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Responses to Questions:
I’ve been so busy lately, but I have a bunch of comments to reply to. So I’m just going to toss them out and answer them here…So for Julie, Redd, Gina, Rebekah and Alicia, here goes, I’m only about halfway through them, so I’ll post more in the next couple days:
Carob status: Os can have carob and cocoa, but chocolate bars are a bit harder to come by since non-secretors can’t have milk or sugar. Thanks for the recipe, Rebekah
Rebekah’s Freeze Recipe Now, I can’t mention a recipe without posting it,… I haven’t tried it yet, and have a bit of adaptation to do for nonsecretors, but it sounds great and for you secretors, here you go: “Rebekah's Freeze: 3 bananas 3-5 fresh dates almond milk walnuts nutmeg, *when you peel and freeze bananas, their structure changes. Peel and freeze the bananas for 24 hrs. Make almond milk by blending a cup of blanched almonds with 3 cups water for 1-2 minutes, then strain with cheesecloth. This is nice to have on hand. Yum. Use about 1/8 of a cup of almond milk, processed with the dates in the food processor. Smash it or process it with the frozen chopped bananas, (Making sure all ingredidnts are kept really cold) and add walnuts and spice at the end. Cardamon is also nice. This is not exactly unlike Chunky monkey ice cream, sans chocolate.” If any nonsecretors try it, let me know how your substitutions go…prunes instead of dates? Or maybe just some molasses to sweeten it. I did try some frozen bananas with blueberries and rice milk, it wasn’t as sweet as a typical smoothy, but I liked it and it kept me away from the ice cream everyone else was eating.
Eye color: Blue-hazel, but they always looked green to me because they’re blue with gold in the middle, and yellow + blue make green : )
Cabbage Status: According to TypeBase, cabbage is neutral for secretors, avoid for non-secretors. That seems to be the most up-to-date ranking.
Avocado Status: Beneficial for O non-secretors, but yes, they are avoids for secretors. Yet, secretors can have a little dairy and soy, while alack, non-secretors cannot. So I sometimes use avocados to fulfill my need for something smooth and creamy. They’re beneficial because they’re good for our vulnerable non-secretor teeth.
For Redd: I agree with the idea that garbage gets stored in our fat cells, and comes back to haunt us when we lose weight. That’s interesting about smelling the cigarettes from long ago during weightloss and cleansing. I’ve never smoked, but I have noticed feeling old yuckiness when losing weight… I gained a lot after having mono, and was quite sick, then when I lost that weight, I had some of my mono symptoms return. I think exercise helps flush the junk out of your bloodstream a little faster after it’s released from your fat cells.
Why Shouldn’t Meat be Frozen I don’t remember where I read it, either Live Right or the Encyclopedia, but freezing meat increases the polyamine content. It's still better to eat meat that's been frozen, than not eat meat, for Os, but fresher is always better. Where I live, fish is almost always frozen, especially the good stuff like wild alaskan salmon, so I eat it, and balance it out with foods that lower polyamines. Actually, Thanks to Nina and Heidi, I now know that it's only commercially flash frozen meats that have higher polyamines. Foods you freeze in your own freezer are fine. That's a relief! Thanks for the note on that!
Ibuprophen: I’ve had doctors tell me to take this as well, for maintenance, since I too am prone to inflammation. It’s unfortunate that O’s are more prone to inflammation, but also more prone to stomach problems from the Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories, like Aspirin and Ibuprophen. I don’t think Dr. D’Adamo recommends taking them, but there are some herbs that can help, and of course, the diet is the best medicine of any. Check out the anti-inflammation protocol: http://www.dadamo.com/protocols/4.html Not to say that I never take ibuprophen, but I try to not take it too often. Be sure to really avoid wheat, corn, and dairy products, but I’m beginning to think that for Os, all avoids cause inflammation.
Here’s my recipe for energy balls, it’s in RecipeBase, but I made some adaptations, so I’ll post it here…
Recipe: Energy balls or bars
Submitted by: Deb (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Can by used by: A,O
Description Dried fruit, nut & seed snack, sweet but not as sickly as some bought bars. Inspired by Energy Balls sold in Homestead Health Shop, Wgtn, NZ, but some Ingredients changed to suit an O/A household. Any combination of dried fruit, nuts & seeds could be used.
The "LSA" included in the recipe comes from "The Liver Cleansing Diet" by Dr Sandra Cabot and consists of 3 parts flaxseed, 2 parts sunflower seeds, 1 part almonds, all ground up together. Good sprinkled on cereal or added to baking. Store in freezer. Category Other Ingredients
I’ve adapted it to an O non-secretor (I think it’s okay for A’s as well)
¾ Cup prunes
¼ cup raw pumpkin seeds
½ cup almonds or walnuts or any combination
¼ cup flax seeds
½ cup raisins
½ cup dried cranberries
Approx 2 Tbs water
Approx 2 oz sesame seeds
Directions Put the prunes, pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts & flaxseed into food processor. Process till fruit is mashed and nuts & seeds are roughly chopped (or till all pureed together, if you prefer a smoother texture – which I do).
Add raisins & cranberries and process till just combined. Add just enough water to bind together (about 2 Tbs)
To make balls :
Roll spoonfuls of the mixture in sesame seeds till well coated. Chill. Makes about 20 small balls (I eat 2-3 at once for a small snack) or could be made into 10 bigger balls.
To make bars : (not as fiddly)
Stir the sesame seeds into the mixture and press into a tin that has been lined with baking paper or lightly greased. Chill. Can then be cut into whatever size you want. This amount fills a tray about 5" by 9", but the recipe could easily be doubled or tripled.
Note : B, AB's - you could probably try different combinations of fruit & nuts, but I'm not sure whether it could work without the seeds.