Welcome to our Indian Summer issue of foods, diet and wellness! Autumn…when trees leave us awestruck with color and farms bring us such amazing, sustaining, and colorful vegetables! At the same time, the world is in revolution and our country is challenged, divided, and suffering. Just as we delight in the many colors of Nature, may be also respect human diversity, respecting each for their contribution, talents, and spirit.
Amid the violence and protests, the racism and hatred, Nature continues. Life continues. May we plant seeds of tolerance, understanding and love. Yes, that simple profound word. Loving ourselves means truly caring for our body and mind. Choosing the best quality for our family. It also means loving others who may not worship or look as we. America is a tapestry of people of many colors, faiths, philosophies: “Out of many, one,” is on our currency. We believe that the greatest wealth is health and that inner health fosters a heart of understanding, peace, tolerance…and love.
Food is our focus in this issue. This newsletter is all about ways to help you achieve a state of vitality and inner peace so that you sleep well, enjoy energy, and develop a peaceful perspective. Food is a powerful tool to achieve these. What seeds are you planting? Many of you created a home garden during the pandemic. Or does your town have tailgates, or farmers markets where you can find nutritious squash, root vegetables, and dark leafy greens? Write and tell us about your community, your activities, and work to use this time for health and inspiration for our communities and our nation. Send photos and ideas. Let’s share our food, our knowledge, and our cooking skills with others hungry for knowledge and wellness…and a great meal!
And remember most of all, stay safe, be well, love your neighbor, share, and …..VOTE!
Love Ya’ll, Jane and Lino
In this SEPTEMBER FOOD ISSUE, we share information and inspiration about these vital subjects:
1. The Deep Sleep Diet 2. Recipes for Autumn Vitality 3. Excellent Films for Social Justice 4. Books for Baby Wellness and Vegan Macrobiotic Classics 5. Planting and Sharing Our Harvests
Gardening - Planting Seeds of Life!
Gardening! Planting seeds of life! Fall gardens bring us greens that grow well in the cooler weather. Try gardening in your yard and in urban areas where people cannot get fresh, affordable vegetables. Grow parsley and other herbs in your own kitchen.
Many of you share seeds and veggies with those who desperately need vital nutrients in inner cities. Some set baskets of farm fresh veggies for essential and healthcare workers, or first responders or to volunteer in soup kitchens to feed your soul as you feed others.
In our front yard in Asheville, we grow culinary herbs and favorite organic kabocha squash plants, deeply healing for our blood sugar, our pancreas and spleen. Try this squash, and other winter squash such as buttercut and butternut, as they are super sweet, delicious, and… (drum roll,) cancer and diabetes preventive. If you need help cutting the squash ask a
friend or the store produce staff to help. Cook winter squash in soups, risotto, beans, or bake it with oil and herbs. Enjoy and pass along the recipes included in this first fall newsletter.
The Deep Sleep Diet: OVERCOMING INSOMNIA AND SLEEPING WELL
Ah sleep…so delicious, so elemental, yet often evasive. In this time of Covid and so much disturbing news, there is an epidemic of insomnia worldwide! The lie-awake-and-stare-at-the-ceiling kind of insomnia.
The rapid heart beating in the chest and clenched fist insomnia. The wild mind that will not quiet. The muscles that will not relax.
Insomnia can harm body and mind. Our immunity can weaken. Sleeplessness can arise from fear or discomfort. Troubled sleep can be caused by our food also. In this September FOOD ISSUE, we pinpoint foods that interfer with sleep. The careful food selections, recipes, and remedies in our DEEP SLEEP DIET will soothe the mind and body, creating peaceful healthful sleep.
Autumn leaves are falling and there is a nip in the air. Energizing and colorful, this season gives us greater vitality and a harvest of amazing foods. We want to share with you two of our autumn favorites!
CREAMY SQUASH, YAM, AND CORN SOUP
True comfort food. Healing too. Especially good for the pancreas and spleen which controls blood sugar, this soup actually reduces sweet/sugar cravings. Sweet, simple, and soothing...a perfect beginning to any meal.
Beans are the cornerstones of longevity diets around the world. – Dan Buettner, Author, The Blue Zones
OUR HEARTY BEAN STEW
Beans have a soul.– Pythagoras
Beans are served in our home every day! We love the energy and satisfaction they provide, and the way they strengthen the kidneys. Prepare very digestible and delicious beans/legumes cooked with sweet vegetables and sea vegetables for highest plant-based nutrients. See our tip for truly digestible gas-free beans!Recipe here…
Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscious: this is the ideal life.– Mark Twain.
Wonderful books, deep wisdom, delicious recipes, gorgeous photos! Each is a treasure...a gift to share.
Grow Healthy, Grow Happy: The Whole Baby Guide Becky Cannon
This gorgeous, amazingly detailed wellness encyclopedia is a treasure written by Becky Cannon, an Asheville, NC friend and founder of Green Sprouts, a healthy baby product company. Deeply committed to the health of children, the author presents three extremely information-packed sections: “Whole Baby,” “Whole Food,” and “Whole Living.”
Becky gives us precise, expert instruction including cooking for baby, menu planning, emotional and cognitive wellness, developmental charts, baby-massage, creative activities, fun, and eco-macrobiotic wisdom. An essential guide to study and share for healthy babies, toddlers and whole families!
One Peaceful World Cookbook Alex Jack and Sachi Kato
We felt such excitement when we opened theOne Peaceful World Cookbook! The delicious recipes, so beautifully photographed by author, Sachi Kato, re-ignited our enduring enthusiasm for these healing, delicious, and ecological macrobiotic dishes that she so expertly prepares and teaches. Alex Jack, famed author and devoted macrobiotic educator, joins with chef, Sachi Kato, in creating this breathtaking guide to a more healthy, balanced, and happy life through a conscious and a joyous vegan macrobiotic regime. Thank you to the authors who truly honor the traditions of the highly beneficial macrobiotic diet.
I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT: Inspiring and educational films about history, hatred, politics, protests, and racism. Films for awareness, family, and educational discussions, Part I:
John Adams, Documentary, PBS
The Civil War, Ken Burns, PBS
Harriet, The Life of Harriet Tubman
12 Years a Slave
BLACK LIVES MATTER ALL LIVES MATTER
“There is no reason in the world why the negro is not entitled to all the natural rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence, the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I hold that he is as much entitled to these as the white man.” — Abraham Lincoln, 1858
Watch for additional film suggestions in our next newsletter.
IN OUR NEXT GREAT LIFE NEWSLETTER…
Our next issue of Great Life Wholistic Food & Inspiration will include:
1. THE DEEP SLEEP LIFESTYLE PROGRAM 2. AUTUMN COOKING ESSENTIALS 3. ENERGIZE YOURSELF WITH SELF-MASSAGE 4. THE POWER OF VOTING 5. TERRIFIC BOOK and VIDEO REVIEWS
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