Macrobiotics is mainly thought of as a way to eat, but it is a way to live. It is formed around the ancient Chinese belief of yin and yang. That everything is more yin than yang and more yang than yin. And everything needs to be balanced in the universe and in our lives including what we eat. Since eating has a lot to do with our health, macrobiotics is a healthy way to eat according to yin and yang. Macrobiotics is not a fad diet nor is it a vegan diet since fish is included depending on your health. The word macrobiotic comes from the Greek and literally means “great or large life”.
Our bodies seek balance whether we realize it or not. Many of our everyday food choices are our bodies seeking balance. A basic example is when you eat salty foods your body gets thirsty and wants fluid. Salt being a yang quality and fluid is yin. Animal foods are yang and alcohol is yin, beer is drunk at the BBQ before (and after) eating a large steak. Meat and potatoes are another example, animal foods are yang and potatoes are yin, these are a few examples of the body balancing out what we eat.
Cold is yin, people who live in very cold climates eat more animal foods and are quite healthy. Animal foods are considered yang. Where you live influences how you live and what you eat to be in balance with nature. Eskimos for example eat a great deal of meat such as deer and fish, sometimes that’s all they do eat, living in this extremely cold climate. People living in a hot climate, which is yang, usually eat much lighter foods such as fruits, which are considered yin. It is about living in balance with nature and not fighting it all the time. For the majority of us who live in a temperate climate with different seasons, we still eat according to nature without realizing it much of the time. We tend to eat more meat in the winter and lighter foods in the summer such as fruits and salads.
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