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Gabriele Kushi

Susun Weed interviews Gabriele Kushi, chef, nutritional counselor and author of Embracing Menopause Naturally.

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Gabriele Kushi, author of Embracing Menopause Naturally, is an internationally recognized expert on healing with natural foods and macrobiotics. MS. Kushi is a board certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Macrobiotic Teacher and Counselor. Her green company Kushi’s Kitchen, located in in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is dedicated to excellence in teaching macrobiotics, holistic health, natural nutrition, and sustainable lifestyle solutions to support personal health, wellness homes, and a peaceful and healthy world.

Seaweed Gabriele Kushi has a long rich history in the field of healing with natural foods and the integration of body, mind, and spirit. For 30 years, she has successfully taught people from all over the world and all walks of life how to become healthier and more self-reliant by choosing health supportive foods that sustain conscious lifestyles.Gabriele Kushi provides a well-rounded unique wisdom approach in her teachings and Holistic Health and Natural Nutrition Counseling. She incorporates a local, global, sustainable, spiritual, and scientific awareness and traveled to Europe, Canada, Japan, Morocco, and throughout the United States for her vision of a peaceful world. 
Cover-kushimenopause-bg Embracing Menopause Naturally by Gabriele Kushi - A true companion for any woman who wants to nurture her own spiritual growth, adopt a natural foods diet, and enjoy good health throughout the midlife years and beyond. Macrobiotic Health Expert Gabriele Kushi presents a Guide to Menopause That Can Help Women Maintain Balance in Their Lives—Mind, Body, & Soul. Embracing Menopause Naturally offers insight for this important life passage through courageous stories and stunning images of women from different cultural backgrounds.

Gabriele Kushi is a graduate of the Kushi Institute, USA, and The Institute of Integrative Nutrition in conjunction with Columbia University Teachers College. She is board certified by The American Association of Drugless Practitioner as a Holistic Health Practitioner, and The Macrobiotic Educators Association certifies her as a Macrobiotic Teacher and Counselor. Gabriele is the 2009 recipient of the Aveline Kushi Award and she serves on the advisory board of Earth Save International and works with Native American healers and spiritual leaders worldwide.



1 bunch young kale greens, sliced into ½ inch long pieces
1 bunch spring asparagus, remove ends and slice into 1 or ½ inch long pieces
3 stems of Scallions, sliced
Pinch of Sea Salt

Preparation:   Wash kale greens and separate stems from leaves. Slice greens into ½ inch long pieces. Wash asparagus and remove ends by bending the stalks toward the end. Slice into 1 or ½ inch long pieces. Place about 2–3 inches of spring water into a stainless steal pot and bring to a boil. Add a pinch of sea salt. Place small amount of the greens in the water and simmer until tender but slightly crisp. Remove and place them in a serving bowl. Repeat till all the kale and asparagus are done. Mix all the vegetables together in a serving bowl. Add the sesame dressing and serve.


2 tsp of light sesame oil or 2 tsp of water if no oil is used in cooking
½ cup of celery, finely diced
½ cup of the white of a scallions, finely diced
1 tbsp of tamari
1 tbsp of Umeboshi vinegar
2 tsp of toasted light sesame seeds
1–2 cups of spring water

  GabrieleCC150Preparation:   Wash and let drip-try the sesame seeds in a strainer. In a skillet toast the sesame seeds till slightly browned. Grind some of the toasted sesame seeds in a Suribachi or a grinder. Then in a separate pan slightly sauté the onions and celery in oil (or water) till translucent. Add the tamari and umeboshi vinegar and stir. Then slowly add the 1-2 cups of water and the toasted sesame seeds, and bring everything to a quick boil. Remove from the stove and mix with your vegetables.

The dressing can be stored in a cool place and used on a raw salad.


Sesame seeds are rich in protein, calcium, iron, and B vitamins. Sesame Teas is good to darken the hair and treat menstrual irregularity. Homemade Sesame – ginger oil is good for arthritis, rheumatism, and ear ailments.

Read More from Gabriele Kushi:
 ~ Healthy Diet for a Peaceful World
Revamp Your Eating Patterns
Food as Medicine
Menopause - The Myths Versus the Facts

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