“The Macrobiotic approach is ideally suited for the Indian environment as well as intrinsically in tune with its ethos.”
A MACROBIOTIC DIET CONSISTS OF
IN WHOLE GRAIN &
Organically grown, whole grain is recommended. These are mainly: brown rice, barley, millets, whole oats, whole wheat or gluten-free grains (if gluten intolerant) and buckwheat. A small portion of the recommended percentage of grains may consist of noodles/ pasta (whole grains not refined) and bread with no yeast. Some partially processed grains like semolina (suji/rava), bulgur (dalia) are allowed 2-3 times a week.
Local and organically grown vegetables are recommended, with an emphasis on leafy greens daily,the majority being cooked in various styles such as lightly steamed or boiled, sautéed with a small amount of unrefined, cold pressed oil, etc. A small portion may be used as fresh salad seasonally.
The most suitable beans for regular use are all whole beans such as kidney beans, chickpeas, green mung and split dals (lentils). Fermented foods are recommended as a part of the daily diet at every meal with an emphasis on pressed salads, quick pickles, non-dairy probiotic drinks and other preparations.
Locally available fruit or fruit desserts, made from fresh, dried fruit, or plant-based sweeteners may be served two or three times a week. Recommended fish include fresh white-meat fish. Herbal, de-caffeinated beverages, and condiments are allowed.