The Japanese diet is a perfect example of Greek physician Hippocrates’ 5th-century advice and a major reason for their long lifespans. Their diet is lean and balanced, with staple foods like omega-rich fish, rice, whole grains, tofu, soy, miso, seaweed and vegetables. All these foods are low in saturated fats and sugars and rich in vitamins and minerals that reduce the risk of cancers and heart disease.
Japanese people are much focussed on what they eat, and it’s a common notion amongst others. Their traditional meal includes grilled meat, soups and tea. For them, seasonal fruit and fishes are most important, and they are least interested in dining out. Japanese certainly don’t enjoy junk and high-calorie food.
For Japanese, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. They believe in the concept of having a good breakfast.
In order to promote health and longevity, it is important to drink enough water. It is recommended that the average person drink roughly a half a gallon (2 liters) of water a day.
Japanese people are traditionally fastidious about not overeating. In fact, they have a saying “hara hachi bu,” which roughly translates as “eat until you are 80% full.” Because our bodies do not immediately recognize when we are full, people have a tendency to overeat. To remedy this, eat your meals slowly and take a 15 – 20 minute break in the middle of the meal. This will ensure that you become properly full and avoid overeating.