Luisa Heenan

Luisa is an Australian qualified personal fitness trainer who is also currently studying nutrition. She has been in Japan since 2007 and founded her health and fitness blog, Glow in Japan, to inspire women to enjoy active living and healthy eating in Japan. She loves experimenting with healthy recipes, traveling abroad to the beach, and sharing a good cappuccino with her husband or friends.

Articles By Luisa

Manage Your Weight and Promote Health with Oolong Tea

Despite all the advertisements for pills and potions in Japan citing strange sounding ingredients for weight loss, it is not often that I am intrigued...

February 9, 2016 | Food & Drink, Health & Beauty

Japanese Superfoods: Sesame

Sesame seeds have a long history, with research tracing their use dating back to almost 3000BC. Although they are thought to have originated in India,...

November 17, 2015 | Food & Drink, Health & Beauty

Japanese Superfoods: Konjac

Konjac root has long been included in many Japanese weight loss diets for its near-zero calorie content and high fiber, so it’s no wonder that...

August 31, 2015 | Food & Drink, Health & Beauty

Going Paleo in Japan

With many celebrities, professional athletes and health food gurus advocating its benefits, the Paleo Diet is something you've probably heard a lot about recently....

May 12, 2015 | Food & Drink, Health & Beauty

Celebrating Mother’s Day the Healthy Way

Leading into what will be my first Mother’s Day as a mom myself, I want to gently guide my present buyer into some suitable and...

April 28, 2015 | Food & Drink, Health & Beauty

Japanese Superfoods: Goya

Okinawa has become famous worldwide as one of the areas with the most centenarians, and much attention is focused on the Okinawan diet. When the...

April 21, 2015 | Food & Drink, Health & Beauty

Recipe: Carrot Cake Cross Buns

From chocolate eggs and big gourmet lunches to hot cross buns and even more chocolate eggs, the popular foods of Easter time can be very...

March 30, 2015 | Food & Drink

The Health Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet

With Greek Independence Day on March 25, this is the perfect opportunity to acknowledge this amazing country and, most importantly, its cuisine! Not only does...

March 24, 2015 | Food & Drink, Health & Beauty

Recipe: Matcha Chia Pudding

With the spring weather approaching, you might find your body craving foods that are a little fresher and lighter. We have previously looked at the...

March 17, 2015 | Food & Drink, Health & Beauty

Sticking to Your Goals with a Vision Board

Now that we're a couple of months into the year, how are you doing on your new year's resolutions? Made popular by the book and...

March 10, 2015 | Health & Beauty

Staying Fit During Pregnancy with Prenatal Yoga

Although the fitness and wellness industry in Japan is really expanding and embracing some international concepts, there are still a few areas that stick with...

February 24, 2015 | Families, Health & Beauty

Japanese Superfoods: Kombu

Seaweed is one of the outstanding foods that project the uniqueness of the traditional Japanese diet. Seaweed and sea vegetables have been a key ingredient...

February 17, 2015 | Food & Drink, Health & Beauty

Recipe: Healthy Valentine’s Day Chocolate Hearts

This time of year, stores all over Japan are overflowing with Valentine's Day chocolates. Unfortunately, most of what's available is highly processed and contains loads...

February 10, 2015 | Food & Drink, Health & Beauty

Recipe: Healthy Christmas Pudding Balls

With all of the festive celebrations, dinners, parties this time of year, many of us tend to overindulge in food, especially at the sweets table....

December 8, 2014 | Food & Drink

Japanese Superfoods: Matcha

“Tea is the ultimate mental and medical remedy and has the ability to make one’s life more full and complete.” These are the famous words...

October 7, 2014 | Food & Drink, Health & Beauty

Japanese Superfoods: Nukazuke

We can gain so much knowledge and inspiration from some of these amazing Japanese elders on their traditional diet and way of living. One excellent...

September 9, 2014 | Food & Drink, Health & Beauty

Japanese Superfoods: Natto

It has been dubbed the “Japanese Vegemite” due to its pungent odor and particular acquired taste. However, unlike my motherland’s breakfast favorite, Vegemite, natto deserves...

August 5, 2014 | Food & Drink, Health & Beauty