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I never heard of any of these before, except for the alfalfa sprouts. And I love wheat berries and buckwheat and various other sprouts. Thanks for these ideas.

paul spencer
by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Wed Oct 24th, 2007 at 01:39:02 AM EST
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you're welcome, paul.
i've really enjoyed your presence here at ET.

i was experimenting with these recipes mostly out in hawaii, and learning from ann wigmore and the hippocrates institute in boston, who promote raw foods, especially wheatgrass juice as the best detox aids.

after 2 years of raw food, it was such a pleasure to discover macrobiotics!

but if you're going to live on raw food, hawaii is perfect...

you get to feeling pretty transparent after a while, and much more receptive to light, and contact with the elements as a form of nourishment.

i was never overweight since, lol!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Oct 24th, 2007 at 10:09:50 AM EST
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I tried macro for awhile in the late 60s - George Ohsawa, was it?  San pa ku - or something like that - was his description of the result of the normal Western lifestyle. I had a similar reaction to yours in the sense of the "transparency" feeling, but I decided that it was primarily a kind of macro-cultural psychosomatic thing, combined with the biological/physical reaction to the diet change of avoiding meat-based protein - how Western of me.

Having said that, it was still an important stage for me in terms of modifying my meat-and-potatoes appetite and controlling my meal portions. And I still love short-grain brown rice. We don't use a wok nowadays, but we still saute our veggies in a rinsed-not-scrubbed cast-iron pan - but in olive oil.

Speaking of olive oil, your information says that you're from Italy. My wife was born in the Istria section of Croatia, and her family were refugees near Milano in the 50s. Her father was a Tito partisan in WWII, but, after the war, the party wanted him to go to Russia for training. He refused, so they were ostracized somewhat and left Yugoslavia.

paul spencer

by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Wed Oct 24th, 2007 at 11:21:01 AM EST
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macrobiotics helped me a lot, especially when i learned to take the principle and use it locally, rather than try to imitate a japanese monk's diet, lol...

it has its share of truly nutty adherents, which can of course be off-putting, including its founder, georges ohsawa!

but as he himself said: 'never trust any advice till you see how well it works for you in your life'.

their diet jives perfectly with the concepts of protein combination laid out by frances moore lappe in 'diet for a small planet', another great influence on my choice to try a different dietary approach to reclaiming my health.

it worked much better than i ever dreamed.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Oct 24th, 2007 at 11:49:18 AM EST
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