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