I love how a blog series drives up my traffic!! Today's quiz will be easy for most of my dear and faithful readers.
This diet was promoted by a concerned fellow citizen of the world who felt that our diet was ruining the planet. Not ecologically, necessarily, but spiritually, or morally, well not sure on that. Of course, the experts thought all that was bunk....
To correct the imbalance, food was supposed to be grown, harvested, prepared and eaten in a natural state. Meats were to be a small item on the table, and all food was to be gently prepared by steaming, braising and cooking with low heat.
Food was not to be seasoned with gobs of sugary and chemical-laden sauces purchased from the grocery store, but was to be carefully seasoned with tiny amounts of natural ingredients or home-prepared condiments. Most foods were to be eaten plain, with no seasoning added at all. Herbs and spices were discouraged, and reserved only for special occasions, like illness. Herbs and spices were seen more as a drug, and with unintended consequences (like lack of balance, or even obesity) if consumed regularly.
OK, you're probably thinking right now, trick me once, but never twice, 'cause you can tell by the title that this is the same sort of trick that I tried to pull when I used that title the last time.
And....DING DING DING DING DING... you are correct. This is a trick blog post. Who is this guru? It's Michio Kushi again. Not Dr. Guyenet. By the way, I eventually gained weight on this macrobiotic diet, so not only is Dr. G wrong, he's not even first! Not good for a PhD, not good at all, to not be first, that is. And to top all of that, a REAL doctor from a REAL school like Harvard has declared macrobiotics to be a fad diet and many of its fans to be eating-disordered, at least more disordered than paleo.
And here's a little end-note, to educate some of the experts. People who flock from fad to fad are just seekers who haven't found the diet that is right for their situation. Maybe some of the anxiety is caused by brain chemicals, but I'll suspect lots of the anxiety comes from the trashy way society treats fat people, and the un-ease fat people feel about their continued placement in that fat camp. So, it is good that Dr. Emily continues to clarify her position on eating disorders, and I hope she continues to herd the tribe towards a suitable and civil response to the camp.