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The Japanese are famed for their longevity and their diet is often credited as being largely responsible for this. Given my knowledge of Japanese cooking, in September 2015, TheJournal.ie asked me to write a feature piece for their site titled: ‘These five elements of the Japanese diet will make you slimmer and live longer.’

According to statistics published by the OECD in 2014, you are 6 times more likely to be obese if you live in Ireland compared to Japan. After living in Japan for 3 years and experiencing the Japanese way of life I wasn’t surprised to read this.

The traditional Japanese diet called “washoku” is one of the key contributing factors to Japan’s low obesity rate and long life expectancy. After all, Japan has the largest number of centenarians worldwide. While living with a Japanese homestay family for 3 months I was completely immersed into the Japanese way of eating and found myself eating rice, miso soup and leftovers from dinner for my breakfast. I was fascinated by the positive impact this change in diet had on my overall health and dress size (without feeling like I was deprived of anything).

In the Journal.ie piece I shared the 5 elements of the Japanese diet that I believe can help you become healthier, slimmer and most importantly live longer.

Read the full article on thejournal.ie here.

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