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Make A Date with Health November 29, 2008

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Our services are aimed at giving people the tools and knowledge they need to live their lives to the fullest, with health, joy and abundant appreciation. Apart from consultations on the macrobiotic diet, Lusher Than Life also provides coaching in resilience and personal strengths. We also hold occasional talks and forums on macrobiotics and living in balance, both from food and an energetic perspective.

In recent oncology literature, we know that there is a growing focus and scientific inquiry on the relationship between physical and mental health. Psychoneuroimmunology is now studying how this relationship can be leveraged so that we can use our mental faculties to ‘think’ ourselves to better health. However, if you are a student of macrobiotics, you would not be surprised at this. Macrobiotics has been talking about balance on the physical, mental and energetic plane for thousands of years – and now, once again, science is proving macrobiotics right!

Every meal is Thanksgiving at Lusher Than LifeNature’s bounty is luxurious, varied, and life-giving.

‘Life is Delicious’ cooking classes

Fee: $200-00 (for three hours, not including ingredients)

These classes are conducted for those who have been through the macrobiotic healing or transition consultation and are intended to make sure that the right ingredients have been purchased or substituted, and that you understand the basic macrobiotic cooking techniques. Simone will visit your home to audit your macrobiotic larder and to understand how you are cooking the recipes that were provided in the Lusher Than Life macrobiotic recommendations book. Together, you will cook several macrobiotic dishes that are particularly key to your healing, using the ingredients you already have available at home. During the cooking lesson, you will be able to ask questions and clarify the recommendations provided in the recommendations booklet. If it is necessary for us to provide the vegetables, this will be charged on a cost recovery basis – estimates for the ingredients will be provided and will  only be bought with the client’s agreement.

Using a pickle press for yang energy - photo courtesy of Palate SensationsMaking a pressed salad using ingredients readily available in any kitchen.

Macrobiotic Healing Consultations

Fee: $550-00 (without cooking class) / $725-00 (with one three hour cooking class in client’s home. Available if booked as a package with healing consultation)

The healing consultations are the chief service provided by Lusher Than Life. Working with people with health issues, ranging from cancer, to liver cirrhosis, to rheumatoid arthritis, the healing consultations are a guided process where the client fills in a health questionnaire and then, based on the information in the questionnaire, is provided with a 70-page, A4-size book with comprehensive information on the basics of a macrobiotic lifestyle, information about key macrobiotic concepts, bespoke lifestyle and eating recommendations tailored specifically to the person’s s needs, as well as six weeks of weekly consulting phone calls to guide the client as they begin to cook the food, and transition to the macrobiotic way of living. The phone calls have no time limit and are intended as teaching sessions to give the client a deeper understanding of macrobiotics, how the diet helps to support optimal immune functioning, and most importantly, how the client can recognise the signals that the body is giving him and to then adjust the diet to respond to these signals so that he will always be able to keep his body in a state of energetic balance. Consulting cancer survivors in particular will require the full six weeks of macrobiotic teaching phone calls, especially if they are taking chemotherapy or other medical intervention, because they require comprehensive and extensive support as the diet is adapted as their bodies react to the treatment.

Each phone consultation is based on a food diary that the client will be asked to keep, so that their reactions to the food can be discussed during the calls. Each person’s body and reaction to the food is different and usually some form of minor modification is required so that we have macrobiotic diet that is highly specific to the client’s condition.

At the end of the six weeks of phone consultations, the client will be able to practice macrobiotics on his own and to make good food choices for the rest of his life.

While not absolutely necessary, clients are encouraged to take up the cooking class cum kitchen audit package as well. This will help them understand better the basic food preparation styles and seasoning rules. Most importantly, it will provide enough of an understanding of the diet so that delicious meals can be prepared. Joyful and appreciative eating is a cornerstone of the journey back to health. While macrobiotic food is not difficult to prepare, it does take some practice because unlike cooking in the standard modern diet, macrobiotic practitioners rely on the different ingredients to give the food depth and flavour, rather than layering on seasonings. Without this understanding, people new to macrobiotics will find themselves cooking food that is less than delicious. This would be such a pity, given that nature’s bounty is so varied such that one can concoct delicious meals simply by selecting the right ingredients in combination to provide a simply yummy meal!

banchatwigs1Bancha twig tea – high in anti-oxidants and the macrobiotic beverage of choice!

Transitioning to Macrobiotics Consultation

Fee: $400-00 (without cooking class) / $575-00 (with one three hour cooking class in client’s home. Available if booked as a package with Transitioning consultation.)

This package is for people who want to learn to adopt healthier food choices for themselves and their families. The process is similar to that of a healing consultation. The client goes through the health questionnaire and also receives the macrobiotic 70-page Lusher Than Life recommendations book to support their lifestyle. The macrobiotic approach to eating is usually less strict for people without health issues, and because they are able to eat more widely, we will not need the full complement of six weeks of consultation and teaching phone calls for the client effectively transition to the diet. In this package, there are three phone consultation that are intended to teach the basic concepts of the macrobiotic diet. Like the healing diet, each phone call is based on a food diary that the client will be required to keep so that the weekly food intake can be reviewed and adjustments made so that the client will understand through the recommendations and the teaching how to balance their food intake to keep them in optimal  health.

Again, while the cooking class is not critical, it is always useful to see how delicious well-prepared macrobiotic meals can be, especially with macrobiotic desserts and baked goods that can occasionally be consumed by macrobiotic practitioners in good health.


Personal Strengths and Resilience Coaching

Fee: $700-00 per block of seven coaching conversations

This is a structured coaching engagement available in blocks of seven coaching conversations, each lasting approximately 60 minutes. The conversations take place over the phone so there is no need for the client to travel – this, however, does not compromise the effectiveness of the coaching engagement. Using a brain-based, or neuroscience approach, the coaching helps clients to identify his or her strengths and passions, and supports the journey towards building a new and more positive life-view, where the client feels that he is in the driver’s seat, and is fully in control over his life and the events that come into it. The brain-based approach provides a personally transformative experience, where our thinking and perspectives are rewired through a series of powerful coaching conversations that help clients take back their personal power. The process is led by the client, not the coach, who simply is a supportive facilitator.

The coaching approach is particularly useful for people facing challenges, issues or who feel that they are stuck and cannot seem to see a way forward that they are willing to take.  It helps people redefine and reconnect with their dreams for themselves and their life purpose.

Very often, with a dread illness or a critical condition, one is very much led by the medical community. One result of this for some people is the sense of helplessness. In her work as a macrobiotic counsellor, especially with people who are dealing with the diagnosis of a dread illness, Simone has found that a positive frame of mind can make the difference in how well someone takes medical intervention and the accompanying life challenges.

This coaching helps clients re-frame their life experiences so that the find their core of strength and personal resilience, and are able to better cope with the situation.

Enquiries/bookings on +65 9004 2645.

For information on our other classes, please click on the Courses tab above.


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