Hara Hachi Bu

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Hara hachi bu is the Okinawan cultural habit of eating only until you are 80% full. Researchers believe this dietary habit coupled with the traditional plant-based diet plays a role in the longevity and good health of the Okinawan people.

Stopping at 80% capacity is a good strategy to avoid weight gain without going hungry because the stomach’s stretch receptors take about 20 minutes to tell the body that how full it really is.

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References 
Suzuki M, Wilcox BJ, Wilcox CD.Implications from and for food cultures for cardiovascular disease: longevity.Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2001;10(2):165-71. Sho H.History and characteristics of Okinawan longevity food.Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2001;10(2):159-64. Yamori Y, Miura A, Taira K.Implications from and for food cultures for cardiovascular diseases: Japanese food, particularly Okinawan diets.Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2001;10(2):144-5.

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Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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