Carbs Good or Bad

By |2019-12-09T17:28:32-05:00September 23rd, 2017|Adjusting Your Diet, Macrobiotic Diet, Macrobiotic Philosophy, Macrobiotics|

All the world’s long-standing civilizations were grain based. In addition, all people identify with, and are inseparable from their traditional grains. Common examples include rice in Asia, bread in Europe, and corn in the Americas. As global economic development grew and the interconnectedness of cultures through globalization expands, we see different types of grain [...]

How To Get The Most Out of Your Food

By |2018-03-07T21:24:19-05:00August 23rd, 2016|Adjusting Your Diet|

The meal is an anchor that brings stability to our life everyday. It is a binding force that creates and strengthens our connection to all of life, each other, and our food. To receive the most out of our food, we can focus on the quality of its preparation which has two aspects. Good cooking [...]

How Well Do You Know Your Sweeteners?

By |2018-03-07T21:24:20-05:00May 2nd, 2016|Adjusting Your Diet|

some of the healthiest sweeteners come from grains The sweet taste is our most natural, harmonious taste. In previous entries, I've talked about healthy sweets and unhealthy sweets. Today, however, I'd like to talk about sweeteners. Sweeteners in beverages are absorbed into the blood more quickly and tend to be more harmful. Compare [...]

How to Overcome the Hangry Horrors

By |2018-03-07T21:24:20-05:00April 21st, 2016|Adjusting Your Diet|

Hangriness sometimes causes us to make unhealthy choices such as overeating or choosing unhealthy foods. Feeling hangry is a much different sensation than healthy hunger. Healthy hunger is a feeling based on a desire for life; it is a pleasant, mild, and comfortable anticipation of a nice meal. However, feeling hangry is a [...]

How to Reset The Biological Clock

By |2017-09-10T06:01:50-04:00March 28th, 2016|Adjusting Your Diet|

An evening rhythm Rhythms come from nature, and our circadian rhythms are produced by the interactions between our internal and external environments, especially within our microbiome, the sun, and temperature. These interactions and relationships produce physical, emotional, mental, and behavioral changes with each day and throughout the year. Our sense of order, rhythm, [...]

Lose Weight Once and For All

By |2017-09-10T06:01:50-04:00February 16th, 2016|Adjusting Your Diet, healthy living|

When we move in the direction of health, we naturally begin to return to our healthy weight. Healthy weight is natural. It is like breathing; we don't think about it. Weight itself is an indicator of our overall health and the balance of our diet and physical and mental activity. Trying or struggling [...]

Your Self-Improvement Guide for the New Year

By |2017-09-10T06:01:50-04:00January 4th, 2016|7 Steps, Adjusting Your Diet, Anti-aging|

Anti-Aging These 10 steps will help you wind back your biological clock to feel fabulous, look vibrant, and think clearly. The keys to anti-aging and regaining your youthful vigor are good nutrition, good digestion, and good circulation. These keys enhance our ability to continually clean, refresh, and renew ourselves physically, emotionally, and mentally. An alkaline [...]

Love for Vegetables

By |2021-07-07T12:49:09-04:00December 11th, 2015|Adjusting Your Diet|

To continue from my previous entry, I'd like to highlight and honor the unique qualities of some of my favorite vegetables, along with the preparations that I think accentuate their uniquenesses. Leafy greensWatercress Watercress is a unique vegetable in macrobiotic practice because leafy greens are considered to be yin vegetables, except for watercress. Watercress [...]

Evolving Macrobiotics

By |2017-09-10T06:01:51-04:00November 20th, 2015|Adjusting Your Diet, Articles and Research, diet and health, Environment|

This article was recently published in the autumn issue of Macrobiotics Today as a contribution to the ongoing discussion about the need for animal and dairy foods in macrobiotic practice. Evolving Macrobiotics The Spirit of Gratitude Is there a need for animal and dairy foods in macrobiotic practice? Macrobiotics is not a traditional way of [...]

Short and Sweet

By |2017-09-10T06:01:51-04:00November 4th, 2015|Adjusting Your Diet, Articles and Research|

CNN recently published a study about the benefits of decreasing sugar for ten days in children. I found this interesting because what we eat today goes into our blood plasma by tomorrow. Plasma, the liquid portion of our blood, renews itself every ten days. Avoiding foods produces short term effects, and adding healthy foods provides [...]

Interview with Nishime

By |2017-09-10T06:01:51-04:00October 18th, 2015|Adjusting Your Diet|

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 [...]

Was Popeye right?

By |2018-03-07T21:25:27-05:00October 11th, 2015|Adjusting Your Diet|

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 [...]

A New and Refreshing Approach to Macrobiotics

By |2019-07-09T14:56:06-04:00August 21st, 2015|Adjusting Your Diet, diet and health, Macrobiotic Diet, Macrobiotic Philosophy|

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 [...]

10 Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism

By |2019-05-22T15:01:29-04:00May 24th, 2015|Adjusting Your Diet|

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 [...]

4 Preparations That Bring Out the Goodness of Food

By |2021-01-08T13:30:18-05:00April 5th, 2015|Adjusting Your Diet, diet and health, digestion, gut microbes, healthy eating, healthy living, Macrobiotic Philosophy, whole-foods|

Photo by Susan Waxman In a recent entry , I began to discuss the benefits of cooking food. Cooking is a lifetime study that makes humans unique. It is a practice we can enjoy and learn from everyday without end. Each method of cooking affects the color, taste, [...]

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