Friday, November 29, 2013

Vegan Macrobiotic Thanksgiving from North Fork

Thanksgiving day is my favorite holiday in America.

Eric is from Quebec, Canada and I am from Nagoya, Japan and we do not have family in the U.S. to celebrate Thanksgiving holiday here so we used invite friends who did not get together with their family at our house in Santa Monica.
We cooked lots of delicious vegan macrobiotic foods and had a good time.

About 10 years ago we started to come to North Fork, California where we have been practicing our Vipassana meditation. North Fork is near Yosemite National Park and the exact center of California where they have pure water, organic farmers, clean air and beautiful zillion stars.

Coming to North Fork definitely has given us an essential balance to our busy city life.
It is small village town and we have met a few good people here and we have gotten together with them past Thanksgiving, but this year everyone was busy except our good friend, Keith from Santa Barbara who moved to North Fork about 10 years ago.

This Thanksgiving was very good, started with going to the Vipassana meditation center for one hour in the first thing in the morning, had a good breakfast, went to a creek with our 4 legs family, and relaxed with tea of rose hips that we harvested last Thanksgiving time.

We really enjoyed just being with Keith and our 4 legs family to shared our gratitude and of course our vegan macrobiotic plant based foods of Thanksgiving!

With much love and gratitude,
Sanae ❤

Homemade Sage Tofu Unturkey 

Eric is slicing Homemade Sage Tofu Unturkey

Keith's Portobello Mushroom

Thanksgiving plate:  Homemade Sage Tofu Unturkey, Rice & Squash Stuffing with Almond and Sage, Mash Parsnip, Brussels Sprout Leaves, Japanese Roasted Sweet Potato, Fresh Cranberry Sauce,  and Rosemary Gravy

Wild Rose Hip Tea

Pecan Pie with Chritmas Cystus from Aj Trotter

Macrobiotic Women's Health and the Thyroid

The macrobiotic way of healing thyroid problems and strengthening the thyroid was the subject at Studio Mugen’s Macrobiotic Healing for Women class on Sunday at Seed Kitchen in Venice, CA.

During the class Sanae Suzuki said the thyroid’s shape looks like a butterfly.  Just as butterflies move easily the thyroid needs to be relaxed and to move easily.  However, the modern diet of meat and other foods can cause the thyroid to malfunction.  Doctors can give a pill but it doesn’t address the source of the problem.

Sanae demonstrated how to make a medicinal remedy drink out of carrot, burdock, daikon and lotus root.  The drink should be taken every day for two weeks and then every other day for two weeks.  The remedy drink will help the thyroid detox and to work properly.

About 59 million people have thyroid problems in the United States.  A malfunctioning thyroid can cause such problems as depression, low body temperatures, low blood pressure, memory loss, swelling, tingly hands/feet, constantly tired, high cholesterol, menstrual problems, and muscle and joint pain.

In addition to the medicinal remedy drink, other actions a person can take to restore the thyroid is to stop eating baked goods with flour, eat more vegetables, eat pickled foods, sea vegetables and to not use canola cooking oil, no peanuts are oil food, nothing from the cauliflower family, no tropical fruits, no coffee, no millet or nightshade vegetables.

Sanae also talked about the new moon on December 2 and writing goals for one’s life.  The new moon creates energy to help people attain goals.

The next Macrobiotic Healing for Women class will be on December 15 at Seed Kitchen.