Three pillars of healthy eating are balance, variety, and moderation.
A good diet isn’t that hard to find. Find some recipes that work for you. The cuisines below are from all over the world. Buy some ingredients listed and let us know what country you bought home!
Chad is located in Africa. It is considered one of the healthiest countries diet-wise. The market is a focal point of their society, meaning much of their food is fresh, free from preservatives and any unnecessary saturated fats. One national dish of the country is daraba, a thick stew sided with grains such as doule or millet, combined with the local produced okra, guava, and sweet potatoes (just to name a few). These ingredients are rich in vital nutrients and can be seen as having some similarities to the Paleo Diet.
*Ingredients: okra, tomatoes, sweet potato, eggplant, mixed greens, peanut butter, bouillon, cayenne, salt & pepper to taste*
The traditional Greek diet is one of the most studied. It emphasizes unsaturated fats, legumes, vegetables, fish, and grains. As a result, its nutritional values are very high i n Omega-3, from popular ingredients such as chickpeas, peppers, and sardines. Considering one of the infamous Greek salads or yogurt parfaits will have you feeling healthier in no time.
*Ingredients: Choice of lettuce, tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumber, red onion, olives, feta cheese, olive oil, vinaigrette*
Japan’s cuisines demonstrate the three pillars named above through their diet. Okinawa, an island amongst Japan, the people live to be over 100 years old and their diet plays a large part in this. The diet is rich in fruits and vegetables which are known to have cancer-fighting properties. Their eating practices include yams, green tea, seaweed, soy foods, and shiitake mushrooms. They are all rich in iron, calcium, zinc, and copper. Most of their foods are steamed or quick fried, and at the dining table, many practice the art of Hara Hachi Bu, eating until you are 80% full.
*Ingredients: marinated pork, ramen noodles, salt reduced broth, garlic, pepper, chili flakes, soy sauce, boiled eggs, mushroom, bean sprouts, choice of greens*