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!

get your GMO’s outta my food!!

Have you heard about these?  GMO means genetically modified organism. 

Genetic engineering is a radical new technology that forces genetic information across the protective species barrier in an unnatural way.  In other words, genes from one species are forced into the DNA of other species.  Remember when tobacco, asbestos and DDT were all declared safe?  Yeah, it’s kinda like that….

Bottom line?  GMO’s are NOT safe!!  Virtually all commercial GMO’s are engineered to withstand herbicides and insecticides.   A field can now be sprayed with chemicals and everything will die except for the resistant crop.

Graham Wynne, Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, says: “The ability to clear fields of all weeds using powerful herbicides which can be sprayed onto GM herbicide-resistant crops will result in farmlands devoid of wildlife and will spell disaster for millions of already declining birds and plants.”

There are also GM virus-resistant crops. Prof Joe Cummins says: “Probably the greatest threat from genetically altered crops is the insertion of modified virus and insect virus genes into crops – genetic recombination will create virulent new viruses from such constructions. The widely used cauliflower mosaic virus (present in the GM soy and maize currently on supermarket shelves in the UK) is a potentially dangerous gene. It is very similar to the Hepatitis B virus and related to HIV. Modified viruses could cause famine by destroying crops or cause human and animal diseases of tremendous power.”

Why be concerned? Well, other than that Hep B and HIV dealio,  one of many good reasons is that these laboratory-created mutations are unlabeled, virtually untested and on grocery shelves everywhere…..right now.

The problem with GM foods is their unpredictability. A person may prove unexpectedly allergic to a food he has previously eaten safely.  For this reason, people who are hyperallergenic or environmentally sensitive may want to avoid GM foods.  How do we know WHICH foods have GMO’s?  Don’t they have to label them or tell us?

Here’s the kicker….No!   The powerful biotech lobby has succeeded in keeping this information from all of us. In the absence of mandatory labeling, the Non-GMO Project was created to give consumers the informed choice they deserve.

If you get a chance, check out this film called The Future of Food.  I watched it on Hulu Plus last night and was appalled!!!  You can go to their website HERE and either watch it online (I hope you are not at work because it is lengthy) or you can download it or buy the DVD.  I had no idea what the big companies are doing to our farms.

With the increase in several diseases in America, it can be due to the profound changes in our diet!  Everyone eats…..everyone is affected.

So why GMO’s in the first place?

The promise:  highly productive crops feeding the starving millions, vegetables growing in the desert, vitamin fortified grains…

The facts:  none of these are available.  In fact the only two traits that are found in nearly all commercialized genetically modified plants are herbicides and/or pesticide production.  Soy, corn, cotton and canola plants are engineered with bacterial genes to survive deadly doses of herbicides.

It’s important that we know what is going in our bodies!  Another great article is found HERE.

STAY INFORMED, MY PEEPS!