How Ichiju Sansai Helped Me Get Healthy — and Heal My Relationship With Food

Kaki’s Minimalist Japanese Kitchen program teaches the Japanese meal template to getting fit without eliminating anything

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Photo by Richard Iwaki on Unsplash

An overview of the course

MJK is different from other diet programs

My experience

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Photo by author. The tori renkon recipe (I had to substitute jicama for the lotus root since that’s not available in my area) with broccoli and miso soup. For this first meal, I only made one okazu (side dish) instead of two.

The joy I felt from this meal was the joy of deeply nourishing myself.

7 reasons why ichiju sansai is well worth the effort

1. My complex relationship with food has simplified.

2. I eat more fruits and vegetables.

3. I snack less, but if I do snack, I snack better.

4. Indulgent food is not as fun.

5. I lost weight and feel invigorated.

6. My husband and I cook together.

7. It created a positive feedback loop.

3 tips before you enroll

Adjust the recipes for your own needs

Be willing to invest extra effort for sustainable changes

Be prepared to use — and wash — more dishes

Minor quibbles

Closing thoughts

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