In macrobiotics, we recommend using barley or brown rice miso that has been aged two to three years. Certain preparations of miso provide the most benefit. Miso soup can be enjoyed often or daily, and even two to three times a week will start to improve your health. In my experience, the two best preparations are miso soup and miso-tahini spread.
Being on a macrobiotic diet and lifestyle improves movement, digestion, and flexibility. Quickly, making a difference on physical limitations, health issues and joint pain. Read on to learn how you can combat arthritis, how to avoid inflammatory foods and remedy physical limitations.
Pickling & Fermenting Process Basics The health benefits of pickles may be surprising to you if they're not already a part of your diet. But, there are also many other less traditional yet healthy options for pickled foods. Natural pickling and fermentation are the most unique, traditional forms of food preservation that enhances [...]
Macrobiotic practice embraces and integrates cuisines and ingredients from most of the world’s long-standing civilizations. Macrobiotics, as it is practiced now, has become a multicultural fusion of many of these cultures and civilizations. The plant-abundant diet is based on the full variety of foods in each of the following categories: grains, beans, vegetables, soups, [...]
Sugar, sweets and the sweet taste have a bad reputation and we often feel guilty indulging in our taste for sweets. Craving sugar may not be such a bad thing. Sweet is the most important and healthiest taste, followed by salty and sour tastes, then by bitter and pungent tastes. It is the predominant [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
It doesn't matter if global warming is a natural cycle or due to human efforts or a combination. That's not the point. The point is that debating the issue is not going to help us move into a healthy, happy, prosperous future for ourselves and the planet. Earth is living and it doesn't make sense [...]
Macrobiotics, or the "great life", is an orderly approach to all aspects of life. Through macrobiotic practice we learn how to make wise choices in our diet and lifestyle. This leads us to lasting health. Health is the basis of an active, adventurous, creative and fulfilling life. George Ohsawa and Michio Kushi have been the two most prolific teachers in recent history of the general principles and development of macrobiotics.
I am not a medical doctor, but this is my experience and observation as a macrobiotic counselor. I have practiced as a counselor for 45 years, which includes counseling for a broad range of health problems from severe brain injury to mild learning disorders. I have used the same approach applied in unique ways with [...]
I am excited to announce our latest project. We are in the process of creating a handbook to adapt macrobiotic practice for the busy-ness of the 21st century. We are using the seven steps of the Strengthening Health Approach to Macrobiotic Practice and applying them to four common lifestyles of people today. We will [...]
An Open Letter to President Donald Trump By: Denny Waxman; Founder & President of the Strengthening Health Institute, Acclaimed Author, Wellness Educator, and Esteemed Health Counselor. Making America great again is more than strengthening the economy. America's true greatness stems from the people who inhabit this continent. Although prosperity and world leadership are important, it [...]
In guiding people through macrobiotic practice, there is a big leap to go from offering guidance for the most common widespread problems to guiding those with cancer, advanced cardiovascular problems, HIV, Lyme disease, serious psychological, addiction or nervous system problems, and other immune issues. It is possible however, to learn how to guide people with [...]
Others have been promising to train macrobiotic counselors within a year or even as soon as four months. From my experience, I do not see how this is possible. In this blog entry I talk about the steps I followed to feel qualified to guide people with a full range of health problems. Later, [...]
This list makes good points about just how beneficial farmer's markets and CSAs are for communities, local economies, and the environment. I would like to add a few more points, with some insight about farmer's markets and CSAs from a health perspective. The greatest benefit of visiting these markets is discovering when foods [...]
On November 6th, at the International House in Philadelphia, Susan and I will be joining with Anh-Huong and Thu Nguyen to lead a day in the complementary practices of mindfulness meditation and macrobiotics. I believe this event is the first step in returning to some of the original guiding principles of macrobiotic practice. Macrobiotics [...]
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 [...]