|Peninsula Macrobiotic Network Newsletter||Patrick McCarty: Simplifying Macrobiotics!|
|Number 79 December 1999 / January 2000 Peninsula Macrobiotic Community|
Gourmet Vegetarian Dinners
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Meredith has been a renowned Guest Chef and speaker at our Monday Dinners.
She has also produced other cookbooks Fresh From A Vegetarian Kitchen
and American Macrobiotic Cuisine, and the video Whole
Grain Sourdough Breads. Based in Marin, she teaches cooking classes
and does food coaching in the Bay Area. Call 415 435-4102, www.healingcuisine.com.
Congratulations to Meredith! It is so wonderful to see someone,
coming from humble beginnings in macrobiotics and natural health, recognized
internationally for her innovative approaches to dessert. Perhaps the
health-conscious approach she uses and describes in her beautiful dessert
book will get notice, catch on, and improve the world!
Susanne Jensen offers vegetarian take- outs ($12) on Wednesdays in San Francisco, SF delivery available, reserve by 9 PM Tue, 415 661-4764.
Susan O'Toole is taking her business What's For Dinner in a new direction. After an extended break for relaxation and assessment, she decided to stop producing her famed takeout dinners on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and will shift to teaching cooking classes and hopefully producing a cookbook. To get on her mailing list, suggest topics for classes, or complain, call 650 941-1028.
Congratulations to chef Laura Stec, who has accepted a fulltime,
six-month commitment to work as a spokesperson and educator for Eden
Foods in Michigan, starting in January. She plans to return here at
the end of
The Vital Center, a new business hatched by Monday Dinner patrons
Anne Emry, Steve Emry and Ken Becker, is taking shape. Starting
shortly after Thanksgiving, The Vital Center will produce gourmet vegetarian
dinners five days a week, for pick up or delivery (from Burlingame to
Palo Alto). Dinners will be prepared fresh daily, and include soup, whole
grains, legumes, vegetables, and optional dessert, using fresh, organic
food (whenever possible), without eggs, dairy, animal foods, or artificial
ingredients. And shortly after the New Year, The Vital Center will launch
the second part of its business--a variety of wellness programs from a
location in San Mateo. Offering both individual counseling and group classes,
the programs will use natural foods and holistic practices to help people
manage weight and improve general health. For the latest information,
call 650 685-5599.
On Dec 13, Macrobiotic Counselor Patrick McCarty speaks on Simplifying Macrobiotics. Changes in diet and lifestyle do not have to be painful. In nature, forces such as electricity and qi, the universal life force, always find the path of least resistance --without any design or effort. Patrick will share his favorite tips for facilitating healthy changes naturally, and will show how to make the process enjoyable.
Patrick's background includes study at the Kushi Institute in Boston and the Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He co-directed the East-West Center in Eureka for nearly 20 years, and has taught and counseled extensively at locations around the world. In November, at an international conference in Havana, Cuba, Patrick was one of many presenting complementary approaches to asthma. Patrick is currently active as a teacher and lecturer with the Macrobiotic Foundation of Central Florida; his recent classes have covered home remedies and cooking for men. He and his wife Vashon are expecting the birth of a baby boy at the end of January.
On Jan 10, Macrobiotic Counselor David Briscoe speaks on Cleansing
And Strengthening Your Liver. The holidays and winter months often
overwork your liver. Its function weakens and the qi (life force) stagnates,
giving rise to many symptoms and discomforts, especially as the season
changes from winter to spring. This affects women more than it does men,
as many female health issues have their roots in liver qi stagnation.
David will show you how to head off liver problems well before spring
arrives. He will share many of the ideas from his popular workshop, 50
Ways To Love Your Liver. Since 1972, David has been involved in
most every aspect of macrobiotics, including personal practice,
teaching, counseling, cooking, restaurant business and center development.
In 1983 he became one of the first certified counselors of the Kushi Institute's
premier training program. He co-authored A Personal Peace: Macrobiotic
Reflections on Mental and Emotional Recovery, and is well-known
for his insights into the emotional and psychological underpinnings of
health issues. From 1991-1998 David worked closely with Herman Aihara,
the late macrobiotic master, at the Vega Study Center. In 1999 David and
his wife Cindy founded Macrobiotics America™ and Macrobiotics Global™,
the first macrobiotic educational programs to offer home studies through
the internet; see his outstanding website, www.macroamerica.com, which
well-reflects his experienced approach to education.