I write a lot about exercise, but if you think I'm an athlete you couldn't be more wrong. I was never any good at team sports as a child. You think I'm exaggerating? When we chose up sides for games at recess Paulette and I were always the last two chosen. PE was my least favorite subject in junior high. I loved music and reading. It was a wonderful day when I found out I could get PE credit for marching band in high school.
I would have been very happy never to exercise, but I married my husband. His family was friends with aerobics guru Dr. Ken Cooper. My husband jogged several times a week and was convinced that his new bride should jog too. When I told him I had never run a quarter of a mile he didn't believe me. He marked off a 1 mile course near our little house, and was shocked when I could not make it to the Â¼ mile point.
But being newlyweds, I wanted to please him, so I tried to run. Eventually I made it Â¼ mile, then Â½ mile, and finally a full mile without stopping. A funny thing happened at a mile. I began to like running. About the time I thought I was too tired to take another step there was a rush. There was also a wonderful sense of accomplishment.
We began to run together at a track. He was in better condition and has much longer legs, so he could always run faster than me. But it turned out he didn't really enjoy running, he just did it because he thought he should (remember he is Type A all the way). So he would run a mile and stop. I would run a mile, plus an extra quarter or two.
One day we went on a picnic with a big group of friends. Our picnic site was by a trail that made a three-mile loop through a beautiful park. Jogging was very popular in the late 70s so a group of us started off on the trail. I wasn't very fast, so I quickly fell to the back of the pack. But I kept going, and I began to pass the other women as they were walking. I began to pass the men. I passed my husband. I ran the whole three miles. In fact I was the only one in our group who ran the whole course without stopping to walk. I cannot tell you how good I felt, physically and emotionally.
My husband and I continued to run together until the year that I was pregnant with our first child. He hurt his back that year and had surgery. Running was over for him. After the baby was born we began to walk together in the evenings. It looked like running was over for me too. Then I started the Blood Type Diet and decided to see if I could run again at 50 years old. I've already blogged that story.
This blog is too long - tomorrow I will tell you how a non-athlete learns to swim.
I had been in the mood for Kohl Slaw (my name for a Paul Buckless recipe that somewhat resembles Cole Slaw). So last night I grated two kohlrabi, then realized I was out of lemons. We had huge thunderstorms in the area, so a quick trip to the grocery was out of the question. I tried to think of something tart that I could substitute. Vinegar came to mind, but that is avoid for my husband and daughter. In the freezer I had a container of frozen pineapple juice concentrate. I mixed undiluted pineapple juice with olive oil and tossed it with the grated kohlrabi. It was really good (maybe better than the original) and highly beneficial for both As and Os.
Elaine knows how I love parsnips. She sent me a scrumptious sounding recipe for parsnip fries. My only hesitation was that they are deep-fried. I read so many studies warning about dangers from deep-frying, that I gave up deep-fried foods years ago. (ok I gave them up except for fried okra, which I continued to eat until the BTD made me give up breaded food). But Elaine's parsnip fries sounded so good. I sliced some parsnips and tried making them as oven fries. They were ok, but not outstanding. The thick slices were chewy not crisp. I went back to the recipe and saw that it recommended very thin slices. Last night I put a thin blade on the food processor, sliced two parsnips and cooked them in the oven with a little grapeseed oil. They were crisp and delicious.
Vicky sent me this idea, "A cool, pasta substitute for us O's, - instant wakame seaweed flakes. I soak 7grams (about a quarter of a package) in a cup of cool water for 5 to 10 minutes and drain off the water as the wakame is extremely saltyâ€¦You will be amazed at how those tiny flakes plump up into large spinach-pasta-like strips. This yields something like a cup of "pasta"."
I would never have dreamed of eating seaweed before the BTD, but it is on the beneficial list. I bought some wakame flakes and tried them two nights ago as a side dish, the way I would have eaten a side dish of noodles in pre-BTD days. They were ok, but a little strong. Yesterday for lunch I was tossing leftovers into a bowl and I in went the wakame. Mixed with tuna and several vegetables they tasted really good. It looked sort of like a green pasta salad. It was more filling than the fish and veggies would have been alone. Wakame just became a part of my diet.
My daughter has me hooked on a satellite TV show called "What not to wear." They select a woman for a complete hair, makeup and wardrobe makeover. She is rarely someone with a perfect figure or face. She usually has an outdated sense of fashion. It's fun to watch as fashion experts Stacy and Clinton transform an ordinary woman into a stylish one.
Our weather has finally turned cool, so this weekend it was time to put away summer shorts and get out long pants and sweaters.
A year ago when I went through this process, I had been on the Blood Type Diet for almost 6 months. I had lost 7-8 pounds and my old clothes were loose. I was scared to buy a new wardrobe. I didn't know for sure whether this diet would work long term. What if I put the weight back on? I needed someone from the TV show to get in my face and say, "What are you afraid of?" It seemed impossible that size 8s fit me - who had been a size 12 for so long. So all last winter I wore baggy clothes. I looked pretty frumpy.
But now as I approach my year and a half anniversary on the BTD I have the confidence that I am never going back to my old way of eating. I am not going to regain the weight that I have lost.
I announced to my daughter, "We're playing â€˜What not to wear' and you get to be Stacy and Clinton. I began pulling clothes out of storage. Most of the pants and lots of the tops went in a pile for the Salvation Army. Whenever I had trouble parting with an old favorite, my daughter would laugh and say, "Mom, it has to go."
Then I hit the pre-Thanksgiving sales. When I got home I modeled my purchases for my husband and daughter, just like on the show. As I type this blog I can still see the approval in my husband's eyes, and hear my daughter saying, "Oh Mom, that is so cute." This is fun; this is better than TV. This is reality!
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.