Three Japanese Words to Say When You’re Tempted to Overeat

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My daughter was born in Texas but raised in Oklahoma. So it’s a bit surprising to hear her speak Japanese. Actually I think she only knows three words.

  1. Hara
  2. Hachi
  3. Bu

Put the three words together and it has a nice sound. Hara Hachi Bu. Go ahead and say it a couple of times out loud, it kind of roles off your tongue nicely. Translated it means, “eat until you feel about 80% full and then stop.” It’s an eating method used by people on the island of Okinawa, Japan to help them stay slim and trim. Oh and by the way, they just happen to be part of longest living humans on the planet.

It’s amazing how often these three words come up during our mealtime at home. We have fun with it and it helps us keep a healthy waistline.

It can work for you too, if you Hara Hachi Bu.

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Ricky Seiler

Ricky Seiler is a relationship manager for Full Plate Living. Passionate about living a balanced life, Ricky enjoys spending time with his family traveling and digging around in their small organic garden.

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