In Defence of Grains
Paleo or Macrobiotics? Sahaja Coventry sees good in both diets which eliminate processed and refined foods.
I recently came across an online article in The Observer pitting the Macrobiotic diet against the currently popular Paleo diet. The article’s subheading was “Diet Wars” and I sighed. I pondered the issue of food choices, fads and trends and how baffling it is for many people these days. I wondered how much our belief in what we eat influences whether it heals or harms.
Belief or no belief, when we experience unpleasant or serious physical symptoms, the whole concept of “correct diet” becomes abstract and we desperately seek the right foods, the right practitioners and the right practices to help us feel better.
I understand this very well from my own experience of serious illness after contracting dengue fever in India 20 plus years ago. When I didn’t recover, I was lumped into the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome basket and all Western medicine could offer was bed rest. I began to explore what I could do to get my life back.
Intuitively guided, I pulled out some old macrobiotic books. Macrobiotics literally translates to “great life” and was the foundation of the plant-based whole foods, organic movement in the 1960s.
It maintains the reputation of the diet for serious health recovery. My mind made the switch that food would now become medicine.
I also resonated with the concepts of finding a path aligned with the Tao, harmony with nature, seasonal eating and balance of yin and yang. This began a journey of self healing with foods and consequently teaching wholefoods since 1995.
A couple of years ago I was sitting in a café in South Fremantle and saw a young student who had spent a few months studying with me. She looked radiant and slim. She was never overweight, just a little excess pudge. Well pudge no more - in waltzed a hottie who I barely recognised.
I hadn’t seen her for two years and I was surprised. She came over, almost apologetically, to let me know that she discovered the Paleo diet and had dropped all grains from her diet.
The weight melted away and she felt great. She had discovered men in this time and had her first boyfriend so, in the spirit of the big picture, I can’t exclude that...
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