My Health: Food

Food. I don't like the word "diet" because its modern day usage instills the idea of it being temporary, with an end goal/date and something less than desirable. The stuff I eat is awesome tasting, super healthy and definitely not temporary (as in, "I'll start eating McDonald's again when I hit 60kg or after 60 days.) It's sustainable as it's delicious, easy and available, not hunger-inducing and totally satisfying. Here's a sample of my three favorite foods: Pork belly, avocado and coconut oil.

Pork Belly
100-gram serving of pork belly typically has about 520 calories. The calorie breakdown is: 92% fat (53 g), 0% (0 g) carbohydrates, and 8% (9 g) protein. The fat is 38% Saturated, 12% Polyunsaturated and 50% Mono-unsaturated. This is really good.

I buy a lot of pork belly (豚バラ). An average block is about 500g. Here are two things a regularly do.

Homemade Bacon
500g Pork Belly
50g Salt
25g Sugar (optional)
1 stick of finely diced celery (necessary)
Your choice of spices and herbs.
Ziplock bag

1. Completely coat the pork belly in all ingredients, rubbing it in.
2. Seal in in a ziplock bag for 7 days in your fridge. Flip every day.
3. Wash it off with cold water and soak in a big salad-bowl of cold water for a half-day. This will pull excess salt out so your bacon isn't too salty.
4. Pad it dry and leave it uncovered in your fridge for at least a day to dry.
5. Keep it uncovered in your fridge and slice off pieces as necessary to throw into a hot cast-iron pan.

I've been eating homemade delicious bacon every morning for almost a year now. I've used grapefruit, honey or pineapple instead of sugar. I've used about 6 different kinds of salt. I've added wine, tequila, cocoa powder, ginger, garlic, rosemary, lemon, green thai curry, tosino mix, miso and all sorts of stuff, all with great success. You can't mess this up! Here're a ton of my bacon pictures.

Succulent Lazy Pork Belly Roast
500g Pork Belly
Your choice of spices and herbs

1. Stab about 6 knife holes in the pork belly and stuff a full garlic clove in each.
2. Add salt, pepper, any seasoning you wish.
3. Wrap tightly in tinfoil. Leak proof. I usually wrap it in 3 or 4 layers.
4. Bake for 30 minutes each side at 200C (390F) then let cool for another 30 minutes.
5. (Optional) Broil or hit it with a blowtorch to crisp-up the fatty side. Slice and serve.

1 Avocado has about 322 calories. The calorie breakdown is: 77% fat (30 g), 19% (17 g) carbohydrates, and 4% (4 g) protein. The fat is 14% Saturated, 12% Polyunsaturated and 64% Mono-unsaturated.

My knives are too sharp.

An Egg in an Avocado
You don't need recipes. Slice them up and bbq them, put them in a salad, add hot-sauce and eat them as is, mash them and make guacamole. Misha@PMK wrote some interesting stuff about avocados. Eat them all the time.

Coconut Oil
1 tbsp (15ml) of Coconut oil has 117 calories. The calorie breakdown is: 100% fat (15 g), 0% (0 g) carbohydrates, and 0% (0 g) protein. The fat is 86% Saturated, 1.8% Polyunsaturated and 5.8% Mono-unsaturated.

There are a million articles out there about the million ways to use coconut oil. I use it in my coffee (everyday and mix it well!) and occasionally cooking. Don't barbeque with it. It'll just burn black. Most other cooking is fine. I also use it to shave, post-sunburn healing, dental hygiene and maybe a few others. Use it all the time.

Unfortunately in Japan, the are few places to buy coconut oil. There's an ever-changing variety on amazon.co.jp, there's cocowell (I bought a flat) and there's ambikajapan. In North America, it's easy to find in most grocery stores.

This is, of course, not the only stuff I eat. I often eat other animals (lamb, cow, chicken, seafood), but pork is so delicious and fatty that its often in my fridge. Don't forget all the inside-parts of all these animals (heart, liver, tongue, kidney, intestine, bones, feet and whatnot.) I make pig-femur bone broth, for example, and it'll basically make you superman. I eat tons of eggs in every way possible, often raw, and I often toss out the egg whites. Yes, I eat a decent mix of vegetables, I suppose.

Importantly, I don't eat these: wheat, soy, gluten, sugar, processed/packaged foods, sweets, fruits (especially juices), potatoes, corn, powders/gels/supplements.

 I also have a lot of random food pictures on my foodventure flickr.

#1 - Health: Introduction
#2 - Health: Food
#3 - Health: Exercise
#4 - Health: Information Sources
#5 - Health: Side-Effects
#6 - Health: Specific to Japan
#7 - Health: About Ketosis
#8 - Health: Book Recommendations
#9 - Health: Extra Thoughts
#10 - Health: "S" is for Success (Summary)


  1. What's the pork belly called in Japanese, and how much would a 500g block cost you?

  2. It's called "Buta Bara: 豚バラ."
    Approximate costs:
    Japanese Pork 178/100g
    American/Canadian 118/100g
    Mexican 98/100g