Before I started the Blood Type Diet, my husband had been eating a cardboard breakfast cereal because it was high fiber and was supposed to be good for him. OK, it wasn't really cardboard, but that's what he told me it tasted like. When I compared the ingredients with Type A food lists, it wasn't good for him at all! It had several avoids and not many beneficials. I bought a cooked cereal that was wheat free and had lots of Type A beneficials. The first day he tried it he smiled and said, "I want this every day."
I should not have taken him so literally. Now after having that cereal 4 days a week for almost a year and a half, he is burned out on it. I'm now cooking oatmeal for him two mornings a week, cooking the former favorite one morning, and giving him what I fix for my daughter two mornings. (He's on his own with
Type A cold cereal for weekends!)
My daughter has never liked cereal - hot or cold. She likes pancakes, waffles, muffins and other pastry type breakfasts. I have been adjusting all my old health nut breakfast recipes to be Type A recipes for her.
My old favorite carrot cake recipe called for whole wheat flour and wheat germ. I didn't see how I could make enough changes for it to be good for Type As and still taste good. So I went in quest of a new recipe.
I found one that had potential. I liked it because it had 4 eggs and pineapple. I substituted 1 cup rye flour, 1 cup spelt flour, and Â¾ cup kamut flour for the 2Â¾ cups wheat flour. I cut back on the sugar and baked it as breakfast bread. Both my husband and daughter loved it. The irony is that my husband hates carrot cake, but he liked this.
The next time I make it, I want to use more beneficial Type A flours. I'm thinking 1 cup rye, 1 cup oat, and Â¾ cup buckwheat. That would still be neutral for me in case I wanted a piece for a snack. I'll put the whole recipe on TYPEbase4.
Susana wrote this after yesterday's blog. "Is it too much to ask for details on how you overcame temptation after the birthday cake? What you went through is what I generally go through every week endâ€¦if you do not mind sharing. Did you take something? Motivational thoughts?"
I laughed when I read it. I wish that I had done something unique or that I had a motivational thought, but to tell the truth I just toughed it out.
What I've learned on the BTD made me aware of what was happening. The wheat, coconut and way too much sugar that made me want more of the very foods that hurt me. It's the pesky Type O characteristic of not being able to handle wheat, yet craving it
We had the birthday cake at an intermission in a video we were watching after dinner. It was fairly late, so I was fortunate in that I didn't have to fight temptation all day. I just had to make it until bedtime.
Whether you've been on the BTD or any other diet, you have had those moments when you threw caution to the wind and ate whatever you wanted. I know you do because I do. When I wake the next morning, I feel bloated, the scale says I've gained weight, I lack energy. And I say to myself, "How could I be so dumb? Why did I do that?" etc. etc.
On the night of the birthday, every time I headed for the kitchen to scrounge for avoid carbohydrates I said to myself, "If you do this you will hate yourself in the morning!" Normally I might have eaten a high fiber beneficial food, just to give myself a little satisfaction. But so soon before I went to bed, I did not need to eat anything at all. I did drink a lot of water which possibly diluted the bad stuff and helped flush it out of my system. To my delight when I woke the next morning the craving for carbohydrates was gone.
So Susanna, there is my motivational thought, "If you do this you will hate yourself in the morning!" Not profound, but it did keep me out of trouble.
Thunderstorms have been rolling through the area most of the afternoon and evening, so the computer has been off. If I type fast, perhaps I can blog about the weekend's food before I hear the next roll of thunder or I start yawning, whichever comes first.
I was at school most of the day Saturday. We print the October student newspaper this week, and I needed to get ahead. I packed my lunch: sliced brisket, steamed broccoli with olive oil, acorn squash, and fava beans. The irony of this lunch is that I was so excited when I found canned fava beans at my regular grocery store. They are beneficial for my As, but my As don't like them. They are neutral for me, and I enjoy them.
Saturday was my husband's birthday. He requested a casserole for dinner that is definitely a Type A casserole. The only ingredient that is not a Type O avoid is ground turkey. My husband and daughter enjoyed the casserole. I made a salad with romaine lettuce, spinach, carrots and some of the ground turkey. He requested a cake that has no redeeming value for any blood type. I ate one piece in honor of the day, and spent the rest of the evening fighting the urge to eat anything with sugar. I won the fight, but it was not easy.
Sunday lunch was at a barbeque place. I had beef, my daughter had chicken, and my husband had turkey. There were several side order choices for the As. The only side for Os was green beans cooked with tomatoes, onions and lots of spices. The spices were what made it good. I wish I knew what they were.
Dinner tonight was a la carte. My husband had lentil soup and salad. My daughter had a dish of carrot salad, a dish of tuna salad, and a bowl of grapes. I had a salad made with shredded carrots, fresh spinach, and tuna, plus a bowl of the best Swiss chard I've ever cooked. I made it the same way I usually do, it must have just been really fresh.
My husband's grandmother lived to be more than 100. In the 90s when they were selling her house, we were given several items. Among them were two antique finished brass lamps. For 10 years one has been on my son's desk and one on my daughter's. I've dusted them every week.
The painters have finished in my son's room. Before I moved all the knick knacks back, I thought this would be a good opportunity to oil all the wood and thoroughly clean the hard surfaces. I had in my hand a paper towel that was wet with glass cleaner. Instead of getting a dry rag, I began to wipe the lamp with the wet towel. The lamp began to get sticky. I sprayed on more cleaner and wiped with more paper towels.
The lamp did not have an antique finish. It was a beautiful bright brass lamp covered with years of grime. A few minutes of scrubbing and it was shiny and beautiful.
What does this have to do with the BTD? I'll tell you. Sometimes when I look at my legs I see years of eating whole wheat and dairy products. Though I ate what society said was a "healthy" diet, and though I exercised regularly, I was building layer after layer of lumpy fat on my legs. I seemed powerless to stop it.
From the first week I started the Type O diet, it's as if I've been removing the buildup of avoids one layer at a time. It's a slower process than wiping a grimy lamp with cleaner, but the improvement is no less obvious.
I admire friends who plan their menus a week in advance and go to the store with an organized shopping list. I'm not like that. I'm an impulsive cook and an impulsive shopper. Don't get me wrong, I'm not lured away by fad foods or processed food in fancy packages. But I am influenced by what's on sale. If it's a good price, and it's on the BTD list, I'll buy it and figure out later how and when to cook it.
Every week I make one trip each to a health food market, a regular grocery store, and a wholesale club. I take a list of things that I'm out of and special requests from the family. Other than that, I browse around looking for bargains or waiting for inspiration.
The vegetable prices have been really good this week. Fruit prices are up from the summer. But the stores are practically giving winter squash away, and the displays are full of a variety of beautiful greens. Okra and asparagus have been on sale, so have onions and sweet potatoes. When I came home from the store yesterday, I realized my refrigerator was full.
Bargain or not it wouldn't hold any more vegetables. I began cooking and we began eating fresh vegetables as fast as we can. I have not fixed fancy vegetable recipes - I've just steamed them or baked them and served them with olive oil and salt.
Tonight I served with the vegetables cod baked in lemon juice and ginger juice. It was very tasty and very filling.