Many people ask me about my diet and my way of eating because I eat a lot, but I am slim. I also have a lot of energy and rarely get sick. This is because I follow the Macrobiotic diet.
I learned most of my cooking skills from my mother, who is a great cook. I have worked all my life in communications and branding, but cooking was also one of my many interests because we are what we eat.
This is not a diet per se. It is more a philosophy of life which provides meaning for how to live and inspiration to change perspectives and habits. Macrobiotics is the practical application of the natural laws of change. The term comes from the Greek: “macro” meaning great, and “bios” meaning life.
My breakfast always consists of vegetable milk and oats. Sometimes I include whole grain toasts with natural peanut butter -no sugar added
Macrobiotic builds on ancient Chinese medicine. Everything in the universe can be viewed through the lens of yin (female) and yang (male). Yin force creates expansion and outward movement, yang force creates contraction and inward movement, and according to this philosophy all things are created and held in balance by these two complementary forces.
Following are Michio Kushi’s standard macrobiotic dietary and lifestyle suggestions.
The Macrobiotic meal consists of:
Grains that are the basis of a Macrobiotic meal. Grains should make up 50-60% of your meal. Brown and wild rice, barley, millet, quinoa, buckwheat, whole wheat, etc.
Veggies which are the next most important part of your macro meal.
Beans, especially fermented bean products like tempeh and miso should be about 10% of your meal. Tempeh, whole beans or legumes like lentils, chickpeas and more should be on your plate.
Fruits are perfect as snacks or desserts but should not be eaten more than 3 times a week. Tropical foods, like bananas, mango or pineapple, should be avoided.
Seaweeds are a main part of your macro meal. Sea veggies such as Dulse, kelp, kombu or arame.
Soups that contain grains, veggies, sea veggies and beans should be eaten daily if possible. Miso soups are very common.
Fermented foods: Tempeh is perfect but you can also try pickled veggies which bring lots of good probiotics.
Condiments/Oils. Oils like olive and sesame are the best. Miso paste, sea salt, brown rice vinegar, tamari, tahini, brown rice syrup, veggie broth or dried mushrooms are also welcome.
The Macrobiotic diet allows you to eat white meat fish 1-3 times a week.
Balanced and complete Macrobiotic plate
Best foods to avoid: Meat, refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, milk, cheese, cream, butter, ghee, yogurt and ice cream, refined oils, caffeine, alcohol, heavy use of spices, white rice and white flour, foods containing chemicals, preservatives, dyes and insecticides.
Many people are surprised when I say that I do not eat meat (I have never liked it, I only eat turkey for Thanksgiving) or lactose (I love cheese, but my stomach felt so heavy when I ate it, that I gave up). They ask me “so what do you eat?” There are so many foodstuffs that people don’t know about and taste so delicious (of course all things in taste are subjective).
Of course I eat muffins but I bake them myself. I do not use white flower, but there are other substitutes in the market. Also, I do not add white sugar, rather barley or rice malt, and they are so good!
I eat pizza, but I make my own pizzas. The base is made of spelt, rice or any whole grain flower and the savory result is excellent.
These are some of the benefits of the Macrobiotic diet:
* More energy.
* Better health: relief from all pains and sicknesses, including colds, the flu, and cancer.
* Better appetite, able to eat the simplest food with complete joy.
* Deep and good sleep without bad dreams.
* Improved memory, leading to better relationships.
* Greater freedom from anger, fear, and suffering.
* Ability to view difficulties as positive learning experiences.
I always keep all kinds of whole grain cereals at home
There are so many celebrities that do the Macrobiotic diet, like Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson and Madonna, and it is totally understandable because they have a life full of trips, premieres, presentations, tours and they have to be always young, beautiful and positive. Macrobiotic philosophy is the only one that is able to give them all these benefits. When you apply the Macrobiotic diet in your life, you don’t desire to eat other foods, because you feel so well with yourself and everything tastes much better. You discover a universe of nutrients that was hidden because we live in a hurry surrounded by the stress and the fast food.
Miso soup: Whole grain rice, seaweeds, carrots, pumpkins, onions, tamari sauce and miso. I love it!
Later on, I will post some my recipes and I hope you enjoy as much as I do. Enjoy life!