My secret to stop worrying about food/fitness all the time

How to meet your health goals without the stress

Kaki Okumura
4 min readMay 17


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I’ve made many small life changes to better my health, all of which build up to a big effect on my wellbeing.

But I feel as though none of these small life changes would’ve been sustainable without the mindset I carry today, which is to prioritize not worrying about my health.

It may seem a little counterintuitive, but to worry less about my health has been crucial in bettering it.

Why it’s important to stop worrying about food/fitness all the time to stay healthy

While things like tracking macros, tracking calorie intake, and being otherwise strict and calculated about how much we eat and exercise is effective in the short-term, it’s not sustainable. It can quickly feel obsessive, and obsessiveness is tiring.

And when things are tiring, we give up.

Some people may rebrand this tiredness as ‘the grind’, to put a positive and productive spin on it, but there is no love in grinding ourselves down to the bone. It’s not necessary, and it’s not effective because it’s not sustainable.

Understanding healthy eating and exercise like brushing our teeth

Compared to the narrative around healthy living in the United States, where healthy eating and exercise is often seen as a separate endeavor we need to make lots of time for, I have found that in Japan, it’s about how it can be integrated into an existing routine– regular walking, daily morning stretches, eating in moderation, or relying on quick cooking hacks for daily meals.

To stop worrying about food and fitness all the time, I’ve understood that it’s more helpful to see eating well and exercise as something closer to brushing your teeth, rather than a 180-lifestyle overhaul.

We all need to do it, but it doesn’t need to define our lifestyle.



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: 🌱