No Need to Track Food
Any diet like the DASH diet that asks you to track your food can turn meals into a burden. As you look at your list, you can become obsessed with food, especially noticing the foods you are denying yourself. While tracking may be helpful for a while, people who track their foods frequently start to cheat over time. Instead, the macrobiotic style of eating gives you a range of healthy and satisfying choices. You do not need to worry about what you are eating when you know that everything you eat benefits your wellbeing.
In addition, tracking food can cause you anxiety when spending time with family and friends. Making you choose food over enjoying life. That is why macrobiotics incorporates diet with a healthy lifestyle. Great health can only be achieved when a healthy diet is combined with a balanced and joyful lifestyle.
No Fear of Salt
Macrobiotic practitioners focus on the quality of salt and use it sparingly in food preparation. The macrobiotic diet uses unrefined white and gray sea salt as opposed to refined table salt. There are many advantages to using sea salt. This product is produced naturally through evaporation. It contains sodium and a variety of trace minerals in a form that the body can easily absorb. In addition, macrobiotic practitioners avoid adding salt after they have cooked their food. Any salt they use is added as part of the cooking process.
The body needs salt to balance blood fluids, prevent low blood pressure, prevent dehydration, transmit nerve impulses, aid in the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, allow nutrients and oxygen to travel to organs and keep bones and immune system strong.
A Balance of Whole Grains, Vegetables, and Fruits
One of the biggest challenges for any diet is satisfaction. Diets that leave you hungry throughout the day will never work. You will only end up craving more calories. Often, people who are hungry make impulsive choices. They look for calorie-dense foods that are less healthy. While fruits and vegetables are healthy, when combined with grains and starchy vegetables, they create greater satisfaction.
The macrobiotic diet encourages people to eat grains with every meal along with a variety of beans, vegetables and fruits throughout the day. Whole grains are low glycemic index foods that take longer for the body to digest. This means that you will be satisfied for a longer period when you eat them. When your digestion slows down, you will not experience as many hunger pangs and cravings, leading to a feeling of balance. In countries like Japan, people eat whole grains with every meal which some people believe leads to health benefits such as longevity and lowered risks for chronic diseases.
Most people find the holistic approach of the macrobiotic lifestyle to be the best choice for them. While food is essential, a lifetime of health involves a way of living that promotes feeling better, youthfulness, clarity and abundant thought.