Macrobiotic diet: everything you need to know

Macrobiotic diets are a lifestyle. Find out how it works and all its benefits.

Macrobiotic diet is not just a simple weight-reduction plan, but a lifestyle whose purpose is to reach body and mind balance, thus improving life quality.

Macrobiotics literally means “long life” . Japanese doctor Georges Ohsawa developed it after the Second World War. He was inspired by traditional oriental medicine and buddhist monks diets. According to this lifestyle, food is divided into two major groups related to the Yin and Yang principles. Combining them in the right way makes possible to achieve their balance.

What is macrobiotic food?

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Macrobiotic diet staple foods are:

cereals – especially grains and whole grains;

vegetables – raw, cooked or fermented (best if seasonal);

legumes.

Other than these three large groups, there are secondary foods, such as algae, fruits, oilseeds and oils, beverages, condiments, fish and some types of meat.

Macrobiotic food: what to eat

Macrobiotic diet does not approve all kind of foods. Allowed foods are:

–  not refined whole grain cereals (buckwheat, brown rice, barley, millet, rye, corn, oats);

– vegetables (turnips, cabbage, onions, carrots, roots);

– seaweeds and other algae.

In this diet, vegetables should give a quarter of the power supplies. However, not all of them are allowed: fennel, asparagus, eggplant, spinach, tomatoes, zucchini and potatoes are forbidden.

As for drinks, besides water you can drink Chinese or Japanese tea and chicory infusions. It is also very important to choose the right cooking method, for example steaming.

Forbidden foods are: meat (except for fish, shellfish, game and poultry), cold cuts, eggs, dairy products, margarine, canned or frozen foods and refined grains. Moreover, you can not eat foods containing additives, sweeteners (honey, sugar and saccharin) and chocolate, coffee, vinegar, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, spices and common salt (only sea salt).

Macrobiotic diet: an example

As for all diets, you can not improvise macrobiotics. You need to ask a nutritionist to give you a diet according to your needs. Given the number of forbidden food, the risk of deficiencies is high. To give you an idea of how macrobiotic diet works, you will find an example of it below .

Breakfast: 60 grams of boiled brown rice

Snack: 10 grams of dry walnuts

Lunch: 100 grams of boiled beans, 200 grams of wakame seaweed, 50 grams of whole wheat bread

Snack: 10 grams of toasted almonds

Dinner: 30 grams of boiled brown rice, 200 grams of boiled chicken breast, 200 grams of steamed zucchini, 25 grams of wholemeal bread.

 

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ultimo aggiornamento: 10-11-2018