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thread for tre_preppy: can you explain macrobiotic dieting?

Discussion in 'Kayo Dot' started by xfer, Mar 14, 2004.

  1. xfer

    xfer I JERK OFF TO ARCTOPUS

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    everywhere i look on the internet just describes it in incredibly general terms. what is it? what can you eat? is it ideological or scientific/health-based? what can't you eat? can different people eat different things? why is it called macrobiotic?

    thanks.
     
  2. minxnim

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    the reason the descriptions are so basic is because what you do eat and what you do not eat, for health reasons, are based on your personal constitution, and therefore vary from person to person. say, me for example.. i've very YIN (acid), and have to eat more yang (alkaline) food. cancer is caused by an acid condition. most things are in americans, because of the diet.
    anyway, i wish i could be more specific but it's really hard unless you do a diagnosis with someone asking them a ton of questions (this is what i did with alex from work) and then work out a general sketch of how they can eat. it's not strict once you get the hang of it and the general idea of 'right' and 'not so right'. it doesn't eliminate everything and isn't even technically vegan/vegetarian necessarily. it doesn't say DONT EAT THIS, it just gives suggestions of what will make a person feel better.

    anyway, there are two really short good books that give a really good foundation for it and you can get them really cheap used i'm sure:

    the pocket guide to macrobiotics by carl ferre (a more eastern medical approach)
    and acid and alkaline by herman aihara (a more scientific approach)

    the name was made by george ohsawa, the person who is thought to have essentially made the lifestyle modern and brought it back into existence, and developed it from several eastern health methods.
     
  3. minxnim

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    p.s. i would send you those books to borrow but i just lent them to alex from work for the next 3 months.
     
  4. ImNoPuppie

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    i personally thought it was almost impossible to eat a purely macrobiotic diet. especially while living in the city. but then again, some vegans aren't strictly vegans according to certains vegans.
     
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  6. xfer

    xfer I JERK OFF TO ARCTOPUS

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    if you're a completely strict vegan, you wouldn't even be able to eat manure-grown vegetables or fresh fruits (usually contain insects) or just about ANYTHING. every vegan has their own personal interpretation of what veganism is and i totally support that and totally think people who criticize you as NOT VEGAN because you eat honey or something are retarded.
     
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    xfer I JERK OFF TO ARCTOPUS

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    i actually glanced through that website before making this thread, but i didn't really "get" it. i still don't exactly, but knowing that it's particular to each individual person and involves things like your own personal acidity or whatever makes me understand a lot better already.
     
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    i was what i guess would be considered a 'complete' macrobiotic for at least a year and a half, living in new york city. it wasn't hard at all, in fact, i saved money. i also cured myself of creeping death.
     
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    from what a friend who claims to be macrobiotic said, it was hard because every single thing had to be organic and no chemicals and it was hard to go out with friends etc. or something like that. like it would be easier to live in the woods and grow your own garden or some shit like that, thats what i meant.
     
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    GRIND.KILLED.EMO. the giant poo monster

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    a. They're fucking losers and need a gimmick for people to like them
    b. they feel guilty for being white and affluent
    c. they're suicidal
    d. religion requires prolonged fasting for spiritual cleansing/epiffany
     
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    Re-entrance of the decade.
     
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    maybe this dude went to some sort of extreme (some people do) but when i went to learn about it, george ohsawa and michio kushi stressed flexibility about eating, and leeway for circumstances out of a peson's control. i didn't find it that restrictive at all, i was vegan before and all i really eliminated was sugar. i still ate 'bad' stuff sometimes, it was OK. i guess everyone has their interpretation? i know in a lot of essays by the people who write about macrobiotics they stress not making it rigid and difficult.
     

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