Recently, I have been coming across terms macrobiotic diet and macrobiotic food so I was curious to what exactly a macrobiotic diet consists of. A macrobiotic diet focuses on the energetic qualities of food. It is primarily a vegetarian diet, non-dairy, and some fish. Foods that are a no-no include sugar, coffee, alcohol, highly processed/refined foods. The types of food eaten also depend on other factors such as season, age, and sex just to name a few.
A basic macrobiotic diet includes:
- Whole cereals: 25-50%
- Vegetables: 25-50%
- Beans and Bean Products: 10-20 %
- Soup: daily
- Seaweed: small amounts
The remainder is composed of fish and seafood, seeds and nuts, seed and nut butters, seasonings, sweeteners, fruits, and beverages. Other naturally raised animal products may be included if need during dietary transition or according to individual needs. [Source: ]
For followers of the macrobiotic diet, it is also a way of life. It involves the principles of balance which is referred to as yin and yang. In this way, one not only considers what one eats but also the types of clothing to wear, where to live, etc. In general it sounds like a healthy way of eating, but at the same time, it sounds like it can be a very complex way of living. It would definitely involve a lot of learning and time to become adjusted to it. I’d love to hear any opinions on it if anyone follows the lifestyle.