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Cabbage is consistently neutral for Type O/Hunters. However for Type A/Teachers it changed from Avoid to Beneficial. This has made my Honorable Husband very happy, and my Darling Daughter somewhat unhappy. Ah well, you can't please everyone.
HH hates cooked cabbage, but he loves coleslaw. He likes it with creamy dressing; he likes it with vinaigrette. He just likes coleslaw. I've never been particularly good at making coleslaw, however. The bottled dressings had lots of chemicals and didn't taste nearly as good as the coleslaw at our favorite restaurants. So when I started the BTD in 2003, I stopped buying cabbage. But for some reason, while I would urge HH not to order beef in a restaurant, I was quite comfortable with him ordering coleslaw. I can't explain it, but I can't remember a time when I suggested substituting something else for coleslaw.
DD on the other hand never really liked coleslaw at all. When we talked about it this morning, she thinks it is because she never liked the dressing. She is more sensitive to the tang of vinegar than HH. Even before the BTD she would request her salad with dressing on the side, so she could add the minimum amount. Coleslaw is usually soaked in dressing. She is willing to admit that she probably never gave cabbage a chance because there was so much dressing.
We were thinking this morning about how we might make a truly beneficial coleslaw. A yogurt dressing is a possibility, but that would be avoid for me. We're going to try plain olive oil with some spices. That sounds good to all of us.
My favorite way to eat cabbage - pre BTD - was sautÃ©ed in a little milk and butter. The milk took away the undesirable flavor of cooked cabbage. It was delicious. Milk, is no longer an option, but now that all of us can eat cabbage, I may have to experiment with cabbage cooked in almond milk and ghee.
In these days of transition between BTD and GTD, I find myself going back to the overriding principle of nutrition that has guided me for more than 25 years. It is best to eat food the way God made it because he is the one who designed our bodies. When there is a lectin or a metabolic issue with a fruit or vegetable (like there is with cucumbers and oranges) I'm going to avoid it. But if one diet says it's good and the other says it's bad, I'm going to trust that God knew what he was doing when he made it good to eat.
There is another area where God was way ahead of modern nutrition science. He told His people long ago, "This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live: You must not eat any fat or any blood." Leviticus 3:17. What a lot of grief and how many heart attacks could have been avoided, by following that simple rule. Remember, that Leviticus was written before science defined proteins, carbohydrates and fats. The fat referred to here (read the context for yourself) is animal fat. Oils are spoken of very favorably in both the Old and New Testament.
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