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 death. This may not the case today.
Fortunately, through macrobiotics both strong constitutions and delicate or weak constitutions can lead a long vibrant life if they build healthy habits and consume a nutritionally dense diet.
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 [...]
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 [...]
Oil has a long tradition in cooking; both olive and sesame oil have been in use for thousands of years. Both olive and sesame oil can be pressed naturally without added heat or solvents. Even though oil is not a whole food, it has the ability to transform our foods. The use of oil in [...]
Food is a touchy and personal subject. It affects us in so many ways and we often feel threatened by changes in our food choices and preparation. I hope to express these ideas with openness, curiosity and respect, as food is at the very core of our health and life. We have grown up [...]
When we think about going on a diet to improve our health, we usually think about restriction and hard work. We think about cutting back on, or completely avoiding our favorite foods and activities. We want to schedule time to get over to the gym or health club for an intense workout. In my [...]
Welcome to the last day of our Revolutionary Resolutions series. Today we’ll tie everything together with the seventh step. 7. Cultivate the spirit of health. We can move in the direction of health, or in the direction of sickness. Depending on the totality of our diet and lifestyle choices, we move in either the direction [...]
See my previous posts for more ideas for revolutionary New Year’s resolutions. Today we’re going to talk about the format of the meals. 3. Eat two or three complete and nutritionally balanced meals every day. Repeat after me: a meal is not complete unless it includes a grain and a separately cooked vegetable dish. Grain [...]
Good morning, and welcome to the second post in my series on revolutionary resolutions for 2012. Each day I'll be focusing on one of my 7 Steps to a Great Life, which make perfect 2012 New Year's resolutions. 2. Keep your mealtimes regular. If you’re like most Americans, your mealtimes are probably not regular. You [...]
In a recent 60 Minutes interview, Walter Isaacson claimed that Steve Jobs tried to heal himself through alternative healing practices, including "various ways of doing it macrobiotically.” As a macrobiotic teacher and counselor for 40 years, I was disturbed by the light in which macrobiotics was presented in this segment. Furthermore, it does not [...]
Finally, a long overdue scientific correction is happening. The human genome project is failing to advance the cause of human health, as promised. There is a fundamental but frustratingly and long overlooked reason why this is happening. read article
Food is energy. We might think that vegetables are vegetables, but this isn't the case. Each vegetable in a dish attracts certain aspects from the other vegetables. This is similar to how it is when you meet someone. You have a certain kind of conversation, a certain feeling between you. Then if you meet someone [...]