Make One Change! 5 Japanese Diet Tips For A New You

We all know how it is… Christmas is over, the last of the wine and turkey have been snaffled and it’s time to turn over a new leaf! But despite those great yoga pants you got for that pilates class you will totally go to, or all those delicious naughty snacks you shovelled into the bin in ‘Operation: Clean Start!’, one week later you’re standing in the chippy asking for your usual. Argh!

Take a tip (or five) from us and read all about how 5 simple changes from Japanese food culture will help you lose weight and eat more healthily, without sacrificing the foods you love!

We’ve all been there at the start of a diet, that sudden eye-popping reduction in food and a desperate attempt to live off salad in the cold winter months; foolishly we think we have to sacrifice taste and happiness to get the body beautiful… wrong! With our 5 Japanese Diet Secrets we’ll tell you all you need to know to easily change your eating habits, improve your health and trim down in no time, whilst not having to live by ridiculously restrictive rules. Hurrah!
After one too many pigs-in-blankets, a near-empty Quality Street tin down (apart from the orange creams, we’re not mad) and Baileys running through our veins it’s time to take off the gluttony glasses and kick start 2013 with a healthy-eating plan you can easily stick to and tastes amazing. Impossible we hear you cry! No no no, there’s a reason Japan has the lowest obesity rate and the longest life expectancy in the world and in the coming weeks we’ll share Japan’s diet secrets with you.
/sigh… it’s that time of the year again! If you’re anything like me, then over the last few days you’ve feasted on way too much turkey and roast spuds, a single token brussel sprout and lashings of rich, delicious gravy. The pleasure that comes afterwards only lasts for a short while… until the regret starts and I begin to ask myself “Why did I eat so much?”
But hey, New Year’s coming up soon and that means that we can create another New Year’s resolution to get fit and healthy (for the 100th time!) The hardest thing about going on a diet is that diet food usually just doesn’t taste very good. Well, it never used to anyway… check out some of these Japanese foods from Japan Centre that are not only amazingly delicious, but also fantastic health foods, perfect for getting back into shape again.

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We all promise ourselves that this year will be different, this year I am going to make a change and start being more healthy. The problem is that to improve our health, we have to sacrifice something to get it… taste!
But why does it have to be this way? Why can’t we get more healthy while simultaneously eat great-tasting food which consists of more than just a few leaves of salad?
Look at Japanese people… They have one of the lowest obesity rates in the world, live longer than everyone else, and have you ever seen some of those Japanese grannies who could pass for teenagers? (I understand that girl in the photo above is at least 50 years old!)

Read on for Japan Centre‘s guide to a new diet for 2011, with delicious and healthy Japanese food!

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SHIRATAKI

Shirataki noodles, or miracle noodles as you may have seen them called have become a recent food sensation as they contain almost no calories or carbohydrates, making them an ideal substitution for normal noodles or rice in Japanese dishes. If you are on a low calorie diet or just want a healthy dish, these Japanese konnyaku noodles are a perfect option.

So, anything which is this good for us must have a bad side too right? Well sort of… because shirataki contains so little of anything, it doesn’t really taste of very much. However, these noodles soak up the flavours of anything they are cooked in so today we are going to look at some ways to make these noodles taste delicious.