The best medicine starts with eating the proper foods for well-being, and the Asian diet is a great example of this.
The following list serves up healthier habits, better nutrition, and enhanced immune function – the list has been perfected and practiced for centuries.
1. Limit Cold Drinks with Meals
Americans have a bad habit of drinking a cold glass of water or soda with meals. By changing this habit you’ll develop better digestion of food. You should also limit fluid intake with your meals and by doing so you’ll stop diluting your digestive enzymes which are so important for proper digestion. However, green tea or other hot teas before a meal support enzymatic activity and help enhance your digestive abilities. Also, it’s best to add liquids 30 minutes before or after meals, not during.
2. Soup, Soup, and More Soup
Soup is a nutrient dense food and fills you up quickly. You don’t need much, just a half cup is beneficial. Most Asian soups are made with bones and/or combinations of vegetables so you’re getting lots of vitamins and minerals even with a small portion. Whether it is bone broth soup, vegetable or miso, soups are rich in vitamins and minerals and easily absorbed. Secondly, but equally important is that the warm temperature of soup (like tea) can improve the entire digestive process.
3. Eat a 3:1 Ratio Vegetables to Meat
3:1 means three times the amount of vegetables to the amount of meat. The meat and potato American diet does not make much room for vegetables on the plate. In fact, the favorite American vegetable, potatoes should be replaced with sweet potatoes if you absolutely can’t live without that starch. Better still, consider vegetables with bitter flavors. Give radishes, radicchio and bitter melon a spot on your plate.
4. Rice Combining
Rice combinations like black, brown, red, or even purple rice are nutritionally denser than white or brown alone. Rice is eaten to supplement the meal in Asia, not a main course. Rice has always been a popular carbohydrate, cheap to grow and easy to transport and store. But as a carbohydrate, it is converted into sugar during the digestive process. This means it can cause a dramatic effect in our glycemic index. This is good for fast energy, but bad if you want to avoid blood sugar fluctuations and bad for those who are diabetic or pre-diabetic. Rice combinations are less starchy therefore less sugar conversion and lower in calories.
5. Asian Snacks are Healthier
Take a look at what Asians eat for snacks and compare it with the American chips and cookies and you’ll understand part of the reason Americans are so overweight and Asians are not. Choose seaweed snacks, nuts, dried fruit, and seeds. All are easy to find in nearly every market. These healthy snacks are packed full of micronutrients, vitamins, and minerals and the choices are limitless.
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