I've been a mostly-macrobiotic person for a couple years now so I hope this board takes off too!
I was far stricter when I first started with macrobiotics, but over time I've realized I can add or subtract food options--such as tomatoes, which I've added back into my food--and it won't affect me adversely. I love The Hip Chick's Guide to Macrobiotics both for her recipes and insight and because she outright tells us to argue with her and the book and do what's right for us.
Also, I've found it's better to indulge in a small portion of a craving rather than deny yourself something you can't stop thinking about. And if you end up feeling "sluggish" afterward, well, you'll know better for next time.
Looking forward to hearing more about people's challenges!
I'm certainly willing to jump in on this board. Sorry, I tend to click on things and then not know how to get back to them. LOL Anyway, post and I'll do my darndest to get over here. Maybe if this board is active, folks will come on over more often.
If I get someone who wants to do it with me, I would love to make this site active again. I have been extremely busy so I am having a hard time getting back onto my diet but am still trying to eat more whole foods.
current weight: 135.0
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With holidays coming it is always hard to eat strict.
Why? Some times I feel deprived if I'm not eating like every one else. So I guess I just need to figure out some foods that make me feel very lucky to be eating. And realize that I am not deprived if I am not stuffed like a turkey. I need to learn contentment with my own foods.
Today was a harder day. I had to put our dog down. We had her for 14 1/2 years. She was very sweet and loving, but was starting to suffer. But I was faced with the terrible craving for the comfort foods. And just at that moment my daughter offered me a foofoo coffee. Oh... But I resisted. I ate my foods, and have my soup here in front of me as I type. I really want to make it for the month of strict eating, to see how far my body will come back. I am going to start a new Discussion forum. It is going to be called run your own marathon. Please join me. My marathon is eating strictly... very strictly for the 26 days. You could have what ever you choose ex. No sugar, miso soup, or eating strict with me for 26 days straight. What ever works for you. Any one want to run the marathon with me. Lets see what we can do.
current weight: 135.0
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Sometimes nightshades do bother me. I rarely eat tomatoes in the winter, and rarely eat eggplant anytime. But I have never noticed any problem with most pepper varieties. But, I could never follow the MacDougall recipes, waaaay too much tomato and sweet pepper. Recently I read that the Japanese have a stomach bug that can readily digest seaweeds, that people from other cultures don't have. I don't think that I digest seaweed all that well. Maybe this explains it. Perhaps there are big differences. I find it hard to believe that a group of foods that has been so important in the Americas would be so across-the-board bad for people.
Good morning. I have read that you can eat what grows in you back yard, But night shades can be harder for you to breakdown and gives more toxins to the body. Christina Pirello says "they are naturally occurring toxins. The most common of these are glycoalkaloids, which weaken red blood cells, Alkamines, which contribute to nervous disorders, and solanine a poison that has been linked to shin disorders. " she also said that they are cooling making our bodies cold inside and we begin to crave animal foods and strong, heat producing spices.
When I eat strict for health I don't eat them, when I am feeling good or allowing a few cheats I love a baked potato. But I eat them very seldom.
Christinas new books seem so say if your health is strong enough you can use them a little. But if your body is weaker then stay away from them.
Have a good day. Kathy
current weight: 135.0
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Despite what the maps in the books say, I don't live in a temperate climate, and so many of the recommendations don't work for me. I eat nightshades, and plenty of hot peppers, which I grow myself. I eat lots of lettuce in the winter because that is when it grows here. I don't eat as much salt as is recommended. I also have more tropical things like coffee, coconut and bananas, and lots of citrus. I just try to follow what seems right for where I live.
Good evening. Caffeine was and still is a big temptation for me as well. I used to drink a lot of diet coke back 15 years ago. I gave it up by cutting down first, then I used to put a small amount over a cut of ice chips so I felt like I was getting a a treat, but wasn't getting a lot of the chemicals. The person I had teach me said to drink only my kukacha tea warm or hot. I keep a thermos of it hot all day, and I mostly just drink that.
I agree to the convenience and temptations too. My husband likes to eat out. When I had to go strict for my healthy, I used to take my food with me. But that embarrassed him and I ate cold food. So then I started to cheat a little when I went out, trying to find fish and veggies. Again the teacher I had said to always have a bowl of cooked rice in the fridge and then when you are hungry you just steam some up with some veggies and that I wouldn't be as tempted. Another treat he suggested was Luden Brown Rice cakes with miso and tahini mixed on it.
Today I got a few bags of fresh veggies at the farmers market. Hope you have a great 4th tomorrow. Kathy
Diet Dr. Pepper. Can't give it up. But even the diet version is toxic and bad for the kidneys. I have set a goal this month to limit myself to one a day (morning caffeine). Then I plan to give it up all together in August. The switch to all water should make me feel better. We are lucky enough to have spring water. I really need to be taking advantage of it.
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