Asian Diet Programs Springfield MA

A sensible diet and regular exercise are important when you want to lose weight. See below for local businesses in Springfield that provide access to Asian diet plans, Asian weight loss programs, herbal medicine, and acupuncture, as well as advice and content on diet pills and other types of diets.

Kelly Lynn Tetrault Stellato, LDN, MS, RD
(413) 530-5819
Nutrition & Healthy Solutions60 Chapin St
Holyoke, MA
Arleen Thomson, RD
(413) 584-9888
234 Russell St
Hadley, MA
Janice L King, CDE, LDN, RD
(508) 867-9735
147 W Main St
West Brookfield, MA
Joan M Trimble, RD
(508) 375-3386
1049 Main Street PO Box 173
West Barnstable, MA
Debra Wein, LDN, MS, RD
(781) 982-9355
Sensible Nutrition Connection IncPO Box 543
Hingham, MA
Kathy Berdecia, RD
(413) 420-2127
Holyoke Health Center230 Maple St
Holyoke, MA
D. Milton Stokes, RD, CDN
(800) 658-0512
7 Hillside DriveCorner Suite
South Windsor, CT
Jane M LePrevost, RD
Berkshire Health System725 North St
Pittsfield, MA
Jan Pauline Hangen, LDN, MS, RD
(617) 739-8500
1101 Beacon StSte 8E
Brookline, MA
Erin M Keenan, LDN, MS, RD
(617) 686-0741
81 Chilson Ave
Mansfield, MA

The Yin and Yang of Asian Diets

The stellar health and longevity of many Chinese and Japanese is testimony
to the life-sustaining qualities of an Asian diet. Rich in vegetables, fish and rice, and
deeply rooted in ancient Chinese medicinal and agrarian values, the diet has
slight variations in different Asian countries. But it does have one key common
ingredient—a carefully cultivated sense of balance.

By Allan Richter

April 2008

Linda Yo was the picture of health when she immigrated to the United States at age 18. Growing up in Indonesia and elsewhere in Asia, she loved to eat as a young girl but never gained weight. Yo, who is Chinese, remembers rice porridge breakfasts and vegetables, fish and some meat for lunch and dinner. Simple noodle soups were often appetizers and meals just before bed.

“I came to the United States in the fall of 1986—by Christmas I was already chubby,” recalls Yo, who says that her fast weight gain of 25 pounds began at a Virginia community college cafeteria. “I would eat a hamburger, but it was small and didn’t fill me up, so I would come home and eat something else. At that time I didn’t know how to cook, so I would buy macaroni salad, fish and chips, that kind of thing. A lot of desserts, too. The ice cream in this country is fabulous.”

Motivated by a classmate who teased her about her weight, Yo set out to regain her slender figure. She tried teas, diet pills and starvation diets. She emptied store shelves of weight-loss books. “Nothing worked,” she said. One day, as Yo stared in the mirror, her mind began to drift back to Asia. “People there ate three to five times a day,” she says. “They like to eat out a lot because apartments are small and it’s not really convenient for them to cook, but they were slim. So I thought maybe I should prepare my food the traditional way.”

Yo was short on cooking skills; she had to use what was available and what she knew. So she began to marry rice, an Asian staple, with Western foods like frozen fish that she baked. “That’s what you do in Asia. You combine everything with rice and, when you eat meat, slice the meat thinly,” says Yo, who put the lessons she learned in her book Asian Slim Secrets (Asian Way). “In about four months, I lost the 25 pounds.”

Yo’s transformation from and back to her more slender self is but one more piece of evidence that the Asian diet and lifestyle is a fountain of youth. The life-sustaining qualities of Asia’s diet have long been affirmed by the endurance and longevity of its people.

Proof in the Pudding, and Fries
In more recent years, the benefits of the Asian diet have become more apparent because of the damage that Western influences have had on the Asian lifestyle. Many Chinese children have become obese as their families have found prosperity—and the greater amounts of food and more sedentary lifestyle that come with it. The arrival of fast-food restaurants in China has exacerbated the problem. Similarly, Asian immigrants to the United St...

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