Category Archives: Eating Healthy

No.1 Japanese Eats for the Hot Summer Time

For the season of hot summer like this we crave to eat something cooling. Somen is Japanese noodle made of wheat flour and salts, which is very thin and white. Slurping this cold Somen noodles dipped in tsuyu makes your body feel a lot cooler in this hot and humid weather in Austin!

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Somen noodles
Men-tsuyu (dipping sauce base)
Shiso leaves (optional)
Wasabi paste (optional)
Chopped green onions
Grated ginger

Preparation (for two):
Boil a large pot of water and cook 4 bundles of Somen noodles until soft.
Drain and wash them in cool running water with colander.

Prepare about 1.5oz of Men-tsuyu in a cup and add 2oz of cold water to dilute for dipping sauce.
Add small portions of grated ginger, finely cut green onions and Shiso leaves in the dipping sauce and enjoy the Somen noodles! Adding wasabi gives you an extra punch.

 

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Enjoy!

Overcoming Summer Heat Fatigue

Summer heat fatigue can come from being inside and outside of a building which has a big temeperature difference. Austin keeps temperatre of about 90-100 degrees in a summer, but once we go inside of a house, restaurants, office buildings, super markets, cars, and stores our body are suddenly exposed to 70 degrees. We go back and forth such places multiple times a day and often also drink ice cold drinks, ice coffees, flappes, or other cold food and beverages.

Once our body surfaces are exposed to cold it makes our body difficult to sweat. It is better to always bring a light sweater or stole to protect your body from exposure to cold air. Eating and drinking cold often affects the internal organ. Our internal organs best function with warmer temperature. Cold food and drinks slows down the digestive function, obstruct absorption of nutrients, and with this viscious cycle we start feeling fatigued.

The Summer vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, eggpants, lettuces have roles in cooling the body. Banana, Kiwi, grapefruits, papaya, watermelon, potatoes also have cooling property.
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Barley tea is also a great drink during summer time. Best to have it either room temperature (or warmer if you can).

Once you feel hot it is important to cool your body. In this case please watch out what you intake, but body parts like underarms, around necks, and upper thigh area are effective in cooling the whole body.

If you are already feeling the summer fatigue please consult with Japanese Acupucture and Herbal Medicine. Balancing your body and strengthening your immune system with Acupuncture and strengthens internal organs with herbal medicine.

Enjoy the summer!

Japanese Tradition of Detoxing with “Plain Hot Water” – 白湯 (Sayu)

Drinking “Sayu”- Lukewarm water which is cooled down after boiling hot water (about120F) has been an old health tradition in Japan. These purified water are especially given to babies, elderlies and sick people.

Lately drinking Sayu is getting a more popular practice among younger generation for such effects of detoxing, losing weight, alleviate constipation and skin problems and other health benefits.

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Drinking Sayu is so simple but is also a profound ancient practice of Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine which commonly prescribes water as purification and flushing toxin. It is amazing that just by changing the temperature of water can have a great effect on our body.

Detox and Lose Weight

Drinking Sayu helps increase metabolism, digestion and lose weight. While drinking icy cold water during meal can significantly slows down and coagulates the fat in food. In contrary, warm water aid the stomach and intestines to do their work, eliminating all the unwanted water-soluable wastes and toxins. Encouraging the digestion with intake of Sayu, it detoxifies the body and sheds some weight!

Benefits of Sayu – Plain Hot Water

– Warms Internal Organs (aid digestion and boost metabolism)
– detoxing
– loose weight
– increase blood flow
– rejuvenate skin
– regulate bowel (prevents constipation)
– more energy

Having Sayu first thing in the morning is a great and healthy way to wake up your body, internal organs, and brain. It will flush out the toxins and improve blood flow throughout your body. Imagine if your body feels healthy and rejuvenated, your mind surely follows it :)

0139cb9aeb1e9e1d8cb555e7dea3ad04_sThen Sayu can be sipped throughout the day. Be careful of taking too much or too little. Please always ask your body how much it needs. Bring your insulated Sayu thermo with you wherever you go. (Yes, it is hard to drink something warm in the middle of Texas summer, but for many of us drinking icy water is something better to avoid.

For those of you, no matter how much you drink and still unable to quench your thirst there might be a water imbalance in your body which can be treated and balanced with Japanese Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine.

Come visit us at
Japanese Acupuncture
5210 Avenue F
Austin TX 78751

Have a wonderful day!

Detox with Beets Recipe

One of my recent favorite foods are Beets!

In fact, growing up in Japan I have never eaten one until very recently.
Now I love the taste of them, but more than that the nutritional value they can offer.

I did 7-days detox cleanse with 2 other girl friends together a few weeks ago. It goes like this: first 2days are fasting. Just drink water with organic lemon squeeze throughout the days. 3rd day to the 7th day, you can eat smaller portion of organic fruits smoothies, brown rice, miso soups, organic vegetables and such. During this time, no products with sugar, flour, meats, dairy, and of course no junk food.

I was introduced then to try Beets which very well go with detoxing your body. I’ve never eaten one before and no idea how to cook them..!
So, I tried baking and boiling them other time.

After the 7days cleansing I was allowed to eat wheat, so here we go. I name this Couscous Beets Rock Salad.

This recipe totally uses the whole Beets and not just the roots, but skins, stems, leaves, and even beets boiled water. A whole Beets unwasted!!

Boil 3-4 Beats in a small pot for 30 min or until tender.
Don’t peel the skin (skin is eatable and nutritious!), but chop them in cubic and marinate them with small amount of honey. Set aside. Don’t drain, but keep the boiled water.

Chop the stem and leaves, onions and carrots  in small pieces and stir fry them with small amount of oil (or I like using coconut oil).

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Cook 2cups of couscous with the Beets boiled water. After couscous is done, mix with stems and leaves. Garnish with salt and pepper.

Decorate the dish with Beets on top.

Tada!

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Also,  here is the Beets stems Miso Soup :)

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Have a Good Day!

Have a Good Food!

 

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“One Meal a Day Diet” makes your body healthier than ever..?!

 

Today, I am introducing you about this book which I have been wanting to read since it was published a few years back in Japan. I finally got it since my sister in law brought it for me from Japan!

The title of this best selling book is called “Eat only one meal a day. Being Hungry Makes You Healthy” written by Dr. Yoshinori Nagumo who is a 4th generation medical surgeon. He has been “practicing” one meal diet for the past 10 years. By practicing this diet he looks in his 30’s, but his real age is close to 60!!

 

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He explains that eating one meal a day and while feeling hungry for a period of time activates the gene called Sirtuin which is a life-governing gene only active when the stomach is empty. With a recent research this Sirtuin gene was found to scan and repair all damaged cells and genes through out our body which also prevent body from getting sick and it has an anti aging effects.

In modern times, we eat 3 meals daily out of regular habit then we eat even when we are not hungry. Dr. Nagumo believes that this is rather harmful to the human body to be in the constant satisfaction. Today’s 4 major disease of Diabetes, Cardiac Disease, Stroke, Cancer all have roots in unhealthy life style with over eating.

Today, obesity is a serious modern disease we witness all around us. Why is it so hard to lose weight? Because losing weight doesn’t happen over night and it is a process and it is a self-discipline. With his method of diet, you eat one meal a day without restriction. As your body gets improved and healthy you will naturally crave nutrients that your body really needs and start loosing unnecessary weight and your skin will also progressively grow younger.

 

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Dr. Nagumo 37 Years Old, and Now 57 Years Old!!

 

His concept of this meal plan was a shock to me at first, but I suggest start eating in smaller kid size plate or start with  “Stomach 80% Rule” then eventually have your body accustomed to being more “emptier stomach.” This applies to whether you are over weight or not. Please always listen to your body and take necessary action.

Like I have mentioned in the previous blog, being always hungry can mean an imbalance in Chinese Medicine. Stressful Eating, anxious eating, and other emotional eating can be alleviated and balanced with acupuncture. In that case please also come get treatment at Japanese Acupuncture, then we can help you achieve your goal easier.

 

Nagumo Style Diet
1. Walking exercise instead of running
2. Sleep by 10pm
Growth Hormone is at most active between 10pm-2am
3. A bowl of rice, Miso soup, and one plate of side dish
Prepare meals in kids size plates. Start with smaller portion from your regular portion. Then when you are ready, start one meal a day diet.
4. Eat Whole
Eat veggies and fruits with peels, roots, and leaves. Eat small sized whole fish. Eat whole-wheat products. Eggs and beans also have whole nutrients
5. No over eating, no over consumption of fats, sugar, and salt
6. Only drink when you get thirsty
7. Healthful benefits of Burdock Tea
8. A rumbling stomach is a sign that the cells in your body are at work!
9. One meal a day and you’ll look 20 years younger!

 

 

 

“Stomach 80% Full Principle” – keeps doctors away

Today, I would like to introduce you one concept of Japanese secret to longevity and healthy life. This is the “Hara Hachibun-me (腹8分目)” or “Stomach 80% Full Principle”. We say “An Apple a Day Keeps Doctors Away” in America. In Japan we also say, “Stomach 80% Full Keeps Doctors Away”.

Japanese are known to have one of the highest numbers of longevities in the world.
The concept is practiced by many from ancient times. It is very simple, but harder to be done for many: don’t eat until your stomach is full (and happy). Last article I wrote about how Acupuncture can help reduce weight; Lose your weight with Acupuncture, but this “80% full” concept applies for not just for the over weight, but for all of us.


The benefits of leaving some space in your stomach

Moderate eating and keeping your meals light can cut calories, reduce fat intake, improve blood sugar level, and all of them in which can help achieve your weight to your own optimum and adequate level. Cutting calories help anti aging in cells in our body which helps prevent cancers, cardiac disease like high blood pressures, stroke, heart attacks, and diabetes and many other modern diseases caused by our diets and life style today. Just imagine the outcome of cutting 20% of your meal every time consistently!?

This principle has a deep root in Japanese culture and the way of maintaining one’s health I have found many studies conducted by researchers to monkeys and other animals.
Between the two groups of animals (one with unlimited food intake, other with limited calories and light food intake) one group fed with light meals not only lived longer, but also had much few incidents of getting diseases, and had longer and healthier living period.

 

Below monkeys are both 27 years of age. Right side had carol-ristricted diet

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So, how do we know when our stomach is 80% full? There is no measure, and doesn’t have to be so exactly. Finish your meal when you know “I am close to getting full, and want to eat some more…” This can be a discipline for some, but body will eventually get acquired to the habits of eating lighter meals with practice.


You are what you eat

We have learned that not only the types of food we are eating affects our body, but amount of food we are taking in. Food is an energy source to our body, but also too much of it can be harmful and affect our metabolism, digestive system, and our overall well being. For those who need to eat because of stress and anxiety, Acupuncture can help. It can relax your body and mind, so that you no longer have to try to alleviate your stress by over eating. Come get your support at Austin Japanese Acupuncture