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Macrobiotic Diet [Paperback]

Michio Kushi

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1 Jan 1994
A COMPREHENSIVE INTRODUCTION TO THE NUTRITIONAL AND ECOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES OF A BALANCED, NATURAL WAY OF EATING. Since its original publication, Macrobiotic Diet has become the bible for people interested in a healthy way of eating centered around whole, grains, fresh vegetables, and other whole, unprocessed foods. This completely revised and updated edition offers a basic, readable presentation of the nutritional and ecological principles behind the macrobiotic diet. This book explains the foods and cooking techniques that are central to the macrobiotic approach to eating, and it demonstrates how the diet can be used to lose weight, to increase energy levels, to prevent and treat disease as well as to promote psychological health. Specific dietary adjustments and modifications are suggested according to gender, age, and level of activity to help optimize the overall effects of a whole-grain based diet. This new edition of Macrobiotic Diet is expanded to include information on natural foods that have recently become available; the latest research on cancer and diet; AIDS and diet; the U.S. government's landmark report on Diet and Health; and the China Health Study; as well as a wealth of information on the impact of our dietary choices on the earth's environment.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Japan Publications; Rev Enl edition (1 Jan 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087040878X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870408786
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 13.8 x 20.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 898,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Larger than Life 16 Sep 2000
By Marina Livis - Published on Amazon.com
Macrobiotics first had its roots in America when Michio and his wife, Avelin came to this country in the 1950's with a vision that was "larger than life". Macro-bio-tics is exactly that. And the Macrobiotic Diet, as described in this book (among the many that exist today) is one that doesn't just center around the do's and don'ts of proper eating. It is a lifestyle; it is a way to think about one's body, mind, and soul. When the macrobiotic principles of balance and nutrition are combined with yoga practice and meditation, the result is unity and wholeness. The circle is complete. Michio Kushi does not attempt to burden the reader with instructions on what is good and what is bad. Although some novices to this practice may run into the mistake of treating his "prescriptions" as limits in themselves, the book is meant to describe additions that can be made to one's already existing diet, instead of just pointing out that dairy and meat are "no no's". Though the macrobiotic approach may intimidate or seem too strict at first, it is actually very flexible and open. Otherwise, how can one expect to develop an open mind by following a diet that is limiting and rigid? The other critical point I'd like to note is, however comprehensive the text, passive reading will never substitute for the magic and connection of actually PRACTICING macrobiotics with close friends and family members, or other people familiar with the approach that would be willing to serve as a guide. Never think that you must walk this road alone. The energy you get from macrobiotic cooking should be a source of personal freedom and inspiration that carries you forward and brings you closer to people. One of the principle underlying ideas of macrobiotics is that the food you eat partially determines who you are--thus, in offering explanations for some of the ways to observe the macrobiotic diet, Michio talks about the chemistry behind the kinds of foods you would eat and how, depending on how yin or yang they are, that may affect your behavior and even personality. Thus, my advise is to use macrobiotics to heal yourself of any tensions, stresses, or aggressivity (if you feel them) by "linking" yourself with others who follow this practice in hopes of speaking the same language and leading a more peaceful life.
thank you very much for this opportunity to share,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kushi's guide to Macrobiotics 14 Mar 2012
By Jude L - Published on Amazon.com
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I changed my eating pattern to be more macrobiotic, but hybrid with more whole local foods. It is a good guide to the ideas and advantages of a simple, vegetable diet.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars cancer treatment diet 10 July 2013
By jax8894 - Published on Amazon.com
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information was ok, but i was looking for recipes and more information on a foods pertaining the treatment of cancer.
1.0 out of 5 stars Macrobiotic diet 10 Mar 2014
By Patricia Raczy - Published on Amazon.com
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It really wasn"t what I thought it would be. I think it is just me. I do not really like the diet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Macrobiotic 26 Aug 2009
By JW - Published on Amazon.com
This is an excellent book that tells it like it is. It does an excellent job of relating what you eat to the status of your health.
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