It's been a rough two weeks. My husband has a genetic eye condition which suddenly got worse. The company my husband works for was sold, and we don't yet know what changes will be coming. There has been a disagreement in our extended family which has affected our lives even though we live many miles away. Without ever meaning to, I let worry and anger creep into my thoughts. I knew I had let it go too far when on Monday I began to feel rumblings in my stomach that I haven't felt for a year.
I share this with you because it underlines the different facets of living right for your type. I can't blame this relapse on food. There have been two occasions when politeness dictated that I eat avoid foods. I'm sure they didn't help any, but when everything else is normal a piece of cake or a spoon of pasta doesn't set me back this much.
Exercise is part of the problem. My running and swimming days have continued as usual. But the weight work I do at night has been neglected. Several times I have dealt with the stress by playing cards on the computer. Card games do not qualify as intense physical exercise. Part of what I feel in my stomach is a build up of stress that my Type O body would have liked to release by exercise.
There is also the emotional/spiritual side of life. The Bible says, "Be angry but sin not," and "Have no anxiety about anything." I have ignored both those principles. I have let my imagination run wild. I have worried about things I have no control over. I began yesterday to take those kinds of thought captive.
I saw the pictures of my red irritated stomach in the spring of 2003 before I started the BTD. What I feel now is nowhere near as bad as what I felt then. But after more than a year of feeling great, even a little relapse is uncomfortable.
What am I doing? Yesterday I turned off the news and turned on music. As much as I enjoy current events, I don't need to take on the worries of the whole world until I get myself back in balance. The soothing effect is already helping. I have ginger juice in the refrigerator and I'm taking that as well as peppermint. I've increased DGL licorice, bladderwrack, bromelain & quercetin. And as soon as I post this blog, I'm going to swim Â¾ mile - fast.
They say that when politicians get a letters from constituents they know that each letter statistically represents many other people who feel the same way. When they get several letters on the same subject, they know there is lots of interest. I've received several comments and e-mails about two recent blogs. If the politicians' rule of thumb is correct, there are others wondering the same things. So I'll answer in today's blog.
After I wrote about Ezekiel Bread, I got inquiries about the recipe. I have never made Ezekiel Bread myself. I buy it often at both my grocery store and my health food market. Before I wrote the blog I Googled "Ezekiel Bread Recipe" and got hundreds of web sites. I glanced at them quickly - enough to know that recipes were out there.
After getting requests for a recipe, I went back to Google. As I began to read in detail, I realized that finding a recipe wasn't as easy as I thought. The Bible lists the ingredients, but not the instructions. Though the Bible strongly implies that the grains were sprouted in a pot, many modern recipes just grind all the grains together to make a multi grain flour. Of the recipes that do sprout the grains, most add extra flour to give the bread a better texture. Neither of those options are acceptable for the Blood Type Diet.
I cannot tell you how many recipes I read, rejecting them for one reason or another. The one I found that looks to me as if it follows the Biblical formula and doesn't add BTD avoids is on this website:
I have not tried it. I any of you bake your own Ezekiel bread, please write and tell me how it comes out.
Several on you asked where I got the information that "Cans of cheap light tuna are safer than cans of expensive white & albacore tuna." The answer is from Dr. D'Adamo. There is a behind the scenes information exchange for bloggers. One of the other bloggers got a scary e-mail about contaminated fish several months ago, and asked if anyone could verify whether it was true. Dr. D'Adamo wrote a response and I hope he won't mind if I quote him here.
"Do not eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or tilefish because they contain high levels of mercury. Eat up to 12 ounces a week of a variety of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury. Five of the most commonly eaten fish that are low in mercury are shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish. Another commonly eaten fish, albacore ("white") tuna has more mercury than canned light tuna."
There is a hint of cool in the air, and it gives me hope that someday soon I might get to wear long sleeved shirts again. The weather made me think of stew. My husband loves stew, and I like coming home from school to find dinner waiting in the crock pot.
Last winter I was following the BTD, but he was indifferent. If I fixed a stew with a few Type A avoids, it didn't matter to him. Now he is much more aware of what foods are beneficial and avoid for him. Though he may eat avoids in restaurants, he assumes that food I serve at home will be good for him.
I didn't realize until today how hard it is to make a stew that both As and Os can eat. I can substitute for Type A avoids, or I can substitute for Type O avoids, but it is hard to make stew without beef, potatoes, tomatoes, wheat, barley, corn, OR peppers.
I started with a Greek Chicken Stew recipe which had avoids for all blood types. I left out the A and O avoids, then I tossed in other vegetables that I had on hand. When dinner was over my husband said, "I'll have some for lunch tomorrow, but after that maybe it should be a long time before you fix this again." Silver-tongued talker - he could have been a politician.
Now that the freezer is back on, I can shop at Sam's again. I don't go there often during the summer because the quantities are too big for the little freezer in my refrigerator. There are lots of things I like to buy at Sam's, but perhaps my favorite is lamb. The lamb in other local stores is over priced and mostly fat. Sam's lamb is lean and no more expensive than a roast.
This afternoon I cooked a leg of lamb. To go with it I fixed parsnips (flavored with buttery spread and a little maple syrup) and spinach (flavored with raisins and a little olive oil). Spinach prepared that way is one of the dishes my son always requests when he comes home.
The As couldn't have lamb, so I fixed fish for them. No mercury, but probably some polyamines. (That's a joke - read yesterday's blog) I also fixed a rice and broccoli dish that they both like.
We had a long lazy dinner and laughed a lot. Right now I can hear my husband in the kitchen unloading the dishwasher. That means it's my turn to load.
I am by nature an easy-going person. I do not panic at every alarmist report I read. I do not forward frightening e-mail to all my friends. However I am somewhat concerned about conflicting reports about fish. It is especially a problem for my As, because many fish are beneficial for them and few other meats are.
I read articles that say eat more omega-3 rich fish. Right now I'm looking at a list that says salmon, mackerel, and trout are among the best choices. They are also good for As and Os. That should be good news, butâ€¦
There is a big controversy about farm raised fish having high levels of PCBs dioxins and other pollutants. Most of the salmon at grocery stores are not only farm raised, but also have orange dye added to them. Trout and tilapia are also commonly farm raised.
Cod isn't on the Omega-3 rich lists, but is listed as beneficial for As and Os. However, I've never seen fresh cod locally, and there is another controversy about polyamines and frozen fish.
Today I read an article in Reader's Digest (August 2003) about mercury in fish. A California doctor, puzzled by health conscious patients with hair loss, memory loss, and other neurological symptoms, traced their problems to mercury contamination from eating lots of fish. Some of the most beneficial fist for As and Os (like mackerel) are on the most dangerous list for mercury contamination. This article recommends farm raised fish because the mercury levels are known and safe.
In other words I need to eat salmon for the omega-3s, but I shouldn't eat farm raised because of dioxins, and I shouldn't eat wild because of mercury. My head is spinning.
I've got to readjust my thinking about fish. I want to be prudent, but not fearful. ( Did you know the Bible says "fear not" 63 times?)
My husband will be happy because sardines are high in omega-3s and not on any of the danger lists. Tuna, which my daughter likes, is also high in omega-3s. Canned tuna is safer than fresh tuna. Cans of cheap light tuna are safer than cans of expensive white & albacore tuna.