FAQ

What is meant by “macrobiotic principles”?

The word Macrobiotics is derived from the Greek words “macro” meaning “large” or “great” and “bio” meaning life. So a “great life”! (who wouldn’t want that?). Macrobiotics has been around for thousands of years and was used by Hippocrates.

Macrobiotics teaches that the quality of our health is primarily determined by our daily food choices (we literally are what we eat!) as well as our activities and lifestyle. Each day – through our choices – we can create or lose our health.

Is Macrobiotics a cancer diet?

Even though many people who have cancer adopt a macrobiotic way of eating, practicing macrobiotics is simply for human beings to live a high quality life.

Is Macrobiotics about food? A diet?

Macrobiotics is in fact a way of life. One component to practicing macrobiotics is about our food choices day to day. Our life style, eating habits, view of life etc … are another big component. This second area influences the impact that food has on our health. Creating balance and order in daily life is a very important factor to create health.

Is Macrobiotics Japanese?

No, it is not. All long-standing cultures were living a macrobiotic way of life. They understood how to eat and live in relation to their environment. By doing this they were able to thrive and prosper. Modern society is eating and living in a way that makes it very difficult to maintain health. Our ethnic night dinners are our attempt to show and embrace all cultures throughout the world including Japanese cuisine.

Where do I get protein if I don’t eat meat, chicken, eggs…?

Protein is found in all foods. Broccoli, brown rice, miso, seeds, all have protein. Beans, tofu, tempeh, fish and nuts are all very good sources of protein.

Won’t I develop osteoporosis if I don’t drink milk or eat dairy food?

The US is the highest consumer of dairy in the world and has the highest rate of osteoporosis. The issue is really what is depleting our bones. Diets high in animal protein including simple sugar, carbonated beverages, hard dry baked flour products, nightshade vegetables, smoking and sedentary lifestyles contribute to osteoporosis. Good sources of non-dairy calcium include: broccoli, dark leafy green vegetables, sea vegetables, sesame seeds, tahini and beans.

What is wrong with tropical fruits and vegetables?

If we are living in a temperate climate region and we continually eat foods grown in the tropic we start to weaken our blood quality making it more difficult to adapt to our own environment.