Friday, November 27, 2020

What I'm Reading: The Okinawa Program

I finished Your Survival Instinct is Killing You the other day so it is time to pick up a new book. I have decided to re-read The Okinawa Program. It is a book I read almost two decades ago while I still lived in Okinawa. The Okinawa Program is a book that presents the results of a 25 year study conducted by a Ryukyu University professor conducted in to the longevity of Okinawans. With this English language book revealing the results of that story, Dr. Suzuki collaborates with twin Drs. Bradley and Craig Wilcox. The foreward is by Dr. Andrew Weil.

Since I have read this before I pretty much know what is in it but I hope to take it slow so and take detailed notes so that I can start to weave a story that ties together this book, The China Study by Colin Campbell, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell Esselstyn, How Not To Die by Dr. Greger, etc. from all of the doctors I have met since switching to a whole food, plant based lifestyle in 2014. I hope to take the eCornell Plant Based Certificate program so that I get a really good grounding in the science of a whole food, plant-based lifestyle.

I have not yet Dr. Ornish but that is on my list to read since I think that my thinking is closer to Dr. Ornish than it is to the other if only because it includes stress management which I find to be invaluable personally. As far as I have read and understood, managing stress maybe the ultimate key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. That really is what Your Survival Instincts Are Killing You was saying in the end, that we the stress we feel engages our survival instinct that forms maladaptive habits like overeating. Whether it is yoga (my choice) or other ways, managing stress is a critical element in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

I am pretty sure that The Okinawa Program will probably touch no this lack of stress in the Okinawan cultural context - island time as we used to say. But I'll let you know.

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