This week is the final deadline for the yearbook. I was at school most of the day Saturday and all day on Memorial Day. I've been here since 9:00 this morning, and I hope to finish before 7:00 tonight so I can join my family for a swim. I'm typing a quick blog while I eat my lunch. I packed lamb, parsnips, and butternut squash. The other teachers are across the hall at an in service meeting. If most of them could see what I choose for lunch instead of joining them at a nearby restaurant, they would be astonished. The kindergarten teacher is a Type O and follows the Blood Type Diet. I saw her with the book last fall, and we've had a couple of good conversations. Both librarians are Type As. They naturally tend toward vegetarianism, and when they read the Type A Food and Beverage guides they felt affirmed.
I never get enough sleep during deadlines, and I always feel guilty about the things that go undone at home. But I have felt really energetic during all three deadlines this year, and I know it is because of the BTD. I pack lots of beneficial food, and stop for frequent snacks. On Saturday I found a major mistake on one of the pages. I felt panic set in, and I wanted something to eat - NOW! I grabbed a bag of walnuts and raisins, and started munching as I pulled out the picture files and started to rework the page. One nice thing about walnuts is that they don't smudge pictures! By the time the walnuts were gone, the crisis was resolved.
We had a superb dinner tonight. Other bloggers write about having lamb on a regular basis. But lamb is really expensive at my grocery store, so I haven't bought it often. That is about to change. Sam's Club sells boneless leg of lamb for less than $4 a pound. This afternoon I roasted lamb for my son and me. (The Type As had left over chicken)
We have new neighbors across the street, and they have put in a garden. They brought over two of the largest onions I have ever seen. They are called Sweet 10-15s. Our neighbors said to cook them in foil in the oven with butter and salt. They were delicious with the lamb.
Fresh cherries for dessert were the perfect ending to the meal.
If anyone sells t-shirts like the ones Melissa proposed I will buy one and wear it proudly!
At the store today I saw a lady about my age in a t-shirt that said, "If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself." It was supposed to be funny, but really, it was kind of sad. There are many people my age paying the price for 50 years of eating the wrong foods, and they don't know what to do except deal with the discomfort, take prescription medication, or make jokes.
Comments this week were mostly about sunscreen and kohlrabi. Carla comes from a gardening family. She got this kohlrabi information from her mom. "They get bitter for two reasons: from being exposed to the air, (which is why storing them in water helps) and if they are old. You can tell if they are old because the cut end will have little woody fibers sticking out the bottom. Mom's best advice: get them as fresh as you can (straight from the garden if possible) store them uncut and unpeeled, and use them quickly. If you must store a cut kohlrabi, take a slice off the cut end and discard it before eating the rest."
Stephanie writes that there are companies that make mineral make up that acts as natural sunscreen. (Perhaps zinc and titanium are two of the minerals) Here are brands suggested by Stephanie: Jane Iredale, Bare Essentials, and Youngblood. She has also heard of oils having sunblocking properties. She thinks they may be Rice Bran oil and coconut oil. If any of you have information on that please pass it along.
I can't recommend a physical sunblock. I've ordered two brands to try. Here are some of the companies I found that make physical sunblocks, and you can read about them on the internet: Birch Trees, Physician's Complex, Kiss My Face, SkinCeuticals, Dermatone.
I keep thinking about that lady and her t-shirt. It could apply to spiritual health as well as physical health. We are going to live forever, just not in this world. I shudder to think of souls in the afterlife wearing t-shirts saying, "If I had known I was going to live forever, I would have had a personal relationship with God."
I have been trying to eat healthy for long enough that I know I have to read labels, but sometimes I still get caught off guard.
For years I've taken Kyolic garlic. When I started the Blood Type Diet and saw that garlic was neutral, I continued to take it. Then I noticed that the number two ingredient, is whey! I was horrified. I checked the other garlic labels in my health food store. Every single one contained either whey or soy oil. I wound up buying garlic tablets that don't seem to have any avoids at Walmart of all places. But I rarely take it any more unless a virus is going around.
My son used to get migraine headaches. We traced them to MSG, chocolate, and sodium nitrite. After years of reading carefully reading labels, I thought I knew which of the standard products were safe for him. Most lunch meat has sodium nitrite, but Oscar Mayer's oven roasted turkey breast did not. Since other brands without sodium nitrite had corn syrup or other offensive additives, I've been a loyal Oscar Mayer customer for years. For some reason, the week before my son came home from college, I glanced at the turkey breast label and saw "sodium nitrite". I wrote the company to complain. They answered, defending their decision and implying that they now add sodium nitrite to all their meat products.
Two nights ago dinner was almost ready, when I realized I needed another vegetable that I could eat. I keep some canned vegetables in the pantry for such occasions, and I grabbed a can of neutral English peas. The label said they had sugar in them. They had also changed the name from English peas to "sweet peas". When did this happen? At the store yesterday I read pea labels. Every brand had sugar, or worse, corn syrup! I'm going to check the health food store to see if they carry peas without sweetener. Otherwise, I guess it will be frozen or fresh peas from now on.
Will I trust products, even at health food stores, without reading labels anymore? No whey.
I have chosen to follow the Blood Type Diet rather than take medication for GERD the rest of my life. My husband has chosen to take blood pressure and cholesterol medication rather than diligently follow the BTD. That's his choice, but it does mean that he has to severely limit his favorite juice (and Type A beneficial) grapefruit juice.
Last night my son was in charge of preparing drinks for dinner. He asked his dad what he wanted. Dad answered, "What kind of juice do we have?" The first choice was grape juice (Type A neutral). It was rejected. The second choice was pineapple juice (Type A beneficial). "That's worse," said Dad, "I'll take grape juice."
I let the subject drop last night, but picked up the thread of conversation at breakfast this morning. "What you have to understand," he said, "is that there are reasons people like potatoes and orange juice and don't like, what was that green stuff we had the other night, oh yeah, kale. Potatoes and orange juice taste good and kale does not. It's not a conspiracy. General Foods has PhDs in marketing who study these things. There is a reason they don't sell kale. People don't like it."
He paused for a breath, but before I could jump in with a rebuttal, he went on. "I know; that's why people are over weight and have heart attacks and high blood pressure. It's because they eat things that are not good for them. I eat a lot of the stuff you give me because I know it's good for me. But don't kid yourself. It doesn't taste as good as pizza and French fries."
I handed him his lunch box as he walked out the door. "I hope you enjoy your lunch," I said. "It's a soy cheese and turkey sandwich." "Soy cheese," he said, breaking into the first smile of the morning. "That's a food that tastes good!" I silently resolved to continue my quest for good tasting healthy recipes.