It’s a perfectly balanced plate of macrobiotic foods. My favorite macro plate consists of…
Beans or tofu
Seaweed (hijiki is probably the most common)
Steamed greens (kale, collards, chard)
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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I eat the same foods some weeks because I belong to a CSA – the 92nd Street Y CSA – and each week we get a shipment of fresh, organic, local vegetables from a farm just an hour or two north of the city. Each member has to volunteer to man the pick-up table, and last week was my week (Thursday). I got sent home with about 4 full bags of veggies and I could barely carry it the 2 long blocks to my apartment. In the bags I got:
many pounds of beets (and then more again this week!)
broccoli and cabbage (and more again this week)
butternut squash (the allotment was 1, but since I was volunteering I was able to take home many of the extras at the end)
tomatoes, eggplant, & shallots
basil & hot peppers
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Zuzana is back. I used to do her workouts when she was on Bodyrock but they got a new girl (who is not as good in my opinion).
She has been back for a few weeks but I only just got around to doing one of her workouts tonight. This workout was:
Split squat jumps (in lunge position, jump up and down X times on one leg; then switch to other side)
Single leg lunges with back foot on a chair (X times on one leg; then switch to the other side)
Superman pushups (do a pushup, but come down to the floor and do a superman, then another pushup, floor, superman, etc…)
It was a pyramid scheme where you go through the rounds and do 5 reps, then 10, then 15, then 10, and finally 5 again. I just did it along with Zuzana and if I finished ahead of her I did jumping jacks. This workout took me about 18.5 minutes.
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