Hello, my name is Carolyn Dean, drcarolyndean.com. I'm a medical doctor and a naturopathic doctor and I live in beautiful Maui. I've finished my 22nd health book, I have a free newsletter and I also have an online wellness program that you can join. And today in this series I'll be talking about dieting. The Macrobiotic diet is a weight loss diet. It's a big commitment. It's a lifestyle program, and it's also a spiritual lifestyle. It was begun in Japan by Zen Buddhists and it includes um, spiritualism, that their yin and yang philosophy where the yin foods are sweet and cold, and the yang foods are hot and spicy. So it's a balancing of those two food types. They go into the various tastes of sweet, sour, salty, so there's a lot involved and um, the diet itself is very high carbohydrate. Some diets are 50 to 60 percent brown rice entirely. The protein, there's a minimum amount of fish in the diet, it can only be like 5 or 10 percent. There are nuts and seeds, so it may be 80 percent carbohydrate and 20 percent protein at most. The soy products used in a macrobiotic diet are fermented soy, tempe, and miso, which is a good form of soy to ingest. The soy that blocks the thyroid, and binds up minerals in a bad way, the tofus, and the soy powders. So, their tempe and miso is, is good, but for a lot of people, including myself, that soy is very difficult to digest. You have to be careful when you go on the extreme diet like the macrobiotic diet. I think um, an A blood group could probably handle it as well as an AB diet, um, blood type could probably handle it. But for an O blood group, who requires a lot of animal protein, it, it's not going to work.