Archives for: April 2005, 11
I find that truth rarely limits itself to just one arena. For instance, what I have learned about inborn differences in blood types has helped me be a better teacher. It is much easier now to remember to look at each of my students' imbedded strengths and weaknesses than it was before I started the BTD. I try to give them assignments that will develop their individual talents, rather than expecting them to all work in the same way.
I heard two interesting things yesterday that at face value had nothing to do with the Blood Type Diet, but both of them made an immediate connection.
The first was in Sunday School. The lesson was from Jeremiah 18, when Jeremiah went to watch a potter at work. As he watched, the jar the potter was making was ruined, but the potter squashed the clay back down and reshaped it. Our class was discussing the application that God can mold and shape our lives according to His plan. Someone spoke up saying, "That is true until the jar goes into the kiln and is baked. We can become so hardened that we can no longer be shaped." Excellent spiritual insight, and what a BTD insight as well!
I came to the BTD with nearly 10 years of problems with indigestion. But within a few weeks of eating the right food, my body had responded, and I was free of pain. Our bodies are eager to get the right food. They can forgive a great deal of abuse and wrong eating. Even if you have been eating junk for years, when you begin eating right for your type, you can "reshape" your health. However, there is a point at which your bad habits "harden" your health, and beyond which it is too late.
The bad eating habits of my childhood left me wearing glasses. By the time I began eating fruits and vegetables it was too late for my eyes. God said to the people of Israel, "Turn from your evil ways, each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions." Excellent spiritual advice. Truth being truth, that is excellent health advice as well.
The second was on the radio. I was listening to a psychologist talk about how people learn to restrain themselves. The discussion dealt with manic behavior and how children observe their parents' actions and learn either self control or self indulgence. It was fascinating. As he talked about how to train teenagers to have more restraint, he suggested asking yourself this question when faced with a decision, "Will I be glad I did this tomorrow?" What a great question! Would that I remembered to ask it!
Think of the Blood Type Diet applications. We all get cravings. "Will I be glad I ate that tomorrow?" We all yearn for old favorite avoids. "Will I be glad I ate that tomorrow?"