Drala ("beyond aggression") In order to join heaven and earth, May the ultimate, unchanging warrior Always protect you. May May you have long life, freedom from sickness, and glory. May your primordial confidence always fluorish. May the virtuous mark of uplifted windhorse Always be uplifted.
Macrobiotics has meant everything to me, giving the gift of moderation, peace, health and spirituality. I have dropbox folders I can send you with some nice recipes, etc.
10 steps to strengthing health
1.Sit down to regular meals every day. Sit down to eat, even for snacks.
Sitting down prepares you physically and mentally to receive nourishment Your digestive system relaxes and is able to digest foods and absorb nutrients better.
You will be more conscious about the food you eat.
Sitting down increases your appreciation and enjoyment of food.
Try to eat 2 to 3 meals every day at regular times.
Eating at the same times everyday helps to regulate your physical, emotional, and mental cycles.
You will feel, think, work and sleep better.
2.Eat slowly and chew your food well.
This will help you digest your food well and help prevent overeating.
Thorough chewing also makes you feel more satisfied and improves the flavor and enjoyment of your food.
3.Stop eating three-hours before-bedtime.
Your body cleans and repairs itself at night while you sleep. These processes are most efficient when your digestive system is empty.
This will give your digestive system, liver and kidneys a rest when you sleep on an empty stomach. It also helps you sleep more deeply and for a shorter time.
4.Eat cereal grains and vegetable dishes with every meal.
Plan your meals around cereal grains instead of animal or dairy products. Cereal grains and grain products like brown rice, barley, oats, polenta, good quality pasta and sourdough breads, etc., are the centerplece of every meal. Choose from a variety of whole cereal grains, cracked grains, flaked and puffed grains and whole grain breads and pasta.
Grains provide the basis for balanced nuttition and help regulate your appetite and improve digestion and elimination. Eat at least 1 vegetable dish with every meal, including breakfast. Vegetable-dishes complete cereal grains nutritionally and help you feel satisfied.
Green leafy vegetables, broccoli and cabbage are excellent sources of calcium and vitamin C. Try to use a variety of cooking styles and combinations of vegetables.
5. Regularly incorporate a variety of natural, healthy foods into your diet
Choose from beans and soy products, white meat fish, fruits, nuts, seeds, healthy snacks and sweets.
Vary your meals every day.
6.Have 1 or 2 bowls of vegetable soup every day. Use a variety of vegetables and change the combinations often. Add grains, beans, noodles, bread or fish to soup occasionally.
Season the soup mildly with sea salt, shoyu (natural soy sauce) or miso (soybean paste). Miso, used in the Orient for hundreds of years, is a food that has special properties for digestion and circulation when added to soups.
7.Give yourself a daily Body Rub.
Rub your body with a hot, damp cloth 1 to 2 times every day.
Fold a cotton wash cloth over twice to make four layers, dip in hot water, ring out and rub gently in a back and forth motion.
Do it before or after a bath or shower, or by itself.
It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to do it well.
The object to make your skin red. If your skin does not get red in the beginning, it will over time as the condition of your skin improves.
The Body Rub deeply cleans your skin and activates circulation and energy. It will improve all aspects of your physical, emotional and mental health.
8.Walk for 30 minutes every day.
Walking is the ideal exercise for everyone. It improves flexibility, digestion, energy, cardiovascular health, strengthens bones and helps clear your mind. They can be two 15 minute walks.
Incorporate walking into your daily routine.
9.Wear pure cotton clothing next to your skin.
Pure cotton carries a more neutral electrical charge that helps to neutralise and harmonise imbalances in your body.
It also helps to protect against the harmful effects of electromagnetic fields in the environment.
Synthetics carry a strong static electric charge that increases imbalances in your body. They can make your heath worse more quickly.
10.Surround yourself with green plants.
Greenplants are the most effective and efficient air filtration system known.
They help reduce air, electromagnetic and noise pollution more effectively than any mechanical system. Green plants also help you feel more bright, positive and energetic
Your kitchen, bedroom and bathrooms are most important.
Denny Waxman, macrobiotic author and counselor. 610 594-3672
Call it the pursuit of hippieness. Macrobiotics, with its brown rice, beans, sea vegetables, and Asian yin-yang philosophy of finding balance in life for health and vitality, was the original counterculture diet back in the ’60s. It’s actually been around much longer than that. A macrobiotic diet isn’t just about your weight — it’s about achieving balance in your life. It promises a healthier, more holistic long-term lifestyle for men, women, and children that encompasses mental outlook as well as food choices. Macrobiotic dieters are encouraged to eat regularly, chew their food extremely well, listen to their bodies, stay active, and maintain a perky, positive mental outlook. What You Can Eat and What You Can’t. If you like grains, veggies, and soup, you’re in luck. About 40% to 60% percent of your daily diet should be organically grown whole grains, like brown rice, barley, millet, oats, and corn. Locally grown vegetables make up 20%-30% of your daily total. Five percent to 10% is reserved for beans and bean products like tofu, miso, and tempeh, and sea vegetables like seaweed, nori, and agar. You can also have fresh fish and seafood, locally grown fruit, pickles, and nuts several times a week. Rice syrup is one of the sweeteners you can have occasionally. What You Can Eat and What You Can’t Continued. You’re discouraged from eating dairy, eggs, poultry, processed foods, refined sugars, and meats, along with tropical fruits, fruit juice, and certain vegetables like asparagus, eggplant, spinach, tomatoes, and zucchini. You’re only supposed to drink when you feel thirsty. And spicy stuff is frowned on (no habaneros here!) along with strong alcoholic beverages, soda, coffee, and anything highly refined, processed, or chemically preserved. Cooking and shopping: Foods are mostly baked, broiled, or steamed. Some devotees avoid cooking with electricity, and use pots, pans, and utensils made from naturally occurring materials, like glass. But if you’re not ready to count your chews, say thanks, or cook in a clay pot, the major effort with a macrobiotic diet is finding locally grown food. And, of course, the time to make it all from scratch. Does It Work? If you’re looking for a healthy eating plan, the macrobiotic diet is a good choice. It’s rich in nutrient-packed foods that are also low in calories. While there’s no absolute proof, medical research suggests diets that are mostly vegetables, fruits, and whole grains may lower the risk of several diseases, including heart disease and cancer. Either way, you’ll reap plenty of health benefits with this diet. If your goal is to lose weight, the macrobiotic diet will likely do the trick too. It’s a lot about lifestyle.
Many books on Macrobiotics:
“The Great Life Diet” by Denny Waxman–sort of the bible but he has a new one also.
It’s hard to beat “Macrobiotics for Dummies”– thorough–great general introduction