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What Is Your Vision for 2016?

I have always been fascinated with patterns and how they affect our health and movement within society. I recently discovered a seven-year Jewish cycle called Shemitah (shmita) which correlates with the Jewish New Year, usually occurring in September. The Shemitah cycle seems to correlate accurately with life-changing events and changing of core values. There is […]

By |December 28th, 2015|diet and health, Environment|1 Comment

The Easy Way to Have a Healthy Holiday

Are you an apple or a pear? It turns out that our body shape is a more important indicator of our overall health than body weight alone. A recent article discussed how the body types of apples and pears relate to being overweight or obese. I find it amazing […]

By |December 16th, 2015|Articles and Research, healthy eating|1 Comment

Love for Vegetables

To continue from my previous entry, I’d like to highlight and honor the unique qualities of some of my favorite vegetables, along with the preparations that I think accentuate their uniquenesses.

Leafy greens

Watercress

Watercress is a unique vegetable in macrobiotic practice because leafy greens are considered to be yin vegetables, except for watercress. Watercress is considered […]

By |December 11th, 2015|Adjusting Your Diet|0 Comments

Vegetable Starter Kit for Optimal Nutrition

I came across some research on nutrient densities of fruits and vegetables. This study checked 41 different fruits and vegetables for specific nutrients and ranked them (the table is at the bottom of the abstract). Some of our favorites, like watercress and Napa cabbage, were at the top. However, I found it interesting that […]

Neurons, Modern Science, and Macrobiotics Come Together

I just saw this amazing TEDTalk by Dr. Sandrine Thuret called “You Can Grow New Brain Cells. Here’s How.” In the video, Dr. Thuret describes the process of brain cell growth and how diet, and lifestyle affect our ability to grow new brain cells. I was struck by how similar her recommendations for growing healthy […]

By |November 27th, 2015|7 Steps, Articles and Research, Creative|0 Comments

Evolving Macrobiotics

This article was recently published in the autumn issue of Macrobiotics Today as a contribution to the ongoing discussion about the need for animal and dairy foods in macrobiotic practice.

Evolving Macrobiotics
The Spirit of Gratitude

Is there a need for animal and dairy foods in macrobiotic practice? Macrobiotics is not a traditional way of eating, but […]

Short and Sweet

CNN recently published a study about the benefits of decreasing sugar for ten days in children. I found this interesting because what we eat today goes into our blood plasma by tomorrow. Plasma, the liquid portion of our blood, renews itself every ten days.

Avoiding foods produces short term effects, and adding healthy foods provides long […]

By |November 4th, 2015|Adjusting Your Diet, Articles and Research|2 Comments

A Healthy Pantry Starter Kit

These are foods that we always try to keep well-stocked in our pantry. They form the basis of the way of eating that has kept our family healthy over the years. These are also the first and most important foods that I encourage my clients to incorporate into their way of eating. The combination of […]

By |October 30th, 2015|Adjusting Your Diet, diet and health|2 Comments

Putting Oil in Perspective

Oil has a long tradition in cooking; both olive and sesame oil have been in use for thousands of years. Both olive and sesame oil can be pressed naturally without added heat or solvents. Even though oil is not a whole food, it has the ability to transform our foods. The use of oil in […]

By |October 23rd, 2015|Eating habits, Macrobiotic Diet, Recipes|0 Comments

Interview with Nishime

Coming soon, an interview will be published in the online macrobiotic journal Nishime with other counsellors. Here is the interview in English.

Interview questions

Why did you start practicing macrobiotics?

Before I started practicing macrobiotics, I was not satisfied with my life. I was searching for something meaningful. When I was younger, reading George Ohsawa’s message about personally […]

By |October 18th, 2015|Adjusting Your Diet|0 Comments

Was Popeye right?

Though spinach contains many important and valuable nutrients, this leafy green does not share the same overall benefits as many other leafy greens. Two of the most popular leafy greens, spinach and Swiss chard, also contain higher concentrations of oxalic acid, which may interfere with mineral absorption. These two vegetables also do not seem to […]

By |October 11th, 2015|Adjusting Your Diet|0 Comments

Everyday Miso

A recent article reported the ability miso has to prevent a number of modern illnesses. Traditionally miso was used for digestive and cardiovascular health. Miso also provides protection from radiation and other environmental toxins. In macrobiotics, we recommend using barley or brown rice miso that has been aged two to three years.

Certain preparations of […]

By |October 2nd, 2015|Adjusting Your Diet, Articles and Research|0 Comments

Animal and Dairy Food Continued

Is there a need for animal and dairy foods in macrobiotic practice? Macrobiotics is not a traditional way of eating, but it is traditionally based on patterns established by the world’s long standing civilizations. I find it fascinating that these civilizations were plant-based, whose mainstays were grains, beans, vegetables and soups, supplemented by pickled, and […]

By |September 7th, 2015|diet and health, Environment|1 Comment

A New and Refreshing Approach to Macrobiotics

Coming up with a definition of macrobiotics is not an easy thing. Practically speaking, macrobiotics is a guide to living a great life. Macrobiotics offers an approach to daily life that nourishes and sustains us as well as our families, societies, and the environment. Macrobiotics has been misinterpreted and misconstrued in the past as a […]

A Primer for Anti-Aging

A recent article from BBC News issued a report on a study done in New Zealand that measured the rates of aging within a group of subjects (between 26 and 38). They measured age through observing 18 different traits which included brain function, kidney function, gum health, and weight. Some aged regularly, that is their […]

By |August 14th, 2015|Anti-aging, Articles and Research|2 Comments

Is Kale Another Fallen Superhero?

Kale has a long, positive history and has a well-deserved reputation for its hardiness and nutrient density. It is said when a traditional doctor in China wanted to establish a practice, he would check to see if the people of the village were growing kale. If kale was growing, he would move on to another […]

By |August 1st, 2015|Adjusting Your Diet, Articles and Research|2 Comments

28 Days to Healthy Skin

Beauty is more than skin deep, but it does start there. The skin, the largest organ of the body, renews itself every 28 days. It serves as a pressure valve for the entire body, moderates temperature, fluids and sensory perception as well as releases excess energy and stress. Our complexion is an important factor […]