What is the macrobiotic diet?
First developed by a Japanese philosopher, George Ohsawa, the macrobiotic diet is a healthy way of living rather than a strict diet. Ohsawa believed that lifestyle habits, diet and exercise are crucial when it comes to living a healthy life. This diet is also based on the Chinese philosophy of two opposite and complementary forces—Yin and Yang. Yin is the female force that stands for darkness and tranquility while Yang is the masculine force that stands for light and aggression. How healthy you are often depends on the balance between these two. So how does this work in terms of food? If the macrobiotic philosophy is to go by, foods also contain Yin and Yang qualities. Foods with a balance of Yin and Yang are whole grains, cereals and fresh fruits—the kind of diet endorsed in macrobiotic meals.
What does the macrobiotic diet include?
This diet stresses on organic, locally grown and seasonal produce like whole grains (brown rice), fruits and loads of vegetables and legumes. The macrobiotic diet also involves no animal products except a wee bit of fish.
What can you eat?
Brown rice is the most popular part of the macrobiotic diet. If you’re worried about cutting out animal products and hence, fear that your protein intake might take a beating, you should know that you will get your proteins from chickpeas and legumes in this diet. Vegetables like kale, cauliflower and cabbage are the best vegetables in a macrobiotic diet.
How does this help the skin?
The macrobiotic diet includes whole grains, legumes and a whole lot of fruits and vegetables that serve as antioxidants for the skin. We already told you about the Glycemic Index, didn’t we? Lucky for you ‘coz macrobiotic diet foods are all low glycemic index foods and hence, it means they strike the right balance between alkaline and acid forming foods—perfect for those of you with hormonal acne.