Life is about balance.
What do we mean by ‘balance’? The middle range that keeps you stable and doesn’t swing from one extreme to the other.
Our mission is to understand the theory effects in ourselves and help others find their truth about food, emotions and lifestyle choices.
The goal is not a static balance, but a dynamic one. Nature moves in cycles, constantly.
Being aware of your needs and the yin-yang theory, and how that affects the different organs of the body, brings harmony and peace into being in the now.
Macrobiotics uses principles based in Traditional Chinese Medicine, where theory relates the body organs to preferred foods, emotions and lifestyles (I.e. Liver and Gallbladder like sour foods, feel angry when blocked and enjoy movement and artistic expression).
If you are curious about yin and yang, listen to the YIN-YANG PODCAST here or at the blog for the radio show (Mondays 7-8pm, term-time): Macrobiotic Answers To Everyday Questions (link to blog, radio podcasts coming up soon!)
Or scroll down for a summary of yin and yang theory!
Dispersion of energy, a quick high and then spacing out, energy going upwards and outwards, bloating and swelling, exhaustion and depression, apathy and lethargy, scattered thinking and indecisiveness.
Extreme yin foods:
Alcohol, drugs and food additives/chemicals, sugar, tropical fruits, fruit concentrates, honey, milk and some non-dairy milks, caffeine (coffee and tea), oily nuts (especially tropical ones).
Balanced yin foods:
Temperate fruits and concentrates, barley malt and rice syrup, amasake (grain sweeteners), raw and pickled foods, sprouts, naturally sweet vegetables.
Relaxation, calmness, contentment, creativity and flexibility.
Concentration of energy, stress, tension, brute force, obsession, anger, frustration, stuckness and stagnation, restlessness, aggressiveness, constipation, excess and accumulation.
Extreme yang foods:
Too hard, dry, salty, meat and animal foods (hard cheese, eggs), nut butters (heavy on the Liver), baked flours.
Balanced yang foods:
Whole grains (not just whole grain flour, the actual grain/seed), beans, roots, baking, cooking for longer times, seaweed and long pickles (i.e. miso, fermented soya bean paste; umeboshi, fermented unripe Japanese medicinal plums).
Strength, reliability, accuracy, assertiveness, clear-thinking, determination, stamina.