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Sunday, December 02, 2007

hip tranquil chick podcast #111: exploring macrobiotics

Welcome to the 111th edition of the Hip Tranquil Chick podcast: a guide to life on and off the yoga mat.

Today’s menu features a must-have pose in On the Mat, exploring macrobiotics with Jessica Porter in Off the Mat, and we’ve got Omwork and Savvy Sources for you too. View our shownotes at

On the Mat: lion

Off the Mat: Jessica Porter teaches macrobiotic cooking classes in Toronto, where she lectures on the spiritual and emotional dimensions of macrobiotic practice. She has also taught cooking in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and London.

When not writing, cooking or teaching macrobiotics, Jessica is a hypnotherapist specializing in smoking cessation and HypnoBirthing. She is a faculty member of the HypnoBirthing Institute, recipient of its Director's Award, and trains midwives and doctors in the technique throughout North America, Europe, and South Africa. Porter has also produced two hypnosis CDs - Healing with the Hip Chick, and Hip Chick Hypnosis - for people practicing the macrobiotic diet.

In her free time, Porter has co-hosted a weekly call-in radio show on WMPG in Portland, Maine, as well as trying her hand at standup comedy and improv. As an actress, she has played many contemporary and classical roles and has been featured in local independent films. She has also written and performed her own one-woman show called "Zen Comedy."

Interviewed by Simon Doonan for the "New York Observer" in January 2001, their acquaintance led to Jessica being featured in his second book, Wacky Chicks, published by Simon and Schuster in 2003.

In the late '90s, Jessica spent three years traveling internationally as a macrobiotic chef cooking for private clients. For eight months in 1998, she cooked for Roger Waters of Pink Floyd.

As a macrobiotic chef, she worked under the guidance of many well-known macrobiotic counselors, such as Michio Kushi (The Book of Macrobiotics), William Spear (Feng Shui Made Easy), Lino Stanchich (You are How You Eat), and Denny Waxman (10 Steps to Strengthening Health).

From 1994 to 1996, Porter served as Manager for the "Way to Health" program at the Kushi Institute. There she supervised the coordination of students and teachers, and managed the faculty, which included Edward Esko, Wendy Esko, Alex Jack, and Charles Millman — all prolific macrobiotic teachers and authors. Through living and working at the Kushi Institute, she became part of a worldwide network of macrobiotic people, many of whom run macrobiotic centers, health food stores or co-ordinate regular gatherings of health-minded individuals.

At the Kushi Institute, she completed all three levels of macrobiotic training. These include in-depth study of cooking, macrobiotic philosophy, health care, and oriental diagnosis. She also completed the macrobiotic counselor training at Gulliver's in New York City.

The author began her macrobiotic practice fifteen years ago in New York, where she was a graduate student in acting at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. While in New York, Jessica ran her own catering business called "Big Life Foods", providing macrobiotic meals to health food stores.

A Graduate of Brown University with a B.A. in Semiotics (now called Modern Culture and Media) in 1988, Porter served as co-editor of the campus humor magazine, the Philtrum Press.

Growing up in Toronto, the author was an actress and co-host of the national radio program "Anybody Home?", produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Omwork: To encourage a sense of diving deeper into today’s podcast, I will post Omwork relating to this segment on our HTC forum. Please connect with fellow HTCs there and play with the following:

1. Eat more brown rice and greens and observe how you feel.
2. Are you a sugar addict? I am! Let's cut back and see what happens.
3. Incorporate some of the macrobiotic lifestyle tips we discussed: keep fresh plants in the home, walk in nature, be grateful, teach others, open windows to circulate fresh air.

Savvy Sources
The Hip Chick's Guide to Macrobiotics by Jessica Porter

Signature Style
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Haute Holidays: Shop online for the HTC retail therapy page complete with the Hip Tranquil Chick book, yoga CDs, and tranquilista gems. Here at chez moi, we wanted to encourage the sharing of hip tranquil chickness with others over the impending holidays or as a "thinking of you" gift for your favorite leopard-print loving girlfriends.

If you purchase 3 copies of Hip Tranquil Chick between November 1, 2007 and December 31, 2007 you will receive a complimentary tranquility toolkit. Inside the tranquility toolkit you will find yummy tea infusions, a DVD with the first 100 episodes of the HTC podcasts, an unreleased bonus podcast muse by moi, and the signature chariTea soiree toolkit - all wrapped in true hip tranquil chick style.

To redeem, send a copy of your receipt from any book outlet noting your purchase of Hip Tranquil Chick via fax to 615.827.2385 or via e-mail to, along with your snail mail address.

Soirees, Chats, Booksignings & Retreats: Come our next 1-day retreat in DC on Saturday, January 12 and a weekend of all things hip and tranquil in the Catskills of NY in March. I’ll be leading workshops and hosting book signings in Miami at The Standard in December; Charleston, WV, Charlotte and Asheville NC in February; and back to Denver in April. Details for all special events at I hope our paths will cross.

Join us for our next le chic teleclass chat focused on "New Year, New You" on Monday, January 7 at 8:30ET. Details here.

Mentoring: Interested in diving deeper into hip and tranquil topics 1:1 with moi? If so, view all the scoop here.

Chic Community: Mingle with fellow HTCs on our forums. We’re on MySpace and Facebook, so please connect with the community virtually there, too! If you have a product you’d like reviewed on the blog – send a sample to me at 2024 p street, nw dc, 20036. sending a sample does not guarantee placement but I’d love to support our growing community! Make sure you're getting the hip tranquil times by signing up at the bottom of any page on

Au Revoir: To close out the show, we’re playing fabulous podsafe tunes. Today’s selection is America by Jason Kent. You can learn more this week's featured artist, including how to get more of their music at

Thanks for joining me for the 111th edition of the HTC podcast. Namaste.
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