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Macrobiotic Diet

From the Greek for "great life," macrobiotic dieters believe that the key to a long, healthy life is a balanced diet.

Sample Daily Plan For Macrobiotic Diet

A day's intake on the macrobiotic diet should consist of 50 percent whole grains, 30 percent vegetables, 10% beans and sea vegetables (like seaweed), and 10% clear soup (like miso soup or vegetable broth).

Small portions of seafood, fruits, and nuts can be incorporated into the diet as well. Fish or seafood can be eaten up to twice per week. Fruits and vegetables should be fresh and seasonal. (Macrobiotics are the original locavores.) Food should be cooked lightly in order to preserve nutrients. Steaming and baking are the preferred method of preparation. Frying is verboten.

Breakfast: whole grain porridge with cinnamon, steamed green vegetable (whatever's in season) and miso soup with barley

Lunch: whole grain toast with almond butter, cooked vegetables (in season), vegetable soup with miso, seaweed, tofu and two pickle slices

Dinner: cooked vegetables (in season), grilled tofu, quinoa and a pickle

Daily calorie consumption: Calorie counting is not part of a macrobiotic diet, but overeating is discouraged. Individuals following a macrobiotic diet are told to eat when they are hungry, the goal being to consume three meals a day.

Men and women should continue to consume a moderate amount of calories based on their metabolism. If you're unsure, ask a nutritionist.

Macrobiotic dieters should chew their food slowly (to resist overeating and to aid digestion), and avoid eating altogether within three hours of going to bed.

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