what is a macrobiotic diet?
"What is a Macrobiotic diet?" is a question I am frequently asked.
Simply explained, a Macrobiotic diet works on the principle of Yin and Yang. Yin is the opposite of Yang. For example, female (Yin) and male (Yang), or black (Yin) and white (Yang). Everything has its opposite, and the list is endless. I am confident that you can think of some examples yourself now. Macrobiotic has its root from the types of food drawn from Zen Buddhism.
Macrobiotic was mentioned in the 4th century BC in Ancient Greece in the writings of
Hippocrates, who is considered the father of western medicine.
A diet that has survived for nearly 2,500 years is not a fad diet. The reason it still has millions of followers today is because it works.
Generally speaking, a macrobiotic practitioner will reduce his/her animal food and animal products' consumption (dairy, eggs, etc...), avoid additive, colouring, flavouring, and other harmful additions. A Macrobiotic consultant should also recommend that you avoid modern cosmetics such as shampoos, soaps, toothpaste, hair spray, lipsticks, etc...
As much as possible, you should eat organic food. You need to avoid pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals hurtful to health.
The main food eaten should be vegetables, fruits if living in a hot climate, grains, beans, some homemade puddings.