Macrobiotic is the art and science of health and longevity.
Through the study and understanding of the relation and interactions between ourselves, the food we eat, the lifestyle we choose to lead, and the environment in which we live.
The macrobiotic approach is based on the view that we are the result of, and constantly influenced by our environment which can be the food we eat and also our daily social interactions, the climate we live in and even the geography.
In consideration of all factors that influence our lives, the macrobiotic approach to health an healing views sickness as a natural attempt of the body to return to a more harmonious and dynamic state, in order to maintain balance.
What we choose to eat, drink and how we live our lives are primary environmental factors that influence our health and create who we are, the macrobiotic approach emphesizes the importance of proper dietary and lifestyle habits.
The macrobiotic approach is based on principles, theories and practices that have been known by philosophers, scholars and physicians throughout history.
The term „macrobiotics“ comes from the greek („macro“ meaning „large“or „long“ and „bios“ meaning „life“) and was first used by Hippocrates, the father of western medicine. Its most recent developer of this term stems from the philosopher and writer George Oshawa who in his teachings, combines the western traditions of macrobiotics with 5000 years of traditional oriental medicine.
By using macrobiotic principles to address and adjust environmental dietary and lifestyle influences, thousands of individuals have been able to prolong their lives by recovering from a wide range of illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes and many others.
The macrobiotic approach to health recovery can be used along with conventional and alternative medical treatment and intervention and is compatible with and adaptable to all forms of religious and traditional cultural practices.
Some traditional and basic macrobiotic practices include:
eating more whole grain, beans and fresh vegetables, increasing variety in food selections and traditional cooking methods, eating regularly and less quantity, chewing more and maintaining an active and positive life and mental outlook.
General diatary and lifestyle guidelines for people living in a temperate, four season climate, have been established by Michio Kushi. These guidelines outline basic dietary proportions along with healthier lifestyle habits and are not intended to define a specific regiment that one must follow, as aditional adjustments are required for individuals applicationn which will vary according to personal situations.
If you need specific advise I recommend to consult a macrobiotic Councelor.
Following are Michio Kushi´s standard macrobiotic dietary and lifestyle suggestions.
The Macrobiotic Diet
The quality of food a person eats, is very important for his/her present health as well as for his/her future health.
Scientific studies by world´s leading Food Nutrionists show clearly that the macrobiotic way of eating has a positive influence on peoples health. They are clear indicators that people need to take a critical look at their food pattern, with the intention for making changes torwards a natural and healthy way of eating, in order to avoid chronic and degeneratives diseases.
The macrobiotic diet is internationally recognized as the very best preventive food pattern for human beings.
Tasty, culinary, healthy and beneficial for all ages.