Terry T. Shintani, M.D., J.D., M.P.H.
What's In This Diet For You?
What, exactly, can you expect from this health pro- gram? In this simple
step-by-step plan, this book will help you:
• Lose weight without counting calories or portion sizes;
• Learn how to select foods that help you lose weight;
• Maximize your health;
• Minimize your need for medications;
• Increase your energy level;
• Provide you with a new perspective on health that
will help you stay healthy for a lifetime;
• Provide you with delicious recipes that will make
the meals a pleasure.
The HawaiiDiet™ Is a Whole Person
The HawaiiDiet™ includes the enhancement of the health
of the whole person, including spiritual, mental, emotional
and physical aspects, through the focus on food and diet. It
includes exercise, stress reduction, and a perspective on life
and health based on an understanding of universal
principles as embodied in traditional Hawaiian concepts
and a faith in God. When all of these aspects are in
harmony, your health is maximized. And when your health
is maximized, your excess weight dis-appears automatically.
Energy levels increase and you become more effective in
every way. You may even notice a measure of spiritual
growth that may affect you in very personal ways.
The HawaiiDiet™ Is a No-deprivation Eating
There is no calorie counting or portion size restriction on
the HawaiiDiet™. It is an "all you can eat" health program
that emphasizes the type of food eaten rather than the
quantity of food eaten. In fact, in our studies, people wind
up eating MORE food than ever and still lose weight. For
more information about the science behind this
phenomenon, please refer to my books: Dr. Shintani's Eat
More, Weigh Less® Diet and Dr. Shintani's Eat More, Weigh
The HawaiiDiet™ Integrates Modern
Science with Ancient Wisdom.
The HawaiiDiet™ employs the best of both worlds:
It seeks to integrate ancient wisdom with modern science. Leading
edge research from nutritionists and physicians is beginning to support
the value of the HawaiiDiet's™ approach. New information on the
benefits of eating whole grains, vegetables and fruit is a lesson in why
our ancestors rarely suffered from chronic, diet-related diseases that
plague us today, nor did they have problems with obesity. They knew
something that we are only beginning to relearn. Therefore, while the
HawaiiDiet™ is grounded in good science, it looks to ancient wisdom
found in traditional Hawaiian principles and employs this wisdom as a
compass for the present HawaiiDiet™ Program, as well as for future
The HawaiiDiet™ Is Based Upon
Traditional Eating Patterns.
In my research into traditional diets, I began to see
patterns established with regard to the traditional/ ancient
diets of the healthiest, longest-living cultures. With few
exceptions, the healthiest traditional cultures ate a diet
similar to that of the ancient Hawaiians in macronutrient
content, and also practiced lifestyle principles similar to
those of ancient Hawaii. This made it easy to draw upon
the wisdom of the ancient Hawaiians to provide an
example of optimum diet and lifestyle practices.
Therefore, Hawaii is used as a model for many traditional
cultures: the diet and lifestyle principles are basic to those
of most other ethnic groups, with few variations in regional
tastes, food availability, and cultural practices. To simplify
the application of this concept, a diagram known as the
"HawaiiDiet™ Pyra- mid" is used to assist in the selection
of types and combinations of foods. The diet is high in
whole complex carbohydrates, very low in fat, has little or
no cholesterol, and is high in plant-based foods.
The HawaiiDiet™ Is Not "One-Diet-
Because the HawaiiDiet™ is based on traditional diets from
many cultures, it recognizes that some individuals may be
adapted to different dietary patterns than others. For
example, a higher fat Mediterranean- style diet may be
acceptable in individuals who are adapted to such a diet.
The HawaiiDiet™ allows for the tailoring of the diet to fit
individual needs and genetic make up.
The HawaiiDiet™ Uses Foods That
Are Commonly Available.
Because the HawaiiDiet™ embraces traditional eat- ing
patterns from cultures around the world, the choices of
foods are virtually endless. The diet can be made of foods
that are available in your local supermarket and are simple
to prepare, or it can be made of foods that are exotic and
prepared by a gourmet chef. Thus, the HawaiiDiet™ can be
used by anyone and incorporated into their lifestyle for the
rest of their lives.
The HawaiiDiet™ Is High in Mass
The "Mass Index of Food," or "SMI," (which
stands for the Shintani Mass Index of Food) is a new
concept in the evaluation of the weight-loss-inducing
effect of food. It is also known as the "Eat More Index,"
or "EMI," described in my other book, the original Dr.
Shintani's Eat More, Weigh Less® Diet.
The SMI is one of the tools which will simplify the diet
for you and which will make it easy to stick with the
HawaiiDiet™ for the rest of your life. This index is a
food table found at the back of this book and in
greater detail in Dr. Shintani's Eat More, Weigh Less®
Diet book, which distils the quality and quantity of any
given food down to one easy-to-read number.
How Easy Is the HawaiiDiet™?
How easy is it to make a quick meal at home? How
easy is it to dine on the inventions of some of the best
chefs in Paradise? In the recipe section, you'll find a
whole range of dishes, from simple to gourmet. In
addi- tion to home-cooking recipes and fast food
recipes, you'll also find dishes from Roy Yamaguchi,
Peter Merriman, and Mark Ellman — all world-class
You'll also find recipes from some of Hawaii's family
and consumer science teachers, who also offer up a
cornucopia of home-spun dishes and first-class
cuisine. And you'll find delicious, traditional foods
from all cultures — a reflection of the wonderful
diversity of Hawaii's multicultural society.
Most of the recipes are selected for their ease of
preparation and for the availability of the ingredients.
Whether you're a seasoned cook or just a beginner,
you'll find something here that works for you.
You can make your recipe choices based on the
HawaiiDiet™ Pyramid, and based upon the "SMI."
With the range of recipes and these two handy
program aids, you'll soon find yourself eating mouth-
watering meals based on many cultures' cuisines from
Hawaiian- Pacific, to European, to Asian, to the rest of
I invite you to use this book to apply the timeless
principles of health embodied in traditional Hawaiian
concepts through your diet and lifestyle and make
them your own, at least in terms of your diet and
lifestyle and strive to apply them to other aspects of
your life. It is an important first step to healing
ourselves, and healing the world.
Hawaii Diet Cookbook