Macrobiotic Diet

What is the Macrobiotic diet?

Unlike other type of diets which major goal is towards losing weight, the macrobiotic diet is a holistic approach to living. It takes into consideration all aspects of life even the inter- relation of the mind, spirit and of course the body.

The macrobiotic diet started in the 1920s. A Japanese named George Oshawa was suffering from a serious illness which led him to go back to the basics. The basic principle of this diet is to achieve balance and harmony patterned from the philosophy of yin and yang. Even the preparation of food is a solemn ceremony.

Governing principles

As mentioned above, it is holistic approach of living; more like a spiritual journey through the food we eat. Following this type of diet means believing in some of the philosophies it is pushes. These are:

  • stressed on a balanced since balanced diet will make a person healthy, happy and most of all harmonious
  • the diet is a reflection of the yin and yang philosophy
  • resembles vegan diet
  • governed by food preparation and the manner by which the food was served; to expand further, practitioners are against the use of technology in the preparation of food for even the process of serving is a a spiritual ritual
  • "eat only when you are hungry and chew food completely"

Standard Diet

The basic diet is essentially:

  • 50% whole grains
  • 25% seasonal vegetables, cooked or raw.
  • 10% protein foods – such as fish or legumes.
  • 5% sea vegetables
  • 5% soups
  • 5% fruit, nuts, or seeds.

Food should be organically grown and eaten fresh. The Macrobiotic lifestyle also governs how food should be prepared. No microwave should be used – rice must be cooked in a pressure cooker. Food should be eaten and chewed slowly, in a relaxed manner.

What’s not allowed?

Sugars, spices, alcohol, eggs, meat, and cheese. This has everything to do with the extreme yin and yang properties.

What are the strengths of Macrobiotic diet?

There are no medical proofs if the diet works or not . But there are studies and observations proving practitioners to have healthier dispositions. The great thing about this diet is that is not a mere diet but a lifestyle.

The macrobiotic diet emphasizes foods, such as fiber-rich whole grains, vegetables, and beans. It is low in saturated fat and high in phytoestrogens, which proponents believe may help to balance female hormones and help with menopause, premenstrual syndrome, and prevention against breast cancer and endometriosis.

What are the Precautions and Possible Side Effects?

The macrobiotic diet is considered by some nutritionists to be too restrictive and lacking in certain nutrients, such as protein, vitamin B12, iron, magnesium, and calcium. Lack of energy may result from inadequate protein