Archives for: March 2015
I saw this on a plaque in a cute little Hill Country shop.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I oughta eat,
The courage to avoid the things I shouldn't eat,
And the wisdom to know that a little chocolate never hurt anyone.
Is that not a great summary of the Blood Type Diet lifestyle?
After our hike today, the group went to an adorable sandwich shop with the intriguing name of Bumdoodlers. I searched the menu for something good for Type Os, and there was nothing. The only salad was Chef Salad. Between the ham and the cheese, this salad was not Type O friendly? The only thing I could find was a dinner salad. Would I have the serenity to order a dinner salad and wait until I got home to eat? Fortunately, it didn't come to that. On the sandwich menu was a note that if you wanted to increase the meat on your salad you could get 3 more ounces for $1.50. I stepped up to the counter and said, "I'm going to create my own salad. I'll have a dinner salad, no cucumbers, no cheese, no dressing. But add 3 ounces of roast beef." I had olive oil in my camera bag. Indeed I was serene eating what I ought to eat.
Bumdoodlers is also a bakery that specializes in pie. They looked delicious. Coconut Cream Pie is my favorite, and it looked especially delicious. But I think everything in Coconut Cream Pie, except the meringue on top, is avoid. Would I have the courage to avoid Coconut Cream Pie? Today I did. Courage prevailed.
Given my overall health, a slice of pie would not have hurt me. But I try to reserve my avoids for special occasions, or for moments when to refuse would be ungracious. Not everyone was having dessert, so I wasn't being unsocial. After a healthy lunch, I didn't need a slice of pie. If you want to eat an occasional avoid, do so. Enjoy it. Once in a while is not going to hurt you.
Chocolate is a different matter. It is actually a beneficial food for both Hunters and Gatherers. Some people find that something to celebrate, but when I started the BTD, it didn't make any difference to me. You see, I had been allergic to chocolate since I was in 2nd grade. It made me break out in hives. As a child, I occasionally ate some at a party, knowing I could go home and take antihistamine. One night in college I broke out in hives so quickly after a piece of chocolate cake, that I had to have my date drive me home immediately. It scared me, so I stopped chocolate altogether. Not even a chocolate chip cookie or thin mint for me.
When my Dad was in his 80s, his blood pressure began to creep up. He read that unsweetened chocolate could lower blood pressure, so he began eating a square of unsweetened baking chocolate every day. It worked. He was able to go off his blood pressure medication. I was intrigued. I had not had chocolate for more than 30 years. I tried one of his chocolate squares - no hives. I had another a month later - no problem. I began eating it several times a week, and have never had a single hive.
My chocolate allergy disappeared along with my seasonal allergies after I went on the BTD. The only thing I have to watch is that for a while I started eating chocolate at about the same time every day. I began to develop an addiction to the caffeine. At any rate, I would get a low level headache if I didn't eat my chocolate on time. So I limit chocolate to 3-4 days a week, but not every day.
So is it proper to pray about the Blood Type Diet? Absolutely. God is the one who led me to this diet, and with his help I am serene and courageous about staying on it.
I started making my own nut butters in 2005, when I had been on the BTD for about 2 years. I began with almond butter and pumpkin seed butter. I would grind the seeds in my food processor. They would first become a fine powder, and then become a thick sticky ball. In order to have a smooth nut butter that I could use for a veggie dip or spread on a cracker, I had to drizzle in a little light olive oil.
When DD and I began making homemade peanut butter, she didn't want to add the extra oil. When the peanuts reached the sticky ball stage, she said wait. Let's see what happens. I had just about given up when suddenly the ball moved and became delightfully smooth peanut better. It was almost miraculous.
I tried more patience on almond butter and pumpkin seed butter, but no amount of extra processing ever led to a smooth nut butter. I gave up and for all these years have added a little oil when I made nut butter.
Our Strong Son has radically changed his diet in the past two years. First, his blood pressure went up and he began to feel heart palpitations. SS has never been over weight. He is tall and thin. He has always played sports, and run. His doctor sent him to a cardiologist, and he checked out fine. Both my husband and my husband's father are tall and thin. Both developed high blood pressure at a young age. The cardiologist thinks it is inherited and has him on a low dose of blood pressure medication.
SS wanted to do everything he could to get his blood pressure downnaturally. Though he had always eaten relatively healthy for a single young man, he began to seriously watch his salt and fat intake.
At the same time he began training for triathlons. He became interested in nutrition websites related to long distance running, swimming and cycling. Not everything he has learned from his heart and triathlon research is identical to the BTD, but it is remarkably close. I have chosen to be completely supportive, rather than harping on the differences.
He had never eaten margarine, and he stopped eating butter. He eats olive oil, but he needs a lot of calories when he is training. He read about putting almond butter on sweet potatoes instead of butter. He bought almond butter at the store, and loved the taste, but complained about the cost.
That sent me back to the kitchen to give homemade almond butter another try. Walnuts are beneficial for Type Os and have a higher fat content than almonds. What would happen if I added walnuts to the almonds? It worked. The almonds got to the sticky ball stage, and I began adding walnuts. When the ball began to move, I waited and added more walnuts. Suddenly, just like with the peanut butter there was creamy smooth almond walnut butter with no added oil.
I gave SS the first jar for his birthday. The next night I had a text that it was delicious on a sweet potato.