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Macrobiotic Nutrition & Lifestyle: Achieving Balance in the New Year

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In 2020, Third Time’s A Charm

In 2020, across the globe we are welcoming three major New Years in a single month. In the Gregorian calendar, also known as the solar calendar, the most widely used calendar system today, New Year occurs on January 1st. The Julian calendar, proposed by Julius Caesar in 46 BC is still observed in parts of the Eastern Orthodox Church and is celebrated on January 14th. Chinese New Year, or generally referred to as Lunar New Year, in 2020 will begin on January 25th, initiating the Year of the Rat.

Whichever calendar you might observe, the fact that 2020 has not one, but three New Years starting in a single month, gives us, the citizens of the Planet Earth, many reasons to celebrate and have gratitude for the opportunity to start fresh, three times. That should give us plenty of time to reaffirm, reshape and set clear goals for the year. January 2020 is certainly a generous month, don’t you think?

Nutrition for the New Year

Whether you are trying to get in shape or lose some extra weight, one of the first goals people set for the New Year is to improve their health with diet or a new exercise regime. I don’t know about you, but I don’t do too well with regimes, doctrines or following rigid set of rules. What I do believe in, however, is following a certain set of principles that liberate and promote well-being. These principals are rooted in centuries of observations of the human condition and learning how to balance all aspects of our lives. They are realistic, rooted in common sense and easy to apply. Little changes go a long way and the results can be felt almost immediately. Macrobiotic nutrition, lifestyle and philosophy is rooted in these principals and I have practiced them for the last 30+ years. The reason why it works is surprisingly simple: focus on creating a daily balance. If you only focus on an end result; tomorrow, weeks or months from now, you’ll get bored, unmotivated and the will to continue to fade. Living in today never gets old. We live in the present, one day at the time, so doesn’t it make sense to focus on creating the best-balanced today we can? When tomorrow comes, with all of its surprises and curveballs we’ll have the energy and be ready to face the new challenges with enthusiasm.

Creating balance with standard macrobiotic nutrition might take some learning but is worth the effort because it delivers every time! Simply follow a highly alkaline, nourishing, whole foods diet, primarily consisting of whole grains, beans, vegetables, soups, pickles, occasional seafood, nuts, seeds, fruit etc. Yes, there are thousands of ingredients to choose from with countless food combinations which help you maintain daily balance. Foods like dairy, meat, eggs or sugar are avoided not because they are bad, per se, but simply because they are too far from the center of the balance spectrum and either take too long to digest, cause mucus, acidity, tightness, or inflammation in the body and fog up the mind. That’s why we avoid them. Simple as that, and the only way to find out is to try it for yourself. Give macrobiotic nutrition a try, even just for a week. You’ll see. Your body will thank you. That’s because when you give your body what it needs, it will give you back what you need. Got to trust it because one thing is for sure – your body never lies!

Beyond Nutrition

The part of macrobiotic practice that gets most exposure is the unique approach to managing health with proper nutrition. Whether it is for healing, prevention or everyday nutrition, macrobiotics looks at food as energy and creating balance for each unique individual. The nutrition is also adjusted for changing seasons, lifestyle, and geographical location. It’s an ongoing practice of understanding one’s condition and adjusting daily nutrition for ultimate health.

The whole purpose of eating healthy, exercising and taking care of yourself is to have the continues supply of energy to successfully follow your destiny. Macrobiotic philosophy, thousands of years in the making, goes beyond food and helps us navigate through life’s many challenges. By observing unique principals, also known as “The Laws of the Order of the Universe” we learn, adjust, and move forward in harmony with our inner self and outer elements.

Hope you find the application of these seven unique principals in navigating daily challenges as helpful as I have.
1. What has a beginning has an end.
2. What has a front has a back.
3. There is nothing identical.
4. The bigger the front, the bigger the back.
5. Every antagonism is complementary.
6. Yin (expansion) and Yang (contraction) are the classifications of all polarization. They are antagonistic and complementary.
7. Yin (expansion) and Yang (contraction) are the two arms of One (Infinite).
May you live in good health, with love, and prosper.
Happy three New Years!

Srdjan “Serg” Dobic



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Srdjan “Serg” Dobic 

 Macrobiotic Hong Kong

Srdjan “Serg” Dobic is a macrobiotic nutrition and lifestyle counselor. Implementing the principals of macrobiotic philosophy, diet and lifestyle, Serg specializes in working with clients to enhance vitality and improve specific health conditions such as stress, anxiety, chronic fatigue, digestion and respiratory issues.


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