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Interview with Nishime

Coming soon, an interview will be published in the online macrobiotic journal Nishime with other counsellors. Here is the interview in English. Interview questions Why did you start practicing macrobiotics? Before I started practicing macrobiotics, I was not satisfied with my life. I was searching for something meaningful. When I was younger, reading George Ohsawa's [...]

By | 2017-09-10T06:01:51+00:00 October 18th, 2015|Adjusting Your Diet|0 Comments

Was Popeye right?

A dish with greens. Photo by Susan Waxman Though spinach contains many important and valuable nutrients, this leafy green does not share the same overall benefits as many other leafy greens. Two of the most popular leafy greens, spinach and Swiss chard, also contain higher concentrations of oxalic acid, which may interfere with [...]

By | 2017-09-10T06:01:51+00:00 October 11th, 2015|Adjusting Your Diet|1 Comment

Everyday Miso

A recent article reported the ability miso has to prevent a number of modern illnesses. Traditionally miso was used for digestive and cardiovascular health. Miso also provides protection from radiation and other environmental toxins. In macrobiotics, we recommend using barley or brown rice miso that has been aged two to three years. Certain preparations of [...]

By | 2017-09-10T06:01:51+00:00 October 2nd, 2015|Adjusting Your Diet, Articles and Research|1 Comment

Animal and Dairy Food Continued

Is there a need for animal and dairy foods in macrobiotic practice? Macrobiotics is not a traditional way of eating, but it is traditionally based on patterns established by the world's long standing civilizations. I find it fascinating that these civilizations were plant-based, whose mainstays were grains, beans, vegetables and soups, supplemented by pickled, and [...]

By | 2017-09-10T06:01:51+00:00 September 7th, 2015|diet and health, Environment|1 Comment

A New and Refreshing Approach to Macrobiotics

Coming up with a definition of macrobiotics is not an easy thing. Practically speaking, macrobiotics is a guide to living a great life. Macrobiotics offers an approach to daily life that nourishes and sustains us as well as our families, societies, and the environment. Macrobiotics has been misinterpreted and misconstrued in the past as a [...]

A Primer for Anti-Aging

A recent article from BBC News issued a report on a study done in New Zealand that measured the rates of aging within a group of subjects (between 26 and 38). They measured age through observing 18 different traits which included brain function, kidney function, gum health, and weight. Some aged regularly, that is their [...]

By | 2017-09-10T06:01:51+00:00 August 14th, 2015|Anti-aging, Articles and Research|2 Comments

The Secret of Healthy Sunbathing

classic sunbathing The sun is essential to all of life. I find it interesting that even the sun is now perceived as an enemy. Before the Industrial Revolution, people not a part of the upper class were naturally exposed to the sun throughout their lives. As a result of the Industrial Revolution, we [...]

By | 2017-09-10T06:01:55+00:00 July 3rd, 2015|Cancer, Environment|5 Comments

Portugal and Nature’s Qi

The view from my hotel room in Vimeiro I have just returned from a seminar in Portugal called "Awakening Qi" with my long time friends and associates, Bill Tara and Chico Varatojo. The seminar focused on how we use and work with qi in our daily life and professional healing practices. I came [...]

By | 2017-09-10T06:01:55+00:00 June 26th, 2015|Events|0 Comments

Why Do Some Vegans Fracture Their Hips?

A calcium-rich plant-based meal using a variety of cooking techniques and ingredients. Photo by Susan Waxman It has been my observation that recently more and more vegans have been having bone problems including hip fractures and replacements. In the past, hip fractures were considered to be a sign of old age and impending [...]

To the Farmer’s Market

I'd like to thank Ben Bergman of Greener Pastures and Stephen Waxman of Trax Cafe for having Susan and I at the Ambler Farmer's Market to talk about "The Complete Macrobiotic Diet." Farmer's markets provide many benefits for the health of individuals and communities. Farmer's markets help us to learn about and reconnect with food [...]

By | 2017-09-10T06:01:56+00:00 June 5th, 2015|Events|0 Comments

The Secret to Personal and Planetary Intelligence

Intelligence is defined as an ability to acquire and apply knowledge or skills. By that definition, I would say that macrobiotics is the most intelligent diet and lifestyle available today. As we practice, we develop a deeper connection to ourselves, nature, and all of life. We begin to experience how our actions affect the planet [...]

By | 2017-09-10T06:01:56+00:00 May 31st, 2015|Environment|0 Comments

10 Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism

We can regulate our metabolism through foods choices, mealtimes, and daily lifestyle practices. I define metabolism as the ability to digest and absorb the nutrients in food, and the ability to eliminate the excess. Excess takes the form of what we don't use as well as accumulated toxins. The key to a healthy metabolism is [...]

By | 2017-09-10T06:01:56+00:00 May 24th, 2015|Adjusting Your Diet|4 Comments

10 Benefits of Naturally Pickled and Fermented Foods

Natural pickling and fermentation are the most unique, traditional forms of food preservation that enhances the quality of the foods. Fermentation is an external, predigestion process that converts complex nutrients to simpler ones. Common fermented foods and beverages include sourdough, vinegar, and wine. Pickling is a type of controlled fermentation using salt. Examples of pickled [...]

The Future of Modern Macrobiotics

Kimberly, a nutritional therapy student in the UK, recently posted on her blog "The Little Plantation" about miso soup and her experience with macrobiotics. I wish to thank her for encouraging people to read "The Complete Macrobiotic Diet." I'd also like to compliment her for recognizing that our style of macrobiotic practice is an orderly [...]