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Macrobiotic diet

Macrobiotics (from the Greek "macro" (large, long) + "bio" (life)) is a lifetyle that incorporates a dietary regime.

Macrobiotics has been brought to the Western world in the late 1960s by Michio Kushi who was inspired by philosopher Georges Ohsawa .

Behind macrobiotic thinking stands the idea that food, and food quality affects our lives more greatly than is commonly thought. It affects our health, well being and happiness. Therefore it is better for us to choose food that is less processed, more natural, use more traditional methods of cooking and cook for ourselves and families and friends.

Macrobiotics emphasises locally grown, whole-grain cereals, pulses, vegetables, fruit, seaweed and fermented soy products , combined into meals according to the principle of balance between Yin and Yang properties.

For people who want to adopt the diet, it is recommended to read more about it and even consult a macrobiotic counselor (especially in case of illness). It is generally recommended that the diet be adopted gradually, reducing animal products, refined flour, sugar, dairy products and adding more whole grain and vegetable quality foods.

Some people try and extend the diet into a macrobiotic lifestyle. People who practice a Macrobiotic lifestyle belive they try to observe Yin & Yang in everything they do. They strive for balance and happpiness in their daily lives and living in harmony with nature and their physical surrounding.

Last updated: 10-24-2004 05:10:45