Beauty starts on your plate
Eating right will considerably improve your health and impact strongly your body and your mind. Japanese people are amongst the most self-aware people regarding their weight. The following comparisons are not Best vs Worst. Japan’s obesity rate is the lowest in the world, the 2014’s OECD report shows Japan and Korea ranked 1st with a mere 3.8%, roughly ten times lower than the US (41%).
Alongside this low rate it is worth mentioning that Japanese people eat 25% less calories and less fat than American (2710 kCal vs 3639 kCal and 87.3 g of fat vs 161.6 g of fat according to the 2011’s OECD report). We could fairly assume that eating with chopsticks takes longer than using forks or spoons, this extra time is long enough for Japanese people to realize when their stomach is full. Japanese tend to drink less sweet beverages (Fruit Juice: 27% vs 51% global; Soft drinks: 29% vs 42% Global) and more coffee (75% vs 56% Global) and tea (81% vs 61% Global).
Boost your health and beauty one bite at a time
Japanese women diet turns around the following ingredients. Most of them can easily be incorporated in your diet and the good news they are cheap.
They are rich in protein, fiber, Vitamin D, calcium and will help you to lower your blood cholesterol. Among the various types of mushrooms, Enoki, Shitake, Maitake and Reishi varieties are the most common in Japanese cuisine.
Nori, Kombu, Wakame and Arame varieties are great sources of Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Iodine, Vitamin C and B, fibers and beta-carotene.
Rich in omega-3, low fat protein, vitamin, riboflavin and minerals (Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, zinc, phosphorus, iodine).
Although you might already eat regularly rice. A quick reminder of its benefits will definitely put a smile on your face. Rice will help you to stabilize your blood sugar, it is rich in vitamins, fibers, calcium, iron, thiamine, riboflavin and some more minerals.
Japanese women also use rice water as part of their beauty routine. “Rice water contains vitamins, minerals and amino acids which are essential for beautiful skin, including ferulic acid, which is a great antioxidant, and allantoin, known for its anti-inflammatory properties” says Jillee. Have a look at her blog “One good thing by Jillee” for some awesome applications of rice water.
Brassica vegetables (Cabbage, Broccoli, cauliflower, radish and bok choy)
These vegetables are the go-to for Japanese people. You can find them in salads, soups or alongside rice. Cabbage is known for its awesome health benefits such as boosting the immune system, purifying the blood, and killing viruses and bacteria. It’s also great source of fibers, antioxidant, vitamins and your new best friend to fat off your lovely hips.
No surprise here. Everybody knows about green tea benefits on your diet (boost your metabolism). As opposed to any other type of tea, green tea does not go through fermentation process. Hence it keeps its high level of antioxidant (Catechin). As a matter of fact, green tea contains more antioxidants than most the fruits and vegetables. Green tea reduces risk of heart disease and cholesterol levels, lowers blood pressure.
Japanese people founds millions ways to enjoy, if you have been to Japan you definitely noticed Matcha tea (specially grown and processed green tea) was everywhere and incorporated in everything.
One of my favorite place to go for their awesome Matcha desserts is Tsujiri