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.
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Bought this from a recommendation from another diet/fitness/lifestyle book. Lots of wonderful info with, more importantly, factual data to back it up. Read morePublished 1 month ago by fotomoto
Excellent book, full of useful information about Okinawans and their diet, and some recipes. I am following it closely, and use it in conjunction with the "Wheat Belly... Read morePublished 2 months ago by N Lim
There is a lot of useful, interesting information in this book about the Okinawan diet and lifestyle which we can all learn from. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Paulina
I hope that we who live in a modern western society can apply the wisdoms from the Okinawa people. They have a lot to teach us.Published 8 months ago by Maria Lindwall
Like most programs or diets. It's only good if you stick to it. The only problem I have with the whole thing is some of the recipes and what they call for. Read morePublished 11 months ago by crazyyankee
I will buy more copies to give as gifts.. Very informative and we should all stay proactive in our own health care to prevent disease..Published 11 months ago by JANONE
Very interesting...informative. Have not yet read it all, but I already passed on a second copy to family members.
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