Originally Posted by penny79
I imagine you'd have to eat a lot of greens (and not grains) on this diet to get enough nutrients. Have you checked fitday for your intakes? Are you eating foritified foods?
So salt and soy sauces are acceptable but fruits are to be enjoyed sparingly? What's the reasoning? Does the "grounding" refer to alkaline? Just curious because most grains are acidifying.
explains it pretty well. I'm not sure why exactly fruits (and nightshades and such) are minimal-to-none. As for salt, I think there's a stress on sea salt, miso, soy sauce, and pickles - fermented things (besides the sea salt) - for the mineral content. The "grounding" I believe refers to the supposed balance between "yin" and "yang." Grains and vegetables are considered to be very balance between yin and yang, so they're emphasized.
As far as I know, the main components of the diet are greens and vegetables (definitely including a lot of greens). Miso, sea vegetables, and beans also play a big role. Fruit, nuts, and seeds (and fish, sometimes) are low. It is
based on the Japanese diet, and the Japanese eat very little fruit. I don't think there's much fruit native to here, honestly, at least not fruit that people eat on a regular basis. Fruit is also expensive here and probably has been for a long time - so they just don't eat much of it. My students all eat school lunch every day, and maybe 2-3 times per month there is a little bit of fruit in it (I mean, like, 2 strawberries, or a few banana and mandarin slices).
AddieB, when I make miso soup I usually start with a bit of wakame and cubed tofu, and sometimes add spinach or daikon as well. I put the miso in at the last second. Remember not to boil miso, because it's alive! That'll kill off the beneficial qualities.
You could add mushrooms, too, like those long white thin ones or shiitake or something, but I just don't like mushrooms.
There's a macrobiotic place in town, and they serve a lot of vegetables - not that many grains, but then, Japanese people eat white rice at every freaking meal so it's not like they need
more of them.
I've seen them serve fruit a couple times as part of something - like strawberry tart. Actually, I don't think it's that
macrobiotic... they've served chicken and cheese before, which are no-nos...