also see: Macrobiotic Guidelines
Observe the specific guidelines noted before for each different type of allergy and the dietary guidelines at the end of this booklet.
- Eat whole cereal grains at every meal such as brown rice, millet, or barley, temporarily avoiding all processed grains and grain products.
- Prepare vegetables in a variety of cooking styles, especially iron-rich vegetables such as collards, kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, and other green leafy vegetables. Long cooked root vegetables are recommended to strengthen the blood, and adzuki beans cooked with squash and kombu sea vegetable is also very beneficial. Sautéed vegetables prepared with a small volume of sesame oil, may be taken a few times a week.
- Reduce the consumption of beans and bean products slightly, focusing on smaller, less fatty beans such as lentils, chickpeas, and adzuki beans.
- Sea vegetables are high in minerals and vitamins, will strengthen the blood, and help to discharge chemicals and toxins from the body.
- Select organic foods as much as possible, avoiding chemically grown or treated foods, as well as genetically engineered or irradiated food.
- Chew each mouthful 50 times a more. This will alkalinize the food, strengthen the blood, and help protect against allergic reactions.
- See the Resource Section below for information on home remedies, including special dishes, drinks, and external applications.
The following way of life suggestions may be helpful
- Scrub the entire body with a hot, wet, hand towel every day for about 5 to 10 minutes. Squeeze out the water from the towel before scrubbing. This will help promote better circulation, facilitate discharge, and create smoother energy exchange with the environment.
- Keep active physically. This will heighten oxygen intake and strengthen the blood.
- Minimize taking long baths and showers as this causes the body to lose minerals and weakens the blood, lymph, and bodily fluids. From time to time, add a handful of salt to the hot water in the tub when bathing.
- Spend as much time as possible outdoors in a clean, healthy environment. Trees and plants provide oxygen, stimulate the lungs, and contribute to smooth energy exchange.
- Minimize exposure to electrical appliances such as computer, television sets, and cell phones.
- Minimize exposure to plastics, chemicals, and other artificial materials in the environment, including fabrics, clothing, body care products, home furnishings, and building materials. Use natural materials as much as possible, especially plant quality as opposed to animal quality
Warning and Cautions
- In the case of anaphylactic shock, a life-threatening allergic reaction, immediate medical attention is required.
- Allergies to peanuts or nuts can be life-threatening. Individuals who are allergic to peanuts should avoid peanuts, peanut butter, peanut oil (often marketed as Groundnut or Arachide oil) and any foods, cosmetics, creams, or ointments that contain or are made with Arachide oil. Such foods should be reintroduced into the diet only under the supervision of a medical doctor or other qualified professional.
- If allergic symptoms persist or become serious, seek the guidance of a physician or other medical professional.
- Read food labels and product labels carefully and avoid those containing chemicals, artificial additives, or genetically modified foods.
Home Remedy: Ume-Sho-Kuzu
- Ume-sho-kuzu strengthens the blood, stabilizes digestion, and restores energy. By enhancing natural immunity, it helps to protect against many kinds of allergies.
- To prepare, dissolve 1 teaspoon of kuzu in 2 or 3 tablespoons of cold water. Add 1 cup of cold water to the mixture. Bring to a boil over a low flame, stirring constantly to avoid lumping for 2-3 minutes, until the liquid becomes translucent. Add 1/2 to 1 umeboshi plum that has been pitted, chopped, and ground to a paste. Reduce the flame as low as possible. Add from several drops to 1/2 teaspoon of shoyu (natural soy sauce) and gently stir. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Drink and eat while hot.
Home Remedy: Sweet Vegetable Drink
- Consumption of too much sugar, honey, molasses, carob, mocha, and other sweeteners weakens the blood, lymph, and body fluids, contributing to many conditions, including allergies. Sweet vegetable drink provides a good quality sweet taste without any of the negative side effects of refined sugar intake, such as hypoglycemia or chronic low blood sugar. Prepared without seasoning, a small cup may be taken daily or every other day, especially in the mid- to late-afternoon, for about 1 month and then less frequently as desired. It will help reduce cravings for simple sugars and more concentrated sweeteners.
- Finely chop equal amounts of onions, carrots, cabbage, and sweet fall or winter squash. Boil 3 to 4 times the amount of water, add chopped vegetables, and allow to boil uncovered for about 3 minutes. Reduce the flame to low, cover, and let simmer for 20 minutes. Strain the vegetables from the liquid, keeping the former for later use in soups and stews. Drink the liquid, either hot or at room temperature. This drink will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, but should be rewarmed or allowed to return to room temperature before drinking.