Do You Eat To Fill Your Belly or to Nourish Your Body?


This question is meant to move you in a healthy new direction; away from chasing the latest style of losing weight, to setting sights on basic principles that will liberate you from further disappointment.

Don’t be offended by the question. If you are, let’s channel that energy toward a new way of thinking.

We have to think differently to behave differently.

You already know that it’s the sum of the little things done daily that add up to a change in your lifestyle.

We’ve learned of the Longevity record of the subset of Okinawan society who make it a habit of avoiding the feeling of belly fullness when having a meal.

They have a word specifically for this behavior. It is part of their culture.

Before each meal the words are spoken, “to eat until you are eighty percent full.”

Anyone and everyone can make small consistent changes with a little effort.
Don’t think or worry about portion control or counting calories. That’s not how they function in these longest living societies. They simply live their lives in a way that their ancestors taught them… one simple meal at a time, one simple rule at a time.

This has been a practice of mine for many years now. For me, it’s a combination of self perception, an appreciation for little things, and the realization of my own mortality.

If you do nothing else but the above, your body will adjust to its natural weight and the concept of diet can be forgotten.

To Your Health and Fitness,


P. S. There are other significant reasons behind the Longevity of this particular society. None have to do with complicated workout routines or nutritional supplements. The reason is the lifestyle.

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Categories: Dieting, Fitness


3 replies

  1. Nice article. I’ve been always trying to have 3-4 small meals a day instead of 1 or 2 big after which I could not move. This way I feel more energetic and never hungry. I also drink full glass of water before each meal which feels my stomach up a bit. I love the rule: “eat until you are eighty percent full.”

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