Blue skies after the typhoon

Beautiful blue skies this morning after the typhoon. You can even see Mount Fuji in the distance behind the Sky Tree and all the cables.

Part of a neighbor’s very old roof flew around the neighborhood and landed on my third-floor veranda. It was very light, so fortunately did not cause any damage. I actually passed it to him from my veranda while he was walking along walls behind the house.

Neighbors cleared out their bicycles and plants this morning from my first floor. And I walked around picking up little pieces of that roof that were all over the place. Everything here seems back to normal at the moment.

This cute snail got inside my first floor during the typhoon. This morning I put him out on a neighbor’s plant. He seemed happy.

Typhoon, and now an earthquake

It’s been quite a day across the Kanto area. Typhoon 19, the largest since 1958 apparently, still is a few hours away from reaching Tokyo. But it’s unusually wide, and spread across much of the Honshu island.

On top of that, we just had an earthquake in nearby Chiba – Shindo 4 on the Japanese scale, Magnitude 5.7.

Shops were completely sold out yesterday. The rail system closed this morning (Saturday) and will stay closed until around noon tomorrow. Flights are all canceled, the Rugby World Cup tournaments were canceled and, well, basically everything is canceled and people are hunkered down.

Our storm shutters are closed and we are riding it out, interrupted by iPhone alert messages about nearby evacuation centers. So far things are ok though.

We opened up our ground floor (still haven’t fixed it up for rentals) to neighbors to store their bicycles and flowerpots until the typhoon passes.

There was one disturbing alert about the possibility of the Nakagawa flooding. That river is just 600 m from my house. But considering the way the river banks have been reconstructed the last few decades it’s hard to imagine actual flooding here. I understand 50 or 60 years ago it happened often though.

Anyway, I think things are going to be ok. Just waiting for the center of the typhoon to reach us and pass through.

One year of “How Not to Die”

Just a little milestone to report. Today marks exactly one year since recommitting to WFPB (Whole Food Plant Based) eating after reading Dr. Greger’s “How Not to Die.”

Besides all the vast improvements in blood tests (great cholesterol, blood sugar down to normal) I’m down 25.6 kg = 56.4 lb this past year, and down 43.2 kg = 95.2 lb total on WFPB in all.

I’ve made a few adjustments along the way, balancing his reports with my personal experiences (they aren’t always 100% in sync – everybody is different), and continue to make adjustments as I slowly get closer to goal.
But overall I am very pleased and satisfied with this way of eating.

Fruit Calorie Densities

Note: Calorie density is often used by people trying to lose weight. Trying to fill up with lower calorie density foods before going on to higher calorie density foods (like starches) can help people with their overall calorie control.

Fruits are considered to be on the low end of the calorie density scale. But calorie density greatly varies among fruits as well. So people trying to lose weight might need to be careful even when eating fruits.

Everybody is different. Some people can even eat nuts and lose weight, even though they are very high in calorie density. Some people need to be more careful. That’s why I’m writing this breakdown of calorie density for fruits, so people trying to lose weight can see which fruits are probably better if you need to control caloric intake.

I’ve also included potatoes, carrots, and tomatoes for comparison. Note, for example, that the calorie density of bananas is actually higher than the calorie density of potatoes. So if you are worried about weight loss, you might want to at least consider that. I myself am giving up bananas for now, and generally going to try to limit fruits in favor of non-starchy vegetable snacks, like carrots and tomatoes.

Added note: It also depends on how quickly you can eat a fruit. For example, it takes time to peel, slice and eat an apple. For me it takes about 15 seconds to eat a banana. 🙂 Also, I get bags of 160 g of frozen blueberries that are just 77 calories for the whole bag, and they take a while to eat, so I think they make a good snack.

But it might be better to snack on salads rather than fruits if you are trying to lose weight.

The units are calories per pound.

  • Tomatoes 82
  • Watermelon 136
  • Strawberries 145
  • Melon 150
  • Carrots 172
  • Pears (Asian) 191
  • Pineapple 221
  • Apples 227
  • Oranges 230
  • Raspberries 236
  • Blueberries 259
  • Pears (LaFrance) 262
  • Grapes 292
  • Potatoes 391
  • Bananas 404