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Hi Everybody,

Today, I would like to touch on how to make a “Healthy” Miso Soup without worrying about sodium.

By adding “some” ingredients, Miso Soup can become an even healthier soup.

Miso Soup Ingredients:

 Miso Paste – You can buy a miso paste from an Asian food section in grocery stores, healthy shops, Japanese, Korean and Chinese grocery stores. There are several kinds of miso pastes – a white, red and blended miso. Personally, I like a blended miso (called “awase miso” in Japanese), that is a combination of two or more different types of miso pastes.

 Dashi – It is a stock you can buy from Japanese grocery stores, but it is okay without using dashi too.

 Tofu (silky or firm)

 Seaweed (Wakame)

 Vegetables if you like

 Shallot

etc…

There is a traditional proper way to make a miso soup, but my way is super easy…!

1. Boil water in a sauce pan, put in dashi (optional), and cook vegetables and Tofu for about 10 minutes.

2. Put dried wakame (seaweed), turn off the heat and take out a big tablespoon of the Miso Paste and dissolve it in the sauce pan. (Adjust the amount of miso as you like.)

3. Turn on the heat and cook for a few minutes.

I know people worry about the content of sodium in the miso soup.

But in the case with miso soup, you can discharge unnecessary sodium out of your body

by adding some ingredients with a higher content of potassium and fiber.

One of the best ingredients is Wakame (seaweed).

When you eat Wakame, potassium containing in the Wakame is decomposed due to the acid in the stomach.

Then, the potassium is absorbed into the body, but the rest of the Wakame absorbs sodium and goes out of the body.

In this way, unnecessary sodium will not remain in your body.

A lot of vegetables contain potassium too, so you would not have to worry about the salt content, if you put them in the miso soup.

When I make a miso soup, I like to put tofu, Wakame and 3-4 different kinds of vegetables such as carrot, spinach, white radish, and shallot.  This is actually a good nutritious meal by itself.

I would not recommend an instant miso soup although it is very easy because it tends to include a lot of artificial flavours.

Hope you will enjoy making a healthy miso soup at home.

Thank you for reading and ciao for now.

Yoko xoxo

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Hi Everybody,

Do you like to eat Japanese food?

If so, you are doing a good thing for your health and skin 🙂

Japanese foods are now known as one of the very popular and healthy foods.

A lot of research has been conducted over Japanese foods, and the studies show that Japanese foods contribute to the longevity of Japanese and their beautiful skin.

One of the healthiest Japanese food is Miso Soup, that is very easy to make at home.

Miso has been eaten in Japan and China for many centuries and has various health benefits such as anti-aging.

Miso is categorized as a fermented food.

Japanese have known that fermented foods are very good for your health.

Fermented foods can help to reduce high cholesterol levels in your blood, help to strengthen an immune systems and help to prevent diseases, like cancer.

In the last blog (http://wp.me/p1NJvq-s9) , I spoke about how fanatic Japanese are over healthy foods.

Now, Shio koji (another fermented food) is booming in Japan. (I will talk about this another time.)

Back to Miso Soup – apparently, Miso Soup can help people maintain their youthful and healthy appearances.

Miso has linoleic acid, which keeps skin soft, help reduce pigmentation and lighten your skin.

Other essential fatty acids in the miso create high antioxidant activity and help slow the aging process.

More benefits from miso are:

  • Help the body maintain nutritional balance
  • Help reduce menopausal complaints – the isoflavones in miso have been shown to reduce hot flashes
  • Help protect from radiation

In the past, Japanese traditionally had miso soup with each meal,

but I imagine that Japanese do not have miso soup often as before because they have adopted a Western style diet.

Even for me, having a miso soup 3 times a day is not realistic.

I feel it would be good for us if we could have miso soup 3-5 times a week.

Also, Miso soup is great when you come home late at night and do not want to have heavy meal.

Hope you can adopt Miso Soup in your diet from today (^_^)v

Thank you for reading and ciao for now.

Yoko xoxo

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Hi Everybody,

Sweets – it is so hard to stop eating sweets…!  Chocolates, cookies, cakes and ice creams are always very tempting.

We know it is better not to have sweets because of tonness of sugars and oils in them,  but it is so hard to stop!

According to the result of some research conducted in Japan, people who answer “Do not have any skin troubles” tend not to eat sweets much. On the other hand, among people who eat a lot of sweets, only 5% of the people answered “Do not have any skin troubles.”

It seems like there is a relationship between sweets and skin troubles, doesn’t it?

So, what is the best way to eat sweets without causing any skin troubles?

This is my tips on how to eat sweets wisely…!

1. Eat a Small Amount of Quality Sweets like a Little Bird

I try to eat only homemade cakes & cookies and quality sweets including chocolates. As we all know, homemade sweets do not have any preservatives or artificial ingredients. Also, you can reduce the amount of sugar and oils if you make sweets at home.

If you buy sweets from shops, buy expensive & quality sweets. In this case, you may not eat them all at once since they are expensive 🙂  I hear French people eat a very small sweet although they are so beautiful, they’re to die for.

2. Eat Dry Fruits when You Feel like Eating Sweets

When you consume snack food such as potato chips and sweets with high sugar content and oils, you will lose a lot of Vitamin B1 and B2.  Eating excessive sweets and snack food contribute to your weight increase and also may cause some skin problems due to a vitamin deficiency.

So, try to eat dry fruits when you feel like something sweet. They are actually great for your skin. Dried prunes, plums, and peaches contain Vitamin A, which helps in preventing dryness and flakiness of the skinVitamin B6 and Vitamin B Complex are found in dried apples, dates, peaches and apricots. These B vitamins help improve your skin’s ability to retain moisture, early appearance of wrinkles and flakiness

3. Eat Sweets around 3pm if you feel like Eating Sweets or Eat only for the Time You are Tired or before Exercise

3pm is the best time for having a sweet from the perspective of weight control.  According the above research, people who eat sweets such as chocolates between study or work for supplement purposes do not have much skin trouble. On the other hand, people who eat sweets instead of dinner or eat endlessly tend to have skin troubles. When your body does not want sugar, but you eat excessive sweets, be careful as it stresses your body.

4. Try to eat Traditional Japanese Sweets instead of Western Sweets

A lot of traditional Japanese sweets do not contain oil, which means they are a bit healthier than typical western style sweets. Also, traditional Japanese sweets use healthy ingredients such as rice, azuki beans and soybean flour.

I feel it is a bit extreme to stop eating sweets because of health reason. We are here to enjoy eating, so we should enjoy eating sweets too. When you, your family and friends enjoy having beautiful sweets with coffee or tea, this can be one of the special happy moments for everybody.

Let’s enjoy eating sweets, but eat sweets wisely…!

Yoko xoxo

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Hi Everybody,

Do you often eat ginger? If so, good on you

In Japan, people are accustomed to eating ginger from ancient times. The oldest medial book in Japan says that all the aristocrats in the Heian period (794-1185) understood the effectiveness of ginger and used them as cold medicine.


According to experts in Japan, ginger warms up your body and enhances blood circulation, which helps improve dulness of the skin.

Also, the benefits of ginger are endless: lowers blood cholesterol levels, helps with reducing weight, prevents colds and flu, beneficial to prevent constipation-related cancer, cleanses and stimulates blood, and etc…

Ginger also has an anti-aging effect.

Ginger’s powerful antioxidant, gingerol, helps neutralize the damaging effects caused by free radicals in the body.

In Japan, ginger has recently become the centre of attention among women (especially young women) as one of the healthy ingredients.

So called “Ginger People” have increased, and they carry a tube containing grated ginger everywhere with them and add it to their meals! A bit funny, isn’t it?

Now, there are more food products containing ginger in Japan, such as a caramel candy with ginger and black vinegar with ginger.

The popular way of eating ginger in Japan is to make ginger syrup by combining grading ginger, honey and black sugar. You can add this syrup when you drink tea.

I like rice with ginger. I also like adding ginger to udon, that is a great dish for winter because it makes your body so warm.

The weather in Sydney has been mild, but it is the turn of the season from summer to autumn. It is cool at night although it is warm during the day. When the temperature fluctuates like this, people tend to catch a cold and feel a bit down and weak.

I think ginger will help boost your energy and immune system, so it is a wonderful thing to have ginger regularly.

Let’s become “Ginger People”, shall we??

Thank you for reading and ciao for now.

Yoko xoxo

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Hi Everybody,

Valentine’s Day is coming soon.

Let’s try to increase our “Love Hormone” towards Valentine’s Day. Shall we?

Bimajyo (Beauty Witch in Japanese) must be the expert for this…

Today, I will share with you Bimajyo secrets for increasing “Love Hormone” which I have selected from various sources.

Are you falling in love with somebody right now? No…? Your heart does not pound anymore when you see your loved one?

That’s okay

There are several women’s hormones that could create the state as if you were falling in love. As we know, women who are in love are beautiful.

Bimajyo regularly eat some foods that help increase women’s hormones. No wonder they look younger and sparkling!

So, what do Bimajyo eat?

❤ IRON
It may be a good idea to check your iron level from time to time. I check it once a year at the GP 🙂

If your iron level is low, it affects not only your health but also your skin complexion too.

Prune has a lot of components which are the source of women’s hormones. Some Bimajyo cook bacon and spinach on a fry pan, so that she can eat a lot of spinach. She says that this makes her skin color look more healthy and improves the circulation of her body.  Let’s make our cheek naturally pink like we are in love.

Main food including Iron: Prune, Spinach, Liver, shellfish, Seaweed, Soybean

OMEGA 3 OIL
Bimajyo take high quality healthy oil everyday, which helps increase the quality of estrogen.

Estrogen affects the appearance. For example, the skin looks radiant, and the waist becomes slender.

Isoflavone has the similar effect to estrogen.  Actually, “Miso Soup” is effective in increasing isoflavone.

You can make Miso Soup easily at home. Please try it.

Main food including Omega 3: Flaxseed Oil, Salmon, Blue Fish such as Sardine and Mackarel.

PEA, DOPAMINE

Do you feel guilty when you eat chocolate?  Maybe, you should not feel so bad about it, considering a women’s hormone.

Chocolate containes Phenethylamine (PEA) which will be released when you are in love, and dopamine which is a feel-good chemical released from your brain.

Red wine and cheese also contain PEA and dopamine.

Having increased PEA & dopamin, you can be in the similar state as you are in love.

It is said you can increase PEA level by thinking of your happy romance in the past and reading a romantic novel.

Main food including PEA & Dopamine: Flaxseed oil, Coconut Oil, Chocolate, Cheese, Cocoa, Honey, Red wine and etc…

Hmmm… I guess I will read a romantic novel with red wine & cheese tonight and see if I l will look beautiful tomorrow morning.

Thank you for reading and ciao for now

Yoko xoxo

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Brown Rice (2) - Is it really worth eating? ImageAs we leant from the last blog entry “Brown Rice (1) – Is it really worth eating?”, there are pros and cons to eating brown rice. I think we have to be wise when we eat brown rice. Reading about some studies and articles, I found some good tips.

  1. Chew it well, so that the nutrients from brown rice is better absorbed. Brown rice is harder to digest, so avoid eating it if you have stomach or digestion problems.
  2. Eating brown rice once or twice a week is much better. Switching to brown rice completely may cause adverse effects such as deficiency of minerals and calcium.
  3. Wash brown rice thoroughly if it is not organic.
  4. Mix with other grains which contain minerals and calcium when you cook brown rice when you can.

Sometimes, people tend to limit the things they eat only to healthier foods. But, we have to make sure we have enough nutrition for our body. I believe we should eat a variety of good and healthy food all around. Let’s eat food wisely !!

Next blog, I will talk about how to cook brown rice nice and properly.

Until the next entry, ciao for now.

Yoko xoxo

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Brown Rice (1) - Is it really worth eating? Image

We bought 25kg of brown rice the other day for health reasons. 25kg is a lot! I would have a strained back if I carried it.

Lately, Japanese have started eating brown rice as a result of a “health boom” in Japan. Some people have switched from white rice to brown rice. But is it worth eating it?

In terms of nutrition, brown rice contains higher content of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and fiber than those of white rice. Great! Let’s eat brown rice from today then! Well, wait a minute.

Some studies show that the % of nutrition absorption from white rice is about 98% and from brown rice is about 90%, which means you cannot absorb all the nutrients from brown rice. Hmmm…interesting.

Another point – Phytic acid in the brown rice is expected to have an anti-cancer effect, but at the same time, it prevents absorbing minerals such as calcium to your body. Also, you have to be careful about agricultural chemicals that remain in the husk.

Now, are you confused? Let’s be clear in the next entry “Brown Rice (2) – Is it really worth eating”

Until the next entry, ciao for now.

Yoko xoxo

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