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Many early macrobiotic practitioners also did a “brown rice fast” where, for 10 to 12 days, they ate practically nothing but brown rice and recovered from many, long-term health problems as a result.
However, this not to recommend eating grains and nothing else. Even if you wish to do it for only 10 to 12 days, you should seek the advice of a macrobiotic counselor first.
Whole Grains; a Balanced FoodIn macrobiotics, the rationale for eating mainly whole grains is this they have the most balanced energy in terms of yin and yang or expansion / contraction. This cannot be scientifically proven, of course. It requires an understanding of the concept of yin and yang, or expansion and contraction energy.
Foods can be divided into two main types: animal and plant. Of the two, animal foods are more contracted (more dense / compact / concentrated) while plant foods are more expanded (more loosely structured, diffused, watery, etc.).
On this basis, macrobiotics considers whole grains to have the most balanced energy.
Whole Grains in the Macrobiotic DietMost types of whole grain may be eaten as part of a macrobiotic diet, even if they come from somewhat different climatic zones. This is because most grains can grow in wide climatic zones. For example, millet grows in South China and India, which are relatively mild climates, as well as in Japan and Korea, which are much colder climates.
Whole grains that are more suitable for tropical and sub-tropical climates include:o long-grain and medium-grain brown riceo sweet / glutinous riceo milleto barleyo “China barley” or hato mugio corn.
Whole grains that are more suitable for temperate and colder climates include:o medium-grain and short-grain brown riceo wheato milleto barleyo oatso ryeo buckwheat. For more options, check out chemo alternatives at this link.
There is no great harm in occasionally eating grains from another climatic zone, but they should not form the main food. For example, people in the tropics should not take oats, or buckwheat as their main food, people in cold climates should not take corn as their main food.
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