Macrobiotics was developed and made popular in the twentieth century in
the West by Japanese-American immigrants like
Michio Kushi and Herman Aihara. Macrobiotics on a dietary level
calls for eating simple natural traditional foods. Macrobiotics
includes the principles of eating foods that grow locally, eating fresh foods in their seasons. Macrobiotics
is a way of life that starts with diet.
Once the body is
cleansed, the mind will inevitably follow.
A healthy mind in a
healthy body. Macrobiotics is a healthy, holistic way of living
a balanced lifestyle. The macrobiotics way is one of moderation,
and it is still extremely valuable and helpful throughout the
Macrobiotics applies YIN YANG
principles to explain the relationship between food and the
most diseases as the body being in a state of decay and lowered
immunity YIN, thus, making
itself a suitable host in which a disease can flourish. Therefore, when eating a macrobiotics diet, you are
not attacking the particular symptoms of a disease,
but cleansing the body and thus raising its defenses to the
point it can throw off the illness
no matter what that illness
Natural antibiotics are based on the same principles.
On the other hand, a strong YANG condition resulting from eating much
YANG foods makes us
susceptible to anger, aggression, intolerance, impatience,
all macrobiotics YANG attributes.
The standard macrobiotics diet
consists of various foods and cooking styles. Little more than
half of the suggested types of food to consume in macrobiotics
are whole cereal grains, such as brown rice and whole wheat.
These whole grains constitute 50-60% by weight of the diet.
Vegetables make up 20-30% by weight. These percentages can vary from
person to person according to current health
condition(s). It is also recommended in macrobiotics that the
vegetables be local and organically grown, with the majority
being cooked using different methods of traditional cooking.
Suggested cooking styles in macrobiotics include lightly steamed, boiled,
sauté with a small amount of unrefined, cold
pressed oils, especially sesame and olive oils. Soups and beans
and sea vegetables equally make up the last two categories of
the macrobiotics diet each at 5-10%. Recommended beans include
adzuki beans, chickpeas and lentils. Soups may be made from
various vegetables and grains. Macrobiotics recommends that we
avoid red meat, animal fat, eggs, poultry and dairy products.
The balancing of specific foods
using the yin-yang principles in macrobiotics is an
important aspect of the macrobiotics diet, but as important is
the manner in which the foods are cooked. Macrobiotics
recommends using gas stoves or wood burning fire to heat food.
Fire gives energy, vitalizing the human organism physically,
mentally and spiritually. Fire is also the foundation of human
culture and civilization. The quality of water is also an
important part of cooking in macrobiotics. Clean natural spring
or well water is an important resource for macrobiotics cooking.
The macrobiotics kitchen must have is a gas stove, a good vegetable knife, wooden utensils,
a grater, cast iron pots and a teapot.
The individual and family that
cooks and eats following the macrobiotics way can become humble,
strong, relaxed, open, healthy and vital, thus making the whole
world in order. When the whole family follows the natural order
of things then the community, society, culture, ecology and
economy is vital, creative calm and deeply reverent.
Yin food for Yang
illnesses & yang foods for yin illnesses
Someone with a
poisoning (typhoid) or
gangrene will not tolerate lettuce or even
brown rice and will have to rely on a different grain rather
than brown rice or whole wheat until cured. This means following a modified diet that suits
the current state
The same logic applies to
diseases and all patients. Every patient will benefit from
staying away from certain foods and concentrating on certain
other macrobiotics foods until they recover.
Do you know what foods you should
start with based on your current state of health?
Do you know how the foods shown
here will affect your body?
These food have different shapes and colors because they
have different energies. Their effect on your body differs