Another zen macrobiotic philosophy by Ohsawa was reduction of water intake. Even though we do not feel water intake needs to be reduced as much, we also do not agree with the eight glasses of water rule. This is too much water. What you need to know is the most important fluids should be coming from your food. On a macrobiotic diet based on grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, and pickled and fermented food will give you plenty of fluid. Then satisfy your thirst with water or tea when needed. (Bancha tea recipe) However, our modern diets are extremely dry because the processed foods are not refreshing that is why it seems we need the eight glasses of water.
George Oshawa created and has contributed greatly to macrobiotics. He brought to a light a new way to think and feel about food and the environment around us. We have learned a lot and been inspired from him and have built upon his teachings of zen macrobiotics. If you are looking to learn more about the macrobiotic principles and the seven steps to great health check out our course, Macro On the Go! Intensive.