Terry Shintani

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Terry Shintani

Terry Shintani (born 1951) is an American physician, nutritionist and author from Hawaii. Shintani is best known for his books, which include, Eat More, Weigh Less Diet (1993), The Hawaii Diet (2000), The Good Carbohydrate Revolution (2003) and The Peace Diet (2014). He promotes a high-carbohydrate vegan diet influenced by the cuisine of Hawaii.[1][2][3]

In 2006, he became one of the Living Treasures of Hawaii, for his contributions to the community.[4]


In 1997, he attempted to improve the health of the citizens of the State of Hawaii by involving Hawaii's governor Ben Cayetano, his cabinet members and a number of prominent community members in promoting his diet to the general public. His book The Hawaii Diet (2000) is based on this work.[5] In 2000, he created the Zippy's "Shintani Cuisine" Program which has served over 900,000 low-fat, no-cholesterol meals to members of the public, and of which all royalties are used to promote health in Hawaii.[6] Shintani was influenced by the macrobiotic diet.[1] His The Good Carbohydrate Revolution (2003) has been described as a high-carbohydrate low-fat fad diet.[7]

In 2006, for his lifelong service to the Hawaii community, he was formally designated a Living Treasure of Hawaii.[8] In 2006, the Honolulu Advertiser described Dr. Shintani's work as an important part of the island's 150 year history.[9]

As of 2015, he is president and founding president of the Hawaii Health Foundation, and is the co-founder of the clinic of the Department of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, of which he holds the position of Professor and Associate Chair, at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine. He also holds the following positions; CEO of the International Holistic Therapy Association, Prior of the Priory of Hawaii of the Knights of the Orthodox Order of St. John Russian Grand Priory, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Gandhi International Institute of Peace, President of the Board of the Hawaii Center for Attitudinal Healing, member of the Council of Elders of Native Hawaiian Healers, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.[10]


  • "Living Treasure of Hawaii," 2006. He was formally designated a "Living Treasure of Hawaii" for his many contributions to the community in various areas including the fields of medicine, law, traditional healing arts, and cultural preservation.[11]
  • "Distinguished Alumnus Award," 1999. Awarded by the University of Hawai‘i Alumni Association.[12][13]


  1. ^ a b "Dr. Terry Shintani". MidWeek. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  2. ^ "'Hawaii Diet' author Shintani says good diet needed for better health". Pacific Business News. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  3. ^ "Poi, the Root of All Hawaii". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Six honored this year as Living Treasures". Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Serving Up Shintani". Star bulletin. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  6. ^ "About Terry Shintani MD, JD, MPH". amdiet.com.
  7. ^ Ayers, Suzan F; Sariscsany, Mary Jo. (2011). Physical Education for Lifelong Fitness: The Physical Best Teacher's Guide. National Association for Sport and Physical Education. p. 65. ISBN 978-0-7360-8116-0
  8. ^ "Six honored this year as Living Treasures". Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  9. ^ "A reflection of Hawai'i — since 1856 and continuning". honoluluadvertiser.com. Mike Fisch. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  10. ^ "ACLM Board of Advisors". American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Archived from the original on 2 October 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Six honored this year as Living Treasures". Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  12. ^ "Time line".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ "DAA honorees". Archived from the original on 30 October 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2019.

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