And the best diet advice is…

I started a discussion in a healthy eating / diet group I’m a member of (Whole Foods Plant Based) and it generated a lot of comments. A lot! I tallied the opinions expressed, and thought my friends might find the results interesting.

As I have experienced in the past, a lot of the info is contradictory, so ultimately I need to use my best judgment and sort out what is practical for me and what is not.

The numbers are the numbers of mentions of that opinion. I’ve listed in the order of most comments expressing a particular opinion.

– Calorie limits (in vs out) and tracking are needed: 27

– Limiting starches is needed: 11

– Chef AJ is helpful (and her new book): 10

– No food limits are needed: 9

– Intermittent fasting is helpful: 8
– Everyone is different (what works for some doesn’t work for others): 8

– Calorie tracking/limits are not needed: 6

– More exercise is needed: 5

– Portion control is important: 4
– I’m eating too few calories: 4
– Greens are important: 4
– Dr. Joel Fuhrman is helpful: 4
– Weight Watchers is helpful: 4
– Nuts, nut butters, processed grains, avocados, etc. will hurt weight loss: 4

– Calorie density is key or all that matters: 3
– Avoid sugars, dairy, excess oil, processed food, fried foods: 3

– Adding more starches is needed: 2
– Eating fruits is good: 2
– Lots of beans and veggies are good: 2
– Fruit should be limited: 2
– Starch/carb calories don’t count as much as fat calories: 2
– Aging slows your metabolism: 2
– Following Engine 2 resulted in weight loss slowing down: 2
– WFPB is for everyone: 2
– Drinking more water is helpful: 2
– Crack and meth are bad: 2
– Salads are good: 2
– Gut health is important: 2
– Dried fruits and fruit juices hurt weight loss: 2
– Increasing fiber is helpful: 2
– Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson is helpful: 2
– RH fitness in the UK is helpful: 2
– Dr. McDougall’s Starch Solution is helpful: 2
– The time of day you eat is important: 2
– Going to a program center is helpful: 2
– Amla Green is helpful: 2
– WFPB is about healthy eating, not about losing weight: 2

– Gbombs are good: 1
– Chef AJ didn’t really help: 1
– Juice cleanses help: 1
– Smoothies are good: 1
– is useful: 1
– Keto is bad: 1
– Nutritionists and therapists can help: 1
– No exercise is needed: 1
– Never eat until you are full: 1
– Eat whenever you are hungry: 1
– Dr. Neal Barnard is helpful: 1
– Dr. Doug Lisle is helpful: 1
– Yo-yo dieting makes it harder to lose weight: 1
– Menopause makes it hard to lose weight: 1
– Humans are herbivores: 1
– Humans are omnivores: 1
– Keto works for no one: 1
– Keto works for some people: 1
– WFPB is a lifestyle, not a diet: 1
– Overeaters Anonymous is helpful: 1
– Barbara O’Neil’s Proper Diet is helpful: 1
– Strength training is helpful: 1
– is helpful: 1
– Limiting high fats and adding starches is all you need: 1
– White rice is not good: 1
– Beachbody 21 day fix is helpful: 1
– Dr. Alan Goldhammer is helpful: 1
– I may be in starvation mode: 1
– Mastering Diabetes is helpful: 1
– The Pleasure Trap is helpful: 1
– The Power of Habit is helpful: 1
– Starches are just side, not main courses: 1
– Mindset breakthrough sessions are helpful: 1
– Calories don’t count: 1

A new Shinkoiwa Station – like magic

For several years now the escalators have been shut down for construction at my station – Shinkoiwa on the Sobu line. It was especially a nuisance if you had luggage and needed to haul it up the stairs. I kept on thinking, “What on earth are they doing? Why does it take years to update escalators?”

Then this morning on the way to Hibikinokai for my weekly volunteer classes the north entrance was shuttered! I thought, “Geez. What now?” I had to walk all the way around the station building to the south exit.

Just before, I came back from Hachioji and was stunned! Shinkoiwa Station looks like an entirely new station – all in one day! Like a great magic presentation, I’m sure all this was “hidden behind curtains” somehow, but it truly is amazing.

Everything inside is redone. You would not recognize Shinkoiwa from yesterday to today. And what’s even better is that finally you can walk through from the north side to the south side without going around the entire station!

People were standing outside the station taking photos. It was somehow really exciting.

Here are some photos I took of the new walkway inside pointing in the direction of the north exit, the wickets, and the new front of the north entrance.

I still don’t know how they finished up their magic in one day. Amazing.

Inside the new Shinkoiwa station building, a hallway from north to south, pointing in the direction of the new North Exit.


From the new north-south hallway, the new wickets to the platforms with new signs.


Exit sign to the North Exit, now called Tohoku Square.


The completely new North Entrance


The new North Entrance, a bit further back

Goodbye futon, hello mattress

Every 10 years, whether it needs it or not, I figured I should clean the floor in my bedroom.

I wanted to set up my new coil mattress! I haven’t had a proper mattress for 35 years now (just using futon) and I think I need better back support, so it was time. I got a new goza for the floor too.

Now I have to wait 24 hours for it to finish filling up with air. It was interesting how it suddenly expanded as soon as I took it out of the inner plastic bag. But the store (Nitori) said I should wait a full 24 hours before sleeping on it.

In the meantime I have to find sheets that fit it. I didn’t see anything good in my local store.