This series of articles titled Eating Like Okinawan Centenarians work off the concepts outlined in the book The Okinawa Program — How the World’s Longest-Lived People Achieve Everlasting Health – And How You Can Too. The book authored by a team of medical and scientific experts documents the diet, exercise and lifestyle practices of the world’s healthiest, long-lived  people and suggests ways in which we can incorporate those practices in our own lives.

Lean Streak will discuss several of these practices one at a time and give practical ways to incorporate them in our daily diet.

The Okinawa Pyramid:

With the evolution of healthful food philosophies, the  United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) food pyramid is fast becoming a relic. There seems to be an overarching consensus that there need to be several servings of fruits and vegetables in the daily diet and that whole grains, which in my opinion are tastier, are the building blocks to good health. In fact, there is an Okinawan proverb which goes —

Aramun jouguu ya duu ganjuu

(One who eats whole food will be strong and healthy.)

Based on 25 years of research, the authors of The Okinawa Program have formulated an Okinawa Food Pyramid to help us by way of guidelines that could help us plan our daily meals. The Okinawa Food Pyramid:

While these guidelines are not commandments, the closer we get to following them, the healthier our food becomes. The guidelines, the authors say, should be re-adjusted and fine-tuned to one’s personal tastes, appetite and activity levels. Re-enforcing the importance of liberal consumption of vegetables fruits and greens, in June 2011, the USDA released MyPlate, which has now replaced MyPyramid as the American government’s primary food symbol.