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4/14/10 11:16 A

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I love the way you understood elegancy of clean food. Would more people see how beautiful food can look, it would change their eating habits.
Originally I have put links of menus from restaurants in Paris/France. It should show how elegant food can be presented.
I myself am not only a clean but also a raw foodist. I love to look at fresh, raw and nicely presented food and I enjo the fresh taste.
Something has happened in my life, as what I am telling here was not the case months ago and I must say that I seldom am going out for dinner. Restaurant owners come to my table to great me. I then mention that I am a raw foodist - the owners then go personally to the kitchen and compose a plate with raw food for me. It always turns out a piece of art. The beautiful colors and the presentation.

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4/13/10 8:39 P

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I'm just starting to understand and see the elegance of clean food. I had never thought of it before.

I'm understanding it this way. I became vegan 11 years ago, and in making my own food (at the time there really was no vegan convenience food save for Amy's Kitchen, and it's expensive and full of salt), I found that the food was, well, elegant. It was light, flavorful, nutritious, and beautiful to look at as well. Meat does look quite bland and from my experience from when I was an omnivore, the taste of meat does not compare to how delicious vegan food is.

I guess that's what you mean by elegant. It's beautiful in a lot of ways. Also, our taste changes according to our new menu, like mine did when I became vegan.

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CHRISTA-MARIA's Photo CHRISTA-MARIA Posts: 141
2/12/10 1:17 P

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Thank you for telling about the sugar in some Japanese sauces. I got a Japanese Cookbook, but had no time yet to leave it through.
I do not think that the "measurement of the bodies" has to do with genes. There are slim and overweight people all over the world. Japanese who stay with classic Japanese food stay slim. Viennese classic food is to put on weight. Most dishes are high in calories, have a lot of fat, sauces.... This is why, when you are going to a restaurant in Vienna, you are first offered an aperitif which is high in alcohol. For example: a fruit wodka or a parac. I guess that without it your body could hardly digest all that fattening stuff. In comparison how light Japanese food is!

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2/12/10 12:33 P

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I think that people mean sauces like teriyaki sauce and ponzu sauce. Both of those are notorious for having lots of sugar. I lived in Japan for a month and most of their food is quite healthy, but another thing I noticed was they had much smaller portion sizes than we do here and they walk a ton more than we do. They also have good genetics. That probably accounts for a lot of the weight difference. The women in my host family ate two or three bites of food and they were done.

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CHRISTA-MARIA's Photo CHRISTA-MARIA Posts: 141
1/6/10 7:50 P

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I wanted to find out what two of you meant with sugar and sauces in Japanese food and asked a Japanese lady.
....I say that people who eat classic Japanese food stay slender. There is a lot of fresh fish (some eaten raw) and a lot of vegetables indluding sea weet. Now, the American ladies say that there is a lot of sugar in Japanese food and there are lots of heavy sauces. Do you know what they mean with sugar in Japanese food? Are there many recipes with heavy sauces?
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I guess she means that many Japanese people started eating junk foods. They are not Japanese food. Foods from U.S.A. or some other. We basicly eat Japanese food(just like you say) but many of us prefer to eat foods from other countries because those high calorie meals are mostly tasty. But some of us realize that Japanese food is the best for our body. Speaking of myself, I cannot eat meat or greasy food a lot.
So... I don't know the recipes she said. If there is, it can't say "Japanese food". It is just "Food in Japan".

Could you explain what you meant with sugar and sauces in Japanese food? I am interested to find out.

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CHRISTA-MARIA's Photo CHRISTA-MARIA Posts: 141
1/2/10 4:49 P

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Oh yes, exactly, Japanese present their food so nicely. I plan to make photos of foods which are presented nicely and post it on my blog.
Also Chef Megan on Sparkpeople is doing a nice job presenting her food.

I also began to look up restaurant websites and post the url, which I began to do on my website.


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CHRISTA-MARIA's Photo CHRISTA-MARIA Posts: 141
1/2/10 4:44 P

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Not only that the portions in most US-restaurants are huge, you constantly see food lots of it not good, plus the TV is full of ads about food, most of it not good.
During the 7 years I lived in CA, I had a wonderful figure and there are lots of Americans who have an even better figure. So there is a way.
http://simonandbaker.com/ledoyen.html Scroll this page down, you see a whole menu. One can do that at home. And when going out: Try to share with your husband. I guess 1/4 is enough for you (depends!) and the rest should be enough for your better side.
You could ask for an extra plate and put onto your plate what you want to eat and leave the sauce and all the noodles, fried stuff.... at the other plate and ask the waiter to take it away. Just do it with style, leave a smile on your face. To your husband you could say: "I am doing this for you, darling. I want to look real hot, which I wouldn't would I continue to eat all of this." And send him a kiss through the air.

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1/2/10 4:00 P

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Yea! It is amazing the portion sizes here are way overboard and now they want to say we are obese and overweight.. yes we are the ones eating it or putting it in our mouths but who teaches us to eat.... we are surround with food.. anyways that is another subject..the suggestions you have here make sense and will be very helpful.. thank you.

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CHRISTA-MARIA's Photo CHRISTA-MARIA Posts: 141
1/2/10 9:06 A

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I have just posted a new blog entry. Maybe this is a help:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
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1/1/10 11:04 P

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Yes, it is true - some foods have sauces and that is Not clean, and some have sugar. Sushi has just a tiny drop of sugar. But it IS non-processed and not deep fried, except when u order that ....now I forget what its called! Oh yeah, tempura. thats coated and fried. ..and greasy.


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CHRISTA-MARIA's Photo CHRISTA-MARIA Posts: 141
1/1/10 6:10 P

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And: I just ask to get served meat or fish and salad. It is little bit of a discussion, but then they bring wonderful salads (yes, in the US more than you can eat at once.)
Japanese food: a lot of fish and vegetables. As a dessert you can choose a fruit salad. Order Sashimi. It is raw fish and the plate is very nicely decorated.

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1/1/10 6:06 P

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Oh, My God!" I remember when I lived in California, I lost my appetite when they served the plate with a portion I could live from for 2 days. And all the desserts as rich as a whole dinner.
When I go out, I often order an appetizer.
About the sweet cravings: Why not have a little something. BUT: When you eat clean for a while, you will not have any sweet cravings. As soon as the body gets what it needs (vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and other micro-plant-chemicals), you will feel satiated when you ate enough.
Vitamins: Forget about the pills. What they do: The company producing this chemical stuff makes more money.
Going out: Eat ssssllllowwwwwwwww!!!!!!! Why? From the moment you are full, it takes 20 minutes until this message is brought to your brain. In those 20 minutes you can eat a lot, which is too much and you then feel bloated. Concentrate on the talk with your husband, put fork and knife down from time to time and in between just look at the food.
2. Tip: When the food is served, look at the plate and decide how much you will eat. Put the rest a little to the side of the plate, just as much that you know what you will eat. Enjoy this and leave the rest. IMPORTANT: Do not eat too little. It would be bad, would you come home and plunder the refrigerator. Also to lose weight, you must eat - not to get into the yoyo-effect.
Hope, this helps a little.

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1/1/10 4:27 P

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This is interesting I do not find that Japanese food as Clean food... they have a lot of sugar, so can you assist me with how this can assist me in the future? I often have these challenges due to my husband wanting to go out but I have a tendency to ask for clean items meat no sauce, salad no dressing.

Yes they are still colorful on the platter and I totally love it.. so any advise would be great.

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1/1/10 2:43 P

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We could take a tip from the Japanese, who place "Presentation" as a very high priority. I ate at a Japanese restaurant the other night, and e/thing was so beautiful. Salads can look so gorgeous, with all colors of mixed dark greens, and slices of organic red pepper, and mushrooms, and a few cranberries mixed in!...and steamed asparagas looks just lovely laid out on a plate, with a green garnish of parsley. Or sushi...with wonderfully healthy seaweed...all very elegant.


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12/31/09 12:04 P

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A wonderful example what one can do with fresh, unprocessed foods, decorating a plate, celebrating to eat it: "Pure elegancy of food"
http://video.denmark.dk/Default.aspx?nid
=6&vid=39
Please post what you find about the very special sides of Clean Food, to make people understand better what it is and have them transform their eating habits together with a transformed lifestyle.

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