The Healthy Peaceful Podcast is created by Noreen Purcell Dillman, attorney turned natural foods chef. A culinary graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC and health coach certified by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Noreen is committed to helping people and planet shift toward a more natural way of living including embracing plant-based foods. Infinitely curious, Noreen has immersed herself in the healing modalities of Ayurveda (2010-2012, Ayurvedic Institute, New Mexico), Macrobiotics (2015-2016, Kushi Institute, Massachusetts), Zen Buddhism and meditation (2018, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center), and yoga (2009, Sivananda Ashram, Bahamas, 200-hr yoga teacher).The 2020 pandemic catapulted Noreen into the world of podcasting. Considering the adage “it takes a village”, she realized its meaning is not limited to the race toward a vaccine, cure or other fix-it, but a willingness to acknowledge the state of our personal health and for those willing to expand their view, a willingness to appreciate the compromised state of the Earth’s health. Noreen views the pandemic as an opportunity for a shift, a shift toward a more peaceful, just world, one where we live in concert with each other and the Earth. Nature has proven the swiftness of its power and calls us to concede that we are part of her rhythms and relinquish our perceived role as her director. In doing this, we inch toward the direction of healing. Noreen pays homage to individuals who have committed their lives to the service of humanity. She hopes that her small contribution will shepherd you closer to personal wellness and peace. Join her in being part of the change we wish to see: to create one peaceful world. Joy and peace, Noreen
Robert Mattson: True Mastery and Meaning can be Gained by Letting Go of Old Ways of Thinking
Robert Mattson describes his more than 50-year journey with macrobiotics. From his "morning tea" sessions with health pioneers and teachers Herman and Cornellia Aihara in California to his chauffer rides with Michio Kushi, Bob has truly experienced the yin and yang of this ancient yet modern philosophy. Perpetually curious, Bob researches what interests him and writes extensively. He recently completed a project on the significance of microbes, spurred by his driving sessions and conversations with famed biologist and writer E.O. Wilson. His current project, the vocabulary for a new global constitution is sure to be a page-turner. Ever the student, Bob is not deterred by the current state of world and human affairs. He lives by the adage that "In letting go, we gain the world" and "whole grains, whole brains." A true believer in the power of good health to create peaceful people and civilization, Bob practices and writes about what he preaches. Thank you Bob for an awesome conversation!
The Plant Food Chef James Sant: Cultivating a Healthy Gut & Easy Ferments to Make at Home
Join me as I talk with "The Plant Food Chef," James Sant about the importance of fermented foods to creating a healthy microbiome. James introduces his home ferments which range from kombucha to water kefir to wild blueberries to chile peppers with thyme from the local farmer's market. James shares his passion for the health and flavor that fermented foods promote. James Sant is a plant-based chef, teacher, and culinary artist who emphasizes vegan fusion cuisine which marries cooked and raw plant-based foods (cooked foods are cooked gently for maximum nutrient-value). James served as creative director, programs director, and lead instructor for Living Light Culinary Institute, a raw plant-based culinary school, formerly in Mendocino, California, for almost a decade. Throughout his tenure at Living Light, James had the good fortune of educating students from around the world in the art and health benefits of raw gourmet vegan cuisine. James is currently building an educational program which will be unveiled through the site www.plantfoodchef.com. Find James and engage with his teachings and culinary creations on Facebook and Instagram: Facebook page: Plantfoodchef. Instagram: @plantfoodchef.
Edward Esko: The Yin and Yang of the Corona Virus, An Opportunity for Unity
Join me in this conversation with Edward Esko, one of the world's leading teachers and counselors on the macrobiotic way of life as he explores his new book, Strengthening Natural Immunity: A Plant-Based Macrobiotic Approach, written with the Covid-19 pandemic in mind. Ed looks at the pyschology of populations living in pandemic "hotspots"; the correlation between toxic dead zones in the environment and the human body; the timeline in the Great Pyramid which stops in 2038 - meaning a new orientation toward spirituality and consciousness will arise; how our food choices raise our level of consciousness and abundance (and specifically how whole grains with awns channel the energy of the Universe); how eating communal grain offers the opportunity to create cohesive communities. In this talk, Ed offer a new hope for humanity, like the dot within the yin yang symbol which represents transformation to a new and opposite orientation. Ed views the pandemic as an opportunity to usher in a new era of peace and harmony, one where will no longer be alone but "all one."
Alex Jack: The Spiral of History Bends Toward Justice, Peace and Love
Interview with Alex Jack, author of over 40 books, teacher and macrobiotic health counselor, he is founder of Planetary Health, an educational organization that sponsors Amberwaves grassroots campaign to preserve whole grains from genetic engineering, climate change and other threats. Alex holds seminars on diet, health, and sustainability, engages in publishing and medical research. We talk about his two articles on Covid-19, his new book "Strengthening Natural Immunity, A Plant-Based Macrobiotic Approach" - how to strengthen natural immunity to reduce the risk of viral and baterial infection, including Covid-19. We also touch on his book published this year "Sprial of History, The Arc that Bends Toward Justice, Peace & Love," an exploration of humanity at this critical juncture. We are in the final revolution of the Spiral, where fast food, bionics, climate change, monocultures, GMOs, digital empires, gene editing, and virtual and augmented realities are rapidly remaking our world and leading toward an existenial climax between our species and AI. As humanity ushers in a new era, few individuals are as daring and emblematic of futuristic thinking as Elon Musk. Alex completes a oriental facial diagnosis - this is one indicia of the person's constitution and balances/imbalances and offers insight as to what drives him/her. Interesting indeed!
Reading: Mindfulness in Action by Chogyam Trungpa - Part One
Join me as I read from Part One of the book Mindfulness in Action, Making Friends with Yourself through Meditation and Everyday Awareness (2013) by Chogyam Trungpa.This is a book about meditation and how the meditative qualities of mindfulness and awareness influence our everyday lives. Part One is titled "Making Friends with Yourself" and includes the following chapters which I read: Meditation: An Intimate Relationship with Ourselves; Discovering Our Capacity to Love; How to Meditate. In our hyperconnected world, many individuals report feeling disconnected. Many have discovered that meditation offers them a down-to-earth yet immediate way to connect with themselves. This book is a book about mindfulness and its application in the context of our whole life.
Lino and Jane Stanchich: Chewing is the Prescription for Success
Health counselors and teachers, Lino and Jane Stanchich discuss how chewing your food well can help you achieve optimum health. Based on the principles outlined in Lino's book, Power Eating Program, You Are How You Eat, Lino describes his father's concentration camp discovery of how chewing water and then food more than 50 times enabled him and two other prisoners to survive the war. His father attributed chewing not only with providing him the physical strength to live, but the mental fortitude required to endure. Find out more about Lino's incredible book and Lino's and Jane's direct experiences with chewing in this episode.