Eating healthy on the road | Japan

Eating healthy on the road | Japan

Eating healthy is particularly hard when we’re traveling or busy. So I took a little challenge: can I whip up a healthy meal, without spending too much time or money, even on the other side of the Earth? πŸ˜‰

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  1. Sean on May 9, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Great video. I’ve been anxious about traveling since being diagnosed with T2D five months ago. I feel like I can’t stay in hotels anymore because there is no real kitchen which I guess I’ll require now when traveling. (I even bailed on a family vacation because of it already). Cooking also definitely takes me a lot longer, not exactly sure why…This video gave me some hope and inspiration that I’ll still be able to enjoy travel in my life while eating healthy. Thanks!

    I am curious, if the only appliance you had where you were staying was a microwave, would you still aim to eat in, or would you seek healthy options at restaurants?

  2. Sue elley on May 9, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    Would you mind sharing what specific DHA+EPA supplement brand you take yourself? I’ve been looking online and it seems that ones containing carrageenan may be harmful. I’m confused as to how the values work as well. For 250mg/d, should I be looking for something with ~250mg of DHA and ~125 of EPA? Anyway, I’ve learned a lot from your videos, keep up the great work. πŸ™‚

  3. d36somethin on May 9, 2022 at 7:10 pm


  4. Maen M. on May 9, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    … whenever I’m back in Japan or Asia/SE Asia in general my diet is on pause. πŸ˜‚ Conbini food, fresh market food, local restos, and street food. I try compensating by avoiding soda. To be fair lots of fresh fruit options in Asia to snack on. πŸ˜‹

  5. Vanessa Sah on May 9, 2022 at 7:16 pm


  6. MrDaniel91090 on May 9, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    Why don’t try japanese junk food?

  7. Steve Steve on May 9, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    As a Holistic Nutritionist, I LOVE this video! This is what nutrition is all about! When people see how easy and inexpensive it is to eat well (healthy), there’s a higher chance of them actually taking responsibility for what they eat. This video is great on so many levels; from learning to make their own food to discovering new healthy foods that feed their gut biome. Awesome job! AND….. all while in a foreign country???!!! Way to go.

  8. Some Guy on May 9, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    The people of Japan live the longest as a country. They eat a lot of rice, edamame, seaweed and tofu. The traditional diet was low on meat compared to the west. They also have a lower BMI.

  9. Some Guy on May 9, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    One more disadvantage of restaurants: They tend to use more Salt, Oil and Sugar than when you cook. They want to keep the customers coming back. S.O. and S. are a cheap, easy way to do that.

  10. Stefano Marchesan on May 9, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    Hi Gil! Wow Japan must be amazing, I hope one day I’m gonna go there! A tiny hint.. once you have a bit of time, consider making a new channel logo, more modern and less "made with paint" πŸ˜‰ Cheers!

  11. Kristina Voyvodova on May 9, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Great video! I’ve heard Japan is actually not that vegan-friendly so cooking at home is a great solution. Enjoy that amazing country and can’t wait for the next video πŸ™‚

  12. Dean Hooks on May 9, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Very nicely done…no need for fancy production. Great message here also. Some of my most memorable and most nutritious meals have been on travel. Just a quick trip to a local store, head straight to the veggies/fruits/grains and then all hands on counter to chop/saute and all of a sudden there is a great meal with the fun of making it together. I really appreciate your science-based approach and no magic bullet/pill honesty.

  13. Kevin Erb on May 9, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    Can you make a video on salt? I couldn’t find anything on your channel and everyone’s advice is so conflicting

  14. Lenora Shelton on May 9, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    That was good for one meal. I travel a lot and many times hotels do not provide mini kitchens. Mini fridge regularly.. I follow mostly vegan. (Sometimes it gets tough only eating salads while on the road) Recently I was on a 5 day cruise, found it takes a whole lot of effort and creativity to eat healthy. My easiest vegan meal was at the hibachi place however the additional salt caused problems later. πŸ™ I will be traveling to Paris, France in the next few weeks. I plan on using Yelp as much as possible to find vegan friendly, vegitarian friendly but I’m betting it is going to be tough. Lots of bigger cities now have vegan places popping up so cross your fingers.

  15. Toki on May 9, 2022 at 7:38 pm


  16. Betty M on May 9, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    I’m grateful for my mom always made me curious for new foods from different cultures when I was a child! I love new taste!

  17. Avi Desai on May 9, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    Japanese people r the healthiest people in the world

    Meanwhile in the USA:πŸŸπŸŸπŸ”πŸ•πŸͺ🍑

  18. roseagain2 on May 9, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    Cool video thanks!

  19. bicyclethief on May 9, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    can you do more meal "recipes" like this? that was simple, very do-able, and looked delish too

  20. Elischeee on May 9, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    Awesome! I find eating healthy while travelling incredibly hard and can use some inspiration. Can’t wait for the next vids!

  21. gotoruthvideo on May 9, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    I eat grapes in my salad every day.

  22. Mr. Yoda on May 9, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Great video! Seemed like a delicious meal.

  23. Theo Hirsch on May 9, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    One issue I have is that "plant based" has come to mean 100% plants in a lot of circles. Most solid diets are based on plants and when I go to the grocery store I am thinking of dishes that can be made with veggies like soups and salads. Usually something like broccoli or cabbage, or mushrooms or spinach first, then sweet potatoes, potatoes, or colored rice. There’s always garlic, onions, carrots, celery, parsley and basil for seasoning. Third it’s avocado, olive or avocado or olive oils. Then its fruit, though I usually go for frozen pineapple and wild blueberries since they last longer. Then it’s small servings salmon, shellfish or liver. So I’m having a fibrous veggie, a starchy veggie (in moderation), a mono-unsaturated plant oil, a sugary plan (fruit) and about 20% is from animals. What I don’t like is that in many circles that is not considered to be plant based because I personally don’t usually use beans and grains due to the fact that they have given me sinus inflammation in the past that interferes with my sleep. I also omit milk which does the same.

    I do have a question. What is your view of "completely hydrolyzed" milk base protein that is hydrolyzed down to di- and tri-peptides exclusively? I don’t get allergic symptoms from fully hydrolyzed milk protein. I DO get it from lactose free milk, goat milk, non-hydrolyzed whey protein, but not really from cheese (though cheese is addictive and I overeat it so I tend to avoid it). I think that once you get down to tri-peptides, it doesn’t really matter whether they come from plants or animals since they are too small to cause inflammation or interact with the immune system. I think that it is the large polypeptides in milk and legumes that act like antigens or gut irritants for me. I don’t really believe in a high protein diet so I don’t really need a big boost of protein, but I do like to have about 20 grams after I do resistance exercise.

  24. Jorge Castela on May 9, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    Hi, why didn’t you buy the beans already cooked??
    Great videos !!!

  25. Nutrition Made Simple! on May 9, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    this was a bootstraps video on the road but we do what we can until we can do what we want, amiright? hope it helps! we can eat healthy anywhere and have fun doing it πŸ™‚

  26. alexander_sirazh on May 9, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    Bean that are done in just "a few minutes" (3:13)?! This is way too fast for beans in my experience. What kind of beans can do that?

  27. Cezayir61 on May 9, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    your japan visit had the perfect timing. one month after you had uploaded this, the first covid case was confirmed there :))

  28. peach on May 9, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    Hi from Japan! I enjoy your "can make it work" attitude. Thank you for the info that neri goma is basically tahini, and that I don’t need to go to a fancy supermarket to find it here — never knew!

  29. Raphael Lim on May 9, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    Does boiling or roasting the vegetable make it lose it nutrition inside due to it being cooked?

  30. Mr Goodnight 72 on May 9, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Great channel.
    I have subscribed.
    Would you please return the favour by subscribing to my channel

  31. Stephen Woodruff on May 9, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    Hi Gil, I’d love to chat with you about a business opportunity. Do you have an email address that I can contact you at?

  32. Yoshiko Roth on May 9, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    OMG I love this. I grew up in Tokyo…

  33. iebpk on May 9, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Good job with that meal. Tofu and natto are really cheap and tasty in Japan. Hope you got some of those too.

  34. M L on May 9, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    So happy I found this channel, youre awesome!! πŸ˜€

  35. Keith Smith on May 9, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    Thanks for the new vid Gil. I am so glad I found your channel. I needed a no nonsense approach to changing my dietary mindset and you have helped tremendously. Keep em coming.

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