Healthy Diet Secrets Including the Georgian Diet

International Diet Secrets

International Obesity Rates:

Although there are diet weight loss secrets and diet foods in several countries, the international obesity rates are rising. Over 400 million adults around the world are obese and 1.6 billion are overweight, states the World Health Organization (WHO). There are also 155 million children worldwide that have obesity issues, reports the International Obesity TaskForce (IASO). Out of the 155 million overweight children, 30-45 million children are obese.

Did you know that America has one of the highest International obesity rates in the world? So how do other countries with low obesity rates stay slim and healthy? What are some of the international weight loss secrets and diet foods of healthy countries? Why do these countries not have an obesity problem?


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Weight Loss and Healthy Diet Lifestyles

Have you ever wondered about the “diet” secrets and diet foods of those who are healthy, fit, and slim? What do they eat, what is their lifestyle, and what are their secrets to longevity. As well, why don't these countries have an obesity problem? As we all know, obesity and being overweight is Intercontinental problem. However, there are countries with low obesity rates. Here are some of the top International diet secrets of certain countries and nationalities.

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The French Paradox

French men and women are remarkably slim and have an amazing healthy glow. But their diet overflows with cream filled pastries, rich cream sauces, and quality wines and cheeses. Why are they not overweight? This is what is called the French Paradox. So what are their secrets of beauty and the diet foods they eat? What are their weight loss diet secrets?

  • A "green" living diet
  • Eating is a leisurely experience
  • Fresh foods are a way of living green
  • There are three meals a day and no snacks
  • Meals are quite light and portions are small
  • Wholesome bread or pasta is consumed daily
  • Desserts are a treat and portions are very petite’
  • Olive oil is used instead of oils that are highly saturated


Japan and other Asian Countries

For centuries, men and especially women in Japan have been known for their beauty and slender physique. Many studies agree that Japan citizens live longer and healthier than most everyone else on Earth. With several traditions and cultural beliefs, their diet foods definitely portray longevity and their secrets of beauty are simple yet complex. Here are some of their top weight loss diet secrets and why many do not have obesity problems.

  • They have a “green” lifestyle
  • They savor every morsel eaten
  • A picturesque food presentation
  • Beautiful arrays of controlled portions
  • They eat large portions of vegetables
  • Rice is served with the majority of meals
  • They eat a large variety of natural soy products
  • Desserts are minimal and usually contain fresh fruit
  • Fatty fish is a favorite and meat is rarely consumed
  • Meals are served on separate small plates and bowls
  • There are four or five different vegetables dishes with most meals
  • Green tea is a traditional drink


Georgian Cuisine

The Georgian culture has quite the influx of stories that pertain to health, longevity, and vegetarian lore. In fact many books have been written on the subject of Georgian’s perfect health, secrets of beauty, diet foods, and their ideal weight loss plan and for having some of the longest life spans in the world. Although some experts claim that it is not the Georgian’s but the Abkhasians (formerly Soviet Georgia) that have ideal health. Yet according to WOW, the Georgian’s have a low obesity rate similar to France and are seldom obese. The occurrence of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and high blood pressure among the Georgian’s is very low. Some are their International diet secrets are:

  • Great value is placed on longevity
  • Eggs are limited to 2 or 3 per week
  • They have a “green” living lifestyle
  • Honey is often used instead of sugar
  • Goat cheese is the customary cheese
  • Abista, a cornmeal mash, is a major staple
  • Fat from meat or chicken is not used at all
  • Meats are often cooked in pomegranate juice
  • Nuts are consumed often such as wild chestnuts
  • They believe in being attuned to the rhythms of life
  • Favorite foods are pickled vegetables and lima beans
  • Wild barberry (Barberis vulgaris) is picked seasonally
  • Toasts include sayings like “May you live as long as Moses”
  • A lifestyle of light eating and substantial amounts of physical activity
  • Most vegetables are served pickled , but are also ate raw and cooked
  • Meat is eaten 1-2 times a week; chicken, beef, lamb, and kid (juvenile goat)
  • 1-2 cups of matzoni (fermented milk similar to buttermilk) is consumed daily
  • They have a traditional concept of “old” never took root, the word old was banished
  • A common sauce for lima beans contains onions, green peppers, garlic, coriander, and pomegranate juice
  • Large amounts of seasonal fruit is consumed, mostly pears, grapes, and pomegranates
  • Salt is never used and adzhika (pungent/bitter plants mixed with nuts) is used for spicing
  • Western Georgia cuisine is mostly vegetarian food prepared with walnuts and spiced tarragon, basil, and coriander.



Tarahumara Indians of Northwest Mexico

The Tarahumara Indians or Raramuri, as they call themselves, of Cooper Canyon have extremely impressive low blood sugar levels, minimal diseases, and little to no obesity issues or overweight problems. For centuries they have been known as knowledgeable farmers and amazing runners. The last few decades the Raramuri have been known worldwide for their long distance running abilities. The translation of Rarámuri is "runners".

The Raramuri live in small wood or stone cabins, in caves, and under cliffs. Their environment is peaceful and remote, devoid of modern technology. Their diet foods are basically meatless. The main staple consists of beans and corn (maize). The people also enjoy potatoes, apples, and occasionally freshwater fish, sheep, or goat. A favored meat dish is small game with herbs. More topmost International diet secrets of the Raramuri are:

  • Diet is low in fat and cholesterol
  • They live an extremely “green” lifestyle
  • Herbs are often used and salt is minimal
  • Quiet, considerate, and peaceful people
  • Their food has high nutritional qualities
  • The diet is high in complex carbohydrates
  • Chili peppers are a necessity and in many dishes
  • Running or "foot throwing” has always been a tradition



Greece

Greece and the rural people of Crete have one of the world's lowest rates of disease, obesity and overweight populations. In fact Greek people have been culturally known for their longevity and robust health. Their life is filled with celebrations that overflow with healthy feasts, vigorous dancing, lively music, healthy diet and song.

Greek diet foods are filled with a large array of dark green vegetables, spinach, purslane, dandelions, and fresh fruits such as pears, grapes, figs, and plums. Fresh herbs and spices are a big part of cooking, using mustard, garlic, cumin, oregano, bay leaves, cinnamon, fennel, and cloves. The Greek eat a well-rounded list of whole grains, pasta, beans, and lentils. Olive oil, fresh nuts, and Kalamata olives are used often. The preferred meat is fish; usually cod, tuna, or flounder.

There are many Greek dishes that contain goat or sheep’s milk cheese such as feta. And for desert, a small slice of baklava filled with ground walnuts and honey or yogurt with fresh fruit. Some of Greece's top International diet secrets for staying healthy and slim are:

  • Laughter is essential
  • Dining is never rushed
  • Fish is eaten in moderation
  • Green” living is a lifestyle
  • Dancing is a common activity
  • Lamb is eaten only on special occasions
  • Olive oil is considered as a gift from the gods
  • The most common toast is "to your health", which is "stinygiasou”



References

World Health Organization: https://apps.who.int/infobase/?id=1

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/index.html

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Comments 59 comments

Rouillie 5 years ago

Good read, I particularly like the cooking and ingredient aspects of the Georgian diet, as I'm familiar with most of these ingredients...


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mecheshier 5 years ago Author

Really. Wow. This was a fun piece. I might add more countries later. Thank you for your wonderful post


brett 5 years ago

american women are extremely large and completely undesireable that must be why so many american dudes (mainly white) are hooking up w/asian and latinas go figure.Not saying aloy of guys aren't obese but this has been my observations.


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mecheshier 5 years ago Author

Bret, I hear what you are saying. Maybe we should start helping one another instead.


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gajanis786 5 years ago

Very good information.....indeed obesity is becoming most worrying point for for most nations.....the fact is that besides collective efforts...people should take individual steps also to solve this problem.....and a little change to the lifestyle will make pay big dividends as far as this problem is concerned. Thanks.


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mecheshier 5 years ago Author

Hi gajanis786. Yes, you are so right. Not only are adulty obesity stats rising, but our children are quickly becoming obese. I tell people all of the time, small efforts accumulate. Every little bit of effort adds up. Lifstyle is definitely the key!

Thank you for such wonderful feedback.


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ImChemist 5 years ago

Thanks for this helpful hub , i rated it useful.


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mecheshier 5 years ago Author

Thank you ImChemist. I am glad that it was helpful.


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liswilliams 5 years ago from South Africa

Brilliant hub, crazy stats there. I had a fantastic salad at a Macdonalds in Italy. Don't think I would get the same in the States. Thanks for the hub.


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mecheshier 5 years ago Author

Thank you Lis. I think my stats lead to not only food we eat to reamin healthy but lifestyle play a big factor, plus food portons and exercise. I will have to do a chart to compare what these countries have in common.

Thank you for the wonderfulpost.


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Cathy Crowley 5 years ago from Dallas Texas

Hi friend,

I really enjoyed your article and the ideas that It has given me will Definitey expand my global culinary vision. It seems as though I have had an epiphany

over the past few years as it applies to my diet and health. Since I have started thinking like a French lady and eating in a leisurely manner,cooking with fresh non-preserved foods and not dening myself of foods and wines that I love. I have unlimited energy and just feel great! Bon appetit


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mecheshier 5 years ago Author

Do you have French blood Cathy? You are eating exactly how I eat; leisurely, non-preserved, eat chocolate when the craving strikes. Yes, it is amazing on how much more energy a person can have when healthy choices are made.

Thank you Cathy for the great feedback.


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Active Nutrition 5 years ago from Sammamish, WA

This was fascinating. Great information. Thank you.


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mecheshier 5 years ago Author

Thank you Active Nutrition


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Bronson_Hub 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA

Love it!


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mecheshier 5 years ago Author

Thank you Bronson. It was a great Hub for my favorite activities: writing and research; and subjects: healthy living and food.


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pepalive 5 years ago

Interesting read. Very well presented.


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mecheshier 5 years ago Author

Thank you pepalive. It was a most interesting study.


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surale 5 years ago from pakistan

your hub is beautifully created and very useful for a good diet i love it .


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mecheshier 5 years ago Author

Thank you surale for the wonderful feedback. Yes, so many go on a diet... but one forgets "diet" includes lifestyle as well as what we eat.


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jerseys4kids.com 5 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

I am on a diet now .. strictly Thai food! I lost 10lbs so far 2 weeks in. But I stopped drinking beer as well!


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mecheshier 5 years ago Author

Wow jerseys4kids.com, that is impressive! I am sure that what you are eating and your portions have a lot to do with your success, not just the abstinence of beer. Keep it up!


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midnightbliss 5 years ago from Hermosa Beach

interesting information on foods in different countries.


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stevesmith856 5 years ago from New York

Hi,

Thanks for posting such an informative information....


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mecheshier 5 years ago Author

You are welcome stevesmith856. I hope you found it helpful.


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lostwillee 5 years ago from Ft Lauderdale, FL

Love the content. Do you find that you get better adsense, and amazon results when you provide info on multiple diets or with just one product category?


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mecheshier 5 years ago Author

Thank You lostwillee. I think it varies on the Hub


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htodd 5 years ago from United States

Great and interesting hub ..Thanks for sharing


tykk6una 5 years ago

very useful. Thanks


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mecheshier 5 years ago Author

Thank you tykk6una, I am glad that is was useful.


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irene.trel 5 years ago

this is very useful..great hub and the food and eating part is very interesting =) this one is also helpful http://www.obesitydefinition.org


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mecheshier 5 years ago Author

Thank you irene.trel. I am glad you found it useful.


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quester.ltd 5 years ago

well done - clear, concise and filled with good information

voted up, interesting and useful

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Nan Mynatt 5 years ago from Illinois

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mecheshier 5 years ago Author

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Hi Nan

Thank you for such wonderul feedback. I am happy to hear that you are losing weight in a healthy way. I tried both links, the host for skinnyoverview is not working. Keep up the healthy lifestyle.


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kerlynb 4 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

A well-written and researched hub, congratulations! Voting your hub up, useful, and interesting! I particularly like the way you highlighted the Japanese diet. Japanese people, particularly those who live in the southernmost islands of Okinawa, eat lots of raw fishes, natto, soba, and miso, and drink plenty of green tea, really nutritious foods that many people say are one of the reasons for the long average life expectancy of the Japanese. Unfortunately, Japanese people themselves said that their young generation has been shunning traditional foods for fast foods - hamburgers, french fries, and fried chicken, which we all know can lead to obesity and a host of other diseases.


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mecheshier 4 years ago Author

Thank you kerlynb! You are so right. The fast food joints have made a large footprint and many healthy diets and not in a good way. I think one can learn a lot about eating healthy from cultures that have healthy diets.


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maryhoneybee 4 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

I loved reading about other cultures' diets in this hub. Well done! The "trick" to staying slim, healthy and youthful in a nutshell is probably portion control, having a colorful diet, and staying away from the processed stuff! And of course getting plenty of exercise. Thanks for the wonderful hub! Voted up.


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mecheshier 4 years ago Author

Thank you maryeybee for the great post. You are right, the secret is portions, healthy food and exercise.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida

This is such an interesting article. I learned so much. It is interesting to know how others manage to be healthy and enjoy foods. Lots of secrets we all need to know. The only one I really knew about were the Japanese. My family and I lived there in the seventies and learned of the raw fish, soups, the green tea. The ladies shopped for food on a daily basis.

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mecheshier 4 years ago Author

TY. Yes it was interesting doing the research. I first started looking at the most overweight countries and then thought "Why not the least overweight". My research led me to amazing diets and dispositions. I suppose we really are what we eat. :-) I bet the visit in Japan was wonderful as well as educational. I would love to visit Japan.

Thank you for such great feedback.


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dwelburn 4 years ago from Chesterfield, UK

Interesting what you can learn from other cultures isn't it? As much in terms of their attitude and general lifestyle as their dietary habits. You've got to pick out the good bits from the not so good though. Great hub.


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mecheshier 4 years ago Author

Hi dwelburn

You are absolutely right, well said. Thank you for such great feedback.


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yoginijoy 3 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

Hi! I really enjoyed this hub, especially the focus on regions and ethnicities and how their food relates to health. Very interesting! I have a few students from the country of Georgian presently so I will ask about their eating habits. I find it fascinating.

Great topic!


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mecheshier 3 years ago Author

Thank you yoginijoy

I am glad you found the post interesting. Please get back to me about the diet of your Georgian friends. I would love to know what they say.


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Sehar Nadeem 2 years ago from Stoke On Trent

A very well-written informative article indeed.

Just checked your website "living green" very nice with unique recipes.


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Hi Sehar..Thank you for the wonderful feedback. I am glad that you like the post. As well, thanks for visiting my website. :-)


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Thanks htodd. I am glad that you found the post interesting


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Thank you quester.ltd. Your feedback is well apreciated. TY for the votes. :-)


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Thanks Nan for the great feedback and votes. Hey, I checked out your link and it is not active. I tried.


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Angie Peterson 2 years ago from Greenville

I love the article, it was very informative. i can not wait to read more....


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Hi Angie Peterson

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Angie Peterson 2 years ago from Greenville

Hello :) And you are very welcome, I am still trying to do more hub"s I hope you enjoy mine as well ?


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Hi Angie

Yes, I do enjoy your Hubs very much. :-)


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Angie Peterson 2 years ago from Greenville

Thank you so very much :)


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Ditto :-)


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Payal N Naik 14 months ago from Mumbai

Very nice information.


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Thank you very much. I do hope it was helpful

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