Portion Control

In preparation for the big Turkey day, here's the next installment in our series on Blue Zones and Power9, secrets of the world's longest living people. Today, we explore the 4th secret: 80% Rule. From the Bluezones.com website, Dan Buettner writes 80% Rule
 “Hara hachi bu” – the Okinawan, 2500-year old Confucian mantra said before meals reminds them to stop eating when their stomachs are 80 percent full. The 20% gap between not being hungry and feeling full could be the difference between losing weight or gaining it. People in the Blue Zones eat their smallest meal in the late afternoon or early evening and then they don’t eat any more the rest of the day. At Wesley Homes in the Seattle area, residents appreciate the opportunity to order 1/2 portions at meal times. "The kids (wait staff) get to know us," says Marian. "I can order the portion size I want so I don't end up eating too much or feeling guilty about leaving food on my plate." Take a look at our menu and the many healthy dining options residents have at Wesley Homes.