Saturday, August 27, 2011

A Healthy Ratio: 7 to 3

Hwae Tteokbap
Koreans believe that the perfect ratio for food is 7 to 3.

They believe there should be 7 parts grains and vegetables to 3 parts meats and proteins. This is why bibimbap is considered to be one of Korea's representative dish.

Since my job requires me to visit a great many restaurants in a course of a given week, this is something that I try to keep in mind so I can eat healthily. In the last year or so I have gained a bit of weight and it is something I have been battling for the last couple of months or so. The thing that is most troubling to me is my bulging "beer belly." The main reason I have been so worried about it is that the belly is evidence that fat is building up around my organs and it might lead to future complications.

You might have noticed on the blog, that the restaurants I have frequented these days tend to be healthy or even vegan restaurants. These are places that I eat at often while also getting up early in the morning to exercise. I am trying to lead a less sedentary lifestyle.

In the mornings I have been trying to get up early and run at least 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) every morning. Today I achieved a 5 kilometer run (3.11 mile). This is something that I'm going to try to do more because (hopefully) it will speed up my metabolism and so I will be able to eat freely. Anyway, I think this is something that we should all try to do more of. Please stay healthy and try to remember the ratio 7 to 3. After all, we are what we eat.