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Macrobiotic diet

Popularized by celebrities such as Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow, the Macrobiotic Diet is a diet meal plan that involves eating grains as a staple food, supplemented with other local foodstuffs such as vegetables and beans.

Japan is the home of modern Macrobiotic Diets, and as a result, many people use a lot of Japanese ingredients. However, strictly speaking one should use local ingredients. As might be expected, sugar and other highly processed foods are avoided, and in addition, adherents are advised to chew food thoroughly and avoid overeating.

Pros : Macrobiotic diet

  • Proponents claim that his diet meal plan can prevent and cure cancer, although there is no scientific evidence to support this.
  • Other benefits are likely to include lower cholesterol lower blood pressure etc.
  • Weight loss is likely, though not inevitable

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Publications : Macrobiotic diet

In this book, Jessica Porter offers contemporary insight into one of the world's oldest, yet most popular, diet meal plans. She explains how eating good quality whole foods can enhance your physical, sensory, and emotional well-being.

More than just another diet book, this is a lifestyle book full of tips and recipes designed to give you an understanding of food can strengthen both your body and your mind.

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Example recipes : Macrobiotic diet

Herbed Black Soybeans

  • 2 cans of Eden Black Soybeans or home-cooked black soybeans
  • 1-2 tsp. shoyu
  • 1 TB kuzu diluted in 1/8 cup cold water
  • 3 pinches dried basil
  • Juice from 1/2-1 lemon
  • Parsley garnish

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Verdict : Macrobiotic diet

This is not your standard diet plan review. Rather than simply being a way to lose weight (though that may well happen) changing to a macrobiotic diet is a lifestyle choice, a philosophy of living.