Category: Earlier Blogs
Swimming has been wonderful! The sun is back out, but the water is still cool from two weeks of rain. One night when I climbed out of the water the guards asked, "How far did you swim, Mrs. Graham?" "Thirty-two 50s," I answered. "If you had done three more you would have had a mile," said the guard. "Wait a minute," I said. "Thirty-two 50s is 1600, and that IS a mile." "1600 meters is a mile," said the guard, "our pool is 50 yards long. You were 160 yards short." So, now I have a new goal - thirty-six 50s.
Ever since Rachel blogged about sushi nori, I have wanted to try it. I've also been looking at recipes beneficial for Type A, and have found miso often listed as an ingredient. I decided it was time to see if there was an Asian market nearby. The first thing I noticed was freezer after freezer of fish. I will have to go back with my "Food and Beverage" list and see if they have any of the beneficial fish I've not found elsewhere.
Sushi nori is 100% roasted seaweed, a Type O beneficial. I filled it with tuna and black eyed peas. I guess I had expected either a soft texture like a wrap or a crunchy texture like a taco. It wasn't either. It was very thin, but tough and hard to bite through. I liked the taste. I can't remember eating a sandwich since last July, so it was great to hold it in my hand and eat it from one end to the other. Rachel, if you are laughing at me because I was supposed to do something to it to make it less tough before I ate it, please let me know.
Last night was the best zucchini I've ever fixed. I poured olive oil in a skillet, enough for a generous coating, but not a deep puddle. I added an ounce or two of water and four sliced zucchini. I sprinkled Italian seasoning generously over it all. As soon as it started to bubble, I turned the heat back and let it cook slowly.
This blog got its start with a comment from Luis. He is Type O, a little older than my son, living alone, weight training, and trying to make the Blood Type Diet work. He said two things that caught my interest because my son will be facing the same challenges when he goes back to college in the fall.
Luis wrote, "What kind of recipes would you recommend; do you know any quick ones?" and "I also find it very expensive to eat right. I know it helps in the end but ruins my budget." I know there are others trying to make the Blood Type Diet work in a simple and inexpensive way. Here is my answer to Luis, a little better organized and with a few additions. I plan to print a copy for my son and put it in the box with his skillet and silverware.
The easiest way to shop and cook is to emphasize single meats, fruits, and vegetables, minimally processed, the way God made them.
I roast or bake lamb, cod, beef, salmon etc. They are delicious just with seasoned salt. I get fresh salmon, but cod is almost always frozen. Leg of lamb, brisket, and eye of round roast are economical. When I roast beef or lamb I set the oven temperature at 425 F. for about 30 minutes, then I turn it back to 325 and let the meat cook until a meat thermometer says it is medium well. When I buy ground beef I go for 90% lean 10% fat. That seems like a good balance between price and quality. Ground beef patties or ground beef sprinkled over vegetables are both good. Canned tuna, salmon and sardines are quick, inexpensive meats. Eggs are good for any meal.
I steam a lot of vegetables (broccoli, parsnips, asparagus) and eat them with olive oil or butter and salt. I bake sweet potatoes. My son and I find them very filling and cheap. I can find collard greens, turnip greens and spinach in the frozen food section at my grocery store. They are inexpensive and easy to fix with just a little water and butter. Black eyed peas, English peas, and okra are also available frozen. Fresh squash is good and inexpensive. Zucchini and yellow squash I cook lightly with a little butter and water in a skillet. Acorn and butternut squash I bake in the oven. I often sautÃ© an onion in butter and add it to vegetables, especially to yellow squash, collards and turnip greens.
Salad greens and raw carrots go well with any meat. Instead of salad dressing I use olive oil and a few shakes of seasoned salt. For lunch I often throw lettuce, leftover vegetables, and leftover meat in a bowl, and top it with olive oil. I buy fresh fruit in season and frozen berries year round. Fruit is a great salad, dessert, or breakfast mixed with nuts.
If you try to buy bread without avoids, that can get expensive. But rice crackers and rye crackers are low priced. Rice and oatmeal are easy to cook and very inexpensive. Os don't need much grain anyway.
While I like to cook sauces, casseroles, breads, and desserts, I could get along quite happily and healthily with the basic foods described here.
Last week I was all excited about a gluten free bread book. Yesterday I started to bake bread, and found that I could not use the recipes in the book - too many A and O avoids. To get her breads to rise without gluten, the author uses such things as garbanzo bean flour (Type A avoid), whey (A & O avoid), potato flour (A& O avoid), and gelatin (Type A avoid). The purpose of the bread project is to find bread beneficial for my As. The book was not a total waste of time. In the introduction it says when bread starts to rise then sinks in the middle it means too much water. It suggests using an egg to add spring. My spelt-kamut-rye bread was better yesterday using some of the author's suggestions. When it is really good, I'll post my recipe. In the meantime, the gluten free bread book will get swapped for another used book at Half Price Books.
I read a novel yesterday by an author I have enjoyed. It was advertised as a love story, and is soon to be released as a movie. The theme turned out to be that the love of your youth can give life meaning when you are facing cancer, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer's, and arthritis in a nursing home. It left me feeling bummed out. I am not naÃ¯ve enough to think that eating right will prevent aging; indeed my world view assures me that death and dying are inevitable on this earth. I do however hope that the effort I put into nutrition and exercise will give me a better quality of life than the misery described in the book. While I love my husband dearly, we would agree that at the end of lives we hope to see more purpose than just our love for each other.
Following two disappointing books, I needed something uplifting. I found it in a quote from Corrie ten Boom. If you are not familiar with her, she survived a Nazi death camp. She said, "If you look at the world, you'll be distressed. If you look within, you'll be depressed. But if you look at Christ, you'll be at rest!"
My daughter is babysitting. My son is life guarding at the pool. My husband is at his office. I'm happy to be home alone. During the school year I have the house to myself most mornings before I go to teach. During the summers I rarely have a moment to myself unless I stay up late at night.
I pulled yesterday's leftovers out of the refrigerator for lunch, and didn't even warm them up: salmon, asparagus, pumpkin, and jicama fries.
After I finish writing this blog, I will turn on the stereo and tackle accumulated paperwork and necessary housework. I'm hoping the weather will permit a swim tonight. We've had thunder showers pop up every evening for days, canceling lap swim and preventing running. I've done one kind of exercise or another at the house, but it doesn't make me feel as good as a long run or swim.
I know I abused the original meaning of the song title that I used as the title of this blog. But it does feel natural to be alone after a satisfying lunch anticipating a productive afternoon. And it will be exciting when everyone comes roaring home with noisy tales of their adventures of the day.
Call me a snob, but I used to think of generic or store brand products as being inferior in quality to the highly recognized, big brand name products. That opinion was reinforced in my early young adult years when I bought generic strawberry preserves and found the leaves still attached to the strawberries. Not appetizing! Since starting the Blood Type Diet, however I have found to my surprise and delight that some store brand products contain fewer additives and fewer avoids than name brand products.
For instance, all of the nationally advertised cooking sprays contain avoids. However the low priced Hill Country Fare generic contains only Canola Oil, soy lecithin, water and propellant. I now use it for all my baking.
I had never looked at the ingredients in salt until Heidi's column mentioned that most salt contains a Type O avoid - dextrose. Even the health food store brands contain dextrose! But my store brand generic salt contains no dextrose, only two anti-caking agents.
I have written before that the two Type As in my family are not ready to give up tomato products. One of the reasons is pizza and another is sloppy joes. After I started the Blood Type Diet, I was going to make sloppy joes with ground turkey instead of ground beef, and put my sauce on a large salad while the As had theirs on bread. I know I should make my own sloppy joe sauce, but the main advantage of this meal is that it is fast, so I was using the nationally advertised brand. I looked at the label and the #2 ingredient was corn syrup. No more sloppy joes for me! Yesterday my daughter had a friend over and they wanted sloppy joes for lunch. As I was picking up a can of sauce, I noticed a store brand next to the name brand. There is no corn syrup! Sugar is the #4 ingredient and there are no chemical additives. Sloppy joes for me again!
Not all store brands are better. The store brand of black-eyed peas contains as many chemicals and avoids as the big name brands. Bush and Eden are the best canned black-eyed pea choices in my stores.
It's not that I was having second thoughts about the four avoids I ate at my parents' house over the weekend, but I was wondering if there would be any noticeable consequences. The avoids were: breading on a chicken entrÃ©e, Â½ of a corn on the cob, 2 pieces of cheesecake (on two different days - shame on you if you thought I ate two pieces at one time). So there was a small amount of wheat, some corn, some milk products, and some refined sugar (sugar is officially neutral for O, but I do not believe an excess of any refined food is healthy for anyone)
My weight did not change at all. That was good news. I have observed that sometimes after a meal in a restaurant my weight will be up 2 - 3 pounds for several days. This always happens if I eat the sauce on beef & broccoli at a Chinese restaurant, so I now order Chinese without any sauce.
My stomach was fine. Too much wheat can make my stomach feel unsettled or bring back my indigestion. There was a time when I would have felt even the small amount I ate over two days, but this time it did not push me over that threshold. That tells me that some base level of inflammation or sensitivity is improving.
I rode my bike for 45 minutes last night, and I did notice an ache in my right knee. That's the second time I've had an achy knee following a weekend trip. I'll have to watch that.
Both of my parents grew up out in the country, and both of their parents had huge gardens. I asked if they ate collards, kale, or turnip greens when they were children. My Dad made a face and said, "Oh yes, but as little as possible." My Mom liked cooked greens, but remembered her mother washing and washing and washing to get all the dirt off the leaves. Hurray for modern produce methods so I only have to wash and wash.
Cute quote from Adrian Rogers, "A little girl was overheard praying â€˜Dear God, make the bad people good and the good people nice.'"
My daughter and I made a quick two day trip to visit my parents. We had a wonderful time, with lots of good conversation.
As far as the BTD, I did more than an hour of 5-minute isometrics in the car both going and coming. That was a good all body workout. Friday night I went for a walk after dinner with my Dad. I hope that when I'm 86 I will still be walking more than a mile at a nice pace.
My parents are both Type Os. They like meat, and my Mom fixed a delicious roast. They have always eaten a lot of fruits and vegetables. They are curious about the Blood Type Diet. They read the "Food, Beverage, and Supplement List" I gave them last summer, and have made a few changes. They now use soy milk instead of cow's milk for example. But I wouldn't say either of them really follows the diet.
I ate four avoids. One was the breading on a chicken entree. The other three were family favorites. I could have declined, but to tell the truth I enjoyed them. They rolled back the clock and made me feel like a girl again.
Does the title of this blog refer to the home I grew up in or my home with my husband and children? The answer is both.
My son took a course last spring called Introduction to Fiction. He studied some of my all time favorite novels like "The Moonstone" and "Wuthering Heights." The only book on his course list that I hadn't read was "Dracula". I'm reading it this week.
I finally put the book down a few minutes ago to clean up the kitchen and to do 20 minutes of weight work. While I was cleaning and exercising, I tried to think about a blog. But Dracula is on my mind.
It is an incredibly suspenseful book - both for the characters and for the reader. It's interesting how many times one of the characters urges another to eat something to keep up his strength. One of the things that makes the BTD easy for me to follow is that I don't skip meals or measure out servings. I eat often, and I eat until I'm satisfied. Skipping a meal never saves me time, because it adds to my stress and that makes me less efficient.
I got so involved in the plot, that I found myself as tense as the characters. So I snacked more today than usual. But it was all good Type O snacks: figs, prunes, apricots, watermelon, and homemade sweet potato chips.
My son just came in to give me a hug and say good night. When he saw what I was writing, he started laughing. "Hmmm," he said, "I wonder what type Dracula was."
My daughter thinks she might want to major in interior design, so she asked if we could go to Half Price Books and see if they had a computer program that lets you design houses. It sounded like a good idea to me, so off we went. She found just what she wanted for $4.95. Then I asked if I could look through the cookbooks. There like a piece of gold in a muddy stream was a treasure - "The Gluten Free Gourmet Bakes Bread". It is more than 200 wheat free recipes, with bread machine instructions. Surely among that many recipes I can find a sandwich bread that is beneficial for my husband and daughter and neutral for my son.
Last night I seasoned the left over buckwheat with a little onion, a little garlic, a little olive oil, and a lot of celery seed. It was very good, and went well with smoked turkey. Tonight with the leftover turkey we had kohl slaw (that's what we're calling Paul's shredded kohlrabi with lemon juice and olive oil), butternut squash, and watermelon.
Because of orchestra practice I knew I would miss lap swim tonight, so I ran two miles in the neighborhood. I feel so good after I run. On the way home from orchestra I had the radio on, and I heard a man say, "The disciples didn't say, â€˜Lord teach us to heal.' They said, â€˜Lord, teach us to pray.'" I got to thinking about that. I believe that in the Blood Type Diet there is a tool that God can use to bring about healing using the foods that he created. But I want to make sure that always in all things I have my priorities in line.
When I first started blogging I was in the middle of a project to try all of the Type O beneficial foods. There are foods in every category that I had never tasted before, but that now are favorites: lamb, adzuki beans, artichokes, parsnips, beet greens, and mangos, just to name a few. I have not found guava, chicory, and some of the beneficial fish in my local stores but I'm still looking.
Now I'm going to try the foods that are beneficial to my Type A husband and daughter, and neutral to me. Neither my husband nor my daughter like trying new foods, so they are not enthused about my idea. They would rather stick with their old favorites. Is this a Type A characteristic? My son and I will take a taste of something new, just to see what it's like. I remember as a child going to unusual restaurants (Indian or German for example) and watching my Type O parents order different items from the menu just so they could try more new foods.
I digress - back to the subject. This week I cooked buckwheat. I followed the cooking procedure in "Joy of Cooking" which is slightly different from RECIbase. I browned 1 cup of buckwheat in 2 Tbsp. of oil. I added 2Â½ cups of very hot water, brought it to a boil, then covered it and simmered it for 30 minutes. My husband really liked it. It reminded him of hominy, but I thought it was more like rice. The kids ate it but were not overjoyed. I think the key may be to find the right seasoning. I'm smoking a turkey this afternoon, and will see if I can make the leftover buckwheat a more exciting side dish for tonight.
New foods that are Type A beneficial, but Type O avoid may forever remain a mystery. I probably won't cook something that I would have to throw out if neither of the As would eat it.
Disclaimer: This blog is NOT to encourage anyone to cheat on the Blood Type Diet. I have no intention of backing off my strict compliance at home or my best possible compliance away from home.
However, this plan of eating is powerful enough to give results to people who only go half way.
After my "Cutting pills in half" blog a few days ago about my husband's improving health, I got this note from Elaine. She is an O (like me) and her husband is an A ( like my husband).
"I just wanted to share what happened with my Type A, husband. He won't fully commit to the diet, but does not miss red meat. I have made changes in his diet where he is pretty much compatible with the exception of chicken or turkey. He just got his cholesterol results back and they were all below the normal range. He has had to take medication and has had high cholesterol since they started checking for it. So the diet must be doing something. I cut his Lipitor in half. The doctor thinks this happened because of medication and wanted him to keep taking the stuff. If it never helped before, then I would say the diet had something to do with it."
If you (or members of your family) aren't willing to fully commit to the Blood Type Diet, don't give up! Add in a few more beneficials and pass up a few more avoids. As you start to feel better, you will realize your body likes this diet, and that will help you move from half way to all the way.
After church lunch on Sunday was at Souper Salad. I arrived at the table with a mountain of greens topped with carrots, tomato, broccoli, eggs and taco meat. My son said, "Now that's a Type O salad!" It was encouraging to see the choices the rest of the family made. Type A daughter got lots of salad with a bean and rice taco. Type O son chose Caesar Salad with meatball soup. Type A husband made a huge salad and had 3 bowls of soup. A few months ago he would have gone straight to the potato bar. Everyone is getting closer to eating for their type with no nagging on my part!
My Dad is a real Texas cowboy. He is also an electrical engineer, a classical pianist, a computer whiz, and a Biblical scholar (reading the New Testament in Greek). But he wouldn't brag about any of that, and he would be unhappy with me if I told you he is the most genuinely humble person I know.
I learned my love of the outdoors from my Dad. When he left the ranch to work for an electric utility in the big city, he wanted to spend his vacation time in the wild. Most of our family vacations were to national parks where we hiked and rode horses. Many evenings after dinner, my Dad, my sister and I would take long bicycle excursions always looking for parks or bits of land that hadn't been developed yet.
My Dad has a great love of learning. Every night at dinner he would ask my sister and me, "What did you learn at school today?" He expected an answer, and I began to see that even in a day I considered boring, I had always learned something. Often a fact my sister or I had learned developed into a family discussion around the table and ended with my Dad looking for more detail in the encyclopedia.
He cautioned me against going after change for the sake of change; however he is open to a new idea that has substance and merit. Most of my boyfriends had trouble holding up their end of a conversation with my Dad. I began to look seriously at the man who would later become my husband when he and my Dad both enjoyed talking to each other.
My Dad is a man of few words, but the words he says are worth listening to. I will emulate him just say: I love you, Dad.
My husband has been on blood pressure medication since 1989. He has been on cholesterol medication for a year and a half. When he went on the blood pressure medication the research at the time blamed salt for blood pressure problems. He agreed to try a low salt diet. His food tasted so bland that he was miserable. He decided he would rather take medication and enjoy his food.
When I started the Blood Type Diet a year ago I started nudging him in the direction of a Type A diet. He likes some of the foods I've added to his diet (especially soy cheese, lentil soup, nut crackers, and a multi grain wheat free hot cereal) He doesn't miss beef at all, and is glad I'm serving more fish. He's not ready to totally commit to a Type A diet, but freely admits that I've had wonderful results on the Type O diet.
A month or so ago he began to complain that when he stood up suddenly he got dizzy and light headed. He said that his blood pressure readings had been lower and wondered if that could be the cause. It was time for his physical, so he and our doctor talked about it. The doctor ordered blood work, and we'd been waiting for results.
Not only is his blood pressure down, his cholesterol reading is down as well. The doctor said to go to half the dose of both medications for 6 months, then come in for more testing. So I bought a little guillotine, and we're cutting his pills in half.
He won't give the BTD full credit, but he admits the BTD might be one of the factors that has caused the change. As for me, I will keep on nudging in a Type A direction.
Before I was sidetracked by my book, I had been experimenting in the kitchen. I put two recipes on RECIbase because they were enthusiastically endorsed by my family.
If you've read my blogs for long, you know that I like some greens better than others. Spinach and beet greens are my favorites, followed by Swiss Chard. Collard and turnip greens are good. Last on my list was kale. None of the family liked it, and I was the only one who would eat more than a token amount. Ever the optimist, I hated to give up on a food that was beneficial to Os and As. I can't remember how I first put black eyed peas, kale and onion together. It may have been randomly tossing left overs into a bowl for a quick lunch. They tasted good together. I waited a few days, cooked them together on purpose and served them to my family. I was hoping for acceptance - I got approval. Both my husband and son liked the combination. Glory be! My daughter only eats her greens raw. So she did not try the whole dish, but even she picked out some black-eyed peas and said they tasted good. I put the instructions on RECIbase under "Beneficial Veggie Trio." The only thing I wish I had included in the recipe is a note that you cook it in an 8 quart pot, not because it makes a huge amount, but because the kale takes up a lot of room until it wilts.
I had two zucchini bread recipes. I decided to see if I could adjust them to be acceptable for both As and Os. I wound up merging them, using what I thought was the best of both. The big adjustment of course was that both original recipes called for 3 cups of wheat flour. I had four kinds of flours in my freezer: spelt, kamut, rice and rye. I used 1 cup each of spelt, rice and rye. The texture of the muffins was very good: neither dry nor gooey. The rice and rye flours are beneficial for my As. The three flours are neutral for us Os. You can find them on RECIbase as Zucchini Muffins.
I'm still experimenting with a bread machine recipe for good sandwich bread. Spelt alone and spelt with rice taste good and work as a bread to serve with dinner. But they are too dense for sandwiches. My husband and kids eat a lot of sandwiches, and I want to come up with something all three of them like.
When my daughter was in first and second grades I tutored reading in her classroom. The teacher would send me in the hall with a group of struggling readers and they would tell me that they didn't like to read.
"I love to read," I would respond. "In fact do you know what happens? If I am reading a really good book, I can't stop. I keep right on reading. And sometimes we just have peanut butter sandwiches for dinner because I forget to cook." They would giggle, and someone would ask my daughter later in the day if it was true. It was!
Well, now that I know about the Blood Type Diet, peanut butter is no longer an option for me. But today I was totally caught up in a book.
The 8th book in Jan Karon's Mitford series came out last winter. I've been waiting for summer to read it, but when I went to check it out at the library, and there was a waiting list. At last it was my turn, and my son picked it up yesterday.
I started off being responsible: read a chapter, do a chore, read a chapter run an errand. Then I reached a point where I couldn't put it down. I let a load of laundry sour in the dryer. It's after midnight and there are still dirty dishes in the sink. I had a blog about zucchini muffins written in my head, but I never wrote it down. But, oh, it was a good book!
First a quote from my daughter. I bought a bag of Soy Crisps, and my kids finished them off in one sitting. My daughter said, "These are a bazillion times better than chips."
Now today's blog. Because I am a professional journalist, not a health care professional, I am very cautious about giving advice to people who write me with specific questions. Linda recently asked about an area of nutrition that I had dabbled in several years ago. After mentioning one book on the subject that I liked and one that I didn't, I got philosophical.
Before the Blood Type Diet, I was always reading interesting theories about nutrition: vegetarian, low carb, high fiber, no sugar, no salt, mega vitamin, herb, juicing, homeopathic, and on and on. The more I learned, the more confused I became. So much of the information was conflicting. Everyone had statistics that almost everyone benefited from their program.
What I like about the Blood Type Diet is that it explains why some things work for some people and don't for others. For example - I read glowing reports about echinacea, and bought some. It really helps my daughter get over a cold. It never did a thing for me. Dr. D'Adamo says echinacea is beneficial for As and avoid for Os. Another example - Lots of people swear by the benefits of apple cider vinegar. I like it and find it helpful. It does nothing for my husband. Dr. D'Adamo says vinegar is neutral for Os and avoid for As. I took Vitamin E for years - sometimes as much as 800 iu per day, because everything I read said it would help bleeding problems. Dr. D'Adamo says Vitamin E is good for As, but causes bleeding problems for Os. (I wish I could get my money back!)
I still read about nutrition. (I read a magazine from the Health Food Store today, while I was waiting for my daughter at the orthodontist's office.) But everything I read now is second place to the Blood Type Diet lists. I read an article about blueberries. They are beneficial for As and Os, so we'll all eat more of them. I read another article about men eating more tomatoes. Not my A husband! I'm trying to get him to eat less tomato. He can get lycopene from beneficial grapefruit. When I read a study that says 80% of people get great results I wonder what blood type the people in the 20% who don't get great results are.
The Blood Type Diet lists trump all the other lists.
A couple of bloggers have mentioned becoming obsessed with food because of the Blood Type Diet. I asked myself, "Am I obsessed?" The answer is no. The reason I know the answer is no is because I have been obsessed with diet and exercise before.
When we got married, my husband decided I should run. I could not even jog Â¼ mile when I started, but I grew to love it. I planned my evenings around our run together. One day my mom called me at the office. She was fixing one of my favorite foods for dinner and invited us to come by their house after work. The first thought that crossed my mind was, "If we go, I can't run." That was obsessive. I recognized it. I forced reasonableness back into my exercise plans.
When I read my first nutrition book and became a health nut I was obsessive. One reason I often blog that people are more important than food is because of hard lessons I learned back then. Once I was part of a group that went to clean the house of a lady in difficult circumstances. To thank us she had prepared bologna sandwiches on white bread. I snubbed them because they weren't healthy. I saw in her eyes that I hurt her feelings. At holidays I remember rejecting traditional foods because they weren't made with whole grains. Alienating family and friends over food is obsessive. (Funny, now I hardly eat those whole grains I was so obsessed with then)
Because I'm the mom, I'm responsible for food preparation for my family, but my world is much bigger than my kitchen! I'm involved in activities that have nothing to do with food or exercise. I blog in the hopes that I can encourage someone who is trying to make the Blood Type Diet work in a busy family. But, the BTD is not my life. It is a means to an end. It gives me energy and helps me feel good so I can do all the other things I want to do in my life.
Today is my one year anniversary on the Blood Type Diet. In that year, I have never thrown caution to the wind and willfully pigged out on avoids. I am 98.5% loyal to the diet at home. There are a few packaged items that have an avoid listed near the bottom of the ingredient list, but those are the only exceptions at home. In restaurants, I make the best possible choices. I do not use the fact that I can't find a completely compliant meal as an excuse to order a really bad choice.
In social situations I may eat a few avoids. There is no point in offending someone who has prepared a meal for me. People say "I love you" with food, and rejecting what they have cooked often equates to rejecting them. There is also a psychological benefit to not using the word "never" about food. I don't have to say I will "never eat another piece of pizza." I don't eat it at home, but sooner or later friends will invite us over for pizza and a movie. When they do I eat a lot of vegetables off the veggie tray and a little pizza. I remember how good it used to taste. I can enjoy a homemade dessert without doing my health any lasting damage.
In my year on the diet I have seen lots of changes in my health. No more indigestion or GERD; no more bursitis in my shoulder, no more warts. Headaches are rare and mild. I've lost 15 pounds and a dress size. My muscle tone is much improved. I have more energy and require less sleep at night.
How am I celebrating the day? Breakfast was my usual fruit and nut mixture. My husband chose a seafood restaurant for lunch after church. Most of the entrees were breaded and fried, so I took a chance on the gumbo. It was excellent and loaded with beneficial vegetables. Dinner will be a ground beef patty, leftover turnip greens, and calabaza squash with Italian seasoning. As soon as the sun goes down, I'll run two miles.
My son was born on Ronald Regan's birthday. I have a vivid memory of being in the hospital room with my husband and my baby, watching the State of the Union Speech. We were indescribably joyful that day holding our precious baby, only a few hours old. The President seemed to speak to us when he talked about the sacredness of life. He had the same hope for the future of America that we had for the future of our family.
I was not sad when I heard of the former President's death. I have a firm faith that those who trust in Christ will have a much better life in heaven. I smile to think that after a 10 year battle with disease, he is fully restored in the presence of God. But watching the funeral today did make me realize how much I will miss him.
It's the character of the man that set off these feelings. He believed in individual responsibility and individual opportunity. That's the same quality that makes me adamant that I don't want a doctor or an insurance company or a government bureaucracy managing my health. He was both witty and tenacious, qualities needed by everyone, including school teachers and moms. He believed that God had a purpose for his life. And millions of people now living in free countries enjoy the fruit of the pursuit of that purpose.
There will never be another Ronald Regan, but I pray that God will raise up leaders around the world who will emulate his stand for morality, freedom, individual responsibility, optimism and faith.
My daughter and her friends send each other e-mail with interesting trivia and jokes. Today she showed me one called "Bet you didn't know this." One of the items said "Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair."
I said that while the statement was true, the reason why it was true was more important. We looked up copper and zinc in a nutrition book and found that both minerals are needed for proper brain function. I said, "If you eat healthy food and take your vitamins, then your body has the copper and zinc it needs. When you find copper and zinc in someone's hair, it also means that they are getting enough copper and zinc for their brains, and that means they are able to think better." My daughter eats healthy so she can stay slim. Just then the light dawned - by eating healthy she can be both slim and smart. She likes that idea.
It reminded me of another bit of trivia I read in Reader's Digest: "Doctors are unable to determine the cause of 37% of physical symptoms reported by patients." I suspect the truth is that most of those 37% are people who don't feel good because they are eating foods that conflict with their blood type. How well I remember my doctor finding inflammation in my stomach. But she had no idea why it was inflamed or how to make the inflammation go away. When I started the Blood Type Diet, I stopped being part of that 37%!
You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32