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Transcript of Macrobiotic Diet
What is its Goal?
Costs Bibliography The macrobiotic diet is originally from Japan. This diet combines the beliefs of Zen Buddhism with a Western-style vegetarian diet. It is all about spiritualism that goes beyond lifestyle, attitude, and diet practices. The word "macrobiotic" is Greek which means "long life" or "great life". Its goal is to impact a person's health, happiness, and well-being and to make him become more sensitive to food. Some people even believe that this diet protects you from cancer. How it Works Even though this diet provides you with nutritious meals, it still lacks some important vitamins. These vitamins are protein, vitamin B12, iron, magnesium, and calcium. This could cause you to have inadequate protein which may result in you not having enough energy. It is also not scientifically proven to prevent cancer. You also need to buy organic food which costs more than regular food. Locally grown fruits and vegetables can also be more expensive, as well as all the storage containers and jars needed to prepare the food. This diet plan requires you to take it seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the Macrobiotic Diet, the food you can eat is adjusted according to the season and climate. It also depends on your physical activity, age, gender, and health. The Macrobiotic Diet routine is used to achieve a balance of yin and yang by combining foods based on their sour, sharp, salty, sweet, or bitter characteristics. You can eat naturally grown foods that are baked, boiled or steamed. The main foods you can eat in this diet are large servings of grains, vegetables, fermented soy, and soups combined with small amounts of fish, nuts, seeds, and fruits. Processed foods, fatty meats, dairy, sugars, coffee, caffeinated tea, stimulating beverages, alcohol, chocolate, flour, hot spices, chemicals, preservatives, poultry, potatoes, and zucchini are some of the foods that you are not allowed to eat in this diet. Foods You Can't Eat Foods You Can Eat Main portion of Grains (40% - 60%)
A balance of green leafy, round and root Vegetables (20%-30%) Dairy Products Coffee Alcohol Chocolate Potato Hot Spices Refined Flour Zucchini Poultry/Meats Sugar How Does it Compare to
Canada's Food Guide Soups made from allowed ingredients (1-2 cups per day) Beans and Bean products
including lentils, chickpeas, tofu, tempeh and others
(5%-10%) Seeds, fish, nuts, and locally-grown fruits (5%-20%) The Canada's Food Guide recommends that an average adult should have 7-10 servings of fruits and vegetables, 6-8 servings of grain products, 2-3 servings of dairy products and 2-3 servings of meat and alternatives per day. However, the Macrobiotic Diet suggests that an adult should have the highest servings of whole grains and vegetables per day and much smaller servings of beans, nuts, fish and fruits only a few times a week. The Macrobiotic Diet does not allow any servings of meat, dairy or eggs and the only meat alternatives allowed are fish, cooked legumes, tofu and nuts. Would I Recommend This Diet
to a Loved One? I would recommend this diet to a loved one who is trying to lose weight because I think it will help them stay away from fatty foods and feel healthier. However, they should only stay on this diet for a short period of time. Once he/she has achieved a healthy weight, I believe that they should no longer follow this diet because it may not provide all the nutrients they require to be healthy and maintain their energy levels. INTERNET
Ong, Julie S. and Bull, Lorena Novac. The Everything Guide to Macrobiotics: A practical introduction to the macrobiotic lifestyle - and how it can work for you. Cincinnati, Ohio. Adams Media Corporation, July 18, 2010. Print. WEEKLY LUNCH
Brown rice burgers with cucumber, cabbage, celery,
garbanzo beans and mushrooms
Miso soup, quinoa and pumpkin seed pilaf, green lentils and mushroom cabbage rolls
Brown rice salad, lima beans and Miso soup
Mushroom polenta burgers, beans, squash and radishes
Brown rice and kidney beans burrito, clam soup, bok choy and cilantro
Pan-fried polenta, black-eyed pea burgers and carrots, beets and onions
Noodles with veggie sauce and clam soup
Brown rice with kidney beans, carrots and Miso soup
Whole oats and roasted pumpkin seeds
Whole grain cereal with soy milk
Banana pecan buckwheat pancakes and green beans
Porridge and sautéed carrots
Polenta with peas and tempeh soy bacon
Brown rice and steamed bok choy
Rice and broccoli with cauliflower
Quinoa and corn SNACKS
Hummus and pita triangles Steamed sour dough bread with carrot and onion butter
Fresh berries with a pinch of salt
Pan-fried polenta sticks
Rice cakes with almond butter
Brown rice, vegetable and tofu stir fry
with sliced almonds
Brown rice burgers, lima beans, corn,
steamed collards and cantaloupe
Black-eyed pea burgers, shitake mushrooms,
cabbage, beets and onions
Baked white radish, turnip, rutabaga with almond sauce and collards with caramelized onions
Black rice with orange zest, tempeh soy sausages,
cauliflower and broccoli
Millet and quinoa pilaf, roasted mushrooms,
peas and beans EVERY DAY This diet is followed every day for a long period of time. Some people stay on this diet for their entire lives. It is a healthy and natural way of eating. Here are some examples of menu items.