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The Hip Chick's Guide to Macrobiotics: A Philosophy for achieving a Radiant Mind and a Fabulous Body Paperback – September 9, 2004
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Her writing is accesiible and she includes entertaning anecdotes from her experience with discovering macrobiotic philosophy. Hte personal conversation stlye makes the information easier to remember and apply than other texts. She makes macrobiotics seem posisble for any one, any where they live. I do not live near a thriving organic community, but she supplies a wide range of resources, online stores, helpful web sites and other useful books to help in the transition. Though she was trained at the Kushi Institute, she gives readers knowledge of the full range of approaches that exist.
Did you know that there is a macrobiotic equivalent to Reese's peanut butter cups? She gives the recipes for these, as well as other deserts for special occasions, in addition to the staple dishes that constitute a macrobiotic eating system. I do wish tht the book had more recipes, and found the book "Cook Your Way to the Life You Want" and Cooking Whole Foods" by Christina Pirello excellent complements. They are not necessary additions, but Porter made me eager to read much more about macrobiotics.
Macrobiotics is learning how to balance food to meet your body's nutritional needs, which will vary depending on your daily activities and stress. It tkaes a life time to master, but Porter provides excellent ropes to help you start immediately, if you so wish. She also provides a gradual (her recommended) approach.Read more ›
Jessica Porter has written a book that is accessible, easy to understand and very witty! I have a much better understanding of the effects that food has on my body - and this gives me the power to make better choices. I am not a full fledged macrobiotic junkie (and may never be) - but at least now I can lean in that direction with confidence, not confusion! Thanks Jessica, for the best intro to macrobiotics that I have ever read!
The book is for the most part well-written and the explanation of macrobiotic philosophy is pretty clear. So far so good. You either agree with the notion of the universe as being composed of the fundamental forces of yin and yang, or you don't, but you can't argue with statements such as "in macrobiotics ______ is seen as yin," or with the idea of creating balance or with a clear statement of activities that increase yin or yang (unless you think she is wrong about what macrobiotics means, but I didn't catch any of that). Porter also sets forth great ideas for helping people achieve balance in a general sense as well as a macrobiotic sense.
There is no substantiation for most of what Porter says and here I'm talking not about the unsubstantiable (carrots are more yang than celery), but about outright statements such as:
1. Dairy food leaves snotty, wet deposits in the lungs (p. 114);
2. Coffee gives you wrinkles (p. 143 -- oh yeah, 1/2 cup a day even? Porter might have just said coffee's a diuretic, but she doesn't, just that it "gives you wrinkles");
3. It's good to snack on 1/2 sheet of nori every day (p. 151, no explanation why);
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To anyone who is interested in following a macro diet, do it! Get this book and follow it. It will be the best decision you ever made!!!
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I don't care for this. I thought it would be more of an introduction and with some guidelines on how to start a macrobiotic diet, but it was more about yin and yang philosophy and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kristen Bush
Love all the information re: official macrobiotics - and the encouraging tips how to start to convert your diet.Published 6 months ago by California Customer
Jessiaca is breather of fresh air in the super serious world of macrobiotics. Her personal stories (only in the beginning) and brilliant writing kept me listening and deciding to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by John Reisinger
This book is a learning tool for me. A thoughtful guide for anyone who believes that food nourishes the body and soul. Ms Porter's humor is refreshing and delightful. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ms Molesworth
Such a good, well-written exposition of anwhole-life attitude.Published 11 months ago by D. V. Gelder
very impact-ful writing style. great ideas. educational to point of epiphany.Published 11 months ago by esteban
O god!! Don't waste your money..so over worded with her own B.S. I could even get halfways thru...so I gave the rest of the book a quick look...nope... Read morePublished 12 months ago by cindy