We love our elders and we want them to live longer amongst our families. Therefore, we make sure to make them comfortable and provide them what they need as they age gracefully. Check out Seniorsjoy for tips and other advice on how to make them live an enjoyable life. In this post, let’s focus on the elderly diet through the Okinawa diet.
The diet of Okinawa residents is considered one of the main reasons for their longevity. The Okinawa diet, which is basically not a diet but rather a form of nutrition, looks something like this:
- A lot of vegetables and fruits
- Legumes such as soy and beans
- Rice, sweet potatoes or soba noodles (buckwheat) as sources of carbohydrates
- Fresh fish
- Rather low in fat
- little meat
- hardly any sugar and processed food
Another essential feature of the diet is its calorie count, which is said to be around 20% less than in the rest of Japan.
Why does the Okinawa diet help you live longer and lose weight?
The interesting thing about Okinawa residents is not only that they get so old, but also that they stay relatively fit and healthy into old age. Diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, or cancer are less common than in this country, for example. One reason for this is surely the high nutrient content of the food with a rather low-calorie density. When it comes to food, the residents rely on quality rather than quantity. The body is relieved by the lower calorie intake, at the same time high-fiber foods and a large number of nutrients ensure a lasting feeling of satiety.
Highly processed foods that provide many calories but only a few nutrients, as well as large amounts of meat and animal products, are rarely found in the Okinawa diet. At the same time, residents should stop eating when they are around 80% full and gluttony should be frowned upon. All of these aspects contribute to healthy aging – losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight is a completely natural side effect.
What can we learn from the Okinawa diet?
For us, the diet of the Okinawa residents is not necessarily true to the original, but it does not have to be. You can also use the foods available in this country to put together a nutrient-rich, fiber-rich, primarily vegetarian and rather low-fat diet along the lines of the Okinawa diet. For animal products, quality should count over quantity and processed foods should be eaten in the smallest possible quantities.
With calorie reduction, however, you should be careful – even if you want to lose weight. Because reducing the number of calories too much can lead to cravings, cravings, and the yo-yo effect and unbalance the metabolism.
Conclusion: The Okinawa diet is rather a long-term diet
Rather, the Okinawa diet should be seen as a long-term diet rather than a diet. Their principles, in turn, provide a good basis for a generally healthy and balanced diet as well as conscious handling of food, which will surely support healthy aging and weight loss. In addition, exercise, relaxation, inner attitude, and community are aspects that can promote longevity.