Archives for: April 2007, 20
I am a type O married to a type A husband. Our type O son is in grad school as a first year physical therapy student. Our type A daughter just graduated from high school and is getting ready to go off to college. Each of us has different diet and health issues.
At 54 years old, my main interest is building my health and avoiding the muscle loss faced by women my age. My husband deals with a lot of stress and is skeptical of nutrition. He takes medication for high blood pressure and cholesterol. His blood sugar is high, which is an added concern since his Dad had Type 2 Diabetes. My son studies long hours. Neither he nor his roommate have time to cook. I fear he eats way too much wheat and fast food, but he eats lots of vegetables when he comes home. My daughter wants to stay trim and attractive. She is my exercise partner and assists me in the kitchen. How I help my family juggle those issues is the focus of my blogs.
We follow a combination of the Blood Type Diet and the GenoType Diet. I measure as a Hunter, and I identify with most Hunter characteristics. But the finger measurement that separates me from being a Gatherer is just a millimeter. My husband and daughter both measure as Teachers, but their characteristics are a combination of Teacher and Warrior. My daughter and I built a database with the information we have from all of our Dr. D'Adamo books. We took that information and created our own food lists. I call mine the SGBGTD (Suzanne Graham Blood & Geno Type Diet). My husband is starting to follow the Diabetes diet from the D'Adamo Health Library.
Until I was 24 my diet was atrocious. Then I read book on nutrition and became a health food nut. I got processed foods and artificial ingredients out of my diet. Until I was 48 I was rarely sick, had lots of energy, and was happy with my weight. However, I was frustrated by the many contradictions in nutritional research. Why did some studies support vegetarianism (which made me feel awful) while other studies said high protein? Why did some herbs do miracles for others, but nothing at all for me? A nagging problem with heartburn led me to Eat Right for your Type in June 2003. I found immediate relief by eliminating the avoids I ate for breakfast every morning. ER4YT was the logical, scientific explanation for the inconsistencies in the other diet and nutrition books.
I worked as a writer and photographer until my children were born. I now teach journalism part time at a private school.
My favorite nutrition quote is, "The God who created your body, also created the food your body needs for fuel. The closer your food is to the way God created it, the healthier you will be."
My second favorite nutrition quote is from Peter D’Adamo, "For you some food acts like medicine, some food acts like poison, and some food acts like food."