When I was in college I got into the habit of having a diet Dr. Pepper every afternoon at 3:30. I continued the habit after graduation when I started working. One day, I think I was on a photography assignment away from the office, I skipped my afternoon soda, and I soon had a splitting headache. I realized I was addicted to caffeine.
I also realized I didn't feel as hungry when I had my diet Dr. Pepper. The next time I gained weight, I decided to have a big jug of tea mid-morning and my soda mid-afternoon. That should keep me from being hungry, and I should lose weight. (This was 30 years ago! Before I had any interest in nutrition and long, long before the BTD)
I did lose a little weight, but I was jittery, headachy, and generally wired. I realized my plan had backfired. I decided to cut out all caffeine for a few days and get it completely out of my system. As my body was going through these ridiculous ups and downs, I did notice one thing. When I increased my tea and soda intake my background ear noise got worse. When I stopped drinking coffee, tea and soda, the ear noise went away.
Nerve deafness runs in my family, so that got my attention. I decided to give up all caffeine. So for 30 years, I have not had coffee, tea, or soda except for an occasional decaf coffee and herb tea. When I started the BTD and read that green tea was beneficial, I bought Celestial Seasonings Decaf Mint Green Tea. I have really enjoyed it, and peppermint is also beneficial.
Tonight I was making myself a cup and thinking about Dr. D'Adamo's Bird Flu Blog. It dawned on me for the first time that I might have jumped to the wrong conclusion about caffeine. Coffee is avoid for Type O, so are black tea and commercial sodas. Could it be that the headaches and ear noise were caused by the avoids and not the caffeine? Should I try regular green tea to see if it is more beneficial for me or whether it brings back the ear noise? I'll give it some thought.
This illustrates why, though the anecdotal evidence for the BTD is interesting, the scientific method is what gives the BTD credibility.
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:18
My errands took me near a different fish market this weekend. I wanted something that was beneficial for both As and Os. The first fish I picked was trout. The manager said, "You don't want that today. I have more coming in tomorrow." I appreciated the honest advice, but I've been wondering who they sold the trout to!
Next I asked about red snapper. The manager smiled and said, "That's a good choice."
I didn't do anything fancy. I just baked it in the oven, and served it with steamed broccoli, carrots and grapefruit.
I did a poll on how my family ranks the fish I've recently fixed.
My husband says trout first, then snapper, cod and salmon last.
My daughter says salmon first, then trout, snapper, and cod last.
I like salmon best, cod and snapper about the same and trout last.
Christmas decorations are up in the kitchen, den and living room. Tomorrow I decorate the bedrooms. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her. Luke 1:38
About 4-5 weeks ago, for no reason at all, I began to put on weight. I'm not sure of the timing because at first I didn't pay much attention. I was sure that if I kept eating right it would go away. I seem to remember that it began between my two fall shopping trips and about the time I blogged about increasing my exercise to see if I could start converting fat to muscle again.
I was adding a half-pound every 3-4 days. I knew it couldn't be fat. I doubt I could add fat that quickly no matter what I ate, and I was eating right for a Type O. Truly, I was! I hoped that it might be due to converting fat to muscle, but logically that couldn't account for all of it. It had to be water retention, but why? I tried drinking more water; I tried drinking less. I tried more salt; I tried less. I tried more green tea, and a variety of vitamins and herbs. I wondered if my scale was broken.
I speculated that this could be a hormone event of some sort. I noticed swelling and tenderness that might indicate hormones were the cause. Was I going out of menopause after so effortlessly going through it? Was I (gasp) pregnant at 51?
I blogged at Thanksgiving that I put on a little more than a pound. Instead of going away when I got home, I added another half pound. Now my weight was up 6 pounds, and two of my new pairs of pants were a little snug.
As inexplicably as the weight gain started, it turned around. In a week I have lost 4 pounds. Clearly there are things going on with my metabolism that have nothing to do with what I'm eating. I take no blame for its coming, and I take no credit for its going. It is a mystery.
A lot of people write on the Forum that their weight loss has plateaued. I will read your postings with more compassion in the future. All I can say is stay the course. Keep eating right for your type. Focus on building your health and don't be discouraged. In time, your body will respond.
"How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "Since I am a virgin?"
The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Luke1:34-35
Last night we took a trip back in time to the Victorian era and the days of Charles Dickens. A rural community near us has restored a group of old farm buildings and turned them into clever antique and gift shops. Every December they have a Dickens Christmas Celebration. The shopkeepers dress in Victorian era clothes. Local performers put on outdoor shows. There are even horse drawn carriage rides. It is a delightful event.
On the way we stopped for dinner at Chipotle's. It is easy to get a beneficial blood type meal there. I had a bowl with grilled steak, onions, green peppers, black beans and romaine lettuce. My husband and daughter chose rice, pinto beans, chicken, and other Type A foods.
After we arrived at the village, we realized that we could have eaten at a local restaurant, one of which is a British tea room. We strolled around the village, picking up a couple of Christmas gifts in the shops and enjoying the decorations and the music. We joined a candlelight sing-along around the big outdoor Christmas tree.
Strolling is not adequate Type O exercise. Earlier in the day I had gone to a parking garage to climb stairs. I got a very good work out. I think I will exercise there a lot this winter when it is too cold and drizzly to enjoy running.
You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end. Luke1:31-33
Perhaps I spoke too soon about not having nutrition credibility with my husband's family. The last day we were there I got up early, and had breakfast alone with his Mom. She mentioned having read the negative news report about Vitamin E and said she had thrown her bottle of Vitamin E away. I was thinking that it was a shame the newspaper report scared her because she is Type A, and the Vitamin E is good for As. It's just not good for all blood types. I was trying to decide whether to try to explain that, when she said that she wished she knew what to do about nighttime muscle cramps.
I asked if she took calcium and magnesium. She got out a bottle of grocery store calcium tablets. I said that I thought capsules were easier to absorb than tablets, and that if she took magnesium with the calcium it would help her leg cramps. She seemed very interested. She has never shopped at a health food store, so I said I would buy some calcium/magnesium and mail it to her.
Today I was mailing a box of Christmas gifts to her house. I included a bottle of calcium/magnesium capsules. I'm hoping it will open a door to more conversations. I'm so happy that she asked me.
The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God." Luke 1:28-30