“Macrobiotic eating is a beautifully balanced symphony of unprocessed, seasonal foods, prepared in a manner appropriate to your condition and lifestyle, period.” – Christina Pirello
Macrobiotics is simply about living more naturally and in harmony with everything around us. It is the art of understanding the profound effects food and drink have our health and well-being, and using them wisely to create balance within ourselves and our world. When we live in opposition to nature, rather than in harmony with it, we are more likely to develop a variety of physical, emotional, and mental problems. Macrobiotic principles of balance offer us the opportunity to recover our natural health and our freedom to enjoy our life as we choose to live it.
The diet is based on locally-grown foods, such as whole grains, land and root vegetables, beans, with small amounts of seeds and fruits. No food is prohibited, yet sugar, meat, dairy, eggs, and other processed foods are avoided for good health. The macrobiotic way of eating is an energetic approach rather then a nutritional one. Much more then a diet, macrobiotics is a philosophy that everything in the universe is a perfect state of opposites shaped by two main forces, expansion and contraction. For example, day turns to night; autumn follows summer and summer follows spring; inhaling is followed by exhaling, darkness comes after daylight, and so on. This biological rhythm of expansion and contraction, yin and yang, can be seen in all life forms and macrobiotics is a tool for living within this natural order of change and movement.
The essence of macrobiotics stems from the traditional philosophy that food is our best medicine and how we eat today affects who we are and how we think tomorrow. Macrobiotics takes this ancient understanding and weaves it together with the principles of yin and yang, daily movement, hard work, and a more natural lifestyle to produce health, rigor, innate wisdom, and happiness!