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10 Reasons Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat

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10 Reasons Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat

“A good, functional and healthy body is the ultimate fashion statement.” Kiyokazu Washida, fashion critic

Recently I came upon a small, but informative book by Naomi Moriyama entitled, Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat. Intrigued and a bit skeptical, although I follow a very similar style of diet, I found some delicious recipes to add to my daily repertoire of meals and gleaned some useful tidbits of information. Such as, for the past 25 years Japanese women have held the world record for living the longest, 86.4 years. Not just the women, Japanese men have the longest life expectancy among all men in the world’s 192 nations. Much of this distinction is attributed to eating a healthy diet.

In her book Moriyama takes the reader into her mother’s kitchen in Japan and reveals her secrets for living a long and healthy life. Not much you haven’t heard before, and yet taken altogether and practiced over a lifetime the results are impressive. Here’s the Japanese recipe for living to a ripe old age, while staying active and healthy.

1. The ingredients simmering in a Japanese kitchen are a simple variety of foods eaten on a consistent and daily basis:

  • Fish
  • Sea Vegetables
  • Land Vegetables
  • Soy
  • Rice
  • Fruit
  • Green Tea
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Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle based on her 30 years of study, experience and practice. She is the creator of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics, and Broken Bodies Yoga. Delia's credentials include author, artist, natural foods chef, yoga instructor, energy therapist and public speaker. Follow Delia's blogs: and. To view her website go to


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10:33AM PDT on Jul 21, 2014

good to know

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4:21AM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

Interesting for sure. Part of our culture is that we certainly do eat too much and often not the right foods.

3:48AM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

I like fat women.

5:09PM PDT on Jul 2, 2014

very interesting

11:00PM PDT on Jun 25, 2014

Thanks for sharing!Interesting article

10:01PM PDT on Jun 11, 2014

These are interesting points. Easy to read about, harder to do.

4:28AM PDT on Jun 1, 2014

Thanks for this article

10:29PM PDT on May 27, 2014

Title is quite a generalization. Every culture has people who can get fat. Eating white rice is not better than eating bread. The rate of diabetes is higher in Asians than caucasians and I think the white rice is part of the culprit. Otherwise, the principles of the article are good. If you applied them to anyone, moderation, taking time to really enjoy the fresh food, exercise and avoiding lots of sugar are good practices.

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