Need Help Transitioning to a Macrobiotic or Vegetarian Diet?

If you are interested eating healthier you may already be thinking about macrobiotics and vegetarianism. You may have even tried a few days of only eating fruits and vegetables only to be disappointed a few days later when you're staring at the half eaten hamburger on your plate. We are used to unhealthy food, and it is very hard to make the decision to lead a healthy life and change our diet in one sudden move. We all understand the issue, especially those who have tried and failed. If you want to change something about yourself you can't do it overnight.

This is a short but critical list of what needs to be changed about you're eating habits, and how to change them. If you are determined to change to a macrobiotic food diet, you need to give yourself some time for the healthy new habits to sink in.

The first row of each section below consists of what most of us are eating now. The second mentions foods that can replace the current ones, and the third tells what is your aim, your goal, what should you be aiming towards to change to a macrobiotic diet.

Take time and enjoy the transition!


Who doesn't love sugary foods? If there is one thing that we need to change is our addiction to all things with added sugar. It is not easy as sugar is in many foods we eat even if we don't know it. Start looking at everything you put in your mouth and if it is artificially sweetened ask yourself if you really need it.

Now: Sugar, honey, chocolate and other sweets.

Replacement: Sweeteners made from wheat and maple tree.

Goal: Natural sweetening by cooking wheat and vegetables.


From Red Meat to FishCredit: photo credit: PetitPlat - Stephanie Kilgast via photo pin ccMeat is an almost unavoidable part in everybody’s diet. It might not be bad for you if taken moderately, and if it is from homebred animals. Your homebred chicken might be more healthy then salmon transported from the other part of the world, but a macrobiotics diet is still in favor of fish because it has important nutritive compounds and much less fat.

Now: Beef, pork, eggs.

Replacement: White meat and other home bred chicken meat.

Goal: Fish and seafood.


Animal Milk to Soy MilkCredit: photo credit: smiteme via photo pin ccSome say that milk has harmful effects to adults, while others strongly disagree and recommend a glass a day. The Macrobiotics diet is not in favor of cow or goat milk, but instead recommends milk entirely made from soybean and wheat.

Now: Milk, dairy products, cheese, butter, sour cream.

Replacement: Small amounts of wheat milk, nuts, and nut butter.

Goal: Soybean milk and dairy products, seed butter.


Seasonal FruitCredit: photo credit: faith goble via photo pin ccMost fruits we find in the market are not as healthy as we tend to think. Most of it is artificially raised and grown. I hate to say it but even the fruit we eat needs to be chosen carefully.

Now: Tropical and subtropical artificial, unnatural fruit.

Replacement: Naturally grown fruit and fruit juices.

Goal: Naturally grown fruit and juices in small amounts, limited use and only seasonal fruit. 


Limited AlchoholCredit: photo credit: d.norwood via photo pin ccA little bit of alcohol from time to time is ok, and macrobiotics allows it. It relaxes you, spares you from stress but it also does a little damage to your stomach. Especially the alcohol we find in beer, most wines which also contain pesticides, and cheap bottled spirits. If we cannot get rid of alcohol all together, we might moderate it a bit.

Now: Alcoholic drinks, liqueurs, wine, beer.

Replacement: Naturally fermented alcoholic drinks, especially the ones from wheat, like whisky.

Goal: Mild alcoholic drinks, consumed occasionally and in small amounts.


From Coffee to TeaCredit: photo credit: Aih. via photo pin ccWe say we need some coffee to start the day or to not fall asleep. While we might be right since caffeine really does help to stimulate the brain. The first step in the transition to a Macrobiotic diet is to switch to grean or black tea. Later on, when we get more disciplined about our daily diet and our mental health, we might stop needing caffeine all together.

Now: Coffee, flavored and sweetened spiked drinks.

Replacement: Tea from herbs which are not very aromatic.

Goal: Tea from non-aromatic herbs that have no stimulating effects.

This short list addresses all changes you need to make in your eating habits. Just be persistent and do not give up. The results are sure to follow.