Okinawa is off the coast of Japan. It is an island, known as a blue zone. People who live in these zones comparatively rank higher in quality of life, longevity, and overall health. Oftentimes, the people there have good genetics, environment, and lifestyle factors which support their overall health and longevity. Diet is a huge component of health for them, and many others. Learn more about the Okinawa diet, what to expect, and how you can tap into it to help your recovery.
How it Works
The Okinawa diet is based on how people on the Japanese island consume their food. They have a lifestyle which also supports their eating habits. While low in calories and fat, it is higher in carbs. They emphasize healthy eating options of soy, veggies, and smaller portions of other things that are less healthy. Food is treated as medicine in Okinawan culture. It utilizes practices from traditional Chinese medicine and claims use of turmeric and mugwort as part of the reason for diet being so healthy.
What to Eat
Your body in recovery needs lots of healthy food and water to get back on track after getting rid of all those toxins. Essential nutrients and vitamins are critical for the functioning of the body, which come mostly from what you eat. Okinawans do not eat as much rice as you might think. They like lots of sweet potatoes, grains, and vegetables high in fiber. Some sample foods they eat:
- Grains like millet
- Soy foods like edamame
- Meat and seafood
Jasmine tea is part of this diet also, with antioxidant-rich spices like turmeric. On the other hand, eggs, dairy, poultry, meats, processed foods and oils, and nuts and seeds are eaten sparingly if at all. Some foods are not available on the island, so this makes it easier to navigate the challenge of what to eat. You can only eat what’s available to you, so this cuts out some of the foods that might be more unhealthy for you.
The way it boosts recovery is by challenging you to tap into the power of healthy foods and nutrients your body needs. This is your best bet in helping it recover. Plant-based foods are known to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, lower cholesterol, and help keep your heart healthy. Maintaining a healthy balanced diet is the key, rather than focus on one ‘diet plan.’ It is more helpful for your recovery to try out some healthy, plant-based options, then get focused on how to incorporate it into a long-term lifestyle plan. Once you do that, you will start to feel a difference between how you felt before and how you feel eating healthier foods in combination with mindfulness and exercise.
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