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Post-Christmas Happy

Happy New Years, friends!
2011 is going to be wicked, I just know it!

I decided to get back on track with healthy eating right away after my lovely Christmas dinner.Instead of gorging until New Years Eve and then starting fresh over, this past week has been filled with lots of steamed veggies, brown rice, quinoa, a few other odds and ends.

I realized this year that even though my Christmas meal was delicious and nice...I actually prefer the wholegrain veggie stuff. For myself anyways, bread is really yummy---but it is always such a quick, fleeting satisfaction. And it leaves me feeling pretty yucky anyways (why do I always try to forget about my wheat allergy?). So suffice to say, special occasions is the right amount for me and wheat.

A few days of clean, simple eating put me back on track, and I decided to try out some new recipes, from this book (I love this book! Every recipe I have tried has been a hit, try it!):

First up, was Nishime-style Daikon Stew
Layer some veggies up, add water, and simmer away for about 45mins-1hr. Delicious!
You can season with some salt or tamari near the end.




Mmmmm so yummy! enjoyed this over 3 days.
The last day I turned it into a soup by adding water, boiling, them simmering in some miso.

For dessert, an apple kanten.
I like to use the kanten in bar form. Soak it, add it into boiling liquid (water, juice) per package instructions. Stir--the kanten will dissolve. Cook a bit more. Then pour on top of fruit and let it set.
So simple and yummy! Kantens have been one of my favourite macrobiotic discoveries.


If you need any health products for the New Year (bath salts, essential oils, probiotics, teas), I order them from iHerb. If you are shopping there for the first time, use my code ROP008 to get 5% off your first purchase! This company has really helped me out while living abroad. I have been able to order brown rice cereal and puffs, yogi teas, probiotics, and more. And it gets to me internationally, 4 days later, for less than $10 shipping. Sweet!

As far as my thoughts and focus for the New Year go, a few simple words come to mind:
Self-love. Moderation. Freedom.

I wish you a very happy new year, from the bottom of my dainty little heart.
It's going to be a great year, I can feel it!
May you find peace, love, and happiness.