DON’T FILL UP ON FOOD
Ronald Stram, M.D., founder of the Center for Integrative Health and Healing in Albany, N.Y., has made quite a study of centenarians—those people who have lived to be 100 and older— who are still in relatively good health.
One key to their success? They know when to put down the fork. “The people in Okinawa [Japan] practice something called ‘hara hachi bu,’ which means that they stop eating before they get full,” Stram explains. “Eating this way, they are naturally controlling their calorie intake, which has all sorts of health benefits.” But there’s more to it than simple weight control. “Traditional Chinese Medicine recommends that you never eat more than 80% of your capacity so you don’t overburden your organs of digestion, assimilation and elimination.