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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:

 

Do you have a company related to macrobiotics?
The Strengthening Health Institute is a 501 c3 non-profit […]

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 […]

The last time I saw Michio

On December 28th around 8 p.m., Susan and I were in a restaurant having dinner with some friends. There was a call on my cell phone from Norio Kushi. Norio and I have been close friends for many years. He wanted to let me know personally that his father had passed away that morning. He […]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Detox

1. Detox is not a myth

I wanted to address some of the points made in an article from The Guardian. The article states that detox itself is a myth and that there is little we can do to aid in the process of eliminating toxins. I agree that there is no one solve-all detox method. […]

By |December 24th, 2014|7 Steps, diet and health, digestion|0 Comments

One Mind, One Heart

There is one mind common to all individual men. Every man is an inlet to the same and to all of the same. He that is once admitted to the right of reason is made a freeman of the whole estate. What Plato thought, he may think; what a saint has felt, he may feel; […]

By |December 7th, 2014|Macrobiotic Philosophy|1 Comment

The Macro Leap

I invite you to take the MACRO leap.

Macrobiotics is not a fad diet; it is humanity’s original way of eating. Perhaps most importantly, macrobiotics is a lifestyle for everyone. The practice is all-inclusive because it is a constant journey of adding healthy, balanced practices into daily life. Practicing macrobiotics is flexible and adaptable to anywhere […]

Our Digestive System is Not On Call 24 Hours a Day

I was happy to find an article in The New York Times that reinforces the importance of eating healthy meals at regular times. This is an issue I have been writing and teaching about for more than 20 years, so it is nice to see these ideas getting mainstream support. The article links the effects […]

Do you soak your grain?

A number of my longtime clients are elderly women who have come to me with a variety of health concerns.  I have counseled these women over many years regarding their diet and lifestyle practices according to macrobiotic principles.  Some of these women have had serious falls where you would except them to break a bone,  […]

Evidence is Mounting About the Relationship between Diet and Health

It is becoming more and more evident that diet can prevent and even reverse serious illness including many cancers.  This means that our health is in our own hands.  I find it interesting that there is so much resistance to this vital and life changing information.  Two articles, Can Cancer Be Prevented- and Even Cured- […]

More on Gut Microbes

I found an interesting article from NPR about gut microbes and diet soda. Healthy gut microbes aide in digestion and absorption of nutrients and the elimination of waste. All of these processes are supported by good eating habits and a whole-foods plant-based diet, together with naturally fermented and pickled foods. I have discussed the details […]

You can Nurture the Earth

Neal Barnard wrote a great article for The Huffington Post this past summer.  He clarifies the social and environmental benefits of eating a grain and bean based diet.   It is becoming increasingly clear that the time is now to start eating grains, beans and other plant based foods directly, rather than using these foods to raise animals […]

Lou Gehrig and Macrobiotics

For many Americans, Lou Gehrig is remembered as the Iron Horse, playing 17 seasons for the New York Yankees, but for many others, he is associated with ALS, or amytophic lateral sclerosis. Between 1925 and 1939 Gehrig didn’t miss a game; his prowess as a hitter won him national acclaim. So when at the age […]

By |September 3rd, 2014|Uncategorized|7 Comments

Something to Digest

In Oriental medicine, the body is thought to be composed of complementary systems.  In our digestive system, we actually have a second brain called the enteric nervous system.  The same kind of cells are found in both systems. From birth, our gut bacteria guides the development of our immune system and brain.  This ongoing relationship […]

Linking emotions and nature: The Macrobiotic Diet

Emotions are a bridge between the mind and body.  When we eat local and unrefined food, prepared with care and love, our mind follows with flowing, harmonious emotions.  Our natural state is a calm, peacefulness, flowing into joy. Healthy emotions allow us to deal smoothly with all aspects of life.  As the seasons shift, as […]

By |August 21st, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Age of Macrobiotics

I was happy to read Dr. Neal Barnard’s blog yesterday which shares some of the inner workings of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee at the National Institutes of Health and how the recommended diet for people across the country is made. He says this year, the advisory committee listened to the urgings of the Physicians […]

By |August 8th, 2014|7 Steps|2 Comments

Diet is Related to More Than Personal Health

It’s no longer a personal choice of whether to eat animal or dairy foods or not. Our planet can only support the production of animal and dairy foods for a limited number of people. At the same time, the environmental effects of animal and dairy foods is devastating. Take a look at this graph that […]

By |July 30th, 2014|Articles and Research|0 Comments