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.
My class is starting the production phase of the October issue of the student newspaper. Painters arrive tomorrow to repaint the inside of our house. It's going to be an interesting two weeks, with quite a bit of disruption from normal routines.
Today I ran at the park with the hill. It was a warm, foggy, morning which meant a muggy run. Because of that I didn't run fast today. But I'm pleased with the way I ran.
The first time I ran at this park was about a year ago. I had been on the BTD only 4 months. I went to the park to climb the hill, thinking that would be more strenuous than walking. I had no intention of running; I was much too self conscious - a 50 year old woman who hadn't run in 20 years. But when I saw how the path wound through the trees, and realized that no one could see me, I broke into a light jog.
I didn't run far that day. I was way out of shape. But I ran far enough to remember how much I had enjoyed running back in my 20s. I thought the dirt path would be fairly easy on my knees, and I made the decision to come back and run again the next week. It took a while to be able to run a mile, and a while longer to run a mile and a half. Then I began working on a steady pace and a smooth style.
I'm no longer embarrassed if someone sees me running. In fact I enjoy passing walkers on the trail. Even more I enjoy seeing muscles in my legs where a year ago there were none.
We had computer trouble yesterday, so I didn't get to blog. It was after midnight by the time it was up and running. By then sleep was more important.
Saturday night my husband and I went to a going away party for some friends. Our host grilled chicken breasts outdoors. They were fabulous. The host said he would be fixing pinto beans. Everyone else was asked to bring another side dish that would go with grilled chicken.
Pinto beans are beneficial for my Type A husband, but I needed to make sure there would be a vegetable for me to eat. I decided to do cottage fries. I made two batches: one with white potatoes and one with sweet potatoes. They were a big hit. At the end of the party, the white potato bowl was empty (hurray, no avoid leftovers) and there were only a few sweet potato fries left.
I was glad I had looked out for myself. Except for the host's pinto beans and my potatoes, there were no vegetables! Everyone else brought bread or dessert. I have grumbled before in my blog that vegetables seem to be out of favor right now. That's not a good trend for health, and is somewhat ironic given all the news articles about an epidemic of obesity.
I refer to the Type O Guide every day, but Live Right 4 Your Type sits on the shelf with my other nutritional reference books. This morning I looked something up in the index, and as I was thumbing through, the headline on page 26 caught my eye, "Blood Type and Stress."
The fact that I quickly got back to feeling normal last week does not mean that my stress has gone away. The three things causing it will be around for a while, possibly forever. So I began re-reading about Type O and stress.
" Type Os require a lot more to knock them off kilter in the face of stress. However, once they are pushed to the point of dramatic response, it usually takes them longer to recover." That is ME - that is my life right now! I kept reading.
There was a lot of information about dopamine, adrenaline and nonadrenaline; then I came to this sentence on page 35, "This link may explain a curious circumstance that I've noticed over the years. Many Type Os crave either wheat or red meat. Wheat is one of the highest plant sources and red meat one of the highest animal sources of L-tyrosine, the building block of dopamine and the catecholamines."
I have been incredibly hungry ever since these stresses started. I tried to stay close to the recommended Type O guidelines, but by late afternoon I have been frantic. I thought it was blood sugar plummeting, and have been eating dried fruit and nuts. They gave me a feeling of fullness, but did not satisfy. I began drinking more fluids, but I was still hungry. My weight has bounced up and down 2-3 pounds, something it has not done since I started the BTD.
My body wants more meat. It doesn't want fruit, nuts, or water. For lunch today I fixed ground beef and ate as much as I wanted (with vegetables of course). I feel better this afternoon than I have in several days. I also bought some rhodiola and some lipoic acid (other LR4YT recommendations for Type O stress).
I'm wondering what other interesting things I've forgotten since I first read Live Right a year and a half ago. I think I'd better re-read the whole book.