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An Insider’s Look at Madonna’s Eating Lifestyle

I took a sip of tea and smiled at my guest. Sitting in my living room was Madonna’s former personal chef, Mayumi Nishimura, and I was about to ask her all things health and diet for high-powered women.

About 7 years earlier, I had stumbled upon her book on macrobiotics in a bookstore and wound up losing 40 pounds after delving into macrobiotics concepts. The second I saw the pages of her book and seen diagrams of how to combine foods for optimal health, was the start of an obsession on all things holistic.

It was the first time that I saw my health as a direct reflection of my environment and nature, and not as a science experiment. I started understanding how some foods cool off the body, while others warm up the body. How some create contraction in the body, while others create expansion. And how to select foods based on the rate of digestion, so as to avoid added stress on the digestive system.

I felt like I was finally in control of what to choose for my body, because I knew how to identify what I needed to balance out my condition. There was no voice in the back of my head trying to argue why I should or should not have a food – my mind and actions were directly connected to what my body needed, and there was no voice in my head to get in the way. Plus, I knew what kind of effect these foods would have on my energy later on, so I could choose foods according to how I wanted to feel.

But little did I know that the meals I had been eating – whole, seasonal, simple, and energetically balanced – were exactly what Madonna herself had been eating as well!

I used to think that someone as famous and amazing as Madonna must have a crazy strict diet to maintain her busy schedule of traveling, performing, and also her strong physique. From the outside, she seemed to me someone who would be doing something so extreme that I couldn’t possible try any of it, especially on a budget.

But I found out that she is eating one of the most simple, natural diets out there.

I think it’s pretty common to look at holistic remedies and identify them with a slow life. And I think that many feel that in order to eat these kinds of foods, we have to overhaul our lifestyles to one that is slow as well.

But what I realized after this interview with Madonna’s chef is that a natural diet can enhance and support a busy schedule. If anything, it’s needed even more to keep the body healthy. It’s kind of like yoga – just because you do yoga doesn’t mean you have to live a slow, yogic life. At the same time, a person with a high-powered life can benefit even more from having yoga, even if their lives aren’t slow.

If there’s one thing from this interview I want to share with you that Mayumi said to me, it’s this: [tweet_box design=”default” float=”none”]“You have to know who you are. Teach yourself what to choose to help yourself.”[/tweet_box]

You have the ability to help yourself, rather than look outward for answers. And whatever eating pattern you choose doesn’t have to dictate your lifestyle.

Yogis, what are your thoughts? How do you maintain your nutrition with a busy (even like, Madonna-level busy) schedule?

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    September 15, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Well, keep in mind that Mayumi Nishimura was Madonna’s personal chef, so Madonna never had to take the time to shop, prep, and cook food. In fact, Madonna is on record as saying she can’t really cook much, beside a pot of pasta. So of course she can be super busy and stick to a macrobiotic diet. Also, part of what she’s paid for is to look amazing. As a multimillionaire, she has the resources to invest in trainers and chefs that most average working people don’t have the time or money for.

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    February 9, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    I think it’s important to realize we can always justify or outright BLAME something for why we CAN’T do something when in reality…. it’s about setting our priorities & DECIDING TO CHOOSE to do something because it resonates right with us & deep inside us, we KNOW it’ll be better if we do it… even if it requires some extra effort initially. PERSONALLY, seeing Madonna in interviews & seeing her physically at 61 (Jan 2020) she’s impressive to say the least, strong, sensitive, SMART, confident and creative… the list goes on… She’s inspiring to me & SHOULD be to all.. YES she has tremendous wealth AND just do what YOU can do & implement whatever you can.. You can actually grow your own sprouts & microgreens (inside in a relatively small space) or on a patio if you live in an apartment. LIFE is ALIVE & not packaged… Preparing meals with love & insight is HEALING on an energetic level…. No cop outs claiming Madonna is rich……. so does that mean you can’t make your own meals? You can if you WANT to… if it’s important enough to nourish you & care about you. THANK you for writing this article… Spurs ME to be more mindful of all my food choices. I have made it thru 71 years and do whatever I want physically & don’t do doctors or any kinds of drugs not even over the counter stuff. Living life fully………. OH…….. and I live on $1,000 a month, and growing more & more of my own veggies & herbs & MINDFUL of my choices Happy choosing and feeling EMPOWERED by all your decisions. PEACE to ALL.

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      Corinna Cooper

      February 22, 2020 at 12:09 am

      What an inspiring moment to read your comment! I am nearly 52 and love that you have heralded to let me hear your message!

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        February 22, 2020 at 1:30 am

        Way to go! ! ! You probably know how quantum physics now claims we’re all connected energetically. Glad you were inspired. That inspires ME too to be a better person. We often don’t know how something simple that we say can deeply impact another’s life. We ARE all in this together. : )

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