Macrobiotics for Life: A Practical Guide to Healing for Body, Mind, and Heart


Macrobiotics for Life presents a complete, holistic approach to health that can be applied to the body, mind, and soul. Combining the concept of a healthy, natural foods lifestyle with a philosophy of self-love, macrobiotic expert Simon Brown explains how food, exercise, and bodywork can create greater physical health. He takes readers through simple steps that show how to bring macrobiotic practice into everyday life by suggesting ways to heal the mind (letting go of assumptions and judgments), heal the heart ...

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Macrobiotics for Life presents a complete, holistic approach to health that can be applied to the body, mind, and soul. Combining the concept of a healthy, natural foods lifestyle with a philosophy of self-love, macrobiotic expert Simon Brown explains how food, exercise, and bodywork can create greater physical health. He takes readers through simple steps that show how to bring macrobiotic practice into everyday life by suggesting ways to heal the mind (letting go of assumptions and judgments), heal the heart (listening to one's emotions), and heal the body (caring for one's skin, energizing one's organs, and creating a healthy digestive system).

The book also offers extensive information about macrobiotic foods-tips for eating out, saving time in the kitchen, dealing with food cravings-and a variety of menu plans to help readers get started. A range of recipes-snacks, entrees, desserts-provides essential resources for enjoying macrobiotics and striking color photographs illustrate meals that are both nutritious and delicious.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Wow! What a fantastic book. It’s inspiring, thought provoking, and practical. Simon Brown takes macrobiotic living to a new realm.”
—Melanie Waxman, macrobiotics teacher and author of Eat Me Now!

“This comprehensive guide to natural living is perfection. Simon Brown gives readers a great place to begin their transformation, with understanding and clear, gentle examination of the theories that are the foundation of macrobiotics. He has left the dogma behind and placed his focus on the beautiful wisdom that makes macrobiotics one of the most powerful life journeys you can imagine. This book is for anyone and everyone with an interest in creating their best life.”
—Christina Pirello, Emmy Award-winning host of Christina Cooks, bestselling cookbook author, and macrobiotics teacher

“In Macrobiotics for Life, Simon Brown speaks with a gentle, personable voice and offers readers practical wellness strategies that inspire and educate. He also includes delicious, easy-to-follow recipes by Dragana Brown and takes a much-needed body, mind, and spirit approach.”
—Verne Varona, author of Macrobiotics for Dummies

"In Macrobiotics for Life, Simon Brown provides a non-dogmatic, holistic view of healing. From beginning to end, his conversational style allows readers to view him as a fellow traveler down life’s road—a trusted friend providing gentle guidance. The sections on emotional healing provide a significant addition to macrobiotic literature and fill a long-standing void. The depth of understanding and the numerous analogies, examples, practical exercises, and useful summaries at the end of each chapter make this book a must-have for anyone interested in health and well-being.”
—Carl Ferré, president of the George Ohsawa Macrobiotic Foundation and author of Pocket Guide to Macrobiotics and Acid and Alkaline Companion

“Living a healthy life is quickly becoming a revolutionary act. Simon Brown’s book brings practical insight and broad vision to the transformative study and practice of macrobiotics.”
—Bill Tara, macrobiotics teacher and counselor

“Simon Brown brings macrobiotics into the twenty-first century. By emphasizing the mental, emotional, and spiritual areas of our life, he shows how these intersect for each of us, especially in our way of eating. By inviting you to reflect on these issues, he helps lead you to a profound level of self-discovery. He gently educates you on the key concepts of macrobiotic principles so that you will find them easy to embrace. There is no dogma of good versus bad; instead, Simon provides the tools to understand balance through your experience. This book excels by opening the door wide for lifestyle changes that will influence you, your family—especially children—and your relationships in new, exciting, and healthy ways."
—Michael Rossoff, LAc, macrobiotics teacher, counselor, and founder of Macromuse

“At last—a book that in a very clear and direct, simple and sincere way leads you into the depths of the macrobiotic way of life. This is ‘the best of’ the most precious insights and experience gained from a lifetime of macrobiotic philosophy and practice. Simon Brown has shown us the wholeness of a macrobiotic approach to life, the indisputable bond that exists between emotions, attitude, eating habits, breathing, exercising, and healing on all levels of our lives. He fills the void in literature on macrobiotics and provides an excellent compass for anyone who wants to take a healthier and happier road to a great life.”
—Jadranka Boban Pejic, macrobiotics teacher and award-winning cookbook author

“Simon Brown has created a broad and highly accessible platform by eliminating much of the conceptual dogma and rigidity that has plagued macrobiotics for so many years. He has opened a new front by examining the role that our emotional life plays in terms of overall health. To his credit, he is also unafraid to venture outside the artificial constraints of macrobiotics by citing other bodies of work that can complement one’s practice. This book is equally useful for those wanting to launch their own macrobiotic practice and more seasoned practitioners.”
—Greg Johnson, macrobiotics teacher and director of the Concord Institute, London

“[Macrobiotics For Life] is well researched…highly recommended for health buffs, as well as medical providers.
Basil & Spice

“[Macrobiotics for Life is] a gentle, inspiring read.”
WholeFood Kitchen

“Whether you’re a longtime practitioner of macrobiotics, or like me, you always wondered what it was all about, you’ll find Macrobiotics for Life to be an informative and thorough book that will lead you to some serious introspection on your diet, your mind, and even your soul.”

Macrobiotics For Life is a comprehensive resource which helps readers learn about applying macrobiotic principles to benefit the body, mind and soul… Practical strategies to boost health and well-being are offered throughout, with striking illustrations to show a wide range of macrobiotic foods… Macrobiotics For Life will certainly appeal to both complete novices to the macrobiotic approach and those already following a macrobiotic diet.”
—Kate Le Page,

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556437861
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 926,098
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

Part 1 The Beginning 1

Chapter 1 The Essence of Macrobiotic Healing 3

Chapter 2 Key Ingredients for Healing 7

Chapter 3 Understanding Macrobiotics 12

Chapter 4 How Macrobiotics Works 17

Chapter 5 How to Use This Book 21

Part 2 Healing The Mind 23

Chapter 6 Freeing the Mind 25

Chapter 7 Assumptions, Expectations, and Relationships 31

Chapter 8 Responsibility 40

Chapter 9 Letting Go of Limiting Thoughts 49

Chapter 10 Emptying the Mind 54

Chapter 11 Continuous Transformation 58

Chapter 12 Nutrition for the Mind 65

Part 3 Healing The Heart 71

Chapter 13 Listening to Our Emotions 73

Chapter 14 Endless Appreciation and Love 77

Chapter 15 Opening Your Heart 84

Chapter 16 Accepting Emotions 89

Chapter 17 Emotions and Natural Influences 94

Chapter 18 Society, Friends, Family, and Children 101

Chapter 19 Emotional Energy 114

Chapter 20 Fueling Emotions with Food 121

Part 4 Healing The Body 129

Chapter 21 Testing Our Bodies 131

Chapter 22 Creating a Healthy Digestive System 145

Chapter 23 Foods for Physical Well-Being 157

Chapter 24 Liquids 173

Chapter 25 Sleep 180

Chapter 26 Skin Care 187

Chapter 27 Exercise and Stretching 193

Chapter 28 Chanting 199

Chapter 29 Natural Immunity 203

Part 5 Macrobiotic Principles 207

Chapter 30 Change 209

Chapter 31 Living Energy 217

Chapter 32 Acid and Alkaline 227

Chapter 33 Glycemic Index 232

Chapter 34 Yin and Yang 238

Chapter 35 The Five Elements 244

Chapter 36 The History of Macrobiotics 253

Part 6 Practical Advice 265

Chapter 37 Cravings 267

Chapter 38 Eating Out 269

Chapter 39 Quick Meals 272

Chapter 40 Babies and Children 276

Part 7 Menu Plans281

Chapter 41 Getting Started 283

Chapter 42 Low Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load Diet 285

Chapter 43 Alkaline-Forming Diet 287

Chapter 44 Recovery Diet 290

Part 8 Recipes 293

Chapter 45 Breakfasts 295

Chapter 46 Lunches 298

Chapter 47 Dinners 311

Chapter 48 Snacks 325

Chapter 49 Cakes and Other Desserts 327

Chapter 50 Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices 331

Contributors' Web Sites and E-mail Addresses 333

Index 337

About the Author 353

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