Working On Wellness
“Hara hachi bu” means “belly 80 percent full” in Japanese. This principle, to stop eating before you become full, is one of the key factors in longevity and health. There has been a good bit of research done world-wide to support it.
50 Secrets of the World’s Longest Living People, by Sally Beare, examines the lifestyles of five populations famous for their long, healthy lives; working, exercising, and actively participating well past age 100. Okinawa, Japan; Symi, Greece; Campodimele, Italy; Hunza, India; and Bama, China. These specific groups have 2 to 3 times the number of people living past age 100 and 70% less chronic disease than the U.S.
Eating sparingly is a common denominator of all five populations. It may be the value in calorie restriction, that it just keeps our body fat down. Always eating until you feel full trains your stomach to expand and require more to feel satisfied. Then you begin to gravitate toward more caloric dense food. This in turn, makes you crave even more food. And don’t even get me started on our processed westernized food vs. the simple foods of these folks!
I wonder what the Okinawans or the Hunzans would think about the all-you-can-eat buffet at the Ponderosa Steakhouse? They’d probably think it was the worst idea… EVER.
Hara hachi bu to you!
Health Enhancement Coordinator