Pumpkin is one of the most balanced vegetables that we can have and it's considered to be a late summer or winter food. In Portugal by this time we have tons of pumpkin and because of that we use it in our cuisine as for savoury or deserts.
From a Macrobiotics point of view, this "late summer season" is when we need to take extra care of our internal digestive organs and also our earth energy. In Eastern medicine there are 3 organs that are considered "the Earth organs" : Stomach, pancreas and spleen. Therefore, disharmony in these “Earth organs” directly affects your digestion, energy level, vitality, and all bodily function. By nourishing these organs with the right seasonal local foods, we can restore, boost and harmonize our body and mind to the following seasons.
Although Brunei has an equatorial climate and is generally warm and humid year, we also have seasons. That's why we don't have the same kind of fruits all year. Last Friday when I saw in the market so many local pumpkin "labu manis" I didn't hesitate to bring it home with me.
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Millet cooked with apple. Toppings: Pumpkin puree with spices and some figs and dates.
My energy is soil and this breakfast is all about me! 💚🌱♥️😋
#macrobiotic, #soilenergy, #earthenergy#latesummer, #pumpkin, #localbrunei, #vegan, #bewhatyoueat, #foodsthatheal
Day 10 of my 12 days of gratitude - October
October was all about my marathon! When you enter a marathon there are three potential outcomes. 1) You finish. 2) You enter but don’t cross the start line (non-starter). 3) You start the marathon but don’t finish (non-finisher). The odds were stacked against me finishing but I knew if it came to it, I’d rather be a non-finisher than a non-starter. Better to try, give it my all and fail, than not try at all.
I religiously followed a training plan but had 5 weeks out after emergency surgery and then an injury. I went into the marathon with only 4 consecutive weeks of training!!! Physically, I wasn’t 100% sure how my body would hold up. Mentally I’m tough and I knew I’d do it. I thought my final time would be just within the maximum time limit of 6.5 hours.
This video cracks me up (I’m the one who overtakes near the end)! I was in so much pain by this point (I injured my Achilles’ tendon at mile 9) and mostly walked the last few miles but I wanted to run across the finish line and every second counts! I completed the marathon in 5:16:24 - a massive personal achievement.
I’m so grateful for my experience; from the moment I entered to the pride I have writing this, 9 weeks later. Even with my recovery time, I still did 12 solid weeks of training. Early mornings, rain, period pain, injuries - none of it mattered and I am so proud of my discipline. So many blessings came from this e.g. going into surgery with the level of fitness I had, helped my recovery. There were also so many lessons e.g. if success isn’t guaranteed, I’d rather risk being a non-finisher than be a non-starter, in all areas of my life.
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As I was scrolling through my photos, I saw two #videos I shot at one of my favorite place to grab a bite to eat after work: #deananddeluca. It saddens me to see it close for good because of grotesque #mismanagement. These two videos show the inevitable, and were taken on #september 5th, #2019. It is a sad shame. #soho, #latesummer, #n.Y.C.