|Photo of Lebanese cuisin: Wall Street Journal|
1) Traditional Japanese - 🍴
Their philosophy: Food is medicine (or "Ishoku-dogen").
Practice: Eat simple; foods in season; in small portions. Stop eating when your stomach feels 80% full.
Things to eat/drink: Green tea, fermented soy; and mushrooms (shiitake and maitake); dried seaweed; sushi and rice.
2) South Indian - 🍴
Their philosophy: Plants are our friends.
Practice: Eat small highly flavored, colorful, plant-based food; dry fry or toast whole spices then add them to a dish. (Spices boost health and flavor).
Things to eat/drink: Rice; vegetable/legume curry; split peas with potatoes and turmeric; coconut; dried chilis and spices.
3) Fresh Italian - 🍴
Their philosophy: From garden to table is best.
Practice: Grow your own food; serve it simple with extra virgin olive oil. (EVO fights Alzheimer's.)
Things to eat/drink: Fresh seasonal vegetables; basil; fresh tomato sauce; red pepper flakes, pasta and vegetables drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.
4) Lebanese - 🍴
Their philosophy: Like the Japanese, food is medicine.
Practice: "Maza," which means many shared dishes of great variety; mainly plant-based.
Things to eat/drink: Cabbage, summer squash, or grape leaves stuffed with vegetarian fillings, cooked in garlic or tomato broth. Lentil and rice; Bulgar pilaf with caramelized onions; cherries and walnut salad. Lemon, sumac and pomegranate molasses; pickled vegetables.
5) Vietnamese - 🍴
Their philosophy: Borrowed from the French: Eat less and eat together.
Practice: Steam or slow simmer food. Serve fresh salad greens with cooked food.
Things to eat/drink: Fresh herbs; leafy greens; raw green papaya (called "paw paw"); seafood; rice and condiments. (Raw and green papaya contains high levels of vitamins and minerals, which promotes healing and good digestion.)
The proof is in the 5 international cuisines, healthy can be mouthwatering delicious!
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