Healthy vegan catering service to the beautiful yoga teacher's community at San Carlos! I met Yuko at David Cho's spring yoga retreat where I worked as a chef at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills, CA last March . Yuko was always so cheerful and gracious. Whenever she popped into our kitchen with a big smile, we were so happy to have a little chat with her. In accordance with Yuko's request, I prepared the menu that I cooked at the retreat. She told me that all the food she ate there was unforgettable!
Partially milled brown rice with salted cherry blossoms & green peas
Sautéed three root vegetables in Kimpira style
vegan caesar salad with creamy dressings
Japanese Shiraae (Broccoli & Mushroom dressed in tofu and sesame paste),
Organic Mugwort tea
(All gluten-free & vegan)
Some of the items were not exactly the same as I cooked at the retreat. Since this gathering was for Japanese ladies who loves Yuko's relaxed yoga, I focused more on the nourishment side of their organs, skins, and souls. Thank you, Yuko & her yoga friends for your kind words, I will treasure them & continue to enjoy the journey of being as a chef of healing cuisine!
Harmony of the vegetables♪♪♪ It is always a great pleasure cooking for the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community in Palo Alto! The theme of May was "Under the Tuscan Sun!" We cooked six items as below.
Tuscan Lentil Soup
Italian salad with Tahini Creamy Dressing
Brown Rice Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce
Roasted Paprika and Kale with Quinoa
Chocolate Mousse with Berries
(All gulen-fee & all vegan)
Most of the vegetables came from the local farmer's market from Saratoga, Campbell, and Santa Cruz. I traveled all over the place to get the right ingredients. All the organic seasonings are also carefully selected. I never use synthetic seasonings, or white sugar. If you have good quality cold pressed oil, unpasteurized soy-sauce (naturally brewed), sea salt, naturally fermented miso, plum vinegar, home-made amazake, and special spice of love, you can create very delicious food that can also bring a healing effect on your body and soul...
I was ever so grateful that I could invite my mother and sister who happened to visit CA at the time! Thank you Peninsula Macrobiotic Community for giving me the opportunity to work as a chef! Thank you Maho, and Yuki for your wisdom, support and passion to create the dinner with me. Also, I want to thank all the chefs & volunteers who have been serving this community. And all the people who came to dine our food, I feel so fortunate to cook for you! thank you💕
Yesterday was the first day of DOYO the season. What is DOYO?
According to the five elements theory — wood(spring), fire(summer), earth(DOYO), metal(autumn), and water(winter) — are believed to be the fundamental elements of everything in the universe between which interactions occur. The season in CA is now spring, which is influenced by Wood energy, but to be precise, we are now in DOYO (Earth/Soil) season empowered by a strong earth energy as well.
Each season fixed according to the sun's longitude: Spring-27°, summer-117°, autumn-207° and winter-297°, and 18 days prior to the beginning of each season, we have DOYO seasons. Which means we have 4 DOYO seasons throughout the year. Yesterday was the first day of Spring DOYO.
During DOYO, the unsettled air of the transformation from spring to summer, summer to autumn, autumn to winter, winter to spring is floating around us, A strong energy from the earth is arising at the same time. Earth is the energy of the soil. The soil is the place where life is born and returns. It means that the soil has two completely opposite sides of energy, the reproduction and the putrefaction.
People who are suffering from chronic disorders may be worse during this DOYO season. Especially for Spring DOYO, people who suffer from eczema, and any types of allergy are tend to get influenced more. But if we learn to how to cope with this DOYO season in our daily life, we may prevent it. Even people who don’t have any symptom, if they embrace this DOYO energy around us, and carefully choose the food we eat, our body and mind sustain heathy, and will be ready to welcome to the new season with healthy well being…
The opposite word of “putrefaction” is “fermentation”, but these 2 words are deeply connected to the same root. If we eat more processed food, fat, animal food, & white sugar, the inside of our intestines are close to the sate of “putrefaction”. On a process of the digestion, they produces various toxins, and bad bacteria thrives. But, if you eat more plant based food, and fermented food such as MISO, any types of pickles such as sauerkraut, KIMUCHI, ume plums, your good bacteria in the intestine thrive. Then, it nourish and preserve cells in the colon and the liver, and prevent gastrointestinal diseases as well as cancer and heart disease.
According to many macrobiotic books, they refer “Earth” energy as late autumn, and I totally agree with it as well. From the late fall to the beginning of winter, we have Fall DOYO season. which means we are influenced by Earth energy. I believe every theories may be true to each individual. We can learn the knowledge, digest and cultivate it into our own life style. I hope everyone spend healthy, happy Spring/Doyo season💕
I will be cooking a full corse Korean dinner for Monday Dinner gathering at Palo Alto tomorrow. Here' the menu!
* Tofu Jjigae - Mildly Spiced Soft Tofu Korean Stewz
* Colorful Vegan Bibimbap - a Classic Korean Dish of Brown Rice and Seasonal Sautéed Vegetables & Konjac
* Fresh Homemade Kimuchi with Mild Spicy Sauce
* Matcha Cupcake with Sweet Azuki Beans
* Magical Mugwort Tea
I have prepared KIMUCHI 5 days ago just for this event using 8 big Napa cabbages. Now it is ready to be served. I did not use any sugar, but only grated apple and Amazake as sweetener. It is not too spicy so that little children can eat it. To make spicy looking, I add organic beets powder so it looks more red🤗. Since Kimuchi is probiotic & fermented, it contains healthy bacteria that aids in digestion process and fight off various infections in your body.
For Korean stew, and Bibimbap, I am going to use many kinds of vegetables that has a lot of medicinal benefits. If you want to know what Konjac can do to your body, please check this site,
For deserts, I will make Matcha Cupcake wth sweet Azuki Beans. I used organic dates and maple syrup and coconuts sugar when I made Azuki bean paste..,
I hope many people can come and taste this special dinner!!! The cost for the dinner is just $18. If you have time, please make a reservation at the website below, or call at 650-599-3320 by 4/17.
Whenever I have a chance to cook for any events including catering & lunch-boxes to go, I always try to combine this magical Konjac for my creations, why? There are so many amazing reasons. If you know what this Konjac can do to your body, you just want to use it...
A Japanese potato called konjac can flush 25% of the calories you eat out of your body.😊 Now, I know you seriously want to know more. This Japanese potato is fat-free, so its virtually a zero-calorie food, which has been used as an ingredient in Japanese dishes for over 2,000 years,
According to the Japanese Konjac Association, konjac normalizes cholesterol, prevents high blood pressure, and because it consists of 50% water and 40% glucomannan (dietary fiber), the body finds it hard to digest, thus sliding right through you and cleaning out your intestines all the while giving you the illusion that you are full. Glucomannan is an amazingly dense, high fiber substance that has the ability to expand to 200 times its size upon entering the digestive tract. It envelops calories, carbohydrates and fats in fiber. Therefore, as these food particles pass through your digestive system, the body regards them as fiber, and flushes them out of your body, along with the toxins in the digestive tract. It’s no wonder the Japanese call it a “broom for the stomach.”
If you want to taste this Konjac, please come to our Monday Dinner gathering at Palo Alto hosted by the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community. I work as a chef on a once a month basis and I always try to use this Konjac for my dishes. If you are interested, please check the information below.
If you want to know more about Konjak, please check the site as below.
On a beautiful spring Sunday, I was able to hold a Ramen Workshop in Palo Alto. When I arrived at the venue of the WS, the beautiful Wisteria was smiling in front of the house.
"What is organic ramen?" "Can we actually produce such a thing?" Before we start the workshop, some of the participants were so curious & doubtful about my 100% plant based Ramen... But, while we prepared and cooked together, I explained all the ingredients which I carefully selected, they kindly understand what I was trying to achieve behind the workshop. In the end, they all enjoyed my Ramen💕 YES, you can actually make Ramen without food additives nor chemicals, and YES, it is very tasty😃😄😀
You are what you eat is so true. By carefully selecting foods that we eat everyday makes a big difference in our body in the long term. I hope they could get inspired and pick up a few things and incorporate it into their everyday life. All the knowledge doesn't help anything, unless you actually use it.
Thank you so much to all the participants who came to the WS! Also, a very special thank you to Atsuko who organized this event. You are so kind, and your home is very lovely. We all had a wonderful time together❤️
Daikon radishes have been used in traditional Japanese cooking to heal the body and to help it discharge fat, excess fluids and old animal foods lingering in the intestines. This “really big radish” has huge amounts of digestive enzymes which help the body easily deal with fats & proteins. Also used as a diuretic and decongestant, daikon can help ease the work of the kidneys by discharging more water and fluid retention.
2 cups of pureed fresh mango, 1/3 cup of agave nectar, ½ can of unsweetened organic coconut milk, 1 cup of water, 1 TBS of KUZU, 1/2cup of chia seed
1. In tIn a saucepan, combine the coconut milk, water, agave nectar, and bring to a boil.
2. Then, add I TBS of Kuzu that is mixed with 1TBS of water until the mixture thickens slightly. (Please make sure Kuzu powder is well combined with water before you add into the saucepan)
3. Once mixture thickens, turn off the heat and wait until it gets cool down.
4. In a bowl, place the mango puree and add the above 1 and chia seed.
5. Mix well and paddle the pudding into individual glass and store in the refrigerator.
(Yield: 4-5 servings)
KUZU (Medicinal benefit)
The root of the kuzu plant, a member of the legume family, is prized in Oriental Medicine as the traditional medicine of choice for digestive, and many other disorders, and as a premier cooking starch / thickener. It has been part of the cuisine of China and Japan for more than 2000 years! The very starch that makes kuzu an outstanding jelling and thickening agent in cooking is also responsible for its medicinal action. Kuzu's complex starch molecules are able to enter the intestines and relieve over acidity, bacterial infection, and excess water / bloating, and relieve abdominal aching and intestinal irritation. Kuzu also contains a high concentration of naturally occurring plant flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants that have the ability to inhibit the contraction of smooth muscle, thereby increasing blood flow to, and relieve cramping in, the intestines. These flavonoids give kuzu it's strong medicinal / healing effect on both the digestive and circulatory systems.
You can buy KUZU at the local organic store or purchase on line;
On April 3rd, I will be cooking my favorite Japanese curry stew & mint Jasmine rice for the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community, 305 N California Ave, Palo Alto, CA. Anybody who loves the healthy vegetarian food, can join! The cost for the dinner is just $18. If you have time, please make a reservation at the website below, or call at 650-599-3320 by 4/2.
Here's the full menu(all vegan & gluten- free made by scratch):
⭐︎ Wakame & mushroom miso soup
⭐︎ Japanese vegetable curry
⭐︎ Minty Jasmine rice & quinoa
⭐︎ Gluten- free samosas
⭐︎ Delicious detox daikon salad with greens
⭐︎ Strawberry Amazake Pudding
⭐︎ Detox Burdock Root with cinnamon tea
As always, I try to use as much vegetables that are not only delicious but have a lot of medicinal benefits to heal and to detox our organs & bodies. Especially, my home made Amazake has a lot of enzymes and fibers that nourish your body. http://wanowa.weebly.com/alternative-medicine/amazake-miracle-food-from-japan
I hope many of you can join us and enjoy the meal we carefully prepared with love💕
"The macrobiotic approach to healing is based on the view that health and happiness result from living in harmony with nature, while sickness and unhappiness mirror a disharmony or imbalance between the internal and external natural order and harmonize with it, beginning with our daily way of eating. The chronic intake of extreme foods and beverages underlies the progressive development of sickness and unhappiness. This process follow a general sequin of seven stages.
①Respiration, or breathing which release carbon dioxide and other gaseous wastes into the atmosphere
（７０％ of energy exchange）
②Perspiration, or sweating which transports sodium, urea, oil, fluids, and other waters to the surface of the body
（２０％ of excreted wastes）
③Urination which consists primarily of urea, uric acid, and other nitrogenous waters, sodium chloride, and about 100 other substances suspended in fluid
（７％ of discharge）
④Bowel movement which consists primarily of cellulose and other undigested food remains, bile pigments, mucus, bacteria, and water
（３％ of waste）
Normal discharge also takes place through daily physical activity, including motion, conversation, work, play, dance, song, and other ordinary activities. Mental discharge takes place in the form of waves and vibrations that are released in thought, decision making wishes, prayers, imagination, and other forms of consciousness. Feelings and emotional expression are also accompanied by the release of metabolic energy. Sexual activity offers another normal avenue of energy release for both sexes. Women are generally able to exchange energy with the environment more harmoniously than men because they have several additional means of natural discharge. These include (1)menstruation, (2)childbirth, or having a baby, and (3)lactation, or breastfeeding. As a result, women tend to have a more balance condition than men, adjust more peacefully to their surroundings, and live longer.
1st stage: General Fatigue (physical and mental tiredness)
If we overeat occasionally or take in only a small to moderate amount of extreme foods and beverages, they will normally be discharged through one of the mechanisms discharged above. For example, eating several apples may lead to diarrhea. However, if the amount of excess exceeds the capacity of the body to discharge it naturally, various abnormal methods of discharge arise. These include colds, fever, sinus congestion, coughing, sneezing, excessive sweating, frequent urination, and bowel irregularities. From time to time, more extreme symptoms may arise, including shivering, trembling, vomiting, and nausea, as well as crying shouting, screaming, anger, fear, and otter wild , erratic actions and emotions. Today nearly everyone in the modern world overeats or takes improper food occasionally and experiences physical and mental tiredness or general fatigue, the first stage of imbalance. This is the beginning of sickness and is frequently accompanied by some of the abnormal symptoms listed above, as well as muscular tension and hardening , short period of feeling cold or hot, temporary constipation or diarrhea. To recover balance usually takes several hours to several days. A good night's sleep, proper rest, healthy food, and regular exercise will normally restore equilibrium.
2nd Stage: Aches & Pains
If we ignore these initial signs of imblance and fail to change our diet or way of life, general fatigue will be followed by occasional aches and pains, the second stage of developing sickness. These include muscle pain and tension, headaches, backache, mentrual cramps, abdominal ills, numbness and tingling, and other moderate pains and aches. Sleeping problems, breathing difficulties, heart irregularities, chills, and fever, and motion and coordination problems also may start to appear. To restore balance, several days to several weeks are generally necessary, including a healthy diet, active exercise, and necessary rest.
3rd Stage: Decline of Blood Quality & Chronic Discharge
If we fail to heed these warning signs and do not make adjustments in our diet and lifesyle, the third stage in the progressive development of sickness will begin. A change in blood and lymph quality, including the red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and blood plasma, will lead to skin diseases, susceptibility to infection, and other manifestaions of chronic imblance. As the blood begins to change quality and accumulates excessive nutrients, toxins, and wastes, the kidneys becoms overburdened and lose their ability to cleanse the bloodstream properly. Skin disease commonly apper as the body directs excess to the surface of the body and discharges it in the form of freckles, pimples, spots, rashes, moles, warts, bunkos, calluses, and other symptoms. These result from various combinations of sugar, chocolate, honey and other refined carbohydrates; protein and fat from meat, chicken, eggs, and other animal foods; milk, cheese, ice cream, and other dairy foods, spices, stimulants; alcohol; drugs; and other imbalanced foods and beverages. Continued intake of these substances may eventually lead to eczema, psoriasis, and other more serious skin disorders. In extreme cases, skin cancer may develop.
As the blood and lymph quality decline, the body loses its natural resistance to infection. Bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms that ordinarily pose no risk begin to thrive and multiply. The blood and lymph become coated with fat and mucus from acid-producing foods and are no longer able to discharge potentially infectious agents from the body through the urine, bowel movement, and other ordinary channels. Also, beneficial microbe that normally live in harmony in the intestinal flora may start to decline as excessive animal protein, acids, and strong chemicals disrupt their normal functioning.
To recover from this stage, the blood, lymph, and other bodily fluids need to be strengthened. Depending on the condition, this can take from 10 days (to change the blood plasma) to 4 months (to fully change the red blood cells). In addition to dietary change and lifesyle adjusments, simple home remedies, indluding special foods, drinks, and compresses, may be necessary to stimulate active energy circulations.
4th Stage Accumulation
In the underlying cause of chronic symptoms is not corrected through dietary change, or if it is treated only in a symptomatic way, the body will begin to gather and accumulate excess at a deeper level. Accumulation is the 4th stage in the progressive development of disease. Eventually the body's ability to discharge to the surface, through normal, abnormal, and chronic channels, will be exhausted. Continued consumption of meat, eggs, chicken, cheese, fatty fish, and other seafood; milk, ice cream, and other dairy products; and oily greasy foods of all kinds, including sugar and sweets that are converted into fat in the body, will result in the creation of internal deposits of fat and mucus. Initially, these will begin to from in the more peripheral regions go the body and ones that have access to the outside. The sections below discuss the major regions of accumulation.
Sinus congestion is the most common ailnment in modern society, affecting from time to time the vast majority of adults and children. The buldup of mucus and fat in the sinues can block the nasal and air passages, leading to sneezing, respiratory problems, hay fever, allergies, and other problems. Thick, heavy mucus deposits in the sinuses can reduce alertness and clarity, weaken vitality, and increase susceptibility to infection, disease, and accidents.
The tonsils are frequent site of inflammation as excess gathers in the throat. These tiny organs are part of the lymphatic system and help to neutralize the effects of consuming too much sugar, milk, ice cream, soft drinks and other extreme foods. However, if these foods continue to be taken in large volume, the tonsils become overworked, leading to swelling, infection, and modern medicine often takes out the tonsil surgically, weakening the lymphatic systems and causing excess to gather and accumulate at deeper level.
The buildup of fat and mucus inside the ears can cause earaches, diminish hearing, and produce tinnitus(ringing). As the delicate structures of the inner ear become clogged, more serious disorders can arise, including auditory nerve damage and possible deafness. Dairy food is the most frequent cause of ear and hearing problems, but excessive intake of other animal food, sugar, white flour, and other foods that form acid, fat or mucus can also lead to accumulation.
The eyes are also the site of gathering excess. Dietary extremes are responsible for astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsighted, color blindness, conjunctivitis, crossed eyes, and other common vision problems that may require corrective lenses or medical treatment. Over time, more serious disorders may arise as fat and mucus build up in and around the eyeball, leading to cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, or retinitis pigments and eventually blindness or vision loss.
（５）TEETH & GUMS
The relation between sugar and cavities is well known. Less well known is the relationship between the consumption of many other foods and the development of tooth decay, irregular teeth, the onset of toothache and pain, the formation of abscesses, and other dental problem. Gingivitis, periodontal disease, and other gum problems are also the direct result of long-term dietary excess.
Excess frequently gathers in the lungs. Mucus and fat may coat the alveoli(air sacs), making breathing more difficult, producing chest congestion and pain, and leading to possible asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, or pneumonia. Coughing will sometimes loosen and discharge this sticky material, but once it becomes firmly attached it can harden and remain trapped for years. Then, toxins and pollutants in the air that are inhaled ca easily adhere to this sticky environment instead of being normally exhaled. Tar and other heavy components of tobacco smoke can become lodged, producing irritation and eventually leading to cysts and tumors. As a main avenue of normal discharge, the lungs also gather excess and toxins from al other regions of the body, including acid wastes from cells and tissues that enter the venous blood circulation and are discharged through breathing.
The buildup of excess fat and mucus deposits in the breasts may produce lumps, hardening, or cysts. The process is similar to the solidification of water into ice, as sticky, heavy liquid from frequent consumption of milk, cream, cottage cheese, yogurt, ice cream, and other dairy foods, as well as soft drinks, juice, mineral water, iced tea, chilled wine, and other foods and beverages that have a cooling effect, freezes and hardens. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of developing cysts or tumors in this region.
The accumulation of excess in the lower regions of the body is generally produced by heavy animal protein or fat; salted cheese and other denser dairy foods; hard baked flour products especially those containing white flour, sugar, and oil; and other oily, greasy foods. As the intestinal walls become coated with fat and mucus, they expand, lose their flexibility, and result in enlarged or swollen abdomen. This is a major cause of overweight or obesity and can lead to colitis, diverticular disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and other digestive disorders.
（９）KIDNEYS & BLADDER
Accumulations of fat and mucus in the kidneys and bladder produce a variety of urinary circulatory, and excretory problem. Excessive protein, fat, mucus, and other substances can clog the delicate network of cells in the kidney that filter the blood, affecting blood quality as well as elevating blood pressure. As water accumulates, the kidneys may become chronically swollen, hampering elimination and causing excess fluid to build up in the legs. Cold and frozen food may also crystallize into kidney or bladder stones. Stagnation in the urinary tract easily lead to infections, inflammation, and other complications.
The ovaries, the principal organ of female reproducction, are the frequent site of fat and mucus accumulation. Eggs, heavy animal foods, hard baked foods, and excessive salt can all contribute to this buildup, especially in combination with sugar and concentrated sweeteners, dairy food, cold beverages, and other extreme items, leading to ovarian cysts and fibroid tumors. If the Fallopian tubes become blocked, the egg and sperm cannot unite, resulting in a failure to conceive. In middle-aged women, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and other menopausal symptoms are also the direct result of dietary excess. In men, prostate enlargement is the most common consequence of excess fat and mucus accumulation in this region.
5th Stage： STORAGE
As sickness progresses, excess become directed deeper into the body and begins to gather around the heart, liver, gallbadder, pancreas, and other vital organs. Storage is the 5th stage of sickness. As blood quality declines over a lengthy period, structual and funcional changes begin to take place, producing degegerative cahanges in organs and glands, cells and tissues. Most major diseases, including cardio vascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and muliple sclerois, fall into this category.
In modern society, chronic and degenerative disease are treated primarily with drugs, medications, and other remedies designated to eliminate pain, control symptoms, and prolong life, hormone injections, transplants, and other invasive procedures are routinely performed. At the preventive level, vaccines, inoculations, vitamin pills, mineral supplements, ad other artificial substances are consumed, ingested, or injected to prevent future ills. However, none of these approaches deals with the underlying origin or cause of the imbalance or disorder, which lies in the daily way of life, including the daily way of eating.
Recovery from from chronic and degenerative disease and disorders, including heart disease and cancer, takes longer than blood and skin diodes. Generally 4-6 months to years is needed including careful adherence to a healing diet, reorientation of the way of life, and deep self-refelction.
6th stage: Nervous Disorders
From the accumulation and storage of excess in the organs and glands, the degenerative tendency paregresses deeper into the mucles, bones, and nerves. Arthritis, rheumatism, scolisis, osteoprosis, and other degenerative bone and joint condiotions gradually develop after years of dietary excess. Over time, physical and mental coordination gradualy declines and a pessimistic negative view of life prevails. Mental and emotional disorders grow more imbalance, frequently leading to schizophrenia, paranoia, and other personality disorders. To overcome nervous disorder takes 6 months to several years, depending on the case. In addition to completely changing the way of life, including the way of eating, a positive view of life needs to be developed. This active support and loving care of friends and families are essential to recovery. Physical activity, relaxation exercise, and spiritual practices may also be helpful.
7th stage: Self-Justification
The last stage of sickness is self-justification or arrogance, the view that we are separate from nature and the working of our own body. Through years of improper eating and living, we become detached from the natural world and see ourselves as blameless for our sickenss, difficulties, and problems. Instead of taking responsibilites, and changing oursleves, we blame other people, society, nature, the universe, or God. We lose the ability to listen to others and our own intuition. Arrogance is both the last stage of sickness and the origin of all previous stages. It is the underlying cause of all sickness and unhappiness on our planet. To recover from self-righteousness can take several years to many lifetimes, as appreciation is gradually recovered and a sprit of sympathy and compassion is cultivated. At the same time, arrogance may be dissolved instantaneously through disease, accident, failure or other shock that awakens one to the order of nature. Great difficulties, sufferings, and sorrow can produce a spirit of humility and modesty, leading to renewed outlook on life and the recovery of health and happiness. Many great saints and prophets awakened to their true nature after lives of arrogance, indulgence, and ease.
All disease are interrelated and share a common origin: an unnatural way of life, including improper diet, thinking, and behavior. Health, happiness, and peace are the universal birthright of every person. Harmonizing with the marvelous, eternal order of the universe-or what we many call God-is the essence of makro-bios, the infinite life.
You can find more info from the book called "The Macrobiotic Path to Total Health" by Michio Kushi & Alex Jack. This book is a great guide if you want to take control of your own health and well being. It covers just about every disease and illness that the average person would need to know of.