Healthy Habit #10: Eat like an Okinawan.

The lively people from the islands of Ryukyu in Japan are among the longest living people on earth. Okinawa (the largest of the islands) has more centenarians than any other community. Whats their secret? Okinawans eat a diet low in sugar, salt and fat, and eat foods that are naturally nutrient dense, such as sweet potatoes, fermented soy, bitter melon, shiitake mushrooms, burdock, jasmine tea, seaweed, and different herbs and spices like fennel and turmeric. Aside from this, they practise hara hachi bu, which translates to “Eat until you are eight parts (out of ten) full". This has far reaching benefits for health, vitality and longevity, quite opposite to our over-consuming culture of the West; which is so closely related to digestive disorders, heart disease, obesity and cancer. Try eating until you're 80% full. Add more spices, eat more seaweed, they've got something going on out there. Read more about this incredible culture and its lifestyle here: