Macrobiotic Eating ~ Is It For You??

Macrobiotics is a way of living with respect for the physical, biological, emotional, mental, ecological, and spiritual order of our daily lives.  Macrobiotic living means striving to learn the art of balance in everything we do – beginning with a reorientation of everyday eating using whole natural foods of highest quality and simple, more traditional methods of preparation.

Macrobiotic living means accepting the responsibility of putting and keeping our lives in harmony within our families, our communities and ourselves, with society, with nature, and with the universe.  Macrobiotic living can help restore and maintain your spiritual direction and faith, but it is not a religion. In fact, it is compatible with any traditional religion.

Macrobiotic eating does not mean adhering to one unchanging “diet.” It may mean eating in a more regulated, simple way, or in a more broadly varied way, depending upon your needs, preferences, and circumstances – all of which change over time.

Macrobiotic eating means gaining your own understanding of how different foods affect you, and it means choosing, preparing, and consuming your food and drink with an active sense of reverence for life.

The macrobiotic theory places special emphasis on conscious diet, because regulating your daily eating and drinking is the most basic, practical way to change your life. The food you eat becomes your blood, affecting the quality of your cells, tissues, organs, and your mind

DIETARY RECOMMENDATIONS

Whole grains

Eat 50-60% whole grains each day by weight. Use grain and grain products at most meals. These include all types of rice, millet, quinoa, buckwheat, whole grain breads, noodles, and an array of other varieties.

Soups

Soups can be made from vegetables, grains, or beans and may be seasoned to suit your taste.

Vegetables

It is important to eat at least one vegetable dish with every meal. Try to sample each day from root vegetables, round vegetables, and leafy greens, and vary your cutting and cooking styles.

Sea vegetables

A small amount of sea vegetables rich in trace minerals is important for modern daily life.

Beans

Beans are a wonderful source of vegetable-quality protein and can be eaten daily, if you desire them. Cooking beans in a variety of ways, such as in soups, stews, or with grains enhances their naturally sweet flavor. Remember that too many beans can over stress your digestive system and inhibit food assimilation.

Condiments and pickles

Small amounts of these create variety in meals, bring balance, aid in digestion, and increase vitality. Sauerkraut, pressed vegetables, and other pickles should all be used on a daily basis.  Remember, a small amount goes a long way.

Fish

Fish may be eaten, if you so desire. Have a small portion, lightly prepared by steaming or poaching. This gives it a moist vegetable quality, rather than the meaty consistency due to broiling or grilling.

Nuts and seeds These great snacks may be enjoyed raw or by simply roasting them. Both nuts and seeds may also be used to add zest to any meal.

 

There are a ton of great blogs and websites out there on Macrobiotics but one of my favorites is http://gourmandelle.com/macrobiotic-diet-101-everything-you-need-to-know-about-macrobiotics/

She has amazing recipes, meals plans and a gluten free option which is amazing!!!

 

*****This information is not provided to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, illness or injured condition of the body. I shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss, damage, or injury caused, or alleged to be caused, directly or indirectly by the information contained in my blog.  This is in no way intended as a substitute for medical advice or counseling.  Anyone suffering from any disease, illness, or injury should consult a qualified healthcare professional.

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