Planetary Health Series

The Macrobiotic Diet

In your search for the latest diets and trends, you have surely uncovered many different programs, which assuredly provided varying levels of success and legitimacy. Standing apart from these is the macrobiotic diet, a nutritional plan that has actually been around for a very long time.

The diet once included strict regulations and restrictions, but has since been infused with the knowledge of nutritional needs and body health. The result is an exciting program which sticks to the basic fundamentals of the original while ensuring your body gets a full range of nutrients and healthy, essential foods.

macrobiotic diet

To begin with, the macrobiotic diet is actually just a specific kind of vegetarian diet. It’s going to focus on a few specific food groups and areas and like basic vegetarian programs, you will not be able to eat any dairy or meat. Many vegans also utilize the macrobiotic system, however that is an additional, unnecessary step if it’s not to your liking.

The largest element of your diet is going to consist of nutritious and healthy whole grains. You’ll essentially be cutting out all of the junk from your diet, which includes processed foods and white pieces of bread which provide little to no nutritional value. You will be able to occasionally indulge in some pasta or something of that nature but only once a week or so to keep your body as healthy as possible. Whole grains will account for 50%-60% of your total calories.

Following whole grains is fresh vegetables. Vegetables are of course a major part of any health or diet program. In the macrobiotic diet, it’s important to cook the vegetables in a healthy way, meaning you boil or steam them or even sauté using a minimal amount of oil or dressing. The key is to avoid adding extra calories that frying or dressing provides. Adding to your vegetable intake will be beans, soy products and fish, which provides both essential omega 3 fatty acids and protein.

You’ll also be eating a lot of soup in the macrobiotic diet. Soup is extremely healthy because it can pack a potent nutritional punch but it can also fill you up easily with only a small amount of calories. Broth based soups are used rather than creamy or thick soups, and miso soup is the most popular choice for its nutrient rich soy base.

Despite how many vegetables you’ll be eating you won’t be eating that much fruit. Fruit actually contains a lot of carbohydrates and sugars. When you do eat fruit, you should avoid choices such as mangos or pineapples, instead opting for less exotic local fruits. Have fruit as a sweet desert or treat and avoid other sweeteners such as sugar or honey which provide the calories without the nutrients.

All together, the macrobiotic diet should significantly decrease the total number of calories you eat every day without making you feel as if you’re cutting back. The diet will be very high in fiber and very low in fat. You’ll shed excess flab and you’re body will feel much better from head to toe. You’ll be helping to combat not just your weight but also a large variety of symptoms and separate problems that can affect you, from cardiovascular disease to blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and much more.

The macrobiotic diet is an extremely effective nutritional program to increase how your body, spirit and mind feels. The all natural, nutrient rich ingredients will replace the processed, unhealthy foods that we eat and the results will be significant.