Another Rock Star Breakfast

Today was another luscious and lifegiving bowl of amaranth and quinoa topped with flax oil and juice sweetened dried cranberries. On the side was some blanched locally grown organic collard greens, carrots, and sauerkraut. My body is singing in thanks and ready for the day.

Challenge Yourself

My teachers in Japan constantly were telling all of us, including the students and their staff, to challenge ourselves to grow. I saw them do this with me…. They were initially afraid to teach me in English, but decided to just go for it, even though they felt afraid. Well, this weekend, I decided to […]

Warning label on the macrobiotic package

I’m lucky enough to come into contact with a wide variety of very interesting people by being a macrobiotic personal chef and cooking teacher. I very happily listen to people’s personal stories while I’m in their homes working on menus for their personal conditions (or their family members), and enjoy being a part of their […]

A day’s worth of meals… (100% organic, hooray!)

Breakfast = quinoa and amaranth with walnuts, and locally grown lacinato kale from Ma’o Organic Farm (, Lunch = brown rice with azuki beans, arame with broccoli, kiriboshi daikon with onion, carrots, and shiitake, and organic natto Snack = a juicy organic Valencia orange and a fleshy sweet organic aprium (part apricot, part plum!) Dinner […]

Questions for Self Study

In February, I did a seminar called “Ignite Your Life” with Susan Marque from LA. Here is one small part of the 3-day seminar. I have these questions printed out and up on my refrigerator to keep me self reflective and tuned into what’s going on in my inner world. I hope someone else may […]

The World According to Monsanto

The World According to Monsanto On March 11 a new documentary was aired on French television. It is a documentary most Americans will never see, explaining how the gigantic biotech corporation Monsanto is threatening to destroy the agricultural biodiversity which has served mankind for thousands of years. For millennia, farmers have saved seeds from season […]

How your diet affects global climate change

STUDY OF THE WEEK:HOW YOUR DIET AFFECTS GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE Food accounts for 13% of all Greenhouse Gas emissions. Red meat and dairy are responsible for nearly half of all greenhouse gas emissions from food for an average U.S. household. Replacing red meat and dairy with chicken, fish, or eggs in your diet for one […]

Rip Out Your Lawn

SUSTAINABILITY TIP & QUOTE OF THE WEEK:RIP OUT YOUR LAWN…”But the act I want to talk about is growing some, even just a little, of your own food. Rip out your lawn, if you have one, and if you don’t, look into getting a plot in a community garden. Measured against the problem we face, […]

A few words from Phiya Kushi

“It has become clear to me that many macrobiotic promoters have unintentionally turned macrobiotics into a religion. It is subtle but it is done the moment when someone suggests that certain behaviors dictate or define whether or not someone “is” macrobiotic or not. This includes if a person chooses to eat meat, dairy or junk […]

Brown Rice Cream Power

A friend and I were in the hospital this weekend visiting someone who is quite ill. As a result of his illness, he’s having difficulties eating and he’s lost a significant amount of weight. In order to give him an alternative to the “food” the hospital provides (namely Ensure and unidentifiable pureed stuff that made […]