Basic Macro Blog

The Basic Macrobiotics blog features super simple, natural, seasonally appropriate and delicious meals based on Oriental medicine principles. We also inspire natural lifestyle, fitness, and self-cultivation practices to help you live a truly great life!

Apr 03, 2017

Connect With Nature For True Healing

Connect with nature to attune your energy and help you feel more grounded, clear, and at peace.

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Apr 03, 2017

Full Range Fitness Methods

Full Range fitness methods, tips and tricks

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Mar 31, 2017

Easy Broccoli Soup Recipe

This Easy Broccoli Soup Recipe is made creamy using cashews. You'll want to make this one often!

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Mar 23, 2017

QB Greens

QB Greens refers to two super easy and quick methods for preparing greens that come out bright and tender, and are more enjoyable than just steaming them.

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Mar 16, 2017

Cleaning Is Important To Keep Our Living Spaces Clear

Cleaning and decluttering are an important part of maintaining clarity and peace of mind and space.

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Mar 05, 2017

TYTN Coaching

TYTN Coaching guides you unerringly towards the best diet, lifestyle practices, & divine calling as you learn to trust your true nature for a healthy, happy life.

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Feb 28, 2017

Healthy Coffee Alternatives

These healthy coffee alternatives are unbelievably good! You'll want to check them out!

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Feb 27, 2017

Site name change

The Basic Macrobiotics site name will be changing from to to better reflect our true nature, and how we can be of service. Trust your true nature will help you align with what is the most natural path for you to feel your best, and fully express You!

Feb 20, 2017

Gluten-Free Diet Linked to HIgh Blood Arsenic Levels

A study of individuals who self-reported following a gluten-free diet found that they have significantly higher concentrations of total urinary arsenic and cadmium and higher total blood mercury than people not following gluten-free diets. The urinary total arsenic was nearly double among those on a gluten-free diet, compared to those not on a gluten freed diet.

Rice is a potential source of both arsenic and mercury exposure. It is possible that people who are avoiding gluten are getting excessive exposure to arsenic and mercury through higher consumption of rice-based products.

If you do not have properly diagnosed celiac disease or gluten intolerance, it is wise to consume a mix of starchy whole foods including gluten-containing grains such as wheat, barley, and rye.

To read the original study, published in the journal Epidemiology, click on the link below.

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Feb 06, 2017

Eating Seaweed Helps Endometriosis Patients

Dr. Greger discusses some research indicating that consuming just a small amount of seaweed daily – about 5 g – may be beneficial for women suffering from endometriosis.

Jan 29, 2017

How To Get A Lean Strong Waist

How to get a lean strong waist using macrobiotic diet and strength training

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Jan 16, 2017

Enter to win a FREE BOOK!

Enter our sweepstakes, and you could be one of three lucky winners!

Click on the link and follow the instructions to do a quick tweet, and enter to win a FREE copy of How To Feel Great & Improve Your Health with a Macrobiotic Diet, paperback.

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Jan 16, 2017

How To Feel Great & Improve Your Health With A Macrobiotic Diet E-book

Learn the basics of how to feel great and improve your energy and health with this super easy to follow primer e-book on starting a macrobiotic diet.

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Jan 12, 2017

8 Minute Full Body High Intensity Strength Training Routine

In this video Tracy demonstrates a full body high intensity strength training and conditioning routine that she completes in less than 8 minutes.

Jan 12, 2017

High Protein Macrobiotic Meals Vlog

Scientific research supports increasing your protein intake in conjunction with strength training if you want to increase both strength and muscle mass. In this video Don shows how he eats to achieve a high protein intake from a plant-based macrobiotic diet without meat, poultry, fish, eggs or dairy products.

Jan 03, 2017

Basic Strength Training Routine

A basic strength training routine for building strength and muscle.

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Jan 02, 2017

George Hackenschmidt's Resonance With Macrobiotics

George Hackenshmidt (1877-1968) was an early 20th century Estonian strongman and professional wrestler who is recognized as the world's first heavyweight world wrestling champion.

In his book The Way To Live, Hackenschmidt has some interesting things to say about diet in relationship to strength and health.

In regard to the relation between diet and strength, he wrote:

"It is not my intention to discuss here the old problem, whether meat is necessary as food for man or whether man was created and should remain a vegetarian. My experience has taught me that foodstuffs are of secondary importance. There are very strong people who are strict vegetarians, whilst others eat a good deal of meat."

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Dec 19, 2016

High Intensity Training Update, Tips, and Techniques

Don talks about his training progress and shares some tips and techniques for safe and effective strength training.

Jan 04, 2016

Minton Macrobiotics Store Now Open!

The Minton Macrobiotics Store is now open for business! Our top must-have kitchen toys for preparing healthy and simple macrobiotic meals, some specialty food items, beverages, and books.

Shop often as I add more recommended and favorite natural products, including cleaning items, pet foods, natural clothing and more. We always choose items made with the best quality possible at a good value and price.

Purchases made from our store are greatly appreciated and help support the VGL site and growing community!

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Sep 23, 2015

Tune-In With Meditation And Mindfulness

Learning how to tune-in with meditation and mindfulness is key to truly knowing yourself and finding internal peace and happiness.

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