My husband says I’m “impatient” and “stubborn”.....
.....I just say that I’m a “strong-willed woman-of-action”.
Maybe you’re like me –
If something is broken, I want it fixed!
And if I have a question, I want answers!
Sound like you? Good, then you’ll like this....
And if you are like me, I slowly began to notice things weren’t as “firm” as they use to be as I got older....more “squishy” if you will.
And when my rabbit-like energy of my 20’s felt like it was permanently dialed down to “turtle” in my 40’s, I started getting frustrated.
Even more frustrating was the fact that every time I stepped on the scale, it seemed more “broken” then the last time....you know what I mean.
Anyway, whether it was the early stages of menopause or just a misbehaved metabolism, it just seemed like everything was starting to feel slightly “broken” - Specifically in the health, hormones and happiness departments.
I had a lot of questions...the problem was, I didn’t like any of the answers:
The answer from my doctor was a bottle of pills that came with a warning label reading: “may cause explosive diarrhea” – NO THANK YOU.
The answer from my best friend was the keto diet. Like most women, it works for as long as it takes for you realize that you don’t want to live your life without wine and chocolate – Thanks, but no thanks.
And the answer at the gym was a $400/month trainer. He looked like a 22-year-old Brad Pitt in sneakers and sweatpants and I almost said “I’ll take him”, until I realized that $400 can buy a lot of wine and chocolate :)
Luckily during one of those days where the scale seemed “extra broken”, I saw a news article that literally changed everything!
In fact, if it wasn’t for that little article that I almost missed, I would STILL be an exhausted 208lb mom with hypertension and a rattlesnake temper.
Let me explain.
Alright, so the headline from that little 2 paragraph article read something like this:
**“World Health Organization: JAPAN- Healthiest Women On The Planet”**
-Their average life expectancy was 87 years old! (13 years longer than us)
-Japan’s rate of depression was almost non-existent at 2.3%! (ours is 33%)
-The average Japanese woman weighs only 115 pounds! (American women weigh 157lbs on average)
The statistics were so crazy I thought I though it may have been one of those “fake news articles”, but when I dug a little deeper I saw that It was all true!
And whether you are “impatient”, a “woman of action”, or just want to get back to feeling (and looking) like your old-self, it really doesn’t matter....
....You are probably thinking:
Live Longer, Happier and of course “Lighter” – YES PLEASE!!!
You are probably also thinking ....
“How do they do it?”
The answer wasn’t actually that simple though...
The good news is that the answer had nothing to do with “unique Japanese skinny DNA”, so that was a start.
At first it was pretty frustrating because most websites recommended this thing called the “Okinawa Diet.”
I call it the “Oki-No-Fun” Diet, but I’ll let you be the judge:
Named after Japan’s Capital, it was all about eating raw fish, lots of yoga and fasting for 3 or 4 days at a time...
....Now if you’re like I was,
maybe you would like your clothes to fit a little better and the needle on the scale to start moving in the “right direction”.
And if you are a little older like I am, maybe you would like a good night's sleep, a few less headaches and an extra dose of energy here and there.
HOWEVER - If that means becoming a yoga master who starves herself for 3 days a week and only to fill her plate with raw fish and “mung-beans” for the other 4....you can count me out. Right?!
But there was one other statistic in that article that I almost missed – the most important one -
Japanese women don’t diet.
How could that be – Over our the course of her life, the average American woman will diet 137 times, while the average Japanese woman diets .8 times during her entire life!
With that in mind, I knew there had to be a better way.
And there is.
And maybe my husband was right...
Maybe I am “impatient and stubborn”, because when I couldn’t find the real answer, I dug a little deeper.....
Actually, let’s be honest here.....way deeper.
I was like a chubby little dog digging for a bone.
And if had to dig all the way to Japan that’s what I would do.
And that’s what I did.
Long story short, after an extensive conversation with the Secretary to the Japanese Minister of Health and Agriculture I got the real answer.
.....And yes, I ACTUALLY called Japan......
Anyway, as it turns out, the REAL reason why Japanese women are so healthy,
and the reason I knocked off over 80 pounds last year and feel 20 years younger, is because of a famous Japanese Military Doctor that “put his foot down” almost 70 years ago.
Dr. Ishizuka saw what was happening in America with the introduction of fast-food in the 1960’s and he actually convinced the Japanese Government to mandate what he referred to as “Flavor-Pairing Rules”.
And by the way, those flavor-pairing rules weren’t really “rules” at all....they were more like simple guidelines that you pick and choose based on your specific needs and what’s easiest for you!
My personal favorite was this tasty “carb-pairing” trick Japanese women use almost daily. In fact, many scientists think it’s the same reason why the Japanese are able to consume more carbohydrates than any other nation and stay so slender.
Anyway, it all boiled down to these easy little habits, tasty 2-step recipes and simple rituals you would never think of in a million years.
Stuff we never hear about because the blogs, TV doctors and fitness trainers focus only on eating tons of protein, pills, high-intensity exercise or the latest quick-fix diet.
The Japanese guidelines specifically stated that those are the LAST things any woman should be doing, ESPECIALLY if you’re over 40 and have more than a couple dress sizes to lose.
And like I said, even though there’s so many of these “flavor-pairs” for you to choose from, I just stuck to 5 or 6 of the tastiest ones that fit into my lifestyle the best.
The cool part was, some of them have nothing to do with food at all – There’s this DIY “Citrus Youth Bath” that I got completely obsessed with during my 84-pound journey!
When I told my Mom, she was like, “84 pounds?!?! That’s more than my German Shepherd weighs....you lost an entire German Shepherd!”
And by the way, at 65 she just ‘flavor-paired” her way out of a size 12 and is back into a size 4 for the first time since her 20’s!
The only problem is that my Dad is always talking about how “frisky” she is now...
And as inappropriate as my father is, there’s this t-shirt he’s had since I was a kid that reads in big bold letters:
“Simplicity is the Essence of happiness”
And that’s really what sums up the entire concept of Japanese Flavor-Pairing and how I finally “fixed” my scale :)
Since then I’ve helped 1000’s other women fix their scale as well using 5 or 6 of their favorite flavor-pairs. I thought that if I wrote this little article I’d be able to get the word out to even more ladies today.