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  • What is your opinion on the Okinawa Diet?

    I'm strictly PB but I have been reading about the Okinawa diet for a while just for the sense of interest. I find their lifestyle intriguing. I do not plan on adapting an Okininawa diet but I do find some of our habits are similar. I always keep my workouts short but intense. I almost always eat until I'm 80% full & enjoy my afternoon snack sometimes a morning snack as well. I love my morning coffee. I love extra dark chocolate as well (85% or darker). I have not been sick in almost 2 years, developed a good amount of muscle mass, & I'm at 9% body fat thanks to being primal. I agree w/ Mark as far as taking it easy as often as possible. Anyone else have an interest with the Okininawa habits?
    -Connoisseur Guy

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    I love the eat till 80% full thing. Best thing ever for everyone to implement.

    I don't know too much else about the diet there, but I do know that I'm sick of other people who also don't know much about their diet use it as an argument for vegetarianism. I'm pretty positive it's not that low in animal products. I should learn more about it though. Sources you recommend?

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    • #3
      They lost me at soy.

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      • #4
        This might interest you:

        http://huntgatherlove.com/content/what-about-okinawans

        I don't think that the Okinawa diet is that low in fat and meat either-->http://www.wonder-okinawa.jp/026/e/pork.html Remember, while they consume tofu/soy, they enjoy Pork as well.
        Last edited by Zed; 02-27-2011, 04:08 PM.

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        • #5
          They traditionally eat vegetables, whole grains, fruits, legumes (soy foods) and fish with limited amounts of lean meats.

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          • #6
            May I point out that the Okinawa Diet contains no modern, industrial era processed foods, trans fats, and highly refined flour and sugar?

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            • #7
              The Okinawans used to eat little or no grains, with their carbs coming from tubers. Their diet appears to have been quite different from that of the larger Japanese islands. It might help this discussion if the OP could post some links to the Okinawan diet, otherwise we are all commenting on different things
              Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

              Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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              • #8
                It seems to me that the main factors are the 80% eating habits & the avoidance of trauma. Their physical activity isn't as limit-testing as ours. I'm all for short intense strength building though
                -Connoisseur Guy

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                • #9
                  Several years ago I happened on an Okinawan tourism site that detailed their long history of pork consumption. Despite what my veggie friends claimed (along with the much ballyhooed Okinawan Diet), they prided themselves on their high pork consumption and actually said that to be okinawan was to eat lots of pork.

                  They also went into their long gone tradition of eating horse meat. They did mention that their diet changed somewhat after WWII. They seemed blissfully unaware of the claims being made they theirs was an ideal example of a low@-meat diet.
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                  • #10
                    Yes, pork is prized in Okinawa. They use the whole animal.

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                    • #11
                      they have the longest life expectancies.... why? b/c they eat spam, mmmmm

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                      • #12
                        Well, my wife is from literally the last southern town on the major Japanese island of Kyushu, next stop Okinawa, and a lot of the cuisine and customs are pretty similar. Compared to the standard Japanese diet, Okinawans eat tons of fatty awesome pork, loads of sweet potatoes and other weird root veggies, few wheat products, and lots of veggies. They eat less rice and fewer noodles. It's actually pretty awesome food.
                        If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by tfarny View Post
                          Well, my wife is from literally the last southern town on the major Japanese island of Kyushu, next stop Okinawa, and a lot of the cuisine and customs are pretty similar. Compared to the standard Japanese diet, Okinawans eat tons of fatty awesome pork, loads of sweet potatoes and other weird root veggies, few wheat products, and lots of veggies. They eat less rice and fewer noodles. It's actually pretty awesome food.
                          Perhaps that's what they eat now, but is that what they ate when they were studied and attained an extraordinary life expectancy?

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                          • #14
                            Sounds close to me from everything I've read about their old dietary habits.

                            They also walk A LOT. Exercise is a huge thing there. Nobody drove to visit friends, or to go to the markets. They walked everywhere. Granted everything is probably a lot closer too.

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