Archives for: May 2006, 25
I thought this question from my comment box was a good one: "You've been living with BTD for a long time. You should by now have your standard meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) under this diet. I would like to know what are you eating in these meals."
Breakfast: Almost every day I have a mixture of fruit and ground nuts/seeds. The fruit gets my blood sugar going, the protein in the nuts keeps my blood sugar stable all morning, and the fiber keeps me from being constipated (a problem for some Type Os). I put 2 Tbsp of lecithin, 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast, and 1 Tbsp rice bran in a bowl. I add 2-3 Tbsp ground nuts or seeds (flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, pecans and walnuts are favorites). I add 1 banana and 1-2 other fruits, frozen or fresh (grapes, blueberries, cherries, peaches, mango, pineapple, strawberries - the combinations are endless). I moisten it with water or fruit juice.
I eat very little grain* at any time during the day, but I especially try to stay away from grain at breakfast. I make muffins, pancakes and waffles for my Type As that are beneficial for them and neutral for me. If I'm going to eat them, however, I save them for an afternoon snack.
Lunch: I eat beef or lamb. My Type As are at school or work, so I eat food that is beneficial for me and avoid for them. With my beef or lamb I have 2-3 vegetables. I usually have cooked greens. Both of my As prefer raw greens, so we have salad for dinner, and I enjoy cooked greens for lunch. I may bake a sweet potato. I may finish off vegetables or legumes left over from the night before. A lot of times I toss the meat and vegetables in a bowl and top them with half of a grilled onion and some olive oil.
I don't eat sandwiches - two pieces of Ezekiel bread may be neutral, but I feel better without that much grain. If I want something that reminds me of a sandwich I will make a wrap using a sushi nori paper (there's a fairly recent blog about that called "That's a Wrap).
Dinner: I eat fish, chicken or turkey. We often have a romaine or spinach salad. Sometimes we have carrot salad or kohl slaw (similar to cole slaw but made with kohlrabi). I usually fix rice and a legume for my Type As. I eat the legume, but only occasionally eat the rice. I fix broccoli, squash, okra, artichoke, asparagus, green beans, whatever beneficial or neutral vegetables are in season. Occasionally we have omelets stuffed with vegetables.
Snack: I have a snack about mid afternoon. Fruit, trail mix, an egg, Ezekiel or manna bread, carrots and nut butter are all favorite snacks.
Eating this way I never feel hungry or deprived. I do not weigh or measure portions. I do not count calories. It is not a boring way to eat. There is plenty of variety by rotating fruits, vegetables, and legumes. I am much more likely to get bored with restaurant food (chicken salad, again) than I am with the food I prepare at home.
* No longer grain free. click here for more info