Terry T. Shintani, M.D., J.D., M.P.H.
The Hawaii Health Program was conceived in part as a
response to the high rates of death from chronic diet-and-
lifestyle-related diseases among the Native Hawaiians.
The material poverty sets the stage for poor health. If
nurtured properly, spiritual and cultural strength may set
the stage for the recovery of good health if applied properly.
For today's health crisis, the "real secret" was in the basic
principles of the way they looked at health. I've explained
five of the principles in chapter 3 of this book along with a
sixth concept that foreshadows an ancient prophesy of
Hawaii as a World Center for health. If you apply these
principles to your life, there is great potential for healing
your body, mind and spirit.
We turned peoples health around - even those with very
difficult health problems. We got people's blood sugar,
blood pressure, and cholesterol's down.
The program was so successful that it was published in
scientific journals and won the highest national award
from the US Secretary of health.
It is called the "Hawaii Health Program" and the
"HawaiiDiet™" in honor of the region where it was born,
and also because of the spirit of the Hawaiian people.
If enough people become healthy based on these principles
they can become the building blocks of world health.
Do NOT change your diet or exercise level without
guidance from your medical doctor, if you have health
problems or are on medication.
The purpose of this cookbook is to help you
maximize your health and minimize your weight.
On the HawaiiDiet™, Hawaii's Governor Benjamin
Cayetano reduced his cholesterol from 234 mg/dl down to
And then there is Ellen K., who told me: "This is the
greatest diet in the world," as she stepped on my office
scale. She had lost 60 pounds after years of failing on every
other diet. She looked better than she had in years, her skin
was glowing, and she had new vitality and a renewed zest
• 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;
This program is not a diet in the conventional sense
of the word. It is, rather, a health program that shows you how to
lose weight by maximizing your health with- out so-called
Whereas most weight loss diets rely upon deprivation and
rigorous willpower, the Hawaii-Diet™ Program utilizes your
natural enjoyment of eating. It shows you how to replace
unhealthy, fat- promoting foods with healthy, delicious foods
which satisfy in every way.
Or perhaps you are more concerned about your health than
about your weight. Maybe you are battling a health problem such
as high blood pressure, high choles- terol, or maybe a touch 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.
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