You may think of inflammation as something that happens when you sprain your ankle or get a sore throat. However, did you know that low-level inflammation (which you may not feel at all) could be a significant risk factor for heart disease?
Make Hara Hachi Bu a regular check-in at the end of the meal. Everyone at the table can weigh in on what percent full they are. However, be careful not to judge. Anyone who is at 80% isn’t the winner. The point of the exercise is awareness; learning how to sense when we are still hungry, overfull or just right. Becoming conscious of this important cue has benefits to reap each day, each year, each meal. And like the Okinawans who practice this, we may be laying the groundwork for many years of vibrant health.
The DASH diet has the potential for helping millions of people. It is viewed as an ideal eating plan and is promoted by many large health organizations, including the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the Mayo Clinic. The DASH diet has the added bonus of promoting safe and effective weight loss and weight management.