Healthy Habits around the World
Each country has its own healthy traditional way of munching; here are some pointers taken from each country teaching us one or two healthy food habits consolidated into universal menu.
Spice Things up (Thailand and Malaysia)
Studies show that cultures that eat the spiciest food have much lower incidence of heart attack and stroke. Potential reasons: Chili peppers can reduce the damaging effects of LDL (bad cholesterol) and capsaicin may fight inflammation, which has been flagged as a risk factor for heart issues.
In Malaysia, turmeric, a spice that conveniently grows wild in the jungle, contains a substance called curcumin, which, according to a Tufts University study, may suppress fat-tissue growth and increase our bodies’ fat-burning capacity.
Stretch Your Legs and Arms (India)
Originated in India, Yoga is one of the ancient forms of body exercise traditionally called as “asana” practiced to rejuvenate mind, body and soul. Primarily focused on reducing physical and mental stress and in fact it can also be a powerful weight loss tool, it is preferably practiced on an empty stomach.
Drink Rooibos Tea (South Africa)
Rooibos(broom like plant widely grown in S.africa) Naturally sweet and even more full-flavored than green tea, Rooibos may prevent overeating by keeping drinkers well hydrated ,and it contains catechins and antioxidant compounds found to help in reducing abdominal fat . Finally, people around the world can catch Rooibos tea at largest beverage chain Starbucks.
Make lunch the biggest meal of the day, not dinner (Europe and Mexico)
According to a survey, as a reason of busy schedule people tend to skip breakfast, eat a light lunch, and save all their serous eating for the nighttime hours. But having a big meal shortly before bedtime doesn’t do any favors, any extra calories we ingest at that hour get stored as fat. Rather than consuming the bulk of your calories in the evening, start the day with a light, sensible breakfast and treat yourself to a hearty lunch, followed by a light dinner, as people do in most Latin and European countries. That way, you’ll maximize your body’s fat-burning potential and wake up hungry.
Stop Eating before you’re Full (Japan)
The Okinawans have perfected a calorie-control system that they call hara hachi bu: it means eating until you’re only 80 percent full. The logic behind this tactic is that habitually eating until you’re extremely full will cause your stomach to stretch and therefore require greater quantities of food to achieve satisfaction. By learning to leave the table at the moment when the first inklings of fullness creep in, you’ll keep your daily calorie consumption at minimum.
Incorporate More Fish into Your Diet (Netherlands)
As a fact, the Dutch consume an average of eighty-five million raw herring per year. Fish contains high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids that enhance brain function, improve cardiovascular health, and reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which has been proven to increase abdominal fat deposits. And because most seafood is low-fat and low-calorie, you can fill up on it without packing on pounds.
Eat Slowly and Enjoy Yourself (France)
French families have a tradition of eating together. Taking time to relish one another’s company over a nutritious, drawn-out meal is good for both the soul and the body: not only will you bond with your loved ones, but you’ll also experience fullness earlier and therefore consume fewer calories. Make dinnertime a family time to look forward to not just something you squeeze in between work and TV time.