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Health bites

india Updated: Oct 13, 2008 19:54 IST
Shonaalii Sabherwal

For many macrobiotics is a way of life. It is about eating and cooking healthy. The dietary regimen involves eating grains as a staple food supplemented with other foodstuffs such as vegetables and beans, and avoiding the use of highly processed or refined foods.

1 It is a broad varied diet primarily consisting of grains, vegetables, fish, beans, seeds, fruit and nuts.
2 Many people claim that eating a macrobiotic diet has helped them to cure from ailments and recover from illness.
3 It is a flexible approach to eating that can be used over a few days or for life.
4 Using macrobiotic principles you can choose and prepare foods to change the way you feel.
5 You can eat anything as long as you know what the likely influence of that food is and are sure it will lead to good health.
6 The high fibre used in macrobiotics keeps your digestive system healthy.
7 Being low in saturated fats, a macrobiotic diet enhances your blood quality, improving your circulation and heart.
8 Low on the glycemic index, macrobiotic foods keep blood sugar levels in check. This makes it easier to lose weight and enjoy emotional stability.
9 The foods are well balanced in terms of acid and alkaline as well as sodium and potassium.
10 The predominance of complex carbohydrates means that the meals provide plenty of sustainable energy, leading to greater stamina.
11 The general macrobiotic diet is high in proteins, iron, calcium, and other minerals and vitamins.
12 Macrobiotics is a complete approach to healthy eating that encompasses everything from selecting good ingredients, to cooking methods and eating.

The author is a certified Macrobiotic food consultant, chef, instructor. She makes lifestyle/dietary recommendations, supplies macrobiotic meals and conducts cooking classes.

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