This is my understanding of the answer: Any food is vegan (technically) if it does not contain any animal flesh or product, including dairy eggs honey etc. That means that even certain junk items, like potato chips hard candy and pop tarts, are vegan. Macrobiotic vegan food is much more healthful, centering on whole grains (not processed flours) like brown rice, oats, barley, wheat berries, quinoa, millet etc. and fresh vegetables and beans cooked healthfully. Foods should be steamed, stewed over low-med temp or lightly sauteed with a minimum of oil, and seasoned but not overly salted or spiced. xoxoxo Donna
Why does marcobiotic diets go into ying and yang and the balance of vegetable?. It's so confusing. I do not understand at all the difference nor how to tell the difference between these two. And if macrobiotic is Vegan why do some people still eat meat and fish? I know Alicia talks about it a little bit but i wish she would have gone into a little bit more detail on it all. Is it healthy enough to be vegan/superhero or should a person look more into the macrobiotic diet? And isn't going superhero a lot like the marcrobiotic diet? I know it's a lot of questions but I really need some answers :)Thank you!
Macrobiotics isn't a diet the way vegetarianism and vegansim is. It is principle of eating and living in harmony with nature and our fellow human beings. In order to maintain harmony with all the forces that are out of our control and that we must deal with everyday in our lives it helps to understand how to adapt to them on every level from biological, emotional, mental and spiritual as well as, personal, locally, communally and globally.
Food is one the things that we have total control over. We decide and choose everyday what we put in our mouths. No one force feeds us. Food also happens to be the one thing that peacefully and naturally transforms our biology so that we can adapt to our changing environment and world. Understanding the dynamics involved in this what Yin and Yang is all about.
In this way, macrobiotics promotes eating harmony with the changing seasons, choosing fresh foods grown locally and naturally and using traditional methods that have used for hundreds of generations for processing and preparing foods.
In this way, there are no specific food items that are considered taboo since what we eat macrobiotically is determined by our own personal needs, the seasons, the climate and local geography as well as our own personal dreams and ambitions.
Foods considered unhealthy are those that ignore all of these factors such as fast food, factory farmed animals foods, and highly processed food that no longer resemble anything natural. By eating these we no longer are eating in harmony with the natural chaning environment and we become sick.
Sicknesses, due to poor eating, are viewed then as our body's attempt to regain balance with nature. To correct this we only need to eat macrobiotically. For some it could mean including some animal foods (natural or wild) for others it could mean being a strict vegan. It's up to you!
Ms. Phiya we are so honored to have your help and input! Thanks so much for your explanation. Is there any specific place we should go to for more learning about this topic? I have been to the Kushi Institute's website before and learned a great deal, but is there a book you reccomend? xoxoxo Donna