Way of Life Suggestions

 

Below are additional recommendations to help guide you to a more natural way of living:

 

1.  

Chew your food well, at least fifty times or more per mouthful.

 

2.

Eat only when you are really hungry.

 

3.

Please eat in an orderly and relaxed manner. When you eat, sit with good posture and with gratitude for your food. You may eat regularly two or three times per day, as much as you want, provided the proportion is generally correct and each mouthful is thoroughly chewed.

 

4.

It is best to leave the table feeling satisfied but not full.

 

5.

Drink a moderate volume, only when thirsty.

 

6.

Avoid eating for three hours before sleeping, as this causes stagnation in the intestines and throughout the body.

 

7.

Wash your body as needed, but avoid long, hot baths or showers.

 

8.

Scrub and massage your entire body with a hot, damp towel until the skin becomes red, every morning and/or night. At the very least, scrub your hands and feet, including each finger and toe.

 

9.

Wear cotton clothing directly next to the skin, especially cotton undergarments. It is best to avoid wearing synthetic, woolen, or silk clothing directly on the skin as well as excessive metallic jewelry or accessories on the fingers, wrists, or neck. Try to keep such ornaments simple and graceful.

 

10.

For the deepest and most restful sleep, retire before midnight and rise early in the morning.

 

11.

Be as active as possible in your daily life, including activities such as scrubbing floors, cleaning windows, washing clothes, etc. Systematic exercise programs, such as yoga, do-in, martial arts, and sports can also be helpful.

 

12.

If your condition permits, go outdoors in simple clothing. Try to walk barefoot on the beach, grass, or soil whenever possible.

 

13.

Keep your home environment clean and orderly, especially the areas where food is prepared and served.

 

14.

All daily living materials should be as natural as possible. Cotton for sheets, towels, blankets, and pillowcases; incandescent lighting and natural wooden furnishings; and cotton or wool carpets all contribute toward a more natural atmosphere.

 

15.

It is advisable to use a gas or wood stove for daily cooking rather than electric or microwave cooking devices.

 

16.

Avoid or minimize the use of electric objects close to the body, including electric shavers, hair dryers, blankets, heating pads, toothbrushes, etc.

 

17.

Keep large green plants in your home to freshen and enrich the oxygen content of the air. Open windows daily to permit fresh air to circulate, even in cold weather.

 

18.

Use earthenware, cast iron, or stainless steel cookware rather than aluminum or Teflon-coated pots.

 

19.

If you watch television, do so at a great distance, to minimize exposure to radiation.

 

20.

Avoid using chemically produced cosmetics and body care products. For care of teeth, use natural toothpaste, sea salt, dentie, or clay.

 

  Daily Reflections

Along with these lifestyle recommendations, we also suggest the following daily reflections:

 

Develop your appreciation for nature. Every day, try to set aside several minutes to observe and marvel at the wonder and beauty of our natural surroundings. Appreciate the sky, mountains, sun, wind, rain, snow, and all natural phenomena. Regain your sense of wonder at the miracle of life.

Live each day happily, without being preoccupied with your condition. Keep mentally and physically active and maintain an optimistic and positive attitude.

Greet everyone you meet with gratitude. Begin with your friends and family and extend your gratitude to all people.

Introduce the members of your family to your new diet and way of life and encourage them to adopt macrobiotics with you. Family support and participation is one of the most important aspects of good health.