At this point, there are so many different diets, philosophies about diet, diet strategies, dietitians claiming to have found the last diet you’ll ever need, etc., that the task of even figuring out what your diet should consist of has become quite the daunting challenge. Often, advices are conflicting, philosophies confusing and rules extremely restricting. One thing is certain: judging from the volume of answers to the question of what should to eat, there must be a number of people asking that question. And if that many people are asking the question, there must be something egregiously wrong with the way we feed ourselves.
This is nothing new, though. As obesity rates rise – and the subsequent diseases associated with obesity – many people have risen to the occasion with their own take on how to solve the problem. What has resulted has been a glut of diet plans – there is the raw food diet, the vegan diet, the no carb diet, and the list goes on, virtually forever. But in addition to the the raw food diet, the vegan diet, the no carb diet and the seemingly endless list, there is one diet that has become fairly popular lately that has been touted for its health-promoting benefits.
The macrobiotic eating plan has been making waves of late in health circles. But just what is a macrobiotic diet? What is a macrobiotic diet good for? This particular diet consists primarily of cereal grains. Vegetables and beans are also encouraged. Recommended semi-regularly are nuts and seeds, seasonal fruits and, occasionally, seafood. Meat, dairy, and eggs are discouraged, or recommended to be enjoyed perhaps once a month. Obviously, this plan focuses on vegetarian and seasonal eating and includes quite a bit of phytonutrients.
Many claim that the macrobiotic diet is good for people diagnosed with and undergoing treatment for cancer, but many people in mainstream medicine reject this idea, citing the fact that cancer patients often suffer from unwanted weight loss.
The macrobiotic diet stands in stark contrast to the diet promoted by Know the Cause, which basically turns the proportions of this diet upside down. What macrobiotic enthusiasts may fail to take into account is the fact that grains are often contaminated with mycotoxins – fungal poisons – which can be deleterious to health. Many have even been linked to cancer, a disease the diet is supposed to protect against. Furthermore, a diet rich in carbs might actually feed a pathogenic fungal infection, which may at once be unknown to the sufferer, but the source of many symptoms he or she experiences.
So are macrobiotic diets and the Phase One diet compatible? Not particularly in their philosophies, but they do contain some of the same things – limited, un-sweet fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. The main point of contention is likely with the inclusion of grains and the discouragement from animal protein. Be smart about animal protein, but we believe in going against the grain recommendation.