Eating the Okinawa Way

My dad was stationed both in Okinawa and Hawaii during WW II. Foods he was exposed to from across the world sometimes ended up in our kitchen for us to try. I remember my first taste of avocado and it just melted in my mouth like creamy butter. Eating the Okinawa Way means “eating as if your food was a source of healing power”.

A nine-step approach to health was developed based on a 25-year study of Okinawan dietary habits using the Okinawa Food Pyramid. They include:

  1. Eat ten vegetables and fruits daily (9-17 servings)
  2. Eat ten whole grains daily (7-13 servings)
  3. Eat three calcium foods daily (2-4 servings)
  4. Eat three flavonoid foods daily (2-4 servings of plant compounds in soy & to a lesser extent in tea, onions and apples)
  1. Eat two omega-3  foods daily (1-3 servings of fish & flax)
  2. Drink fresh water and tea daily
  3. Weigh your options carefully (just limit the quantity)
  4. Drink alcohol in moderation or not at all
  5. Consider a nutritional insurance policy with vitamins and minerals

After my Saturday bike, wine and cheese were in order. Biking and sharing a bottle of the Blondes from Icicle Ridge Winery was the special treat!



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