The Bible has a lot to say about food and health, but does it ever refer to the BTD? Not directly of course, because the science of typing blood was not available to the Biblical writers. But there is one passage, which has application, and since it was part of my personal Bible study this morning, I thought I would write about it.
The Bible is the living Word of God, and because of that a verse can have several levels of meaning. Some of the Old Testament prophecies had their first fulfillment in the nation of Israel, but were also prophecies of the Messiah. I can read something that Jesus said to his disciples and find application for my life. The primary message of the story of Peter and Cornelius in Acts 10 and 11 is the acceptance of gentiles into the Christian church. But there is a sub level application to the Blood Type Diet.
God gave the Jews a lot of dietary laws. In the Old Testament you will find lists of clean and unclean foods. You will also find positive references to milk & milk products and wheat.
At the moment in history described in Acts 10, the Christian church was made up of converted Jews. They followed all the Jewish laws, but had also accepted Jesus as Messiah. Jewish law forbad them to have contact with gentiles. God's plan was that salvation through Jesus Christ be for all people: Jews and gentiles. So God had to shake things up, and He did so by giving the Apostle Peter a vision. Peter saw a sheet containing all kinds of unclean food, and heard God say to get up and eat. Peter, being a good Jew refused, saying that he had never eaten anything unclean. God responded, "Do not call anything impure that God has made clean." Almost immediately a gentile named Cornelius sent for Peter. Realizing that the vision meant that God was showing him that he should not "call any man impure or unclean," Peter told Cornelius about Jesus, and Cornelius became the first gentile Christian.
On the surface this has nothing to do with the Blood Type Diet, but here is the application. Dr. D'Adamo has written that most Jews were Type B. The Old Testament Dietary laws seem remarkably close to the Type B food lists. So the Jews, if they followed the law, lived healthy lives.
However at this moment in history, the Christian faith was about to become a worldwide religion. What if the early Christians had taught their new gentile converts, who were Type A and Type O, that they had to follow the Jewish dietary laws? The teaching that was giving new life to their souls, would have made them physically unhealthy.
Christian teachers have for years referred to this passage as proof that Christians are free from the Old Testament dietary laws. Not only do I agree, but I see God's grace in that as he was extending salvation to the whole world, he was also removing a part of the law that had protected the Jews but would have harmed other races.
Today there are at least three books proclaiming themselves to be "Bible Diets." I tried to follow one of them several years before I found the Blood Type Diet. It pushes dairy products, whole grains, and legumes. It made me put on weight and sapped my energy. Small wonder - it is basically a Type B diet.
God, in Acts 10 and 11 frees all blood types from the Old Testament Law. Though scientists would not discover Blood Types for 100s of years, God knew how he had made us. He protected Type Os, As, and ABs from legalistically trying to follow a Type B diet.
One last word - the #1 Jewish ban is pork. It is also forbidden in Muslim law. And it is an avoid for every blood type.
I'll start with a quote for the day. I fixed pancakes this morning for my husband and daughter. I altered a recipe so that it had four (yes, 4) Type A beneficials. After telling me how good they were and asking for more, my husband said, "Don't tell me what's in them â€˜cause then I wouldn't like them."
If you read my biography or my earlier blogs, you know that I have studied nutrition as a hobby since I was 24 years old. I was frustrated by conflicting studies. Studies said high protein; other studies said complex carbohydrates. Studies said low fat; other studies said eat margarine not butter; other studies said oil not margarine. Studies said juicing is great; other studies said don't juice, you need the fiber.
As a journalist I understand that the good side of Freedom of the Press and Freedom of Speech is that I can form my opinion and express it. The bad side is that a lot of what is out there in books, on the Internet, and in scientific studies is junkâ€¦bad infoâ€¦lies.
When I first read about the BTD, truth just rushed at me. I understood why the studies conflicted. There are four blood types and each has different nutritional needs. I could follow the food lists and keep it simple. I loved it and it worked!
People on the Forum quote a lot of studies. Some of them are really interesting. But I began to feel the conflict again. The defining moment was the thread on eggs. One study said don't scramble your eggs. Another study said don't cook your eggs. Someone else thought raw eggs were dangerous. I left the Forum that day more confused and conflicted than I had been since I started the BTD.
It's taken a few days to work through, but I'm going back to basics. I don't want to be anxious about making all the scientific studies agree. Most of those studies are funded by special interest groups that are trying to influence my purchasing behavior in some way. I want to go back to the freedom of my first months on the BTD. Eggs are neutral for Os. I'm going to eat themâ€”and eat them any way I want to.
Last week I wrote that I had been to a luncheon where Pecan Muffins were served. The original recipe didn't have much flour, relying instead on finely chopped pecans as the main ingredient. Last night I reduced the sugar and substituted kamut flour. I think I could have used rice or oat flour with equally good results. When the first pan of muffins was about half-baked, my husband and daughter suddenly appeared in the kitchen asking, "what smells good?" The muffins were intended for this morning's breakfast, but they could not wait. They ate a few last night and came to breakfast with eager anticipation this morning.
I've submitted the recipe to TYPEbase4. (I got a message that said it might take a day or two for it to be posted. Be patient.) This would be a wonderful addition to a holiday menu. It fills the house with the aroma of pecan pie. I baked them for breakfast, but they could be used as a dessert or an appetizer.
I have neglected baking bread for my Type As lately. Yesterday before I left for school I put a leg of lamb in the oven for me and ingredients for bread in the bread machine for the As. I used an old favorite bread recipe and substituted rye and kamut flours. As I was walking out the door, I peeked in the bread machine and saw A MESS. Instead of a soft ball of dough, there was a crusty blob that the machine could not knead. I guess one of the flours absorbed more moisture than wheat flour. I added a little water. The bread machine began splashing it out of the pan. I pulled the plug and put the mutilated dough in the refrigerator.
When we got home from school, I rescued the dough. I worked in the additional water by hand, put it back in the bread machine, and let it go through the first rise. Then I pulled it out and baked it as dinner rolls. My family loved them. It's probably the most enthusiastic they've been about bread since I started the BTD.
Unfortunately I have no idea how much water I used. I'll make them again, measuring as I go, before I post the recipe.
I wrote last week that I wanted to take exercise to a higher level. I succeeded in doing that. I made sure I exercised for 30 - 40 minutes every day, plus I did the Canadian Air Force 12-minute conditioning exercises every day. By Friday my legs were a little sore, and by Saturday they were noticeably sore.
Every article I've read by physical trainers emphasizes taking off one day a week during training. My son's high school coaches all taught that to continue building muscle strength you need to give your muscles a day to rest. The track coach often forbad the athletes to do any training the day before a meet. I find that emotionally hard to do. I feel like I'm cheating or slacking if I miss a day of exercise.
A day of rest is a good Biblical principle that I follow in other areas of my life. I don't do routine housework on Sundays. With few exceptions, I don't shop on Sundays. I think that's part of the reason that I like Mondays. After a day of rest, I'm eager to get back to my work and activities
Today I did not exercise. I let my muscles rest. Tomorrow I will pick up where I left off and continue pushing to the next level.
My daughter is back from her school retreat. They spent 4 days in the country building unity with their classmates and seeking a closer relationship with God. It was great to hear stories of all her adventures when I picked her up yesterday afternoon. Some of the stories, of course, were about food.
My daughter follows the BTD about 85%. By that I mean that 85% of her diet is Type A beneficial or neutral. About 15% is Type A avoid. She does this voluntarily on her own, which I think is outstanding for a teenager.
At home she has a soy shake every morning for breakfast. For the retreat she took individual cartons of soy milk, her soy protein powder, a large glass, and a small electric blender. She made her shake in the cabin every morning. "I had to explain it so many times," she said. "I don't eat beef, but I need protein to start the day. It so went over their heads."
She said they had a great salad bar in the dining hall, and that was her choice for lunch and dinner. Lunch one day was hot dogs and another day chicken nuggets. "I didn't even think about getting either." One night she planned to get the spaghetti, but someone told her it tasted gross, so she went straight to the salad bar. Another night they served chicken, "but it was swimming in grease, Mom, so I didn't even bother."
For snacks they had cupcakes and cookies. "I took oatmeal cookies," said my daughter, "I thought they would be healthiest. The cupcakes were tempting; but I didn't eat any." The snack bar sold sodas and candy. "I didn't have a soda the whole trip," she said.
At night when the girls were sitting around the cabin eating Pringles and candy, she pulled a jar of peanut butter out of her suitcase and ate it with a spoon. "My friends told me I ate way too healthy," she said.