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This small guide through the dietary principles of macrobiotics is loaded with the fundamentals of the diet, but it also offers sound advice on healthy eating. The macrobiotic diet focuses on whole grains, fresh vegetables, and natural (i.e., not refined) foods, along with the principles of yin and yang that govern the philosophy--all of which are explained clearly and succinctly: "A basic tenet of macrobiotic thinking is that all things--our bodies, foods, and everything else--are composed of yin and yang energies.... macrobiotic practice emphasizes the two food groups--grains and vegetable--that have the least pronounced yin and yang qualities, making it easier to achieve a more balanced condition within the natural order of life."
Although macrobiotics is more than a diet--in fact, its principles can be applied to all areas of life--this book focuses on its applications to diet and health. A macrobiotic regimen promises many blessings, among them greater energy, relief from pain and illnesses, renewed enjoyment of food, a more fulfilling sex life, and improved sleep.