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Francisco Varatojo 1960 - 2017

Macrobiotic Definition

Macrobiotics, noun, (used with a singular verb)

A system of holistic principles and dynamic practices that guides choices in nutrition, activity, and lifestyle for physical, emotional, mental, social, and environmental health.

Macrobiotic, Adjective, such as macrobiotic philosophy or macrobiotic diet.

Originally: the study of longevity, first used by German physician Christoph Wilhelm Hufeland (1762-1836) in his book Makrobiotik Oder Die Kunst Das Menschliche Leben Zu Verlängern.
Etym. Ancient Greek Makrobiotikon (long-lived). From Makros (long) and Bios (life).

Definition agreed upon by the International Macrobiotic Conference 2017 in Berlin by 45 teachers, representing many schools, institutes, and organisations. Revised on November 2018 and January 2020.

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