Note: I need some encouragement this week. Just so you know!
Yet another habit which was so easy for me in Japan, but so hard for me once I moved… This week’s habit is Increase Your Fiber.
Increasing your fiber helps you to feel fuller for longer, and fills you up for less calories. As Lyn from Escape from Obesity says, “A high fiber diet can relieve constipation, increase digestive tract health, and decreases the risk of certain cancers. It helps stabilize blood sugar levels, decreases the risk of diabetes, and decreases the risk of heart disease. It can help lower your cholesterol too.”
I’ve traveled a lot for work my entire career, and I’ve noticed that I get constipated when I am out of Japan. In fact, I get so uncomfortable that I have to start eating high fiber cereals such as All-Bran, which is definitely not tasty.
I’ve come to realize that a traditional Japanese diet is very high in fiber. Okara (the remaining soy solids after making soy milk and tofu, not to be confused with Okra), hijiki (a kind of seaweed), and kinpira are all examples of Japanese dishes which are high in fiber. When I am away from Japan, my intake of fiber decreases unless I make a conscious choice to eat more fiber-rich foods.
I honestly did not do well this week. I am going to try again next week. I did not get enough sleep on Sunday night and it seriously messed up my week… I’ve been seriously exhausted! Wish me luck, everyone – it’s been a really hard week!
This week’s weigh in: 67.1kg / 148lbs (+0.4kg)
Yes, I’m disappointed that I didn’t lose weight. Oh well, I will try again this coming week! Please help me get through it!