I'm Kate and I'm 15 and I just started the superhero-ness and i have a couple questions for those who have been there and done that.
firstly, how much fruit is allowed? ive heard mixed things that fruit is unlimited for snacks and desserts and that fruit has too much sugar in it? i love fruit so please help me out!
secondly, are there any restaurant recommendations? I love to go out to eat with my friends so are there any recommended restaurants or items? jamba juice?
third, i usually wake up late for school and have to grab something within 5 or 10 minutes. are there any breakfast ideas that i can either make ahead and heat up or are really quick pick-me-up type foods?
lastly, im the only vegan (now superhero) in my family so are there any dishes that can coincide with what theyre eating?
any other recommendations for the lifestyle/food would be greatly appreciated! thank you!! :)
Congrats on starting your superhero journey! How are you finding it?!
I would suggest getting a macrobiotic book and reading up on a few bits and pieces to help you along your way.
A couple of good ones you might like: Modern Day Macrobiotics, Hip Chicks Guide to Macrobiotics, Macrobiotics for Dummies.
These are all easy to understand and outline everything you need to know to get started.
A couple of things though: breakfast - brown rice porridge, miso soup, oats, green smoothie (these can all be made ahead of time and then you can just put them on while you get ready). Fruit - limited intake because of the high sugar levels, but really find what works for you with that once you have read up a little. Only vegan - definitely that can work! Veggies, rice / pasta, beans, salad...
I think you will do great!! Let me know how it is going for you and good luck :) :)
Fruits can be limited but as Ruthy said, it really does depend on you. It also really depends on the season and where you live. For instance if you're in an area where the type of fruit you are consuming is not really native to the land then limiting to a few times a week is best. Then there's the whole seasons where we really do consume more fruits when it's hot outside vs. cold. But really, macrobiotics is all about tailoring to what you feel is good for your body. Everyone is different. So don't be afraid to experiment and see if increasing or decreasing the intake of fruits makes you feel to high or to low ;)
As for restaurant recommendation, where do you live? Don't be afraid to go to regular restaurants with your friends. A great fallback is to order some steamed veggies from the restaurant and bring some brown rice and other condiments with you from home. Japanese restaurants you should really have no problem with, would be great to order sushi made with brown rice, just be careful about added fish ingredients especially in broths. Italian, they have some great vegetable side dishes tossed in olive oil and garlic. Mexican, black beans is really good for macro diets.
For breakfast I always have the grain porridge with side of greens and miso. Oatmeal porridge every so often as well. There's even a thing called overnight oats where you soak some oats over night and it get mushy in the morning. Sometimes when I'm in a rush I throw some cooked brown rice in a thermos, add boiling water, cover and it's all cooked into a porridge and ready to eat when i get to school.
Make sure you try the body scrub that Alicia mentions in her book. Great part of the superhero lifestyle ;)
Try making the tofu salad from the Superhero section of TKD and eating it as a breakfast sandwich or wrap. Make it the night before so all you have to do is scoop some onto bread or roll some up in an ezekiel tortilla. Or make toast with tahini & jam.
Hopefully, after a couple months of Superhero, you won't only have 10 minutes in the mornings. I was the same way for years, but now I like to get up an hour to an hour and a half before I have to leave, so I can enjoy my morning, cook breakfast (miso, rice porridge or mochi waffles are my all time favorite breakfasts), walk the dogs, and make sure I pack a good lunch for work. Now when I sleep in, it throws my whole day out of whack.
The book mentions one peice of fruit being okay, but I would say go with what is right for the season. I definitely love fruit in the summer, but there is no way I'm eating a bunch of strawberries in the winter.