I know people can give me an answer based on cruelty as to why not to eat fish. I am trying to get on top of my poor health (after having fallen seriously ll late last year).I am reading a book by Micho Kushi about healing yourself from diseases etc. I have decided to go Macrobiotic for health reasons. I have a spinal disease and am really anemic at the moment and trying to get my health up again.
got this :from Macro Association website:
Health benefits of eating fish
Fresh fish and sea foods (seaweed and sea vegetables) are also an important part of the macrobiotic diet. Fish (including shellfish) is a reliable source of protein, minerals (iron, selenium and iodine), vitamins and essential fatty acids. The livers of white fish (cod and halibut) are a particularly good source of vitamins A and D. Whilst the flesh of oil-rich fish, such as herring, mackerel and salmon, is an important source of the long chain omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA). Although fish are not generally a rich source of iron, sardines are an exception.
The benefits of eating fish, especially oily fish, include: reduced chance of developing heart disease, increased longevity and lowering of blood pressure. Eating fish also ensures the proper development of the brain, nervous tissue and eyes of the foetus during pregnancy. It can also improve kidney function in severe diabetes and may improve inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and psoriasis. More recent research involving elderly people suggests that individuals eating fish or seafood at least once a week are at a lower risk of developing dementia, including Alzheimer's disease.
As part of a healthy diet we are advised to eat at least two servings of fish per week, including one of oily fish.
Its a tough question you ask because it is very personal and the choice is noone's but your own.
So I think noone can answer this one for you
The difference to me is the choice you make to eat macro-biotic or vegan. If you choose to eat vegan you will obviously not eat fish, if you choose macrobiotics you have the choice to eat fish or not.
I was also thinking because macrobiotics in based in Japan they would eat fish because there are not too many foodchoices and they needed fish as an addition to get a welbalanced diet?
I'm no expert but my opinion would be that in western society you could get these nutrients by other sources (plantbased) and therefor would not have to eat fish if this important to you... I would advise to speak to an expert on macrobiotics, they would be able to tell you how you could substitute for fish if thats what you want..
Hi Helly - from a health perspective, on paper, I do think fish provides a lot of nutrients. What you also have to take into consideration is the unhealthy aspect of fish - the bigger fish have the largest amount of heavy metal contamination (tuna, swordfish) which would not be good for the nervous system, for sure! I have read that the safest way to consume fish is to not eat one that is bigger than you plate. Then you have to think about where they are coming from - farm raised will be full of antibiotics, and they also often dye them a "pleasing" color. If you are thinking about including fish to improve your health, be very sure you are getting fresh fish from clean waters - you would not want all the potentially bad things that could be included in that fish to counteract any of the benefits to your health you are hoping to achieve!
The dietary approach you are considering is based on traditional theories. Macrobiotics is a powerful method of treatment for a wide range of conditions. Considering your condition, and what you have tried so far, it is a reasonable option.
I would support your decision to try it and would encourage you to minimize your fears and worries about it. It may a good idea for someone in your particular circumstances, to try a strict macrobiotic approach. If, after a period of time, you feel better, you may have found your solution. If after a period of time you feel the same or worse, you can always re-adjust.
It makes sense to read all you can about the system, so you can try and figure out yourself, but it makes even more sense to see an experienced practitioner who can make specific recommendations based on a detailed analysis of your condition. The practitioner may or may not recommend adding fish to your diet and the criteria they use for making that determination is complicated. You may not be able to understand it as a beginner. It also makes sense to have a plan as to the type of fish they might recommend as well as how much.
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