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Macrobiotic cake by Sardinia Escapes.

Modern Macrobiotics meets Sardinian Healthy Slow Food Lifestyle

Our co-founder Barbara Demuru has recently had the pleasure to be interviewed by Italian food blog fruttasemiebacche.com, which is entirely dedicated to the fascinating world of dried fruits, nuts and seeds. Barbara is a Macrobiotics consultant who has studied in London with Simon Brown, one of the best expert in the field, author of Modern-Day Macrobiotics, Macrobiotics for Life and several other books on the topic. Living and working in Sardinia, Barbara has decided to creatively combine the principles of modern macrobiotics with those of the traditional healthy slow food lifestyle of the island. We are happy to publish an English version of Barbara's interview on our blog. If you would like to read the original version in Italian, please follow this link: fruttasemiebacche.com/lintervista-cucina-barbara-demuru-e-la-cucina-macrobiotica. Enjoy and share the love![/vc_column_text][eltd_blockquote text="How would you explain Macrobiotics to those who have never heard of it?"][vc_column_text]"Macrobiotics" is a word that might sound obscure, and I personally don’t particularly like using this term. I prefer calling it the "grandmother’s (or even great-grandmother’s) cooking philosophy". In fact, Macrobiotics is an all-natural eating style, which has been adopted by long-living populations since a very long time and in many different variations around the world, before processed food became the norm. It’s a plant based eating style, which opts for local seasonal food, but it doesn’t exclude small quantities of high quality animal products and home made sweets for special occasions. It’s an inclusive rather than exclusive eating style; it doesn’t forbid anything in principle, on the contrary it encourages us to develop a personal approach to food, depending on our age, lifestyle and even character. It’s not a classical “diet”, as many people think. It’s a lifestyle philosophy that guides us to find our own wellbeing by following our inner rhythm and balancing our natural cycles. The macrobiotic lifestyle includes moderate exercise, meditation and all the good practices that can reduce our stress level. The word "macrobiotics" comes from the Greek "macros" (big) and "bios" (life). Food (real food, of course) is actually “alive” and it brings us life, quite literally. In addition, each different food produces its own type of energy, which we assimilate by "eating" it. In conclusion, the macrobiotic philosophy has always been practiced since ancient times (unconsciously and without the need of defining it) by many communities around the world, especially those living in the so-called “blue zones”, which scientists Gianni Pes and Michel Poulain have recently recognized as longevity hotspots.[/vc_column_text][eltd_blockquote text="What about dried fruits, nuts and seeds? Are they used often in macrobiotic cooking?"][vc_column_text]Macrobiotics opts for non processed natural food, which maintains all its...