How do they do it? In The Okinawa Program, Bradley J. Willcox, M.D., D. Craig Willcox, Ph.D., and Makoto Suzuki, M.D. reveal the islanders' age-defying secrets. Of course, there are really no surprises here: a low-fat diet, exercise, stress management, strong social and family ties, and spiritual connectedness--the same things experts have been recommending for years--all play key roles in keeping the Okinawans youthful. But in this fascinating read, which is peppered with inspiring anecdotes about these remarkable people, the authors provide concrete evidence that adopting these healthy habits pays off significantly in terms of tacking more productive years onto our lives.
Based on the authors' 25-year Okinawa Centenarian Study, this extraordinarily well-written book demonstrates that genetics provide only so much protection against disease. Indeed, the authors often remind us that when younger Okinawans pick up Western habits, their rates of obesity, illness, and life expectancy start to match ours as well. Clearly, when it comes to longevity, healthy lifestyle habits will out. That said, the major message of The Okinawa Program is that we can easily adopt the life-lengthening strategies that have served the Okinawans so well for generations. To that end, the authors pack chapters with suggestions for following "The Way," from eating a low-fat, low-calorie diet packed with fiber and complex carbohydrates (cooking up the book's more than 80 recipes is a start) and learning tai chi to finding time to meditate and relax, developing one's spirituality, doing volunteer work, and building a solid network of friends and family. Rounding out the book, the authors pull their key recommendations into a comprehensive yet doable four-week plan that's meant to get you started. Following "The Way" isn't a free shot at immortality, but it certainly helps stack the deck in your favor. --Norine Dworkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This diet would be perfectly suited for those peoples genetically-optimized or near-optimized to this region's native foods. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark Shinnick
It is an excellent book covering the many aspectss of the lifestyle of Okanawans. The food catagories and amounts were easy to follow, and with small adjustments can be followed... Read morePublished 2 months ago by somyo
A must read for anyone who is tired of failing at all the gimmicky fad diets on the market. What the authors point out in this book is how you need to avoid most processed foods,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Courier
I liked this book, even if it wasn't exactly what I was looking for. I really want actual Asian food recipes -- I live close enough to a major metropolitan area that I could... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Celestial Abyss
This is a big fat book (about 450 pages) that you can read in about five or ten minutes. This is because 95 percent of it is simply regurgitation of material you find in every... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Reader