Japanese Cuisine and the Benefits

Japanese Cuisine and the Benefits


Alyce is a PHD Associate and her husband is from Japan. She has had the great opportunity to familiarize herself with Japanese traditions. Japan is an astounding country with a rich history and thriving culture. It should be to no one’s surprise that Japan has one of the highest life expectancies around the world! Japan has long been the central focus among the science and healthcare community to try to decipher the secrets code to Japanese health and longevity. The answer is in a saying that we have heard many times, “you are what you eat.”

Can the key to longevity and optimal health be so simple? For the Japanese, much of their culture and way of thinking stems from the mind-body connection: if something negatively impacts the body, it does so for the mind as well.  Therefore, if the body is fed nutritious healthy meals, in return the mind is positively affected. The opposite case holds true if the body consumes harmful inflammatory processed foods- be ready to witness a major negative impact on our mental/emotional state.

The Japanese diet is much simpler than that of the typical American diet. The variety of foods that we have available in the American diet act like a double edged sword. It’s great to have variety, but sometimes complexity breeds.  Many of the foods that we consume in America are not readily available in Japan. The over saturation and variety we have in the American diet becomes overwhelming. In the end we have too many addictive unhealthy foods and we forget about the healthy choices. The Japanese diet is comprised of fish, large amount of vegetables, teas, healthy desserts, and smaller portions.

Here are some examples of Japanese dishes that are simple, delicious, and PHD Approved:

  • Cauliflower rice with salmon and green onion miso soup.
  • Salmon and Avocado Nori Rolls
  • Japanese Ginger and Cucumber Salad
  • Finish any meal with relaxing Matcha Green Tea

In conclusion, the longevity and health of the Japanese population have been created by two main cultural factors: first, the view that food should benefit and support life, and secondly, the practice of eating clean to encourage mental/emotional balance. If we want to feel, look, and be our best, we have to feed our bodies the best nutrition as well. In the end, our minds will thank us!


Fact: Japanese cuisine includes a lot of fermented foods. Along with fermented soy, pickled foods are a big part of the Japanese diet, which impacts gut health in a healthy way!  


Awareness Challenge this week: Go find a local Japanese restaurant and try some of the healthy options we listed above. 


Tune in next time; we’ll cover where to buy quality, grass-fed proteins!  


In the meantime, if you’d like to know more about constructing a healthy diet to drop weight and live a healthier lifestyle, reach out to us for our professional guidance and support. Give us a call!

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  • Kevin

    Great blog, good content, well written and informative. Thanks for posting. Learn a lot today.

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