My study of the Macrobiotic Diet eventually evolved into understanding a different way of perceiving life. It was not simply about what to eat and what not to eat. I have observed that dietary fueled movements, such as the Raw Food Movement, often lead people to a deeper understanding of themselves and life. The Macrobiotic approach to living, when studied and not just assumed to be a brown rice, beans and vegetables “diet”, can be very insightful for people who may be struggling with maintaining a completely raw food plan. This deeper understanding would include the use of medicinal style food dishes that are created to balance and heal the body. The preparation of vegetables, such as lotus root, daikon, and other foods, cooked or raw, can be used for reasons that go beyond satisfying the palate.
The way that the Raw Food Movement feels about cooking is similar to how the Macrobiotic Community often feels about using blenders and chaotic food processing machines. The premise being that they effect the energy of the food when processed in these mechanically chaotic ways. Both philosophies are often interpreted in a very rigid way by their followers.
I am sure that labeling, often applied from a place of fear, usually leads to more separation, pain and confusion. One simple strategy is to question what we think, and then choose to come from a place of understanding rather than fear. What does that mean? It is not necessary to make others wrong in order to justify our own actions. I choose to imagine more people moving toward this center point.
My experience is that, for the majority of us, what we eat will not ultimately heal us. This is an alien concept for many people involved in macro, raw food, etc. ways of eating. This does not negate the power of eating organic, good quality food. Food alone can not heal years of exposure to heavy metals, pollutants, chemicals, junk food and the damage it does to our bodies. Depending on your level of health, eating a more simple diet that emphasizes vegetables will help people feel better in the short term. To feel better long term, many need other kinds of help.
WHAT TO DO?
For a deeper understanding of how to heal beyond relying on diet, look at Donna Pessin Unique Healing Program. The use of sodium bentonite clay, herbs and other substances are the backbone of her program. It is designed to heal digestion, assimilation and so very, very much more.
To learn more about a Macrobiotic Way of Life and the expertise of Macrobiotic Counselor William Spear[click here]. Ultimately, Macrobiotics is one approach to understanding life. One of the many ways Macrobiotics does this is through a deeper study of the the seasonal effects on our physical body, seasonal eating and food preparation.