Identifying those central heart objects which act as a keystone presence to the environment in which it is placed

Illustrations by Kaki Okumura

When it comes to healthful behavior change, I think a lot of the time we are made to believe that there is something intrinsically wrong with us and that we need to do something incredibly drastic to force ourselves against these “bad” impulses — counting calories, cutting out entire food…

If I only had 60 seconds to give my younger self some health advice

Why did I do that?

You log off from work, and your eyes are strained and tired from sitting at a desk and staring at a screen all day. Your brain feels foggy, heavy even, and you’re desperate for relief from the dullness behind your eyes.

So you get up…

Learning to feel valuable in all my imperfections

Illustrations by Kaki Okumura

My family always tried to make me feel beautiful.

Actually no, they tried to make me feel valuable.

There is a concept in Japan on aesthetics, a term that reads as “wabi-sabi” — to appreciate beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”, for it is natural. It is a concept…

When you are held prisoner by food, you never find freedom

Illustrations by Kaki Okumura

Living in Japan, I realized that calories weren’t as big of a thing when it came to health. Yes people talked about it, because if you’re struggling with excess weight, there’s really only one way to take it off, but I didn’t see that same sort of “100 Calorie Snack-Pack”…

Kaki Okumura

Born in Dallas, raised in New York and Tokyo. I care about helping others learn to live a better, healthier life. My site: 🌱

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