Macrobiotic diet plans change with the seasons. Yin and Yang, cold and warm, the seasons cycle, providing planetary balance, guiding sowing seeds and reaping harvests. A fall macrobiotic diet plan reflects summer's (Yang) transition into autumn and winter (Yin). Discover that macrobiotic eating is not rigid and dull. It is as alive as the changing seasons.
Yin and Yang
Fall brings warm, sometimes hot, days. Gardens yield summer's final fruits and vegetables. To transition your macrobiotic diet from Summer to Fall, enjoy fresh, locally and organically grown fruits and vegetables. Cucumbers, lettuce and carrots cool the remaining warmth. Enjoy crisp salads and spicy salsas, summer's fading echoes of Yang. As fall progresses, you will begin to eat warming soups, root vegetables and animal foods, if not vegetarian.
With the first of the cooler days, begin to introduce Yin, heartier and warmer meals. Look to the eating habits of Earth's northern regions for examples of foods to eat as winter chill descends. Most fish, sea and root vegetables sustain polar populations. Hot puddings, soups and stews bubble on the hearth and fill your home with inviting aromas. Relish Indian summer, that last wave of heat wave. Summer's Yang wanes, fading with it Yin's balancing diet. You are aligned with nature.
According to Macrobiotic Cooking, macrobiotic diets should include grains, protein, sea vegetables, vegetables, pickles, and optional desert. The site suggests that a Fall macrobiotic menu can include Broiled Millet Squash Loaf, Deep Fried Seitan Steaks with Mushroom/Basil Gravy, Mustard & Scallions, and Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage. Collard greens can provide bitter balance to the sweetness of squash and a pickle brings salty balance. Tastes balance within the menu. The menu balances the transition from summer to winter.
A central macrobiotic principle is to eat as many locally-grown foods as possible. As the seasons change, foods indigenous to a region vary. Eating local food leaves a lighter carbon footprint. You and the planet are healthier. According to macrobiotic principles, when people eat foods that are not in harmony with their environment, illness results-in people and the planet.
As a macrobiotic cook, you transition from summer to fall, and on to winter. Paying attention to your environment as it surrounds you and sustains you creates a new awareness. You have a role in life's cycles and they are alive in yours. As you select and prepare dishes rich in warming Yang, focus on the foods. How do they yield as you slice layer and cook them? Breathe deeply and enter into awareness of your presence in the moment. Macrobiotic eating is more than sustaining the body. It is about sustaining the spirit, creating moments of harmony in the midst of hectic lives.