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Not quite a latte ( I was craving them yesterday while we were in town). But it is some thing hot and kind of takes its place. emoticon
I haven't been drinking as much liquids now. That is one thing that is different with this diet, you aren't suppose to drink as much because they say it washes the nutrients out of our bodies.


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Does this tea taste OK when made ahead of time?

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I have been drinking the kuicha tea. I also have had to special needs kids in day care so that makes it a little harder. Today I was really craving the caffine, to keep going, but went out side and got some fresh air with them. That helped us all out.
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That's great. You can have tea on macro, but most of the varieties are low in caffeine. But they might get you over the worst days.

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I made my first day of eating strict macro. I chewed my food the 30 -50 times per bite , and even gave up my coffee. That was a killer. I was so tired. I headed to bed by 7:30 and slept 11 hours.

I have my soup cooking this am.


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I haven't been to that site yet, but I will check it out. Let's post something, and we can see what happens. I'd be interested to see what you think of that book.

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I am starting to reread many of my macro books. I am trying to cut the processed food and the coffee. Today I had a bad head ache all day I think it was missing the caffeine.
BEHIRAB do you want to join me on the Chicks Macro sight. I haven't read that book but may get it.
It is dead but maybe we can get it up and going again.
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Hi, I'm new here. I joined this group because I saw this macrobiotic thread. I ate a macrobiotic diet maybe 25 years ago and recently got back into it. I've been reading "The Hip Chick's Guide to Macrobiotics" and some older books by some of the leaders of the movement in the 70s and 80s. This is where I learned about acid/alkaline balance and yin/yang balance--two separate but slightly overlapping concepts. According to Hip Chick author Jessica Porter, chewing thoroughly--50-100 times for each mouthful--alkalinizes food. She says that she used to be a compulsive overeater, but chewing thoroughly made the food she ate more satisfying and that the body can better utilize the food you eat satisfying its needs too--requiring less food. I find that I need a little more protein than the strict macrobiotic diet suggests. But one thing I've had to consider is the idea of balance, appropriateness to climate and season, and using my own experience to guide what I eat. If I'm too scattered, it's time to eat some grounding foods like whole grains and chew well. Because I live in a subtropical climate in southern California where oranges and avocados grow there shouldn't be a problem in eating them in moderation. Each of us are individuals and our diets should reflect our changing and unique needs which we can only determine for ourselves using the basic macrobiotic diet as a pattern not an inflexible paradigm. I'm so glad I found this discussion. There's so little to help us learn about and fine tune our diets in a whole and healthy way, it's good to know that there are others who struggle with this that I can relate to and learn from.

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Thanks for the site.
I am very lucky our good food store carries all my seaweed and interesting veggies, and such.
I agree with if it grows in your back yard eat it. That is what I was taught.
I eat a lot of brown rice but was also told to branch out after I started having so many problems. But I had been mostly brown rice for 10 years. Now I eat alot of quinto, millet, oats, and barley.
Thanks again for the info.
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Now as for macro, there is certainly something to be said for putting the intent, energy and expertise of the cook in such high esteem. I don't know any other food way that does that so much. Even if the food is organic and well-grown, if it is prepared by unbalanced or angry people, it won't be as helpful.

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Its called the Hip Chicks Guide to Macrobiotics and it looks pretty inactive right now.
It is also really hard to get lots of macro stuff on the internet. They haven't really embraced it, and it is still spread by macrobiotic teachers and cooks who charge lots of $$$ for the info.
Most people focus on the brown rice, but you might benefit by adding more seeds to your diet. Now is the time of the year where more fruit is OK.
That's another thing I didn't like about it. Lemon's are OK, but they have resisted putting in other citrus, like oranges or grapefruit. As far as I am concerned, if it came from my neighbor's backyard, it should be OK.

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Thanks Sparkbirdy. I agree it is rigid and the foods are very different from the American way. That is why I am having such a hard time going strict. I also had so much pain from the body tightening down that I find then I crave the fruits to loosen.
But I also remember being so bad and sick that many didn't think I had long to live, and the diet seemed to bring me back and got me up walking again. They say the salt is good for the nerve conduction.
I would say in your climate that I would eat for the summer all the time.
Did you say that there is a team for the macro diet. I tried to find on and couldn't.
Thanks again for you input.
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I eventually abandoned macro after living in a warm climate for a long time. The plan insists that all of the US is in the temperate climate, and the foods that grow locally and in my backyard aren't on the plan.
For example, lettuce, a watery vegetable, should be eaten only in the summer, but here, it grows only in the winter. The suggestions were for a completely different environment, and the rules were too rigid.

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ktanner, I have also found it hard to switch back and forth between macro and what everybody else eats, so it is harder socially. It seems like the flavors of macro and typical modern food don't match up at all.
I also found it impossible when eating a local food diet. I couldn't get local seaweed and couldn't find anyone who knew how to make miso.

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I have been macro here and there for years, and it is the reason I joined this team. I found a macro team for a certain book I haven't read, so I joined here instead.
I felt pretty good on it, except that followed strictly and without any supplements, I got anemic. I also didn't feel that well with all the salt. Now that I am older, I find that I don't do well with all the carbs, though the diet "believes" that the amount of animal proteins should decrease with age, I find myself needing more, and needing much less rice.


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Yes, it's not an easy diet, butit seems to help. I think I just need to find a right balance of salts. I am way off and getting a lot of weird things coming back when I eat normal food, especially sugar. We have been to several graduation parties and I was eating reg foods. Need to get back strict.
I picked up miso, and will try to make myself have my one bowl of miso soup a day as well as my rice veggies and beans.



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Great that the macrobiotic diet is working for your health issues!

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The wraps sounds really good.


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I love a crock-pot full of organic beans that soaked 24 hrs and change the salt water before heating. I sort according to density. I blender purée the softer beans into a vegetable bean dip; separate individual meal servings of the dense thick ones; then save a more liquid portion for a bean soup. This gives me a nice variety to mix and blend with other foods to create snacks or menu choices to 3-4 course meals. Today I crocked pinto beans. Tomorrow I plan to use rice wraps around whole beans and assorted colorful steamed vegetables in tex-mex spicing to dip 'burrito-like' into a yogurt and herb base.

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Hiding snacks doesn't work for me. Especially if I am the one that did the hiding!! They don't stay hidden for long.
I absolutely have to ban bad stuff from my house. A girlfriend has moved in and I told her if you want it you have to leave to get it and eat it away from the house. If I see it I will eat it, even if it means I have to wrestle it away from you!! Don't tempt me...you will lose!!! lol

Here is a link to try before you buy video clips of T-Tapp exercises. Mary Shomon (womens thyroid guru) and Dr Perricone (doc to the stars) are both big fans of hers and now endorse T-tapp in their books!

www.t-tapp.com/try/

There are 8 different exercises featured plus ones that you can print out.

I had lunch with a friend today who has a severely handicapped child and she is researching the Raw Foods Diet. She has a friend that has gone on it (she's lost 12 lbs her first 2 wks),is reading the book and is very interested in it.

Does anyone know anything about this diet??


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Boy can I totally understand the pushing it to the limit with foods. I have been tired and discouraged this week and binging on all kinds of stuff I normally don't eat. I am trying to stay with kind of healthy binges. But the dark choc covered almond keep calling my name.
I can tell it is affecting me, but I need to HIDE them or get myself back on track.

Thanks for the site for TTap. I have her book and had done some of the exercises about 5 to 7 years ago. I didn't know that she had a video, that would make it easier to follow. They are hard but when I got into the routine it seemed to make my back feel better. Stretched me out good.

I just NEED to get back on track!!!
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Margie I'm so bad, that if I don't have a bad reaction (pain, excessive lethargy, etc..) I will try to eat just about anything!

Years ago, before I got sick, my brother-in-law dubbed me the billy goat of the family.

I love food. Food that tastes good. So I have to have a really good reason for restricting a food and even then I push it to its absolute limit.

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Thanks, you ARE a Godess, I have all your food restrictions and medical diagnoses and I can have some dairy just limited due to sulfites and sulfur limiting issues (IE. I can have almost unlimited mozzarella but no more than three thin slices of Swiss cheese in a whole day). I do without the expensive prescription drugs and all the side effects, when I eat clean only the foods i know will not harm and I am still learning what those are. When I know why something is to be restricted, I can better accept and not play with mental denial and rebellious feelings to health reasoning behind the avoidance ruling.

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I may not recognize the significance until some time later.
Is my resistance to change really that strong?
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USE2BAGODDESS, thanks, I just wasn't sure if this diet was specifically for those with specific food concerns or recommended for everyone. If it's for a specific concern and helps then it's interesting to k now that this diet helps with that.



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I would say that if macrobiotics has given you the best results then that is where you need to be.

Are you able to exercise? If so, when you have time take a look at this website. It is a form of exercise that is designed to be rehabilitative to the body. I own the dvd's and have attended seminars. It is a tough workout (very small but intensive movements and NO jumping around!)

Many people have found it helps w/chronic diseases. I am about to start back up again. I have terrible bouts w/the chronic fatigue and can barely move. Forget exercise.

Here is a link...one woman's story with MS. (kind of long)

www.t-tapp.com/success/heather/index.html

Here is a link to watch how some of the exercises are done. It's the Try Before You Buy section....

www.t-tapp.com/try/


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I like how you put that USE2BAGODDESS, my body is that way. But even with eating strictly I did good for 10 years but am just not quite finding the right balance for me. All my illness didn't show much, but now... it takes over a lot. Maybe it is just old age catching up with me.

I looked over your list. Some of them I have been trying, but still think I need to go back to strict macro.



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Margie- Thanks for the links, esp. your blog. I can't wait to really be able to sit and absorb it.

Carissa- A few of us have health issues and food allergies which force us to restrict certain foods.
Me personally, I have hypoadrenia (adrenal glands don't work adequately) hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia (muscle inflammation causes intense pain here) hypercoagulation, leaky gut, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, etc..ad nauseum.....

I am allergic to wheat, gluten, and some dairy. I have to stay away from sugar (causes pain) and moderate my corn intake. So you see, some of us have been forced into eating clean whole foods. But NOT all of them. Rice and quinoa are the only grains that I can eat.

When your body is sick and stressed it produces more acid. Your body retains water (inflammation) in order to protect your organs and cells from the build up of acids. Normal dieting will not work or will only work temporarily because it is a survival technique of the body to protect itself. Disease usually occurs when the body is acidic. If you can alkalize your body then you are generally able to lose weight and restore your health. This is the reason for making sure to include alkalizing foods in one's diet.

Many auto-immune diseases also cause inflammation in the body. This inflammation causes pain to the many nerve endings. Being able to control inflammation means you are able to manage your pain levels better.

5 years ago, I thought I was perfectly healthy. Maybe I was maybe I wasn't?? But back then all I had to do was eat right and exercise. I use to ride my bike 33 miles per week, ballroom dance, hike, camp, play tennis, etc...now I struggle through daily life.

You are right when you say to try it and see if it works. The proof is always in the pudding.

Some of us just have to have a healthier version of pudding.....LOL


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Sounds healthy enough, although I don't see that the benefits are that much better than eating a diet of whole foods would give. One of the food list said bananas and mangos are bad if you're trying to reduce inflamation, which seems odd.

Try it and if it works, then that's all that matters! Personally, I think exercise alone with a healthy diet will give you all the health benefits you need without overly restricting your foods.

Good luck!



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Oh, Yes, I practice a form of this diet belief. I highly promote the orthomolecular ways to cure and balance instead of medicate and control. I started with everything then gave each supporting food in raw, cooked, fermented, and dehydrated forms to discover my preferences. I used a guideline of the low glycemic foundation and journal my challenge rotation diet principles to discover, for myself, which food I can have and which foods both natural and processed is an 'unfriendly' in my digestive system and blood stream. A cylinder of table salt is not my friend. I have a blog on this idea.

SALT
www.food-allergy.org/rotation.html

How to Use a Rotation Diet; Food-Allergy.org www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
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I was amazed after sessions of online research to find the 'traditional Macro' and my own version both maintain the strength of theory supporting balance and tolerance. I do not seem to get enough seaweed, even in capsule or ground forms. I prefer a green to a brown.

Godess, thanks for the links I love new places to explore. I have a blog on human body pH, should you wish to read about the body averages of what we are and where we should be...

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
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And speaking of acid verses alkaline, the ascorbic acid (vitamin "C") in the vitamin family is actually an alkaline. The name does not make the scale seem logical of the name of the food uses to comparative in the name, how do you separate and choices until you can understand the food values measuring the differences acid/ alkaline.

I agree that it can get hard to find the odd food to incorporate it into a diet if you cannot find it on the store shelf. With my aversion to additives and preservatives, I have a big problem getting it into my hands in tainted by processing and handling.

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Is my resistance to change really that strong?
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Thanks, that sounds good. How about I put a few of the macro recipes here and then if I get enough interest maybe I can start a new site.

I made homemade beans last night. Soak 2 to 3 c. the beans over night, rinse and add new water. Add 3 cloves garlic, 1/2 onion, 2 med carrots, 1/4 c sea weed ( I use what i have, Wakomi), salt to taste. Pressure cook for 2 hours. Optional, add in 14 cup fresh tomato salsa. If you like it more salty you could add a little tamari soy sauce. Then I blend in a blender to make home refried bean mix. You can dip raw celery in it, or a tortilla chip, or have it over rice a millet. There is also an almond or rice cheese that you could lightly shred on top.
I had mixed my bean mix with some left over veg millet mix I made for lunch. Ate it as a dip with tortilla chips. It was like eating a special treat.



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I would love to find some support, myself, for trying a macrobiotic eating plan. My husband is very keen to try macrobiotic, but the couple of times that I have attempted to plan just one meal, I've run up against a) not being able to find or know what the ingredients ARE; and b) when I did find the ingredients and prepared them, the taste was definitely ..... different. Maybe it was not a bad taste, but it certainly lacked much of what I want to taste in my meals.

I adore fresh vegetables and love fish. I'll have a seaweed salad at a local asian place and I like it a lot. But I know that isn't macrobiotic. We haven't been able to find classes that fit our schedule AND our budget, so it's been kind of a non-starter.

i agee with someone else who asked if anyone could share one or two meal ideas, maybe easy ones that they tried when they were first getting the hang of it.


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Thanks for the input. I am hoping to check out the sights tonight. It has been a busy day and my break time has had many interruptions. But yes it would be nice to gain the same health benefits and eat more like every one else.



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While I would like to add some macro recipes back into my diet I have been very happy with the direction that I am going right now.

I eat from the list of foods that are considered Anti-Inflammatory and try to avoid those that are known to cause inflammation.

nutrition.about.com/library/ninflam.htm

www.metabolismadvice.com/anti_inflammatory
_food/


Above are two good lists of Anti-Inflammatory foods.

I also try to alkalize my body by incorporating those foods that help your body to be more alkaline. Those foods that intersect are probably eaten the most.

www.rense.com/1.mpicons/acidalka.htm

www.energiseforlife.com/list_of_alkaline_f
oods.php


There are plenty of "normal" foods. I rarely if ever get into cooking with strange or uncommon things.

Not that hummus isn't strange to many of my friends?!

Probably the most unusual thing that I cook is quinoa.
Other than that I stick to vegetables, fruits, fish and chicken. We have the very occasional lamb or venison, but that is rare.

One of the advantages of the macrobiotic diet is that is alkalizes the body. I would bet that it also helps to relieve inflammation. Perhaps you could find a compromise with your family where all of you are eating a healthy whole foods diet.

I don't want to discourage you though. You should be really proud that you have had the dedication to stick it out alone for so long. That is really rare and to be commended. Very few of us could have done it. I know that I couldn't.

Good luck to you. Is there not a Macrobiotic Team??


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Thanks for the input. I have done the macro diet for health reasons also. I was very strict for about 10 years only allowing myself a bite or two of reg foods. I had a lot more energy and most people couldn't tell I had any health issues. But then I hit back down again.

I am still learning all the ins and out of the diet. I had a guy teach me most of what to do but then he had a brain annaurism and he would contradict himself after that.

I still believe in eating whole foods, and less sugar or no sugar, helps with the pain level as well as helps with my coordination. But I think I was eating to much salt. My teacher had said that I was low on salts and that I needed to increase to help with the nerve conduct so I increased salt, but I think I went to high.

I do have several recipes that I stick to, and I do a lot of stir fries. I have several macro cookbooks and find a lot of info on the web. At times I get discouraged then am bad and add in more reg foods than I should. My family eats differently than I do most of the time. I finally have them eating the brown rice some. But most of the time I cook for them and then I cook my foods.

I find it is hard to do the macro on my own, I get tired and discouraged and then I cheat. I was hoping to find someone or a few people that would like to go macro with me.


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Yes, a number of years ago I went on the Macrobiotic diet. My back was hurt and therapy did not help me.
The therapist sent me back to the doctor to test for tumors, etc....she had no idea what just that there was a problem.

As soon as I got home my mom called that a friend of hers had died suddenly. She and her husband were moving furniture and she hurt her back. She went to the doctors on Monday for muscle relaxers and was dead the following Monday from CANCER.

At the time I had just lost a close friend who was going through chemo and radiation to cancer and another friend was still going through treatment. There was no way I would do chemo.

So, In my craziness at the time I thought what would I do (worst case scenario) if they told me I had cancer?
A macrobiotic diet was the answer. I went on the diet.
To me it was hard, I never could tolerate the seaweed taste, but I stuck to it as best as I could. I was probably on the diet 4 months. At the end, I felt incredible. No more back pain. My body was healed from whatever had been wrong with it.

A few years later I was back sick again. I eat a really clean anti-inflammatory diet that focuses on fruits, vegetables, fish, and white meat. Occasionally I eat brown rice.

You have made a lifestyle out of eating Macrobiotic.

What are some of your favorite dishes that you can share? Or advice?

I keep thinking I really should break out the old macrobiotic diet books and incorporate a few of the recipes.

I just like spices in my food. The blandness of the food (outside of the seaweed) was my only complaint.


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I remember it being popular years ago. What does the diet entail?
What's included, what's restricted?
Mary


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No have never heard of this type of diet.

"A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government."

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. "
Thomas Jefferson


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I have been eating the macro diet for over 14 years and just wondering if any of you have tried it. It is eating whole foods, Mostly Rice (whole grains) vegetables, beans and seaweed.


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