Living in Austin, TX, has it’s benefits: Cool people like William Spear come to talk about very interesting topics. Mr. Spear is a Feng Shui expert (he wrote a very well known book on the topic, Feng Shui Made Easy) and a long-time practitioner and counselor of macrobiotics. He is staying in Austin temporarily to work on some writing, and he decided to give a series of talks on macrobiotics while he is in town. The talks will occur at Casa de Luz, a terrific macrobiotic “restaurant” in Austin. I noted a few interesting tidbits that struck me from the talk (below the photo).
Below: William Spear explains Macrobiotics whilst I snap a surreptitious photograph.
- Chew your food a lot. Chewing alkalizes food, which reduces the load on your digestive system. He cited an expression “drink your food and chew your drink” which is to say “chew so much that your food becomes liquid.”
- The lungs are an important organ for elimination of waste – CO2. The lungs are very active discharging carbon dioxide from 3:00 am and 5:00 am, which is why many people awake during those hours.
- Good desire for food is a key benefit of the health you can achieve through macrobiotics. Healthy food will make you feel nourished. You will have desires for all normal things at healthy levels.
- Your body’s organs have natural daily rhythms. Western medicine I beginning to take these rhythms into account when treating organs (administering treatment at certain times of day to maximize impact). Our hearts’ natural rhythms are least active around midnight, and this is not just because we are commonly sleeping – taking it easy is just what your heart “wants” to do at that time.
- People urinate more in fall due to cooling temperatures. This aligns with macrobiotic principles of contraction/expansion, (although I am not quite sure how!).
- You should be able to fall asleep shortly after getting into bed.
- Your body doesn’t need as much food on a macrobiotic diet because your body uses it more efficiently. At first your body may be hungry on a macrobiotic diet, but that is because it is not used to drawing nutrients from food so efficiently. Most of our bodies are accustomed to working very hard for the scarce nutrients in our French fries and hamburgers, so we demand a larger quantity of food.
- Most degenerative diseases occur not because of deficiency but because of excess.
- Americans eat 2-3 times more protein than necessary.
- We know that calcium in a high protein environment (e.g., milk) is not well absorbed. Cultures with lowest consumption of dairy have least osteoporosis. The “fact” that dairy is beneficial to your bones is a big lie perpetrated by the dairy industry.
- There is no forbidden food in macrobiotics. (There is more to this point, but I don’t think I can do it justice. Basically, you want to shoot for eating in a certain way, but macrobiotics would not specifically prohibit any food, especially if it might be useful for your body and your particular situation.)
What do you think? Do these points make sense? If you attended the talk, what did you hear that you liked a lot?