Macrobiotic Spring Workshop 21st & 22nd March
Macrobiotic Spring Workshop
An Introduction to Healthy Living For Creating Balance in Your Life For All Seasons.
The popularity of diet programmes, health clubs, and alternative medicine point to a continued widespread interest in healthy living. The growth in adopting a wholefoods plant based diet increases daily.
New paradigms are often ridiculed, debated but then ultimately become the ‘status quo’. (Hugely exciting)! However, the problem is, with all that information, what really works?
The purpose of this workshop will be to share with you common sense strategies based on both science and tradition. The fountain of my youth or my Holy Grail is found in the simple pleasures of eating delicious wholefoods, moving my body and teaching others how to nourish themselves with healthy, clean and delicious wholefood daily.
For thousands of years, people in the Far East have developed a dynamic and comprehensive system for understanding the way the human body responds to the changing seasons. Bill and I will show you how this ancient system can be used to create a more vibrant level of health and vitality.
Seeing Your Health
How we look and act is an indication of our general condition of health. In the Far East this basic truth formed the basis of Oriental Diagnosis. You will learn how to look at some of the ways in which our bodies can tell us what we need and to better understand our condition.
Stretching & Breath Work
We will be stimulating our Liver & Gallbladder (the organs that relate to spring energy) using Chi Ball which is a series of exercises that incorporate the Chinese disciplines of Tai Chi, Pilates, Yoga and modern exercise science into a simple and effective method for gaining strength and flexibility, and its great fun. Deep breathing, where you fill your belly and expand your diaphragm downwards, is one of the most powerful exercises you can do to activate your lymph system which helps to detoxify your body.
Think of your lymph system as your own personal garbage removal system (which most of us will need in full steam after the winter season). Practise 10 deep slow breaths counting 4 seconds in, 8 seconds hold and 8 seconds out. Breathe long slow and deep in a mindful state as often as possible. And, don’t forget your dry skin brushing to increase lymph flow, tighten and tone the skin and help reduce cellulite. The blog is on my website.
Our cooking classes over the two days will focus on foods to gently detox our system from the heavier diet of winter. Deliciously lighter cooked foods will be served for lunch. Please also read my blog link below: on sprouting and reap all the amazing benefits of making this an addition to your diet and why this is hugely beneficial particularly in the Spring. http://marlenewatsontara.com/time-to-get-sprouting/
How to create a home environment that is truly supportive of a healthy family is also on the agenda. So a ‘spring’ clean from the inside out will be the aim of this workshop.
A Delicious & Easy Spring Recipe
Parsley and coriander are very powerful natural green plant foods for detoxing heavy metals out of your body. Add these amazing herbs to juices, salads, soups and meals.
Green Pesto Recipe:
- 2 or 3 cloves garlic
- 1/3 cup pine nuts or macadamia nuts
- 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup fresh coriander/cilantro
- 1 cup parsley
- 2/3 cup Clearspring cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Clearspring dulse flakes to flavour
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
Process the parsley, coriander and olive oil in a blender until chopped. Add the garlic, nuts, and seeds, dulse, nutritional yeast and lemon juice. Blitz until the mixture is finely blended into a paste. Thin to desired consistency with filtered water. Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator. You can also freeze this pesto for later use. Enjoy in pastas, grain dishes and soups.
A super tip is to incorporate some parsley or coriander into your spring cleansing regime.
Boil the kettle, add the hot water to a cup with a few sprigs of either of these greens and allow to infuse for 3 or 4 minutes. They are loaded with chlorophyll (the life blood of the plant) and will aid in rejuvenation of an overly acidic system.
Drink More Water
Too often we misinterpret thirst for hunger. Our signal for thirst may cause us to eat as we mistake it for hunger pains. Reach for water first and make sure you are well hydrated before eating any meal throughout the day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Where possible make sure to drink your water at least 30 minutes before eating as this will allow time for the water to properly penetrate the cells of your body and hydrate your stomach lining in preparation for proper digestion.
There are lots of delicious recipes and medicinal teas in my book ‘Macrobiotics for all Seasons’ to aid you in good health and longevity. Use the medicinal teas and recipes in the ‘Spring’ section of my book over the next months. I chose the recipes for this blog using bitter and sour tasting foods that in TCM are said to stimulate the liver/gallbladder.
Be empowered by the passion of your own potential and nourish the body you have to uncover the body you want. Please email me to reserve your place and I will send you a registration form. Bill and I look forward to seeing you.
In good health