This is my first post on 3FC. Ugh!! Marcrobiotics! I read the book "Hip Chicks Guide to Macrobiotics" cover to cover and was dead set on trying this lifestyle for myself, as it sounded like it would do amazing things for your body and well being. I even went out and bought a bunch of expensive ingredients to start cooking with...but when it came down to it, I agree with you, it's REALLY tricky and time consuming! No matter how many vinegars and oils and sugar substitutes I bought, there was always more than enough recipes I didn't have all the ingredients too. So needless to say, I gave it up as well. You're really lucky to have gotten the chance to eat like that for 3 months though! I'm glad to hear it works when practiced on a long term basis.