Hidden in the middle of a news story I found this interesting sentence, "Current government dietary guidelines recommend that 45 % to 65% of daily calories come from carbohydrates. An updated USDA pyramid is slated for release in 2005."
How many revisions is this of the food pyramid? At least the 3rd that I can remember.
Sometimes people send me comments asking what I think about one of the other popular diets, or whether I think they could combine another diet with the BTD. To me the big difference between the BTD and all the other diet plans (South Beach, Adkins, Pritican, Weight Watchers, etc, etc) is that all the others assume that people are all the same. The food lists are the same, the exercise requirements are the same. When I look around I can see for myself that that is simply not true. Some people feel great as vegetarians; other people get sick. Some people thrive on red meat, other people get sick. Some people love aerobic exercise, some people do better stretching. The BTD not only explains the differences, but it helps you identify which plan will really work for you.
If there was a "one size fits all" diet that really worked, ask yourself why they need another revision to the food pyramid.
For years I have read that muscle weighs more than fat. I never believed it until now.
I can remember in high school watching friends issue each other a challenge to see who could lose weight the fastest. At the end of a week or two, whichever one had lost the least would say, "I've been exercising more, so I'm converting muscle to fat, and muscle weighs more." It sounded to me like an excuse for why the diet wasn't working. When by the end of a month both friends were back to looking and eating just as they had before, I was convinced I was right.
At Christmas last year we picked up our college son for the holidays. His roommate's mom said, "Don't the boys look great. No freshman 15 for our guys." The boys gave us an ear full. They had observed that dorm food didn't cause the notorious 15 pound weight gain for college freshmen. In their opinion it was binge drinking. "Too many carbs from pizza and beer," my son said bluntly, "that's the cause of the freshman 15."
That fall he had become interested in the weight room at the student rec center. In the spring he became serious about weight training. This summer he used some of his life guard money to join a gym.
He has gained 9 pounds - up to 164 from 155. He appears to be the same size. His clothes all still fit, and his waist is the same. He has noticeably added muscle, especially to his shoulders and chest. Even at that when I look at him, I think where is he hiding 9 pounds?
The only explanation is that muscle really is heavier than fat. It makes me want to join a gym. But don't let it be an excuse to fudge on the BTD!
My husband loves casseroles. Probably the thing he likes least about the BTD is that I fix fewer casseroles. In a mixed Type O/Type A household it is just hard to get all the ingredients compliant for both blood types. It's easier cook single ingredient foods and let everyone pick and choose.
But I have made a quantum leap forward by finding an adequate substitute for Cream of Mushroom Soup.
A couple of months ago I blogged about trying to use silken tofu as a casserole ingredient. My first effort was an abysmal failure, but I promised to keep trying.
I finally got up the nerve to buy another carton of silken tofu. I was going to make my husband's 2nd favorite casserole, "Five Spice Beef â€˜n Rice. I substituted ground turkey for the ground beef and a tofu sauce for the cream of mushroom soup. It tasted good to me, but the real test was my family. I just served the casserole with no word of explanation. My husband and son gobbled it up, without noticing any difference.
Here is the link to the sauce - http://www.tofu.com/rec2/recipe1.html
I made it with lemon juice and miso. I halved the recipe, and that seemed to equal 1 can of cream of mushroom soup.
I should be clear that by itself, this sauce does not taste like mushroom soup. It has the creamy texture of the soup, and that is what is usually called for in a casserole. If I was making a recipe where the taste of mushrooms was important, I would buy compliant mushrooms, sautÃ© them in some butter, and stir them into the sauce.
When I shop and a sales person asks, "What size are you?" I answer, "I have no clue, I'll have to try it on." I'm not trying to be difficult. In my closet I have clothes in sizes 12, 10, 8, and 6. All of them fit me. I have tops that I am wearing this summer in sizes small, medium AND large.
So I was fascinated when I came across a magazine article about how women's clothes are sized. It turns out that in the 1940s, they measured 10,000 women in the military. They then assigned sizes 2 through 20 based on those women. At that time, they determined that the average woman in America was 5'2" tall and weighed 129 pounds. Today the average American woman is 5'4" tall and weighs 142 pounds.
Is it any wonder we are getting taller and wider when you look at the most popular take out foods? Hamburgers - wheat is an avoid for Os and Bs; beef is an avoid for As and ABs. Hamburgers are good for no one. Pizza - tomatoes are avoids for As and Bs; wheat is an avoid for Os and Bs. Only ABs could consider pizza, and no pepperoni for them as pork is an avoid for all types. Fries - potatoes are avoids for Os and As, but foods fried in hydrogenated fat should be shunned by all.
Until I was two, I ate whatever my mom spooned into my mouth. But at age two I rejected all vegetables. My mom, concerned, spoke to the pediatrician. He said, "Children know what they need. Don't force her, let her choose." That would have been very good advice EXCEPT for the addictive qualities of wheat and sugar. When I was given full freedom with no restraint, I said "NO," to peas, squash and spinach; and "yes" to bread and cookies.
In stark contrast to my upbringing, was a little boy I babysat for. Many times when I arrived at his house he would be at the table with a defiant expression on his face. His father would shout, "He doesn't get up until he eats every bite on his plate." I was left with the impossible task of following the parent's instructions and getting along with the boy (for this they paid me 50 cents an hour!!!).
When I had my own children knew I had to strike a balance between the two extremes. From the time my children began to feed themselves, I put a little bit of whatever we had on their plates. They had to at least taste everything, and they had to eat all of the foods they normally liked before they could get seconds on anything. For example: neither of them liked squash and both of them liked green beans. They had to take a tiny taste of squash and eat all of their green beans before they could get extra bread, meat or fruit. A funny thing happened. My son always wanted seconds on meat. My daughter wanted seconds on legumes and salad. We joked for years that one was an herbivore and one was a carnivore. This was long, long before I heard about the Blood Type Diet.
My old pediatrician had been almost right! When children are given a selection of good foods, they will choose what they need.