In 1985 I was introduced to the macrobiotic or brown rice diet. I will take you on the adventure and show you its amazing healing power.
I started on it as an overweight, 38-year-old woman. My health to say the least was not good at all. My teeth had numerous cavities, crowns and missing teeth. My hair was thin. My eyesight was so bad that I wore bifocals for my myopia and a stigmatism. I also had very little night vision, so I never drove after dark. I also have a variety of hemophilia. My doctors tested the blood for years and said I apparently had everything there in terms of plasma and platelets, but the blood just would not coagulate.
I had varicose veins so bad that an aunt of mine said I need my veins stripped, as she had done. I shuddered to think of what that would be like.
My boss’ husband, Henry, told me about his brother who had lung cancer. He went on this diet, and after a year they gave him an MRI. His lungs were completely clear. Henry himself went on the diet and soon was playing two hours of tennis every day and swimming 100 laps in the pool. He said he felt like a million bucks at the age of 72.
I figured I would give it a try. What did I have to lose?
After nine months of being and reading all the literature I could get my hands on the results were amazing.
First the curative powers:
- My eyesight has gotten continually better. I no longer have a stigmatism. My last two eye exams have shown continued improvement of the myopia (this is a degenerative condition). My night vision is back and I can drive again.
- My varicose veins have disappeared completely.
- I have not had a cavity since 1985. I lost a crown and took it to the dentist to have it repaired. He said the tooth grew back and I didn’t need the crown anymore. Other than cleanings I have had no work done on my teeth over the past three decades.
- Best of all, in 1992 I had a hysterectomy and the doctor said I had no bleeding. This was fantastic news.
- In 2011, I heard that my brother had quadruple bypass heart surgery. My mother had a bypass in 1981 and my father had the surgery the next year and again in 1987. I visited a cardiologist to see if I, too, was a candidate. He performed multiple tests and said my heart was clear and healthy.
- Then, in 2004 a colonoscopy and endoscopy were clear.
Not bad for a 67 year-old lady.
You should not go on this diet indefinitely, but once you do it will forever change your thinking about what you eat. The diet is all about balancing your food intake: That’s why it’s called the Yin and Yang of dieting. At one end of the spectrum is fish and on the other end organic vegetables. In between are nuts, fruits beans, tofu, miso and especially organic whole grains, that latter of which should make up about half of your overall diet. Meats are a no-no, and dairy products including eggs are discouraged, as are spicy foods, soda, coffee and alcohol.
There are many plants that have healing power; such has seaweed, bancha (green) tea and brown rice. But you learn that you shouldn’t eat asparagus, eggplant, spinach, tomatoes or zucchini. Also, food should be eaten at room temperature instead of hot or cold. Each meal should also contain sweet and sour, pickles and brown rice.
I could go on and on but now it is the time to start your own adventure into macrobiotics.