The Secret to Personal and Planetary Intelligence

Intelligence is defined as an ability to acquire and apply knowledge or skills. By that definition, I would say that macrobiotics is the most intelligent diet and lifestyle available today. As we practice, we develop a deeper connection to ourselves, nature, and all of life. We begin to experience how our actions affect the planet […]

By |May 31st, 2015|Environment|0 Comments

10 Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism

We can regulate our metabolism through foods choices, mealtimes, and daily lifestyle practices. I define metabolism as the ability to digest and absorb the nutrients in food, and the ability to eliminate the excess. Excess takes the form of what we don’t use as well as accumulated toxins. The key to a healthy metabolism is […]

By |May 24th, 2015|Adjusting Your Diet|4 Comments

10 Naturally Refreshing and Healthy Foods and Beverages

Traditional diets have a variety of foods and beverages that are naturally refreshing and healthy. Almost all healthy diets have a high moisture content from cooked grains and beans, vegetables, soups, fruits, and fermented foods. The modern diet with staples such as meat, poultry, eggs, cheese, and baked/fried foods, is a very dry diet that […]

By |May 15th, 2015|Uncategorized|6 Comments

10 Benefits of Naturally Pickled and Fermented Foods

Natural pickling and fermentation are the most unique, traditional forms of food preservation that enhances the quality of the foods. Fermentation is an external, predigestion process that converts complex nutrients to simpler ones. Common fermented foods and beverages include sourdough, vinegar, and wine. Pickling is a type of controlled fermentation using salt. Examples of pickled […]

The Future of Modern Macrobiotics

Kimberly, a nutritional therapy student in the UK, recently posted on her blog “The Little Plantation” about miso soup and her experience with macrobiotics. I wish to thank her for encouraging people to read “The Complete Macrobiotic Diet.” I’d also like to compliment her for recognizing that our style of macrobiotic practice is an […]

How to Eat Your Sweets and Become Even Healthier

Craving sweets is usually associated with emotional satisfaction. We often feel guilty indulging our taste for sweets. Craving sweets may not be such a bad thing. Sweet is the most important and healthiest taste, followed by salty and sour tastes, followed by bitter and pungent tastes. It is the predominant and most abundant taste in […]

How To Become 100 Years Old

I recently viewed this talk by Dan Buettner on the Blue Zones. The Blue Zones are the places in the world with the highest concentrations of centenarians–the people who live to be 100 or beyond. He compiled research about their eating habits and food choices over the course of three years. It came as […]

Do We Have Something in Common with Lorikeets?

I was recently surprised to read about the destruction of the natural life experienced by lorikeets when unnatural foods are introduced into their diets. Many are feeding lorikeets simple sugars from syrups, honeys, and jams to encourage them into their backyards. In turn, the regular diet of the lorikeets is changing.

Lorikeets are natural vegetarians. […]

4 Preparations That Bring Out the Goodness of Food

In a recent entry , I began to discuss the benefits of cooking food. Cooking is a lifetime study that makes humans unique. It is a practice we can enjoy and learn from everyday without end.

Each method of cooking affects the color, taste, aroma, and textures of foods in different ways. The best cooking […]

10 Do-It-Yourself Practices To Achieve Natural Health

Recently, The New York Times published a piece Angelina Jolie Pitt wrote regarding her recent medical decisions as they relate to her family’s history and struggle with cancer. In the article, she wrote about her choice to have a double mastectomy and later, to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes. She offered readers the type […]

By |March 27th, 2015|Adjusting Your Diet, Articles and Research|4 Comments

Create Meals You Can Be Proud Of

Many believe that cooking destroys the nutrition in foods. Cooking literally transforms the nutrition that is available in foods. This can be done for better, or for worse depending on how food is prepared and cooked. All methods of preparation including pickling and fermenting are a part of cooking. Proper cooking can completely transform food. […]

10 Days to Meet Your Protein Requirements

Part of a macrobiotic meal prepares by Susan Waxman and students at a recent Strengthening Health Intensive seminar

One of the common misconceptions about vegan diets is that they are deficient in protein due to the lack of animal and dairy foods. However, all foods in their natural state contain protein; it is nearly […]

By |March 15th, 2015|Adjusting Your Diet|2 Comments

10 Secrets to Anti-Aging

Everyone seems to be concerned about aging these days. People take special preparations and treatments to reverse the natural process of aging. Most of these treatments are based on hormonal and/or nutritional supplements, creams and injections, or surgery. Unfortunately, these treatments are only temporary and oftentimes these treatments backfire. What are the differences between those […]

By |March 7th, 2015|Adjusting Your Diet, Anti-aging|5 Comments

10 Things That Will Transform Your Health

It’s becoming apparent that macrobiotics is the healthiest approach to diet and lifestyle. I’ve spent the past 43 years developing and refining the best possible ways to achieve the maximum benefits from this way of eating and living. A student of mine once said that no one can dispute that the practice of yoga is […]

The Best Overall Diet

This list from U.S. News & World Report ranked what they consider the healthiest overall diets. The diets were ranked using the following standards: short-term weight loss, long-term weight loss, diabetes management, heart health management, ease of compliance, nutritional completeness, and safety/health risks. Macrobiotics ranked 26th out of 35 on the list among others such […]

By |February 22nd, 2015|Uncategorized|4 Comments

Pilates Glossy Interview

I was recently interviewed for a Pilates Glossy in The Netherlands. Thank you Marjolein van Sonsbeek, for reaching out over the ocean and sharing macrobiotics with your audience.

Here is the transcript of the interview:


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By |February 11th, 2015|7 Steps, Adjusting Your Diet, Articles and Research|2 Comments

Health and Weight Check-yourself-list

I recently read an article in the New York Times about a study in San Diego that researchers conducted on mice. In the study, they restricted some mice to certain eating times; some mice were fed within a five hour window, some an eight hour window and some a twelve hour window. Others were allowed […]