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The Japanese Diet
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Image by timtak
By "The Japanese Diet," I mean a way of getting and staying slim inspired by the Japanese lifestyle, rather than what the Japanese eat, and I’m not saying I do all these things.

Eat slowly, with smaller bites using chopsticks
Use smaller plates (Wansink, Ittersum, & Painter, 2006),
Eat a variety of things in very small portions,
Cut your slices of bread in half,
And bring your food to your eyes, so it looks big, like a bonsai tree
Enjoy eating, the taste, texture, look, variety of your food
But do not use food as a way of cheering yourself up
Try to believe that treating yourself with food is less fun than treating yourself with being thin – Kate Moss "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" is also a maxim in Japan.
Don’t talk when eating, concentrate on your food
Think of food as a gift from all people who made it possible, and say an undirected "thank you" before you start your meal.

Do not drink sweet drinks, which are only for children. They contain 6-13 teaspoons of sugar
Do not drink fruit juice, which is only seemingly healthy
If you do drink fruit juice water it down by up to ten to one
Drink green tea, black coffee, wheat tea (mugi cha), or water
Do not eat sweets, which are only for children
If you do eat sweet things only in miniature, and not very sweet
Do not eat dairy products, which are for children, or hefers
Do not eat cheese which is concentrated bulking up food, not even for cattle
Eat less, more often
Eat vegetables Eat vegetables!
Always "eat" soup before your meal
Treat proteins as flavourings, for your vegetable matter, rather than as a way of filling yourself up
Remember that meats are dead animals by eating it raw and call your "beef" cow and your "pork" pig, and eat fish, or failing that chicken in preference to both.
Soy, and other beans, is the best source of protein eat lots of it in many forms (Eda beans, bean sprouts, tofu, miso, kinako ground roasted soya beans, red bean paste which is Japanese for chocolate, natto and others). The Japanese are made of soy!
Rice is better than bread
Cold rice is less calorific than hot
Exercise is better than calorie reduction

Wear clothes that fit, no baggies
Get smaller clothes as you get thinner (second hand shops help gaijin, but Japanese usually buy clothes new)
Enjoy your clothes and your appearance

Try to look at the world, by always carrying a camera.
Find ways of enjoying your body, especially as it gets thinner
Take selfies!
Look in the mirror (Nagumo, 2012)
Get naked in front of other people
Go to the pool, beach, or public baths
Do things that you could not do before, climb a mountain, run for your bus, or get a longer bicycle stem to get longer and lower when you can.

Try to improve your posture
necklaces, sit on the floor, stiff rucksacks, martial arts (see below)
Go to bed early and get up early
Exercise in the morning
See exercise as a form of worship, and your body as a temple.
Do exercises which are a repetition of set forms, ideally with others, such as yoga, aerobics or karate
This encourages you to realise what you yourself look like

Drink alcohol only with others (at parties)
or immediately before sleep, never during the day, and like sugar never as a way of cheering yourself up.

Talk, and think in a deep voice; high voices are for other people
Try not to think in words, words are for other people.
Be aware of what thoughts as words are – excuses or cake. (Nisbett and Wilson, 1977; Libet 2008, Soon, Brass, Heinze, Haynes, 2008, Kim, 2002)
Be aware of what cake is – autoaffection (Derrida, 2013)
Judge your own behaviour visually, by imagining it, or thinking about how it looks to others, from their reaction especially.
Listen to your breathing or chant a mantra
Do no criticise others, everyone is trying, nor praise yourself
Linguistic praise is something that is or should be only transitive (the only sort of self praise to allow yourself is narcissistic, in the literal sense – an enjoyment of your self imagining, photos, mirror reflection)
Do things for others, especially children
Sleep, and bathe, with your children. There is no better way of enjoying your body.

The dark side of Japanese thinness
Smoke cigarettes in moderation (and die thin)
Do not eat much of anything, shrink the size of your stomach, and die with haemorrhoids (which seem to be prevalent in Japan)

Very un-Japanese Bibliography
Derrida, J. (2013). Of grammatology. JHU Press.…
Haidt, J. (2001). The emotional dog and its rational tail: a social intuitionist approach to moral judgment. Psychological review, 108(4), 814.…
Kim, H. S. (2002). We talk, therefore we think? A cultural analysis of the effect of talking on thinking. Journal of personality and social psychology, 83(4), 828.…
Nisbett, R. E., & Wilson, T. D. (1977). Telling more than we can know: verbal reports on mental processes. Psychological review, 84(3), 231.…
Soon, C. S., Brass, M., Heinze, H. J., & Haynes, J. D. (2008). Unconscious determinants of free decisions in the human brain. Nature neuroscience, 11(5), 543-545.…
Wansink, B., Ittersum, K. van, & Painter, J. E. (2006). Ice Cream Illusions. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 31(3), 240–243.
Nagumo, Y. 南雲吉則. (2012). 長生きしたい人は「鏡」を見なさい. 朝日新聞出版.

They must be tourists
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Image by Ed Yourdon
Let’s face it: New Yorkers don’t walk around the city wearing a t-shirt that proclaims how much they love where they live. Well, maybe one passionate individual might do so — but not a pink t-shirt, for goodness sake! And here we have two such people, marching along in their t-shirts, at the southwestern corner of Columbus Avenue and 72nd Street…

Thus, they must be tourists — and God bless ’em, I hope they spent oodles of money to help keep our economy afloat…

Note: even though the girls, and this photo, have nothing at all to do with Times Square, the photo was published in a Jul 26, 2009 blog titled "Avoiding Times Square." I guess that’s called "artistic license" … In addition, a cropped version of the photo was published in an Aug 13, 2009 blog titled "Travel Gear Then and Now." And it was published as an illustration in a Sep 2009 Mahalo blog titled "Whatever It Takes T-Shirts," at www-dot-mahalo-dot-com-slash-whatever-it-takes-t-shirts. More recently, it was published in a Nov 13, 2009 blog titled "10 Ways To Spot An American Tourist," as well as a Nov 16, 2009 blog titled "Textildruck mit Städtenamen." And it was published in a Dec 15, 2009 blog titled "How To Shop On A Budget in New York."

Moving into 2010, the photo was published in a Jan 7, 2010 blog titled "Ventajas de no parecer un turista al momento de comprar." And it was published in a Feb 16, 2010 Travel Fitness blog with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Mar 10, 2010 blog titled "Travel Packing List Part 2 – Clothing." And it was published in a Mar 29, 2010 Gadling blog titled "How not to be a traveling target." It was also published in an Apr 13, 2010 blog titled "Shopping tips for the budget traveler." It was also published in a June 2, 2010 Daily Forex News blog and a Jun 9, 2010 Forex Trading EA blog, and a Jul 7, 2010 "Latest ‘Forex News’ News blog", with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. And it was published in a Jun 22, 2010 blog titled "I ♥ NY T-Shirt." It was also published in an Aug 20, 2010 blog titled "17 things travelers need to know this month." And it was published in a Sep 24, 2010 blog titled "ニューヨークのお買物ガイド." It was also published in an Oct 13, 2010 blog titled "Come fare shopping a New York senza spendere un capitale." And it was published in an undated (mid-Nov 2010) blog titled "Forex News – Why Most Traders Use it in the Wrong Way and Lose!" It was also published in a Nov 19, 2010 blog titled "Q&A: Where can I find a foreign exchange?? And it was published in a Nov 24, 2010 blog titled "Forget Black Friday, Can 15 Fashion Addicts Give Up Shopping for a Year?" It was also published in a Dec 4, 2010 blog titled "Global Forex Trading – What is so Appealing About This Forex Opportunity?" And it was published in a Dec 6, 2010 blog titled "What is the best forex robot available and do you recommend?" and a Dec 8, 2010 blog titled Three Very Important Forex Trading Tips for Newbies," as well as a Dec 10, 2010 blog titled "Global Forex Trading – Lesser Known Facts That Can Lead To Your Personal Wealth." It was also published in an undated (mid-Dec 2010) blog titled "Comments on Forex Trading Account Sizes, Lots and Margin Calls."

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a Jan 10, 2011 issue of The Huffington Post, in a blog titled "7 Countries With The Worst Dressed Tourists (PHOTOS)." It was also published in a Jan 22, 2011 blog titled "Which areas in the USA has most people trading Forex? I can’t find any info on this anywhere!?" It was also published in an undated (early Feb 2011) blog titled "Dreaming Big Pips With a Forex Robot." And it was published in an Apr 9, 2011 blog titled "Touristism NYC 2011." It was also published in a Sep 30, 2011 blog titled "The Brass Sitdown: How To Travel, With Staffer Jane," as well as a Sep 30, 2011 Girls Clothes Images blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Dec 6, 2011 Gawker blog titled "NYC Tourist Pro Tip: Don’t Let Anyone ‘Borrow’ Your Credit Card." And it was published in a Dec 25, 2011 blog titled "Celebrity fashion: Emmy’s best and worst dressed."

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Feb 28, 2012 blog titled "Am I at a healthy weight? How can I lose weight? Fitness tips?" It was also published in a Mar 22, 2012 blog titled "When Do You Really Become a New Yorker?" And to was published in a Jun 4, 2012 blog titled "Tourists Are to Thank for Manhattan’s Current Retail Boom." It was also published in an Aug 30, 2012 blog titled "Winning In The Forex Market Requires Excellent Knowledge." And for some mysterious reason, the photo was published in a Sep 12, 2012 blog with the bizarre title of "is there actually any bloody forex trading robots that work on the intercrap!!!?"

Moving into 2014, the photo was published in a Mar 8, 2014 blog titled 22 People Who Are Living The…" It was also published in an undated (mid-May 2014) blog titled "21 VANLIGA MISSTAG SVENSKA TURISTER GÖR I NEW YORK."


This is part of an evolving photo-project, which will probably continue throughout the summer of 2008, and perhaps beyond: a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan — between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

I don’t like to intrude on people’s privacy, so I normally use a telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they’re still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what’s right in front of me.

I’ve also learned that, in many cases, the opportunities for an interesting picture are very fleeting — literally a matter of a couple of seconds, before the person(s) in question move on, turn away, or stop doing whatever was interesting. So I’ve learned to keep the camera switched on (which contradicts my traditional urge to conserve battery power), and not worry so much about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture … after all, once the digital image is uploaded to my computer, it’s pretty trivial to crop out the parts unrelated to the main subject.

For the most part, I’ve deliberately avoided photographing bums, drunks, drunks, and crazy people. There are a few of them around, and they would certainly create some dramatic pictures; but they generally don’t want to be photographed, and I don’t want to feel like I’m taking advantage of them. I’m still looking for opportunities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which might inspire others to reach out and help them. We’ll see how it goes …

The only other thing I’ve noticed, thus far, is that while there are lots of interesting people to photograph, there are far, far, *far* more people who are *not* so interesting. They’re probably fine people, and they might even be more interesting than the ones I’ve photographed … but there was just nothing memorable about them.

2/366 Me
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Image by clogsilk
If you were doing HPAD last year you’ll recognise this as one of a series of shots of me. And if you weren’t you’ll soon be bored by them anyway! I’m taking 1 a month to how (hopefully) me shrinking as I lose weight on Weight Watchers. I started in May last year, and I’ve lost 3 stone-ish (assuming I haven’t put too much on over Xmas, I find out tonight at weigh-in eek!)

My one and only new year’s resolution is to to get to my goal weight this year which means losing just under 3 stone from now, plus whatever I’ve put on over Christmas and New Year. Bring it on!

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