Japanese people have a saying: hara hachi bunme. It means: eat until you are 80 per cent full. When I first heard about that it was impossible for me. I always loved the feeling of having a full stomach and I always dread about not having enough food. Actually I have never been so poor to not have the possibility to eat how much I wanted so the fear of not having enough came probably from my ancestors. Still I liked to have my stomach full with delicious food even though sometimes I had too much of the good stuff.
Anyway I like to experiment with new things so I decided to give a try to this Japanese rule…And the effect was amazingly pleasant! What is also true is that the impulse about satiety goes to the brain after 20 minutes from the moment we started eating. It means that when I feel around 80 per cent full, it means that I’m 100 per cent full in few moments. So when I was leaving my food after feeling 80 per cent full and waited 5 minutes, I felt enormous satisfaction in my stomach. A warm feeling that I had enough and that my stomach is now processing the food. This feeling was different from the regular experience of being stuffed when my stomach couldn’t move for the next 30 minutes because it was too much inside!
I heard about this rule: eat until you are 80 per cent full before going to Japan this year and I decided that staying in Japan would be a good moment to practice the rule. And again I felt amazing! I was more energetic. My belly was more flat and my legs less puffy then usual. I just had a good dosis of energy for my body without overwhelming it. I hightly recommend the give a try to hara hachi binme. Of course you can have some exceptions time to time when you have a nice dinner with friends or you want to try a new delicious dessert. But you will notice the difference how your body feels and how good you feel with your body when you try the Japanese eating rule. What can also help is to eat slowly and celebrate every bite!