August 25th, 2011
My journey to macrobiotics started with a cryptic phone call from my doctor after receiving the results of some routine tests. She left a message on my voicemail requesting that I call her back as soon as I could. Being the hypochondriac I am, I immediately decided I had cancer. It was really the only logical conclusion. Unfortunately, I was unable to get a hold of my doctor for the next four days (it was the day before New Year’s Eve and everyone was out of the office).
With my obsessive personality I immediately started Googling (yes, Google is a verb) cancer cures. How could I get cure this obviously deadly cancer that I was convinced I had? During my search I came across macrobiotics. Luckily I did not, in fact, have cancer (just a minor infection that cleared up with antibiotics).
The obsessive and panicked research I did, however, sparked my interest in macrobiotics. I purchased Jessica Porter’s book The Hip Chick’s Guide to Macrobiotics. I started P90X not long after that and subsequently forgot about macrobiotics entirely until I saw the book sitting on my shelf around the end of July. Curious to know more, and looking for a way to lose that last bit of belly fat, I started reading.
So here is what you need to know about macrobiotics (Author’s note: This is a quick overview of Macrobiotics based on my reading of online articles and The Hip Chick’s Guide to Macrobiotics. I am no expert on the subject and apologize for any inaccuracies in my information. Please let me know if you notice any inaccuracies so that I can correct them as soon as possible. It is not my intention to mislead anyone. If you would like to do your own research please feel free to follow the links referenced in this post.):
Yin and Yang
Macrobiotics is all about the yin and yang of foods and balancing that yin and yang in your body. Yang is contracted, inward, downward, heavy, dry, small, dense and hard. Yin, however is the opposite, expanded, outward, upward, light, wet, large, not dense and soft. However, as most of us have heard, everything on earth is a little bit yang and a little bit yin. It is the same for foods. So compared to salt, fish are yin, but compared to beans, fish are yang (see below).