My stomach is much improved in a very short time. I would say that I'm 90 - 95% back to normal.
Food was not the main culprit. I had not drifted into eating avoids. I did however make an extra effort to increase beneficials, and to serve meals on time. Before the BTD I would have smothered my stress with wheat and potato snacks. That would have made my stomach worse and started a vicious cycle. Because I did not fall into that trap, I was able to heal faster.
No doubt I feel better after vigorous exercise. I did fall into a trap here. Stress made me lethargic and I neglected the exercise that would have best dissipated stress from my Type O body. Not only have I exercised every day, but I have selected more physical chores. Saturday I disassembled and scrubbed the lawn furniture - nasty, sweaty job. Today I'm washing windows. Desk work and sewing projects are on hold for a few days.
The emotional/spiritual part of me was where the biggest adjustment had to come. It is popular today to say "look inside yourself for answers and strength." HA! Inside myself is selfishness and worry. But when I look outside of myself to the creator God who though he is all powerful wants to have a personal relationship with me, that is where I find answers. I can rely on the promises of scripture: God's plans for me are good, though I'm going through a rough time right now; blessings come from serving others, not being self-serving; God is in control and I can trust Him.
I took my eyes off Jesus for a few days, which led to fear, which led to a stomach ache. My focus is back, my faith is renewed, and I'm beginning to be curious about how God will work through these problems to bring about good things.
When I look at the Type O beneficial vegetable list, there are a high percentage of greens. Until I started the Blood Type Diet, my greens were limited to salad and an occasional serving of spinach. Now I have greens at least once, often twice a day. This week I've had turnip greens, beet greens, spinach, and bok choy, plus several salad greens.
Spinach is my favorite. I like it raw, I like it cooked. I like it plain or with butter or olive oil or raisins. I like it fresh or frozen. I even eat it canned if we're picnicking.
My second favorite is beet greens. I once wrote that the only bad thing about beet greens was that they came attached to beets. I really don't like cooked beets - fortunately my husband does. So he eats the beets and I eat the greens. We were made for each other.
I like Swiss Chard a lot. Last spring beautiful fresh Swiss Chard was in all the stores. I didn't see it all summer. I'm hoping it will be back this fall. It would be a shame if it were only a one season green.
Collard greens and turnip greens are next on my list. I can eat them plain, but they are much better with grilled onions or ground beef or spicy seasoned salt.
Kale I just can't eat alone. If it was not on the beneficial list, I probably wouldn't eat it at all. Kale cooked with black eyed peas and onion is good. Kale with butter and fruit only preserves sounds weird, but is quite tasty.
This week was my first time to try bok choy. My vegetable guide suggested that I fix the bulb and the leaves as separate vegetables. I put the bulb in stew. I thought it was good, but my husband did not care for it. The vegetable guide said the leaves tasted like spinach. That probably made my expectations way too high. I cooked it today with butter and salt. It was good, but - in my opinion - nothing like spinach.
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.