Traversian Diet (a variation on the macrobiotic diet)

20 02 2011

I figured that, it’s too strict to be a full time vegan/vegetarian. I’m creating a diet (more like just guidelines) that is based(ish) on the macrobiotic diet.

btw, I’m watching The Cove right now, and I’m not “against” whale and dolphin fishing.

But you might’ve already heard that fish consumption is at an all time high. 12% of the world’s intake of protein is coming from the sea.

The Buddha said (I’m pretty sure this is somewhere in the Pali Canon) to refrain from taking the lives of large animals that live long.  Usually the trend is that larger animals will live longer.

What’s fair game:

  • Insects (Crickets, Larvae, Grasshoppers)
  • Small Fish (Anchovy, Herring, etc)
  • Less “desirable” fish as well as fish heads
  • Squid (but not cuttlefish)
  • Rabbits
  • Shark Meat (not including the fins)
  • Cockle, periwinkle, rope-grown mussel
  • Eggs. Especially Quail Eggs.
  • Bird’s Nest (try going for the sustainable kind)
  • Bone Marrow
  • Ostrich Meat

What’s encouraged:

  • Faux Meats (Seitan, Soy products)
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Legumes
  • Nuts & seeds
  • Beans
  • Grains (preferably whole)
  • Algaes (seaweed, chlorella, spirulina)
  • Kombucha and Teas
  • Technically Mushrooms, I don’t like them personally, though
  • Chiles and peppers

Try to stave off:

  • Dairy
  • Meat & Poultry
  • “Delicacies”

and when they do manage to make lab-grown meat, and it does take off as an industry. Definitely choose it over real meat, but still, try not to eat it.

Blah Blah Blah varied diet ye de ye de yaddah

Also, this diet doesn’t work if everyone starts eating like this, the purpose is to form a group of ovo-vegetarians that take into consideration aspects of sustainability and food budgets by looking at the trends and scavenging for meats that are considered “less desirable” or cheap left-over meats.

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