A reader brought up an observation that I've noticed before, and would like to explore, that is that there seem to be a lot of A and O couples. I know many couples that are A and O, only two that are O and O, and only one couple that's A & A (Paul & his wife - Wait! no, she's an AB, I just discovered - I don't know any A & A couples then!). I also know a few B&O's and 1 B&B couple, since I come from a family of Bs. There are a few explanations, 1) there are mostly Os and As in the world, so pairs would be common, 2) the perceived difference among BTDieters may be from more interest in different diets when an A and an O are together and know already that they don't thrive with the same diet, 3) maybe they do attract each other...
I think the different stress profiles between As and Os can be complimentary and exciting. One benefit I've seen is that my husband and I rarely get upset at the same time. He's more instantly reactive, and I have a longer fuse, but take a lot longer to calm down once I do get upset. By that time, he's already made peace with the situation and can help me calm down.
You're all welcome to let me know what you think about that, or cast your vote for what type you and your significant other are, and if you don't mind me posting your observations to my blog, note that in your comments...
I made it jogging tonight, it was dark, but that just made it more exciting. (I do plan to buy a treadmill for days like this, but I haven't been able to research them yet.) I couldn't remember how many laps make a mile, but I think I did 3/4 of a mile (I hope!). I'll find out tomorrow. It felt good, however far it was. I'm embarassed by how sedentary I was up until a week ago, now that I know I have more potential. I've never been 'athletic'. I played soccer one year in high school, and that was great, I wish I could have played more than one year, but the first high school I went to didn't have a team, and I wasn't good enough at other sports to get on a team. I never thougth myself a runner, I wasn't quite tall enough for track and didn't think I had the endurance for cross country. I'd like to get the endurance though. For the first time tonight, running started to feel kind of natural, like walking, not like a constant effort just to keep one foot in front of the other. The night air was crisp and cool, the track was nice and cushioned, and I felt free. Kind of like that horse movie when they save a horse that was destined for slaughter, and take it out, train it, and turn it into a winning race horse... that's how I'm beginning to feel.
My abs are also nice and sore from a video I checked out at the library. It's kind of a dorky video, with nothing too exciting on the exercises, but it works. Maybe I'll go weigh myself tomorrow as well...I've lost at least 20 pounds since January, but now I suspect I've lost more. The jeans that were too tight when I started out in January are now too loose...I can pull them down over my hips without unbuttoning them, and my hips have never been what you'd call small. My back is doing well too.
My increase in exercise has really increased my appetite. The second night of my new routine left me having massive Carb cravings. I tried to counteract it with more protein, and that helped, but it was too little too late, and I had a little of my son's A-friendly cereal. I survived that better than I expected, but still feel a little achy. Now I've increased my meat portions by half (or just as much as I can eat), and I'm trying to increase my vegetable portions by more than double, but that's a challenge for me. I tried kale for the first time, but forgot to keep track of the cooking time, so I don't know if they were undercooked or overcooked, they were pretty chewy, but palatable. I always like greens best in soups, so I'll try that out sometime. I have some baby carrots to munch on next time a carb attack hits.
Until I get my protein and veggies worked out, I've increased the amount of juice I drink (all beneficial juices) just to keep me away from any avoids. I splurged on a $3 little bottle of pomegranate juice, since pomegranates are beneficial for O non-secretors, and I wanted a treat. It's potent stuff, www.pomwonderful.com reminds me a little bit of noni juice, but better. It says on the label that it has more antioxidant power than red wine and blueberry juice. Flavor-wise, a little goes a long way, and it's great mixed with plenty of sparkiling water. I'm big on antioxidants these days, most of the fruit I eat is the darkly pigmented beneficials like blueberries and plums.
My body told me to take an extra rest day from the jogging today. I still got a good workout in... pushing the stroller up a couple of the biggest hills I could find for 30 minutes. I may need to do another ab session tonight though, it just feels like I need to do a little more than I have. I didn't get much sleep last night, and it's really throwing me off. I went to the library to try some other exercise videos, decided I better try it before I buy it.
I'd like to welcome the newest blogger, Dr. D'Adamo! Yup, he's up above where the As I See It column used to be. He's already made 3 entries in the last 24 hours... that's a tough act to keep up with!
I am now officially no-longer sedentary. I'm surprised I stayed sane before, when I didn't get regular exercise. I've been jogging every other day. I'm still at the wimpy 1/2 mile distance, that's my minimum, then walking or climbing hills after that. I had PMS when I started, and I was just SO angry, for no apparent reason, and crying, blah blah blah...all that was built up inside of me. Combine PMS with Seasonal Affective Disorder, with seasonal allergies... it was bad. Now I feel great. I have to get out and just do it. Today I kept looking for excuses to stop and walk before I reached my minimum distance, my heart just wasn't in it. I kept telling myself "I'm designed for this", and similar mantras, to keep going, then I even sprinted the last leg of it just so I wouldn't feel like a slacker. It felt good, I left the track feeling calm and focused.
I'm still working out what to do on the off days, I tried yoga last night, but it left me feeling kind of loopy, although my body liked it. I prefer the emotional focus that jogging gives me, to the feeling yoga gives me. I used to do quite a bit of pilates, but one of the exercises didn't agree with my back. I think I prefer just a difficult abs workout, I just need to find a good exercise video for that, since I don't really have time to go to the gym for classes. What I really want to accomplish by that workout is to really strengthen my abs and upper body, as last time I started jogging I injured my back with the impact. I was heavier then, and hadn't found the BTD or it's anti-inflammatory benefits, but I'm still cautious.
My eating is going well too, the wheat I accidentally got last week at a restaurant is now out of my system and things are running smoothly. I cooked a mess of buffalo burgers yesterday to keep myself in the protein for the next few days. I'm starting to feed my son more variety of good foods for his type. All he ever wants is chicken nuggets and watermelon. But he'll eat beans, and this morning he ate all but five of MY blueberries. I'm trying to get him used to the taste of tofu (he's an A), but haven't had much luck yet. So far the other good snacks he likes are: milk-free rice and granola bars, wheat-free milk-free fig newmans, little boxes of rice milk and soy milk. He also likes pears, pinto beans, refried beans, lentils, lentil soup, rice, broccoli (a little), onions and garlic (in foods), peas & eggs. The eggs are a recent victory, he has slightly low iron, so every yolk counts. I went on a shopping spree at the health food store today, mainly foods for him. Soy ice cream, goat yogurt (we'll see about that one), more snack foods, etc.
I go nuts in the summer, I get so irritable and stir crazy. I need to exercise more, but my allergies and sun sensitivity keep me indoors. Yesterday, though, I just had to get out and pound it all out. Do I like to run? Sure, just not very far I've decided to change that though. I wasn't given long legs, and an Os stress profile and metabolism for nothing. I want to see what my potential really is. The furthest I've ever run in one stretch was one mile, so yesterday, only the second time I've run in 4 years, I decided to run 1/2 a mile. I had to run through lots of walls, but I made it to my goal. I would have done another 1/2 mile after my cool-down 1/2 mile walk, but my throat and lungs were too burned. My husband tells me it gets easier after the first few times, as far as that goes. It felt good, I ran instead of just plodding/jogging. At the end of it, I pictured a finish line and competitors...all alternate reality versions of me who just couldn't quite keep up.
I was really good an the diet for a week, and could tell the difference. I cooked all my food at home, in batches, ate more fish, the whole deal. Then I had a couple restaurant experiences that didn't turn out so well. My problem with eating out is that I love to try new things instead of sticking with the tried and true, and some avoid always slips in. One thing about avoids is, like unwelcome guests, they're lots harder to get back out, once they get in.
My new goals are to push myself with running every other day, and to eat more antioxidants. Yesterday's natural health update on the home page about antioxidants and gastric cancer really hit home with me, since I've had h. pylori in the past, I need to supersize the fruits and vegetables; I'm also adding in more supplements and teas.
I often have trouble finding things on dadamo.com. There's a ton of information, but it's hard to find it all. I have found the search function useful, though even it is hard to find (from the support button at the top, Search The Site link). Or just use this link
And here is a list of links to the recipes I've posted to my blogs over time (my favorites have stars*) These are recipes for O non-secretors, unless noted otherwise:
O-Nonnie Refried Beans*
Nonnie Flax Amaranth Flatbread*
Pineapple Curry Egg Salad instructions*
Rebeka's Freeze, 4 secretors
Energy Balls, nonnie O*
Crock Pot Beef Brisket - before I learned tamari is a nonnie avoid...if you're a nonnie use a little molasses, salt and water to approximate the tamari sauce.