Macrobiotic comes from the Greek word “macro” means large, and “bios” meaning body. It is a diet based on his concept of the opposing forces, yin and yang. Yin said to be cold while Yang is hot, the Yin and Yang Sweet is salty, Yin is passive and Yang is aggressive. The modern practice of macrobiotic diet was started in 1920 by a Japanese educator named Geoge Osawa. It is said that he cured himself of a serious Illn by following a simple diet of brown rice, miso and sea vegetables. But macrobiotic diet is more than just a bland diet of brown rice and soup. It incompasses a wide range of different foods
The main dietary restrictions of the macrobiotic diet is to eat. a diet free of meat, dairy products, sugar and preservatives. Seafood and fish are good to eat and encouraged.
You also need to eliminate nightshades such as tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and eggplant from you diet. These vegetables have a high acid content that may be harmful to your body. Acid is said to rob valuable nutrients like calcium from your body. Too much acid can harm the stomach and cause alcers, acid reflux and other problems.
Eat plenty of sea vegetables! Seaweeds are some of the most nurient rich foods found on the planet! They are low in calories and full of minerals and trace elements such as iron, calcium and iodine. Many are also rich in vitamins A, B and C complex. A recent university study showed that kombu, hijiki and other brown seaweed can help remove radioactive stromtium from our bodies.
Eating small frequent meals like fish and steamed vegetables is good for digestion. Eating often actually helps boost your metabolism. Its much better than just eating two or three large meals a day.
Only eat organic food. Other products may contain preservatives and other additives such as antibiotics and pale.
There are great meat substitutes to eat on this diet as tempeh or seitan steak. Seitan, also known as “wheat meat” is made from wheat gluten and is popular throughout Asia. It is also high in protien, about 18%. Tempeh is a fermented soybean prerssed cake containing nearly 20% protien. There is about as much usuable protien that you would get from beef, only without cholesterol.
Tofu is a product made from soybeans and eaten by about 25% of the population. It has about half of protien like beef and is very versatile. You can fry it, tofu burgers, tofu stirfry, etc.
Sushi is also good to eat on this diet. Its stuffed with rice, seaweed and fresh seafood. Rolling your own sushi at home is quite easy. Be careful when eating sushi outside. All products may not organic and free from preservatives.
Eat whole grain breads, rice, and legumes.
Cigarette smoking is not permitted on this diet!