Archives for: August 2001, 26
Hi Heidi, I have just recently started on the blood type diet and am a type O blood type. I am 212lbs and 5ft 8".
I have a problem with chocolate! I am craving it nearly everyday.
I have also been walking briskly for an hour every day. I find that I am not a patience person and would like some guidance as I am overweight and can sometimes get down about it. The walking is helping my mood though, making me feel more positive.
I found a bread (which is devine) but am not sure how much I am allowed to consume. Its Kamut Soda Bread and it contains pumpkin seeds and flaxseed oil.
Do you have any suggestions as to how to curb my sweet tooth as well as whether this bread is okay to consume. I think I may have a portion size problem! Look forward to hearing from you. Megan
Hi, Megan! A very warm welcome to you!!
Chocolate and sugar cravings are very common among Os just starting the diet. Don't worry ~ they actually do fade with time on the diet. Your body is learning how to metabolize a different kind of diet. It won't be getting the quick sugars any more. It will adjust to operating on the fuel it's designed to use.
I'm so glad you're walking every day, and noticing the benefits! Exercise really does GIVE us energy. It also changes the way our brains work. Those good feelings are just the beginning! ;-)
Some things which will help you lose weight and curb cravings:
(1) Use the portion/frequency tables in Live Right 4 Your Type. Never skimp on protein or vegetables or fats -- and never go hungry. EAT! Your appetite will find a new level on its own, when deficiencies of protein and minerals (those dark green leafy veg are full of minerals) have been rectified.
(2) Be sure to always have a protein snack ready for those cravy moments. The urge for chocolate & sugar means "grab some protein" (AND veg). If you do this consistently, the cravings will disappear in record time. The ingredients you listed for the kamut bread are fine -- but one serving 3 times weekly is all you should allow yourself of it. Keep watch on cravings after you eat grain. You may find grains trigger desires for more grain and more sugar. Use plenty of fat (ghee, nutbutter, olive oil) on grain when you eat it, to slow its conversion to simple sugars. L-glutamine is also good for fending off cravings.
Note: If you cook & bake at home, or just need a sweetener for your herbal tea, try vegetable glycerine. Azure Standard (www.azurestandard.com) is my current favorite, and it's both good-tasting and comparatively inexpensive. One teaspoon of veg gly is equal to two teaspoons of sugar in sweetness, and this substance actively promotes good sugar metabolism. It will not spike insulin as sugar does. ;-)
(3) Use a good multi-mineral like Phytocal-O. Chocolate cravings are often a sign of deficiency in zinc, chromium or selenium. Toasted pumpkin or squash seeds are an excellent food to have around for snacks, since they provide significant quantities of zinc. Include a strong source of B vitamins, too -- like PolyVite-O, or a nutritional yeast like KAL. Those B vitamins are key to good mood, abundant energy, and healthy weight loss.
(4) Try to include 1/2 ounce of pure water per pound of bodyweight, daily, with a squeeze of lemon and/or pinch of good gray sea salt in each quart. Schedule your water away from meals, so that your digestive secretions aren't diluted when they're needed. This is a potent weight-loss tool, and I find it very tasty as well! :-)
I hope these tips help ~ do keep in touch! I'm looking forward to hearing your progress reports, Megan! :-D
hi, i'm type o and would like to know 1)where can i go to research how much protein is in meats and fish? (i.e. a 2-4 oz of beef contains?? grams of protein), 2)who should i speak to concerning what herbs/vitamins i should take for arthritis and fibroids and 3) are there any restaurants (in the chicago area)that deal with the diet. thank you. sheshe
Hi there, sheshe! Well, we don't count grams on this plan, so I can't be of much help to you on finding how many protein grams are in a specific measure of certain foods. They vary between samples, anyway. I think if you do a websearch for 'all the words' protein gram beef fish chicken you will come up with a number of tools for that purpose.
For advice on arthritis and fibroids, you could start at the bottom of this page and put one term in, then the other. Then go to Doc Bron's page, then to Peter's page, and just follow each linked result you obtain. There is a great deal of information on supplements in the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia as well. That said: we ALWAYS start with the diet, then suggest supps depending on the diet and condition of the individual. How are you doing on the diet so far?
Hey, CHICAGO FOLKS! Any BTD-Friendly restaurants round yer neck of the woods? Write 'em in! I'll give them a plug!! That goes for everywhere, by the way... :-) I'd be surprised to hear that anyone is successfully running a BTD-themed restaurant -- it's difficult enough to run ANY restaurant, just read Tony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential -- but I'd certainly love to hear about it if it's happening!
Take care, sheshe, and do write again! :-D
Hi Mom, I'm responding to your little observation that I would turn your 'answer board' around. This is probably truer than you or I realize.
In much of my recent thinking, I have found that achieving 'health' is more like a process-in-progress rather than a fait-accomplis ... a ('cross-all-the-'T's'-and-dot-all-the-'i's' approach). For instance, my 'seasonality' emphasis is about trying to experience the fullness of human health and not its elusive attainability. I intend to live life and not only survive it. [I hope to engage in life, rather than endure it!]
I believe I've found THE major key to longevity (like:130 years minimum) with fine physical health until 100. [This phyisical health is now seen about age 40 years. So between 40 and 100 pure physical pleasure. No cancer; no heart condition; no strokes of any kind; no diabetes (usually Type II); no obesity; no addictions - except to health; no Alzheimer's or no dementia; on and on.] BTD is but a beginning stage (fantastic - but just a beginning).
Much of what I see is hypothetical and only makes sense as part of a process. At present, too often we 'shop-around' ... this from Gr.12; that from gr.5; a bit from Kindergarden (because it's easy) ... [ever notice how chef's comfort foods (and Christmas treats) are huge no-no's for 0 N-S?]
I can only do a very small part of this protocol. I do have ideas about what can be tried next, but I do not have the resources to try them. I do not know if anyone is interested in this line of thinking, nor who would even attempt to wish/want it. If so, let me know ... I have a web-site: www.personainternet.com/jlmcdonell/
On your site I can give only small amounts of advice that MAY help. In a sense, another layman's perspective. Actually, I'm sitting here with a whole adventure to try and I DON'T KNOW IF ANYONE IS THE LEAST BIT INTERESTED.. Most professionals I know are too busy, even to read about such stuff, let alone try it out! Take care (if I can help, I will!) John
I haven't ordered your book, but I enjoyed the excerpts! very thoughtful poetry as well.
There is a great deal to be said for a thoroughgoing approach to optimal health using the entire naturopathic and biochemical literature, evaluated through self-testing. Projects bringing together the useful contributions of many disciplines are fascinating, and beg to be done. However, as you say, gathering it all up into a flexible, modifiable system... not to mention implementing it... is almost prohibitively daunting for everybody. but perhaps not for you? :->
Folks, have a stroll around John's site. Have praise to give or a bone to pick? Drop him a line!
Bless you, John, and thanks for the inspiration!
And a peaceful Christmas Eve to all those who celebrate it!