America does not have the title for the most obese people in the world anymore. Mexico has actually taken that title from us. However, as a country we are still obese, especially in comparison to majority of the world. So what is the rest of the world doing to stay slim and healthy that we aren’t? We have the answer for you by looking at the top healthy eating habits from around the world.
- Lessons from Japan: In the Japanese culture, presentation is everything. One healthy habit to steal from the Japanese is to prepare small portions of food making them look beautiful. The Japanese make their plates look appealing by using bright produce and unique shapes and cuts. This allows more senses to be satisfied during the meal, which in turn makes the body more satisfied.
- Lessons from China: Majority of the Asian countries, including China, rely on chopsticks to eat their meals. While many native Asians can eat quickly with their chopsticks, the two sticks will prevent you from shoveling down food. For most Americans, chopsticks will help you to slow down between bites and to take smaller bites. This could help your brain to realize you are full at the right time, which will help you avoid overeating.
- Lessons from France: The French tend to focus on eating for pleasure rather than health. However, even though they indulge, they still have lower rates of obesity and heart disease. It could be due to the fact that the French eat small portions of calorie-rich food that satisfies their palate instead of large portions of “diet” food that does not satisfy the tongue. Even though their food choices may be higher in calories, they eat far fewer calories than Americans do overall through their smaller portions.
- Lessons from India: Indian cooking is all about the spices. Indian foods usually contain a lot of turmeric, ginger, and red pepper, which are known to help lower cholesterol. You don’t have to spice up your food as much as the Indian people do, but a little spice could help you eat less and enjoy your food more than meals seasoned with salt.
- Lessons from Greece: The Mediterranean diet keeps popping up in the news as being the diet to prompt heart benefits. Those that live in Greece are used to a diet that is high in wild caught fish, vegetables, and olive oil. They do not have heavy carb dishes regularly.
- Lessons from Sweden: One tip to take from the Scandinavian diet is to switch out your regular bread for rye bread. Rye has more fiber than whole wheat bread and can keep individuals fuller longer.
Thankfully you do not have to travel the world to get healthier. Instead, try to adapt each country’s top health tips as your own when changing your diet for the better. It should be noted that the healthiest countries rely more on fresh foods to eat and are generally more active (especially since gas prices are quite high in some countries).
Remember to always consult your chiropractor or physician before taking any health advice.
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