Is The Macrobiotic Diet a Good Diet? : Exclusive Renegade Health Q & A

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not macrobiotic but insanely good
If you ate a strict macrobiotic diet, you might not be able to eat everything here… how much fun would that be? (LOL!)

It’s Friday, so that means I’m going to dig into your questions and give you the answers you need to get and stay super-healthy…

Today, I have questions about the macrobiotic diet and if it’s good or not, why I like fermented foods better than probiotics, and thoughts on eating local.

Let’s get going…

Is the macrobiotic diet good for you?

Joan asks…

“Hi Kevin, Have you heard of a Macrobiotic Diet??? If so what do you think about it?? Thank you Joan.”

Thanks for your question, Joan! Yes, I have heard of the macrobiotic diet and I do have some thoughts about it.

Any diet that restricts people who are suffering from diseases of excess (over-feeding) from eating processed foods are going to work.

This is why many diets that you read about help people get healthy. The vegan diet works, the raw food diet works, the Mediterranean diet works, the Paleo diet works and many others work as well because they all eliminate processed foods, tell you to eat lots of vegetables and all include water rich foods.

The macrobiotic diet falls into the same category. It eliminates foods that are processed and stimulating and it allows the body to heal.

But on the other hand, just like any restricted diet, sometimes excessive long term use may lead to deficiencies.

Staples in the macrobiotic diet are rice, grains, squashes, root vegetables, sea vegetables and fermented foods.

This line up provides a bunch of great nutrients, but could leave your deficient in others. Some of the biggest concerns are B12, Vitamin D, and Essential Fatty Acids.

So your mission, while you’re exploring the diet that works for you, is not to fall head over heels for the literature about one particular plan, but to monitor your own body to make sure that the foods you’re eating are nourishing you, not depleting you.

Since I’ve been doing countless diet experiments over the last 10 years, I can very firmly say that it gets more and more difficult to recommend or stand by any one diet for anyone.

I’ve fallen into this trap before and have realized now that it can actually be quite irresponsible.

If I don’t have any data about your body, genetics or tendencies, I don’t have any idea what diet is best for you – but, what I do know is that eating is essential and in order to get great health results you need to monitor your nutrient levels to ensure that you’re getting what you need from your food.

So back to macrobiotics…

I’m beginning to think that each diet has a threshold for its effectiveness for an individual. I don’t know what yours or mine is for macrobiotics, but I recommend that you give it a try, keep a pulse on your body with blood tests and also don’t get so deep into the theory of it that you can’t pull yourself out if you start to feel less than healthy.

BTW: Two of our favorite restaurants in the U.S. are macrobiotic – Cafe de Luz in Austin, TX and Manzanita in Oakland, CA.

Probiotics vs. Fermented Foods

Crystal wants to know about packaged probiotics and fermented foods…

“Hi there, I noticed on your website that you don’t have any probiotics other than the body ecology coco-biotic drink. I was wondering what your thoughts were on the difference between the body ecology biotic drinks and the five lac from global health trax and nutraelle ..which is made in Florida?”

Hi Crystal, this is the first time I’ve heard of Five Lac, but I am familiar with Three Lac. One gripe I have about this company is that they market the product using a spit test to determine if you have candida. This test is completely inaccurate – almost everyone could test positive – and makes me wonder if they start out on the wrong foot in a clear selling proposition with a questionable methodology – what else should we know about?

Anyway, I’m sure the product is OK 🙂

I like trying fermented foods first for your gut for two reasons.

First, when you eat a fermented food that you or someone else has made and you’ve controlled the culture by adding a starter, you can be sure that the bacteria are alive and hearty.

When you take a supplement pill, there is very little assurance that the product is still as potent as it was when it first came out of the factory. Even if the company guarantees a certain amount of live bacteria at the time of manufacture, that doesn’t mean that it’s still vital in a capsule on a shelf at Whole Foods 2 years later.

Secondly, probiotics are only one part of rebuilding the gut. When you ferment foods, not only do you get great, healthy bacteria, you also get some of the beneficial by-products on the fermented process – alcohol… wait, just joking… I meant to say pre-digested amino acids and B vitamins that help keep the gut healthy, and your immune system strong.

This is why I like fermented foods, but of course if you need a high-powered probiotic and fermented foods aren’t doing the trick there are plenty of good products available.

Can You Eat Cinnamon Bark?

Would I be able to eat the cinammon bark? I buy cinammon chips from a health product company and chew them, can I do that with yours? Thanks-Shari

Hey Shari! Thanks for your interest in the cinnamon bark. I’m not sure what cinnamon chips you’re talking about in the health food store, but if they’re small pieces of bark, then they’re probably the same thing. If they’re snacks, then it’s likely not.

Chewing on cinnamon bark not only releases it’s fantastic flavor and freshens your breath, it also helps clean your mouth because cinnamon is naturally antibacterial.

When we first found this particular cinnamon in Costa Rica, the woman who was running the farm harvested a little piece for each of us to try. When we put it in our mouths is was a flavor explosion – like a healthy atomic cinnamon fireball.

This was what sold me on bringing it back with us to share with you.

So again, if you’re not actually eating the chips, then yes, I imagine it would be the same. If you are eating them, then no, this probably isn’t close!

Cinnamon isn’t local, but you recommend eating local… what’s up?

“i understand the importance and benefits of eating local….how do you reconcile the item in parenthesis about eating local with selling irish moss and ceylon cinnamon?….thank you in advance for your response….”

Thanks for the question. You are correct, I do advocate eating local – as local as possible. I apply an 80 / 20 rule to my local eating vs. long distance eating.

80% or more of what we eat is local while we allow for the other 20% to be non-local (or what I call “fun.”)

Cinnamon, Irish Moss and other imported health products fit into this “fun” category for me.

If the entire U.S. adopted this 80 / 20 type rule for eating locally, we’d dramatically decrease the amount of fuel wasted, support to questionable regimes and keep money in the local economy.

Watch the movie No Impact Man and you’ll see the level of extremity needed to eat completely local – to the point of neurosis.

I think allowing yourself some play is a great way to balance the need to support our local economies and not go crazy and make ourselves neurotic while doing so.

One of the reasons we moved to Berkeley is because we wanted to be around a climate that would have more local foods longer into the year – this way by default we’d be eating locally grown foods all the time.

Are you politically involved?

Maria wants to know…

“Kevin, what charities and political missions based around food policy do you support?”

Great question, Maria!

There are a lot of charities and political organizations that need money and support. We’ve chosen for now to focus on just three.

For food policy, we’ve been working (as much as we can) with the Label GMO ballot initiative here in California. This is an initiative that will make labeling of GMO foods mandatory. I feel this is an essential piece of the puzzle to help us understand – as a whole population – where our food is coming from.

We’ve supported the Gerson Institute for the past few years to help pass along the work of the Gerson family and preserve their contributions to natural medicine history.

Finally, all the work we do with Dr. Williams in part supports AyniGlobal which is a non-profit that is assisting to record the history of the Q’ero people in Peru as well as help then transition into a more modern world without having to deal with many of the pains and troubles that indigenous people face when this inevitable crossover occurs.

I’m not the type of guy that wants a fancy car or a big house – I want to help facilitate change through commerce. That’s why we work so hard.

To look back one day and say, I helped change the world to make it a better place (no matter how big or how small) is one of my greatest dreams.

This is why some of our profits, energy and free time (very little!) goes to these three places.

Your question of the day: What do you think about eating local 100%? Do you do it? Do you give your time or money to charity? Tell us what you do to make the world a better place!

Live Awesome!
Kev

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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  1. Mary Ann Ludwig says:

    I donate a lot of time to people and causes, and money to many charities – especially at Christmas. I volunteer at the Art Institute, do phone banking for the Democratic party, and am a lecture at my church. I spent today taking a 98 year old woman to the ear doctor, last Saturday with another older woman who is confined to her home after a broken hip, and one afternoon with a friend of mine who’s in hospice at the nursing home where she lives.

  2. Leela says:

    Unfortunately, your response to the question about “the macrobiotic diet” reflects a general misunderstanding of macrobiotics, which is actually more of a philosophy, than a specific diet. Granted, the “staples” that you listed are generally part of a macrobiotic approach to eating, but you left out beans, generally considered a regular food in a macrobiotic diet, and fish, which many many people trying to apply the principles behind the philosophy, include on a regular basis….

    Nobody who has truly studied macrobiotics, and understood it, would eat in a way that makes themselves deficient, because they would be applying certain principles to their meal planning, to obtain a balanced diet. And that might look very different for different people. Part of the macrobiotic way of life is to develop one’s intuition and understanding so that one makes better choices to live a happy life – a “great life” which is the true purpose behind the philosophy: macro = great, and biotics = life. So while one person might not eat fish, another might. It is said that some people might need eggs and meat, for medicinal purposes, or some alcohol, to balance an otherwise excessively “yang” diet and lifestyle.

    It’s a shame that macrobiotics came to be associated with a very strict dietary approach, which happened after it became known as a diet to heal from cancer, which generally it has good success doing. That way of eating was in fact, a healing macrobiotic diet, and much stricter than the diet of someone who doesn’t have cancer.

    There are certain principles at the core of macrobiotics – a grain at every meal, a grain and a vegetable dish are the minimum requirements for balance, for instance…

    So it would be great if people understood that there is much more to macrobiotics than simply a way of understanding food and the role it plays in our lives, which is considerable. And to eat truly wonderful macrobiotic food, you probably need to eat at the home of an experienced macrobiotic cook, or go to one of the macrobiotic schools/centers to taste the amazing possibilities of a macrobiotic diet.

  3. Lorraine says:

    I would love to eat 80% local, but I do live in Canada and the only organic food we can find usually has to come from the northern US. There are not many organic farms in Canada, at least where I am living. I know that in the east, there are many more organic farmers. I am jealous! But the good news is that we dug up a big garden plot on our acreage this fall and next year we will have a big garden of our own!! I am so excited!
    I don’t know anything about the macrobiotic diet, but I am going to learn more about fermented food right now (from your archives). There is always something new to learn. Thank you!

  4. Betoman says:

    Kevin,

    I am fortunate enough to work a 10 minute bike ride from Casa De Luz in Austin and eat lunch there about 3 days a week. It is a jewel. Eating 100% local and maintaining consistently good nutrition is impossible in most places, I think. Even Casa gets just about all of their food from California, primarily because of the volume of food they go through and there aren’t enough farms around here growing what Casa serves every day, year round. Just like most schools of diet, there are variations. Casa is Organic, Gluten Free, Vegan and Allergen aware, a combination that is rare. I try to eat from my own back (or front) yard as much as possible. I support Organic Consumers Association, Save the Frogs!, and local organizations like Tree Folks.
    Thanks!

  5. Yes all the above are good comments and I agree to them all.
    When I was recovering from my life threatening illness more than 30 years ago I turned to Macrobiotics .

    Then later in my life i included complementary diet plans such as raw plant vegan,Mediterranean ,Thai health cuisine with out the white rice and deep fried cooking and adopted Blue Zone diets into my protocol.I found that doing this by supporting my local Thai organic farmer and by eating edible weeds in my garden. Check Markus Rothkran’s site at http://www.markusrothkranz.com/

    I believe that the incorporation of all these health diet plans in one is a great way for anybody to give powerful nutrition to their body.

    But unfortunately for most people there is an addiction problem with processed foods ,and sedentary life styles. Most people do not understand that when the body stops moving your Lymphatic system shuts down and you start to become self intoxicated with residue poisons from the air pollution ,water we drink and bath in ,and foods we eat. So the best answer to this is to rebound on a mini trampoline, walk, bike, hike, jog, yoga, weight resistance exercises ,breathing mediation, and hot sauna therapy with cold showers to close the skin pores and dry skin brushing.
    This is something I do and practice every week , it is that important in the environment that we live in today.

    Kindest Regards

    Barry Gourmet & Raw

  6. zyxomma says:

    The macrobiotic diet is very good for healing when you’re sick. When you’re well, however, it’s a deficiency diet. Too much cooked food, too much salt, too little of much else. However, that said, the philosophy is great; it includes eating in season for where you are. I expand that to include eating for where your heart is, if it’s not in your geographic location.

    I eat a lot of locally sourced, organic food. Great greenmarkets here in NYC, and they support the economy upstate and in surrounding states as well.

    I give money to support environmental justice. Periodically, I give free lectures on healing, specifically, on lymphasizing. (I’m certified in about a dozen different modalities, for which I went to school after a lifetime of independent study. Not talking weekend workshops here, but years.)

    Health and peace.

  7. Lisa says:

    BTW, Tenzin, the chef at Manzanita opened a new place in Albany called Potala. Wonderful food!!

  8. LynnCS says:

    I agree mostly with some of the previous posts about the macrobiotic life style. There is much more to it than what the article mentions. Including green leafy vegetables, beans,and seeds. Salt is minimum and water is considered not good in the way many diets drink or over drink these days. It is a study and application of the theory of yin and yang. Balancing out the acid/alkiline ph in the body by adjusting the food and it’s effect on the body. That’s why I was attracted to the raw food life style. There are components of that applied to the raw food plan. I had got away from macrobiotics and was already eating a lot of raw but also too much cooked starchy food, and had gained weight eating a lot on microwaved oatmeal and peanut butter sandwiches on what I thought was a really healthy bread. I knew I should eat healthier and ate big salads at night. I heard about a woman who lost a lot of weight on raw and just googled “raw food.” I started making the smoothies and that gave me a good start toward more fruits and vegis. I still think the macrobiotic food is the best balanced of all, but still looking at what may be lost by cookihng. Right now I prefer raw.

    Lots of questions today, but in short, I prefer to buy local and am going to join a farmers’ coop. I help others by carrying the message of recovery to anyone who wants to work on their it for themselves.

    Thanks, Kevin for your level headed way of approaching these questions. Lynn

  9. SarahB says:

    Hi Kevin:

    I am sorry but I have to agree with Leela regarding macrobiotics. I feel it is misunderstood. I studied it in Japan for 7 years. Perhaps this is the difference – between the original macrobiotics in Japan and its American version? I don’t know. But in Japan, nothing was forbidden. There were principles which included eating whole foods, locally grown and in season and organic. But beyond that, everything was on a yin / yang scale and it was believed to be best if one ate “sparingly” of foods that were extreme yin or extreme yang. For example: white sugar = extreme yin and red meat = extreme yang. And the principles were just that. They weren’t rules or laws. There was a lot of complexity to be sure, but even my teacher was known to drink coffee (organic) and eat shortbread cookies (no preservatives) upon occasion.

    Charities and non-profits? We support World Neighbors. (www.wn.org) It is awesome as they have projects all over the world and their mission is to empower communities and inspire native people, not to go in and “take over”. I saw the project in Peru and they were amazing. The villagers in the Andes went from extreme poverty to being self-sufficient and this even though they had also been traumatised by 10 years of torture and subjugation by the “Shining Path”.

    Cheers,
    SarahB

  10. Barbara W. says:

    Agree with trying to buy as much local as possible and do shop at the local farmer’s market and co-op. But 100% is not practical.
    I really miss your videos. It feels like we have lost that personal connection with you and Anne. I respect your decision and am sure you just grew tired of doing the videos, just sayin’, I miss you two.

  11. michelle says:

    Hi Kevin,

    I really miss your video presentations. They are so much more personal and “alive”.
    You always have a lot of great information to share. Thank you!

    Michelle
    http://www.ihelpbackpain.com

  12. Roberta says:

    Kevin and Anne, love you, keep up the good work. Appreciate you both. Love and blessings, Roberta

  13. Rocio says:

    Well, local is very hard to find around here and even “organic” at the store, it is very difficult. I just saw a You-tube video where some of the “organic” frozen vegetables that we get at the health food store even though the have the label “organic” USA are products from CHINA!!! where they don’t have any regulations for organic food. Not all the veggies from the same company are from China. How sad! well I can tell the difference when I eat organic. Our summers here are so short that it is hard to get good local produce. Talking about fermented: I am very allergic to any fermented foods. One of them is Kambucha-tea I broke out so bad last time I tried to get the “so good for you Probies and B12” from it. I even made it myself! So I don’t eat anything fermented. I have been listening to Doug Kaufmann in “Know the Cause” it is very high animal protein diet to get rid of the fungus-Candida..etc…
    I have delt with Candida for along long time and I have been treating it for so long!!! it is crazy..no fruits, yes fruits, all the natural supplements, Nyastatin, well..Dona Gates came out with her new book..The BabyBommers diet” or something like it and it is very, interesting.She talks about the different diets..Raw, Macrobiotic, Vegan..etc all the things I have tried to do and really my body says NO!..anyway the book is excellent even though I don’t agree with her theory that my ancestors are bacteria.. I think she is very honest about how not all diets work for everyone and..much more. Anyway I know this site is big enough to embrace many diets/ways of life and believes. We have been created by a Divine Designer, unique and with a wonderful purpose. Still trying to find what works for me as far as my food. I am really afraid of eating the fermented foods because of my past reactions. when I am sick it is very hard on my children and unfortunately I can’t find a good Doctor I can trust ..I have tried and I have paid so much money It is not even funny! I think it is funny when people make very hard comments about one way or another without knowing what other people have gone through.
    Anyway, many blessings Thank you KEVIN and ANNMARIE.

  14. Shayna says:

    Hello Kevin and Annmarie.

    I just wanted to say thank you for all your dedicated work. You are a great inspiration and help for me doing my best to bring out a change of awareness about food and health and to get real information about nutrition out to the people here in Portugal where I live.
    Thank you.

    Best regards

    Shayna

  15. Dee says:

    Kevin,
    See occasional comments about wishing you had the videos back. The videos can be great, but for those who have computer or connection problems it can be near impossible to follow the video. The written column has been much appreciated many times. Thank you.

  16. Marshall says:

    Thank you to all who have said positive comments about Macrobiotics, I couldn’t agree more! Light fresh food, with nurturing grains and beans, fish, pickles and condiments may balance pressure from a challenging work or family life.

    That’s what it’s about – Balance. No matter what diet you are doing it’s about balancing it with your lifestyle. How well are you doing? Are you happy and content? Flexible with what life brings your way?

    The ancient secrets of health and longevity are found in the I Ching and in Macrobiotics. How well we interpret them, how well we practice cooking and preparing our raw, organic, local food creates how clean our bloodstream is!

    And in answer to the picture above that says “You may not be able to eat this on a Macrobiotic diet”… A Macrobiotic person in good health can chose to eat anything, knowing they can return to a delicious, macrobiotic meal to balance it to keep the bloodstream clean and free of disease. Or they can chose to continue to indulge, which in itself may be a balancing act. And get further away seesaw-ing from the center of balance which will then take longer to come back. Life is a choice all the time!

    The Great Life – is all about balancing ourselves with everything we come into contact with! Food, friends, air, water, environment and our physical and emotional situations. Food is medicine in Macrobiotic philosophy. Chose your teachers well!

  17. Debra says:

    I think I may be allergic to fermented foods too. I have Fibromyalgia and I’ve just done a full parasite cleanse and am working on building the gut flora now but found that using fermented foods, caused massive inflammation of my digestive tract. That’s what it feels like anyway. This began about 10 years ago when I first experienced symtoms of Fibromyalgia after taking the product “Threelac.” Is there any well to know which probiotic is best to take, or if its still working?
    Thank you.
    Blessings
    Debra

  18. Sue says:

    I would not be happy on a local only diet. I enjoy sampling foods that I’m unfamiliar with, some of which could never be grown where I live. There is an effort that I’m involved with to find which community action groups support local principles you believe in. Currently, I give of my crafts talents to my church.

  19. EXCELLENT REPORT by Kevin and good comments by health conscious responsible readers. In short I never liked slanting to one principle, one side. Go straight toward the sun, like the tall trees that grow, embrace all good things, because there are good things for us in all- only learn to be cautious with ManInvented,ManMade,Cooked,Processed Things.
    http://www.sunflowerdance.com

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  21. Frank Berg says:

    Kevin. Thank you for touching on so many subjects today. Let me comment on just a few. Three Lac and Five Lac are both made by the same company in Japan. They are good products marketed in the USA. One has three active friendly bacteria and the other has five. The bacteria are encapsulated in tiny capsules that withstand the acidic digestive juices in the stomach and are opened in the alkalinity of the small intestine where they help to control the over-growth of yeast that has gone rampant. They were my life support for a few years while I searched for relief, control and a cure for Candida. When I found out about coconut kefir and cultured veggies from Donna Gates I found out how to make my own and I no longer use Three Lac and Five Lac.

    Kefir
    To make Coconut Kefir I put the water from a fresh young white coconut into a glass jar. Then I break open a capsule of Acidophilus & Bifidus into the jar along with a capsule of Multi Probiotics. I let it sit in the open jar on the cupboard for two or three days until the taste is a little tangy. Then it is ready for the fridge where I sip from it several times per day. I use about one mixture per week. Instead of using new capsules each time I sometimes use some of my last batch to mix in to the new batch as a starter.

    Cultured Veggies
    When I make cultured (fermented) veggies I buy the freshest I can find. In Canada it varies from season to season. Some are local most are not. Wherever they are grown inside of North America, I have learned they contain fewer minerals then our bodies need. The lack of minerals is the same if they are organic or not. All the minerals our body needs are not found in the soil so they are not in the plants that we grow. That’s why a plant-only-diet leaves us deficient in some minerals. However there are other good things in the plants. We need them even if they don’t supply everything we need.

    I choose any green plants that we normally eat which may include some Granny Smith green apples. I select the best from the bunch and keep the rest for cooking. At my age I have few of my natural teeth and I am lazy. I lay them out in no particular ratio but according to what I think will go well together and taste good, I put them through my juicer saving the juice and the pulp in a glass bowl. I throw in a hand full or two of Goji Berries for color (not scientific I know) I stir into it a bit of sea salt. Sea salt has more than 80 essential minerals. I cover it with a clean cloth to let the air get to it. It sits on the cupboard or in a cool place to give the natural bacteria in the plants a chance to go to work. We are trying to simulate the fermentation that takes place in our digestive tract. Only here we let it ferment naturally. In effect it is pre digested. That is why our body can absorb much more of the vital ingredients. I let the mixture sit for a week or two on the cupboard or in a cooler place in the house.. It may get a grey fur coat on top after a while. That is a sign that the good bacteria has been working. It is time to stir it all together and put it into glass jars with loose lids to go into the fridge. The bacteria will continue to do their job but on a slower pace because of the cold in the refrigerator. I am still eating from the batch I made six months ago. I have a cupful or two with my breakfast. I like it mixed with mashed avocado and hemp seed. For variety I will sometimes add a little creamy cucumber dressing.

    Charity
    At 75 plus years of age I no longer have limits placed on me by health issues such as I have had for the last 30 or more years. So I am able to do local volunteer work in our 376 unit condo complex. I look after the two garbage barns. From this I care for the recycling program. It gives me opportunity to talk to people about health related issues and answer there questions. But beyond that many items that have a lot of life and service left in them are brought into the barns that people no longer have use for. I set these in a clean area for people to browse and they often find things they can take home and use. I myself have two desk top computers and computer desks that were left behind when people moved. Every month I take hundreds or even thousands of items to Goodwill Stores where they are sold to needy people.

    Nanny work
    My second volunteer job involves Nanny Work. My daughter, (a single mom who never married or had any children of her own) chose to adopt three girls. They are different ages form 8 to 14 years. They were unrelated and come from impossible childhood backgrounds. Their hurts sometimes overwhelm me to the point of tears. I have had to become grandpa and daddy to them. I live eight minutes drive away from their house. Early each school day morning I go to their house and let myself in while they are still sleeping. I make their breakfast and school lunches while mom gets ready to go to work. She has to leave before I get the girls up. Each has their own problems in life and each expresses their hurts in different ways. My job is to get each one to the bus on time feeling loved, cared for and happy. Because they have no dad and no grandpa they gave me an endearing name of GRUMPY. What a good way to start my day. Each day, as they head out the door to catch their bus, they will turn around to say, “BY Grumpy. See you tomorrow”, I feel so blessed. I feed the rabbit, the dogs and the cat, and the hamster. Then I am ready to lock up their house and go to my regular work. I own an online shopping mall.

  22. Rocio says:

    Mr. Frank thank you for your post! what an inspiration. Many blessings Mr. Grumpy!

  23. Leam says:

    Concur with #11 – miss the videos…nice to bring them back once and a while if you were so inclined.

  24. Chris Wark says:

    Kevin I agree with you. Health and disease recovery is a journey that requires a lot of experimentation with foods that support your specific nutritional needs and metabolic type.

    It should be noted that Aveline Kushi a leader of the macrobiotics movement died of cancer.

  25. Tyrena says:

    I have the same problem with everything that is supposed to help with Candida makes me break out. I’ve done very expensive probiotics and different cleanses and it would make me break out, even though everyone told me it was just cleansing me out, it would just go on for too long. I just found a book called Yeast Infection no More. The trick is to do cleanses in a particular order. I have to be honest, I just bought it a few days ago and haven’t tried it yet. It was supposed to be a cheap way to get rid of yeast, but some of the steps are actually a little expensive. You need to do first a bowel cleanse, then an antiparasitic Regimen, then a liver cleanse, in that order. There’s also a lot of other overwhelming tasks to perform, but she guarantees that it gets rid of yeast and then she has a cookbook (which is 80% raw) with recommended foods after all the cleansing. Like I said, you can only do it if you have a few weeks with a lot of time to spare. However, for those willing to spend some money it does look promising. I’m going to start fermented foods and see if I react to them, I broke out with Kefir, but my chiropractor muscle tested me as okay on the fermented foods, so we’ll see. Also, I fount this great website that I wanted to spread the word about which has a fantastic and affordable way to ferment without worrying about mold growing. They are the airlocks, but they put them in lids that you can screw on to your wide mouth jars, so much cheaper then most places! I’m still waiting for mine, but they’re having a Christmas sale right now. The website is http://www.cookinggodsway.com under the lacto-fermentation link. What’s really great is it comes with seals that are almost indestructible, almost every other website was more expensive and their seals were thin. Just wanted to spread the word because I searched for a few weeks before seeing this site on another blog. Good Luck! I know exactly what it’s like to get ance when you eat and don’t eat and cleanse and don’t cleanse. I use to have perfect skin until my last child and it’s like my body fell apart. (Of course as a kid I had an antibiotic for ear infections almost every year) DON”T GIVE YOUR KIDS ANTIBIOTICS UNLESS ITS LIFE OR DEATH! Just my 2 cents.

  26. Rocio says:

    I can relate, my last child was born @ 40 b-day and all my hormones, intestines, Candida, leaky Gut, IBS. just name it, came upon me..any way the boy is worthy it, now, I just have to keep on trusting because I know I am getting better. Merry Christmas!

  27. I HAVE BEEN ON MICROBIOTIC DIET FOR A YEAR AND IT TOTALLY CHANGED MY LIFE. BEFORE IT I WAS A “FAT PIG”. AFTER 14 DAYS ON MICROBIOTIC DIET, I WAS JUST CRYING IN TOTAL DISBELIEF.
    THE REST OF IT WAS JUST A NATURAL PROGRESS.
    I HAVE STAYED ON IT FOR A YEAR AND AFTER IT I TURNED “RAW VEGAN”. THE REST IS HISTORY.
    I HAVE TALKED WITH MANY THAT WERE SAYING THE
    “MICROBIOTIC DIET DOES NOT WORK” AND AFTER PROBING INTO THEIR EXPERIENCES, THEY NEVER DID
    COMPLETE THE DIED, BUT QUIT.
    Karoly Fuevessy,
    themanwiththemagicwand@yahoo.com

  28. Facebook User says:

    After working in the health food industry for many years I became inspired to start my own business. Like you, Kevin, I care little about fancy cars and other luxuries, but having overcome domestic abuse myself, I wanted the company to support abused woman.

    I am so excited to say that we are finally going to launch next month! We have a production space where we make raw organic chocolate and nut butters in Berkeley and will be selling at health food stores in the bay area.

    Right now we are still deciding which abused women’s charity to partner with, we have been talking to one in Oakland and one in Marin, both of which have good reputations.

    We are definitely open to other suggestions, too. Are there any organizations that help empower women in Berkeley?

    Thanks!

  29. Macrobiotic diets are good from Japan and so are other ethnic whole food diets. I for one include many healthy diet plans into one to enjoy a huge array of culinary whole food options . Every day for me is a new food experience that I look forward too.

    Barry Gourmet & Raw

  30. LynnCS says:

    To Frank, #21…I am 73 and want to be just like you when I grow up, and want to be your kid. ;-D Actually I so admire you for taking on these roles to make a most positive impact on the lives of those around you. Thank God for you and your daughter for rescuing 3 girls who now know what true love is. Love is hard to come by for many kids all around the world to say nothing of a “Grumpy” to make them breakfast and safely get their day started. You are their hero and mine.

  31. Mark says:

    Most of what you think about macrobiotics is false. Macrobiotics sets you free. There is no one macro diet. Study.

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