8th Post for Vegan Marathon: Explicative man, Explicative man,-the Anti Bureaucrat Lament, details of Macrobiotic Diet, how to translate knowledge of Macrobiotics to everyday folk

This blog relates to anger and frustration and the recipe is about comfort food.  Explicative Man, Expilcative Man is about frustration and anger particularly of a teenager – It can be the frustration of earning a parnassah, facing officials in Israel’s bureaucracy, working several jobs and feeling stretched to the limit.

It can mean any person struggling to pay his bills in the USA. It’s the honorable, meritorious working poor.  Unfortunately, they are struggling with acquiring healthy food and addicted to fast-food. We bloggers sit comfortably at our computers and lose site of the struggles of the”everyday people”. There is a gap between the knowledge that a certain diet is better for ones’ health, and actually putting the ideas into practice. This is the first of a few blogs to address that gap.

We can say after years of experience that food can make you healthy or get you very sick. That’s all very intellectual.

His mouth spits smut,  like no one else’s  can

Jumping a little here and a little there

His excuse is it isn’t fair

Explicative man, explicative man,

 Is it your desire to be a gun for hire

Besser to make a Shachiano, and a bracha

You’re guzzling a boutique beer,  where is your tzedacha?

Explicative man, explicative man,

You’re taking odd jobs not quite blue-collar,

It’s tough to make a dollar, did you land steady work?

We know that you don’t shirk

Explicative man, explicative man,

Not quite landing your hearts desire,

Working three jobs makes you perspire

Do the 3 jobs add up to a full days pay?

Does Bituach Leumi see it  that way?

Explicative man, explicative man,

 

When you report for supplementation

Just more frustration and aggravation

Flex-time is great

But these jobs and school I hate

Explicative man, explicative man,

 

When you see all that you merit,

Yes you will finally get it

Running your mouth is no protection

From the bureaucrat’s rejection

Explicative man, explicative man,

 

If you will it it’s no dream

The Jewish nation can’t be so mean

Back off, dissolve the venom

 Shalom’s a better weapon

Explicative man, explicative man,

The following article The Macrobiotic Diet, is taken from the internet. It is free for the taking from a variety of medical sites from,  You’ll see it as the La Dieta Macrobiotica in Spanish and  it is touted by Las Palmas Medical Center, Las Palmas Medical Center, in El Paso, Texas  and Del Sol Medical Center, in Southern California, MacNeal Hospital Berwyn, IL; and at a score of other hospitals in America.

Macrobiotic Diet by Maria Adams, MS, MPH, RD

Overview | How Is This Diet Supposed to Work? | What’s Involved? | What Does the Research Say? | Are There Any Concerns With This Diet? | Bottom Line


The staples of a macrobiotic diet are whole grains, locally grown fresh vegetables, sea vegetables, and beans. In addition, seasonal fruits, nuts, seeds, and white fish are allowed two to three times per week. This diet excludes meat, dairy, and most other animal products, certain fruits and vegetables, and most commonly consumed beverages.


The macrobiotic diet became popular in the 1970s. The term “macrobiotics” refers to a holistic lifestyle that emphasizes eating and living in harmony with nature in order to promote health and longevity.


How Is This Diet Supposed to Work?

The premise of this diet is that the modern, western diet is the cause of many illnesses, including cancer. Proponents of the macrobiotic diet believe that eating a mainly vegetarian diet with unprocessed, whole foods, which are also native to a person’s environment, will lead to improved health and greater happiness.


What’s Involved?


The main foods allowed on this diet are whole grains and grain products, vegetables, sea vegetables, and beans. Supplementary foods include fish and seafood, fruits, beverages, and snack foods. The standard breakdown of the macrobiotic diet is:


50%-60% whole grains

25%-30% vegetables

5%-10% soups

5%-10% beans and sea vegetables

Foods Recommended on the Macrobiotic Diet

Foods Recommended on the Macrobiotic Diet

Here are examples of foods that are recommended for regular use and occasional use, as well as foods that should be avoided. For more complete lists of the foods that are allowed on this diet, including oils, seasonings, and condiments, refer to the book The Macrobiotic Way.

Type of Food For Regular Use For Occasional Use To Be Avoided
Whole Grains Barley, brown rice (short and medium grain), buckwheat, corn, millet, oats, rye, wheat, other whole cereal grains Buckwheat noodles (soba), brown rice (long grain), bulgur, corn grits, cornmeal, puffed wheat, rice cakes, tortillas, whole wheat crackers, whole wheat pasta Anything made with yeast, baked goods containing dairy products, refined cereals, white flour products
Vegetables Acorn squash, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, chives, dandelion roots and greens, green and Chinese cabbage, kale, leeks, parsley, parsnips, pumpkin, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, turnips, watercress Alfalfa sprouts, beets, celery, corn-on-the-cob, cucumber, iceberg lettuce, mushrooms, romaine lettuce, shiitake mushrooms, snow peas, string beans, summer squash, Swiss chard, water chestnuts Asparagus, avocado, eggplant, fennel, green peppers, plantains, potatoes, red peppers, spinach, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, yams, zucchini
Sea Vegetables Agar-agar, arame, dulse, irish moss, kelp, kombu, nori, wakame
Beans and Bean Products Aduki beans, chick peas, green or brown lentils, miso, natto, natural tamari soy sauce, tempeh, tofu Bean sprouts, black beans, great northern beans, kidney beans, lima beans, navy beans, pinto beans, red lentils, soybeans, split peas
Fresh Fish and Seafood Flounder, haddock, halibut, herring, smelt, sole, trout Carp, clams, cod, red snapper, scrod, shrimp, oysters Bluefish, mackerel, salmon, swordfish, tuna
Fresh and Dried Fruit Temperate climate fruits Tropical fruits and juices
Snacks Almonds, chestnuts, homemade popcorn, peanuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, rice cakes, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts Brazil nuts, cashew nuts, filberts, macadamia nuts, pistachios
Beverages Amaske, bancha tea, roasted barley tea, roasted rice tea, spring or well water Dandelion tea, grain coffee, kombu tea, mu tea For less frequent use: Apple juice or cider, barley green tea, fruit juice (temperate climate fruits), green tea, naturally fermented beer, sake, seed or nut milk, vegetable juice Alcohol, black tea, coffee, commercial beers, decaffeinated coffee, distilled water, herb teas, juice drinks, municipal or tap water, soft drinks, wine
Other Components of a Macrobiotic Diet
  • Whenever possible, foods eaten should be organic.
  • Vitamin and mineral supplements are not recommended.
  • Meals need to be prepared using specialized cooking techniques. Using microwaves or electricity to cook is discouraged.
  • Foods that are allowed will, to some degree, depend on where you live.
  • If you have cancer, the part of your body that is affected will also influence your diet.
  • Macrobiotics is a type of holistic lifestyle. Diet is one component of this lifestyle.
What Does the Research Say?

Some advocates of the macrobiotic diet claim that it can help prevent and cure cancer. While there is no evidence that suggests this diet can cure cancer, its role in cancer prevention is currently being examined.

Numerous studies have shown that adherence to a strict macrobiotic diet can result in nutritional deficiencies, particularly among children. One study showed that adolescents who were fed a strict macrobiotic diet in early childhood had lower bone mineral density than those who were not. Another study found that infants and toddlers who were fed a macrobiotic diet had several nutrient deficiencies resulting in delayed growth, fat and muscle wasting, and slower psychomotor development.

Are There Any Concerns With This Diet?

While some people may be able to meet their nutrient needs on a very carefully planned and followed macrobiotic diet, this can be difficult to do. The many health and nutrition concerns with this diet include an inadequate intake of protein, vitamin B12, and calcium, and also the potential for dehydration. Another concern is the undue stress—for both the dieter and their families—from trying to follow a macrobiotic diet.

Bottom Line

Many principles of the macrobiotic diet are quite healthful, including the focus on whole grains, vegetables, and beans, and the avoidance of refined and processed foods. However, overall this diet is unnecessarily strict and limits many healthful foods. If you choose to follow this diet, consider relaxing some of the guidelines to allow for a more well-balanced diet. A strict macrobiotic diet should not be followed by infants, children, or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

This is a favorite way for me to prepare fresh or frozen fish. No crumbs. No oil. You can add the prepared fish to a salad and take it to go.

 

How to poach and steam fish: http://www.deliaonline.com/how-to-cook/fish-and-shellfish/how-to-poach-and-steam-fish.html

To poach fish:

1. Poaching is fast, easy and no fuss, and if you want to serve a sauce with the fish then using the poaching liquid introduces the flavour of the fish itself. Rolled fish fillets, such as plaice or sole, can be poached in white wine or cider, which will make a lovely sauce. Trout can be poached in a pan of water to which a glass of dry white wine or cider has been added, along with a few sprigs of fresh herbs, a couple of bay leaves, slices of lemon, thin onion slices and a few black peppercorns. Don’t bother with fish kettles, which take up far too much storage space; large, whole fish are better oven-baked in foil. The timings that follow are guidelines only, so just remember that thicker pieces of fish will need the longer times, thinner pieces the shorter.

   2. The operative word here is gentle – the liquid should barely simmer, in order not to overcook or break up the fish. Rolled fillets of sole and plaice will take 4-5 minutes, and the cooking liquid – dry white wine or cider – can be used to make a sauce. White or smoked fish fillets and fish steaks weighing 6-7 oz (175-200 g) will take 6-8 minutes, depending on their thickness. Whole trout weighing 10-12 oz (275-350 g) each will take 8-10 minutes – less for small fish. Use enough liquid to half cover the fish and make sure the pan has a well-fitting lid.
  3. Poached smoked haddock, topped with a couple of fresh, lightly poached eggs and served with some brown bread and butter, is one of the quickest and best comfort meals I know. The liquid from white fish poached in a mixture of half milk and half water can be used for a parsley sauce, and the cooking liquid from smoked fish fillets poached in the same way can be used to make a basic white sauce to which chopped hard-boiled eggs and chives can be added. Either sauce can be finished off beautifully with a tablespoon of cream or crème fraîche.
 

To steam fish:

Like poaching, steaming is a great cooking method for calorie counters. No fat is needed, so if you’re cutting the fat in your diet, steaming fish is definitely for you. You can use either a traditional fan or bamboo steamer. I think steaming – as oriental cooks have discovered – is particularly good for rolled fillets of plaice, sole or trout, as they retain their shape perfectly and remain beautifully moist. Add about 2 inches (5 cm) of boiling water to the saucepan, then fit the steamer over, making sure it doesn’t come into contact with the water, and cover with a tight-fitting lid.

Steaming guidelines are:

*whole Dover sole, lemon sole or plaice weighing 10-12 oz (275-350 g) will take 7-8 minutes
* rolled fillets of the above will take 7-8 minutes
* rolled fillets of trout will take 7-8 minutes
*and white or smoked fish, steaks and fillets weighing 6-7 oz (175-200 g) will take 8-10 minutes.

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