Did a little more research on the macrobiotic diet and found out some more interesting info on this “back to the basics” diet. The modern concept of eating the macrobiotic way was the conception of a Japanese scientist, but the term actually can be found going back to the days of Hippocrates. The term itself has the literal meaning of “Great Life” Macro= great, Biotics = life.
The whole concept of macrobiotics is one of moderation and keeping food simple, as life should be, to enable the body to focus its energies on healing itself, not on constantly digesting new and foreign foods which were often high in fat and hard for the belly to digest.
Some of the principles of the macrobiotic diet are shown below:
Whole grains are encourages including brown rice, barley, oats, and whole wheat and are believed to be the most balanced foods between sweet and salty, and should comprise 50–60% of a person’s daily food intake.
Fresh veggies should make up about 35% of your daily intake. Vegetables may be lightly steamed with a small amount of unrefined cooking oil.
In addition, anything that is processed is strictly forbidden, and produce should be organically and locally grown ideally.