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When people think of a macrobiotic diet, they tend to think of a vegan or vegetarian diet. Meats and dairy are largely discouraged and many practitioners prefer to be vegan. But what about seafood? Can you eat fish on a macrobiotic diet? Well, yes – in fact, you can. For those that don’t want to go completely vegan or vegetarian, it is still possible to enjoy fish now and again. In fact, fish can be a very good source of protein to incorporate into a macrobiotic diet. 

That said, not all types of fish are equally healthy. You should ideally stick to certain types of fish: wild white-meat fish and wild salmon are the best choices. This guide delves more into the types of fish you should stick to.

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Why Freshly Caught and Local Fish?

It is better to stick to fish that is fresh and locally sourced when possible. This has health benefits: it ensures that no potentially carcinogenic chemicals such as formalin have to be used to preserve the fish. It also has environmental benefits: fish that has to be transported and frozen for long periods is likely to result in a lot of wasted energy. 

Availability of locally-sourced, fresh fish may vary depending on where you live. If you live by the sea, finding such fish is likely to be easy. If you live inland and far away from any major freshwater source, it might be more of a struggle to find fresh and locally-caught fish. In this case frozen fish is also fine when freshly caught fish is not available.


Why Wild Fish?

Wild fish are a much better choice than farmed fish. This is because wild fish are certain to have a wholly natural diet. The fortified feed used by fish farms makes the fish very unhealthy. Food that is not suitable for humans is fed to animals. Food that is not suitable or safe for animals is fed to fish. In my opinion, farmed fish is even worse than red meat. That doesn’t mean that I am advocating meat as a better choice. I am only trying to put it in perspective as a truly unhealthy food. Sourcing fish directly from a fisherman could ensure that every fish you eat is a wild catch. Alternatively, you could try catching your own fish if you enjoy fishing.

Why White-Meat Fish or Salmon?

White meat fish is the least fatty and the best choice for everyone. Salmon is also a good choice in colder climates but recommended less often. Blue skinned fish such as tuna, swordfish and mackerel are more fatty and recommended even less often. Sardines and herring are the best choices among the blue-skinned fatty fish. They are also better choices in cold climates. 

Examples of recommended fish

These are the fish that we recommend the most if you choose to include them in your diet:

  • Cod
  • Flounder
  • Haddock
  • Hake
  • Halibut
  • Ling
  • Porgy
  • Snapper
  • Scrod
  • Sole
  • Sea bass
  • Turbot
  • Wild salmon
  • Sardines

Examples of fish that are best avoid

All farmed fish, especially salmon, tilapia, basa and branzino

  • Mackerel
  • Marlin
  • Swordfish
  • Tuna
  • Bluefish

How Regularly Should You Eat Fish on a Macrobiotic Diet?

If you decide to eat fish it is recommended for occasional use – ideally 1 to 3 times per week. Keep in mind that a variety of plant-based foods already provide the ideal amounts of protein needed for optimal health. If you want to increase protein you can choose steamed sourdough bread with tahini, peanut butter or almond butter as a regular addition to our diet. Seitan-wheat gluten, beans, tofu and tempeh are also healthy ways to increase protein for sports or increased physical activity.

Macrobiotic Counseling

A macrobiotic diet and lifestyle should be adjusted from person to person to get optimum results. That is why consulting a macrobiotic specialist is essential. With more than forty-five years of experience, Denny Waxman is an accredited macrobiotic counselor. Contact Denny Waxman to set up your macrobiotic consultation session today!

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