Your Health Is In Your Hands
By David Briscoe
When it comes to your health, the cards are in your hands. The macrobiotic way of health that Cyndy Violette follows and feels so positive about is based on some really simple principles as follows:
CONTRACTING (Mainly foods concentrated in hardening types of protein and fat)
- My health is my responsibility.
- What I eat and drink each day is a primary factor in my health.
- My blood quality is the foundation of my health.
- Food and drink is the primary factor for blood quality.
- Acid-forming foods produce too much acid in the blood, and this is
a main factor for unhealthy blood quality. Foods concentrated in protein, fat/oil, and/or simple sugar and refined carbohydrates are highly acid-forming.
- Foods have special qualities in addition to their nutritional properties. They can be
categorized into two general categories:
- 1) EXTREMELY CONTRACTING
foods that will create hardness in the body over time. This can show up as
hardening of the arteries, stiffness, inflexibility, cysts, tumors, and/or narrow-
minded attitudes and behavior.
- 2) EXTREMELY EXPANDING foods that can
create swelling, weight gain, physical looseness, lack of coordination, colds,
headaches, insomnia, anxiety, spaced out thinking, or unfocused behavior.
EXPANDING (Mainly foods concentrated in simple sugar or highly refined carbohydrate)
Sugar (white, brown, high-fructose corn syrup, evaporated can juice, honey, etc.)
Milk and other soft dairy foods like yogurt
Soft drinks (Pepsi, Mountain Dew, etc.)
Frozen foods and iced drinks (ice cream,
Refined carbohydrates (white bread, white flour pasta, white rice, etc.)
By minimizing the foods in the above categories a healthier blood quality can be created.
- Whole organic foods rather than refined foods processed and preserved with chemicals are the foundation of a macrobiotic diet.
- The goal of macrobiotic living is not just to have a healthy diet but to develop ever-increasing clarity of mind and the creative ability to judge for oneself how to live in the world in order to create a happy personal life doing what you love to do. By this we also contribute to a harmonious society with respect for each other and for the beautiful earth on which we live.
What Can I Eat?
The basic macrobiotic diet is based on human dietary tradition over many thousands of years, and it includes the following main categories:
Whole Grains in macrobiotics means the intact kernel of whole grain such as brown rice, whole or unhulled barley, millet, whole oats, rye, etc. Grain products like bread, oatmeal, pasta, and cornmeal are considered "grain products," not whole grains. Grain products made from whole grain can be included in a macrobiotic diet, but the minimally processed intact kernels of whole grains are the main food of a macrobiotic meal.
Vegetables, fresh and preferably organic, are an important food in a daily macrobiotic diet. A variety of vegetables from leafy green to delicious root vegetables like carrots and onions are used in macrobiotics. They are prepared in many different ways. Certain vegetables known to contribute to health problems such as arthritis are generally avoided. These would include tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, spinach and chard.
Protein: On a macrobiotic diet the protein comes primarily from plant sources such as beans, tofu, tempeh, seeds, nuts and others, and less on animal sources of protein. Numerous scientific studies have reported that a person can get all the protein necessary from plant sources.
Vitamins and Minerals are found in a variety of vegetables, sea vegetables, and whole grains.
Soups are varied and delicious, including Vegetable Soup seasoned with Miso, bean soups, and many other kinds of soups
Fat is mainly from plan sources such as vegetable oil used in cooking, nuts, and seeds plus the natural oil sin whole grains and other plant foods eaten daily.
Sweets and Snacks: Macrobiotics includes an endless variety of healthy desserts and snacks. Rather than the unhealthy refined sugars and sweeteners, macrobiotics encourages us to use sweeteners made from complex carbohydrates such as brown rice syrup, barley malt, fruits, and juices.
There are more foods in a macrobiotic diet, but the ones listed above are the foundation.
It's highly recommended that you learn more about macrobiotics from experienced teachers. David Briscoe can be contacted below, or visit his web site at www.macroamerica.com.:
P.O. Box 1874
Oroville, CA 95965
Phone: (530) 532-1918
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