The Hip Chicks Guide to Macrobiotics
Vibrant health, dazzling beauty, a great body, fulfilling relationships, amazing sex and inner peacewhat woman wouldn't want these things? But chasing the latest diet craze and burying ourselves in beauty products isn't really helping us achieve better bodies and minds. It's time to trade in the fads and expand your healthy lifestyle beyond yoga and pilates with one of the most enduring and popular diets in the world.
For women for whom looking good means feeling good, macrobiotic chef and cooking instructor Jessica Porter offers fresh, contemporary, and accessible insight into a dietary practice that has been invigorating women's health for generations. Cooking tips and recipes are combined with Jessica's no-nonsense philosophy and witty anecdotes to create a book that will inspire you to hit the kitchen armed with the tools you need to strengthen your mind and body through food.
The Hip Chicks Guide to Macrobiotics
"This lighthearted book demystifies the macro craze, explains the theories behind the diet and provides a slew of recipes sure to please your--or Ms. Paltrow's--palate."
--Harper's Bazaar, November 2004
"This happenin' health guide promises to help you shed outer pounds while pursuing inner peace"
--Us Weekly, September 6, 2004
"More than a diatribe against eating meat, this book is an earnest attempt to explain the basic philosophical and dietary tenets of the macrobiotic lifestyle. The paperback is written in a chirpy blend of New-Age jargon and Porter's sassy sense of humor..."
--The Washington Post, December 1, 2004
"Porter's casual, amusing language--my favorite thing about Hip Chick--lays everything out in a way that makes you think "Hey, maybe I can do this." I recommend picking up a copy and seeing for youself."
--Today's Dietitian, January 2005
"...this book certainly makes [macrobiotics] seem like a fun club to join"
--Alternative Medicine, January 2005
REVIEWS FROM READERS
"I just finished your book and found it to be more motivating than any other whole food book I have read. Thanks for all your inspiration."
"Thank you so much for writing this book!! It makes macrobiotics seem less daunting and more do-able. When is Volume 2 coming out?"
"Since'I've been chewing my grains to a slush I feel so much more ALIVE. many thanks; it's like opening a door I
didn't even know was there."
"What a wonderful, informative, unintimidating, & yes, HIP, way to present a subject that seems to be impossibly complicated to newcomers."
"After reading and reading about macrobiotics for years, your book made me get off the sludge."
"I bought your book on Thursday and made brown rice and aduki beans with butternut squash for dinner on Saturday and yes, I am proud."
"I personally feel that this book will go on to be on everyone's short list of highly recommended macrobiotic books. Nope, you don't have to be a chick to love it. She goes far beyond the essentials; sure there are many books out there that cover the basic concept of yin and yang, but there are far fewer that attempt to tackle the teaching of the Twelve Laws of Change of the Infinite Universe. Jessica shows us the 12 laws at work in her own life, so hopefully we can more easily apply them to our own. With these passages, Jessica is transformed from mere author to the heroine of the book, and in the process without our realizing, she has succeed in teaching us what would regularly be some very difficult material to grasp."
Gary Miller, Cybermacro.com
The Hip Chick's Guide to Macrobiotics
We all bitch and moan about freedom. And it’s important. If you live in North America, chances are you are free from overt oppression. You could even be free of economic want. It is your inalienable right to choose your religion, your shoes and your cat. It is still possible to walk down the street without being microchipped, and you're free to eat at McDonald's any day of the week. All of these freedoms are important and real.
But are you free within your own body? Or do you struggle against yourself, mentally and emotionally? Do you feel a connection to Nature? To whatever you call “God?” Are you free of medication? Do you experience your creativity in joyous ways? Are you uninhibited in your sex life? Do you feel good about your relationships? Are you ridiculously happy?
Me neither. But I’m better than I used to be.
These freedoms are easily as important as the political and social ones, but we cannot achieve them through legislation. Fortunately, and unfortunately, it is each person’s responsibility to discover and explore those deep, inner freedoms. For some, that comes through organized religion, for others it may be going to the gym. Still others, not knowing how to pursue these invisible goals, shut down, turn on the TV, and ignore their inner worlds completely.
This book is about freedom and food. I believe that what you put in your mouth has a direct impact on your freedom--physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. We can eat in ways that repress our life force, making us into passive automatons within our culture, or we can eat to be free, connected and responding to the larger natural world that created us, and continues to create us. The more we eat natural foods and understand the laws of the Universe, the more our spirits play freely within it.
Freedom is not chaos. It is not the right or ability to simply do whatever I want whenever I want. True freedom depends upon discovering one’s own personal inner compass, and following its direction. This occurs in a healthy person who understands and respects the Order of the Universe, laws which the Western world has yet to consciously embrace. When the simple rules of yin and yang are respected, freedom follows naturally.
These laws are exquisitely democratic, and all violations of the laws produce consequences, no matter who you are; the millionaire in the limo has a colon that’s rusting out. I can complain all I want, but sugar still gives me cavities. “The President will see you now” only if his prostate hasn’t exploded. Even celebs like Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow are happier when they eat healthy food. Even they must look inside themselves and on their dinner plates for true freedom. Yin and yang rule the day.
The world can only change through the humans that inhabit it. When individuals are free and healthy, we tend to affect our families in a positive way; our communities benefit too. We can legislate all we want, trying to pin our souls’ happiness to the ground with laws and statutes, but until we go inside, discovering and responding to our own inner compass, we become miserable trying to create a false freedom on the outside.
There is no right or wrong way to approach this book. One of the things I love about macrobiotics is that there is a food piece and a philosophy piece; theory and practice tucked side by side on your fork. You can start with your brain or with your belly. This book is formatted in “phases” that sketch out a reasonable path for a person to follow, but may not be your destiny at all. You may want to jump straight to a de-sludging diet tomorrow or just read some of the philosophy over brown rice and see what happens next. Either way, you will learn what you are meant to learn on your personal timetable. I believe that if you are intrigued at all by either the cooking or the theory that your intuition will guide you like a benevolent dominatrix.
Take in the philosophy at your own pace. I found that I needed to eat whole foods for a while before the big ideas really started to sink in. If you’ve already been dabbling in Eastern thought, you may dive straight into yin and yang very easily. I have inserted funny little stories within the philosophy to give your mind a break from all the thinking. But whatever you do, don’t ignore the philosophy completely. It is very important in helping to keep you inspired and to fuel your inner freedom.
Please keep studying macrobiotics. Buy other peoples’ books. Get a personal consultation. Go to cooking classes, dinner lectures or start a potluck. Yin and yang will keep you interested and awake for a lifetime, and there is no end to what they can teach all of us. Meet others who practice macrobiotics. Seek out those with gleams in their eyes, and senses of humor, and learn from them. If you need help from a therapist or a support group to help move through heavy feelings or issues, by all means, seek it out. I certainly did. But always remember that your intuition, as it is strengthened with macrobiotic food, will eventually become your ultimate authority.
Finally, I hope you make friends with this book, referring to it and rereading it whenever necessary. May it feed you, inspire you, and make you laugh ‘til the carrot juice spews out your nose.