How French and Japanese Women Stay Skinny!

In 2005, two books were published on how French and Japanese women stay skinny! Funny–there were no books about the cultural norm called “the Skinny American Women!” Actually with our SAD (Standard American Diet) culture that would be impossible! Thirty-four percent of American women were obese that year.

So my hairdresser is reading French Women Don’t Get Fat; the secret of eating for pleasure, by Mireille Guiliano.

I considered reading it; I even got if from the library, but then I found the second book, Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat:  Secrets of My Mother’s Tokyo Kitchen, by Naomi Moriyama.

I decided I’d do that American thing and tackle both problems at once so I asked my hairdresser about the French point of view. She told me she picked up tips on buying and eating fresh food. Interestingly, the Japanese book said about the same thing. Buy it fresh! Eat it fresh!

What caught my attention with the Japanese book are the following quotes and my affiliation with Noevir for 25 years where I have met a lot of Japanese and tasted a bit of their culture.

Japan–“the Land of Immortal Women”

Japan–“Where 40-year old women look like they are 20.”

Japan–“Where the women are the world champions on longevity.”

3% of Japanese women are obese.

34% of American women are obese.

I’ve had the honor of visiting Japan twice and Japanese women retain their figures and hide their ages supremely well!

But here’s the biggie–Japanese women enjoy the most years of “healthy life expectancy” of any people group in the world. Where are the Americans? At a dismal #23–and we spend more on health care than anybody else. Something is desperately wrong with this pictures!

So here is the big tip, that every American woman should be taught when she is a little girl!

The Japanese are taught to eat to 80% full!

When have you ever heard an American mom telling her children to leave 20% of their food on their plate? My generation was taught to eat for all the starving children in China, Africa, and India. I’m not sure how that was supposed to help them, but it sure ballooned our figures! You can get quite a discussion going about who your mom thought was starving!–the Africans, Chinese or Indians! Ask your friend.

Well it didn’t really matter–we’re wearing it and have become the “most overfed and undernourished population” in the world!

What to do–

1. Leave 20% of your food on your plate

2. Eat 20% less.

3. Listen to your body–now that’s a thought. When was the last time you listened to your body and turned down a piece of pie or an extra serving of pasta?

Today might be a good day to begin!

Marlee Huber ~ Advocating for your Flourishing Health!

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About Your Flourishing Life

As a child, Marlee Huber loved to ramble through gardens sampling juicy berries and delighting in the heady fragrance of roses. As an adult, she thrills at maintaining a country garden in the foothills of the Washington Cascades. Something happened in 2012 that changed everything for Marlee. She followed the love of her life as he bicycled across the continent from their home in the NW to his brother's home in the Virginia. Ninety days later she came home and has never been the same. After photographing the backroads and hamlets across America--all on auto, she came home and took an online photography course, read dozens of books on technique and vision and stepped out into a new career. Her passion is coaching young people to discover their brilliance. She calls it Life-Themes Coaching and during one nearly half-day session, she unpacks what makes you brilliant and one of a kind. Then she matches the discoveries with a photography session where she tells the story of your life with her camera. In her personal life, she is a wife, mother, and grandmother delighting in her flourishing family!
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7 Responses to How French and Japanese Women Stay Skinny!

  1. Slim Em says:

    I am one of those obese American women. Ugh so sad. Many of my japanese friends also tell me that they do not each for pleasure but they eat for fuel. If you think about it totally makes sense. Great Post!

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts Slim Em! What I am recognizing is that if the only things that I put in my mouth are good for me, then I am eating for fuel and not because of emotions or distractions. The other part I am discovering is that when I eat what is good for me, the cravings go away because all those empty carbs are not good for me so they are off the food plan. Stay tuned, there’s more to come. Great insight! Thanks for subscribing. I’ll go check out your blog next!

  2. Laurie says:

    Great to know… thanks for sharing.

  3. Leaving food is always hard but I have learned that my portions are what helps with that 20%. If I am cutting down my portions, then I don’t have to worry about that extra 20%. I have already completed that step. Japanese women have “themselves and their health” as a priority. We tend not to do that unless something happens where we HAVE to. I think we just have to change our thinking about taking care of the entire YOU. Sure helps that Noevir can help us do that and in all natural ways too!

    • Isn’t it interesting that Japanese women keep “themselves and their health” as a priority while American women so often tell me they don’t have time to take time for themselves? It makes me think that by not prioritizing, we are actually shortening our life span.

  4. wonderful post, very informative. I ponder why the other specialists
    of this sector don’t notice this. You should continue your writing. I’m sure, you have a huge readers’ base already!

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