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Jul 5, 2007 07:19 AM

When good friends go macrobiotic

I'm not even sure this shouldn't go under "Not about food" based on some of the stuff they are eating.
But very good friends, who we used to cook with and share food with have gone macrobiotic. No more Thanksgiving feasts, although I think they did Tofurkey one year and might have found it inedible (as she indicated they went to Cracker Barrel afterwards).
Is there any way to cook that might accomodate our tastes (which are still spice and flavor oriented as well as protein centric) and theirs (which have included no cooking anything, only eating 'local', and a few other variations.) (And yes, they both have had some problems with thinning hair.)

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  1. My first thought is to spring for some counseling for them... (ONLY JOKING!) My second thought is to find new friends (AGAIN- ONLY JOKING)...
    I really don't understand some of the new "food fads" out there... but then again I still have problems trying to understand vegans who eliminate all dairy and food with eyes...
    How do you get all the nutrients/vitamins our bodies really need without just eating sprouts, grass and grains?
    I truly believe if you cook fresh foods and eat within the healthy guidelines my chances are just as good for longevity as the vegans/macros.
    I guess I just really love ALL foods too much to limit my selections more than just once in a while tastings...

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    1. re: MeffaBabe

      I'm with you MeffaBabe. I first thought get new friends. No food that has dairy or eyes. I guess thar elminates eye of round, but you know?I have never see a chicken wing with eyes or a pork chop etc.

    2. Better than a TV show I saw once with a family that had gone raw anti-vegan...all milk products, meat and eggs - none of it cooked. even some lovely aged meat... Ewww.

      Anyway, I have eaten at a raw vegan place and did like some things, but the approach to cuisine seemed to be snacky instead of the typical way most approach food. A lot of the grains are sprouted and dehydrated, which is a time consuming process requiring special equipment, so that makes it difficult. Most protein seemed to be derived from nuts. My suggestion is if you want to dine together, put together some salads that you are comfortable making. Maybe guacamole or other "raw" dips. They can bring pressed crackers and you can have your cooked ones. Make some nut milk smoothies. Ask them to bring some things and give it a try. Charlie Trotter has a raw food book out - but it looks hideously time consuming! I certainly don't buy into the philosophy, but if they are truly friends, no reason to not enjoy some time together. If hte food sharing doesn't work, then friends can be had outside food (or so I have been told).

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        1. I guess you need to find out what their current diet involves. We have a macrobiotic restaurant in L.A., M Cafe de Chaya, that serves wonderful dishes that include fish, vegetables and grains. I love their grain salads, roasted vegetables, pureed soups, tuna burger, etc., and if all these ingredients were available to me to cook with I don't think I would feel particularly constrained to cook this way part of the time. (I would of course have my carne asada, ribs and homemade apricot buttermilk ice cream when they weren't around so as not to make them feel bad!)
          On the other hand, if they've gone raw or impose particular requirements on the sourcing of the food, then it's really up to them to supply everything they care to eat.

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          1. re: Chowpatty

            OK, so I'll be the optomist here; Your friends have just given you a wonderful new excuse to learn to cook new things! Raw food recipes can be completely delicious and when made with local/organic ingredients very healthy too!

            I don't think it will kill you cook something macro on occasion and it's a great way to learn all about different whole grains, veggies, and methods of cooking. If they're friends, they'll appreciate the effort.

          2. I'm a little confused. A macrobiotic diet definitely includes cooked foods, and even fish. It also avoids heavily processed foods, so I don't get the Tofurkey at all.

            If you want to continue to share meals, I think I'd get very specific with them about their eating parameters. Then, I would look at it as a cooking challenge--to find new recipes that fit their diet and are delicious, too. Although I am an omnivore, I have thoroughly enjoyed vegetarian, vegan, and once long ago a macrobiotic meal.

            And, although I agree with those who have observed that a diet that causes your hair to thin is probably not very good for you, I wouldn't bother arguing with them about their choices. I think your options here are to respectfully try to make yummy food you all can enjoy together, or to start sharing activities that don't involve food.

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            1. re: Pistou

              What the Heck IS macrobiotic?? ( DOn't know if you guess but I am soooo not a diet person, or a fad person)