Japanese Diet

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Few weeks ago, I was in my hometown when my Dad handed me a book about Diabetes. In one of those pages, it explained the Japanese style of dieting. They have this plate proportion based on food groups - carbohydrates, protein and vegetables.

In an article presented by WebMD, Naomi Moriyama explained that the Japanese diet is an ipod of food. "You don't have to cook Japanese-style to enjoy the diet's healthy foundations -- just eat more fish, vegetables, and fruit; serve smaller portions; eat mindfully and slowly; and add some healthy options like tofu and rice, she says."

Here are some tips:
1. Eat with your eyes. "The magic of Japan-style eating is a healthier balance of filling, delicious lower-calorie foods, presented with beautiful portion control in pretty little dishes and plates," Moriyama says. This way of dining encourages you to "eat with your eyes" by enjoying the beauty of your food. The result? You'll want to slow down to savor every bite, which means eating less, because it gives your brain time to realize your body is full.

2. Portion power. Food is served on separate small plates and bowls instead of on one big plate. Diners take turns having little tastes of everything, Moriyama says. Serving smaller portions may be one of the best secrets for eating healthfully and losing weight.

3. Soy good. When consumed in moderation, natural soy products like tofu and edamame beans are a great protein alternative to red meat because they have little or no saturated fat, says Moriyama. Japanese meals often include more than one soy-based dish, like miso soup (miso is fermented soy beans) and chunks of tofu.

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Alli

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This is a really great way to eat, and it is similar to many other Asian eating styles. It's interesting how so many diseases like diabetes become more common in populations when the standard Western food diet is introduced into traditional cultures.
 

gosu_smurf

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1. Eat with your eyes. "The magic of Japan-style eating is a healthier balance of filling, delicious lower-calorie foods, presented with beautiful portion control in pretty little dishes and plates," Moriyama says. This way of dining encourages you to "eat with your eyes" by enjoying the beauty of your food. The result? You'll want to slow down to savor every bite, which means eating less, because it gives your brain time to realize your body is full.
Eating with "your eyes" is difficult when u r hungry. The smell and the sight of the food will just further fuel my hunger lol. But I think if u actually slowed down when eating, add some sips of water in between bites, u can feel fuller faster, thus may not tend to eat that much.
 

mika

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Good looking foods makes me want to eat them faster cause it looks delicious. :p
I would rather make myself chew slowly or chew thoroughly the food that would make me consume it slower which is better. I agree on small servings rather than on one big plate since we usually eat all what we have placed in our plate, not to waste any food.
 
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You're right. It is often difficult to control if the food served right in front of you is so delicious and tempted to finish all of them in a second. But if you have a dish served in different smaller cups, beautifully garnished, you rather look at it one by one. Mesmerized with the perfection. I don't know but I got what it meant. It is like you wanted to preserve it rather than eating them one by one. In such a way, you are distracted from the meal itself by the perfection of a dish served right in front of your eyes.
 

Lee11

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I agree. The eastern way of eating, in general, seems and feels to be much healthier than the western way of eating. They seems to have a more balanced relationship with food too. Having grown up on a western diet, later when I started traveling and eating according to the custom of where I was - I really found that The Far East has culinary riches to offer the world. Thank you for this post.
 

karmaman

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I really enjoy eating fruits and vegetables, but I have a hard time adding fish to my diet. I already eat a lot of sardines and tuna, but I don't like any other types of fish. Salmon is good but it is too expensive around here. Occasionally I'll splurge and buy some to make my own sushi with.
 
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Yellow fin tuna is my favorite. We tend to grill it and oftentimes, boiled with tomatoes, ginger, onion added some chinese cabbage available in the market. One way or another, we cooked it just with vinegar, soy, a little bit of salt and pepper.
 

kat74

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I always used to wonder why all the silver wares made from china are always tinny, from the cups to the plates. Now I know the reason, small servings all the time. Good tips and I will practice them since I have some weight around my waist i want to shed.
 

monsterific

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Thanks for sharing this information this will be very handy. I wonder if eating veggies raw is good? My mom likes eating her vegetables raw or blanched. :) My mom is diabetic, with gall stones in her bladder and mayoma. >.<
 

roxanne_101

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You should definitely slow down in eating your food. Your body does need time to digest the food. It also needs time to register to your brain that you're full. Eating faster means that you might overeat and then later realize you are overstuffed.