Category: Mike (O)
There was a time many years ago where my general demeanor would be described as follows: very negative about things, impulsive, very impatient and quick to anger (These extreme type A behavior traits I believe contributed somewhat to the break up of my marriage). These foibles happen less often and in less severity since being on the BTD. I, being type O, have very low dopamine levels in my brain due to the fact that I posses low levels of platelet MAO (this enzyme is very important in production of dopamine).
We I feel stressed (happens most often in-between meals), I strongly crave wheat, red meat, almonds and pumpkinseeds. I’ve about overcome my craving for wheat. Red meat, although excellent for me, is hard to get quickly unless prepared beforehand. The almonds and pumpkinseeds, before the BTD, were not a staple, but I love them now as snacks. I usually have a hand full with dried figs or prunes as a mid morning/day smack. I read somewhere that it is recommended that you eat these rich L-tyrosine foods with a carbohydrate so it does not interfere with the absorption of other amino acids. It was not till I found out that these nuts and seeds were a good source of L-Tyrosine (mood elevator and precursor to Dopamine) that I realized how much I miss them when I run out of them. They are my quick fix mood/stress modulators. I’ve talked to several O’s on the diet who say they crave almonds (the butter as well) and Tahini (Sesame seeds being another good source of L-tyrosine). I'm sure there are more of you out there
By combining these foods with an exercise program and an anger management strategy (time out’s, expressing anger through writing, focusing on how you feel and engaging in a supportive conversation with someone) type O’s will help bring out the best in themselves. Your loved ones, coworkers and complete strangers will see more of your shining light rather than a dark cloud looming over your head.