Food plays vital role on our health and only when you find a diet that’s right for you,you can achieve total well-being. if you’re trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle and loss weight, you probably know what to do – you need to make healthier food choices and lead an active lifestyle. It’s no coincidence that four of the six letters in health are “heal”. We all have been on a diet at some point in life. There is a different type of diets such as the Ketogenic diet, Kosher diet, Paleo diet, Mediterranean diet, Macrobiotic diet etc. Some focus on increasing intake of organic foods, while others restrict calories, carbs or fat. With so many diets option Macrobiotic diet is just another trendy diet. A macrobiotic diet is a diet fixed on ideas about types of food drawn from Zen Buddhism. We definitely have an interest in knowing about these diets and the science behind them.

Our Reporter Samah Rumani interviewed Shonali Sabherwal who is a celebrity Macrobiotic Nutritionist/Chef/Instructor. She is known for her brand Soulfood, which is about the macrobiotic approach to lifestyle and diet. She has actively been a part of the macrobiotic culture in India since 2006. She is the author of the books The Beauty Diet, The Love Diet and The Detox Diet.

Sharing about her journey she said, “My father had prostate cancer stage IV and that’s when I chanced upon the Macrobiotic Diet. It is a diet that is used to reverse and put ailments into remission. What fascinated me was the fact that it questioned the ‘energetics’ of foods and ‘cooking styles,’ and the use of the whole concept of using ‘Universal Energy’ applied to ‘healing’ any ailment. This is what triggered my journey; being a student of Vipassana meditation I understood this process and was already on a path, so this approach made sense to me.

“I guess being an entrepreneur, one comes across many obstacles mainly business-related, but I chose not to be negative and remain positive. I started small, my first start was a meal service with 5 meals and then grew steadily to 50 meals. My work paid off, and I Random House signed me up to write the books I have written. I face obstacles, by just working harder – that’s my mantra”, she expressed.

Briefing about Macrobiotic Diet she said, “Macrobiotics (‘Macro’ means ‘large’ and ‘Bios’ means ‘life’) is a larger than life approach to diet and living life healthy 24×7. It takes away foods that would lead to inflammation in the body and adds food that calm the immune system response and strengthens the gut microbiome and blood condition. It questions the energy of foods; therefore, one diet does not fit all. It tailors the diet based on the persons condition (what you make of your health) and constitution (that is the blueprint your parents give you when they conceive you). It’s important as it questions everything to get a person to a better state of health. It just doesn’t blanket out an approach. For e.g., if eggs are good protein (in the common scheme of things) and prescribed by a dietician/nutritionist and recommended to a person with arthritis. In the Macrobiotic approach, eggs make for a hardened condition when consumed, and will actually worsen the arthritis (as the energy of eggs is to contract the other parts of the body, that are dense and contracted: disciplines namely your bones). This kind of an approach is not practiced by the other, and only unique to a Macrobiotic approach. So when questions food as energy, it changes the lens with which you are trying to heal an ailment.

She advised to try Macrobiotic Diet and shared the recipe of Sweet vegetable drink:
Use equal amounts of four vegetables, finely chopped (onions, carrots, cabbage [can avoid this], and sweet squash [bhopla]: Boil four times the amount of water and allow to boil for 2-3 minutes.  Reduce flame to low, cover and let it simmer for 20 minutes; Strain the vegetables from the broth and can use them later in soups or stew or leave as is. Drink the broth, either hot or at room temperature.