Some people appear to have beaten PD, ie,
become symptom-free, with a macrobiotic diet.
A lot of people dismiss macrobiotics as useless, or
worse still, dangerous.
There have been people in the past who have managed to convince
themselves that all you need to be healthy is brown rice and nothing but.
These misguided people end up suffering from malnutrition.The "brown
rice only!" diet is just meant to be done for a week.
Two weeks tops!
The reason for a week-long diet of nothing but brown rice is merely to help
cleanse one's system out a little, and (hopefully) train you to chew more
thoroughly. Macrobiotics considers chewing to be of massive masseter
Gandhi once said: "Chew your drink, and drink your food."
It means that you should gently swill fluids before swallowing, and chew
your food so thoroughly that it is virtually fluid. This is because chewing is
the first stage of digestion - enzymes in your saliva start to break down the
food before it is swallowed, proper chewing means better digestion.
Many people believe that macrobiotics is vegetarian, even vegan, but it is
And sometimes both!
How can that be!?
What macrobiotics is about is a yin/yang balance. In modern terms, we
could say that it is about trying to achieve and maintain an acid/alkali
biochemical balance. Its main strength lies in eating whole grains, and
for the beginner embarking on the macrobiotic path, the introductory
foods are indeed generally vegan in nature, eg: brown rice, tahini
(pulped sesame seeds), shoyu (Japanese soy sauce), miso (Japanese
fermented soybean paste), seaweed, pulses, vegetables, etc.
After a while, though, people might occasionally eat a little fish, or even,
shock-horror, red meat!! There are some definite no-no's, however: refined
foods, especially white sugar, chemicals and chemicalised foods, bread,
tea, coffee, all dairy produce, etc. Raw foods are used very little, as they
are considered to be hard work for the digestive tract, and eggs and nuts
are used very sparingly.
What is the essence of macrobiotics?
It is about being healthy, ie, disease-free. One way you might look at it is
from the perspective of the old adage: You are what you eat.
This is quite literal - your body is made of cells, and the cells are made out
of everything that you eat and drink.
Health starts from the cell up, ie, Healthy cells = healthy body. In a sense,
it is a way of trying to return the body's umpteen trillion cells to "factory settings".
To default state, in other words.
Of course, it is not usually possible for adults to literally get to default
state, because telomeres decrease in length as we age, plus there is the
DNA damage caused when radiation literally deletes chunks of it away from
cells that it hits/passes through. Having said that, I believe that macrobiotics
is an exceedingly healthy dietary regime, but it is a regime!
It is difficult to give up things like coffee and ordinary tea, milk, sugar, and,
oh, oh, oh…
But...if you can curtail the cravings, your palate will change. And then, say,
two months down the line, if you try to eat chocolate, you will feel that your
tongue and teeth are burning/stinging!
A nice example is a comparative one: I saw some Hershey bars at my local
convenience store, and I wondered just how wonderful a magnificent,
legendary, globally heralded Hershey bar would actually taste.
So I bought one.
Could not eat it.
Had to spit it out.
It was sickeningly sweet.
It was sweet to such a degree that I felt very sorry for people that can eat
such a thing. I am not actually macrobiotic, but like most macrobiotic
people, I find foodstuffs that are exceptionally white-sugar laden very
Your body should not like exceptionally sweet things - it just ain't natural!
If you want to know more about macrobiotics - just look around the web.
Here are a couple of links to start you off:
Macrobiotics For Beginners
Macrobiotics For Dummies
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