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Macrobiotics is an all encompassing philosophy of living that uses diet as a primary focus. The macrobiotic understanding has its roots in Oriental philosophy such as Taoism and Chinese Medicine and advocates living in harmony with nature, especially through eating natural foods.

Originally from Japan, there is a noticeable Japanese influence on the way macrobiotics is currently being taught and practiced. Yet, the philosophy of macrobiotics includes encompassing principles that apply to all cultures.

Macrobiotics is a complete philosophy of life. Macrobiotics teaches principles of endless change, complimentary opposites, and a universal order, as understood by ancient and modern philosophers. Balance is a primary principle, the wisdom of unity and harmony between seemingly conflicting differences.

In regards to diet, where veganism and vegetarianism are merely concerned with not eating various animal products, the macrobiotic philosophy actually discusses what to eat, including the quality of food, cooking methods, cooking equipment, and even covers proper chewing.

Organic and whole foods are strongly advised, along with the correct balance of amounts and varieties of food. In this way, macrobiotics moves beyond an overly simplistic or exclusionary dietary practice into a vast understanding of healthy living.

Here's the standard macrobiotic diet (excerpt from The Macrobiotic Diet by Michio Kushi):

 Optional or Occasional Use:

  • Fish & Seafoods
  • Seasonal Fruits
  • Nuts, Seeds, and Other Natural Snacks

Whole Cereal Grains
Beans & Sea Vegetables
Optional or Occasional Foods
Additional Dietary Suggestions

Recommended condiments

Foods to Eliminate for Better Health

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