Macrobiotic diet for better health
Macrobiotic Diet, a one-with-nature philosophy heavy on the whole grains and vegetables - is riding the wave of interest in organic and healthy foods to new popularity.
The macrobiotic diet has become popular among many women who want to do whatever they can to lower their risk of getting breast cancer. Vegetables and whole grains are the centerpiece of the macrobiotic diet. Most foods are processed very little, and eating dairy products, red meat, coffee, eggs, and sugar is discouraged. Vitamins and supplements are also discouraged.
The macrobiotic diet is part of a broader macrobiotic philosophy of life that emphasizes physical activity and advocates limiting exposure to pesticides and chemicals as well as electromagnetic radiation.
Studies of women who followed a macrobiotic diet showed that compared to other women they had slightly lower estrogen levels, which may lower the risk of breast cancer that depends on estrogen for its growth. Right now, there is no scientific evidence that a macrobiotic diet will reduce breast cancer risk. Because the diet is rich in vegetables and whole grains, it contains many phytochemicals that may provide a range of health benefits. A macrobiotic diet is a dietary regimen that involves eating grains as a staple food supplemented with other foodstuffs such as vegetables and beans, and avoiding the use of highly processed or refined foods. Macrobiotics also addresses the manner of eating by recommending against overeating and requiring that food be chewed thoroughly before swallowing.
Originally from Japan, the principle behind the macrobiotic diet combines tenets of Zen Buddhism with a Western-style vegetarian diet. The word "macrobiotic" comes from the Greek and essentially means "long life" or "great life." The macrobiotic diet regimen supports an Eastern philosophy of balancing foods to attain a balance of yin and yang. Yin foods are cold, sweet, and passive while yang foods are hot, salty, and aggressive.
The macrobiotic diet is easy to follow once you know exactly what you are allowed to eat. The diet divides daily intake into different food groups. Additionally, the macrobiotic diet allows you to eat small quantities of fish and seafood several times a week. Moreover, the diet emphasizes the use of all natural foods that are locally grown.
The basic diet is essentially:
- 50% whole grains
- 25% seasonal vegetables, cooked or raw
- 10% protein foods - such as fish or legumes
- 5% vegetables
- 5% soups
- 5% fruit, nuts, or seeds
Sprouts: Mung, moth, channa (bengal gram) are the dals (pulses) which can be easily sprouted and these are the most energizing and vitalizing foods available. The nutrients we get from these are vitamin C and vitamin B complex.
Nuts: Walnuts, pistachio, almonds and peanuts provide nutrients like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, vitamin E.
Salads: All vegetables like cucumber, kakdi, tomato, bell pepper, blanched spinach, steamed broccoli, onions release tremendous amounts of vitamins into the system.
Raw Chutney: Made of onion, garlic, dhania (coriander), pudina (mint), it has amazing antioxidants and is good for kidneys, liver, digestion and intestinal tone.
Fruits: All fruits are wonderful source of the multivitamins like B complex, vitamin C etc.
Herbs: Like wheat grass juice with tulsi (holy basil) and ashwagandha (winter cherry) added to it are beneficial for anti-aging and anticancer.