Why is it that no fruit is allowed in macrobiotics, or at least very little amounts? I am used to eating a big bowl of berries for breakfast, and am wondering if switching to grain based macrobiotic meals is healthier, and WHY it is considered healthier? Any input would be great!
Macrobiotic principles encourage eating foods that aren't extreme (like meat) that make it hard for your body to stay balanced. Lots of fruits are considered to be extreme foods too, although fruits that grow locally tend to be easier to digest (like apples in England, rather than mangoes or pineapples). Grains, beans and greens are thought to help your body maintain equilibrium, and therefore put your system under less stress. Stress and inflammation (which can be created by the stress response) can cause disease and illness.
I'd think it's more of a concern about people avoiding veggies for fruit not that they shouldn't be eating in high quanities for sugar(carbs and then grain carbs too can really add up). I'd say 3-4 fruit servings a day is going to be fine if you are eating proper portions and pretty clean. Its just a lot of people go straight for fruit over greens and good fresh veggies. I think the industry of canning had caused a lot of us 20-30 year olds(maybe some of the 40s too) to grow up being almost force fed overcooked canned mush with zero flavor. Fresh has a lot more flavor and many trying to switch aren't used to veggies.
Papayas and pineapple do have very powerful enzymes when not fully ripe, so not all tropical fruits are bad on microbiotics. Also coconut fats can be good in moderation as well. They are amazing for digestion, but on macrobiotics papaya tends to be much more centered than pineapple, moderation is the key, but I have alittle trick for getting some of the less cruciferous veggies in your diet. For example, puree celery and red grapes together, top with parsley and voila! Its alot tastier than it sounds. For the purpose of digestion still "chew" it alittle to get the salvary enzymes going, but its so delicious wihtout all the added crunch crunch effort.
All in all just try less fruit, more veggies and let your body be the judge, if you as an idividual are moe centered with more or less of certain things, than dont throw yourself outta wack.
I hope I didnt offend anyone, an I hope my input helped.
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