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The last 25 years Japanese women hold the world record as the longest living on Earth because they live 84 and a half years on average and on top of that it seems as if they never gain weight. So what is the secret of Japanese women?
In her book “Japanese women don’t get old or fat ” Naomi Moriyama leads readers into the world of her mother’s kitchen in Japan and reveals the answers for long and healthy life. Moriyama states that foods that help in weight loss are just part of everyday Japanese cuisine and they are consumed regularly. Among the top foods for healthy and long life and slim figure are fish, seaweed, fruits, soy, rice, vegetables and green tea.
All these ingredients have anti-aging properties and contribute a great deal to losing weight in healthy way and provide control for healthy weight management.
The Japanese enjoy daily cooked meals where traditional meal consists of grilled fish, bowl of rice, cooked vegetables, soup, green tea and fruits. It is important to point out that the Japanese consume about 10 per cent of all fish in the world, although they make up 2 per cent of the world population.
Moriyama also said that since childhood parents learn their children to eat slowly and to appreciate every bite. The rules that they must adhere to imply that you never should completely fill the bowl or serve huge portions and that each food must be served separately.
Moriyama also states that Japanese cuisine is reasonably easy, the food is prepared slowly and the food is usually cooked, briefly grilled, or cooked by steaming. Instead of bread, the Japanese eat rice during every meal and that is actually one of the main differences between how people eat in the East and the West.
The Japanese breakfast is considered the most important and most meals and it may consist of a number of foods and drinks, but mainly includes green tea, rice cooked by steaming, soup, tofu, young garlic, seaweed, omelet or a piece of fish.
Sweet desserts in Japan are rarely eaten, but when they are on the menu, they are mainly served in small portions. It is not that Japanese women don’t like chocolate, cookies, ice cream and cakes, but they simple realize what negative consequences these dishes have on body and what long-term side effects then can have on your health.
“Exercise is 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,” concludes Moriyama in the book.