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21 July 2011 @ 07:46 pm
Some diet recipes and foods straight from Japan and my head♪  
Lately, I've been all about diet, exercise, and making a body that I love instead of one that I want to hide. Although there are certain things that can't be changed without surgery (like boob size, as in growing bigger, for example!), things like losing fat and toning... those are things that almost anyone can do!! It's harder for some than others, but hey.. to be honest, I'm really tired of not liking this or that, and so I decided to do it NOW.

Actually, in the last three years, I've lost about 30 kilos! It's pretty obvious if you look at old (unedited!) pictures of me, and rest assured I never put any of those online! ^^; Though, I am pretty tall, so 30 kilos, while it's a lot, it's not quite the same effect as someone a foot shorter would get. (By the way, I am roughly 10kilos heavier than the "bulky" models who are my height and I'm not underweight. just in case anyone was wondering ^^;;)

I won't get into what I don't like about my body, just rest assured that there are points, and I have been working really, really, really hard to change the ones that don't involve expensive surgery or dental work! Since I love to eat, I wasn't getting anywhere for a while, but now I've figured out a few recipes that (in addition to working out) really help AND leave me full and full of energy!!

Pal Sweet
Amazon link: パルスイート 120g袋
(It's really cheap here, but also if you want to buy it in person (in Japan), the cheapest I've found is Sun Drug drugstores)

When I looked online, I found out that this is the same as Nutrasweet. Supposedly. Basically, the best invention EVER!

I crave sweet things like no tomorrow, but too much sugar makes me break out, gain weight, and feel tired. With Pal Sweet, I can put it in anything that doesn't require cooking it, and it sweetens it up without any calories! Or at least basically none. There are 3 calories per heaping teaspoonful. Pretty much nothing!

It's made with Aspartame, so if that scares you, then I suggest not to try it. I have no problem with it, so I love this stuff! There are also other low/no calorie sweeteners like lacanto sugar, so I suggest checking out your healthfood store and seeing what you like best! It's a great help while on a diet, but even if I wasn't, I would still use this stuff!


These things are a godsend! Sort of...

Basically, think of them as jelly noodles. They're made from a certain kind of yam. They contain almost no calories. (about 3 calories per 100 grams) They're also pretty much all fiber and all natural, and have basically no flavor :D So.... they're GREAT for when you want to fill up! I used to boil them and cover them with spaghetti sauce for a healthy spaghetti-ish dinner.

HOWEVER. There are two things to consider, and because of them, shirataki might not sit well with some people. One, is that they are, like I said, JELLY(ish). It's like eating tasteless jello wigglers made into noodles. So really, they are nothing like spaghetti and therefore odd to eat with pasta sauce.

Two, they SMELL LIKE FISH. I mean when you open the package, it smells like the docks, or like the fresh fish section of the supermarket. Seriously. It's pretty vile. The smell will go away when you rinse and then boil them (I think it's just the water that they're in, and I don't understand why it smells so bad), but it could really put some people off.

That said, I actually prefer to use them in a dessert!! If you've ever had tapioca in milk/coconut milk, then you know what heaven it can be, right? But FULL of calories!! So I make a different version!

Shirataki "tapioca" dessert

Your favorite milk (I use whole milk, but if you like thin milk than you can use that of course!)
Low-calorie sweetener (I use Pal Sweet, aka Nutrasweet)
Vanilla extract

Basically, wash and then boil your shirataki noodles in order to get rid of the vile smell. You will know when it's gone :D After that, let them cool a little and put them into the blender. Add just enough cold milk to cover them (the less the better), and then blend until it's all blended up into tiny pieces. It will look just like tapioca milk! After that, add sweetener, cinnamon, and vanilla to taste. Voila! The only calories are from the milk, so you could eat a giant heaping bowl full of this delicious dessert with less than the calories of a slice of white bread! Cool, right? I don't know why I haven't been doing this for years! (And the fiber really fills you up!)

Salada de Noodle
Official page: http://www.kibun.co.jp/catalog/index.cgi?id=6166665
(I can't find a good link to buy online. I recommend checking at your local market. If you are in Japan, they may have it at a Tokyu supermarket near you, that's where I found mine)

On that note, I ran into this discovery at a nearby supermarket a few weeks ago, and it's saved my life!!

These noodles are made from tofu and gelatin, and just... AMAZING. They have nearly the exact same texture of regular pasta, and taste almost the same too!! I only say "nearly/almost" because I'm sure they taste different, but I can't figure out how! They're DELICIOUS! And better than that, they are 30 calories per pack!! (The package includes salad dressing, 13calories, but I don't eat that). Instead I use the noodles in all kinds of recipes!! And by the way, there is NO weird smell! Actually, they don't really smell at all!

My favorite is with eggs and kimchee!! Recipe to follow--


If you like asian food, especially if you like Korean food, then you probably know kimchee! It's a bit on the spicy side, but if you're okay with that, kimchee is one of the best things EVER. :) It's also basically calorie-free, so a great diet food! There are only 18 calories per 100 grams. Best of all, it's delicious!!

Basically, kimchee is fermented cabbage in spices. :D But don't let that turn you off! Miso, beer, wine, and a lot of other things are fermented, too, after all! It's so good and so healthy and just yuuuuuuuum! I eat it raw sometimes as a snack, and sometimes cook it in dishes of varying yumminess.

Which brings me to my next recipe!!

Scrambled kimchee ala noodles!

1-2 eggs (based on your preferences)
150-200 g of kimchee
Salada de noodles, or tofu noodles of whatever variety you can find

Scramble up your eggs (you don't need milk or oil, just crack the eggs into a hot nonstick frying pan and move them around till they're scrambled), and then add the kimchee. Cook 1-2 minutes while stirring, just until it's warm and smells too good to wait. Open the noodles and rinse them under cool water and strain them until they're mostly dry. Put them into a bowl with the egg-kimchee mixture, mix it up, and dig in! Enough to make your stomach so full that it hurts, and it's only about 100 calories (160 if you have two eggs)!! If you feel adventurous, then it's also delicious to throw in some chopped onion, peppers, or whatever other veggie you love. OMG... heaveeeeeen!! If you have a really big tummy, then you can double the batch and pig out until you're in a food coma and your belly looks as if you're 6 months pregnant, and still not gain weight. :D How cool is that??!!

Flaxseed (亜麻)
You can order it here (Japan): フラックスシード(亜麻の実・亜麻仁・アマニ)種タイプ・1kgお徳用サイズ

Ohohohooo! I was looking for something healthy for me, and this turned out to be a gold mine! Actually, it's pretty much unheard of in Japan, but I finally found it at a decent price on Amazon.jp of all places! (See above for link)

Wiki on it is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flax

Basically, I grind it up and throw it in my yogurt at breakfast time, with some fresh fruit and pal sweet. YUM! You can put it in all sorts of things. :3

Speaking of which, right now my favorite breakfast is 100g of fat-free yogurt with one twp flax seed, pal sweet to taste, and a diced fresh peach. I'm so happy that peaches are in season right now!!


It's peach season, and coincidentally, peaches and raspberries are my favorite fruits! I could seriously live on peaches!!! In addition to plain or in yogurt, I LOVE to cut one up, pour a tiny bit of milk and pal sweet over it, and eat a totally guilt-free dessert! Mmmmmm!!! It's like heaven in a bowl. :3 TO DIE FOR! ALso great in oatmeal, etc etc etc! Great anywhere and anytime that you have a napkin to wipe up the sweet juice!

And my last current staple:


Are you hungry and need a snack? Want a simple lunch that fills you up without using any calories? If you do, then this is great!! (As long as you like miso paste!)

Miso paste is what's used to make miso soup. It tastes like.... I guess, well, salty! A little like soy sauce, which makes sense because they're made pretty much of the same things!

Anyway, take your favorite green leafy crunchy vegetable and dip it in miso paste and eat! YUM! It's delicious, trust me!!

I alternate between cabbage, lettuce, and hakusai (chinese cabbage, in the picture above). Just tear off a bite-sized piece of leaf and lightly touch it to the miso paste, and it picks up enough flavor to become amazingly heavenly delicious! Again, you can eat a huge stomachful without any real calories! In general, about 5 grams of miso paste is enough per 100 grams of leafy yumminess.

Well.... those are my current staples/often-eaten foods! I still eat a mix of other foods of all kinds, depending on the day, but these low-calorie treats have really helped me shape up! I'll definitely still be eating them even after I achieve my goal!

Does anyone else have any delicious low-low-low calorie recipes and tricks? Please share them! (=^o^=)/

By the way, my ideal would be close to Gisele Bundchen. I guess..
サクラちゃんsakura_chan_09 on July 21st, 2011 10:56 am (UTC)
i dont believe you were fat!
you look so skinny on pictures, i actually thought you were underweigt.
(i'd kill to see your old pics, cause really cant believe it)

i'm 173cm tall and 61 kg for now, and i look kind of a fatty. i wanna get to 55kg:) so there os a long way ahead.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 21st, 2011 11:04 am (UTC)
Even now I weigh a LOT more than you do, though I'm a little taller so I guess it balances it out.

Most people never called me fat, but they were just being nice. When I taught kids, I had two girls who came up and put their heads on my stomach and asked when my baby was due!! That was maybe 4 years ago... o.o;; Soooo embarrassing, that was one of the last straws.

I dressed to hide it mostly, and pictures that I put online were usually altered. If I had pictures in a bathing suit from back then and now, it would be easy to tell. Though most Americans would not have considered me fat, I was in the upper range of healthy, if not over.
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angellusion: Other - Bear in chairangellusion on July 21st, 2011 11:15 am (UTC)
If you don't want to answer this, that's fine ^^ but I'm just curious how many dress sizes you've gone down. What dress size were you before you lost the 30kgs and what size you wear currently? :)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 21st, 2011 11:25 am (UTC)
I actually don't know my dress size, but in jeans size, I used to wear 12,and when I gained even more weight, they were really tight and dug into my hips. Now I think I wear a 4-6. Recently I tried on a skirt that's a 2, but it didn't fit. I have a very round and paunchy tummy, so if I can get rid of that (one of my most hated areas), then I can probably fit a 2, though I'd have awful love handles. I suppose a 2 is about my ideal. A 0-2, as long as I don't look like a skeleton. Or really, just "flawless in a bikini" is what I'm shooting for.
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petite_ranpetite_ran on July 21st, 2011 11:26 am (UTC)
Thank you, that's a really useful post.
I have to try the cabbage/miso combi soon, that sounds super delicious.
I lost 10 kg last year with simply stopping to eat sweets and count calories (and drink a cup of cappucino if I crave something sweet.), but I wanted to start again with some different healthy food. :)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 21st, 2011 11:32 am (UTC)
You're welcome!! Let me know if you like it!

I figured that I might get some flack for this post, but as long as I Helped pass on some ideas that I thought were pretty good, it would be worth it :)

(I wish that I could lose fat just by eating less, but I was 100% sedentary as a child, so I don't have any muscles, just fat, lol. So I have to work out and build them now to lose fat... pure torture, lol)
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kakibellkakibell on July 21st, 2011 12:34 pm (UTC)
There are exercises and massages you can do to increase bust size without increasing how much fat you have, as well as help you create the ideal body you like. As well as non-surgical spa treatments, and even acupuncture treatments. They definitely work. I know people who went from a Japanese A cup to a Japanese H cup using them, the most famous being Yoshimaru Mieko, whose beauty seminars I attend. She has several books out and you only need to do the exercises for about 15 minutes a day. I only started her seminar about a month ago and have gone up about half a Japanese cup size, as well as reduced my arm size. I am very muscular thanks to gymnastics, so it was nearly impossible to really lose the volume in my arms and thighs until I found this method.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 22nd, 2011 11:24 am (UTC)
They really work?? If you don't mind, I'd love to hear more about them!

I was doing a massage that they featured on Majo no 22jikan, but nothing really changed after three months, and if it means that I stop doing the exercise then they.. deflate.. then surgery might be the best option... I certainly also want them to be perkier too..
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 22nd, 2011 11:42 am (UTC)
Wow! I can only imagine, it must have been a huge shock to find that out!
人間はリセトしたい時,どうするのですか?melianek on July 21st, 2011 02:31 pm (UTC)
i... just needa find a blender and i'll try that "shirataki tapioca milk"! *O*
Debbieteacup_bunny on July 21st, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
I was in Japan for six weeks recently--I went from 53.2 kg to 56.8 kg. I've only lost about 1.5 kg in the 2 weeks I've been back, so I feel pretty awful. Actually, my happy weight is 49.1 but it's so so so hard to reach and maintain. I'm only around 154 cm though. I work out all of the time, but it's been hard to lose this weight for some reason.

I like to eat homemade pasta sauces and use shirataki noodles too! They aren't bad at all as long as you wash them well. I put them in homemade soups and stuff too. I also have a really good bran/flax seed/whole wheat muffin recipe if you'd like it.
Debbieteacup_bunny on July 21st, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
I forgot to mention--in the asian market near me there are Tofu shirataki noodles which taste almost exactly like pasta. They sound like the salad de pasta noodles, but I'm a vegetarian so I can't have gelatin. So good, and really low calorie.
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 22nd, 2011 11:57 am (UTC)
Good luck!!

Mmmm, I love meat, so it's hard to cut down really.. Right now, I make sure not to eat too much because it's full of calories, but when I'm not strictly dieting, I eat my fair share :)
athenazandrite on July 21st, 2011 03:54 pm (UTC)
If you want to bake something use applesauce instead of sugar. Better for you and pasteries tend to come out deliciously moist. Unsweetened of course. Apples are naturally sweet.
ore-samathesundaywriter on July 21st, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
I've been eating similiar food as well, though I don't have much of a sweet tooth so my sugar intake is really little, even snacking I'd my more guilty of reaching for chips or cheese than sweets and biscuits.

Shirataki noodles are great, I didn't know you can try them in a dessert, that 'tapioca' recipt is something I must try. I agree with the smell but it's not bad when you get used to it and wash them well =3 I also love peaches and multigrain bread with flaxseed is yum! And I must go find those tofu noodles!

Thanks for the recs, and all the best to reaching your goal, I would like to loose just a bit more as I seem to have reached this stagnant point, getting to the first hurdle wasn't too bad but it's going that bit further that I can't seem to find a solution to, especially with my waist/thighs area =X
night_owl_9: Alice Senonight_owl_9 on July 21st, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
This is very useful information! Thank you very much for sharing! :)

How have you been, dear?
超ちゃ人: cute panda: excitedchochajin on July 22nd, 2011 03:34 am (UTC)
I think it's great how hard your working out!
I was totally into it, too, seeing some results already, but my new project keeps me so busy that it's really impossible to keep going at the moment. I hope that once I came back from summer vacation I can keep things up again.
I can't help with recipes, though :(
Right now I just love to eat salads and other stuff with lots of raw veggies :)
calliopem_eratocalliopem_erato on July 22nd, 2011 04:11 am (UTC)
This looks helpful especially since I've been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and would need to reduce my sweet (I hardly consume them though) intake and carbohydrate consumption. The cabbage, we call it Chinese lettuce here in my country, can be found anywhere in the market. Although the others may require looking. Kimchi is everywhere here too given the number of Koreans staying here in the Philippines.

Flaxseed rang a bell because I've seen crackers with it.
Fiammattafusakugyoku on July 22nd, 2011 04:32 am (UTC)
OMG... that shirataki dessert recipe! I have all this shirataki that I don't know what to do with (hard to make yummy pasta with them...) but I have all these ingredients in my cupboard! I HAVE TO TRY THIS!
taytayishyper on July 22nd, 2011 08:31 am (UTC)
I lovvveeeee this post. And I'm really glad you've started posting again. I was really starting to miss my updates from Japan. D:

I really like to mix fruit, ice, and crystal light (and soda water, but that's optional) together to make a refreshing icee type thing. :3

Btw, I had a question that you probably get all the time, and I'm not even sure you're going to reply, but what got you interested in Japan, other than manga/anime? What made you want to live there? I've wanted to live there for...6 years now I think and I just can't figure out a transition to get there. What I would really like to do is teach English as a second language there.
But yea, just asking. X3 I'm really curious.