Many times when we post news or comments about Macrobiotic cuisine on social networks and groups of people engaged in vegan diet, many people react by saying that Macrobiotic is not vegan but contains fish or other animal food.
Then there are endless discussions on information from sources that mention Macrobiotics on the Internet or elsewhere and actually say about the use of animal materials.
What is the reality then?
Reality is analogous to each one’s view.
So I quote you our point of view. The Macrobiotics of ONE Project…
What do we consider Macrobiotic?
Macrobiotics is a way of life, a system that leads to a healthy, balanced and joyful everyday life. It includes a nutritional model, daily activities, self-diagnosis and self-esteem techniques, exercise, meditation and relaxation techniques, astrological predictions and many other applications.
At the core of Macrobiotics is the diet, where we learn how to make tasty, nutritious and healthy meals based on raw foods such as cereals, organic-seasonal-local vegetables, pulses, and algae, natural fermentation products (Miso, soy sauce, Cranberry and cranberries). Suggests abstaining from artificially-processed foods, sugar, non-seasonal and tropical fruits and vegetables.
Many of the flavorings and culinary methods used are from Japan, a place with a long, rich tradition in the processing and production of foods beneficial to our health.
These ingredients enrich our diet with probiotic bacteria and enzymes, minerals and trace elements, vitamins, antioxidants and plant proteins, producing an enhancing, relaxing and antioxidant effect.
Macrobiotic nutrition has the capacity to adapt according to our needs, the place of residence, the climate, our state of health, our goals, and so on.
It teaches us how to understand the energy status of each food and how it is produced, and how it affects us, so that we can tailor our diet accordingly and have the results we need, considering our environment.
It is not based on emotional criteria for choosing our food, but rather in practical terms.
Thus, it is natural for a person living in a polar climate to feed on animal foods that he hunts and catches and which dominate in his area (against the lack of plant) and make him adapt to the cold climate. Respectively, someone living in a tropical climate makes it more sensible not to consume any animal feeds, since they will be unbalanced, causing him to become too warm and have a great mental worry. This does not mean that an Eskimo is less human than a Greek!
This is the traditional way that people feed on the planet over the centuries.
Furthermore, changing the way of life today also changes the nutritional data since it is not the same to eat animal foods; someone who moves, hunts, sports, has a very energetic life, with someone working in an office, walking in the center of the city, Go to gym or do yoga 2-3 times a week coke.
With regard to areas characterized by a temperate climate of 4 seasons, such as Greece, Macrobiotic (and ONE Project) incitement is to avoid animal food from everyday life, especially dairy, meat, eggs, poultry , Oily fish and seafood. In people who already consume such foods, we suggest replacing them with plant replacements such as Tempe, Seitan, Natto, butter / milk nuts and cereals, or if they have difficulty initially, prefer less harmful to human and global health, food, like white fish.
Our goal is to attract more people to vegetarianism and not to scare them – and to remove them – with descriptions and criticisms. Let’s show them that the transition to a vegetarian diet is a delightful experience for themselves, the planet, and the animals. Let’s give them the opportunity, the opportunity to change according to their degree of readiness. Just as we were given this “margin” by our teachers when we were eating animal feeds while they did not…
On the other hand, the Mediterranean diet is famous for its macrobiotic properties and for protecting our health from modern pathogens such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, gastrointestinal or digestive problems, because of the richness of fiber, complex carbohydrates, Vitamins and antioxidants that include its essential ingredients.
So, in the college of ONE Project, we have been experimenting for more than 6 years, following the Macrobiotics system, and creating a blend of Mediterranean and Japanese cuisine that combines the above-mentioned benefits.
This is what we share in our seminars and workshops. Our experience of joining our Mediterranean heritage with the long wisdom of the Far East.
We invite you to come and share this wonderful challenge with curiosity, open mind and heart.
Take part in our seminars, come to our meetings, read our articles and recipes, contact us and change your life in a natural, peaceful and joyful way.
The ONE Project team.