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What is the Macrobiotic Diet?
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The diet aims to balance foods in order to achieve
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Hi, I’m Maria Saracen from ArtufllyNourished.com and this video for About.com is all about the Macrobiotic diet.The diet was founded by a Japanese educator and philosopher named George Ohsawa, but the term Macrobiotic itself is Greek in origin, meaning “long” or “great life”. One thing to keep in mind is that the Macrobiotic diet isn’t just about food, it’s also about leading a balanced lifestyle that’s in harmony with one’s surroundings.  Proponents of the Macrobiotic diet believe that it can prevent or treat heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases.The diet aims to balance foods in order to a achieve a balance of yin and yang energy.  Whole-grains make up the majority of calories in the diet, followed by vegetables, with smaller amounts of beans and sea vegetables.  Fruit, nuts, seeds and fish are also allowed but less frequently and in smaller quantities.The macrobiotic diet is high in fiber and low in fat, but it can also be high in sodium.  It encourages eating local, organic, in-season produce whenever possible in order to maintain harmony with one’s environment.Other basic principles of the diet include eating only when hungry; eating smaller portions more frequently; chewing food well; drinking liquids moderately and only when thirsty; exercising regularly and striving to have a positive attitude in life.Thanks so much for watching. To learn more about the macrobiotic diet including foods to enjoy and avoid, please visit About.com
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