This page includes the macrobiotic definition, foods and explores all aspects of macrobiotics.
Macrobiotics, noun, (used with a singular verb)
1. a way of life that guides one’s choices in nutrition, activity, and lifestyle.
2. a system of principles and practices of harmony to benefit the body, mind, and planet.
– macrobiotic, adj., such as macrobiotic philosophy or macrobiotic diet.
Origin: from Ancient Greek: Macro (large or long) and Bios (life or way of living).
Definition agreed upon by the International Macrobiotic Conference 2017 in Berlin, with 45 macrobiotic teachers, along with GOMF, Macrobiotic Association, Chi Energy, SHI, IMP, IME, IMS, and other schools, institutes, and organizations.
The macrobiotic foods are those eaten by the worlds most healthy societies and uses as many natural ingredients as practical that come straight from a farm rather than a factory. The general approach to eating mirrors those diets of Okinawa, rural China, and Mediterranean countries.
Eating whole living foods means you eat the energy of the foods along with all the nutrients. This living energy nourishes your own life force and helps you feel lighter, happier and more content. This would include vegetables, whole grains, beans, fruit, nuts, seeds and herbs.
Many people have claimed to recover from serious illness by eating macrobiotically but for most it is the ultimate healthy diet and one that is flexible, open, tasty and can be quick to prepare.
complete macrobiotic definition chart
The chart above provides a complete macrobiotic definition. It describe how macrobiotics can be practiced as a diet, philosophy, consciousness or body of knowledge. You may start at any point on the circle and explore the areas of macrobiotics that most appeal to you. Over time, try to experience all aspects of macrobiotics to fully benefit from this holistic approach to health.
original macrobiotic definition
German doctor, Christoph von Hufeland’s original macrobiotic definition from his work “Makrobiotik and the Art of Prolonging Life” published 1796:
“The life of humanity, physically considered, is a peculiar chemical-biological operation; a phenomenon effected by a concurrence of the united powers of Nature with matter in a continual state of change . . . Upon this may be founded dietetic rules and a medical mode of treatment for preserving life; and hence arises a particular science, the Makrobiotik, or the art of prolonging it. . . The medical art must consider every disease as an evil which cannot be too soon expelled; the makrobiotik, on the other hand, shows that many diseases may be the means of prolonging life.”
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