Towards Macrobiotics

I am going to have a go at macrobiotic eating.  I fancy a change and apparently macrobiotics will make me feel amazing and give me a wonderful body.  I realise it will take more than a bowl of brown rice and broccoli before I am mistaken for Gwyneth Paltrow but I have to start somewhere.  This is where I have started.  Millet.

I bought some in Chinatown yesterday and cooked it as per instructions last night.  Tropical fruits are not macrobiotic apparently, unless you live in the tropics, which we don’t.  But this lovely mango was sweet,juicy, ripe perfection so I chopped it up and added it to the breakfast pot.

With millet and black sesame seeds.

Grains are a key part of macrobiotic eating and so is chewing your food 50 – 100 times a mouthful!!!!  I tried it with breakfast and managed 60 chews with one mouthful but then there was nothing left so how on earth can you chew a mouthful 100 times when there is nothing left to chew?

Lunch consisted of more millet, leftover salad and leftover Mozarella.  Cheese is not macrobiotic either but I have to finish up what is in the fridge.  Plus I am not going to be obsessive about it.

I went for a walk at lunch time to buy some vegetables.  Vegetables are a key part of macrobiotics and I love vegetables so that bit is easy.  I was not impressed to read I shouldn’t eat chard or spinach though as it contains too much oxalic acid.  Pah!  I will be eating some.

I didn’t have any leafy green veg tonight though, just some carrot, sweetcorn cut from the cob, tender stem broccoli, sugar snap peas and brown mushrooms.

I stir fried the vegetables in a wok with sesame oil and 2 small cloves of garlic.  After a couple of minutes I added about 2 tbsp light soy sauce and covered the vegetables for about 2-3 minutes so they steamed.

I cooked some brown rice this evening but that will be for tomorrow.  Tonight I had more millet.  I only cooked 1 cup of millet yesterday but it swelled up a lot.  I have some more for lunch tomorrow too so my 1 cup of millet has provided the grains for 4 meals.  This is a very economical way of eating 🙂

So there we have my first macrobiotic meal; millet with vegetables and sprouted chick peas.  I liked it and am feeling excited about eating more grains and vegetables tomorrow.

I am sitting here this evening with a warm drink of vanilla rooibos with the juice from 1/4 lemon and 1 tsp honey.  I read one is supposed to drink a warm drink after the meal rather then with it.  I enjoyed that and everything I ate today. I feel optimistic again 🙂

 

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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