Happy Human Habit #8 – Eat Until 80% Full

This week – Try to pause once at each dinner. Check in with your body. Are you full? Still ravenous? No longer hungry but still having fun eating? “Hara hachi bu” is the Confucian mantra spoken by the Okinawan before each meal. It translates to “belly 80 percent full”. The people who populate the island of Okinawa are some of the longest lived people in the world. One of the habits attributed to their longevity is the cultural norm of eating until 80% full.

Notice. That doesn’t mean skip breakfast. It doesn’t mean starve yourself. It doesn’t mean cutting out whole food groups. It’s very simple. Just don’t stuff yourself completely. Try for 80%.