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Macrobiotics diet is a healthy way of life

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Macrobiotics dietMacrobiotics diet is not just a diet, it is a way of life. If you like the idea of eating natural, organic, plant-based food and have a Zen-like spirituality this diet maybe for you. Originating in Japan, the macrobiotic diet is based on principles that combine Zen Buddhism and Western vegetarian diets. It is much more than a list of recommended foods, because it is based on the spirit which rises beyond lifestyle, attitudes and dietary practices. The word “macrobiotic” comes from Greek and means “long life” or “great life.”
What is the Macrobiotics diet?
The regime of macrobiotics diet supports Eastern philosophy of balancing the food in order to achieve a balance between yin and yang. To achieve this balance, foods are grouped in pairs based on how many are sour, sharp, salty, sweet or bitter. Yin foods are cold, sweet and passive, while yang foods are hot, salty, and aggressive. Some foods are banned because they contain toxins or are too remote from the idea of ​​Zen balance. Early versions of the macrobiotics diet included several stages, which became progressively more restrictive and ended with a diet of brown rice and water – which was considered at the final stage of balance between yin and yang. Today Americanized version is amended vegetarian eating plan.
Although not scientifically proven, a macrobiotics diet of good, nutritious foods can protect you from cancer and other chronic diseases. Practitioners of a macrobiotics diet prefer locally grown natural food prepared and eaten in the traditional way – baked, boiled or steamed. Many grains, vegetables, beans, fermented soy beans and soups – to which are added small amounts of fish, nuts, seeds and fruit – are the foundation of the menu in this diet. Other natural products may include the coordination of individual needs or during the transition in the diet.

 

The diet also allows you to eat certain fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, eggplants and peppers in limited quantities. Excluded from the diet foods are considered extreme, excessive stimulation or too concentrated and therefore are not suitable for achieving balance. The supplements of vitamins and minerals frowns, but achieve nutritional balance may not be possible without them. Consult a registered dietitian to help you balance your yin and yang and nutritional integrity of the dietary plan. Otherwise it may be that there is a deficit of some important nutrient.
Here is what contains a typical macrobiotic diet:
- Whole grains, especially brown rice: 50-60%;
- Vegetables (and seaweed): 25-30%;
- Beans: 5-10%;
- Fish, nuts, seeds, fruits: 5-20%;
- Soup (made from the above ingredients): 1-2 cups daily.
How it works
Followers of the macrobiotics diet believe that food and food quality affect health, happiness and prosperity. Eating natural food that is closer to the ground and less refined and is healthy for the body and soul. One goal is to become more aware of the food you eat and how it affects your life.

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