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Hello Heidi- Love your stuff!!! I read your column all the time and find tons of info here. I go back to the index often to re-read as well, so I hope that I am not wasting you time asking a question that you have answered before. I am type A+, non-secretor and I am pregnant! My family and I have been on the btd for almost a year now. In addition to being on the diet I have cut out all chemicals, perservatives, additives, flavorings (unless I know exactly what they are), colorings, and even sugar in any form (organic, cane juice, milled). I don't eat anything that is genetically modified either. This also includes the products that we use on our bodies. AND if it isn't organic it isn't going in or on our bodies!!!
It's taken some time to get where we are today, it certainly wasn't overnight. Lots of patience! So to all of you out there struggling a bit or a lot ~~~ keep trying, and don't give up.
Anyway--here is my dilemma-- I am craving everything, all over the board. From steak and potatoes with butter and sour cream (eeekk!) to cheesecake, steak and eggs with salsa to chocolate donuts, and, if not the worst, CHOCOLATE~~~DARK, LOVELY, LUCIOUS, CHOCOLATE! I even want to eat at the Red Lobster! I want sea-food, clam chowder, shrimp sauce, but only from the Red Lobster....AND I don't eat at those places! I want cookies, and cake. I want oranges,(yummmmm, one sound really good right now!), corn chips and salsa, tacos with beef! And so, so, so much more!!!!!!!
How bad would it be to slide off the btd for the next 7 months. How difficult will this be for my body to recover from? I have given in to most of my cravings (forgive me, I am pregnant with no will power)going as far as to make an organic cheesecake (and it was great!) Even with all of these weird cravings I will not compromise my organic standards! Before my pregnancy I never had these cravings. I was very strict in following the btd and enjoyed the feeling of health and wholeness that had become a part of my life. Now, I am feeling a little guilty about my lack of will-power, probably because I am worried about the damage I am doing after being "clean" for so long..... I do hope you can help. And please--don't tell me what I want to hear, tell me what I need to hear. Brutal honesty Heidi, that's what I need! Also, can you recommend some herbal teas that are really great and highly remcommended for expecting moms. And any extra info/insight you might be able to offer that can help me along my way to a very healthy pregnancy would be greatly appreciated!! Keep up your wonderful and caring work. I know so many of us really do appreciate this efforts you put into this. Warmly- Erin*
LOL!! Ah, well, OK, here's brutal honesty: Erin, you're just fine. ;-D And the cravings won't last seven months ~ in fact, they're probably tapering off right about now. (Yep, that was it for me being brutal. :->)
While the cause of cravings during pregnancy is still a mystery, the best strategy is to keep a variety of food in the house. Try to grab something similar to what you're craving, and fill up on it. Then do a little exercise, go for a walk, write in your journal, make plans, talk to a friend... engage your mind and body in some way to disconnect from the appetite. I know the urge to eat can be overwhelming. Just make that attempt to short-circuit the trip to the ice cream shop! :-)
Carob is not chocolate, but if you keep some carob chips or pudding around, by the time you've had some, the chocolate craving will lose its edge. Most important thing? Getting plenty of those beneficial foods, and keeping up with your exercise. Raspberry, dandelion, rose hip, chamomile, and slippery elm teas are wonderful, as are linden, elderberry, and spearmint or peppermint. I think you'll have a great pregnancy and a joyous birth, Erin! Keep us posted, OK? Love to hear from you! :-D
I am type A. The book says Salmon, cod, and certain other fish are highly beneficial. Is the ultimate goal to have a diet that allows these fish because they are highly beneficial or to have an all vegetarian diet? I am confused about this point. Terry
Hello, Terry! We do encourage type As to eat fish -- three or four times per week, if possible. Many type As do prosper as vegetarians, but not all. Protein needs vary between individuals. So experiment on yourself, to see if your energy level, skin, and mental processes are improved by eating fish. If you find you're well off without it (including a full variety of beans, nuts, seeds and oils), then you have your answer! The ultimate goal of all the diets is to support vibrant health! and there are many possible paths within each. Discover your own, and my best to you! :-D
I am blood type 'A' and am currently doing the right 4 your type diet. The book states that I should be a vegetarian, which is fine as I actually really like the food, but! I have bought pinto, aduki and blackeyed beans and also alot of fish. Now i have gone to all my recipe books and they all include tomato, what should i do as i am struggling to find recipes to cook. I hope you can be of help. yours in anticipation. Joanne
Hey there, Joanne ~ Cook Right 4 Your Type has a number of great tomato-free recipes for all kinds of food. You can order it here, from Amazon, or find it in most large bookstores and in health food shops that carry books. I found that in many standard recipes, I could just eliminate the tomato. With others, I used a little pureed sweet potato and beets, with lemon juice & salt. Look for bean casseroles, poached or baked or steam-prepared fish, and check out Asian cookbooks ~ a multitude of recipes right there! Most vegetarian cookbooks have plenty of recipes which would suit you. It's a struggle at first, but once your "new staples" are in place, it's a breeze. Thanks for your Q, and keep up the good work! :-)
Heidi, a quick question about your chicken soup recipe. Just what I was looking for. However, what about the chicken fat? With the skin and fat at the bottom of the roaster, that adds up to a lot of fat. Thanks, Blaine
Ah, but that's the GOOD part!! ;-) Seriously, if desired, it's easy to remove the fat once the containers of broth are cool. After a night in the fridge, the fat on the broth rises to the top in a firm, white layer, and can be lifted out like wax floating on water. The skin can also be removed from the chicken before eating the meat, if you wish. Remember that this kind of fat, from a clean-fed and ranged animal, is indeed good for you, but I understand if it might be a little much for some tastes! and too much of even such a good thing is still too much! So experiment and find the right balance for you & your family. thanks for writing, dear!! :-D
"Calling all moms!" My comment to everyone who is trying to provide the healthiest diet possible for their kids: I found that the most important point of all is to be relaxed and have fun. Every mom I know who got very serious and punitive over eating correct foods (no matter what dietary system was being used) and who was very restrictive when the child was out at parties or visiting other families, had kids who rebelled either at once or later. One such kid, a type O, now eats almost nothing but wheat bread and sugar. Oh yes, and cofee and alcohol whenever possible. Another earnest mom's two kids grew up to smoke and eat mostly donuts.
I've been there, doing it wrong and recovering. So I admire the moms who are taking the trouble to ensure the best health for their kids, but I must urge above all that we use a light touch! Make it fun and and take it slow if need be, and don't make the kid feel weird at restaurants and parties. If the kid eats the wrong stuff and feels sick, don't rub it in! He or she will live, and learn, without our making a big point of it! In the long run, our children will be much healthier if we are as serene as possible about their health and diet--while still doing the best we know how to get them the right stuff! Good luck to everyone, and may you all avoid the errors I made! Cyndi
Great points, Cyndi, and thanks for sharing your experiences. It's a pleasure to publish views from BTD moms ~ and it's thrilling to see so many more of them all the time! Whoo! what a change from 1997, when it seemed there were so few -- online, at least! Seeing the numbers shoot up is, to me, a truly heartening thing. thanks again, dear!!