Obesity is on the rise, and this can be attributed to the combination of a sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits. Fortunately, we can take a cue from other cultures that have many lessons to teach regarding healthy eating. Here are a few of the best tips from around the world, presented by Caledon elder care professionals.
Focus on Presentation
In Japan, bento boxes are a popular lunch for kids and adults alike. Each bento box contains a small serving of rice, a protein, and vegetables that are often formed into cute shapes. Although sculpting a panda out of a rice ball might be a bit much, you can still focus on filling your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables that will make nutritious meals more interesting.
Spice It Up
In India, spices are used in place of unhealthy fats to add flavor. Not only do the spices add a touch of color and taste, but they also have health benefits. For example, red pepper, ginger, and turmeric can help to lower cholesterol.
Change Your Schedule
Mexico has a unique tradition in which they make lunchtime their biggest meal of the day. Current research indicates that the body may be less resistant to insulin at night, which means that eating a smaller meal at dinner may help to curb weight gain. Additionally, a larger lunch could prevent midday snacking.
Pour a Glass
Italian food is known for being heavy in carbohydrates and fats. However, Italians have one thing right when they indulge in a glass of wine each night. When using this tip, moderation is key. Only one regular serving of wine is necessary to get the beneficial antioxidants that can help to prevent cardiovascular disease.
Chow Down with Chopsticks
Chinese cuisine requires using chopsticks, which can slow down how quickly people eat. Since it takes the body approximately 20 minutes to recognize that it is no longer hungry, this tip can help people eat less.
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