Archives for: January 2004
I did a search on TypeBase, I put in the search term of non-secretor, and I searched by type O. That way it showed all the foods for Os that have different values for non-secretors.
It turned up 115 differences in values between secretors and non-secretors.
There are 58 foods only secretors can have.
Then 41 neutral vs. beneficial differences
And finally only 16 foods that only non-secretors can have (I think they're all neutral for us):
Avocado - yummy
Catfish - never tried it
Coconut Oil - surprising, too bad we can't have coconut milk too.
Goose Egg - never tried it
Lentils (all types) - pretty good stuff, lentil soup with greens is good
MSG - surprising, one fewer food additive to look out for I guess
Mushrooms (domestic button type) - yummy
Mustard Greens - never tried them
Nutmeg - yummy, get your own nutmeg grater, surprisingly good on Italian food or soups.
Pinto Bean - good, I used to eat them all the time
Quail Egg - I like these okay, I can only find the canned type around here.
Quail - they're too cute, I'm not sure I could eat them
Salmon Roe - uh, never tried it
Turtle - never tried it
Now my task is to find a treat that includes some of these, for times when I feel sorry for my non-secretor-ism. I tried making an egg tortilla (similar to an omelette), then I put refried pinto beans, ground beef with Taco Dust on it (Taco Dust has no avoids, fillers, or preservatives), then some fresh salsa, lime juice and avocado slices on top. The egg tortilla was ok, but it probably would have been just as good without it. The rest was tasty. I'd love to find a o-nonnie gluten-free tortilla that works out well, but I haven't found one yet. I have a tortilla maker that I haven't used for years, but it's nice, if I could think of a good reason to dust it off. I've heard that mesquite pod flour makes good tortillas, but it's an unknown and an iffy one at that, not that I've ever gotten hold of any.
I can't believe I survived my eating out adventure last night. We went to a Japanese Steakhouse. I asked them to not use soy sauce, so everything they made at our table was fine, but I wasn't sure about the premade sauces, so I only had a little of the mustard sauce. I also had salad dressing. I was sure there was something that would make me sick, but when I got home I took some deflect and cut up a fresh pineapple. That helped. I did have some dairy and for the first time I noticed a reaction to it. I had been having some trouble with my ears due to inflamed eustacian tubes. That started up again after dinner. I could even feel some discomfort in my eustacian tubes. I'm doing better today, but a bit stuffy.
Before I got my blood type tested I thought I was a B, because I didn't think I had any trouble with dairy, and I did react badly to chicken. Going on the type O diet got rid of my chicken reaction.
I'm so tired. I haven't gotten much sleep all week, or eaten much. Last night I had a free-range beef patty and some carrots, then some black cherry juice with sparkling water. I'm still not particularly excited about food or cooking, even though I feel better. I guess my focus is on other things, but I need to eat more.
I am getting a couple cool things for my birthday. I just went and shopped for myself this year since it's been a hectic month for everyone, and I actually felt like shopping. (I'm usually not interested in shopping) I 'will be' getting a pressure cooker and a nice food processor from Costco. The food processor will be fun to play with! I don't know why I've never gotten one before. I guess because I never knew anyone who used theirs. But this one is mostly dishwasher safe, so I should be able to use it quite often. (I don't stay very far ahead on the hand-washing of dishes) Now I need to figure out all the things I want to make with it... Sweet potato oven fries, salsa...my mind is suddenly blank. It comes with a cookbook I have a friend who eats only raw foods, and uses hers all the time. She probably has some ideas.
I'm not going raw, of course, but I need to eat more raw. I always tell my husband that my diet should be raw + a steak. That's simplifying it a bit, but if I use that as my general goal, I get closer to my ideal. I like thinking of it that way, then I feel like it's an indulgence when I cook a veggie, rather than feeling picked on because I can't eat bread.
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I feel much better today than yesterday! Thanks to everyone who gave me suggestions and encouragement.
For lunch I made egg salad again. My friend had asked me what to do with curry, so I put some in: olive oil, lemon juice, and curry powder (there's a similar recipe in Cook Right). Then, I was eating a bowl of pineapple chunks at the same time. Then... I remembered a dish I used to like from a nearby thai restaurant...pineapple curry (it's full of dairy or coconut so now I can only miss it). So I threw some pineapple in the egg salad. It was very good! Kind of creamy, curried, sweet...very tasty.
I was reading Kate's question and Heidi's answer about sheepsmilk feta and such. I'm starting to get used to giving up cheese. Like other parts of the diet, once you say goodbye to an avoid, get past the loss, and realize the benefits, it's not as hard as you thought it would be.
If you're a nonsecretor, the creamy things we can eat that help make up for the loss of cheese are: almond butter, bananas, cream soda (a little rice milk, fruit juice and sparkling water), and egg salad.
It's good to like food again! Goodnight!
I've been sick since last night, some stomach maladie of some kind. I don't know if I accidentally ate some gluten or something else I shouldn't have, or if it's a virus, but it's knocked me down.
Sip Right tea and mineral water have been helpful today, along with a few scrambled eggs and some rice cakes. I've heard you have to be careful introducing protein after stomach flu, but eggs are so easy for me to digest that they don't cause a problem.
It brings back memories of childhood, and unhealthy cravings that go along with being sick. A can of Coke always sounds good at times like this. Of course I don't have any in the house and I don't want to go out to get it, so I've resisted. I've had so much to do today, and my son is sick again with a stuffy nose and grumpiness, so it's just been one of those days. I hope he feels better tomorrow; I don't want this going to his ears again! I know I'll feel better tomorrow, especially if we can all sleep through the night.
So Goodnight then...
I surprised myself by being compliant today, even though I was travelling. My relatives fixed a nice roast with carrots, onions, and celery. I filled in with a banana and plum. When I got home, once again, I had very little food in the house, but managed to find and eat some protein, fruit and veggies. Tomorrow I'm definitely going to the health food store.
Example shopping list for O n-s and A family at health food store:
ezekiel bread (for A's)
free range ground beef and roast for O
free range chicken
Rice Milk for Os (check ingredients)
Soy Milk (for As)
unsweetened cough drops
unsweetened dried mango or figs (for O snack attacks)
turnips or beets
whatever produce looks good
I was silly to not pack some snacks I could eat for the road. I got so hungry by the time I got settled that I ate some avoids. I'm paying the price for those, but now I made it to the grocery store and I'm doing much better. I didn't realize that some of the 'lesser' avoids had such effects on me. They made me grumpy, like wheat does, though not as severe. It's been enough to teach me my lesson. I don't know how many times I have to relearn that lesson, but I'm grateful to know what's going on when I do eat something that makes me feel bad.
That reminds me of the last time I ate wheat. I knew better, and was pretty sure this cookie thing had wheat in it. But I was in a bad mood and I wasn't 100% sure, so I decided to eat it anyway. Look out!! I'm not the only one that suffered from that decision, I hadn't been so irritable and emotional for years! It was like a nightmare to be thrown back into depression so suddenly. I'd almost forgotten what that feeling was really like. It was a relief to realize, hey, this isn't me, it was that darn cookie thing. More of a relief to get rid of them and never touch the stuff again, and to know that would prevent the feeling from going on any longer.
It took a couple days to get back to normal. This was 3 or 4 weeks ago, and yet another nudge that I needed to get my diet back on course. Stress eating can result in much more stress than you're trying to escape...if you choose avoids. Choose fruit, choose sip right, if your a non-secreting O choose a few dried figs or whatever you like that's not an avoid. It's okay to forget about portions once in a while, just as long as you keep avoiding the things that would make you feel rotten.
That's it for now. Goodnight all!
Today wasn't bad, but I did get a bit chicken-ed out as I never made it to the store. Beef sounds really good right now. We'll see how the weekend goes. We're going to visit family in what we call "the land of milk and honey" but there's also plenty of protein. I'll have to see how my will power is for avoiding all the other tempting foods.
I just stepped on the scale for the first time since I started the diet and the blogging. I've lost 10 pounds! I should say 5-10 pounds, since my weight naturally fluctuates by about five pounds during the month. I'm happy about it. The last time I lost 10 pounds it was through deprivation, and I gained it back. This time I feel great!
I got my shipment of blood type supplements and Sip Right today, and just in the nick of time! I've been fighting off one of my monthly migraines all day, and as soon as I got the package I ripped it open and took some of everything, then wasn't able to try sip right until an hour later. I love it! I'm not real big on herbal tea, I usually only drink it when I'm sick, but I love this stuff. No sweetener was necessary, and it was the thing to take away my headache. The rooibos tea in it is soooo relaxing. I feel like I just got back from a spa.
I ate the eggs I boiled last night for breakfast and lunch because I just didn't feel like cooking, or battling to find the time to cook. For lunch I made egg salad, I tried to just use olive oil in place of the mayo, but did give in and add a little mayo. I think next time I can make it though, olive oil and lemon juice should do the job. (Olive oil is good with tuna too, in place of mayo, especially if you like the flavor of olive oil). I put the egg salad on a bed of spinach with lemon juice, and it was very good.
Dinner was kind of funny. I bought some veal, so I hurredly dusted it with sweet rice flour, thinking it would work better than rice flour. (in the old days, I used potato flour with good results, for those who can have potato flour). The sweet rice flour absorbs liquid though, like tapioca, and just turned into sogginess. It doesn't brown well either. I'll try rice flour next time. So I put some pasta sauce on it, but that didn't help much. Oh well, it was edible. Then I had some baked sweet potato fries that I picked up at the health food store, and a tasty plum.
Tonight I find out my son's blood type, if I can bring myself to prick his poor little foot. He's usually really good about that at the Dr. office, he'll just watch and look at the blood like it's fascinating. I pricked my friend's finger in high school science class, and ended up doing it twice because I didn't think it was successful the first time. Turns out, it was successful both times. That's about the extent of my nursing experience! At least I won't do that this time.
He is an A, just as I suspected. That explains his ear infections and his small frame.
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Today was pretty good, but too busy. I finally finished eating my stew, I ended up not eating the celeriac in it, it's just a neutral and I didn't like it that much. So, stew and grapes for breakfast, two uncured organic beef franks and raw carrots for lunch, stew for dinner with lots of turnips, beets, onions and carrots. I won't make as much next time, but I will make it again.
At lunch I was very tempted to help my son eat his buckwheat waffle, I admit I took one nibble, then thought of an alternative. Black cherry juice, sparkling water and rice milk 'cream soda'. I overdo it on sweet things when I'm stressed, but at least it didn't have any avoids in it and it kept me away from the waffle. Oh, and my son had 1/4 of it, as he liked it too! Don't let it sit too long after you mix it, as the rice milk kind of coaggulates.
I'm ready for tomorrow, I boiled some eggs in case I don't have time to cook, so it should be a good day.
Back to work!
Today was good. The stew worked out well. I had to put it in bowls and refrigerate it last night, then put it back in the crock this morning. When it was done it wasn't so bright red, more orange, but the beets were my favorite part, they kind of flavored everything else, the turnips were good too. I'm not too sure about the celeriac, I'll cut it smaller and use less next time. Maybe I'll just use celery next time. So here's what I put in it: from what I can tell it's all beneficials and neutrals: 2 cans broth, 1 can tomato sauce, 1 or 2 pounds stew meat, 3 beets (eat the greens separately), 2 turnips, celery or 1/3 of a celeriac, 2 onions, 5-10 cloves garlic, Italian seasonings, bay leaf. Cook on low for about 8 hours.
I had two boiled eggs from yesterday for breakfast, and a little fruit. I'm finding I need to have some of my breakfast made the night before. I'm too used to the convenience of cereal, and with a little one, it's the hardest time to cook. Thanks for the tips!
I'm also finding that I need to drink more water. I've always had trouble with that. I'm putting it in a bottle so I can take it around with me from now on.
I also had a tip on what to put almond butter on: carrots! I bought some almond butter and was so excited to put it on apples until I realized O nonnies can't have apples! I used to mix in a little cocoa with it, no sugar, and that was good with apples, so maybe bananas or pears would work there? Almond butter is one of the few creamy foods we can have, so I've been pondering its uses.
I just found the answer to a question I had a few days ago, and it's a happy answer. I eat many bananas and blueberries but somewhere in the enclopedia it says O+s should avoid both, happily it was an error: http://www.dadamo.com/columns/begin/ask2.pl?20020606.txt I'd been out of the loop too long and had trouble finding the info. Just in case anyone else was wondering.
I am losing weight. My jeans fit better. My tummy looks funny, it looks like it's just deflating. Today I had a few more carbs than I should, mainly because I was feeling sorry for my O-NonSecretor self; partly because I was out of the house, and partly because I went to a health food store, which can be hard for a carb craving O in the wrong frame of mind. I'm sure I overdid it, but now I'm back on track.
When I got home I had some organic chicken sausage for lunch with sauteed spinach on the side. I still haven't had enough protein, but that meal felt like I was getting back on track. The HFS had kind of a disappointing selection of meat this time, and no wild salmon. They used to have lamb, ostrich, buffalo...you name it. A new HFS is opening up in town, I'm excited to see what they bring in.
Dried calmyrna figs taste great! Especially when you haven't had a treat for a while. I used to love Fig Newtons, but the real thing is better. Uglier, but better. I tried a rice dream bar, but it wasn't worth the avoids in it, I enjoyed the figs much more. I did try rooibos tea for the first time, it was good, I can't wait to try Sip Right. It has rooibos and licorice, and now those are my favorites. I'm avoiding green tea for now, until my heart rhythm gets back on track, I've had premature heartbeats since my pregnancy. They've tested it twice and there's nothing wrong with me that they can find, and it's not dangerous, but it bugs me to no end. It's been improving since I started the diet, but today it's annoying again after a poor night's sleep.
No stew today, but hopefully tomorrow. I wonder how many weird vegetables I can fit in the crock-pot and still end up with a good stew...
If you didn't notice the two new databases on the website, take a look at the news section. RECIPbase is back on, and they've added a Blood Type and Disease database as well as a Health Protocols database. I really like all the recent changes to the website, it seems more approachable, yet I could spend hours reading it all.
Today I didn't want to eat meat. I'm up against a wall where I've become tired of it already. The salmon yesterday was a nice change, and I ate as much as I could of the rest of it for breakfast. Maybe I should freeze my leftovers instead of eating them the next day, that way I won't grow tired of everything. It could just be a temporary hurdle, though. I've also been craving milk. Rice milk tastes better than I remember it, so I had a little of that. It's pretty good mixed with pineapple/papaya juice, in small amounts. I ate a little more fruit, to lighten everything up, and the usual vegetables. I just need to figure out how to mix things up a bit. Maybe if I turn my leftovers into other dishes, like omelets, or add some spices or peppers to it. I'll try a few things. Of course, I'm all out of leftovers now, so I need to cook some more. I bought some organic stew meat, and some turnips, beets, beet greens, carrots, etc. I'll see what kind of stew I end up with tomorrow. I'm hoping a larger variety of vegetables will help. Now that I think about it I'm craving an artichoke...any good artichoke recipes out there? I'll search the recipe database now that it's working again.
I'm happy, I ate dinner an hour ago and my stomach feels great. I'd usually be burping by now. I took some DGL Licorice and drank sparkling water 15-20 minutes before eating. Then I ate some nice salmon. (I can't find wild salmon yet, but I found some Norwegian that doesn't have antibiotics, hormones or color added, it probably still has some extra contaminates, but I don't eat fish very often and will find wild stuff before my next fish meal).
It's so smoggy here the last few days, I can't wait until it clears out. That's the worst thing about winters here. I have to stay indoors, and even then, it makes me cough a little. At least we have a good humidifier.
I'm not having to nap as often or as long as I used to. That's great, since I need all the time and energy I can get for my son and my work. Today my son didn't get a bottle, he got a cup, so no more bottles for him. I've almost forgotten why I weaned him from breastmilk to a bottle, that just means we had to go through it twice (it was because he was a barracuda but I wanted him to keep drinking lots of formula because he's so small). I was worried that the bottle wasn't good for his ears even though I kept his head elevated while he drank from it. Soy baby formula has coconut oil in it, I hope that's okay, I don't suppose that babies have to watch their cholesterol. He only wants Soymilk Silk Nog from a cup, but I'm gradually diluting it with formula to increase the fat, lower the sugar, and to prepare for the day that our supply of silk nog runs out.
I still eagerly await the ARA so I can start supplementing his immunity a bit more. He's on antibiotics now, and the best dairy free probiotic I could find in these parts. He seems to be feeling better, talking more, and progressing on his walking. He's always been so healthy, I'm optimistic that we can get past the ear infection problem.
While you may think you could never give up that favorite food, wheat for O's, chicken for B's, red meat for A's, etc. Ask yourself this, Can I give it up for a week or two? I think anyone can give up a favorite food for a week or two. Then, after that, go ahead, taste it again. See if you still love it, or if it's just not worth eating. In my case anyway, with wheat, a week or two was all it took. Wheat was doing bad things to me, it made me irritable, tired, achy, depressed, gave me stomachaches of all varieties, contributed to chronic inflammation problems, I could go on..
While the "authorities" chant that there are no bad foods, only bad diets, I'd have to agree with Dr. D'Adamo, there there are bad fits between a person's biochemistry and certain foods. Of course, I think there are some bad foods too. I'm exercising my freedom of speech, There Are Bad Foods! Am I famous enough to get a veggie libel suit against me? no, but I won't name too many particulars just in case :-) (Funny that they call it veggie libel, when most criticisms aren't directed at real veggies.)
I'm still having some pangs for dairy, I always loved the stuff. But every day without it, is a day further from the memory, or a day closer to cheating and finding out, as I always do, that Blood Type Theory really has something to it, it really applies to me. It isn't a diet that works for some, but not me, or that works for me until I cheat a few times. It works for me, myself, and the benefits don't suddenly evaporate when I get off track.
Good diet day today, free-range meatloaf any-O-ne? Now I'm picturing little squares of meatloaf growing in a field of tall grass, it must be time to get some rest. It was a very happy meatloaf...
Today I invited my family and friends to visit my blog, I figure it's an unobtrusive way to broadcast how great I think the blood type diet is. And, the more people checking in on me, the more I'll have to stick with it... Welcome!
Of course, by no means am I the most interesting thing on the site... it's very information-dense. They have a section on supplements that I've been absorbing today:
particularly the article on ARA6, a safe and effective immune-balancing fiber, and the article on Catechol, a type of antidepressant/stress formula. I've taken both of them in the past with good results.
Diet went pretty well today, I had a nice meal at a relative's that didn't break my diet. I'm slightly less compliant when eating out or at friends/relatives, I try not to stress about it. I did have two bites of dessert, but nothing like what I used to eat, because I'm not as hungry for unhealthy foods anymore. Bananas taste better than they ever have before (I usually can't finish a whole banana). I didn't eat much for lunch because my son decided he loved the chicken I was going to eat, and I let him have a big portion of it. He needs it more than I do, of course, as he's small for his age. I'm happy to find anything he'll eat. He's never really been interested in food.
Today was not so good, diet wise. My silly little boy would not take his noon nap until 5 pm and all my grand naptime schemes went out the window. I usually eat lunch and get dinner started while he naps. I kept thinking he was about to fall asleep, so I kept putting off lunch until, before I knew it, it was almost dinnertime. Not a good idea to skip lunch. Then of course, my dinner was not what I had hoped to prepare. I found some chicken sausages in the freezer and heated up two of those, then had another bowl of blueberries, this time with a sprinkling of puffed rice. That tasted better than I thought it would, no milk of any kind necessary, as long as you have a bunch of juicy blueberries. I'd planned to slow cook a beef brisket...maybe tomorrow.
The good thing is that I found some of Dr. D'Adamo's books that I'd misplaced. The BTD Encyclopedia and Cook Right. I'm so looking forward to studying them again.
I'm thinking herb garden again, too. I don't have much yard space, but I plan to make the most of it, maybe I'll set up a couple window boxes as well. I am NOT a green thumb, but I've been remembering to feed my fish often enough, so maybe I can remember to weed and water some herbs too.
Not as hungry today. That's convenient since I haven't had much time to cook or eat! Now I get to sleep. Tomorrow I'll figure out what to do with some free-range ground beef and the beef brisket.
Day Three (Friday night) - Carb Withdrawal
Today is the third day since I really decided to get serious about going back on the diet. For the last year I've been wheat free (and gluten free), but that's pretty much all I've done right. I've found so many substitutions that my carb consumption was out of control. Not to mention all the other junk I was taking in. You don't even want to know. Now I've cut out most carbs, all the avoid carbs, most cheese (still struggling with giving up feta), and all junk. I've added more vegetables and fruits, raw when possible, and added more quality protein. My joints are feeling better, and my muscles are starting to feel stronger. Soon I won't have so much trouble keeping up with my 1 year old.
My main frustration today is that I can't find my 4 Your Type books! I've moved a couple times in the last year and now I don't know where they are. I'll keep looking. The website is a great resource though. I've referred to TypeBase many times today to brush up, but really hope to find my BTD Encyclopedia. I have a few health conditions I want to attack on all fronts. My digestion has been giving me trouble, burping and heartburn. I can tell I'm detoxing some in the last couple days, but it started before that and is still continuing, though not as bad. I stocked up on sparkling mineral water and black cherry juice, they seem to be helping. I'm contemplating a gallbladder flush, once I get adjusted and detoxified a bit. I did one a few years ago with good results, even though I had no clue what was going on during the process. Figured out later that, yes, those were stones, and there were a great many of them. Everyone in my family has had their gallbladders removed (I'm the youngest). I don't have concrete symptoms of stones, but I suspect they're in there, and I don't want surgery - surgery: never had it, hopefully never will. I also want to make sure my h. pylori hasn't come back. I went through the antibiotic treatment for it, and don't really want that again as I became terribly photosensitive during and for some time after the treatment, so I'm going to take the DGL licorice and other supplements for that as well.
I've been going through carb withdrawal, the only real carbs I've been eating are fruit, bananas and sweet potatoes. I'm very hungry. I ate a whole big steak tonight that I only intended to eat half of, and 2 or 3 servings of blueberries, I couldn't even stop eating the raw carrots and broccoli. I feel a little more full now. I guess it's like when you start exercising and you get sore muscles for the first few days. It's not comfortable, but you know it must be working, so in a way, it's enjoyable. I'm just glad nobody else saw how much I ate. 'Didn't you just start your diet?'
This is it, and I promise it's working.