In these times of immediate communication, global interconnectedness, abundance of facts rather than ending ways to remain in touch and keep learning, it appears like technology and knowledge are being created at a faster pace daily. But the present collective wisdom of older cultures health principles for our own bodies tend to be shunned and considered obsolete, especially by the American Continent, by taking a look at the alarming obesity levels and weight related diseases that lacerate today’s hyper connected society. It might be smart to pause, look back and around us, to inspect the global statistical data and the largest lab, earth itself, which houses different nutritional elements which have been tested for centuries, showing remarkable results.
Around The world
Some of these practices might appear unsophisticated, or contradictory to our eating dogmas, but they’re encouraged by decades and decades of evidence within the generations which have lived with them, let us take a look at a few of the most effective supplements practices from around the world and how they may be very helpful for us, if we only pause and watch.
Compared to the western world: lower obesity levels, low heart disease related death rate, low cancer related death rate, low rate of melancholy related health issues.
Main dietary differences to the western world: Fish is their principal source of animal protein, it’s included in a vast majority of dishes, it promotes heart health when compared to red meat, Soy is consumed regularly, tofu is a popular form, and it’s thought to be associated with the reduced cancer related death rate in Japan, besides reporting a substantial drop in the incidence of menopause related disagreeable symptoms. It’s not uncommon to eat leafy vegetables and rice, vegetables aren’t overdone, they are mostly cooked lightly by massaging them, simmering and/or higher heat stir frying. They comprise five or more meals in each meal, which boosts ingredient variation and smaller parts, and they frequently prefer fruit desserts, another frequent trend is the usage of warm green tea during meals.
Compared to the western world: Lower obesity levels and lower cancer related death rate.
Main dietary differences to the western world: Rice and Soy are common ingredients in china, frequently accompanied with considerable quantities of steamed vegetables. They are cautious with the amount of food they choose, they are wary of overeating, eating slowly and chewing well is very important to them and having respect for regularity in eating and sleeping schedules. They avoid eating large quantities of raw vegetables, they prefer to cook them gently by steaming and stir frying so as to retain most the natural nutrients. The Chinese prevent having cold beverages during their foods, because according to them, heat is a must for digestion, they mostly prefer warm water or green tea, it’s not uncommon to have a cup of green tea 15 minutes prior to meals. After completing a meal, they frequently require a slow walk to encourage a healthy digestion.
Compared to the western world: Much lower obesity levels when compared to the western world.
Main dietary differences to the western world: Low consumption of meat, high levels of fiber in foods (rice, wheat, etc.), higher intake of seasonal fruits and various kinds of healthful spices (aniseed, cardamon, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, ginger, garlic and chilies), drinking black tea is a daily habit (high in phytochemicals such as phenols and flavonoids) and consuming dairy products (yogurt, curd, milk, butter, ghee, etc.) is part of the frequent diet.
Compared to the western world: The French have considerably lower levels of obesity, lower heart disease related death rate.
Main dietary differences to the western world: The French Focus on quality of food (fresh ingredients, texture, consistency, taste ) rather than large amounts of it, they believe that choosing fresh organic ingredients and avoiding processed guy made foods (for example, low-fat goods, partially hydrogenated, frozen foods, soft drinks) is important, aside from the nutrient related advantages of choosing natural ingredients, using natural fats in foods while keeping tabs the portion sizes, stimulates the production of satiety signals in the brain which last longer hours, even after consuming smaller portions, this prevents the temptation to snack between meals.
They often have more meals accompanied by family and friends, where drinking a glass of wine and having bits of cheese are a frequent thing, it’s viewed as a social event, not something which needs to be done quickly to avoid wasting time. If you eat quickly, you may gain weight, because you wind up eating too much, the brain signals of satiety are usually delayed 20 minutes, which translates to overeating if you’re in a hurry. The French prefer to serve their meals in separate courses and smallish parts, not all in 1 plate like we do in the American continent; in relation to action walking and taking the stairs are a habitual thing for many French.
Compared to the western world: Lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, lower rates of diabetes and cancer.
Main dietary differences to the western world: The Greek eat whole grain breads and eat fresh seafood often, it’s extremely common for the Greek to construct dishes around salads saturated in olive oil, they’re the largest consumers of olive oil on the planet, it comprises monounsaturated fats which might help lower cholesterol, in addition, it comprises the benevolent vitamin E. Eating raw fruits and vegetables is part of the daily life, yet another trait shown by The Greeks is their proclivity to create meals a social event to be shared with family and friends where such as a glass of wine and cheese is a frequent occurrence being the most popular feta. The most common desserts are fresh and dried fruits.
So, in short, by looking at all those various culinary habits from ancient civilizations in the modern era from across the world, it’s interesting to note the similarities that they keep, some of these being: the minimal consumption of red meat, eating soy products, eating plenty of vegetables regularly either raw or lightly cooked, eating high fiber complex carbohydrates (whole grain rice, whole wheat bread, vegetables, etc.) and avoiding refined carbohydrates (industrialized white bread, soft drinks, considerable amounts of candies, considerable quantities of fried snacks, sugar, etc.), using organic, fresh, seasonal foods and ingredients such as olive oil and cheese, such as smaller portions of different dishes in 1 meal, preventing cold soft drinks while eating and replacing them with water, tea or a glass of wine, eating fruits for dessert and eating candies moderately, drinking tea frequently, eating slowly and with company, walking longer.
If close attention is paid to differences in rates and diet of common health problems in various states the modern world can learn much from the older civilizations, A lot could be obtained if we integrate at least some of the time tested best practices that have experienced a remarkable positive effect on millions, I want to stress, the vital component for these best practices to operate, is regularity, integrate them as a custom in your life, not a once in a year event, and by making these changes you’ll be benefited from the wisdom gained through thousands of years and feel better along the way, I challenge you to try it, what do you need to lose? A couple of pounds maybe? Come on!