The first four chap­ters of the tome dis­cuss the his­tory and sci­ence of food; find­ing the ‘new nor­mal’ of proac­tively choos­ing a per­ma­nently pos­i­tive healthspan-cen­tered life­style trans­for­ma­tion over in­dul­gent, un­healthy food habits; and im­ple­ment­ing the ‘less is more’ strat­egy for longevity and healthspan with ac­cess to the right foods, while min­imis­ing the use of adul­ter­ants such as sugar, flour, salt and oil. For in­stance, some of the prin­ci­ples in­tro­duced in the 10 Healthspan Habits in­clude stay­ing away from diet dog­mas, eat­ing right, eat­ing less, stay­ing ac­tive and sup­ple­ment­ing only as needed.

“The traditiona­l Ok­i­nawan diet is almost en­tirely whole-food and plant-based. Nu­tri­tion­ally, this diet is low in calo­ries and fat, es­pe­cially sat­u­rated fat, and high in phy­tonu­tri­ents and fi­bre,” say Hever and Cro­nise. I’ll ad­mit – I couldn’t wait to try out their recipes,

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