Macrobiotics is a system of principles and practices regarding health, way of life, ecology, adaptability, and thinking. Macrobiotics came from the Greek word, “makros” which means “large”, “bios” which means “way of living”, and “thike” for “technique”. Specifically, it advocates gratitude, generosity, positive relationships, and embracing change. It also views health as having seven conditions: vitality, good appetite for natural food, deep sleep, good memory, cheerful outlook, clear thought and action, trustworthiness and appreciation. Moreover, self-reflection, intuition, curiosity, and self-empowerment are honed to have a better existence.
Macrobiotics is generally associated with natural diet such as vegetables and whole grains eschewing processed foods, dairy products, and meat are as they are toxins and acid-forming. By eating nutritious food and anchoring habits with values, an enjoyable life is more likely to be attained. For instance, having a macrobiotic diet strengthens your self-healing power.
The development of the macrobiotic lifestyle is attributed to George Ohsawa (1893-1966), a Japanese writer and philosopher who cured himself of tuberculosis at a young age of 19. When Ohsawa was 18, his mother and two of his siblings died due to tuberculosis. He then searched for alternative techniques and applied such principles in his life and was able to overcome his disease.