With busy lives and full schedules, North Americans rarely make healthy eating a high priority. In fact, we consume more high-fat foods than any other nation, placing us at risk for serious health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. But improving your diet is not as difficult or time-consuming as you may think.
In his new handbook ,Macrobiotics for Everyone, author Roger Mason expands upon the Japanese macrobiotic tradition to offer a diet that is not only wholesome, but also creative, delicious, and uncomplicated. Divided into two parts, the book begins with a concise history of the macrobiotic lifestyle. Part Two concentrates on simple ways for Americans to incorporate macrobiotics—including meditation—in their lives. Reader-friendly charts provide basic nutrition facts on the healthiest foods. In Macrobiotics for Everyone, you will learn the easiest yet most effective ways to achieve wellness.
1. What is Macrobiotics?,
2. Yin and Yang,
3. Whole Grains,
4. Beans Are Good Food,
6. Tropical and Nightshade Foods,
7. Fruits and Sugars,
8. Seafood, Meat, Poultry and Dairy,
9. Fats and Oils,
10. Condiments and Seasonings,
11. Everyday Eating,
12. Calorie Restriction and Fasting,
13. Other Diets,
14. Natural Hormone Balance,
15. Testing Your Hormones,
16. Natural Supplements,
19. Curing the Incurable,
20. Caring For Your Pets,
Seven Steps to Natural Health,
About the Author,
George Ohsawa, a philosopher and writer, came to the United States in the early sixties and brought us the macrobiotic diet and lifestyle. Macrobiotics is a philosophy and a holistic approach that stresses the importance of proper dietary and lifestyle habits. For many years, it was clear that all the books on this subject were heavily influenced by Japanese culture, written by Japanese people (or with their outlook) and featuring Japanese cooking and Japanese ingredients. It became apparent there was a need for a book making macrobiotics more practical, more universal, more down to earth, more fun, tastier, more creative, sexier, less restrictive, more appealing, and without all the Japanese clothing. This book provides us with all this, without watering macrobiotics down or weakening it. There were just too many unneeded limitations, and too much cultural influence that simply did not translate. Why use expensive, hard-to-find Japanese vegetables, few soups, tea with caffeine (bancha), buckwheat noodles with white flour, refined couscous, no salads, very limited seasonings and condiments, few fresh green and yellow vegetables, all that salt, no supplements, no natural hormones, almost no raw foods, and no fasting? This book is for all cultures around the world.
There are so many natural health books today about the right foods to eat, and so many contradictory philosophies. How can one know what is valid and what is not? So many authors are very convincing. The answer is very simple—results. The macrobiotic way of eating is the only proven way of curing “incurable” illnesses such as the various cancers, diabetes, heart and artery problems, arthritis, osteoporosis, and the wide variety of illnesses that plague modern society, especially in the developed nations.You have to experience this for yourself. Nature is the greatest healer, and our diet and lifestyle will allow Nature to heal us. If we are in harmony with the Natural Order, we will be healthy and happy. If we are ignorant of the Natural Order, we will be sickly and unhappy. Buddha said ignorance (to ignore), not sin, is the root cause of suffering. This is simple,clear, practical, and realistic.
We are literally what we eat. Diet causes illness, and diet cures illness. We must take responsibility for our health, and our very destiny. We must treat the cause of our illness, whether this is mental, emotional, physical, or spiritual, and not just try to remove the symptom. You cannot cure yourself by being butchered, poisoned, and irradiated. Make better food choices, take proven supplements, balance your hormones, fast weekly, end any bad habits, and exercise. This is what natural health is all about.