It’s the start of another school year, and this year there are many changes for my family. Leah’s going off to Israel again next week, but that’s not new. Hannah’s going to community college, which means that I won’t have the car 2 or 3 days a week. And Jack will be homeschooled this year instead of attending the public middle school near our house.
I’ve homeschooled before, but this is my first year sharing a car with one of my children. I’m going to have to be much more organized about my errands- I can’t just run to the store if I realize I’ve forgotten something, not if I don’t have the car.
Right now, Hannah is at class and my Mom took Jack and Leah to the pool. I’m enjoying the quiet. I got some household chores done, but mostly I spent the day unwinding and enjoying the time alone. I’m not going to have a whole lot of that this year.
As I started making dinner, I realized I was low on mushrooms. I thought that maybe I’d run out to the store and buy some, when I remembered that I couldn’t. It’s very freeing- I don’t have to run around like a lunatic- I *have to* stay at home and pace myself. I’ll *have to* stay home and make do with what’s already in the house.
Later in the year when it’s cooler, I may walk or bike to the store or other errands. I don’t currently have a working bike, but Hannah’s bike only needs some routine maintenance and she won’t be using it when she has my car. For now, I’m enjoying the quiet and the “forced relaxation” this new routine is going to bring.
This week, the CSA gave us 5 pounds of beefsteak tomatoes- in addition to about a pound of cherry tomatoes- plus we didn’t even finish all the tomatoes we got last week! Clearly, it’s time to make tomato sauce. We saved the cherry tomatoes for salads and decided to use the large tomatoes for sauce.
Last year, I made tomato sauce in the crock pot. I remember blanching tomatoes then peeling them and putting them in the crock pot, adding onion, garlic, and fresh basil, and letting it simmer overnight. It turned brown before it was done, and it was still thinner than commercial sauce, but still very tasty. I also pureed it with the stick blender before freezing it, since we were planning to use it for making pizza.
Before I had a chance to do any of that, Leah got started on making the sauce herself. After blanching the tomatoes, she sautéed onion and garlic in olive oil in our medium sized soup pot. She peeled, chopped, and seeded the tomatoes while the veggies were sautéing, then added the tomatoes and let it simmer on low-medium heat for a few hours. She got some basil from the garden and added that early in the cooking process. It was covered most of the time, but I left the lid slightly ajar to let steam escape so it would get thicker.
By bedtime, the sauce was done. It was still bright red, and probably as thick as it was going to get. She didn’t want to puree it, as she likes chunkier sauce for eating on pasta and such. I filled one small glass jar with the sauce and put that in the fridge. Then I put the rest into zipper sealed “snack bags.” I put all the little bags into a gallon sized freezer bag and put the whole thing in the freezer. Now we can easily thaw just enough for one bowl of pasta or a few pizzas.
If we get more tomatoes, and I make more sauce, I’ll probably puree the other batches. We mostly used the homemade sauce for pizza last year, and smooth sauce works best for that. I’m not sure if I’ll make it in the soup pot or the crock pot, though. The soup pot seemed to work better, but then I had to handle all of it in one day instead of being able to leave half the project for the next day.
El Dr D, quien nos ha dotado de este invaluable conocimiento acerca de nuestra individualidad, nos recomienda beneficiarnos en saber que la mejor forma de ejercicio para nuestro tipo de sangre o genotipo influye directamente en nuestro estrés bioquímico o susceptibilidad a enfermedad. Por ejemplo, los O quienes realizan ejercicio vigoroso tienen una mejor oportunidad de elevar sus niveles de dopamina y eliminar el exceso de adrenalina, dos áreas problemáticas que los vinculan directamente a la genética tipo O.
La sangre tipo A quienes hacen Tai Chi o Yoga y estiramiento puede ayudar a revertir en gran medida sus tendencias hacia la inflamación arterial, que son debido a la alta viscosidad sanguínea.
Una dieta adecuada es una parte importante del espectro. Así es el uso inteligente de suplementos en dosis adecuadas. Sin embargo, tampoco funcionará a su capacidad óptima si no agregan el factor del ejercicio que trabaje a su favor. Encuentre su nivel paulatinamente y de manera progresiva: entre más lo haga, más lo podrá hacer. Por ello no es importante donde empezar. Con el tiempo su capacidad aeróbica, flexibilidad, fuerza y resistencia irán mejorando y usted será capaz de hacer más. Además de manejar el estrés más eficientemente, tendrá más energía. Sentirse y verse mejor.
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Son sugerencias sencillas que le ayudaran a perder ese peso de más de manera segura, una vez por todas y de igual manera, estar saludable.
Evitar el trigo coadyuva a deshacerse del exceso de peso y de la grasa acumulada ya que actúa sobre sus receptores de insulina y el gluten también daña al sistema digestivo. El alimento alergénico mas común y principal causante de ese acumulo de grasa no deseada, es el trigo. El trigo contiene una proteína llamada gluten, difícil de metabolizar y asimilar, causando fatiga, depresión, hinchazón por retención de líquidos, gases intestinales, dolor de articulaciones, y otros.
Una buena noticia es que hoy en día se vuelve cada vez más fácil mantenerse alejado del causante inflamatorio llamado trigo. Procure sustituir aquellos carbohidratos hechos con trigo (panes, tostadas,
galletas o pastas) por el arroz, el mijo, el amaranto, la quínoa, la soya o la avena.
Con este sencillo primer paso podrá digerir su comida de manera adecuada, y no sentir tanto malestar y pesantez, además de disminuir de talla!
Véalo de esta manera; no se puso a dieta, ni corrió un maratón o se castigo con horas de ejercicio aburrido. Nunca tuvo hambre. Simplemente elimino un alimento que le causa inflamación y le provoca exceso de 'peso innecesario'. Con este paso sencillo ya va usted por un buen camino hacia esa pérdida de 'peso sustentable'. Será necesario que elimine otros alergénos que le causan inflamación
y acumulo de grasa 'falsa'. La lista de alimentos 'a evitar' dentro de su swami, o bien en cualquiera de los libros del Dr D, serán un buen comienzo y le ayudaran a detectar y a eliminarlos de su dieta diaria en la medida de lo posible.
El segundo paso:
Tratar de erradicar el hambre excesiva y el antojo de alimentos que le causan inflamación y actúan en forma de alergénos en su organismo. Un gran número de dietas le sugieren eliminar las grasas para perder peso. ¿Sabía que ciertas grasas esenciales de hecho le ayudan a sentirse satisfecho eliminando el hambre excesiva y el antojo? De igual manera actúa la fibra. Un excelente ejemplo de fibra seria la linaza, ya que no solo contiene fibra sino también grasa. La linaza contiene ácido graso omega 3 y 6 así como una fuente excelente de fibra. Se le podría considerar uno de los alimentos 'perfectos' de la naturaleza. Los aceites esenciales de la linaza y la chía también sirven como excelentes lubricantes de la dermis.
La linaza la puede utilizar de muchas maneras. Se debe moler para que suelte sus nutrientes. Consuma 2 a 4 cucharadas al día. La puede espolvorear sobre sus alimentos, o agregar a sus licuados o jugos de
frutas o verduras, y hasta consumir como cereal si así lo desea.
¿Porque grasa y fibra para bajar de peso?
La grasa provee más calorías que la proteína y los carbohidratos. El organismo la utiliza de manera más lenta en forma de energía y ayuda a sentirse saciada por más tiempo. Se recomienda ingerir una buena cantidad de 'grasas buenas', como lo son los ácidos esenciales grasos omega 3 y 6 mientras se quiera perder peso. Una cantidad moderada (25 a 35%) de grasa es recomendable para perder peso además de su capacidad supresora del apetito. También le ayuda a optimizar su función cerebral mejorando su estado de ánimo y emocional, atributos muy positivos mientras se está perdiendo peso. La fibra juega una parte integral en la pérdida de peso. Incrementa el bolo y reduce el apetito, provocando un estado de saciedad, disminuye la carga de carbohidrato en el torrente sanguíneo, manteniendo altos sus niveles de energía. Suficiente fibra le ayuda al mejor funcionamiento del colon, eliminando desecho y toxinas durante la pérdida de peso. Ayuda además al correcto funcionamiento en la eliminación de líquidos en forma de inflamación y estrógeno, dos componentes que contribuyen en gran medida al acumulo de liquido y grasa 'falsa' en la mujer.
El tercer paso:
Ya está en el proceso de eliminación de grasa 'falsa', y es hora de reanimar su metabolismo para la eficiente quema de grasa, para ello el té verde no solo es una fuente vital de antioxidantes sino que también le ayuda a quemar calorías. El contenido de catequinas fortalece un componente químico cerebral íntimamente ligado al metabolismo. Entre más alto sea dicho componente químico más eficiente será su metabolismo y podrá quemar calorías de manera eficaz.
Me atrevo a recordarles que pueden ir incorporando los lineamientos descritos en los libros del Dr D'Adamo, paso a paso. Incorporen estas sugerencias poco a poco aunado al ejercicio y estilo de vida adecuado a su tipo sanguíneo y estado físico. No olviden que los pequeños cambios en su alimentación le aportaran grandes resultados a su salud así como una baja en 'peso indeseado'.
Los más avanzados entre ustedes ya cuentan con su listado de alimentos personalizado, superando cualquier recomendación generalizada a la cual nos somete la industria alimenticia día a día, ya aprendieron a ser selectivos e únicos, enhorabuena!
Gracias mil por todos sus amables comentarios!
Los aprecio muchísimo!
When I first started the BTD I was intrigued by the idea of eating dandelions. I remember buying a bunch at a specialty store. They were in pretty sad shape. I let them soak in water for a long time to perk them up. They tasted good in salad, but they were hard to find on a regular basis.
Because they are good for indigestion and water retention, I bought some dandelion capsules. I don’t take them every day, but I often put them in my vitamin box every other day.
In the city, dandelions are weeds, but when we moved to the Hill Country, we considered them wild flowers. If the rain comes at the right time, I have hundreds in our yard. I have often wondered if I could harvest them and eat them, but I’ve never had the nerve. There’s too much city girl in me, I guess.
I’ve been corresponding with a distant cousin about genealogy, and she told me a story that increases my interest in dandelion. Three of my great grandfathers fought in the War Between the States. I have been able to find out the service of all three of them. James left Texas with Terry’s Texas Rangers. He was wounded at Shiloh in 1862, but recovered. However, when he was injured twice on the same day in 1864 at Cassville, Georgia, he was discharged and sent home.
Today discharged and sent home, would mean getting a shower and clean clothes, then being put on a plane and flown back to your home town. Not so in the 1860s. There was no public transportation, and Southern soldiers had no money. Most of them walked home, camping out or stopping for rest at friendly farms or ranches.
My cousin says that oral history in her side of the family holds that Grandfather James said he would have starved to death if it hadn’t been for dandelions. Often he picked and ate those wild greens as he walked from Georgia back to Texas. History records that he started back in February. There is no record of when he arrived home, but he would have been traveling during the springtime, when the dandelions were blooming.
That doesn’t give me a clue about his Blood Type, since dandelions are beneficial for all types except Type Bs, However it makes me think more boldly about eating the dandelions in my yard.
While these might appear to be rather diverse topics, they have something in common - our Darling Daughter. Two weeks ago DD and our sweet grandbaby BC came to our house. Our Son in Love was going to youth camp with the kids in his church. He didn’t want DD to be at home alone with the baby, so we enjoyed four nights and five days with our grandson who was almost four months old.
DD said she had a request to make, if we had the emotional stamina to take it. That got our curiosity up. It turns out that BC, precious as he is, refused to sleep in his bed. When he was a newborn, they planned to have him sleep in a bassinet in their room. But he didn’t like sleeping on his back, the way they recommend newborns sleep these days. To keep him from crying they let him sleep in their arms or on their chests. While that might have been sweet and practical with a newborn, at four months it was getting tiring. DD would nurse him and he would fall asleep in her arms. She would transfer him to the bed and he would instantly wake, and if she didn’t pick him up he would cry inconsolably.
When my own children were little, it had become popular to “just let them cry it out.” “Put them in bed,” my friends said. “They will fuss for about 20 minutes and fall asleep. The next night they will fuss for 15, and in a couple of nights you will put them to bed and they will just fall asleep.” I tried this method with our Strong Son. He cried for five hours. My sleep deprived husband said, “I’m not going to be able to work tomorrow if I don’t get some sleep.” I nursed him, rocked him and said I would never do that again.
When DD was a baby again friends told me to “just let them cry it out.” Against my better judgment, I decided to try again. She cried hysterically for more than an hour, then suddenly the pitch of her cry changed. I was afraid she had hurt herself or caught her leg on her crib. I opened the door to a horrific smell. She had a dirty diaper and it had leaked all over the bed. It was on her pajamas, and in her hair. We bathed her, put on fresh clothes, changed the sheets and said never, never will we do this again.
I don’t know what has happened in the intervening years, but today parents are being given the same advice. One of DD’s friends has two boys, and the “cry it out” technique didn’t work with them either. But she did her own variation. She sat in a chair beside the bed the first night and sang to them until they fell asleep. She did the same in subsequent nights until her boys could put themselves to sleep. DD wanted to try this variation, but SIL couldn’t stand to hear his son cry. She hoped to try it at our house.
The first night she sat by his bed stroking his head and singing while he fussed, whimpered, and clutched a blanket. After 45 minutes he was asleep. He woke once to nurse in the night and went right back to sleep in his bed. The second night he fussed for 20 minutes with her sitting beside the bed assuring him he had not been abandoned. The fussy period was shorter the third night. The last night she put him in bed, he sighed, grabbed the blanket and went to sleep. When they got home, SIL was delighted at the change.
None of that has anything to do with the BTD, it’s just the best advice for getting a baby to put himself or herself to sleep that I know. I’ve wanted to share it in my blog, but wanted to make some kind of BTD connection. This week we are at DD’s house, babysitting while DD and SIL work on a service project with the youth in their church. BC still goes right to sleep in his bed, the way he did at our house.
One day for lunch, DD said, “Mom, would you like to try millet pancakes?” It turns out that a few weeks ago she had been craving millet cornbread, but didn’t have time to bake bread. She mixed up the batter, poured it out on a griddle like pancakes, and it cooked quickly. She told me it was delicious.
I made eggs, she made pancakes, I cut up fruit and we had a delicious brunch. You can get the millet corn bread recipe here. The only change DD makes is that instead of 1/3 cup honey she uses a little less than 1/3 cup agave.
It is a delicious breakfast or brunch for a mother who has enjoyed 8 hours of sleep because her 100% breastfed four month old can sleep through the night.
I recently went to a banquet. The food was unusually good for a large sit down dinner - there were at least 250 plates served. I was the event photographer, so I got to wander all over the ballroom taking pictures. I recognized a friend who had volunteered to serve tables at the event. I complimented her on the food, and said that the green beans in particular were some of the best I had ever eaten.
She went back to the kitchen, and brought out one of the cooks, another volunteer who was also a friend. I said, “I don’t want you to give away any family secrets, but would you share your green bean recipe.” She said, “They are so easy. It’s not really a recipe. I cook green beans with soy sauce, brown sugar, and garlic.”
Yesterday I decided to try to copy them for our lunch. I didn’t want to use soy sauce, because of the wheat. So I substituted Braggs Liquid Aminos. You could use Tamari. I didn’t want to use sugar, because if I’m going to break my no refined food policy, I want it to be for a memorable desert, not a vegetable. So I substituted agave.
Here’s how I made them.
Because roasted or stir fry vegetables retain more of their natural vitamins and phyto-nutrients, I started with a skillet and enough olive oil to generously coat the bottom. I added a substantial splash of Braggs, and a squirt of agave. I sprinkled garlic powder on top, stirred it all together, and turned on the stove. When the skillet was warm, but not piping hot, I added a pound of green beans. I sautéed them until they were tender.
They were at least as good, if not better, than the ones at the banquet. We are having the leftovers today for lunch with grilled chicken breasts.
I haven’t been feeling too well lately. I’ve been very tired and brain-fogged, and somewhat sore. It’s been months and these symptoms don’t seem to be going away. This is very frustrating, especially considering that I’ve been on SWAMI for years. Shouldn’t I be feeling better by now?
I do know that stress is a big trigger for me, and I’m unlikely to be 100% symptom-free during times of stress, no matter how well I eat. My whole family is in transition right now. My oldest just returned from a year in Israel and isn’t sure what her plans are for next year. My younger daughter just graduated high school and also isn’t sure of her plans for next year. Both plan to go to college, but not necessarily this September. And my son had a very hard time in school last year, so I plan to teach him at home. There are just a lot of changes in our lives right now.
But stress isn’t the only thing going on. I started taking a closer look at what I’ve really been eating. Ice cream at my Mom’s 70th birthday party- and leftovers. A few slices of cheese when we served a huge cheese platter to guests. Some “mostly compliant” gluten free sliced bread and cracker crumbs that were gifted to us. I’ve been using the crumbs in meatballs for months, and the bread for sandwiches for about two weeks. The bread was absolutely delicious but it led to intense carb cravings. I never noticed any problems from the cracker crumbs, but I’m not sure what subtle damage it may have been causing all this time.
Plus I haven’t been exercising regularly. I remember one summer a few years ago, when I got up very early and took a walk before it got hot out. I felt good that year, but I haven’t managed it since. This entire year has been hard for me to exercise. First we had that long, cold winter, with extra snow. Then we had a few brief weeks of beautiful spring weather, when the tree pollen made it nearly impossible for me to breathe outside. And then, quite suddenly, it was too hot. I could use the treadmill- but that would require removing all the stuff that’s hanging on it, and I’d have to be willing to use it when there are other people home. For a long time, I’d only use the treadmill when all the kids were in school- but that won’t be happening anymore.
I know what I need to do- I just need to do it! This isn't the first time I've slipped up, and it probably won't be the last- I just need to get back on track so I can start feeling good again.
I do yoga almost every night in my apartment. Yoga is wonderful exercise and has kept me fit when I couldn’t do much in the way of an aerobic workout. But there’s nothing like taking a brisk walk out on a beautiful summer morning. I love to walk at my local Sonoma County park around lovely Spring Lake. There are plenty of people taking the same walk as I am, so whether I’m with friends or going it alone there are always folks to return my smile. Today I saw a black-headed grosbeak (one of my favorite birds) scratching up the dirt. I took a break and watched him with my compact binoculars, his antics making my smile even larger. There were also Swallowtail butterflies, dragonflies, Mallards, and Canadian Geese. The air was warm and full of bird song.
When exercise and joy meet, a wonderful kind of healing can happen in our bodies. I encourage you to get outside as often as you can and enjoy your local parks. It will lift your spirit and feed your soul as well as keeping your body fit.