bored and reminiscing back to when I lived in Japan (Kyoto specifically). I had just discovered T-nation through the John Berardi site and was really pumped to get started on working out and eating right (al la Massive Eating).
So I write up a nice little plan – a sensible beginners workout schedule, but fairly advanced eating logs, and a long shopping list. I go out to the foreign import grocery store in this shiny new mall (which is father away than the usual traditional Japanese market I go to), and try to purchase some things.
After some fruitless searching I realised a few things. Japan does not have:
-protein (except soy powder at ~$30/lb!)
-affordable beef (remember BSE? Japan used to import a majority of its beef from America, but while I was there they banned American beef)
-low fat cheese of any kind
-whole wheat bread (im serious!)
-affordable supplements (they, apparently, do not beleive in the multi-vitamin … they’d rather you buy one vitamin at a time at exorbinant cost … no fish oils, no flax oil, NOTHING)
this might be part of explaination why there are so few japanese body builders?
the situation as it was, I forced to improvise. Heres what Japan did have:
-cheap fresh hi-quality seafood of every variety you can think of (and some you never imagined) – this took care of animal protein and EFAs
-barley (instead of oatmeal)
-buckwheat noodles (soba)… like whole wheat pasta, moderate GI
-low fat yogurt (i’d throw sugar&bananas into it and it was my PWO “drink”)
-a huge variety green tea! (you can actually buy liter bottles of special catechins enriched tea at convienece stores there)
so there i was, eating barley and lo-fat fish/seafood for my P+Cs, eating fatty fish for my P+Fs (i dont really understand the economics of this, but, somehow Japan is able to import wild alaskan salmon at roughly $4/lb), downing yogurts post work out, drinking so much green tea that me and my urinal made a permanent emotional connection.
…and it worked amazingly! I got ripped and gained LBM (ok, newbie gains, but i’ll take them!). the moral of the story being, adapt or die. actually, the moral is probably, find sometihng to do so you can stop writing drivel on forums.