of about 160 small islands that stretch for more than 1,000 kilometers. Though it is one of the poorest regions of Japan, Okinawa has the highest percentage of people in the world who live to 100 and beyond. […]

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Disease and Illness Prevention, Nutrition

Hara hachi bu: Less is more

This post is the first in a series of two. Hara hachi bu is a Japanese expression and a traditional custom from the Islands of Okinawa, Japan. It means to eat until 80% full. Saying hara hachi bu before a meal, is a healthy reminder to stop eating just before you feel completely full. Hara hachi bu is smart eating. It […]

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