What is macrobiotics?

Someone left a comment asking, “What is macrobiotics, anyway?” It is good practice for me to try and answer this question. To me, “macrobiotic” means several things. From my experience, it is a diet, a philosophy, and a lifestyle. (For another point of view, go to Regarding one’s diet, macrobiotics is a whole foods […]


You are the entire universe. You are in all, and all is in you. Sun, moon, and stars revolve within you. Swami Muktananda

Miso Soup for Allison

For one person (from Cooking the Whole Foods Way, by Christina Pirello) 1 cup spring or filtered water 1 1-inch piece of wakame, soaked and diced Several pieces each of a few vegetables (onion, daikon, carrot, cabbage, squash, etc) 1 tsp barley or brown rice miso Green onions, thinly sliced, for garnish Bring water and […]

Carl Jung says…

As to the ultimate things, we can know nothing, and only when we admit this do we return to equilibrium. Carl Jung

A Macrobiotic View of Karma and Fate

On another day of macrobiotic class, we took up the topic of karma and fate. Our teacher asked us, “What is karma?” Like many Western people, I had the view that karma was somewhat like the Christian “do unto others as they do unto you.” If I do a very good deed for someone, then […]

Thought for the Day

People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering. St. Augustine

Hijiki with Onion and Carrot for Laura

From Aveline Kushi’s Complete Guide to Macrobiotic Cooking 1 ounce dried hijiki 1 t dark sesame oil 1 onion, sliced into crescent moons 1 carrot, cut into matchsticks spring water 2 to 3 T shoyu (soysauce) Put the hijiki into a bowl and soak for about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside. Brush a frying […]

Oden for Naomi

From Aveline Kushi’s Complete Guide to Macrobiotic Cooking Oden is a traditional Japanese stew, enjoyed especially during the colder months. It is cooked family-style on the table and eaten from the pot. Oden consists of tofu, daikon, and a wide variety of other ingredients in a broth and is frequently accompanied by hot sake. It […]

How to have good luck in 2005

Sometimes over the weekends, I go to Macrobi Garden in Osaka, where I study macrobiotic cooking and theory with Hiroyuki and Mie Naka. They are incredibly kind, compassionate, and intelligent people who glow very brightly. The most recent lecture with Hiroyuki was “How to have good luck in the New Year” The two parts to […]

Macrobiotic Summer Conference

P8150826 Originally uploaded by macro808. These are some of the beautiful people I study with in Japan. We all went to the macrobiotic summer conference in Vermont in summer of ’04 here