I had an epiphany today about food, nutrition and how EVERYONE should start viewing the 'eating process'. The macrobiotic challenge has greatly helped me to have this 'epiphany'. I changed my eating habits A LOT, from what I eat, how often, when, why, how and so on. I've cut out all animal products (gone vegan) and for the most part have cut out anything that is processed, meaning everything I prepare or cook is truly a 'whole food' in its natural state. At first it was really challenging to make these changes...I didn't know what to eat, how to prep meals, I got a little frustrated but pushed through and am SO GLAD I stuck with it 100% because the experience has been life changing. EVERYTHING I eat or drink is to 'fuel' my body. Each ingredient in my meals and snacks serve the purpose of contributing the nutrients, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, carbs, fats, proteins, etc that my body needs to function at optimal capacity. AND THIS IS THE REASON I FEEL AMAZING. For the last 20 days, everything I have eaten has had some purpose in feeding my body what it needs to function, when you do this amazing things begin to happen. And it has only been 20 days, imagine what 3 months will hold.
My epiphany: Every meal or snack and every ingredient in that meal or snack should have a purpose, fuel for optimal performance.
When I wake up, my tea energizes me to start my day and my 16 ounces of water I chug first thing in the morning hydrates me. My breakfast of buckwheat groats gives me the sustained energy I will need for work and my exercise routine. Each meal/snack also has cooling or warming effect depending upon the season (warm/cold/winter/summer). Food, my meals/snacks, fuel me for the next few hours of activity. BUT...the big change, the epiphany...these meals & snacks are so much more fun to make, more satisfying, delicious, have variety, can be 'sweet' or 'savory', and are SO easily digested because there aren't any animal products, artificial ingredients or highly processed crap & they are in their natural and 'whole' state so that I can receive ALL the nutrients from each ingredient. In turn...the outcome is a clear mind as I've never experienced before, energy like I had when I was a 5 year old, weight-less feeling, joy, and as my new friend Kara says 'seeing the deepest, coolest, most vivid color blue as you've never seen it before'.
Depending on how much time I have, I can whip something up that's good for my mind and body. Or take my time to make an elaborate meal. I HAVE MORE VARIETY NOW THAN I DID BEFORE! Some people may say that I'm on a restricted diet...this is incorrect actually. Look at my pinterest boards, the vast array of recipes and options for all meals of the day is endless and in NO WAY restricted.
In fact, I find the 'macrobiotic way' more satisfying. I can even have dessert now! If you stick to the 'macrobiotic way' you will shed any excess weight, feel amazingly energized and clear minded and get to enjoy in a variety of satisfying and delicious meals and snacks. I don't know about you but this is way better than eating oatmeal for breakfast, salad for lunch and chicken and broccoli for dinner every day!
I made my new favorite dessert today, I call 'Superfood Chocolate Pudding'. So easy to make and tastes AMAZING! Perfect for this time of year (Spring/Summer), has healthy fats, low G.I., loaded with vitamins/minerals and cools you down while satisfying that desire for something sweet and tasty.
"Superfood Chocolate Pudding"
Makes 1 serving.
- 1/2 Organic Avocado
- 2 TBSP Raw Cacao
- 1-2 TBSP Lacuma Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla bean or alcohol-free organic vanilla extract
- 1/8 cup filtered water
- Optional- 1 TBSP organic shredded coconut
Put all ingredients in your magic bullet, blender or food processor and blend. Enjoy! Add fresh mint leaves to the blender for mint chocolate pudding! Or fresh squeezed orange juice. Options are endless!
I encourage anyone to do their research and give the 'macrobiotic way' a real try, give it 100%, give it 30 days, it will be worth it.
Health & Happiness,