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I have mentioned before in blogs that my husband tends to find a favorite food, eat it as often as he can get it, then burn out and refuse to eat it again. I have tried to be careful to rotate his Type A beneficial foods, but in the past two weeks he has been struggling with burn out.
Over the weekend he complained about heartburn, implying that the BTD was no longer working for him. I asked a few questions and found out that he had been drinking as many as 4 sodas a week, and that, if I wasn't with him, he was ordering beef when he went out to eat. His stomach is further aggravated by medication the doctor has him on to fight an infection. We had a pretty frank discussion about what he was doing to himself. He agreed to be more compliant and he already feels better.
But the bottom line of the conversation was that he is tired of beans, tired of chicken, tired of salmon, tired of salad, basically tired of so many foods that are good for him. He wants shrimp, crab, cabbage, picante, and mashed potatoes - all foods guaranteed to give him misery.
My daughter is just the opposite. She is back from a 4-day school retreat, where she was perfectly happy to eat salad two meals a day. She walked in the dining hall, looked at the food choices and made a b-line for the salad bar. One night they served grilled chicken and she enjoyed that meal.
Here are some of her comments. "I couldn't eat the breakfast tacos, because they mixed bacon in with the eggs." "They had spaghetti one night and I was going to eat that, but my friends all said it tasted funny. I decided to stay with salad." "I didn't eat the carrots because they were in a big bowl, and everyone was reaching in with their hands. Since so many people were sick and coughing, I stayed away." "They had box lunches one day, but the only choice was ham & cheese. If they had turkey, I would have eaten it." "I'm glad I took the peanut butter, I ate about half of the jar." "It sure is good to be home and have fresh fruit again."
So I have a Type A who is content and a Type A who is bored. At least my husband is excited about turkey for Thanksgiving. After the holiday, I'm going to have to search out some new Type A recipes.
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