“Food should nourish life. This is the best medicine.” Owkinawan proverb
Six simple rules for healthy eating were developed by The American Cancer Society, The American Heart Association, The American Dietetic Association and the National Institutes for Health.
These unified dietary guidelines include:
- Eat a variety of foods, mainly from plant sources.
- Eat at least five or more servings of vegetables and fruits daily.
- Eat six or more servings of grain-based foods daily.
- Make complex carbohydrates the basis of the diet and limit simple sugars.
- Limit fat intake to 30 percent or less of total calories.
- Limit total salt intake to less than 6 grams per day (approximately 1 and 1/4 tsp).
Research on the Okinawan population indicates that good dietary habits are crucial for maintaining health, a youthful appearance and optimizing healing potential. Okinawan elders meet or exceed the US guidelines for a healthy diet.
A pinch of flaked sea salt goes a long way!