April 12, 2010

Macrobiotics the Downside...the Upside....

Macrobiotics should be practiced for life. It is not a diet you should go on and off. If you are ill (like me with Lupus, Hashimoto's and Raynaud's etc.) you need to follow a STRICT macrobiotic diet/ lifestyle, there isn't much wiggle room. Well that's what I thought at first...

OK I'll let you know I  am a GREAT cook!  I "studied" with Martha Stewart and Emeril and Alton Brown and Giada DeLaurentis and Ina Garten and Joann Weir and Julia Child, Gale Gand  and many more!(well I watched them on TV ALOT !!!).. and I got to be a tremendous cook. I could make killer cheesecakes, gravies, sauces, lasagna, genoise cakes, greek lamb and phyllo dough and tons more.

 Then I went gluten free and dairy free and learned how to make GFCF (gluten free casein/dairy free) brownies, donuts, pizza, cookies breads hot pretzels, corn muffins, when I had that mastered and then wanted  to go raw. With raw food I made delicious salads, tarts, custards, smoothies, cheesecakes, pies, cookies, crackers, wraps. Had that mastered and now I get thrown as a novice into macrobiotics...

Well my first week on only macrobiotics was pretty BORING. The food is simple and not very tasty. Just beans, grains, some fish, sea veggies and regular veggies, nuts, seeds, tea. Wait though, don't stop reading here...read to the end. After a few days eating macrobiotics,  my "chef" imagination started kicking in...Could I make sesame seed candy out of sesame seeds and brown rice syrup (not for everyday but an occasional treat)...could I make lace cookies out of quinoa flakes and brown rice syrup...could I make mochi (chewy sweet brown rice cakes) and put almond butter and stewed fruit on top, could I use sesame oil and umeboshi vinegar and make a cool bean salad, ...YES I COULD! Could I take what was given to me in this "BORING" diet and" kick it up a notch"?  You BET I could! God gave me the ability to cook and the desire to cook and an incredible imagination to use ingredients in different ways! Thank you God ! and it seems He just keeps "raising the bar" and saying OK come up with something tasty and outrageous with THIS! Well I am up to the challenge and here I go up to the next level!

I was looking for macrobiotic cooking videos on the internet,  and saw a macrobiotics chef making a lemon couscous cake (I could use a different grain, because couscous is made from wheat) with a custardy and jello-y fruit topping, yes it SURE can be exciting food! The video was very scattered in small pieces so if I can find it all,  I'll post the recipe soon. Have a great day!


  1. Brilliant that you are a good cook! I'm not so good so keep posting any cool recipes you create- I would be very grateful!! Save me from brown rice and beans ;0)

  2. Hi Lila,
    I don't know if I can save you from brown rice and beans(major part of macrobiotics) but I can kick it up a notch and make it taste better. I will be posting recipes soon and then when I figure out my new camcorder will make you tube cooking videos too.