By Nancy O'Neill
Most of my life I had a very unhealthy diet consisting mainly of fast food, soda, and high fat, low fiber food. Finally my diet caught up with me.
In late April, 2012, I came to Kushi Institute as a very sick woman with a long list of symptoms including diverticulitis and other digestive problems, vertigo, vision problems, tinnitus, many disabling menstrual problems, obesity, arthritis, and depression. In the prior four years I had gone through three hospitalizations and two surgeries. One of the surgeries was an emergency a life-saving colostomy that resulted from a perforated intestine. The operation was a success, but even six months later I was left suffering from major depression.
I went to Kushi Institute because my older sister was coming for the Way to Health program and she invited me along. Although I did not have much hope at the time, I wanted to see if macrobiotics would help remedy my ongoing health problems. It turns out it was the best decision I ever made.
I stayed at Kushi Institute for two weeks, first attending Way to Health, then continuing on another week for the Way to Health PLUS program. By the time my stay was over, I had already lost nine pounds and was less depressed than I had been in years.
I write this only a few weeks after returning home, and even in this short time, my weight loss has continued, and I am no longer depressed. In fact, I am happy and excited about my future. My body feels stronger. I also have no more diverticulitis and I go to the bathroom with no problems. It is amazing to me, because for years I always had problems going to the bathroom, I was either constipated or had diarrhea. The vertigo and tinnitus are gone. The menstrual problems are gone. I have much less arthritic pain and I feel it will eventually go away after I get down to my ideal body weight. At Kushi Institute I also realized gluten was a part of my health problems and am now eating gluten-free.
I am so grateful to my sister for getting me to Kushi Institute, and also grateful to the staff at Kushi Institute, who were wonderful, supportive and great examples of how life can be if you eat a macrobiotic diet. I keep in touch with the people that went through the programs with me. It is great to have friends now who are working on the same macrobiotic lifestyle. We share a lot of cooking and shopping tips.
I cant wait to see how good I will feel in another year! Now, instead of worrying about my future, I am eager to see how my future unfolds.
When I was at Kushi Institute, Larry and Judy MacKenney, two of our wonderful instructors, would have us get into a circle at the end of class and say, Every day in every way I am getting better and better and better. I continue to say this to myself and for me it has been true every day in every way I AM getting better and better and better! Thank you Kushi Institute for such a wonderful gift. You’ve given me the gift of health.
By Leanne Yinger
I had a back injury which made me immobile. After a year and half of pain medication I said no more and stopped all of it. I opted for a surgery that resulted in another 6 months where I couldn’t lift. During this time I gained 25 lbs. I came to a Kushi Institute program in September of 2012, with the intention of simply getting healthier and stronger not to lose weight and weight loss was a great bonus. In the 9 months since starting macrobiotics I have lost 25 lbs, I am feeling stronger and healthier than I have in a very long time. I don’t feel restricted or limited at all in what I eat and I love the food!!
My wife and I attended a Kushi Institute week-long program to support her successful health recovery. I was overweight, and after returning from the program and following what we learned, I lost 65 lbs in six months!
Five years ago I attended a week-long program at Kushi Institute, and by practicing what I learned about diet and lifestyle I lost 30 pounds. At Kushi Institute, along with learning about food, I learned how to increase my activity with do-in (a form of self-acupressure), yoga, and exercises that target the stomach. I feel younger and healthier now than I did when I was in my 30s and 40s!
When I left Kushi Institute after the Way To Health and Way To Health Plus programs in 2011, I had lost 12 pounds already! With macrobiotics, I can eat as much food as I want! It is now February of 2012, nine months since I first started macrobiotics, and I have lost 48 pounds thus far! I began at 186 pounds, and am now at 138 pounds!
I came to Kushi Institute as a volunteer, hoping to lose weight. I lost over 110 lbs in eleven months! NO calorie counting, just good, wholesome food.