“Macrobiotics is what you want it to be”- Oliver Cowmeadow, co-founder of the International Macrobiotic School in Totnes, Devon, UK
is all about finding your own balance through food, lifestyle, emotional work and spirituality; a holistic way of seeing life to nourish your various layers (physical body, mental body, emotional body and soul).
The diet part of macrobiotics consists on:
- Vegetable proteins such as beans and pulses (fish/seafood in some cases in a non-vegan macrobiotic approach)
- Sea vegetables
- Root vegetables
- Round/sweet vegetables
- Dairy (including goat’s milk and cheese)
- Eggs (with some exceptions, very sparingly used and must be organic free range ones)
- Bread (occasional use of sourdough, but depending on the health condition)
- Precooked meals
- Refined, strong sugars or artificial sweeteners (including honey, molasses, cane sugar, rapadura sugar, stevia, dextrose, maltodextrin, sucralose, maltitol, etc.)
- Nightshade family of plants (Solanaceae), therefore potato, tomato, pepper, aubergine, etc.
- Chemicals, unnecessary preservatives, colourings, unnatural flavourings, etc.