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Black Garlic: A New Superfood?

At first glimpse, you might not be so enthralled to put black garlic on your dinner plate. But looks can be deceiving. Does it resemble little jelly-like pebbles of coal? Sure. But its sweet, non-acrid taste and nutritional benefits might make you a believer... Read More

5 Examples of Everyday Mindfulness (That Aren’t Meditation)

Mindfulness has entered our everyday conversations in a powerful way. But what does it really mean? Jon Kabbat-Zinn, the creator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), defines it as such... Read More

How to overcome OVERLOAD in 7 steps

Too many things to do, you simply can’t, you get super stressed, you try to do everything and likely end up with doing nothing. This used to be my life. Read More

HOW TO DRINK ENOUGH WATER

Drink most of it in the morning (try 1.5l before you leave the house), another ½ l +before lunch, then another 1l throughout the rest of the day (adjust amounts according to your needs, but many adults can aim for about 2-3l). Drink several glasses at once or use a bigger bottle (don’t limit yourself Read More

Set an Intention, Not a Resolution

Is it almost the New Year already? It seems like just yesterday we were setting resolutions, hopeful about accomplishing new goals and making positive changes in our lives. But while we often do our best to stay focused, resolutions don’t often pan out the way we’d like. Read More

Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu Season

Feeling under the weather? When the temperatures drop, we tend to spend more time indoors, get less sunshine and fresh air, and consume more indulgent, comfort foods. This combination leads to higher exposure to airborne organisms and decreased immunity, which means you're more likely to catch a cold or flu. Don't fret, nature is chock full of remedies that can help you boost your immunity and alleviate symptoms of sickness. Read More

HARA HACHIBU - Eat 80% full

Said to originate in confucian teaching, this Japanese phrase or it’s unabbreviated version “Hara hachi bun me” means literally “stomach 8 parts” (out of ten). Calorie restriction - What to do if you want to adopt this healthy habit. Practically. Read More

5 Superfood Swaps That Will Save You Serious Cash

Healthy foods, especially superfoods, have a notorious reputation for being expensive, and a lot of people use that as an excuse to grab fast food and sacrifice their health. Fortunately, there are plenty of nutrient-packed foods proven to protect against cancer, prevent heart disease, lower blood pressure, and more – that won’t break the bank. Read More

COFFEE - MILK OR NOT

So, I am not really a “coffee person”. Myself, I never slipped into drinking a lot or absolutely needing it. I assume you know overdoing it with coffee (multiple cups a day) isn’t the best thing for you. Perhaps you just haven’t made the choice to change it yet. Read More

WHAT (easy) TO DO WITH BUTTERNUT PUMPKIN and 4 KIDS

If you can find it, get it. The squash, not the kids;) And get more than one! Squash again;) They are special, not always around in Japan. Yes, the kids too. I got mine from JA farmers market (heh), thanks to my dear friend Yuka’s suggestion. Her soup recipe is almost identical with mine, but I must say the taste is much better with butternut pumpkin. Read More

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