We’ve all heard the old saying, “You are what you eat.” But it’s easy to forget the importance of good food with the busy lifestyle of today. Plus, with so many fad diets flooding the net, it can be hard to know what healthy eating really is. Here’s a bit of information to cut through the fog and get you on track to being healthier and feeling better.
You’ve probably heard about the macrobiotic diet, but what is it?
The macrobiotic diet explained
One of the goals of modern macrobiotics is to become sensitive to the effects that foods have on us, rather than clinging to dietary rules and guidelines. However, it’s helpful to have a few rules of thumb to start tuning in to how our food influences our health.
Let’s start with what you can eat. Whole grains are the staple of the macrobiotic diet. That means mostly brown rice, millet, oats, barley, and other natural sources of healthy, balanced energy. You supplement this with legumes, vegetables, fermented soy products, and fruit. Sounds simple, right?
What else makes the cut?
When on a macrobiotic diet, you try to stay away from highly processed and refined foods, as well as most animal products. Refined sugar and flour are on the “no list,” as are chemical additives and the other non-foods that end up in so many modern meals.
Fish, nuts, and mild seasonings make the cut, but certain vegetables are avoided. In particular, the nightshade vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, eggplant are avoided or used sparingly. Spinach, beets, and avocados are also minimized or cut out altogether. It’s best to include local fruits and veggies in your diet as much as possible.
The yin and yang of food
The principle of macrobiotics is to balance the yin and yang intake of our diet. Each food is considered predominantly yin or yang. The yang quality is compact, dense, heavy, and hot, while the yin quality is expansive, light, cold, and diffuse. You avoid the foods that are too much yin or yang, then combine the more balanced foods into healthy, delicious meals that enliven the senses and the body at the same time.
So, if you’re looking for a great start to healthy living, more energy, and a natural cleanse, try it out. Macrobiotics for life.
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