About Macrobiotics

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:

  • Wholegrains
  • 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
  • Greens
  • Seeds
  • Nuts

And avoids:

  • Meat
  • 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.