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What is Macrobiotics?
Macrobiotics: The micro-sections
To start off, let’s quote The Macrobiotic Association of Great Britain: “Macrobiotics is a way of life and philosophy in which we recognize the vital importance of healthy nourishment is through quality natural food and cooking. It has helped millions of people to take a healthy authentic path in life and it follows that organic natural agriculture is the most abundant, economical and healthy way to grow food throughout the world. “
Definitions fix parameters, whereas the general inquisitive mind seeks components. So taking down the rather large word reveals Macro as something very large in scale or scope or in capability. Bio is invariably ‘life’; therefore, macrobiotics translates either as the great life or as the big view of life, implying an appreciation and the gratitude in an unconditional way toward life, whatever the circumstances may be.
That makes it near to a religion, maybe a fixed dogma but with a fuller potential. The art of living is completely trusted on the manifest universe.
Ancient Greeks practiced macrobiotics as an art that enhanced health and longevity; it’s however difficult to say whether:
i. Macrobiotics was derived from their art of harmonious living;
ii. Or, was it macrobiotics that taught them to bring harmony into their environment?
That makes macrobiotics quite an intuitive and traditional subject that borrows knowledge-forms and wisdom to recognize an interconnection between beings and things. That relates to the Universal Principle of Complementary Opposites (the constant interplay of contraction and expansion).
It sounds strange but a macrobiotic diet doesn’t have a specific definition; it is set according to the body constituency of individual practitioners, taking into considerations their living environments, diverse needs, even their professions. This makes individual diets vary; however, it does remain based on a common ground comprising human evolution, its relationship to the environment and individual needs. So, it’s more than a preventive approach that aims to maintain a good health and lessen chances for bodily disorders; it is more of a therapeutic praxis targeted toward the ailed, willing to employ natural healing modes.
Macrobiotics: The micro-components
Ayurveda (ok, let that be simple nutritional science; Indian herbal science is more complex) shows us the benefits of grains as a crop. Something that deals in organically grown whole grain cereals or legumes, vegetables (including seaweeds), soy products (fermented) and fruits – selected according to their respective yin-yang properties - as a combined meal, is bound to bring back the biological balances. However, macrobiotics doesn’t say about an entirely raw diet; it does allow cooked stuff like brown rice, buckwheat pasta and vegetables (especially beans). Mild natural seasonings are allowed in macrobiotics, so is fish, various nuts, seeds and non- to mildly stimulating beverages.
Macrobiotics: The past micro-accounts
One might ask if the course of macrobiotics has stayed true to its roots or has undergone changes for good over the years. What was sown by Hippocrates (Father of Western Medicine) as the name of a genus, later transformed into a term denoting a particular lifestyle that’s based on simple, balanced diets for a promoted health and longevity.