Washoku - Healing With Food

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Healing With Foods

~ How to Balance & Restore From Within ~

Good nutrition is one of the keys to optimum health and well-being. Unfortunately, the information about nutrition is often conflicting or unclear, and the connections between food and healing are not well understood. Most people assume they already have a healthy diet and don’t even realise they might benefit hugely just by adjusting their eating habits.


Nutritional Therapy is a branch of complementary medicine, which can stand alone or can be combined with other therapies and conventional medical treatment. Its main purpose is to explore the links between health and nutrition for each individual. In addition to diet, also lifestyle factors need to be taken into consideration, because it is impossible to ignore the effects of excessive stress, depression, high environmental toxicity, smoking or inadequate/excessive exercise, etc.

It is also important to remember that food does not nourish only the physical body, but has a powerful effect on mind and emotions

Nutritional therapy is not a quick fix, but it can provide effective, long-lasting benefits.

Important points to consider:

• We all are biochemically unique and have unique nutritional needs. What is “perfect” to someone 

  can be “poison” to someone else. Some people, for example, live their whole lives without even

  suspecting that ‘healthy’ foods are making them ill. 

• The nutritional value of food has declined dramatically over the last few decades, so even  

  apparently healthy diets may be unable to provide adequate protection against the rising levels of

  stress and toxicity in our lives.

• Some people, with the best of aims, follow diets according to the latest news, theories or research

  findings. Unfortunately this kind of approach is rarely effective and can also be counterproductive to health.

Main Benefits

1. Enhances feelings of energy and well-being

2. Provide specific support to the different functional systems of the body such as: digestive, nervous, musculoskeletal (bones, muscles and joints), immune, reproductive, endocrine (hormones), cardiovascular (heart, lungs, blood vessels), respiratory (lungs and bronchi) and integumentary (skin, hair and nails).

Washoku - Japanese Flavours in My Kitchen

"Washoku" is a Japanese word which means "Japanese cuisine". But if we look at the characters it is written with - 和食‐ we can acutally discover much more about this word. In fact, the first character 和(wa) has two meanings: “indigenous to Japan”, and “harmony”. On the other hand 食(shoku), the second character, means “meal”. If we layer these three meanings together, we have “the food in harmony that is indigenous to Japan”. This is the reason why I have decided to borrow this word to name the "healing with foods" concept that I have created by combining the basics of the Japanese cuisine to some basics of the Italian Slow Food. Furthermore, having lived in Japan for twenty fullfilling and lovely years, and having had the chance to learn about the Japanese cuisine from amazing experts in this field, I also like to call this "my Japanese heritage".

The "Washoku Diet"

The "Washoku diet" is not something  that confines its followers to strict and painful food regimes, but actually a lovely way to learn how to listen to our body and how to take care of our health through natural and delicious food. The secret is in “balancing through opposites”, which is actually something we naturally do in many aspects of our life. For example, we switch on the heating or wear warm clothes when it is cold, or turn on the light when it gets dark. Funny enough, the only time we are not used to do that is when we choose our food.

There is also one more aspect of the Washoku Diet that can be enjoyable and also important to many. In fact, by choosing locally grown seasonal produce and by preparing our food accordingly to the season and to those we might be cooking for, we can strengthen our bonds with both nature and the people around us. Eating delicious and nourishing food becomes then much more than an experience of our tasting buds, it becomes  something that can actually more strongly link us to our surroundings, and this can be very filling and absolutely rewarding.

Healing With Foods Talks

Talks focus on different ailments and on the foods we need to avoid/include in our daily diets in order to heal and prevent falling into the same patterns that generat illness.

During each class we will talk about the reasons why certain foods are good or not good to our health, discover about some important and fundamental mechanisms of the body, and learn how to choose our food so that what we eat every day can become our "best medicine", even if still very enjoyable and delicious.

Therapeutic recipes will be handed out after the classes.

The new talks season will start in January 2015 and will take place at the Rua Red in Tallaght, beside the Luas Station.

Admission: € 10

Time: 6:15-7:15 pm

Dates will be available after Christmas

For booking and enquiries please click here

Changes can be a little scary or unsettling at the beginning, but the shift to the washoku diet does not mean that we won’t be able to enjoy our food any more. First of all, in order to obtain the best from it, the shift should be done gradually, so to allow both body and mind to adjust gently to the new diet. The only things that would be better to avoid since the very beginning are refined and processed foods, as they are full of substances that trigger illnesses and imbalances without really giving us the necessary nutrition. After this first step it will be all a matter of making further new small steps, one at a time, in one direction or the other, adjusting to the needs of our body. These needs will become clearer with time and experience and it is not necessary to focus on them too much at the beginning, it would be like pretending to be able to jog for long distances and at a good pace without having done any practice first.

This initial period of the Washoku diet will be characterized by:
- Building up knowledge about which foods mostly suit us at present
- Building up knowledge on how to combine foods in order to get the most benefits out of them
- Building up awareness of how specific foods can influence our body and mind
- And last but not least, become more aware of the emotions that are within ourselves

Fresh fruit in moderate quantity can be used instead of harmful refined sugars

Beans are a lovely source of healthy proteins

Choose wholegrains for a balanced daily diet

Naturally, once the basics are learned, much more flexibility is allowed. This means that we are the real ones in charge of ourselves, because nobody more than ourselves can really understand what is going on inside of us. Once we know the basics, we will become able to adjust, modify, personalise our meals and our recipes so that they not only will cure us, but also will be completely satisfying (please always refer to a practitioner or expert if you have doubts!)

Washoku - Japanese Flavours in My Kitchen for spring is now available on the Irish Wholefood Catalogue, on the Create Space eStore and also  on Amazon.

The four Washoku Cookery booklets, one for each season, are dedicated to  all those who would like to prepare nutritious, healing and enjoyable dishes. The "chiebukuro" included at the end of almost all of the recipes add some extra information and history about the ingredients. 

 All recipes are gluten, wheat, dairy, sugar, egg free in order to help those with allergies, and are also vegetarian and vegan friendly.

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