Confused about which diet to follow to tone down and look younger? The Asian diet, or more correctly the Chinese diet, is perfect if you want to have better nutrition and immune function without following an expensive diet like the Atkins.
Healthy Asian Diet:
According to Sun Simiao, the Chinese physician of the sixth century, one wastes the skill of a great physician if he/she does not first consider the food he/she eats. What you eat is important; it determines the way your body works.
1. Have A Lot Of Soup:
Soup is nutritious and filling. No wonder the typical Asian diet (and the cuisine) consists of a number of delicious and healthy soups. Using broth made from bones with vegetables makes the soups rich in minerals and vitamins. The warmth of the soup also enhances the digestion process.
2. Have Vegetables And Meat In 3:1 Ratio:
What is very wrong with our diet is that we either eat too much meat or too little vegetables. This skewed ratio makes our digestive system slow. Having a serving of potatoes does not nearly fill the vegetable quota of the Asian diet plan. Replace those French fries or potato mash with baked or roasted sweet potatoes. Carrots, beans and beets are also really nutritious. If you can, try adding bitter vegetables like radicchio, radishes and bitter melon with meat.
3. Have Rice In Combination:
Rice is not eaten as the main course, but as a supplement in an Asian meal. Combine brown, black, red or purple rice, which are more nutritious than white rice. Eat unpolished rice as it has more Vitamin B than the pristine white polished rice grains. The latter is converted to sugar during digestion, which can create havoc in the glycemic index. Eating it in combination will mitigate this effect. Pre-diabetics and diabetics should avoid it, though.
4. Have Seafood More Often:
Seafood is a much healthier protein alternative to red meat. The Asian diet involves daily consumption of fish. Fishes have healthy oils that help in combating cholesterol. Throughout history, fish has been eaten in every part of the world. Today only Asian diets have a place for this meat while the rest of the world has switched their preferences to unhealthy proteins.
5. Optimize Food With The Change In Seasons:
Seasonal fruits like apple, grapes etc and vegetables are best because they are packed full of flavor and moderate your digestive system’s temperatures as well. Cooling foods and drinks should be had during summer. Celery, melons, cold salads should be part of the summer diet. A cooling drink of aloe and cucumber is refreshing on a hot summer day. In winter, eat foods like meat stews and soups which release heat slowly and over a long period of time.
6. Limit Desserts:
The Western culture is besotted with desserts and having a dessert- light or heavy- after dinner is almost a custom. In the Asian diet plan, you do not eat sugary cookies, fatty ice creams or cakes. Try to reduce dessert nights to 3 to 4 nights a week. If you have to make dessert every night, dice up some fruits. Fruit salad is a legitimate dessert and not unhealthy like a scoop of ice-cream.
7. Stop Counting Calories:
Calorie counting is a hobby among most Westerners. True, this keeps you from eating a lot of junk food; it also concentrates more on not eating too much fat but eating a lot of healthy food. For instance, the Diet Coke has one calorie and an avocado has 340 calories. Yet the avocado is also loaded with monounsaturated fats and omega 6 fatty acids, which enhance your metabolism and fight cholesterol.
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