It’s a lifestyle.
I know that sounds kind of, I don’t know, hokey, but proponents of the macrobiotic diet plan really do consider it more than just a diet. It’s a holistic lifestyle that involves your physical and mental efforts. It’s not just about how you eat; it’s about how you live.
What is a Macrobiotic Diet?
This diet was developed back in the 1920s by George Ohsawa, a Japanese philosopher. Ohsawa believed that by eating a healthy diet, people and nature could live in harmony. He also believed that his plant-based diet could cure some serious illnesses, including cancer. While there haven’t been any scientific studies that support his claims that it helps cure anything, eating from a macrobiotic menu can certainly keep you healthy.
What is on the Macrobiotic Diet Menu?
You may be wondering what you can eat on the macrobiotic diet plan?
What you can eat:
Grains. These are the basis of the macrobiotic diet. They should make up about 50-60% of your meal. Look for healthy grains like wild rice, buckwheat, quinoa and millet.
Vegetables. Next to grains, vegetables are next important part of your macrobiotic diet meal plan. Aim to make raw or cooked veggies at least 30% of your plate.
Beans. Beans should be about 10% of your food. Eat whole beans and legumes, but also fermented ones like miso and tempeh.
Sea vegetables. This is an important part of the macrobiotic diet. Veggies like kelp and kombu are rich in minerals that are great for your health.
Fish. While most meat is frowned upon, the macrobiotic diet does allow fish 1-3 times a week.
Fruit. Fruits are eating in moderation on the macrobiotic diet. They are mainly viewed as snacks or dessert, but shouldn’t be eaten more than 3 times a week. Tropical fruits like pineapple or banana should be avoided.
Fermented food. Think probiotics for a healthy gut. Tempeh and pickled veggies like sauerkraut and kim chee are a good addition to your diet.
What to avoid:
What should you avoid on the macrobiotic diet?
Followers of this diet are discouraged from eating meat and poultry, eggs, dairy, refined sugar, processed food and spicy stuff. They should also avoid fruit juice, tropical fruit, and certain veggies like spinach, eggplant, asparagus, zucchini and tomatoes.
One more thing to note: chewing well is important. Each mouthful should be chewed at least 50 times. I’m serious. Chewing well can break down food and coat them with digestive juices to make them easier for your body to digest.
The Macrobiotic Lifestyle
As I mentioned, this isn’t just a diet. There are principles of awareness that followers must apply to their lives. Among them:
- Admit faults
- Be generous
- Be friendly
- Develop your intuition
- Respect living beings
- Respect your elders
- Be mindful of ecology
- Have a sense of humor
- Practice self-reflection
- Perfect the art of living
The macrobiotic diet has been said to cure cancer and other illnesses. Whether it really does or not, the makeup of this diet is healthy grains, vegetables, probiotics, fruit. I don’t see anything wrong with that.
Have you tried the macrobiotic diet plan? Would you consider it?