Lose Weight by Eating Like the Asians Or the French

The farmers in our country produce enough food for every man, woman, and child to eat 3,800 calories per day.

That is about twice the number of calories that the average person should consume to stay healthy!

Along with the massive number of available food choices and the ability to “super size” just about any meal, it’s a wonder that we Americans still manage to fit into our clothes (actually, many of us don’t because we are morbidly obese).

As Americans we face the problem of overabundance. Not only do farmers overproduce food for this country, but our current lifestyle and culture push people toward being overweight. In this country, eating out is perceived as both a social pleasure and a sensual reward. Americans work hard and play hard, and we reward ourselves by overeating. It’s not considered rude to overeat. How many of us had grandmothers who kept trying to feed us more and more food? In this country, food is love — the more food, the more love.

The Asian and French Difference

In contrast, in Asian and French cultures, good cuisine isn’t about quantity, it’s about quality. Have you ever been to a Japanese restaurant and been served a beautifully-arranged plate of food? The focus is on presentation, and the food that is served is almost always pleasing to the eye. Whereas Americans delight in a plate overflowing with steak and potatoes, Asian and French chefs offer dishes with a lot of “white space.”

In addition, in these cultures children are often taught to eat only to 70% of capacity because it is considered rude to overeat (and loosening your belt after a heavy meal is definitely not acceptable social behavior).

The Asian Focus on Live Foods

Finally, the Asian culture has a much stronger focus on “live” foods than the American culture. Asians consume a great deal of marine algae and seaweed, as well as enzymatically live foods, such as fermented soy products. Studies show that blue-green algae, for instance, keeps people slim because it possesses a great deal of fiber, helps cells detoxify, and best of all, keeps people in a good mood (which prevents emotional eating).

If you want to lose weight, consider viewing food from the viewpoint of the Asians or the French: feast your eyes on food, not your mouth. Focus on foods that are beautifully presented in modest quantities, rather than large heaping piles of food that will last but an instant on your lips, but an eternity on your hips!

Japanese Skincare and Beauty Secrets Revealed!

Have you ever wondered why it is that so many Japanese women and other Asian women look so much younger than their years? It certainly is intriguing to know just what is it in Japanese skincare products that seems to delay or stop the aging process, and makes skin look so smooth, healthy, and young.

The Japanese have traditionally used Mother Nature’s gifts from the earth and the sea to nourish and beautify their skin. Let’s take a look at some of the natural beauty ingredients that the women of Japan have been using since ancient times.

Azuki. A kind of red bean, it is also known as adzuki or aduki. It is a centuries-old traditional beauty ingredient in Japan and in some other Asian countries. Women would place ground azuki in small silk pouches, which they would then rub on their face to keep it smooth and free from blemishes.

Komenuka Rice Bran. Another super ingredient in Japanese skin care tradition, it enjoys a reputation as excellent skin food. Its nourishment properties help keep the skin looking young and smooth by preventing wrinkles from appearing and by controlling the skin’s natural oil production.

Wakame Kelp. This is a kind of sea algae found in the waters of Japan and is one of the superstars in Japanese traditional and natural skincare. Its other health benefits are so many that it’s also used as an ingredient in many Japanese dishes.

One of the things that is so amazing about wakame algae is its remarkable ability to prevent the breakdown of hyaluronic acid, a substance that our body needs in order to maintain healthy skin and keep it supple, firm, and young. Having insufficient amounts of hyaluronic acid leads to dark circles under the eyes and to dry, unappealing skin.

Another characteristic of this Japanese seaweed derivative is the excellent protection it provides from harmful free radicals, which cause our skin to age prematurely. It is rich in minerals needed for skin health and beauty, such as calcium, potassium, and vitamin B. It truly is a beauty preserver, and an outstanding skin care product ingredient.

You don’t necessarily have to be Japanese in order to experience the beneficial effects of these traditional beauty products used in Japan. There are anti-aging products like face creams, eye creams, and firming masks that contain them, and which you can buy regardless of your race or skin color. 

Learn more about the effects of traditional Japanese skincare products and techniques today. It may help you find the beauty and anti-aging product that works best for you.

Suggestions For Asian Collectibles

When people start to think about decorating their homes with Asian collectibles, like Oriental figurines, they can feel apprehensive. It is natural to be repulsed by the idea of placing cheap, Dollar store knock-offs in one’s home just because they “look” Asian. Of course, the thoughtful buyer will be able to avoid committing this kind of egregious error easily. A genuinely intelligent person often thinks that he wants his home to have a vintage look because this is supposed to be what the East is all about. In the Eastern custom don’t we have respect for our ancestral traditions? Don’t we believe in enlightenment through knowledge of one’s self? Of course! Granted this, vintage collectibles are always an asset in home decor. However, we should remember that the word “vintage” really means a type of decor that signifies an earlier time period. What if I told you that there is far more to finding the right Oriental collectibles than this?

It is a market-based fact that many people like to decorate their homes and places of business with Oriental figurines. This is why retailers like Wal Mart and Target are selling the cheap products which are mass-produced. However, how many people really understand what Asian home decor really means? Some people, even those who are not Asian, desire a taste of Asian culture in their home because it is more in style these days. After all, people nowadays from the West go to places like China and Japan on vacation or business. They usually bring back an Oriental figurine or two for display. Yet the person who is reading this article is probably not this kind of sporadic buyer. You want the best Asian collectibles possible within your budget.

Let’s start with the obvious. First, you must decide on the size of the figurine. It is no secret that some very fine and high quality figurines are larger than other equally beautiful and elegant figurines. However, this does not necessarily mean that you will always pay more money for the larger one. Some large figurines cost considerably less than finely constructed smaller ones. Some times it may pay to start your collection with a larger figurine if you have taken the time to plan a strategy for your home decor. Yes, a strategy is a very helpful tool in making the right decision about collectibles!

The next thing you might want to consider are the vintage collectibles available to you. There are many vintage lines of collectibles. A short sampling might include the historical figurines like Kong Ming and Bruce Lee. There are mythical creatures from China like the dragon and qilin. Also in the Chinese vein are the figurines which embody folklores like the Eight Immortals line. Lastly, there are village people enacting ordinary peasant life in old China. It comes down your personal taste as far as making a final selection from any of these categories. Even a couple vintage figurines will add positively to a modern Asian decor plan in ways you probably can’t imagine now.

What if you would like to emphasize the beautiful aspects of Asian culture with your Oriental collectibles? Once again, we return to our beloved Geisha figurines for this desirable task. It is my personal belief, based upon a broad survey of the Oriental collectibles market, that Geisha figurines are the most beautiful and elegant works of Asian collectible art available…. anywhere! After all, this was the sole purpose of the Japanese Geisha: that is, to be beautiful, elegant, and artistic. Geishas are perfect for a shelf or hearth in your home. They are also elegant for curio cabinet. They are appropriate in most any display case you may already have. Geisha figurines improve your home decor almost without any extra effort on your part. Why do I say this?

The answer is found in the inherent symbolism of the Japanese Geisha artist. The Geisha wore an elegant kimono of classical Japanese design. In old Japan kimonos were often symbolic of particular seasonal festivals, imperial holidays, historical commemorations, and traditional mythical celebrations. The Geisha hairstyles could be one of many styles, referred to commonly as “shimada.” The bun style shimada was the most popular with the Geisha artist. The elaborate hair combs and hair pins which a Geisha had to wear indicated either her junior or senior status which was called “kanzashi.” It is no accident that a Geisha was often considered a moving work of art in almost every possible way. So, a Geisha figurine cannot help but bring this same timeless, beautiful quality to your home by her mere presence.

There is a final consideration before you choose an Asian home decor which includes Oriental collectibles. Asian interior decor is gradually becoming a very popular style of elegant home/office decoration. However, Asian decor involves a comprehensive understanding of this trend. Asian decor is far more than merely being linguistically correct by incorporating a little calligraphy into a decor scheme. It is more than buying collectibles which appear to be vintage just because they depict earlier or interesting periods of history. It is also more than looking for beautiful and elegant collectibles to awe your family, friends, and visitors. Yes, Asian decor is different because it is evolving through a process of continuous learning and adaptation. This is what makes Asian decor contemporary. This kind of decor revolves around light and provides ways and means to allow the passage of sunlight into your home. Therefore, it would be an excellent idea to remember these important facts as you consider the kinds of beautiful, elegant, and vintage collectibles in your home or office. You want all visitors to “see” your collectibles and other Asian decor choices clearly. Since Asian decor emphasizes a minimalist style, you will want key collectibles located in the right places for the full effect. You want the atmosphere to exude the spirit of Asian beauty, elegance, and art in one viewing!