Every month, Anna Rosenberg throws a macro dinner party that's open to anyone who's interested. She also teaches macrobiotic cooking classes Mondays at the Big Carrot (348 Danforth, 416-466-2129).
"It's very hands-on," she says. "We cook together and then we eat what we've made. Each week there's a theme, and I design an appropriate menu that's seasonal. We start with a simple introduction to macrobiotics, talking about the liver and gallbladder, about cleansing and how to keep warm in winter.
"Opening your consciousness to what you put in your mouth is wonderful," she continues. "Developing an intuition about what foods are right for you comes when you take the first steps. Once the awareness is there, it's always there."
Rosenberg started her consultation service, Macrobiotic Living, two years ago, turning something she'd been doing for fun with friends into a full-time business.
She currently offers her Women's Health Workshop in her King City studio, where macro newbies fill out detailed health surveys so she can tailor macrobiotic solutions to their health concerns.
Rosenberg hosts the sessions next weekend (January 10 to 12). The course was developed in cooperation with a gynecologist for his patients with recurring endometriosis, infertility, fibroids, ovarian cysts, PMS and other reproductive disorders.
Over the weekend, students learn to prepare a full range of macrobiotic dishes as well as how to use natural remedies. Rosenberg reports that within days of starting to practise what they've learned at the seminar, students often find that the chronic pain they've suffered for years suddenly disappears.
"When I started reading macrobiotic philosophy, it spoke volumes to me and I started feeling really energized," Rosenberg recalls. "Then, after losing 30 pounds in two months, I was hooked!"SD
WOMEN'S HEALTH WORKSHOP at 15380 Jane, King City, January 10 to 12. $275. 905-726-2122. Write Info@macrobioticliving.com.