Macrobiotic, A Way of Eating

The practice of macrobiotics is based on the understanding of food as energy. This way of eating is low in fats, high in fiber, and includes more fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans.  Highly processed or refined foods and most animal products are avoided. Macrobiotics is against overeating and recommends that food be chewed thoroughly before swallowing.

An important benefit of this diet is that it forces a person to truly think about what they consume and how it affects their health.  It helps people understand what to eat, how often, the body’s condition and takes into consideration climate, seasons, and even one’s work.


  • improves health and immune system
  • helps lower the risk for some cancers as well as diabetes
  • increases energy
  • prevents obesity
  • decreases the risk of heart disease
  • helps to reduce anxiety and treat sleep disorders
  • keeps us young and healthy
  • helps to maintain estrogen levels in women
  • helps protect against Alzheimer’s Disease, heart disease, and osteoporosis


The word “macrobiotic” comes from the Greeks and means “long life” or “great life.” It’s more than a diet, it’s a way of life. The diet regimen supports an Eastern philosophy of balancing foods to attain a balance of yin and yang (energy). To achieve that balance, foods are paired based on their sour, sharp, salty, sweet, or bitter characteristics. Originally from Japan, the principle behind the macrobiotic diet combines tenets of Zen Buddhism with a Western-style vegetarian diet.

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