Although it sounds futuristic, this diet is of Japanese origin and is based on the principle of Ying and Yang of Zen philosophy abutment limiting the consumption of cold foods and debilitating as sugar, dairy, honey or alcoholic beverages, and boosting the hot and tonic as cereals, vegetables and legumes, is looking for a physical balance that will bring in an inner well.
It is a mainly vegetarian diet and more specifically based on whole grains, so that some nutritionists emphasize the need for a medical check before you place upon (the lack of protein can make it inadvisable for people with dietary imbalances or anemia or lack of iron).
We must also say that in many cases, the diet has been “westernized” including some combinations of food to make it fit (and easier to enforce) to more people.
Healthy Eating And Natural
Macrobiotics, a word created by the Japanese philosopher Georges Ohsawa and physician early last century, looking for a longer life and better in people who follow their dietary guidelines.
The diet is divided into 10 stages or sub-diets. In each of them are eliminated progressively more yin foods (refined sugar, coffee, canned meat, alcoholic beverages, milk …), while increasing the presence of yang (grains, seaweed, vegetables, fruit .)
In the last phase adheres feed almost exclusively on cereals. The basic principles of the diet are:-
1. Natural and healthy diet which does not include industrial products, dyes, or preservatives. The food must come from organic farming in which unused fertilizers or manures.
2. Seaweed is “highlight”.
3. Whole grains: corn, rice, soybeans, miso, barley … and the vegetables (except potatoes, tomatoes and eggplants) are the basis of the diet.
4. Water consumption is limited. The coffee is eliminated and replaced by Chinese and Japanese tea.
5. The cooking style is also important. Food is taken boiled or cooked with vegetable oil, preferably in clay pots or iron. At the time of season, you use only sea salt.
6. White fish, poultry and lean meats may be included depending on the needs of each person (any diet should always be customized) but always with the idea of going to reduce consumption.
7. When eating is important to chew slowly at least 50 times each mouthful.
WHAT IS A MENU Macrobiotic?
The basic ingredients of this diet and its approximate ratio could be the following: soups and fluids (5% – 10%), vegetables (5% – 10%), vegetables (20% – 25%) and cereals (50% – 60 %).
This diet is designed to rid your body any type of toxin and bring you vitality and wellness. Also, if you combine it with healthy principles of the Mediterranean diet (not so different) you can develop your own menu.
Some of the basic course should include are: (choose from among those that we offer the most you feel hungry for several lunches and dinners).
Soluble prepared tea or cereal / rice cakes or whole wheat toast with some vegetable paté or jam (better natural, type sauce) without sugar.
First: Soup: Miso, noodle “soba” (whole wheat), vegetables with shiitake (Japanese mushroom). Cream of pulses (lentils, beans, etc.).
Seconds: brown rice, vegetable paella, steamed or stewed vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, peas, carrots …) Tofu with vegetables or algae, cous cous, preferably steamed white fish (sole, monkfish, hake, etc.)
Dessert: Fruit (not tropical) natural or boiled (stewed) or Japanese tea.
First: Cream plant (or soup, as you’ve taken at noon) cream of pumpkin, leek, zucchini, carrots …
Seconds: sauteed soy, vegetables sauteed, seitan is wheat protein boiled with kombu seaweed and soy sauce, and mixed in such a way that looks like a breaded steak. Its texture and flavor reminiscent of beef. It very low in calories and provides energy for the body. Seaweed boiled or fried, coleslaw, corn salad, vegetables, and bean sprouts etc. All these dishes admit thousand combinations, so that your menu can be varied and appetizing.