I include tofu daily because I learned there were apparent health benefits for a very large cultural population. The Okinawan people eat tofu everyday (if they haven’t Americanized their diet.) They are one of the longest living people besides the seventh day Adventists here in the US.
‘I mimic eating habits of the healthiest, trimmest, longest living people in the world’ ~ your author
What are the characteristics in common to those in cultures who live the longest, or why it isn’t just the food you eat…
- If they smoke, it isn’t a lot
- Genes may count
- They eat mostly fruits and vegetables (plant based whole food diet) which in itself reduces calorie intake
- They are physically active
- If they drink alcohol, it is not much
- They make family first, are socially active and friendly
- They eat legumes (soy bean, pinto beans, lentils, green peas, chickpeas) like I do
- They have a positive outlook on life
- Spirituality/religion is important
- They may meditate, live a less stressful life, feel they have a life purpose and have their own philosophy of life
When I buy tofu I try to get organic sprouted. To me, there’s something about it that seems more healthful than the regular. It also tastes better and the texture is different.
‘I recommend a plant based whole food diet, as it seems to work out well for millions of people who are trim, healthy and live the longest’ ~ your author
I know that food isn’t the only factor in longevity, but it is absolutely an essential one of them. But, we don’t want to live longer and be in pain and suffer.
Many retire because of health reasons and spend the last ten to twenty years of their lives in and out of the hospital. That’s no way to live longer. A plant based whole food diet has been proven through research to benefit ones health and increase his lifespan.
You don’t need to worry about your protein…
‘Soy provides a complete source of dietary protein, meaning that, unlike most plant proteins, it contains all the essential amino acids [1 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1480510/]’.
Let’s make common sense our guide in life. If we can use another’s diet and lifestyle as a guideline to health, shouldn’t we do so? A proven track record is something worthy to consider.
Personally, through my own life experience, I have found that the more fruit and vegetables I eat, the healthier I stay, the better I feel and I never have to worry about weight gain.
Source- 1 URL ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1480510/
Website Title Environmental health perspectives
Publication Month June
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Access Year 2019
Article Title The science of soy: what do we really know?
Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.