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Macrobiotics: Is it Right for You?

A Macrobiotic diet stresses the idea of food for sustenance (ya know, eat to live - not live to eat).

It's based on the Zen belief of Yin and Yang. Yin is said to be cold, sweet, and passive. Yang, on the other hand is hot, salty, and aggressive. This diet works to keep these two opposing forces in balance to achieve good health. I didn't even know these forces existed in food, let alone needed controlling.

Here's what's on the Macrobiotic Menu:

  • Whole grains like rice, barley, and buckwheat
  • Seasonal and sea vegetables
  • Nuts, legumes, and fresh fish (for protein)
  • Sweeteners like brown rice syrup, sea salt, and tamari for flavor
  • Broths and purified water (only when you're thirsty)

Sorry, these are not on the Menu:

  • Processed foods, dairy products, eggs, refined sugars, chocolate, coffee, tropical fruits, hot spices, toxic foods such as nightshades (peppers, potatoes and tomatoes), alcohol, and red meat.

So basically we are talking about a very strict whole foods, non-dairy, almost vegetarian diet, with a little bit of fish thrown in there. Healthy? Yes, but it doesn't sound like too much fun. What's life without dessert?

Join The Conversation
LJRoRo LJRoRo 7 years
what on earth is toxic about peppers, tomatoes, and potatoes?!
dantea dantea 7 years
Actually, a Macrobiotic diet is very harmful to people of European descent. European bodies were made to process heartier foods, and while these things are good for us, we need more substance in things like dairy. One of my relatives was on a macrobiotic diet for two years, and now her immune system is completely shot, and she isn't able to digest many kinds of foods.
PetitLapinVegan PetitLapinVegan 9 years
I follow macrobiotics and have never felt deprived! Also, the assertion that it would require "life without desert" is simply untrue: . For some more "friendly" information on the lifestyle: .
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
I could give up the others BUT No chocolate? No COFFEE? Can't give these things up. My husband would surely have a wife from hell :)
Athena1 Athena1 10 years
I would miss baking too much.
alexandria1 alexandria1 10 years
well, i must say you really feel good when you are on macrobiotics. you just need some time to get use to it.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
This doctor that my mom use to work for would put his patients on this diet because it was a good way to lower their cholestrol
Sugarlicious Sugarlicious 10 years
SuGaRlIcIoUs boring diet for boring people. I need a diet that is as interesting and as enjoyable as i am!
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Yeah, and I love my sweets. Not to mention cheese.
amybdk amybdk 10 years
Life without Indian food?! No way! I love spices too much. Not to make excuses... ;)
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