How do they do it? In The Okinawa Program, Bradley J. Willcox, M.D., D. Craig Willcox, Ph.D., and Makoto Suzuki, M.D. reveal the islanders' age-defying secrets. Of course, there are really no surprises here: a low-fat diet, exercise, stress management, strong social and family ties, and spiritual connectedness--the same things experts have been recommending for years--all play key roles in keeping the Okinawans youthful. But in this fascinating read, which is peppered with inspiring anecdotes about these remarkable people, the authors provide concrete evidence that adopting these healthy habits pays off significantly in terms of tacking more productive years onto our lives.
Based on the authors' 25-year Okinawa Centenarian Study, this extraordinarily well-written book demonstrates that genetics provide only so much protection against disease. Indeed, the authors often remind us that when younger Okinawans pick up Western habits, their rates of obesity, illness, and life expectancy start to match ours as well. Clearly, when it comes to longevity, healthy lifestyle habits will out. That said, the major message of The Okinawa Program is that we can easily adopt the life-lengthening strategies that have served the Okinawans so well for generations. To that end, the authors pack chapters with suggestions for following "The Way," from eating a low-fat, low-calorie diet packed with fiber and complex carbohydrates (cooking up the book's more than 80 recipes is a start) and learning tai chi to finding time to meditate and relax, developing one's spirituality, doing volunteer work, and building a solid network of friends and family. Rounding out the book, the authors pull their key recommendations into a comprehensive yet doable four-week plan that's meant to get you started. Following "The Way" isn't a free shot at immortality, but it certainly helps stack the deck in your favor. --Norine Dworkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A little more extensive than I had imagined, not something I will have on my bedside table for bedtime reading, but chock full of wonderful dietary information and recipes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by julia breedyk
Le livre correspond à la description qui était faite mais la livraison a quand même pris presque 3 semaines de calendrier.Published on Feb. 9 2013 by Bernard Dugas
Good book. I recommend it. But you need something more for it to work. Something else to get you on and stay on such a diet. Read morePublished on May 21 2004
Okinawa was a part of China, before Japan occupied. So, their food basically Chinese food. Therefore, they live longer than Japanese.Published on May 15 2004
The secret of Okinawan longevity, of course, is that
they practice caloric restriction. There is nothing mystical
about their diet other than it being many fewer... Read more
I lived in Okinawa for four years and have studied nutrition and worked as a dietary counselor for fifteen years. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2003 by John Granger
I have often read journalistic accounts of centenarians from different parts of the world - Central Asia, Andes, and other places. Read morePublished on July 21 2003 by Govindan Nair
The Okinawa Program is the leading book on healthy aging in America (What's America Reading? Barnes and Noble, 2002) and was nominated for Best Wellness Book of 2001 by a panel of... Read morePublished on June 14 2003 by An informed reviewer
This is not just a book about diet. It is also about sports, lifestyle, spirituality, attitude, family and community support. The Okinawans do everything we do not. Read morePublished on June 11 2003 by Gaetan Lion