Macrobiotics originated in China thousands of years ago and is more than just a diet. It is a philosophy and a way of life. From a macrobiotic perspective what we eat has an effect on our physical, emotional and spiritual states. Certain foods like whole grains and vegetables support and encourage clarity, peace and well-being. Other foods such as sugar, excess animal and highly processed foods create confusion, anger and depression.
The word Macrobiotics is derived from the Greek word “macro” meaning large or great, and “bios” meaning life, so in a sense it is the art and philosophy of creating a big and wonderful life. We achieve this by eating foods in their most whole form by choosing food grown locally and in season, and by working with, instead of against, nature and the natural flow of things.
Just spend some time in nature and you will see that animals do this naturally. A lion in Africa is not thriving on the same food as a polar bear in Alaska. Also, if you look closely you can probably see this philosophy working in your life already. For instance, a slice of juicy watermelon is very cooling and enjoyable on a hot summer’s day, but in the middle of winter that same slice of watermelon might not taste so refreshing and you may lean more toward a big bowl of warm soup or stew.
What does a macrobiotic diet consist of?
A macrobiotic diet consists of whole grains, a variety of fresh, seasonal vegetables, beans and bean products such as tofu, tempeh and seitan, sea vegetables, soups, pickles, desserts, condiments, twig teas and grain coffees. Foods that are typically avoided are highly refined sugars, chemicalized and processed foods, nightshade vegetables, and animal products such as red meat, chicken, eggs and dairy. (fish is eaten on occasion by those in good health).
Why turn to macrobiotics
All sorts of people try macrobiotics for a host of different reasons. Some turn to macrobiotics in time of illness (physical, emotional or spiritual) and others are just looking to experience a deeper level of peace, freedom and clarity.
For more information on macrobiotics, please see the list of books and websites below:
“Zen macrobiotics” by Georges Ohsawa
“An Introduction to Macrobiotics” by Oliver Cowmeadow
“The Hip Chicks Guide to Macrobiotics” by Jessica Porter
“Macrobiotics for Dummies” by Verne Verona
“The Everything Guide to Macrobiotics” by Julie S. Ong
“The Great Life Diet” by Denny Waxman
“My Beautiful Life” by Mina Dobic