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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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2:10PM PDT on Apr 10, 2014

Thank you!

8:44PM PDT on Apr 6, 2014

Little-to-no gluten in their diet no doubt helps.

12:21AM PDT on Apr 4, 2014

gr8!! thnx fr sharing

7:25PM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

I enjoyed the article, thanks

2:53AM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

. " I hope Japan decides to leave McDs by the wayside.".......Mark obviously has never been to Tokyo or any other large Japanese city............Mickey "D's" on every corner.

8:55AM PDT on Mar 18, 2014

It must be the smaller portions and the healthy food, no junk food that does it. I do like fish and a variety of steamed veg, and I don't like too much salt. I need to exercise more though!

1:08PM PDT on Mar 11, 2014

Thank you for this article, I loved it. Makes perfect sense to me, and I would love to follow it. The problem is I'm not that keen on fish and I struggle to eat breakfast as my body doesn't wake up for a while after I'm up in the morning. However, I'm going to try to eat more Japanese style as I'd like to live a very very long time. :-)

10:07AM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

Thank you.

7:32PM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

I would tend to agree with what Karen R. posted regarding the portions on the plate of what is typically a Japanese "meal". Remember that they also use chopsticks which tends to "grab" smaller "bites" and therefore, it takes longer to eat what is on one's plate. There have been scientific studies done that prove that eating slower tends to make one feel "fuller" faster, therefore one doesn't eat as much in the long run.

Last year, if my memory serves me accurately, the oldest KNOWN human was a woman living in a very remote village in the Amazon, and her typical diet was mainly meat, fish and she also smoked a pipe.

7:18PM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

She's still got a way to go. The oldest living person was 122 [French].

[]"Jeanne Calment"
Japan [16] is on the list but US dominates it [49 out of the top 100; none of which were Asian].

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