Monday, February 08, 2010

Macrobiotics is Hard!

Today is Monday. I am tired. Yesterday I found myself at a superbowl party... reading a magazine and feeling so awkward{as usual} as people screamed at the tv and we all stuffed our faces with chips, beer and wayyyyy too many other snacks. I think it has left me feeling weird today - so I need to snap out of it, and quickly! As the above quote says, You must be the change you want to see in the world. I will try to remember this today... besides, I have a lot to be thankful for!

I went shopping yesterday morning for macrobiotic foods and began to feel really overwhelmed, to be honest. First of all, I feel like I still have so much to learn. Second, it's hard to jump into this lifestyle alone.... none of my friends even know what macrobiotics is, and don't understand the benefits when I try to explain. So, my hubby and I took the long trek to Whole Foods and I decided to start simply. I bought things that were organic, vegan, un-sweetened and mostly important: included ingredients I could both pronounce and recongnize. I think I came out with some really great choices, now all I need to do is start trying out recepies.

As soon as I got home I started looking online for Miso Soup recepies and added some shittake mushrooms and onions for extra flavor -- to my surprise, it tastes amazing! I have never been much of a cook, so this was quite an ego boost and gave me a little glimpse of hope that this might actually work. I made enough for a week {you're apparently supposed to drink a bowl before every meal} and began to realize that this diet involves a LOT of cooking. Maybe I'll actually become better at cooking and learn to enjoy it! But as for now, it is work. I also made vegan cookies, because giving up sweets is going to be drastic and I want something available if and when I get a craving -- I did, however, use all natural ingredients... which made me proud!

{Here are some pics}

the miso -- as you can tell, there's a lot of stuff in here!

really good - I am interested to see how they will go with soy milk!

I cannot wait for this to become a habbit - and to continue learning so that shopping is easier and more relaxing than it was yesterday. I also need to start working on my career change... I think that will be my goal for this week. I need to make a few phone calls and get some information on obtaining a provisional license so that I can start teaching elementary school while I work on my master's degree. Any teachers out there with advice? Working in this office is beginning to bring my spirit down and I need an energy boost. I need people! I'll keep you updated on the macrobiotics and the career change.... by this time next year I will be a totally new, improved, self aware woman - and that is something worth smiling about!


  1. I use mostly organic "clean and seasonal" foods when i cook. And my mom is Gluten free, so by default a lot of my recipes are lactose, gluten and meat free. Let me know if you have questions about anything or odd ingredients. I use Flax and Wheat Germ and Bee Pollen, etc on a regular basis. I also have some good recipes and cookbooks that are very helpful.
    Cooking does take up a LOT of time. especially when you want a social life. but once you get into a groove of doing it every night you learn how to prepare ahead and it goes much quicker!

  2. Aw thanks, Jess! I will def. keep you in mind over the next few's good to know I have some one to turn to once brown rice get's old (ha ha). What is Wheat Germ? Hmm... I need to do some more research! Cool - appreciate it!

  3. how wonderful for you to make these great changes...i know you will feel the difference. let us all support each other as we move forward with positive goals for ourselves. lots of love.

  4. thank you so much for your support, jacqueline! you have mine as well!


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