Japan is one of the top of longevity countries in the world with average age of 81.09 for male, and 87.26 for female. Japanese women have youthful appearance forever. What is the factors for this fact?

Based on the information collected from women’s magazines which sold in Japan and information from internet, we were able to summarize them into seven rules. We are going to introduce the eating habits of Japanese women in this article.

1. Incorporate fermented foods naturally in their life

Fermented food is indispensable food for Japanese. Miso, soy sauce, pickles, natto, sake, etc... For those who cook their own meals, they will eat all these fermented food in every meal. However the consumption is not only limited to eating. SK-Ⅱ which also known as a high-end cosmetic brand contains 90% nutrient of one of the Japanese sake making yeast! So, Japanese are actually absorb the fermented liquid through skin as well!

Since fermented food has the feature to improve the condition of the intestines, so it will greatly affects the beauty of the skin. The beauty of the skin is the determinant of impression of beauty. This seems to be one of the reasonable habit which leads to longevity.

2. Do not consume too much sugar

In Japan, is the Japanese does not has the habit of eating dessert after each meal, instead they will only take some sweet dessert together with coffee in afternoon. Therefore it might be one of the factors which lead to longevity.

Glycosylation is one of the cause of aging. Extra carbohydrate which ingested from meals, etc. will combine with proteins in the body, and deteriorate the body cell. As this progresses, wrinkles, dullness, and skin spots will appear on the skin.

3. Eating habits that concern on calories consumption

Even though for those Japanese who are not on a diet, they will check the calories when selecting lunch boxes, sweet buns, and desserts. There are also many people who are surprised when they see the calorie of the item, ended up they give up and select other items. Recently 0 kilo calories and sugar free alcoholic beverages are also released on the market. Highball(whisky soda) with relatively low calorie is popular recently.

4. Japanese care about the order of eating

Also the hot topic of discussion in television and magazines etc. for the past few years, it is said that one can prevent lifestyle diseases and improve lifestyle quality simply just by changing the order of eating. Even models and talent are practice this method recently. For those who thinking that, “I want to eat delicious food but I do not want to get fat”, it would be a good idea for you to keep in mind for the eating orders in your daily life.

Four basic rules of "Eating Order"

  • First eat the vegetables
  • Next, eat side dishes of protein
  • Finally eat rice
  • Chew well and eat slowly

5. Go on diet just by drinking water before meals?

If you drink a cup of water before meal your appetite will be suppressed. It is expected that it will give the feeling of fullness to your stomach. It is ideal to ingest water about 30 minutes before meal. However, when we ingest a lot of water before or during our meals, our body will become harder to get slim due to the dilution of gastric acid and digestive enzymes.

6. Eat with only 80% fullness

There is a phrase of “you can avoid to see doctor if you always eat with 80% fullness”. Therefore it is healthy if you do not eat until yourself full of 100%, instead just keep your stomach’s fullness at 80%. If you eat until full stomach every time it will cause a burden on the digestive system. Also, you can expect skin beauty and hair beauty with 80% stomach fullness. With the stomach fullness of 80% the excessive active oxygen could be suppressed and the rate of aging could be slowed down.

It is advisable for one to chew well in order to prevent eating until full stomach. Since the satiety center of the brain is stimulated, you can feel a feeling of fullness even you just consume a small amount of food. Consumption of vegetables and mushrooms are recommended for this method since they are chewy enough.

7. Do not use cars as main commuting vehicle

In Japan there are many train commuters. Therefore naturally the time to walk is increase, and that becomes one of their exercise. According to the research team at Harvard University, age expectancy is 7 years longer with 2.5 hours walking in a week, while 2 years longer with 75 minutes walking in a week.

To live beautifully and healthy, the balance of the meal is the basic to achieve it. It is important to consume the principal food, the main dishes and side dishes with good balance in each meal.