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Macrobiotic Diets



The macrobiotic diet was originally developed in the 1920s by George Ohsawa, a Japanese educator, and gained popularity in the 1970s through Michio Kushi, who was a student of Ohsawa. The word “macrobiotic,” of Greek origin, translates as “long life.” The diet was created with a focus on the concept of finding natural balance with yin and yang, a system of holistic principles to guide healthy living and diet. The diet contains unprocessed whole grains, beans, fresh local vegetables, sea vegetables, and fermented soy, and herbal teas. Some adherents to the macrobiotic diet follow a meal regimen based on factors such as climate, season, age, gender, activity, and current health.

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What Is the Macrobiotic Diet? & How to Make Miso Soup

Have you heard of the "Macrobiotic Diet"? I recently met Angelica Kushi, who clarified what Macrobiotics is for me. Turns out, it's not as much a "diet" as it is a way of life. As it relates to food, one of the principles of Macrobiotics is to use the entire food.

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Mayumi's Kitchen: Macrobiotic Cooking for Body and Soul

In Mayumi's Kitchen, Mayumi Nishimura, a leading figure in the macrobiotics world and Madonna's private macrobiotic chef, shares her recipes for delicious food that nourishes the body and the soul.

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With Macrobiotic Cooking, a Balance of Yin and Yang

For most of his life, a Japanese man named George Ohsawa devoted his time to developing and promulgating the concepts of macrobiotic eating, which he believed would lead to a healthier, more balanced life.

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Jessica Porter on Macrobiotics

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The Macrobiotic Way: The Definitive Guide to Macrobiotic Living

The third edition of the "bible" of the macrobiotic movement. Originally published in 1985, The Macrobiotic Way is a classic in its field.

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Macrobiotics for Healthy Living and Delicious Eating

When I first encountered macrobiotics, I was overcome by most beautiful food and cooking. The essence of eating such pure, whole foods and creating delicious natural flavours felt completely right.

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Macrobiotics - Using the Principles of Yin and Yang

This Food as Medicine episode discusses practical macrobiotics, where we teach you how to use the balance concepts of Yin and Yang with every food you eat in order to create the right peace and harmony within your body and emotions.

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Modern-Day Macrobiotics: Transform Your Diet and Feed Your Mind, Body and Spirit

A macrobiotic diet is beneficial not just physically, but spiritually and emotionally. Consisting of nuts, grains, vegetables, and other foods that are primarily whole, living, and unprocessed, it combines foods in a way that balances the body’s energies.

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Macrobiotic Diet: The Pros and Cons of Eating the Zen Way

Newton's Third Law states that with every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. In ancient Chinese philosophy, this concept is referred to as Yin and Yang.

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Everyday Macrobiotic Miracles with Denny Waxman

This brief interview with founder and President of the Strengthening Health Institute, Denny Waxman demonstrates the wide range of issues (including infertility, brain cancer, and Alzheimer’s) that well-guided macrobiotic practice can help.

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