Hara Hachi Bu

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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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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