Macrobiotic Diet Review

Eat your way to a naturally balanced lifestyle with raw foods

Vital Stats

Full Name: The Macrobiotic Diet

Origin: Developed in the 1920's by George Ohsawa, a Japanese Educator

Description: Living in a state of harmony with nature, eating a balanced diet, and living to a healthy old age; Macrobiotics = "long life"

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Likes: Grains and vegetables

Dislikes: All animal products and refined sugars

Looking for: Dieters who want an all-natural, ancient and traditional approach to health

Works Well With: Vegetarian-style dieters

Full Review of Macrobiotic

Macrobiotics was created and first practiced by George Ohsawa. This raw food diet follows the ancient Chinese concepts of yin and yang, the opposing forces of life. Following this idea, Ohsawa has classified all foods into yin and yang categories based on their properties, tastes and effects on the body. Ohsawa claims to have cured himself from a serious illness by following his very simple raw foods diet plan.

Foods that have extremely 'yin' qualities (animal products, eggs and dairy), or extremely 'yang' qualities (refined sugars, chocolate, tropical fruit and juices, soda, hot spices and coffee) are to be avoided, while more neutral foods are promoted in the Macrobiotic diet. Eating only these foods is supposed to help the body live within the natural order - which means only eating foods necessary for one's condition.

Some of the standard food recommendations for the Macrobiotic diet include: whole grains (50-60%), fresh vegetables (20-30%), beans and sea vegetables (5-10%), soups and broths (5-10%) and a few weekly servings of seeds, nuts, and fresh fish. Fluid intake is to be dictated solely by thirst, with approved beverages being teas and the cooking water of soba noodles.

The principles of macrobiotics are also meant to govern how you prepare your food and when you eat. You're supposed to avoid using the microwave, cooking rice only in a pressure cooker. You must also chew your food well, only eat when hungry and eat in a relaxed, orderly manner.

The Macrobiotic diet is very restrictive, which is why it has received some criticism. However, it also has thousands of years of history to back it up! If you are looking for a raw foods diet to improve your physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing - and you like rice, soup and vegetables - then this diet is perfect for you!

Average weight loss: Unknown.

Helpful Tips: Must have will power and self control to follow restrictions.

Pros

Cons

Creates a balanced lifestyle

Major food restrictions

Based on ancient Japanese traditions

Lacks major nutrients and vitamins

Suggested foods can reduce risks of heart disease and cancer

May leave you with a lack of energy