thought about a macrobiotic diet lately?

Hmmm…..the macrobiotic diet.  I’ve heard of it but had always associated it with hippies….maybe chained to a tree.  Turns out, it’s one of the healthiest way of eating and has been practiced throughout history.  It’s based on nutritional balance  and is a flexible pattern of eating that differs according to climate, environment, condition of health, sex, age, activity level and personal need.

Well!  That means it could be slightly different for each person, depending on the season and environment.  So what can I  eat?

The Standart Microbiotic Diet consists of:

  • Whole grains and grain products
  • Soups
  • Vegetables
  • Beans
  • Sea vegetables
  • Fish and seafood
  • Fruit
  • Pickles
  • Nuts and Seeds

There are more guidelines to the macrobiotic way of life (read: hippie) that might keep someone from adopting the entire lifestyle because of these things to avoid:

  • Most exotic and rare woods
  • Aluminum
  • Non-recyclable plastics and packaging
  • Treated non-stick pans and cookware
  • Formica
  • Animal products
  • Copper
  • Products containing lead
  • Disposable products
  • Recyclable plastics
  • Enamelware
  • Alloys other than stainless steel
  • electronic kitchenware

So, if you’re not ready to get rid of your oven, microwave, ziplocs and Tupperware…you might just want to follow the diet by incorporating these healthy foods each day.  Also throw in a LOT of spring water and teas.

You can get more info on the microbiotic diet HERE.

Eating healthier makes good sense and helps you to shine from the inside out!!

changing the way we eat…

Seriously, we can be such idiots when we are hungry.

Do you realize that we have completely transformed what, when and how we eat, since our great-grandparent’s day?  We live our lives in such a hurry, eating in our cars, in front of our televisions sets or standing in the kitchen.  We throw frozen food in little plastic trays in the microwave and don’t even give it a second thought.  We have forgotten to stop and enjoy the aromas, feel the textures or even taste our food.  (I’m guilty too!)

Back in our great-grandparents day, or even our grandparents day (depending on your age), most had gardens and did their own growing and harvesting.   As Michael Pollan states, “If it came from the planet, eat it.  If it was made in a plant, don’t.”

Back in the 1850s, the women of rural American were still  primarily cooking with ingredients that were grown on their own farms or in their gardens.  Any foods  they couldn’t produce themselves were often purchased in bulk  from the local general store. Can  you imagine if our ancestors were to walk into our grocery stores today?  The center of the store, where the packaged, over processed foods live, is larger than the produce section!

Our ancestors ate whole and unprocessed vegetables, along with fruits, grains, beans and nuts.  They didn’t run to the freezer section to grab some frozen french fries or a lean cuisine.

Somewhere along the way we became disconnected from the real foods that have to be plucked, harvested or squeezed and have chosen the ‘easy‘ way.

The good news is that we CAN change and our health will benefit in the long run.

Buy live, organic foods.  If you are able to make a trip each day to the store your food will be that much fresher!  Take a few minutes to inspect your produce carefully.  Remember, organic produce may be less colorful or less perfectly shaped, but have you every bought a big, red tomato from the grocery store only to find out that it was weak and had no flavor?  YUK!  They might not look perfect, but at least you know there aren’t pesticides sprayed all over them.

Start paying attention to the times of the day that you eat your food.  Use all your senses.  Look at your food, smell your food and enjoy your food!  Make it special!  Turn off the television and play some relaxing music.  Start your meal off with a blessing.  Sit at the table, even if you are alone, and maybe it’s time to pull out the good china!  Try to place your fork back on the plate after each bite so you can focus on what you are eating.

You’re worth it!  The point is to be relaxed and chew slowly.

Now…be sure you have living foods on your plate!  You may be surprised to find that by making good choices now, you can dramatically improve the quality of your life!

what will YOU do when the zombies show up hungry?

Do you have a plan?  Don’t you realize that zombies are coming?  C’mon, people!!  It’s what’s trending now……

Ok, okay.  So maybe there won’t be zombies, but there might be some really, really desperate neighbors knocking on your door if the lights go out.  And when I mean lights……I mean all lights….so pretty much anything with a plug….

Where will YOU be when the coffee runs out??  Oh, mercy….you haven’t even thought about this, have you?  Luckily for you, I have a plan.  I think it’s about time we start stockpilingEverything.  I’ve already started with shoes and skirts.

And don’t just think that I’m the only one talking about this!  Check out www.ready.gov and check out their exhaustive list of stuff you should be planning!  Who knew that we were supposed to be so busy??

Now, if you are a green-living-recycling kind of person, you are going to want to stockpile organic and natural foods.  So after zipping around the net, I have found a fancy-schmancey list of the top 50 storable foods for you to have in your  compound  home. You can find them listed HERE. Now, before you get all technical, not everything is organic, but hey!  It’s zombie time!!  We don’t have the luxury of bamboo forks and eco-friendly tablewear because of the scary neighbors and such.

But for all of us that eat burrito’s from our local gas station, here is a real GROCERY list that you can get from your real local grocery store..you know, before it’s too late……..(source: naturalnews.com)

These items are very low cost, loaded with nutrients, and are easy to  store:

• Sugar (not to eat, but to barter with. Never eat white processed  sugar.) Buy coconut sugar if you can.
• Pepper (a basic spice, easy to store,  easy to barter).
• Mustard (excellent nutrition, believe it or not. Made from  mustard seeds.)
• Raisins (easy to store and barter)
Lard (yeah, lard.  On a cold winter’s night when the heat is off, you’ll wish you had some soup  made with lard… and it’s healthier than “vegetable oil” which is mostly GMO  soybean oil anyway.)
• Butter
Pickled vegetables (all kinds, including  sauerkraut)
• Coffee (even if you don’t drink it, you can barter it. People  will be desperate.)
• Coffee filters (can also be used to help filter water,  cooking oil and other items)
Brown rice (large bags)
• Steel-cut  oatmeal
• Local honey (stored practically forever)
Sardines and  anchovies packed in olive oil (excellent storable omega-3s)
Sea salt (you  almost can’t have too much salt stored away…)
• Yet more sea salt
• And  even MORE sea salt, because you will run out in a prolonged collapse  scenario.
Peanut butter (portable, high calories, which you’ll need)
• Canned meats (long shelf life)
• Canned vegetables (you’ll need the  nutrients)
• Natural dried meats (AVOID all MSG!)
Nuts and nut mixes  (almonds, cashews, etc.)
• Cans of coconut milk or coconut fat (adds  delicious flavor to any meal)
• Spare can openers, kitchen knife, small  cutting board, etc.

You are also going to need to learn how to barter.  Mainly because there is “lard” on that list and I think we could certainly trade it for something better….like, nail polish or a something shiny.  THINK NECESSITIES!

The important thing here is to learn how to barter, and that can be done HERE.

Prepare yourself people!  I can’t do everything!!!