Beauty is more than skin deep, but it does start there. The skin, the largest organ of the body, renews itself every 28 days.
It is clear that modern society does not prioritize health. When we begin macrobiotic practice, it takes effort to create an orderly, daily schedule and to carve out time for meals. However, over time, these health-supporting habits become second nature.
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 [...]
Tip: choose a restaurant with grain and vegetable dishes Enjoying a healthy meal at a restaurant may at first seem like a difficult task. The key for choosing healthy meals while dining out is about sticking to a healthy format. Keep to the format of a healthy meal, [...]
Are you an apple or a pear? It turns out that our body shape is a more important indicator of our overall health than body weight alone. A recent article discussed how the body types of apples and pears relate to being overweight or obese. I find it amazing that about 2/3 of all [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Sweet Vegetable Soup, photo by Susan Waxman Craving sweets is usually associated with emotional satisfaction. We often feel guilty indulging our taste for sweets. Craving sweets may not be such a bad thing. Sweet is the most important and healthiest taste, followed by salty and sour tastes, [...]
I just read a blog about the importance of eating green and orange vegetables that I wanted to share with you. In my book, The Great Life Diet, which is a practical guide to a macrobiotic lifestyle, I define the meaning of a meal as a cooked grain or grain product and a separate [...]