A macrobiotic diet is a plant-based diet centered around consuming a variety of grains, beans, vegetables, soups, seeds, nuts, fruits, naturally pickled and fermented foods. It has earned acclaim due to its easy guidelines and simple lifestyle practices. This diet amplifies not only physical well-being, but also spiritual and mental health. Moreover, many people find confidence in macrobiotics as it allows them to take their health in their own hands.
Suppose you are looking for a diet that would benefit you both physically and emotionally. In that case, the macrobiotic diet is the one for you. Digging in a bit further, here’s a list of the many benefits of macrobiotics for you:
- Improves gut health
- Boosts immunity
- Helps balance and steady your blood sugar levels. Thus helps keep you feeling awake and energized throughout the day
- Minimizes the risk of heart disease
- Helps with losing weight and maintaining weight loss
Here are common macrobiotic foods to get started:
Grains: brown rice, barley, millet, bulgur, oatmeal, polenta, udon and Italian semolina pasta, and unyeasted sourdough bread.
Beans: lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans, black beans and humus.
Vegetables: daikon, napa cabbage, kale, arugula, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, carrots, sweet potatoes and winter squash.
Soup: Miso and a variety of vegetable soups
Naturally pickled and fermented foods: pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi, apple cider vinegar and sourdough bread.
Seaweed: nori, kombu, and wakame.
Traditionally prepared, Non-GMO soy products: miso, shoyu, tofu, soy milk, tempeh.
You’ll notice that this list does not include processed foods, meat, dairy or eggs.
I do not recommend eggs in my counseling. However, some who practice macrobiotics choose to eat them. If that is your decision, it is wise to minimize your intake and select high-quality and free-range eggs. Furthermore, we recommend that you reduce the intake of the foods listed below :
- Dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and butter
- Meat and poultry
- Simple sugars, artificial sweeteners, processed foods, refined carbohydrates, and fried foods
Many of you grow up, scolded by your elders for not drinking milk or eating meat. You might be wondering why supposed healthy and nutritious foods are excluded from the macrobiotic diet. So, let us dive in to discuss the answers to your queries!
- These foods weaken your immune system. They make your body more prone to infectious, autoimmune and degenerative diseases.
- People who consume a lot of dairy and animal products tend to struggle with bone disorders such as osteoporosis.
- Dairy and animal foods are highly acidic, which means they can cause stagnation and deplete nutrition.
- Dairy and animal products have high toxicity levels.
- Commercial livestock farming can have adverse effects on the environment and planet, such as desertification of grasslands.
Vegetables and beans are rich in calcium and proteins. In a plant-based diet, the primary sources of calcium include:
- Leafy green vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, kale and brussel sprouts
- Beans, especially white beans and lentils
- Soy products such as tofu and tempeh
To get an ample amount of proteins for your body, you need to include the following foods in your diet:
- Variety of vegetables
- Nuts and seeds
- Soy products, such as tofu and tempeh
- Beans and legume
Simply, eat a variety of grains, beans and vegetables to get high amounts of calcium and protein.
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