I would like to know from some experienced (part-time) superheros, how they feel about the way they eat after it has become some kind of routine.. is it more like second nature to you now or is there still the buzz from the beginning? I would love to know what helped you to stick with it.. many thanks!
I have been macro (superhero) for a long time and have never looked back! I still, on rare occasions, make something non-superhero, but there is so much choice out there, that really, there is no need.
The one thing I did was get lots of macrobiotic books and read, read, read. I still re-read things and research and am always looking for ways to improve myself.
I think if you are new to it, read some general macro books, then, the further you get into it, read some of the hard-core ones and go from there.
I definitely still get a buzz from eating well and looking after myself! :-)
thank you for your answer- I was already wondering if there actually were superheros active on this site;-) maybe you don´t feel the need to express yourself that much once you have found your path?!? anyway, I´ll definitely do some more reading about eating macro- do you have a favorite one? I checked out some macro blogs and the food looked delicious but then again quite time intense to prepare, too.. I do like cooking but especially in the mornings and for lunch, things have to be done quickly. do you have some easy favorite dishes you would like to share? that´d be great!
Eventually it does become second nature where you don't even need to think about whether or not this is allowed only occaisionally or if you're feeling ying or yang. In the beginning it's quite intense because you feel as if you're restricted or that you'll never find the right balance. But stay on it and the balance will come. My go to macro plate all the time is brown rice, nishime, beans, steamed kale (other greens), pickled veggies/sauerkraut, and kinpira. I eat this a lot and my fav macro dish is the kabocha squash and aduzki bean dish from the kind diet. It's a macro staple and so delicious. In the morning I always have brown rice porridge. I suggest perhaps investing in a rice cooker because it saves a lot of time. You set the timer to porridge the night before and when you wake up you have perfect made brown rice porridge waiting for you. I've also cooked rice and beans in it as well. Then for lunch I set the time for brown rice in the morning and by lunch time it's ready to go. I just steam up some veggies with that.
thanks for your advice, Beverly! luckily, I already have a ricecooker:-) what other ingredients does your porridge include? I doubt if I´ll have the time to steem greens in the morning.. and wht do you do when invited or eating out?
No prob! If I don't have veggies with my porridge I usually do a mixture of either brown rice and millet, or brown rice and pearl barley. I always top it off with gomasio or seawead flakes. I find that if you mix in some raw kale into the porridge when it's done the steam breaks down the kale quite a bit, so saves you time with that. I have also done some overnight oats and chia seeds when I really need to literally run out of the door in the morning. I take a glass jar, fill it with 1/4 cup rolled oats, 1.5 tbsp chia seeds, add water to fill then shake it up. Leave it in the fridge over night then in the morning I stir in a tbsp of almond butter, as macro we should limit nut butter perhaps to 3 times a week ;). If you want a good breakfast bar to go in the morning Macrobar makes awesome ones.
As for what I do when I am invited or eating out, I ALWAYS plan ahead. What I usually do is ask the restaurant to steam me a big plate of veggies and I sneak in some brown rice from home in a little container, some gomasio, and sauerkraut.
pretty cool, the way you´re following through with your macro regimen!;-) how long have you been vegan before switching? to me, "superhero" really sounds like the ideal way to nuture myself, but it will take me some time to get there, I guess. how long did it take you to make the transition? and do you have family or friends you can share your philosophy with?
Well I believe that I was vegan for maybe 4-5 months before switching, or when I finally got the hang of it. I remember telling myself, "okay the whole next week I'm gonna do nothing but vegan macro" and realized that I loved it. I took Alicia's advice and am macro 5 days out of the week and vegan/half macro the rest of the week. I found that to be a good balance for me. My family (aka mostly my dad lol) took it hard when I went vegan, when he saw me changing my diet again he again went a lil crazy. What he saw was me cutting out a lot of stuff, like bought seitan, tempeh, soymilks, nut butters, etc. What he didn't realize was that I made a lot more stuff by hand and increased other intakes in my diet. What really helped was me cooking a macro meal for my family and bringing him to a macro restaurant. Now they are interested in it and want to learn more.
Macro veg is a great way to go but you are right in that it takes time, and especially practice since you're gonna have to do a lot of reading and cooking. But it's great, if anything I would start off by having 1 macro day a week, or macro meal a day and seeing how you feel :) If you have any other questions about macro feel free to ask or visit my blog (www.themacroveg.blogspot.com)
Thank you for sharing Beverly! I was just wondering, when you do the overnight oats, do you add cold water and eat it cold in the morning or do you heat it up?
I'm thinking about trying (again:-) to go superhero in the new year. I've been vegan for more than a year now, but unfortunately I'm not as strict as I used to be and as I want to be. I've been eating my roommates chocolate... Not good, I really want to commit fully again and even go superhero.
Yes, I eat it cold in the morning. I like to think of it as like a morning breakfast cereal. Sometimes In the morning I add in some rice milk as well. However I have heard of the possibility of warming it up in the morning. At first I was a little skeptical about overnight oats, whether or not I would like the texture of the chia seeds, but adding in the almond butter and some brown rice syrup really makes it something that I look forward to in the morning. Just make sure you mix/shake it well in the morning with all the add-ins.
That's great that you're looking to try and be superhero in the new year! Don't beat yourself up too much about the chocolate thing. I think it's great that you are conscious about it. Just try your best and listen to what works for you :)