A macrobiotic diet, often mistakenly called "microbiotic," features plant foods in balanced proportions and includes specific healing foods that have been found to prevent and reverse disease. Since the original teachers were Japanese, and the Japanese are still the longest-living people on the planet, there is much to be learned here. The word "macrobiotic" means "large view of life," (macro/large and bios/life). As it applies to lifestyle, it means living our lives "in harmony with the order of the universe," or as ecologically and economically as possible. Applied to diet, it suggests choosing foods that grow most easily on the planet: plant foods, especially grains and vegetables. The practical ideals of seasonal, local, organic foods were first brought to America’s attention by macrobiotic teachers in the late 1960s.
A Short History of Macrobiotics
Macrobiotic organizations were sponsoring seminars on "Diet and Cancer" in the early ‘70s, and the movement introduced brown rice, sea vegetables, and high quality soy foods such as natural soy sauce, miso and tofu into the marketplace. Japanese food research being among the best in the world, The Books of Miso, Tofu, Kuzu, and The Sea Vegetable Book followed. While most Japanese people do include fish in their diets, Healing Cuisine classes don’t include animal foods because Meredith’s passion is for people to learn to prepare plant foods both tastefully and attractively.