4 Must Do Things in Okinawa

Super Foods are Hiding in Your Fridge

The easiest and most straightforward way of giving yourself energy, preserving your body and losing weight is probably available at your neighborhood food store, or it might even be buried in your kitchen. Don’t be alarmed, be excited.


Many health experts from around the world have been advocating for the incorporation of superfoods into our diets, and some say that merely adding a few of them to your daily menu is enough to provide your wellbeing with an instant boost.

What is there in superfoods that makes them so desirable?

Some of these superfoods are rightly considered exotic, and are only available in health food stores. Among these, you can find acai berries (that come from the Amazon rain forests), goji berries (another rare fruit), Spirulina (a miracle working seaweed) and others. The good news is that most of the superfoods are far more accessible than we thought, and as a matter of fact, they are already available at our house. Despite the fact, that some of these healthy foods are underneath our noses, we do not consume them on a regular basis. 

Among the superfoods, you can find at the nearest market or supermarket you can find: legumes, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, blueberries, strawberries, quinoa, salmon, dark chocolate (with more than 70% cacao), and many green leaves – the greener they are, the healthier they are. For this reason, kale has become the object of such legendary tales, that have turned it into the unofficial king of superfoods. Spinach, mangold and Bok choy are high on this list as well.

Apparently, turning to a superfood-rich diet is super simple, and super healthy: replacing processed foods or less healthy foods by superfoods, will not only grant our body important nutritional values, but will also provide energy and assistance to the different body systems. Some of them even boost the discharge of mood-improving hormones.


R.M. Drake

You shouldn’t look for answers in people who have left you.
There are no revelations there. No guides. No fulfillment’s of any kind.
You’re not going to find a map to paradise in these people.
You’re going to find confusion and a lot more questions, perhaps even more than you can handle.
And I know people change, that is if they want to but why give in?
Why trust who has broken you before?
I mean, people live and sometimes they have the nerve to come back but that doesn’t mean you’ve got to let them back in.
You don’t have to.
You owe it to yourself to be happy.
Besides look at you now, you’re a goddam superstar and in their absence you have found more of yourself and your smile.
You’re stronger and to be honest, you don’t need to spiral around the bulls*** their universe brings.
You don’t need people who have hurt you to convince you of how beautiful you are.
You’re a flower, and you don’t drown the moment the rain starts falling down.


How did the food industry get us to stop asking the question: is sugar toxic?  


It all starts with a secret PR campaign dating back to the 1970s. For forty years, Big Sugar deflected all threats to its multi-billion dollar empire, while sweetening the world’s food supply. As obesity, diabetes, and heart disease rates skyrocket, doctors are now treating the first generation of children suffering from fatty liver disease.  The sugar industry is once again under siege. They dodged the bullet once. Can they do it again?

Today, industry is deploying its old tactics and pulling out the old adage “we just eat too damn much.” This time consumers aren’t buying it. The critics have gotten smarter, bolder, and madder and science is catching up.

Pediatric endocrinologist, Dr. Robert Lustig thinks we’ve all been ‘frucked’ by industry. He’s evangelical, blaming sugar for a waiting room filled with obese kids with fatty livers. His flock of five million online followers grows daily. In the court of public opinion, he’s part of a leading group of experts who are putting sugar on trial.


But Japan’s not waiting for the verdict. For the first time in history, their children are burdened with lifestyle diseases that their parents never faced. To counter a health crisis that could sink their economy, Japan’s introduced a radical new law that takes aim at another ‘bottom line’: the girth of the nation’s waistlines.

Pulling back the curtain on the sugar-coated tactics of an industry once again under attack, this documentary will give you a chilling feeling of déjà vu. Today the industry is back sweetening the message. But this time, history comes knocking.

When the doors closed at the Great Western Sugar Company in Colorado in 1976, someone forgot to sweep the floor. Gathering dust in the archives were 1500 pages of internal documents exposing how the Sugar Industry used Tobacco-style tactics to dismiss troubling health claims against their products. Denver dentist turned postdoctoral scholar at the UCSF School of Medicine, Cristin Kearns, knew she’d stumbled on something big: the industry’s secret playbook. Her mentor, Stan Glantz, the superstar professor from San Francisco who brought down Big Tobacco warns, it’s going to get dirty.

While industry and science duke it out, are we sitting on a dietary time bomb?

In the vein of “Supersize Me”, Damon Gameau becomes a human guinea-pig when he puts himself through a grueling 6 week diet consuming the equivalent of 40 teaspoons of sugar a day.

Years ago I dropped 30lbs when I went to an entirely “natural foods” diet. I read about so many different diets it made my head spin until I said screw it, I’m just eating what nature made and nothing else. I was always active I just had a little weight to lose. Once I started eating natural the weight just fell off. I didn’t completely understand the science behind why, but it worked. After watching this film I’m 100% sure it’s because of all the sugar I cut out of my diet and that our bodies can process natural foods easier than processed crap.

Give this movie a watch then cut out all the sugar from your diet and I bet you’ll see a huge difference in your body and mind in a month or two.

Day 3 in Japan 

Already I want to move back to Japan. I’d have no idea what I would do for a living, but the desire is still in me.

It’s Sunday, so more family time.  I enjoy family time.  The simple daily things in Japanese life are my kind of fun.

I’ve been told we are going to head to Ibaraki to go shopping and at an outlet mall.  We’re driving.  Driving in Japan is expensive, $20 round trip on the tollway for one hour of driving each way.  The nice thing is that there are these amazing rest stops along the way.  It’s not like the USA where most rest stops are disgusting, semi-scary places I want to get away from as fast as possible.  The Japanese restop consists of many different eateries, very clean, functioning restrooms, and even a very, very nice convenience store.  People will actually stop and spend some time here instead of the USA hit and go approach.  The other fund thing about traveling by car is seeing all the different styles of cars and how people decorate their cars.  In the USA people like a uniform color car, black, grey/silver, and white.  In Japan folks seem to enjoy being a little different.

fluorescent yellow toyota minivan  They like choice and more customization and are willing to pay for it.

I will not spend a lot of time on the outlet mall.  It was basically like most outlet malls in the USA.  Even many of the same stores.  The only difference is that the level of serviced in Japan is significantly better.  It seems no matter your status in life in Japan, you take pride in what you do for a living.  Plus there are affordable vending machines everywhere selling tea, not Coca-cola.

On the way home we stopped at a grocery store.  Going to grocery stores is one of my favorite pastimes in Japan.  The first thing that most Americans would find surprising is that this was a 7/Eleven holding company.  Yes the same 7/Eleven convenience store in America.  In Japan 7/eleven can be many different things: convenience store, grocery, department store, bank, and more.  This particular one was only a very large grocery in Kashiwa, Chiba.  The level of selection is amazing.  I have fun trying new things, learning how they shop, and trying new things.  Generally the food choices in Japan are significantly healthier than the USA, so I find this very, very helpful.   The last things were the Japanese recycling machines.  Getting paid to recycle.  I added a little video to check them out.  It’s shown to work in Japan and the USA.  I wonder why more communities do not do it.


The day is capped of with dinner, thank the lord I am living with 4 chefs.  We will usually chase the dinner with a little new nihonshu or beer.  Once again the selection of both is extraordinary.  Another great day in Japan.