Written by Dr Sandra Miranda , ND
Happy New Year to all!…Although for many of you the holiday season probably feels like an eternity ago.
I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful island of St. Lucia the first week of January with my family. St. Lucia is an Eastern Caribbean island nation known for its rainforest and tapered mountains called the Pitons. The volcanic beaches, rainforest trails, waterfalls and sulfur springs made this trip an unforgettable experience.
During my visit, one of the main observations that I couldn’t help notice is a drastic distinction on rates of obesity comparing the tourists to the locals. So I started to do some research… and here is what I found.
National prevalence of adult obesity in St. Lucia is only 27%. This is significantly lower than other developing countries, for example Canada has an adult obesity rate of 64%.
I became interested in finding out what were some of the common nutritional habits and common foods that most people eat, in order to keep the obesity rates so low.
I asked a few locals and these seem to be the top tips that most of them agreed on:
So how about it, do you think you can pick up some of these healthier nutritional habits?