The macrobiotic diet is composed
mainly of whole
grains, vegetables, fish, legumes, soups and pickles.
Macrobiotics does not mean eating Japanese foods?
This is not a criticism of
Japanese foods. Macrobiotic Japanese foods are excellent and
many are delicious. Macrobiotics philosophy originated in the
orient. The main teachers who carried macrobiotics from the Far
East to the west (the United States, France, Great Britain and
Spain) were Japanese
Michio Kushi and Herman Aihara among others. It was
natural for them to teach people eating balanced Japanese
macrobiotic foods. Broadly speaking, macrobiotics calls for understanding
the world around us
and applying its principles of balance in all aspects of daily lives
including eating habits.
Macrobiotic principles prove that
food is best medicine. And every locale has its own balanced
foods that cure when applied properly. There is no need to
eat exotic foreign foods to recover from any illness.
Example: if you have
heart disease and decided to eat a bowl of carrots and leeks
soup, you will feel much worse. Or if you have
decided to eat a parsley, cucumbers and lettuce salad,
that will aggravate your
The standard macrobiotics diet
developed over the years is general and not for everyone. It
recommends eating plenty of vegetables, but it does not specify
which vegetables will be helpful for each illness.
A common misconception is that the
macrobiotics diet does not provide enough calcium because it
does not include milk and dairy foods.
The macrobiotics diet is very rich in calcium as it includes: sesame seeds,
seaweeds, carrots, green leafy vegetables are all rich sources of
calcium. These foods do not
create problems normally associated with
milk and dairy foods
such as bloating, mucous and
ovarian cysts and
women, respiratory problems like
asthma and allergies.
A key teaching of macrobiotics is: Non Credo or DO
NOT BELIEVE. Statements about diet and
lifestyle are always given with explanations, not stated as
absolute truths which followers are bound to believe. Followers
of macrobiotics are encouraged to find out for
themselves if such statements are true.
The macrobiotics teachings can help us all understand
what life is all about. There is never any calling for
following a particular prophet or believing in a particular God.
Actually, the concept of yin and yang in macrobiotics is found in all major
religions, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and all others.
It is the basis of all knowledge and the laws of the universe.
Macrobiotics is not a
When macrobiotics was first
introduced to the west, it was popular with hippies who were
attracted to natural things including natural foods. Because of
this macrobiotics was called a fad diet.
This is not true and it is not a
fad. Macrobiotics dietary recommendations are based on
traditional ways of eating that humanity has followed for
thousands of years.
In a broader sense, macrobiotics
is not just a diet. It is a set of guidelines which we adopt
according to our personal condition, our environment and other
factors. But it starts with foods.
Macrobiotics is a way of understanding how food,
lifestyle and other factors affect us. Followers of macrobiotics
usually apply this understanding in the way they see fit.
Where is vitamin B12
in macrobiotic foods?
Common misconception is
that vegetarians and macrobiotics followers do not get vitamin
B12 because this vitamin is found only in meat products.
It is not true that B12 can only
be found in meat products. This rare vitamin is actually
produced by molds, fungi and bacteria. It can be found in
several vegetarian and macrobiotics foods, including fermented
foods such as soy sauce, tempeh, miso and home-made olives and pickles.