Thursday, June 27, 2013

What is macrobiotic?

The term "macrobiotic" was first used by Hippocrates, comes from the Greek language and contains two words: "macro" - and a "bios" - life. Macrobiotics is based on the principles of the theory and practice of famous philosophers, scientists and doctors throughout its long history. Macrobiotic approach to diet and treatment of disease is a completely natural way that the body back into optimum balance which is to ensure the proper and healthy functioning. The main feature of macrobiotics is the introduction of proper nutrition and healthy habits.



Use of macrobiotic practice in protecting the environment, diet and lifestyle can greatly each of us to offer better, healthier and longer life. Macrobiotics is quite often recommended for the treatment of diabetes, cancer, heart disease and many other serious diseases.


Macrobiotic diet

Many proponents of macrobiotics emphasizes that nutrition should be adapted to the climate and the climate in which we live, and therefore cite macrobiotic foods that are recommended for our temperate climate with four seasons.

Macrobiotic diet for one, asks for food in the following proportions: 40-60% - intergalnih grains, 20-30% - vegetables, 5-10% beans and morkih algae, 5-10% soups, 5% fish, spices, beverages, candy.

Whole grain cereals

If you choose Makrobioticki diet in your meals introduce only organically produced whole grains and corn, rye, buckwheat, wheat, oats, millet, barley, brown rice. These types of grains can be used in cooked form, consisting of pasta, bread, and otherwise where the partially processed.

Vegetables

Locally and organically produced vegetables that can be cooked with the addition of small amounts of unrefined, cold-pressed oils, or in the form of fresh salad.

For daily use: onions, parsley, carrots, pumpkin, cabbage, kale, broccoli, watercress, dandelion, cabbage and radish.

For occasional use (2-3 times per week): lettuce, cucumber, celery, nettles.

Less commonly use: tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, peppers, spinach, turnip, zucchini.

Pulses

For daily use: chickpeas, green lentils, soy products (tofu, fermented soybeans, soy meat)

For occasional use: red lentils, soybeans, peas, dried peas


Kelp

Kombu, nori, arame, dulse, wakame, hidziki

Soups

Vegetable, seaweed, grains, legumes.

Spices

Unrefined sea salt, miso, tamari soy sauce, rice vinegar, umeboshi vinegar.

Oils

For macrobiotic diet should be used unrefined oils of vegetable origin.

For daily use: sesame and corn oil

For occasional use: olive, sunflower and soybean oil

Beverages

For daily use: the traditional mild teas and fresh spring water.

For occasional use: coffee cereal, umeboshi tea, soy milk, beer, fresh fruit and vegetables.

Fish

Macrobiotic diet fish recommended for occasional use and in our case, carp, trout, herring, oysters.

Fruit

Fruits should be eaten only occasionally and never in combination with vegetables.
All of us who live in temperate climates, we should avoid tropical and subtropical fruits and instead eat fruit from our region, such as apples, pears, strawberries, apricots, peaches, plums, berries ...

Confectionery

When it comes to desserts macrobiotics advise consumption of dried fruit, also from our region.

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If the purpose of prevention being adhered to a macrobiotic diet, except for losing extra pounds, they can expect normalization of vital processes in the body, increasing psychophysical capacity and longer life.

When it comes to treating certain types of diseases is necessary to evaluate each individual separately would be prescribed a special program macrobiotic diet.

Macrobiotic suggestions

- Eat only when you are hungry.
- I will call a food (at least 50 times per bite).
- Eat regularly and relaxed with a sense of gratitude for the food we have in front of you.
- Fluency drink sparingly, only when you are thirsty.
- Avoid eating at least 2 to 3 hours before bedtime.
- Go to bed before midnight.
- Use cosmetics and cleaning products that are made from natural, non-toxic ingredients.
- As much as possible, wear cotton clothes, especially underwear. Avoid wearing synthetic or woolen clothes directly to the skin.
- Avoid wearing excessive jewelry directly on the body.
- Spend as much time outdoors in nature. Take a walk on the grass and get some time in the sun.
- Exercise regularly and maintain a good shape.
- Have a great green plants in the home. One refreshes your space and provide oxygen in the air.
- Daily ventilate the room environment, even in cold weather.
- Limit television viewing and time spent at the computer at a reasonable and minimal protection.
- Laugh and sing - as much as possible!

Finally, remember the saying that macrobiotics "the art of prolonging life," so be an artist. 

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