A Macro Plate is the quintessential macrobiotic meal.
It’s a perfectly balanced plate of macrobiotic foods. My favorite macro plate consists of…
- Brown rice
- Beans or tofu
- Seaweed (hijiki is probably the most common)
- Steamed greens (kale, collards, chard)
- Steamed broccoli
- Steamed carrot or sweet potato
- KABOCHA or other squash
- Dipping sauce (I like tahini-based ones)
What does perfectly balanced mean exactly? This goes back to the concept of yin and yang that I touched on earlier this month. Foods (and everything, really) can have yin qualities (expansive, cooling, moist) or yang qualities (contractive, warming, dry). We should try to avoid things that are way off on either side of the spectrum. Let’s go through the list of foods in a macro plate…
- Brown rice –> this whole grain has almost equal parts yin and yang.
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All of a sudden another week has gone by! Why does the end of summer and the beginning of fall seem to go by so fast? Fall is certainly my favorite season and September is my favorite month (my birthday is in September – yes of course I am a virgo – and it’s also yoga month).
If you have been following my blog for a while, you might know it used to be a food log – I would post everything I ate each night when I got home from work. Back then I was living in CA and I was a programmer. Still am a programmer, but don’t live out west anymore. These days with work, living in NYC, all the yoga I do, plus various other commitments, I definitely would not have time (nor would I want) to do that every day. But once a week? Yes! I think my food log would get pretty boring anyway, because I tend to eat the same foods each week. It changes by the week, but each week is generally pretty similar.
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meal of the day #1 – february 6
This was breakfast/brunch yesterday. I cooked up 4 eggs in bacon fat with onions and chopped Brussels sprouts (split between me and the hubs, I think he got about 2/3 of it), a cup of Irish oatmeal (he got more of this as well), nitrate/nitrite-free bacon (this is the “bits and pieces” from Trader Joe’s – it’s cheaper than the regular strips, but made of the same natural stuff – we split-ish, Bobby probably got a little more), and steamed kabocha squash (I took all the squash).
Back in January I laid out some goals for myself for this year. I decided to take them one at a time, a month at a time – seemed more reasonable than doing 12398438 goals at once. My initial goals for January were:
- Food – Cut the artificial sweeteners completely
- Life – Read a book for 30 minutes a day.
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