This article is rated Experience Level 8. This article is perfect for those that do well in multiple areas of the game, but have trouble doing this consistently for months in a row.
As a chef, who was also given crash courses in Nutrition from a Nutritionalist who also was taking the same chef course I was, I found it rather disturbing to see the kinds of food available in Japan. I’m lucky enough to eat fish, but otherwise I’m a bog-standard lacto-ovo vegetarian. Vegans have it hard here. Thickeners are made with Bone Marrow, Oil for Veggies is the same Oil for Shrimp and Chicken. But besides that, there are a lot of fried foods. Think back to your McDonalds at home. Do you remember how greasy their food is? Well, I did a side by side comparison of a Filet-O-Fish Burger, McDonalds fries, and a chain store’s Fried Vegetable Udon. I went through three times more napkins with the Udon than the Burger and Fries together. That’s a lot of oil.
Now, that’s not to say oil is bad. Oil is probably the easiest way to fry something, cooks a food evenly, and unless you’re someone like me who aims to eat as little oil as possible, is a great way to fill up on Calories without eating a lot. There are, however, side effects of living on an oil-based diet.
First things first: check what kind of oil is being used. As a chef, we were trained to have very precise tongues to be able to taste whatever kind of food or drink something is. It lets me know that the majority of Japanese-based food (aka not McDonalds and other such chains) is Canola Oil. For those that don’t know, Canola Oil is an oil originating from Canada, and is made from a specific variety of rapeseed, as normal rapeseed oil is toxic in medium to high quantities (due to the erucic acid content). However, Canola Oil is very good for you when comparing Oils.
The main downside, however, is that if you heat it up too much, the fats start to change and some may even become Trans Fat, which if you’ve ever heard that term before you know to stay away from. And while it doesn’t hit that threshold in Japan (from what I can taste), it approaches dangerously close.
So why do I have a Weiss Experience Counter in front of this? It’s because the diet you eat does directly affect how you play. The inspiration for this article actually came tonight. They gave us an entire supper tonight, and the majority of it was fried. I did have some of their fried salmon, but the roasted tilapia and broccoli was what I aimed for. Everyone else seemed to eat everything, and there was even Wine served there (which I avoided). I also made sure to drink the Orange Juice about 15-20 minutes before eating, and then stop eating when I felt half full. Little tidbits like that help to strengthen, rather than diminish, mental acuity. When you treat the body well, you treat the mind well. Vice versa too, of course.
I want to do a jog now, so I’ll sign off.
~thenightsshadow, still poring over the Worlds decklist