Local Foods Local Health: The Keys to Sustainable Health


In the past years, I have come to understand the adjective, macrobiotic, to mean longevity. A truly macrobiotic approach is a longevity approach which was applied throughout the world to promote daily health and wellbeing. The challenge, today, is to adapt the practices and principles that were learned from eastern teachers to varying local environments and modern conditions.

Local foods are a good place to start. Traditional cuisines are based on local foods. A traditional Japanese saying, Shin Do Fu Ji, is universally true. Body and soil are one. To become sustainably healthy, it is important to shift our food choices to foods that grow locally. This means that diets will be more seasonal and more uniquely suited and varying for each specific environment. The power of the nutrition and energy from local foods is incredible.

In addition to eating locally, it is important to sort out the truths and myths of what it means to stay healthy.  Falsehoods exist about many health issues. Weight is on the top of the list. Healthy natural eating is really the key to creating a healthy weight. There is convincing evidence that skinny is not healthy for all and that no one should restrict themselves of calories by dieting.  Diet creates too many unintended consequences. Instead, the focus should be on a healthy diet and lifestyle. There are many surprising truths that are being uncovered about weight and health. Many of these findings contradict what we have commonly accepted (Why BMI Is a Big Fat Scam in Mother Jones Sept./Oct. 2014).

Popular nutritional approaches are another area where myths abound. Many diets that are recommended today are nutritionally poor. Traditional macrobiotic or longevity eating  around the globe was always nutritionally rich with an abundance of nutrients.  For optimal health, the best choice is nutritional wealth over nutritional poverty.

In order to create sustainable health, it is important to know when we are out of balance. Over the years, as a health teacher and counselor, I’ve put lots of time into research, thinking, observations and practice of health assessment or diagnosis. I found that I had to expand upon oriental diagnosis methods that I had learned to include Indian and Chinese diagnostic systems and modern biology. Through this synergy, I find it is possible to help people understand and re-balance weaknesses in their organs.  As this method becomes more known, it will be a great tool for modern people to guide their health as the traditional systems did in the past.

Traditional macrobiotic healing systems in Asia and around the world looked upon food as energy. The traditional explanations of the energetics of food are sometimes hard to fathom by modern people. A practical way to see food as energy is important to create lasting health.  Seeing food as energy can make sense of how the different nutritional components in food affect us and when certain nutrients and foods are needed.


With the knowledge of combined food energetics and nutrition, mental and emotional health can be improved. Common and many serious sicknesses can be self-healed.

Sustainable macrobiotic healing includes an understanding of the influences of not only diet, but our thinking, lifestyle and the influence of the society that we live in. With knowledge of the energetic effects, all natural tools are available as remedies. With so many supplements, herbs, drinks, juices, aromas and treatments, it can be hard to sort out the wheat from the chaff. Practical energetics can help us find what is truly helpful for health and healing while at the same time emphasizing what we can do in our daily life to stay healthy and well.

*This article was written by John Kozinski. He has been a pioneer natural health teacher, author, and researcher since 1976. Education and diagnostic techniques are rooted in his clinical experience with 40,000+ students and clients. John resigned in 2013 from the Kushi Institute faculty after 27 years. To address catastrophic illness that developed in those following restrictive natural diets John reveals in a new training program his clinical experience and research into what was really working and why for people following popular diets. This education gives teachers, health practitioners, and students new skills to help evaluate and treat a wide variety of health conditions both naturally and complementary to medical treatments. www.macrobiotic.com

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