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Protein: The Good and the Bad

By | 2017-11-08T18:32:49+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Adjusting Your Diet, Articles and Research, Macrobiotic Diet, Macrobiotic Philosophy, Macrobiotics|

All food has protein. Under normal circumstances, it is impossible to have protein deficiency. If we eat a diet based mostly on white sugar and other refined foods, it may be possible to have a protein deficiency. Similarly, with a damaged digestive system caused by certain illnesses or excessive medical treatments, we may require [...]

Really? Is it time to stop eating brown rice again, for real?

By | 2017-11-02T00:14:45+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Articles and Research|

This question of arsenic and brown rice has been an ongoing topic. ---Cereal grains been the mainstay of the world’s civilizations for at least 10-12,000 years. ---They have the ideal balance of minerals to proteins to carbohydrates. The only other food that has a similar balance and ratio is mother’s milk. This makes cereal grains [...]

Shooting Blanks? No Worries!

By | 2017-09-10T06:01:48+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Articles and Research|

I’m not a doctor or a scientist. My perspective comes from 45 years as a macrobiotic counselor guiding people with a range of health problems, including fertility. I experience great joy and satisfaction from successfully counseling many couples back to fertility, and watching them raise healthy children. My insights are based on an understanding of [...]

Without Doing Other Things

By | 2017-09-10T06:01:49+00:00 July 5th, 2016|Articles and Research|

Forest Bathing It has been striking for me to compare the way spending time alone has changed over the course of my lifetime. It has become increasingly difficult for people today to give undivided attention to a daily activity. With so much media attention focusing on presence and mindfulness, being at peace with [...]

More Thoughts on Gut Health

By | 2017-09-10T06:01:50+00:00 March 4th, 2016|Articles and Research|

I'd like to again thank Dr. Neal Barnard for posting a guest blog with practical and informative information on gut health. When you have healthy gut bacteria, there is not much room for the unhealthy ones to thrive. Conversely, if you do not have enough healthy gut bacteria, the unhealthy ones can take over. A [...]

More Thoughts on Healthy Sleep

By | 2017-09-10T06:01:50+00:00 February 26th, 2016|Articles and Research|

I'd like to thank Dr. Neal Barnard for so much practical advice in his recent blog on sleep. I'd like to add a few tips that you may also find helpful. Our sleep is regulated by our eating habits, diet, and activity. Sleep problems are the result of an imbalance in diet and activity. It's [...]

Vegetable Starter Kit for Optimal Nutrition

By | 2017-09-10T06:01:51+00:00 December 4th, 2015|Adjusting Your Diet, Articles and Research, diet and health|

Cabbage is a unique vegetable for macrobiotic practice I came across some research on nutrient densities of fruits and vegetables. This study checked 41 different fruits and vegetables for specific nutrients and ranked them (the table is at the bottom of the abstract). Some of our favorites, like watercress and Napa cabbage, were [...]

Evolving Macrobiotics

By | 2017-09-10T06:01:51+00:00 November 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+00:00 November 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 [...]

Everyday Miso

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

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 [...]

A Primer for Anti-Aging

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

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 [...]

Why Do Some Vegans Fracture Their Hips?

By | 2017-09-10T06:01:55+00:00 June 13th, 2015|Adjusting Your Diet, Articles and Research, diet and health|

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 [...]

Do We Have Something in Common with Lorikeets?

By | 2017-09-10T06:01:56+00:00 April 12th, 2015|Articles and Research, diet and health, digestion, Eating habits, grains, gut microbes, Immune System, Plant based diet, plant-based diet|

Peaceful scene of balance I was recently surprised to read about the destruction of the natural life experienced by lorikeets when unnatural foods are introduced into their diets. Many are feeding lorikeets simple sugars from syrups, honeys, and jams to encourage them into their backyards. In turn, the regular diet of the lorikeets [...]