Functional Strength Series

How to Balance Your Act of Eating Foods – Macrobiotic Diet

A Japanese instructor named George Ohsawa, who believed that minimalism was the solution to the problems of obtaining the best health levels, developed the macrobiotic diet. It is a low fat, high-fiber diet, which is principally a vegetarian diet. It emphasizes on vegetables and whole grains. It also encourages the consumption of soy products because they are rich in phytoestrogens. It is highly recommended for people who suffer from cancer and other persistent diseases.

The macrobiotic diet emphasizes the consumption of the following food types:


Whole grains include whole-wheat berries, millet, barley, rye, buckwheat, brown rice, and corn. They constitute fifty to sixty percent of each meal.

  • One to two cups or bowls of soup every day is also advisable.
  • Vegetables that must be eaten in their raw form otherwise, they can be boiled, baked and sautéed. These constitute twenty-five to thirty percent of every meal.
  • Cooked beans or bean products make up ten percent of the meal per day.
  • Small portions of fish or seafood may be eaten several times a week. They may be eaten with ginger, wasabi or mustard to aid the body to detoxify whatever effects the fish and seafood may cause. Poultry eggs, dairy, and meat are prohibited.
  • Nuts and seeds must be eaten in moderation. They can be salted or lightly roasted.
  • Local fruits such as pears, peaches, apples, grapes, melons can be eaten a few times a week. You must pass up on eating tropical fruits.
  • Desserts can be taken two to three times a week. These desserts should include naturally sweet foods and sugar, chocolate and honey must be avoided.
  • Substitute cooking oil with refined ones such as dark sesame oil, mustard oil, and corn oil.

Macrobiotics can offer so many advantages. Changing your food preferences is worth it. It can make you lose weight dramatically if you do it and pair it with exercise. It can also lessen the risks of fat-associated diseases.