This is exactly what macrobiotics has been advising since its beginnings in the early 20th century, a return to the traditional way of eating found in most parts of the world, based around eating whole grains, beans, and vegetables, with a wide variety of fruits, seeds, nuts, sea vegetables and seasonings, with only small amounts of fish or other animal food. Over and over again I have seen just how effective this way of eating is in healing many health problems, and increasing people’s physical health and vitality, emotional wellbeing and mental positivity.
However, with today’s macrobiotics we can take a further step in healing problems and maintaining robust health, using the guiding principle of creating balance between opposites, expressed as yin and yang in Oriental culture. This means choosing foods, ways of cooking, and a lifestyle that creates an internal balance in the body, improving the health and functioning of the body and avoiding many illnesses.
So, for example we can balance the yang warming and nourishing foods like whole grains, beans, root vegetables, soups and longer cooked dishes, and possibly some fish, that we need to give us energy and warmth, with the more yin relaxing and cooling foods like green vegetables, fruits, naturally brewed alcohol and raw, fermented or very lightly cooked food. Too many yang foods and we get a hot, tense condition in the body, that may create tension headaches or migraines, heavy painful periods, or high blood pressure. Or too many yin foods and we can get cold, tired, lacking in motivation and joy, and suffer problems like easily catching colds, hay fever, cold hands and feet, or heart palpitations.