Marobiotics

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    Sep 26, 2008 12:32 AM GMT
    Lately, I've been doing some reading and researching articles to find more information on Macrobiotics. A diet and lifestyle that consists of eating a more balanced diet by taking away items such as processed food, canned food, dairy and alot of meat products.

    Though the benefits of macrobiotics is clearly visible (Has anyone looked at Madonna and Sting lately?) nutritionists say that the diet is too restrictive saying it lacks in calcium, b vitamins, iron among other essential vitamins.

    So, my question to RJ members, have you tried macrobiotics? Is this something you would recommend to people?
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    Sep 26, 2008 12:34 AM GMT
    Sorry, I just realized I spelled the title incorrectly! MACROBIOTICS!!!

    my bad!
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    Sep 28, 2008 1:30 PM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidI was sad to hear that canned foods were not healthy. I thought canned foods in stainless steel containers were fine. But you learn something new everyday. Too bad. It was so easy to get my lentils/fiber in this way.


    Well, you look like you do and you are healthy. You eat canned food so they can't be all that unhealthy. Its sorta "duh" that garden fresh vegetables would be healthier, but do you own a garden or an entire plantation like sting? Actually, this is something I am thinking about: I think I'd like to grow my own fruits and vegetables. But, I need an Intro to Gardening Thread fast because I don't know where to start!
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    Sep 28, 2008 1:52 PM GMT
    Interesting... the last time the entire human race was on such a diet we were lucky to see 30.

    Just a thought.
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    Sep 28, 2008 1:53 PM GMT
    The main problem with reverting to unprocessed foods is that you have to spend a lot more time preparing them each day, and a lot more time going back to the market for all the fresh items you want. That's just not something most of us can adapt to.
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    Sep 28, 2008 3:25 PM GMT
    DCEric saidInteresting... the last time the entire human race was on such a diet we were lucky to see 30.

    Just a thought.


    It also seems like people died much younger because of incredibly high infant and child mortality rates. If you made it past puberty you could expect to live into your 50's.
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    Sep 29, 2008 1:40 AM GMT
    I was mostly trying to hit into the "this hasn't been done before" side of things. We live in a world were fluoride is added to our water (for our teeth) milk has extra vitamin D tossed in (to aid in calcium absorption) and most grain products have added vitamins.

    We haven't had a world where we have had good health care and labor laws (such as people have already said) and at the same time deny ourselves the benefits of what we get in exchange from mass production.
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    Sep 29, 2008 2:54 AM GMT
    As an armchair hack historian, I just like to throw that fact out there when ever quasi-appropriate. I got the points you were making. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 29, 2008 3:35 AM GMT
    Well to continue the tangential diversion of the thread, there are a couple of graphs that I usually show to sophomores on the first day of class. Before 1900, most people died from infectious diseases (as opposed to the present, when most people die from heart disease or cancer.) About a third of those deaths were from food- and water-borne diseases. Those have been greatly reduced, but not completely eliminated, by sanitation and food processing.

    So in terms of what is "healthy," fresh foods often contain more micronutrients than preserved foods, but they also carry a greater risk of disease.