This week Melanie of Society Wellness is hosting Fashion Flash. A former dancer and certified Yoga instructor, Melanie is my go- to source for nutritional advice. Want to know the best type of calcium supplements? Ask Melanie. Nutritional value of gluten-free foods? Ask Melanie. Genuinely good recipe for fat-free salad dressing? Ask Melanie. Yes, she is that good. She drills down in every subject to sort out fact from fiction. The result is a site with up to date always useful information that you can trust. I am so delighted that two of her supplement picks will be featured in the soon to open Fashion Flash Boutique.
The statistics are impressive. While 34% of adult Americans are obese, just 3% of adults in Japan are obese. Japan spends less than half on health care costs than the US, yet the highest life expectancy in the world. All this despite the fact 50% of Japanese men smoke!
The resaon for these enviable health statistics has been linked to their low fat diet that is rich in fish, rice, vegetalbe soy and fruit. Japanese Women Don’t Get Fat or Old turned these concepts into a unique health and diet book. The Tokeyo born author shares her recipes and menus that she learned in her mother’s kitchen. She grew up on the traditional Japanese diet and then went to college in the US– where she promptly gained 25 pounds eating the high fat, high sugar, low fiber American diet. Despite daily exercise, the pounds stayed on until she returned home to visit her parents. In a few months the extra pounds melted away, just by returning to her Japanese eating pattern.
I love books that provide in depth detail and Japanese Women Don’t Get Fat or Old definately delivers. She explains how to select the right ingredients, the cooking and serving pieces for portion size and presentation and the hows and whys of every recipe. According to Moriyama, many Japanese recipes start with Dashi broth made from Kombu seaweed and dried fish flakes. She gives an easy recipe but I have to admit I cheated and used commercial dried Dashi powder for her bowl of raman noodles with shrimp. It was, in a word, perfect. Her recipe for salad dressing that includes rice vinegar, red onion and sesame oil is well worth the price of the book.
Despite positive health statistics, most public health experts believe that the standard Japanese diet is too high in sodium. Moriyama agrees and she avoids or limits high sodium ingredients like miso, salt fish and pickled vegetables. She also points out that most of the food in Japanese restaurants is more like party food. Her recipes are the true home recipes. Japanese Women Don’t Get Fat or Old is definately worth a spot on my cookbook shelves.