The Two Basic Goals/Purposes Of Macrobiotic Cooking
This post is to answer the simple question/quiz that I asked on Facebook (look up “Phiya Kushi” on Facebook) which was this:
There are two very basic goals/purposes of macrobiotic cooking: What are they?
Here is the answer!:
1. The first goal:
To make food edible; fit for human consumption.
(Some answered “to make it more digestible” which is basically the same thing. They are correct.)
Many foods, if eaten raw or in excess can be toxic and deadly. Food preparation can change this through the use of a variety of cooking methods and by combining different foods. Some call this “balancing”. As a result, such foods naturally become more delicious, more appetizing and more satisfying. For example, miso soup served with fresh raw scallions or green onions or some other yin factor is much more balanced than when served without. Likewise, fish served without lemon or grated daikon becomes difficult to digest. These are just two of many examples which demonstrate the importance of adding balance, not because it is aesthetically pleasing or more tasty or more harmonious with nature or because it may create more peace but instead because it actually aids in making the foods more edible and fit for human consumption! That is the primary and most fundamental goal.
2. The second goal:
To achieve your dream; whatever it may be!
(Some answered “to do what you want” or “to live your full potential” which is also correct and more or less the same thing.)
Your dream maybe small or it may be big. It might be to get healthy or it may be to be more physically fit and climb mountains and win gold medals. Your dream may be to become famous and rich or it maybe to have a happy family with many children. Maybe you wish to be materially successful or maybe to be more spiritual. Maybe you wish to be a great leader or you wish for world peace. Whatever is it, it is through our food choices and preparation methods that we achieve this or not. Almost all of our dreams require us to be healthy and strong and to do this, we need to eat simple food in accordance with our condition and our environment, but most of all, to realize our dreams. This is the ultimate goal and purpose of macrobiotic cooking.
That’s it! Thanks to all who played this game! You deserve much credit for trying and playing along regardless of whether you came close to these answers or not!
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