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I love reading Peter's entries. They really make me feel at home at this website. He's not some lofty doctor, whose far away and doesn't care about people. Reading his journal entries really make me feel at home with him, even though I've never had an opportunity to meet the good doc.
Regarding Peter's latest entry, I could go into a whole spiel about conspiracies theories and the government but 1) most of you would think I'm nuts and 2) I don't like the idea of having the FBI watching me. They probably already are, I'm too liberal for my own good.....or maybe I'm just a wee bit paranoid :-D
I had so much fun last night, doing NOTHING!!! Well, actually, I relaxed and organized my closet, that's my version of doing nothing :-) The O went out with all our friends. It's nice to be by yourself sometimes. I just have to be in the mood for it. Usually I'm a people person to the 'nth degree but yesterday when ALL the people I knew wanted to go out and party, I didn't. It always seems to be that way.
I want to thank Ashley and Redd for their comments. I'm so happy people are reading my writitngs! It's a real privilege to touch so many people's lives. To answer Redd, I've been kinda bad about the whole peach pit thing. I've been leaving them in a dish on the counter for my husband to smash but he forgets to do it. The one time we did do it, he litterally took a hammer to it and shell went flying everywhere in pieces. I had to search for that center! Pretty funny. There must be an easier way...maybe if I buy a nut cracker I can do it myself......I had gotten the B17 info from fellow blogger Jim - he always has such great entries. I don't know the specific benefits for O's, if any (I even forget what it's supposed to do for me! Typical....) I'll ask him for us.
But I was just reading in one of the doctor's books (I forget which) and how O's need particularily B1 (Thiamin) and B6 to prevent and reduce stress. It even recommends, in times of GREAT stress, that O's take more of those B's than the daily reccommended allowance. I was Very happy to read this last night and will be feeding my O our B vitamin complex on a daily basis. He's been depressed of late. No wonder, he bought oranges this week, much to my chagrin, and has had the worst allergy reaction yet this summer. He blames it on other things......sigh.....and I just made him coffee (can't start denying him things, he'll go nuts)......I can't change him, he has to change himself.
Ashley asked what kind of foods as an AB she should be eating. For a more complete and up to date list, check out Live Right For Your Type from a local library. That's what I did. Ended up buying my own copy since I reference it so much. But the library is a great way to take a look at the books if your new or nervous about jumping into this. The explanations that he gives and data to back everything up are really nicely laid out. I find Eat Right For Your Type better for my more faith based friends, since it has lots of testamonials and Live Right For Your Type for my more logical friends. I believe everyone should read both though. :-) Eat Right For Your Type gives a great explanation of why one should do this on pages 23-28: Lectins. When I'm tempted to eat an avoid, I go back to the explanation of lectins to remind myself what the ice cream or steak will do to my body.
In general as an AB, tofu and vegetables are your friends, lots of fish and certain meats in limited quantities.
Meat - stick with turkey, lamb, rabbit, and liver. Avoid all others with a passion. (Ostrich and pheasant are ok too if you ever run into those).
The fish list is a little more complicated, you'll definately need the book - there's soooo many fish we can eat!!! But stay away from lobster, shrimp, crab, trout, flounder and bass and concentrate on Tuna, Salmon, Mackerel, Monkfish, Cod, Snail and Snapper. There's a lot more but it would take too long!
Dairy is limited - stick with eggs, mozzerlla cheese, goat products, ricotta, yogurt and soy products. Avoid, American cheese, blue cheese and cow products, especially whole.
Beans - stay away from black, garbanzo (what hummus is made out of) and kidney. Stick with lentils and pinto beans (what most mexican refried beans are made of) and of course, soy.
Nuts - basically peanuts and walnuts, avoid cashew, sunflower, poppy and seasame.
Grains - stick with Ezekiel bread (available at Trader Joe's!) and rice, rye and oats. Pasta, wheat and spelt should be avoided in general until you find out your secretor status. Stay away from all corn products like it's the plague.
Veggies - eat lots of them like carrots, eggplant, sweet potatoes, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers and onions. Avoid any kind of peppers, (no matter the color), rhubarb, radishes, olives and pickles. There are lots of neutrals listed in the books too. Take advantage of those as well.
Fruits - Lots of great things to eat except for a few rare fruits and these guys: avocados, bananas, guava, orange, mango and coconuts. Eat cantaloupe, honeydew, tangerines, and prunes cautiously until you know your secretor status.
These are not complete lists. I tried to list the most common things we run into in our lives. Nor by just following this "list" will anyone stick on the diet for very long. You need to have a reason for why your doing something. Eat and Live Right give you all the information in a nice and easy manner to read. They take the scientific and break it down, even so the theatre major can understand it! :-D I just got my encyclopedia this week too. It's nice to have all those protocols at your fingertips. Today's a beautiful day in NY, might go swimming and tomorrow we're probably going hiking with friends!!! Hurrah!!!