If you love the concept of eating a natural, organic plant based diet then the Macrobiotic diet is for you. The Macrobiotic Diet isn’t just a diet plan; it is a way of life. The word ‘macrobiotic’ actually derives from the Greek word meaning ‘long life’ or ‘great life’. This diet was originally from Japan and contains a western style vegetarian diet.
The Macrobiotic Diet is considered a ‘flexitarian’ diet plan which means it is mostly a vegetarian diet that occasionally allows you to eat meat or fish. Processed foods are not recommended for this diet as well as fatty meats, most dairy, sugars, coffee, caffeinated tea, alcohol, chocolate, refined flour, very hot spices, chemicals and preservatives, poultry, potatoes, and zucchini. A typical Macrobiotic diet is:
- Whole grains, esp brown rice: 50%-60%
- Vegetables (along with seaweed): 25%-30%
- Beans: 5%-10%
- Fish, nuts, seeds, fruits, miso soup: 5%-20%
- Soup (made from many of the ingredients above): 1-2 cups/day
This Macrobiotic Diet is believed to improve your health, happiness, and well-being. It is thought that eating natural food that is closer to the earth and eating less processed foods is healthier for the body as well as the soul.