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Eating For A Healthier You

Americans have spent nearly $147 billion so far in 2019 to hinder and treat diseases.  We could reduce that amount simply by changing our daily diets and follow the diets practiced by the people of China and Japan. Those results would most likely show lower rates of heart conditions and cancers than Americans are experiencing today.

The traditional Asian diet has been referred to as the healthiest in the world. It is straightforward and satisfying, consisting of rice, noodles, and breads. Additionally, it includes Bok Choy, mushrooms, and alternative fruits and vegetables. The diet also includes beans, seeds, nuts, fish, eggs and poultry, minimal sweets and limited meats. There is not a lot of meat contained in the Asian diet.  Meat, however, is the most vital ingredient within the American diet.  In China, for instance, individuals eat on the average of 4 pounds of meat per year; in Japan, a little bit more than 23 pounds of beef and meat is consumed each year. The average American intakes about 60 pounds of beef, chicken, pork and alternative meats annually.

Asians eat, on average, three to four ounces of soy daily, in the form of tempeh, tofu, defatted soybean flour, and other substances.  Studies have shown these products to be beneficial and healthier.

The Asian diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, and alternative fiber wealthy foods. In China, for instance, individuals get 33 grams of fiber each day. On a given day, the common Okinawan may have 7 servings of vegetables, 2 to 4 servings of fruits, and 7 servings of grains. These fruits and vegetables also are healthy sources of Vitamin C, carotenoids (including beta-carotene), and alternative inhibitor compounds that shields the body from diseases. Most people who eat lots of plant-based foods tend to possess lower rates of chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancers.

People in Japan eat large amounts of fish. Various studies prove that ingesting even small amounts of fish, as little as 3 ounces per week, gives powerful protection. “Fish contains fats that are natural blood thinners and helps prevent heart diseases.  Polyunsaturated fatty acid fatty acids in oily fish, like salmon, mackerel and sardines, will help lower your vital sign and heart rate. Omega-3s also can reduce your risk of heart conditions, lower your risk of stroke, and could shield you from psychological decline in your later years. Otherwise consuming fish will offer your heart protection by providing a decent supply of macromolecule, unlike the saturated fats that you’d get from eating pork or beef.

Have a cup of healthy tea once you have had a meal.  If you eat out at a Chinese Restaurant, order a pot of tea instead of a soft drink. At home, consume some tea once you have had your meal. Asians drink lots of tea, which could be an explanation of their good health.

Don’t overeat. The Okinawans use the phrase: “hara hachi bu”, which means only eating until you are 80% full. Using this principle helps you avoid overeating and taking in unnecessary calories at mealtime. It is also a useful tool for keeping yourself at a normal weight and avoiding the added risk for cancer and heart disease that obesity can cause.

It is imperative that we, as Americans, take the necessary steps to improve our health by watching what we eat.  This includes eating fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis.  I know you are probably saying to yourself that buying fresh fruits and vegetables is very expensive. You are probably saying to yourself, “I can’t afford that, but for your overall health — you CANNOT afford it.  Believe me, I know that shopping for fresh produce can be somewhat on the expensive side, especially if you are paying retail prices.  But thanks to “A Taste of Mocha”, I am going to tell you about some reasonable, fun alternatives.  

Alternatives to paying retial

As we have stated throughout this article, the Asian diet is considered by most to be the healthiest in the world. Over 62% of the Asian population farm for a living, so they are not strangers to growing their own food.  This is a direct reflection on why they are so healthy.  So, if you think logically, the best alternative to buying fresh fruits and vegetables is to grow your own fruits and vegetables.  Not only will this help improve your health tremendously, it can be fun and a bonding experience for the whole family.  

It does not take a “rocket scientist” to know that home grown vegetables not only taste great, but are good for you.  They also cost less than at your local grocery store.  Home gardening is a great opportunity to teach your children more about nature and the world around them. You can start with a plot in the backyard, window boxes or containers, depending on what you want to grow. Don’t worry about making the garden look perfect — this is a learning experience for your children and you. Make sure you invest in tools (garden hoe, shovel, rake) that the children can use safely. Before embarking on a family garden, it would also be wise for everyone involved in the decision making to decide what should be grown in the family garden, so they feel like they have a part in the process.

If you live in an urban area where space me limited, I have included some YouTube videos on this blog to give you some ideas.  There is also other information about gardening in small spaces on Facebook and other sites.

If you can’t plant your own garden for whatever reason, look for fresh fruits and vegetables at your local farmer’s market.  Most cities have a farmer’s market, and some may have several.  Their prices are often much lower than retail. If you have problems finding a local farmer’s market, I’ve included a guide that you can refer to.

Eating is a fundamental part of life.  eating allows your body to get the proper nutrients that are needed to survive.  your health is your most valuable asset and you should protect it all cost.  Whether you pay retail, shop at you local farmer’s market or grow your own fruits and vegetables, you should incorporate a traditional Asian diet into your life.

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