The four macrobiotic principles we should all be following

Now the macrobiotic diet, as it’s typically taught and practised, is too high in grains (as much as 30-50% of the diet or more for many followers) and in cooked food generally. This often stops those who understand the many benefits of eating raw, and drawbacks of eating grains, from exploring macrobiotics. In my opinion that’s a shame as there are four very sound principles at the heart of macrobiotic philosophy. Here they are:


1. Live in tune with nature

One of the deepest ways in which we connect with nature (or not) is via the foods we eat. The healthiest diet for each of us is the one that provides us with all the nutrients we need to thrive, and the minimum in the way of toxic wastes.

At the heart of macrobiotic philosophy is the recognition that nourishing our bodies and minds with natural foods brings individual health and peace and also contributes to planetary health and peace – while consuming the standard processed diet does the very opposite. Processed foods create chaos in the body, and chaos in the body equals chaos in the mind. Living out of harmony with nature is the root of all physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dis-ease – and of many of our social ills, too.

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