I have been happily on my Japanese diet for just over a week now. Here’s my update on my Japanese diet and how it’s going. I have to say I am absolutely loving it. I am excited about food again. I am feeling happy to cook, shop and plan for meals. The grind was getting me down and I was getting totally feed up with it. Here’s what I am loving about my new food regime.
Serving in small bowls on a tray makes all the difference. Not only does it a look like a lot, which it’s not. It’s so visually appealing it’s ridiculous. If I plonked all the food on a standard plate it wouldn’t look as impressive or as much. I think the problem with our standard plates is that we fill them up. I am finding with my bowls that the rice comes in at less than half a cup of rice (which is what I was advised by the dietician last year) and about 120/150 grams of protein, which once again is what you should be eating. In the small bowls it’s over flowing and you feel like it’s more.
Simple easy recipes
Japanese recipes are really quite easy. I love the simplicity of them. Once you have the ingredients you can make an abundance of recipes even the stock is simple. My favourite blogs for recipes are Shihoko from the Chopsticks Chronicles, Nami from Just one Cookbook and Adam Law from Adam Law, the Masterchef guy.
You can never eat too many rice or eggs.
OMG bring on the rice and eggs. The kids love it, I love it. The kids are having rice and eggs for breakfast, it fills them up and they are liking it much better than cereal and choosing it. It’s cheap, I have cut down on buying bread by over half. I haven’t even dented the side of my 5 kgs bag of rice. Listen to this madness we have gone through 18 eggs in a week. Seriously 18!! In fact a few days ago the oldest lady in the world died at 117 years old and she said her longevity was due to eating 3 eggs a day.
Less Sugar and processed food
We don’t have a lot of processed food in the house but now we have less. The food is clean and although some of the recipes call for a teaspoon of sugar sometimes I have found I prefer the recipes without the sugar. I am a savoury person…. oh except when there is chocolate, a cup of tea and I am in my pj’s on the sofa.
I feel satisfied
I feel completely satisfied with my food. I am not counting calories but I am interested in how many I am consuming but I will do that another week to see how many I am consuming for the fun of it. I feel fuller longer and I have lost .700grams even with my tempura mistake overload. I have fallen off the wagon a couple of times but have done about 90% on track. I had a couple of pieces of peanut butter toast the other night, we had a special take out on the holidays of fish and chips, plus a few rice crackers and jatz here and there. Overall I am pretty stoked with my effort.
I am looking forward to more new recipes and spamming up my Julie in the Making Facebook page with pictures of food and fun. Head over there and follow me if you want to see what I am up too.
Have you only ever eaten food from one culture for a period of time?