I would love to reach Superhero status some day, but I'm afraid it might not be achievable for me, someone who at the moment lives on a limited budget. I can't afford macrobiotic counselors and all the fancy ingredients required. It almost seems like you have to be well-off economically before you try this plan. Is that so? Can anyone straighten me out? My dad almost achieved this status, it seems, making "live" burritos, using a pressure cooker, and stocking up on bulk nuts and seeds, and he was extraordinarily athletic--an avid bicycler, riding several miles a day. He was also by no means rich, so maybe it is possible. Can anyone clarifty my confusion?
Hey Cheryl- I want to give this thing a go in the New Year too! Some ingrediants are expensive but some are very cheap. I think my problem is being time starved. I seriously don't have time for dry beans. I work two jobs to pay off bills. Your dad sounds amazing. I don't even know if I can deal with a pressure cooker. I have been doing macro bowls almost everyday for lunch, but that's one meal a day. Also I wreck it by reheating in the micro.
Do we need to form a what to be a superhero group???
I hear you, it sounds amazing but I get so overwhelmed by all the information, the superhero is so much more complex than just vegan! Does anyone have any tips for someone who leaves at 6 in the morning and doesn't get home till 7:30 at night? I mean really there is no time to spend hours in the kitchen waiting for beans and rice to cook, and then we are supposed to not eat 3 hours before bed...ha! that's means I wouldn't be able to go to bed until 11-12am...
also, I eat breakfast and lunch at work...how do people do a hot breakfast and lunch at work?? Help!!
I'm with you guys. I leave at 3pm for work and get home at 3:30 am. I'm great on my days off but I go crazy trying to prepare everything for a whole day and get my shit done in the 4 hours of time i have available. You don't need a lot of money though. All you really need is fresh vegeatables and a few herbs, bulk grain, seeds and beans, shoyu, miso, sea salt, a vinegar(balalmic or umeboshi), a couple of dried sea vegetables (kombu,nori,wakame,hijiki,arame) and a cold pressed unrefined olive oil. As far as prep goes- i don't have a pressure cooker or a flame deflector yet. A food processor or blender is nice to have but also uneccessary. The fancier stuff- mochi, mirin, sesame oil, teas, umeboshi plums, gomasio is a lot of fun but you can just get them one at a time when you have the money. The first shopping trip is expensive but then it gets really inexpensive, just stocking up on vegetables and the couple things you run out of. The Macrobiotic Way has very simple recipes and cooking techniques with only a couple of ingredients in many of the recipes. I still don't know if it is better to eat my meals cold at work or microwave them. I asked here but didn't get an answer?? It doesn't taste good cold- at all. I might switch to salads cause stews and rice are nasty cold. Especially in the winter!!
I just made Alicia's roasted sweet potato recipes and to your point Lea... small, simple steps give you Superherohero status ... the journey is so empowering. I reading the book last night before bed (ensures naturally sweet dreams :) and today I went to whole foods and a local japanese grocer (rawsome place to find fresh greens, authentic green tea, sea vegetables, miso etc.) Just starting to simplify what you eat and ensuring that it has 'life force' and is fueling you is a powerful start. Keep adding a new food or trying a new recipe... cook a grain and extend it... quinoa tonight... porridge with agave and goji berries and nuts tomorrow... Kirsten, you might to buy a bento box or insulated, stackable container that will hold the heat if you bring, greens,grains and goodies to work. Creativity is King! :) Ronna
Hey Lea, I had a thought about reheating at work....is there anyway you an buy a hotplate and take it in? I'm thinking about doing that where I work as a way to reheat without using the microwave. I don't know how much they are now, but a few years ago I was living in a converted garage apartment that didn't have a stove....I did all my cooking on a hotplate that I bought at wal-mart for about $12, and a toaster oven. It took longer to cook some things, but I think for reheating it'd work great.
I am on the fence with this as well..it is very hard to be creative on the run and with a 2yr old and a family that is not vegan! ahhhhh, so i try my best but i love trying the recipes and my inside feel great..some are a little much meaning to gritty i was not a fan of the adzuki bean recipe, But i have fallen in love with sea veggies, and i totally cannot get into those umeboshi plums, i have tried so many times but my stomach literally turns and i gag..so i have given up on them. Any suggestions for breakfast on the go..
I too have had soo many thoughts about the Superhero diet. I want to be able to achieve this status. Although I agree with stocking up first is expensive because of the overhaul of your pantry... however, I have the same issue with not having time. I have breakfast and lunch at work. I would love to know any suggestions to help... Also, I live an hour and a half from a whole foods and my only grocers are Wal-mart and Krogers. Can anyone help with finding some of the yummy ingredients that Alicia suggests? I might have to look into the hot plate item also!
Thanks Barbara! That's a great idea. My coworkers thought I was a freak when I was just vegan. Now with the hot plate and the seaweed...they are gonna think I've gone off the deep end!! Haha! Happy New Year!
I also wanted to go superhero and tried but found it just to be too much for my life with 3 little ones. As much as I wish they would, they simply won't eat some of the things and I end up making 2 meals. I've decided to go kind of in between superhero and vegan status. Pretty much vegan, but cutting out as much processed foods(except for maybe my soy creamer in my morning coffee), white sugar products as possible. this still allows me fruit (which I need for a healthy snack if I can't have anything processed). This is my plan for now and I'm hoping once I get used to this, and acclimate the kiddos more, I'll be willing to go full superhero.