Dietary culture changes by the climate. There should be eating habits suitable for that particular area you live in.
 For instance, vegetable naturally gathered in the warm provinces cannot grow naturally in the cold provinces. As for crops normally gathered in winter, it cannot be gathered in winter unless we give artificial cultivation. There is a character in each food. As for food, harvested in the warm provinces and period, most of them cool off the body.
And on the other hand, foods harvested in the cold provinces are likely to warm up the body. However, development of transportation in modern days enables us to get foods from all over the world easily regardless of where you live in. 
 The Japanese is not an exception. Because the Japanese has taken meals rich in fiber for a long time, intestines are longer than the Westeners. On the other hand, Japanese has not taken milk and dairy products from long time ago.
There fore, Japanese does not have much digestive enzyme for dairy products. Many suffer from diarrhea caused by milk and some suffer from allergy as well.
Now, Japanese food is considered to be good for your health and is popular all over the world.
  Certainly, considering calorie intake and to take Japanese food several times a week adjust it wonld be good. However, Japanese food fit Japanese body and climate, thus if you live in different climate Japanese food doesn't necessarily suit you.  Therefore, it is not recommended to change current eating habits will be changed into Japanese food.  
Before considering Japanese food, let's think of eating habits when your grandfather and grandmother was still small. It must be different from the current food. The bread consumed on daily basis must not have been so soft as it is today. Only this factor alone makes number of chewing when taking bread different. If you eat fast, you are likely to overeat. Moreover, they must have taken fruits and vegetables in season.
It has been said "Hara Hachibun Me" for a long time in Japan.
  If you feel full after meal, it is assumed to be 100%.  However, this is overeating and you should adjust amount of food so that the sense of fullness will fall about 80%.  
This is a very good when thinking about health.
 If you think about healthy life, let's review the current eating habits.

 If you think about healthy life, let's review the current eating habits.

 Introduction of Japanese food that can be easily cooked.

Delicious !!
Niku Jaga (Simmered meat and potatoes)

Ingredient (two servings)

200 gram thinly sliced beef
4 small potatos
1 llarge carrot
1/2 large onion
1/2 pack Japanese itokonjac (string type konjac) 
40 gram peas
2 half cups dashi soup (Japanese KATSUO DASHI) 
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons soy sauce (Japanese SYOYU)
1 teaspoon cooking oil or olive oil


Potato is cut to 4-6 pieces. Soak in water.
Cut carrot into bit pieces.
Cut onion into pieces smaller than the potatos.
Cut itokonyaku and beef into a easy to eat size.
Peas are boiled.
Boil itoKonjac for 2 minutes and drain off.

How to cook.        

(1)  Heat oil in pan. Lightly brown meat.
(2)  Do not cook meat completely. Add onions, itokonjac, potatoes and carrots.
(3)  And add dashi soup, sugar and soy sauce.
(4)  When these boilsed down, reduce heat. And add peas.
(5)  Skim the scum that may foam to the top.

Dashi soup

10 cm square of dried kelp.
15 gram katsuobushi(slice dried bonito).
3 cups of water.

How to cook.
Wipe surface of Kelp and put into pot with water, heat them on middle heat.
Remove kelp when kelp comes up on surface.
Just before coming to a boil add katsuobushi, after 5 seconds turn off heat.
Prepare strainer covered with thin cloth on top.

Instant dashi soup

If you have no time, use packet or instant soup stock. There are powder of dried bonito, konbu and niboshi in the acket. Put the packet in pan and pour water and heat. As soon as water comes to boil, turn off heat.

Konjac(Konnyaku) is good for your health !!

 Konjac is food that included a lot of dietary fibers. This makes the intestines move active. And, this has an effect of promptly putting out the poison in the body. After all, konjac will prevent the large intestine cancer, and is effective in the obstipation. Further, the dietary fiber has the effect of lowering the blood sugar level and the cholesterol level. Therefore, it is effective in the prevention and the treatment of arteriosclerosis and the sugar diabetes. Recent years it is advocated that konjac has the effect of exhausting to outside the dioxin and P・C・B, etc which accurate and become problems in the body.

The following site explains about konjac in English in detail.

about konjac in English in detail

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