If you're a regular reader, you know that my church is doing a study called "40 Days of Purpose." This week's topic was "You were created to become like Christ." It included a word picture of how people change their habits. It had a wonderful spiritual application, but it also reminded me of how I've adapted to the Blood Type Diet.
Imagine you are in a boat, and the auto pilot is set to go straight east. You, however, want to go west. You take the wheel and force it around. However you have to keep the pressure on to work against the auto pilot. This causes stress and tension. You succeed at first, then you get tired, give up, and go back to heading a direction you didn't want to go. The better way is to reprogram the boat's auto pilot, in other words to change your core thinking. That is how you bring about lasting change.
When I first started the Blood Type Diet, I tried to find substitutes for the foods I was used to. I stopped buying wheat crackers and started buying rye crackers. I switched from safflower mayonnaise to canola mayonnaise. I was trying to force the Type O diet into my old eating habits.
It was a good place to start, and I felt better. But I remember the moment I realized that Type Os just weren't suited for sandwiches. For lunch I needed 2 or 3 vegetables and some meat. At that moment I began to adjust my auto pilot.
I can have Ezekiel bread or a kamut cookie for a snack, but I really don't need the grains. A better snack is a dish of walnuts or some carrots dipped in almond butter. Aerobic exercise isn't something I do to keep in shape; it is the way my body best diffuses stress. It has to be as much a part of my day as eating. Each of these was an adjustment to my auto pilot.
I've been on the Blood Type Diet less than a year, and I realize my core thinking is still a mixture of typical American diet, health nut, and Type O. But when I walk in a restaurant looking for something that is beneficial, rather than sighing over what I can't have, I can see that I am changing.
The 40 Days of Purpose study said that God uses the Bible, the Holy Spirit and our circumstances to change our spiritual thinking. I am using this web site, the "Food Beverage & Supplement Lists," and awareness of how foods make me feel to change my dietary thinking.
Jane wrote to remind me that cabbage is neutral for Os.
I think it was one of those Freudian mistakes. I have eaten cabbage lots of ways, never really liking it. Some cole slaw is ok; most I just can't swallow. I once had a stuffed cabbage dish that I liked, but I think it was the spicy meat that made it good, not the cabbage. So when I read in the first edition Blood Type Diet publications that cabbage was an avoid, I thought "HA! I knew there was a reason I didn't like it." I later read that it was neutral. I even have it marked in my "Food, Beverage, & Supplement List", but I still think of it negatively. My husband loves cabbage, but since it is an avoid for As, I seriously doubt I invest much time looking for cabbage recipes. It might be a better choice at barbeque restaurants than pinto beans.
The blog on kale brought in two recipes, both of which I intend to try.
Carla wrote "chop up a few tablespoons of parsley and steam it with the kale until it is a dark green color, still retaining a bit of crunch."
Michaela says, "I briefly stir fry just the leaves in sesame oil with onion & chicken, then I add a bit of plum jam or pureed plums, chili and wheat free soy sauce."
I love spinach & raisins, so kale & plums sounds like it has potential.
Several of you recommended sweet potato fries. I made them the first day my son was home from college. We both thought they were outstanding!
Cassandra said "Try sweet potato hash browns! Grate the sweet potato and fry up in butter and/or olive oil. I have found that they get mushy in my cast iron skillet, but are fine in other pans. Salt 'em, and serve 'em up. Delish with garlic powder on them, too!"
I just can't keep your comments all to myself, so I think I'll share comments on the weekends. I promise never, ever to give last names or locations. If you don't want me to use your first name, just say so.
I read this verse this morning. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. Psalm 103:2-5
There is a study by a group in London that says, "a chemical called AITC is released when brassica vegetables are prepared. This chemical can kill colon cancer cells and is able to stop the disease from spreading." I found this in a news story on Google Health News. It attracted my attention because the list of vegetables in the first article I read included lots of Type O avoids, while kale seemed to be the only beneficial.
Kale was my least favorite when I was trying all the beneficial greens. In fairness to kale, the first bunch I bought had a lot of yellow leaves, and the stems were thick and tough. Last week my produce department had some really fresh looking kale. I chopped it in smaller pieces than I did the first time, and it tasted much better.
Further reading on Goggle expanded the list of vegetables containing the cancer fighting chemical to include mustard, broccoli, cabbage, horseradish, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and Swede (rutabaga). Broccoli and horseradish are also Type O beneficials; but cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts are avoids.
The other thing interesting in the study was that they didn't recommend eating the vegetables raw. "AITC is created when brassica vegetables are chopped, chewed, cooked, processed and digested." Another article recommended the vegetables be, "chopped and lightly cooked in a little waterâ€¦stewing the vegetables would kill the chemical."
I fix broccoli once a week because everyone in the family likes it. My grandmother, and my husband's uncle both had colon cancer, and my mom had a precancerous polyp removed. Because of that I will probably buy kale more often as well.
Another blogger once wrote that she had been on the Blood Type Diet for so long that she knew when she had eaten certain avoids because they made specific parts of her body react. I'm trying to sort out clues I got from the weekend.
Friday night friends were passing through town and stopped to have dinner with my husband and me at a local restaurant. I ordered beef liver & onions, steamed broccoli, and zucchini. I said no to gravy on the liver and no to cheese on the broccoli. It was all very tasty and seemed compliant for a Type O, except for a thin coating on the liver that I suspect was flour.
Saturday I packed a beneficial lunch for our long drive. Saturday night we went to a family style restaurant. I ordered roast with a steamed vegetable medley (carrots, yellow squash, and green peppers). It seemed like a safe choice, but the roast came covered in gravy. I scraped it off, but there was no way to totally avoid whatever wheat or corn thickener they used.
Sunday we stopped at Subway for lunch. Their "make any sub a salad" is wonderful for type Os. I added walnuts and olive oil from my bag. Sunday night we stopped for barbeque. The brisket was delicious. I stayed away from the Cole slaw and potato salad (avoids for all Os), but took a chance on the pinto beans (beneficial for non secretors; avoid for secretors)
Today I'm dealing with an achy knee. It's not all that bad. It didn't stop me from climbing up and down stairs in the parking garage while my son was at an appointment this morning. (That is definitely an intense aerobic workout by the way). I'm just aware that something's not quite right. I should probably create a data base and keep track of clues like this. Perhaps some day they will form a pattern.
Our son is home from college for the summer! He goes to a university that is more than 300 miles from home. That is a 7 hour trip in the car. We drove there on Saturday, loaded up all his worldly possessions, and drove home on Sunday.
Last summer when he and I made the trip alone for freshman orientation we left very early in the morning and made few stops in order to arrive on time for the first afternoon session. I was getting rather stiff from sitting so long in the car. So I started tensing and relaxing different muscle groups. It felt really good.
In road trips since then I have come up with a pattern I call "Five Minute Isometrics." I set the cruise control. I never take my hands off the wheel, and I never take my eyes off the road, but I can get a good workout in the car.
I isolate a muscle group and tense it HARD and then relax it. I stay with the same muscles for five minutes on the car's digital clock, and then I switch to another muscle group. (For instance I start with left quad, right quad, right bicep, left bicep. I repeat that pattern for 5 minutes.) Some of the exercises are isometric exercises our doctors have given us for shoulder and neck injuries over the years. Some come from various exercise tapes. Some I have made up in an effort to cover all my muscles. I use the steering wheel for resistance on several patterns.
We normally switch drivers every two hours. So theoretically I could get in 24 stretches. I never really get that many because when we drive through a town or a construction zone I have to take the cruise control off.
I am amazed at how much better I feel at the end of a long drive. In addition I get some exercise on travel days when there's often not time for a walk or a run.