Okinawan Diet: How Much Sweet Potatoes Do Okinawans Really Eat? (Part 2)

As part of a series exploring the Okinawan diet, I’m going to answer a few questions a reader sent me.

Hi, my friend showed me this article it was very pleasing to read!

About the Okinawan diet, I’m Japanese, but never been to Okinawa planning to go next year, do the Okinawans really eat 70% of their diet as sweet potatoes? All the information on the Okinawan diet online says that, which would mean they eat it every meal, instead of rice?

Just curious, how much fish do they eat (daily or weekly)? And do they eat other sources of protein?

I had read plenty about the Okinawan diet before moving to the island & had my idea of what the Okinawan diet looked like.

Some things came as a surprise (they actually don’t eat as many sweet potatoes as people think, I’ll...

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what the biggest city in the world taught me

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I went there to put my boys on a plane that would fly to the states. They’re spending the summer with grandparents, aunts, uncles & cousins.

After I put my boys on the plane, I was alone.

I had a day until my flight back to Okinawa, so I wandered the streets of Tokyo, stopping at the Tokyo National Art Center where I toured the Renoir collection.

As I looked at the Renoirs, particularly the nudes, I was struck by the beauty of the females he depicted.

These women look nothing like what you’d find in most modern magazines or ads. They are soft, feminine, yet far from being weak, these women evoke strength & beauty.

Going through the exhibit, it was odd standing there among these petite–in an almost bird-like way–Japanese...

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the Okinawan diet series: the bento (part 1)

(Can’t believe it’s been nearly a year since this post!)

There are many things that living in Okinawa has taught me, but the one I want to focus on in the next couple of posts is…food!

One of the first things you notice when you come to this island & interact with the locals is that they are typically petite. Very petite. As in really small.

What I mean is–they are the skinniest, tiniest people I have ever seen.


A blend of cultures


You’ll find that many people here share both ethnic backgrounds. So while there are many people who clearly “look” Japanese, there are also others who look more Polynesian, South Asian or Philipino with darker skin & varying shades of brown/auburn hair (rather than black).

There is also a small Filipino population on the island, as...

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