OSHAWA Detox Diet or the MACROBIOTIC Diet

Founded by George Oshawa (October 18, 1893 – April 23, 1966), the Oshawa detox diet is a low calorie diet, mainly vegetarian diet.

The diet promotes a low consumption of saturated fats so it helps reduce high levels of cholesterol and blood pressure. On the other hand, it is high in fibers so it helps reduce the risk of constipation. Using the Oshawa diet, you can lose in 10 days, seven kilos.

The main target of the Oshawa diet is to balance the yin-yang energies by eating foods that have equal quantities of yin and yang.

Wholegrain cereals, fresh fruits, nuts and seeds, leafy vegetables, beans, peas and lentils seem to be the foods which are yin/yang balanced, so the Macrobiotic diet is based mainly on them. During this diet program, foods with a high yin – like sugar, tea, alcohol, coffee, milk, cream, yogurt and most herbs and spices, and those which are high in yang energy- like red meat, poultry, fish and shellfish, eggs, hard cheeses and salt, should be strictly avoided.

What you can eat during the Oshawa diet is whole grains (40-60%), vegetables and fruits (20-25% ) and vegetables, seaweed, grains, beans, and miso soups ( 5-10%) soups. No matter what you decide to eat from the Oshawa diet list, you should slowly and carefully chew the food to make sure that you will never overeat.

Some organic foods which are recommended by the Oshawa diet are:

brown rice, whole wheat berries, barley, millet, rye, corn, buckwheat, rolled oats, noodles, pasta, bread, beans. The list also includes some local fruits like apples, apricots, pears, peaches, grapes and melons. Seeds and nuts are allowed with moderation.

The Oshawa diet is mainly a vegetarian diet, but a small amount of fish or seafood may be included in the menu for 2 or 3 times per week. Fish or seafood should be eaten with horseradish, ginger, mustard or wasabi to detoxify the body by accelerating the metabolism and fight the bad effects of the meat.

Sesame oil, corn oil and mustard seed oil can be used during the Macrobiotic diet to flavor the food.

Soy products, which are usually very high in phytoestrogens, are important foods on the Oshawa diet so for any woman following this diet, the diet might bring an amelioration of the premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menopause symptoms. It has also been said that this diet may prevent breast cancer and endometriosis.

Oshawa-Ying & Yang-foods

Beside the health benefits mentioned above, the Oshawa diet helps you have more energy, a better complexion and digestion, a better overall health.

Considering the main disadvantages of the diet, it shouldn’t be forgotten that the diet is low on protein, vitamin B12, iron, magnesium, and calcium, vitamins and minerals, so if followed for a longer period of time it can lead to malnutrition and anemia.



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