Living the WELL Life
My first memory of the war on cancer is from the 1950’s. In the school assembly a movie was shown about how cancer was the silent killer. There was one line that stuck. The horror voice on the film said, “Look to the right, now look to the left, one out of three people will die of cancer.” That freaked me out. I cannot remember who I was sitting next to, but I have to say I was hoping it was one of them that got the bad news. Something certainly should be done, no question. The answer was to put a bounty on its head and kill it dead. A few years latter Richard Nixon declared the war on cancer. It has turned out to be the medical version of Vietnam. Read more
Type I Diabetes in a Macrobiotic Counselor
A Frenchman, a German and a Jew are walking down the street. The Frenchman says, “Je suis verry thersty. I must have some wine.” The German counters, “Ich bin sehr thirsty. I must have some beer.” The Jew responds, “Oy, am I thirsty. I must have diabetes.”
The first time I ever had a major illness was in 1999 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was shocked. I raged, “How can I, a 20 year faithful practitioner of macrobiotics and experienced health counselor and guide, develop cancer?” There was denial, shame, guilt, confusion and fear. It took my writing a book, Food, Faith & Healing: 40 Macrobiotic Accounts of Cancer and Illness to come to terms with being fallible and imperfect. Read more
The basic calorie is still misunderstood by most everyone including many medical professionals. First defined by Nicholas Clement in 1824 cal is a unit of heat (or you can think of it as a unit of work). 1 cal equals 4.18 joules which is equal to the amount of energy needed to raise 1 g of water 1°C at one atmospheric pressure (sea level ). Read more
Spend Time in Nature in 2013
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
Happy New Year! I love the clean slate feeling of a new year and thinking about where I want to put my attention in the twelve months ahead. Not one for resolutions, I prefer to focus on simple, easy actions that enrich life. In that spirit, I’d like to share an action with you that has rainforest-saving, health-promoting positive juju all over it—simply spending time in nature. Feeding ourselves with fresh air and experiencing our natural world is easy and just as important to good health as eating well. (And it’s good for the rainforest—but more on that later.) Henry David Thoreau was on to something when he moved to Walden Pond to write his classic, Walden. And Ralph Waldo Emerson too. These two writers found endless inspiration by spending time in the great outdoors. They were among the first American environmentalists, and they happened to be abolitionists as well. (I believe their connection to nature and ability to act on their convictions was not unrelated.) Oftentimes when hiking, I’ll get a creative idea for a recipe or story, a helpful idea for a friend or family member or sometimes I find a solution to a problem. Nature is indeed food for the soul. Read more
Weight Loss Tips from Marlene
A Happy and Healthy 2013 to all of you and may your visions and dreams be fulfilled with all that your heart desires. If you accept a limiting belief then it will became a truth for you. The best advice I offer my clients for weight loss and health building relates to energy exchange. Turn any negative energy into positive; the only thing that stands between you and the body weight and health you desire is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible. Yes! Sustainable weight loss for life is indeed possible.
My Weight Loss Nature’s Way course will be launched this month on the World Wide Web. The on line course includes 10 x 15 minute cooking classes, 10 x tutorials filled with fantastic information and inspiration to keep you on track along with 10 Bonus Health Tips on boosting your overall health. Information on how to strengthen your digestive system, rid yourself of sleep disorders, strengthen your immune system and some other gems are included in the course. Read more
Again with the resolutions?
Are you as sick of New Year’s Resolutions as I am? Every year, we hear the same things: make this the year you get fit; slim down; make healthy lifestyle choices; eat real food.
And by February 1, the gyms are once again quiet and most of us are back on the sofa with a bag of chips wondering how the year went south so fast.
You know it doesn’t have to be that way, right? Read more
Does the World Need More Cake?
I recently won a place in a competition for a T.V. cooking show entitled ‘Food Glorious Food’. It will be aired in January in the U.K. It was certainly ‘character’ building. Read more
The Great Life
What constitutes a great life? Having named our recently self-published book THE GREAT LIFE COOKBOOK makes this question a particularly engaging inquiry for me. Let us explore this together.
MAY I BE HAPPY.
MAY I BE PEACEFUL.
MAY I BE HEALTHY.
MAY I BE FREE. Read more
Sugar Sugar - Choose Better Sugar for the Rainforest
The Dalai Lama says,“We have a responsibility to look after our planet. It is our only home." How do we do that? Well, we can start by focusing on simple areas of our lives—something as simple as what sugar we use in our kitchen. Most holiday baking recipes call for sugar so this one is timely. Did you know that every time you purchase sugar you are either supporting a sustainable form of sugarcane farming or a more destructive one? With virtually all sugarcane production taking place in the tropics, choosing a "better" sugar can make a difference for the wellbeing of our rainforests. Read more
Soy Vey! - Class Recipes
Not a day goes by that I am not asked about soy and the role they play in healthy eating. There are all sorts of wild and crazy rumors circulating the internet: soy will make your brain shrink; make men impotent; prevent babies from developing and contribute to cancer.
Ay, ay, ay…as I often say! Read more