I thought it’d be interesting to share the macrobiotic approach and diet with you, plus details on where you can find the best macro plate in New York City. I was inspired to write this after having ordered about a million and one times from my neighborhood spot, and wanting to learn the meaning behind the delicious food. While I don’t promote extremes or strict diets, I do think that the macrobiotic philosophy is a very whole approach and macrobiotic foods are an incredibly delicious compliment to a balanced lifestyle.
The Macrobiotic theory is based in the idea that all things should be balanced. Our bodies consist of two types of energy, yin and yang. In food, yin refers to the expansive, cold, and moistening foods, while yang refers to the contracting, warm, and drying foods. A typical American diet is usually too much of one of these, and not balanced in either, whereas a macrobiotic diet is a complementary balance of these two energies. The balance promotes healing and allows the body to eliminate toxins, resulting in less illness and disease. The theory does not promote any one way of eating or living, but rather allows for flexibility depending on what works for you.
The Macrobiotic Diet is rich in whole grains and fresh vegetables and avoids any high sugar, dairy, meat, and processed foods. The idea is that when you eat these whole, unrefined and unprocessed foods that you’ll be able to maintain good physical and spiritual health and live in harmony with nature. This is not a low-carb diet, nor is it a fad, it’s stems from the Japanese culture and has been around for hundreds of years.
A macrobiotic staple item is the Macro Plate. The Macro Plate I get from Souen East Village in New York consists of brown rice, beans (I love their black beans), seaweed, steamed kale/carrot/broccoli, and steamed kabocha squash. You can add a tofu or salmon topping, which I often do and then finish it off with their incredible Miso Tahini dressing (my favorite!). The best part about this meal is that you don’t have to stress about portions or quality. There’s not too much or too little of anything. They also have great soups and salmon plates.
I order or dine in about 4 times a week, so much that you’ve definitely seen me post about them on my Instagram. It’s worth checking out if you’re in the area, but if not then I encourage you to try to make your own macro plate for dinner tonight. It’s warming, grounding, and delicious.
Have you ever tried a macrobiotic meal? Let me know below. 🙂