How did you start with macrobiotics?
started with Macrobiotics after I was in a severe auto
accident. I had been in the hands of many doctors here
who had perscribed a great deal of medication for everything
from pain to nervous system disorders. After about 11
months with little or no relief from pain and neurological
issues, I became determined to find another way to solve
It was by chance that I discovered macrobiotics, but
one of the best things I have ever chanced upon!
A friend had been very much involved with Usui Reiki
and Macrobiotic Shiatsu, and she let me borrow a book
of hers that talked about Macrobiotics. I was immediately
intrigued and wanted to learn more. So I purchased several
books and began to read and cook for several hours a
day. By the time I had learned how to cook appropriately,
I was feeling 30% better. ( A welcome change).
How has macrobiotics helped you?
A: Not only did my pain levels come down, but my
mental ability to "deal" with the pain was
much better. I felt more calm and relaxed and accepted
things much easier than before. And I found that incorporating
the hours of cooking into my day was a way to keep my
mind occupied on other things besides my condition.
It was amazing to see how quickly my body changed. At
first I lost some weight. Then I gained it back. I assume
this was as my body was adjusting to the foods and the
way in which they were prepared (probably had something
to do with how little I knew how to make in the beginning
as well!!!). My insomnia gradually ceased and I was
able to rest more easily.
I went from having daily migraines as a result of occipital
neuralgia attacks, to having none except on rare occasion
(usually affected by weather). My physical condition
changed in a muscular sense. I had suffered a great
deal from hypertonicity of the muscles as a result of
brain injury and structural misallignment of my pelvis.
Upon beginning the diet this did not change. But three
months into the diet, I noticied bow much less I was
needed deep tissue work to release these muscles. My
therapy changed and less focus was placed on that issue.
Overall, my body changed in many ways for the better.
This, accompanied by a more stable, more patient mind
was a direct result of eating macrobiotics.
What do you offer and specialise in?
A: I am not a teacher of Macrobiotics, just a practitioner.
I am a musician, despite being disabled after this accident.
Its odd, because many people expect miracles to be complete.
People who consider Macrobiotics for a cure for Cancer,
or Physical problems may have complete and total recoveries
if they stick to that diet/lifestyle. I have had more
recovery than I expected with this newfound lifestyle.
But in some ways I am still disabled. Things that have
not changed include my skeletal allignment issues.
(there is a rotation and shift in my pelvis as a result
of the damage sustained upon impact), and an autonomic
nervous system dysfunction (which makes me photosensitive
and hyperacusis prone).
Yet, when you look down the long list of diagnosis and
assessments and see the amount of "conditions"
which were relieved by Macrobiotics, it would be safe
to say that 90% of the problems I had prior to beginning
Macribiotics were resolved. Those are great odds. And
I couldnt be happier with that realization.
I will likely continue this way of life forever, as
I have found it so rewarding.
Q: What one piece of advice
would you give to someone trying macrobiotics
for the first time?
A: Here are some things I wrote down as there is
not just one thing I would suggest 10 tips.
WAYS TO MAKE MACROBIOTICS WORK FOR YOU:
KEEP COOKING BOOKS HANDY for referring to recipes.
It keeps you from forgetting exactly what you need and
how to cook things when you're just beginning.
KEEP FOOD SUPPLIES ORGANIZED to eliminate scavenger
hunts while your items are cooking. Keep all your grains
in containers clearly marked, all your refrigerated
items neat and all your seaweeds together. Do this for
your pots and cooking supplies as well.
THINK "OUT WITH THE BAD AND IN WITH THE GOOD"
when it comes to food shopping. By clearing out your
cabinet of the foods that you used to eat you will be
less likely to eat them again. Every once in a while
you can reward yourself with a treat, just make sure
it's not overkill or else you're back to square one.
I like to have a sweet treat once in a blue moon. Mochi
is particularly good, but if this isn't quite your thing,
try a small serving of sorbet on rare occasion.
KEEP TRACK OF WHAT YOU'RE EATING with a calendar
noting the breakfast lunch and dinners that you plan
to eat each day. Start with a weekly calendar. This
way, you know that you're balancing meals throughout
the day not just taking certain meals and cooking them
again and again. Macrobiotics is about balance and just
because you're cooking macrobiotic foods doesn't mean
you're getting the right ones.
KEEP TRACK OF HOW YOU FEEL while you are in the
midst of adjusting. It took me three months to notice
anything. I had a great deal of toxicity from medication
and months of eating the wrong foods that needed to
be eliminated from my body. Those months were hard adjusting
to the new food and how my body felt. By keeping track
I was able to see the improvements
PACK A TO GO BAG so that when you are out you don't
reach for junk. It s the hardest thing to deal with
road cravings especially when you are bombarded by temptation
after temptation screaming "24 hour' or "drive
though". By keeping food with you in a lunch bag,
you can resist temptation and eat what you should.
EAT AT HOME because you'll find it's hard to figure
out what's in the foods you order in restaurants. Some
places use oil some don't. Some places microwave, some
don't. Since you are going to need every bit of help
you can get to make sure you are really making a change
for the good, pass on lunch with friends out at your
old favorite restaurant and instead offer to cook for
them at your place
SHARE THE JOY WITH A FRIEND who is eating macrobiotic
as well. Some people find it hard to do lifestyle changes
alone. Macrobiotics can be as strict or as loose as
you like, but you'll feel better knowing you're not
alone in your change. Go to health stores and start
up conversation with someone who is buying the same
tofu as you. It might turn out they eat macrobiotic
too. Go to a yoga center and meet people. Often people
who practice Yoga look to macrobiotics for health. No
matter how you do it, find a friend to share the joy
of living life with macrobiotics
INCORPORATE OTHER MEANS OF HEALTHY LIVING with yoga,
tai chi or meditation. Doing so will keep you calmer
and promote happiness. The breathing exercises involved
help to soothe your nerves and ease your mind so you
can appreciate each day more so. One of the concepts
of macrobiotics is to sit down and eat your meal slowly
so you enjoy each meal and you are thankful for the
food before you. In modern society people are lucky
if they get a 30 minute lunch break so it's very important
to keep yourself calm and chew your food well despite
being on a tight schedule. Breathing exercises can help
in this way.
STAY MOTIVATED by rewarding yourself for a job well
done. Keep yourself motivated by referring to your journal
that described how you feel. Every once in a while look
back to day one, when you were just beginning. Look
in awe at the improvement you have made and the knowledge
you have gained. You learn by doing and with macrobiotics,
you'll quickly see that it is much more than a diet,
it's a lifestyle. And the rewards of living this way
are far greater than you could have ever imagined.
What is your favorite recipe?
simple but I love rice balls to come with me wherever
Just cook Brown Rice as indicated in the Michio Kushi
After cooking brown rice,
take a small piece of umeboshi plum and place inside
of a ball of rice that fits in your fist.
Push your thumb into the ball, insert plum and cover
with surrounding rice.
I usually make 5-9 balls at a time (depending on size)
roll them in gomashio when they are finished and put
in a container to go.
they keep me from getting too hungry when im going
from appointment to appointment.
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