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May 24, 1996 - Image 47

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-05-24

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Elaine Kahn and baby Joseph, who was born with the assistance of lay midwives.

Dessert: Rice pudding, baked apples
and sugar-free, wheat-free donuts.
But is there any consistency? Trying
to get a recipe out of Mrs. Miller is like
asking her to discuss the merits of pota-
to chips, a chocolate bar and a soda pop.
It's bewildering.
"I can make anything," she confess-
es. "I just don't measure it. If it's an ex-
act cooking, I don't do it."
At last, though, she offers a family fa-
vorite featuring quinoa, a round grain
that could be compared in some circles to
a kind of pasta., sort of.
"Here's how you make it," she says ac
her daughter finishes (and with utter rel-
ish) that sandwich with the tofu spread.

"Saute in olive oil some vegetables like pect of food from the way it is prepared
carrots and onions and red pepper — but (vegetables are better sliced at an angle)
not green pepper (too acidic) — that you to how it is eaten (don't have 6 pounds of
fruit one day and none the next).
have cut into bits.
It takes into account where one lives
"Then make the quinoa. What you
need to keep in mind is proportions, not and the seasons and works to balance the
measurements. The proportions here five tastes of sweet, sour, bitter, pungent
should be 2-1, water to quinoa. Add about and salty.
Despite popular belief to the contrary,
1 teaspoon olive oil. When it's boiling, re-
duce and cook for 20 minutes. Then mix * 'it is not a vegetarian diet.
Mrs. Miller says that in addition to be-
with the vegetables.
"Now, if you want to make it really ing healthy, macrobiotics has helped her
good, add some butter and whipping lose weight — "and I never feel hungry."
'With my first pregnancy I was eating
cream."
The family's diet is basically, though everything and I gained 58 pounds," she
says. "With my last child (when she was
not completely, macrobiotic.
Such an approach considers every as- eating macrobiotic), I gained only 19."

In addition to carefully watching what
her family eats, Mrs. Miller lets them
drink only purified water. They watch
TV, but not much ("Barney" gets thumbs
up).
While the family makes use of tradi-
tional medicines, they also employ home-
opathic remedies. A kitchen cabinet
reveals a host of Chinese herbs, teas and
bottles with undecipherable labels. When
Mrs. Miller was injured in a fall, she opt-
ed for physical therapy with a teacher of
Feldenkreis, which considers the entire
body and the way one moves.
Perhaps the mere thought of organic
peas and vegetarian sushi is enough to
make your children opt for a life of daily

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