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, 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
In the macrobiotic diet, the use of salt is not a concern. Instead, macrobiotic practitioners focus on the type of salt and when it is used in food preparation. The macrobiotic diet uses healthy 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 in a form that the body can more easily digest. It also contains salt in its natural form with fewer impurities and lower levels of chlorine. In addition, macrobiotic dieters never add salt after they have cooked their food. Any salt they use is added as part of the cooking process. In this way, the salt blends with the food and does not have as great an effect on blood pressure.
Remember, too little of salt is just as bad as too much. The body needs salt to balance blood fluids, prevent low blood pressure, prevent dehydration, transmit nerve impulses, allow nutrients and oxygen to travel to destinations and keep bones and immune system strong.
Centered on Whole Grains Rather Than Fruits and Vegetables
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, they do not satisfy most people for very long.
The macrobiotic diet encourages people to eat whole grains with every meal along with fruits and vegetables. 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.
A holistic approach like the macrobiotic lifestyle is a better choice than plans like the DASH diet that only focus on food. While food is necessary, a lifetime of health involves a way of living that promotes calm, joyfulness and balance.