We get lots of questions on losing weight. What should I eat? How should I eat? When should I eat? In this story, we’ll be telling you what the practice is in different parts of the world. You’ll be fascinated with what goes on around the world.
For instance, the French think of food as one of the pleasures of life. Meal time is serious business and is an experience to be savored. For them, the most celebrated meal is lunch and they eat very light dinners. By their culture, most of the calories eaten in the day are consumed before 2pm.
They eat starters, usually raw vegetables. Then the main meal still consists of a salad along with some cheese and so on and so forth. They also drink a lot of red wine along with their meals. They eat slowly and lunch is some kind of celebration.
Another interesting fact is that the French do not snack. The occasional sandwich between meals is a rare occurrence. It is no surprise then that that the French have one of the lowest obesity figures in the world.
On the other hand, the Chinese diet is basically vegetarian. Economically, it favored them to be this way. Their meals consist of lots of rice, soy beans, plant foods, small amounts of fish and chicken and even less beef. Cabbage, spinach, broccoli, green and red peppers are also a major part of their meals. The essence of their food is not lost in excessive frying and cooking.
Because of the high vegetable content and low animal food, they have a formidable team of anti oxidant that make them the healthiest people on the planet. In fact, such diseases as cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and heart related problems are not known in some parts of China.
For the Japanese, the key thing is presentation, what we refer to as Aesthetic Appetite. They go to a lot of trouble to lay out the food in style. This tends to make the people take their time to eat. Just lay a beautiful table and a Japanese man is happy.
In the Mediterranean, ie Greece, South Italy, South of France, North Africa, the meals consist of fresh fruits, vegetables, olive oil, fish, little meat, lamb, chicken, and wine. Traditionally, they eat bread with whole grains and some pasta.
They eat less processed variety of food and are generally very energetic people. Their blood sugar is usually moderate because their food is not over processed. The Latin also eat a lot of vegetables, whole grains, tubers, beans, nuts, fish, poultry, and lots of water. They are into a lot of physical activity.
They Americans, at least the health conscious ones, are putting together international best practices. In addition to all the above, they put in a lot of exercise and daily supplements.
So which of these practices are you going to start with. Or do you want to be like the Americans who just take it all. In Africa, we have lots of food to choose from and can make healthy choices. Let’s make wise choices.