I've had a bit of a dry spell about blogging. Part of me thinks I should apologize; but another part of me doesn't want to bore you with words written without enthusiasm.
My business is usually quiet from mid-December through January, and that was the case this year. I worked diligently on some genealogy projects that have long been delayed. I have been publishing books for others. This year I hope to publish my father's WWII memoirs. I've been told that the market is saturated with memoirs of generals, but there is a growing demand for memories of the troops. I have a manuscript that will fill that niche.
I've been eating right - following the BTD faithfully. I've been exercising regularly and plan to run in another 5K race this weekend. I'm in good health. I just haven't been inspired to write...until today. And today I came up with four things I wanted to blog about. I'll pick one for now, and hopefully write about the others in coming days.
The more I watch DD raising BC according to the Blood Type Diet, the more I wish it had been available when I was raising my children. BC is now 10 1/2 months old. He is leaving baby food behind and is beginning to eat finger food. You know what he wants to eat? Legumes. That's right! He is attracted to Type A food. DD sent a picture today of him grinning as he ate a bowl of English peas and chopped chicken. She said he loves black eyed peas - not exactly what most parents feed their babies.
SIL wanted him to try banana, even though it is a Type A avoid. He offered BC a bite, and he pushed it away, not at all interested. Yet this same toddler will eat beets and carrots; pumpkin and avocado; celery and rutabaga.
DD has not given him wheat or corn, but he loves rice and oats. Because SIL has a sister with Crohn's disease, they will not give him leafy greens until he is a year old. DD is still nursing him, and plans to continue until his first birthday. We babysat for him a few weeks ago, and gave him rice milk to drink while his Mama was away.
He has just had his first cold, and it was a mild one. I told DD that by the time she was his age she had been on antibiotics more than once for ear infections. I believe cow's milk was the main culprit.
BC has been walking since he was 9 months old. He was very physically active in the womb, and he was a very active little baby. He learned to crawl, sit and pull up all at the same time. One week he was frustrated with creeping. The next week he was crawling to a table and cruising around it. It was amazing to watch. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas he let go of the table and walked by himself.
I don't think that the BTD has anything to do with his early walking. I think that is a reflection of his own personality. I would also be quick to add that walking early is not all good. He has not developed a sense of depth perception. If he is on one side of a room he may attempt to walk under a table to get to the other side, not realizing that he is too tall to fit.
There are advantages to a baby being content to creep and crawl until they have a better special sense. DD and SIL have done a thorough job of baby-proofing. BC will figure out depth perception, but until then they keep a close watch on him.
Today's news was full of controversy about vaccines. BC has had all of his shots, and I'm glad. I was also glad that his pediatrician was not one of the doctors that gave multiple shots at once, especially when he was tiny. I think the doctor used good sense to spread the shots out a little and let him recover from some before giving him more.
In his Live Right 4 Your Type, Dr. Peter D'Adamo expounds briefly upon the few standout social/emotional qualities he has noticed, among patients and those around him, while emphasizing that these are not hard and fast rules.
As a B, I find it noteworthy - and remarkably true - that the other three bloodtypes manifest interpersonal reactivity when stressed, where B might experience only fatigue, for instance, or, at "worst", some fleeting internal discouragement or disgust.
We Bs represent only about 10% of the world population. According to Dr. D'Adamo, we are remarkably [emphasis mine] able to relax ourselves and reduce our own stress. When maladapting, we simply "become extremely tired, depressed and lacking in motivation". We are "unconventional thinkers...easygoing...able to take upsets in stride, keep [our] priorities in perspective, and understand [our] limitations, [be] less driven", and we "make sure to find time to relax". Unique to our blood type's description among the four, there's nothing here about social acting-out, venting against others, obsessing about how to deal with others, feeling defensive or anxious, desperation to please or to appear right.
What Dr. D'Adamo doesn't deduce, or express, however, is that Bs, therefore, are utterly surrounded by those who manifest complex and incomprehensibly emotionally-driven behaviors in their relations with others and with us -- people who blow up, melt down, act out, "play games" -- and these explosions, dramas and maneuvers can baffle us because our behavior is not similarly subject to unfathomed depths and motives, not similarly oriented toward manipulation of the other person's reaction. (Note that the Japanese Bloodtype Personality theorists link B to careers in Psychiatry - a career that would be dangerous, perhaps, for non-Bs to pursue!)
Even during my days of close work with postpartum women, the B client's most intense emotionality was generally a relatively quiet/retreating non-anxious and non-agitated depression, with a markedly evanescent and easily-dissipated course, when treated with adequate education on the part of a patient, calm teacher. O and A women were far more likely to experience complex transferences with the counselor, for instance.
You other types: Be jealous, perhaps, of the easygoing B. And understand that we often truly have no idea what you are churning or ruminating about (if you expect us to) by identifying with it or with you. We do not identify with that state, but we (a tiny subset of society) are expected to accept that those around us can be subject to numerous hot-buttons, pet-peeves, expectations and demands that drive symbolic, convoluted reactions.
Many's the friend who has told me my insights are uncanny. One MD friend had unsuccessfully consulted 3 psychiatrists in 3 different cities, for a life-wracking problem she explained to me over a snack one day, which, in less than a quarter hour I, in her word, "nailed". Do all Bs have this honed a skill? Only if we're observant in the relevant sphere. But I think we, to some extent, do all tend to see the world and its, ahem, realities, from something of a distance.
Perhaps we frustrate you with our equanimity. Would it help to view our "[discomfort] with rigid rules" (per Dr. D'Adamo) as a trait of a mysteriously alien Type amongst you, as if the Addams Family or the Solomon Family (from TV's Third Rock from the Sun) inhabited your world?
We're here, and we can actually help. Tap us and find out. Don't hate us. And if you decide to see a shrink, maybe you should choose a B!
Deseándoles Un Año Lleno de Paz y Salud!
A los suplementos en general se les define como derivados alimenticios, vitaminas, minerales y hierbas de procedencia no toxica. Existe mucha información sobre suplementos en Internet, y no todo esta reglamentado o aprobado por el FDA o deba ser tomado a la ligera. Jamás se debe creer que un puño de suplementos puedan sustituir a una dieta saludable.
¿Se deben tomar suplementos?
En general, no son recomendables los suplementos al menos que exista una razón especifica en tomarlos. Algunos suplementos deben ser evitados, basándose en su tipo sanguíneo, así como una sobre dosis puede ser igualmente toxica si no es que exista una deficiencia considerable. Algunos ejemplos son la vitamina A, la vitamina E, el zinc y el picolinato de cromo.
En sondeos sobre progresos, tomados al azar que fueron sometidos al Dr. D’Adamo, la mayoría de aquellos cuyos resultados fueron positivos con respecto a la dieta no usaron grandes cantidades de suplementos. Sin embargo, muchos pueden beneficiarse tomando suplementos en conjunto con su nutrición genética, específicamente si están siguiendo los lineamientos con el fin de controlar ciertos problemas de salud. En este caso, el utilizar suplementos diseñados específicamente para su tipo llega a ser beneficioso y a estos me gusta diferenciarlos con el nombre de nutriceuticos.
Formulas nutriceuticas específicas para cada tipo
Si desea tomar suplementos, la tienda DPN (D’Adamo Personalized Nutrition)fabrica formulas de alta calidad basadas en cada tipo sanguíneo. Son formulas diseñadas por el Dr. D’Adamo, que alcanzan un alto requerimiento con respecto a la calidad de las materias primas, excipientes así como tecnología empleada al encapsular o envasar dichas formulas.
D’Adamo Personalized Nutrition
La compañía DPN mantiene una extensa tienda en línea, ofreciendo productos diseñados para ser utilizados en conjunto con la dieta, optimizando su efectividad. Todos los productos han sido formulados por el Dr. D’Adamo y llevan su aprobación. Podrá tener acceso a la tienda de DPN y darse cuenta de su gran variedad de productos.
El ‘Determinator’ del Dr. D’Adamo
DPN se enorgullece en anunciar el desarrollo del programa de inteligencia artificial que puede darle recomendaciones sobre que suplementos son los correctos para su tipo, y darle consejo a su medida. Esto ha sido programado por el Dr. D’Adamo personalmente , el ‘Determinator’ utiliza el mismo criterio de toma de decisiones utilizado por su creador en su propia consulta! Lo único que tiene que hacer es llenar la información básica y presionar el botón para ver lo que el ‘Determinator’ le aconseja.
Para la gran mayoría de las personas, que saben su tipo sanguíneo y siguen los lineamientos de BTD estipulados en el primer libro: ERFYT (Eat Right 4 Your Type), Los Grupos Sanguíneos Y la Alimentación, estos lineamientos les funcionan muy bien.
Sin embargo, otras personas no obtienen los resultados deseados hasta no determinar su estatus secretor. Si la persona resulta ser no-secretora, deberá hacer los cambios correspondientes, en la lista de alimentos especificos para no-secretor. Estos cambios aparecen en LRFYT (Live Right 4 Your Type) y en la Blood Type Encyclopedia (estos libros no se han traducido al Español).
EL significado de ‘estatus secretor’
Hasta ahora ya están familiarizados con el concepto de que su tipo sanguíneo esta íntimamente ligado a su genética en particular, como lo esta su pelo o color de ojos. El códice del gen que determina su tipo sanguíneo radica en el cromosoma 9q34. Sin embargo, otros genes separados en los cromosomas 11 y 19 actúan de manera importante junto con su gen sanguíneo, determinando su habilidad de secretar su antígeno que caracteriza su tipo sanguíneo dentro de su secreción y fluidos corporales.
A esto se le denomina gen secretor, y al analizar este gen, podemos determinar si se es o no secretor. Existen dos opciones en la genética del sistema secretivo, la persona puede ser secretor (SE) o no secretor (se). Esto es independiente totalmente de si se es del tipo A, B, AB u O. O de si se es Rhesus positivo o negativo.
Asi que puede una persona ser A secretor o A no secretor, RH positiva o negativa.
O sea 'un secretor' es aquel que secreta su antígeno sanguíneo en sus fluidos corporales, llámese saliva, mucosa del tracto digestivo, transpiración, semen, etc.
De manera simplificada, un secretor esta definido como una persona quien secreta sus fluidos corporales y secreciones como su saliva o mucosa del tracto digestivo y cavidades respiratorias, etc.
Un no secretor
por otro lado no tiene presente su antígeno en sus fluidos corporales. Por regla general, en América, un 20% de la población son no secretores, el restante 80% son secretores.
El no secretor por otro lado muestra muy poco o casi nulo su antígeno dentro de sus fluidos corporales. Por regla general, en América un 20 % de la población son no secretores, el restante 80 % suelen ser secretores.
Aparte de las implicaciones físicas en torno a si se tiene antígeno circulante de su propio tipo sanguíneo en sus fluidos corporales o no, la genética del secretor tiene un significado adicional a través de los efectos del eslabón genético: en otras palabras; el resultado de su genética secretora 'se enlaza' a otros, en apariencia, genes no relacionados e influye en su funcionamiento creando patología en gran numero de casos.
Les recomiendo no hacerse bolas y contactarme para poderles hacer entrega de su listado personalizado de alimentos con recetario y aplicación para su celular. Con gusto les aclaro sus dudas. Contacten: firstname.lastname@example.org y pregunten por su consultoría personalizada nutrigenomica. No es requisito indispensable saber su estatus secretor. Pregunten por las promociones y descuentos en gastos de envío.
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Yesterday was my first trip to the grocery store of the New Year, and two interesting things happened.
I was walking down the pasta isle, when I passed a cart and saw a copy of Eat Right for your Type. I looked around and saw a woman and her son studying the pasta. I said, "I've done the Blood Type Diet since 2003."
She said "I've just started, and I don't know how to shop. I'm supposed to get Ezekiel Bread. What is it and where to I buy it?" I told her that she could get Ezekiel Bread right there in the grocery store, in the freezer section. She was delighted.
She was holding a box of gluten free pasta and asked me if it was ok. I told her that I had never tried that brand, but that I had used several brands of wheat free pasta. Most brands required that you watch them closely, so that the pasta isn't over or under cooked. But I have found Tinkyada rice pasta to be tasty and very easy to cook. She put her box back on the shelf and asked where she could buy Tinkyada. I told her two local health food stores that carried it, or she could buy online.
She is a Type B. Her son is about the same age my daughter was when I started the BTD. He appeared to be interested in what his Mom was doing.
We all went back to our shopping. I passed them again in the produce department and said, "One more thing. Most of the granola in this store has wheat in it. But the Bear Naked brand does not have any wheat, and it is really good." She thanked me and headed back to the cereal aisle."
I did not tell her that I blogged, but I'm curious whether she will see this post.
I sometimes buy extra lean ground beef, and I sometimes buy ground bison. Yesterday I was going to buy bison. Surprise! Right next to the bison was grass fed ground beef. It is more expensive than the regular ground beef, but not outrageously expensive as most grass fed beef is.
I bought two packages to see what it's like. It is imported from Australia. Being a Texas rancher's daughter, I would prefer to buy Texas beef, but low cost grass fed will be hard to pass up.
Happy New Year to you all. I hope that your BTD shopping in 2015 gets off to as interesting a start as mind did.
There’s an organization in our area called “Food Not Bombs” that collects unwanted food from stores at the end of the day, and then gives it out for free. I have no idea what the origin of the name is, or what political leanings the name may refer to. I just know that it’s run entirely by volunteers, and it’s been a great way to stretch the food budget.
Last week, Leah went with some friends who had been going for months. She came home with 4 cloth bags LOADED with food- over-ripe produce, perfectly ripe produce, some dented boxes of instant organic oatmeal, cut flowers, even 2 potted herbs! We now have both basil and thyme growing on our kitchen window sill, entirely for free. They also got some fresh and some potted flowers.
Last week, I made two batches of apple/pear sauce plus one batch of tomato sauce. I hadn’t expected to make another batch of tomato sauce until next summer, when tomatoes were back in season. We also got some black garlic- a healthy food that I’d read about, but didn’t try because it was too expensive. Our friend also got black garlic and didn’t want it, so we got double. I’ll be enjoying that for several weeks. Plus each person is allowed one dairy item- Leah selected a small carton of pasteurized egg whites.
This week, our friends weren’t going and my daughters had plans with a different friend, so Jack and I went. We saw that it was supposed to be below freezing, so we bundled up. - though not quite enough. Next time I’m wearing TWO pairs of wool socks rather than just one!
This week they had a lot of bread- I could tell it was more than usual from the way the volunteers were encouraging everybody to take “as much as you want.” Most of it was the white flour stuff I literally can’t touch, but I also got a package of Trader Joe’s rice tortillas, a loaf of sprouted wheat bread, and some Udi’s bagels and sandwich bread. Since they contain corn starch, I can’t eat that safely, but the kids aren’t as sensitive so they can eat it.
I took a half gallon of milk from the dairy table, and Jack took a package of free-range eggs. At the time I wasn’t sure it was the wisest choice because some were already broken and another broke before we got it home, but the end result was 8 more eggs that Jack can eat. The rest of us can eat the inexpensive ones from Costco, but he doesn’t tolerate those. The eggs were probably the most useful thing he could have taken, as it saved me several dollars and was an immediate need.
When we were cold and our bags were full- Jack’s precariously with the eggs- I noticed the flowers arranged on a picnic blanket on the ground. I decided not to bother bending down to look at them. Leah was disappointed not to have fresh flowers in the house, so we’ll make sure to grab some next time. Or she’ll get them herself if she’s the one who goes.
All in all, it’s a wonderful opportunity, and something we plan to use regularly.
I hope that you had a joyful Christmas Day. For my husband and me, Christmas was quiet and peaceful. In the 38 years of our marriage, this was the first Christmas that we have been alone.
We had all of the family except SIL at our house the Sunday before Christmas. SIL was off on a retreat with some of the high school students from his church. BC had taken his first steps the night before they came to our house. One day I was on the floor playing with him and he walked to me and gave me a hug. That was the best Christmas present ever.
But on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, our children were with other families - and that is a good thing. HH and I discovered that we love Hallmark Christmas movies. They are sweet stories with no bad words, no sex, no violence. They all have happy endings, even when they make us cry. We watched several during December including one on Christmas Eve and two on Christmas Day.
We ate simply; pretty much the way we always do. So there are no extra pounds to lose or false guilt feelings to deal with. On Christmas Eve, my husband read the account of Jesus’ birth from the Bible, just as his father did every Christmas Eve.
I promised you a great recipe for leftover Christmas turkey. Here it is,
Turkey with Bell Peppers & Onions.
Put enough light olive oil in the bottom of a large skillet to coat it - no more than 1/4 inch deep.
Slice 1 red bell peppers, 1 green bell peppers, and 1 onion. Mince 1-2 cloves of garlic. Put those vegetables in the skillet and cook until they just start to turn soft. Add cubed cooked turkey. Season with 1/2 tsp paprika and 1/2 tsp dried oregano. Salt to taste.
You may add a little water or broth if anything begins to stick to the bottom of the skillet.
Reduce the heat and simmer together for 5 minutes until the flavors have blended.
You can serve it over rice or Tinkyada pasta. Or serve it just like it is with a green salad.
Have you used Farmer's Cheese? I know you have no Beneficial dairy foods, but this one is very nice, and most aren't familiar with it. It's like cottage cheese, only the curds are minuscule. You can sweeten it and use it like blintz/Danish filling. Et cetera.
Kefir is a fermented dairy product that serves as a lovely liquid base for smoothies.
Don't throw out that butter! It's indeed an "Avoid", but Ghee, clarified butter, is Neutral and easy (and cheaper than store-bought) to make on the stove-top.
Tamari is good to use, if you're A, boosting your soy intake. It'll help you develop your fermented soy tastebuds and is softer than salt. It's a beneficial, so consider experimenting with it as your "salt" with a meal or two every week.
Another one to begin to use, if you're not already, is Miso. It comes in a number of "flavors" (compositions/strengths), and I think it'll surprise you with its many uses.
One important factor is: It's fermented. Since you oughtn't use vinegar, you'll really appreciate that somewhat sour/yeasty element - especially in the less heavy formulae, such as Genmai (Br. Rice Miso) or Red, as well as the lighter ones: Yellow or White.
It's good in sauces/condiments, such as mayos/mustards or dressings.
It's extraordinary in a roasting baste, such as over fish or roasted vegetables.
For an introduction to Tofu and Tempeh, see my blog archives.
Here's another vinegar substitute: Umeboshi Juice (sometimes called Umeboshi Vinegar). Lovely berry color, very gentle sourness that is a bit sweet.
Finally, lucky A, enjoy your beneficial red wine. I've blogged on this, too, particularly with respect to low-tannin wines that are easily enjoyed with food and less likely than structured wines to give you a headache!
Our Strong Son is just back from a medical mission trip to a Central American country. We had dinner with him this week and got to see his pictures and hear his tales. He was one of a team of 11 that included family practice doctors, a radiologist, a pediatrician, a local doctor, several nurses and several translators. SS was the physical therapist.
He worked in a mountainous region near the coast. The team did clinics in four farming villages and two fishing villages. He loved the culture, loved the people, and loved the food. The pictures he showed us were incredible. It is a beautiful country.
His description of locally available health care was interesting. Officially, everyone in the country has full health care coverage. It is a single payer system, and on paper it looks fabulous. So why was a team of American volunteers going there on a medical mission trip?
There are no doctors in any of the villages in the area where they worked. The nearest doctor is an hour away; the nearest hospital is 2 hours away. The people are poor and many do not have transportation. If they get to a doctor and need to see a specialist, an appointment is made in the capitol city. The wait for an appointment is about six months. Often when they made their way from their village to the doctor’s office in the capitol, they were told, “We’re sorry, your appointment has been cancelled. We have another opening in six months.”
Women and children can get this limited medical care, but working aged men cannot get a doctor’s appointment at all. If they are injured on the job and can get to the hospital, 2 hours away, they must go to the emergency room. There is no follow up care for young and middle aged men. The men who survive to senior adult status, can get the same type care as women and children.
This is why volunteer doctors from the United States team up with local pastors and missionaries to do medical clinics in rural areas in this country. SS said that there is a private medical care system that operates side by side with the government system. All of the wealthy people in the cities go to the private doctors where they get immediate care.
Our son saw patients with back, shoulder, knee, hip and ankle injuries. He evaluated the patients and gave them exercise sheets in their native language to show them how to do exercises that would improve their condition. The pastors promised to follow up on some needs that went beyond exercise. For instance SS saw a child whose legs were different lengths. Because of that she walked on her toes on the shorter leg. That put strain on her hips and back. Her problem would be easily solved with a shoe that was built up on the bottom.
The local diet sounded like the Type O diet. The people eat lots of fish with rice. They eat a good variety of vegetables with delicious seasonings. They have plenty of fruit. They get meat sometimes instead of fish. Local women prepared the food that the team ate.
SS told one interesting story of the unintended consequences of government policy. There was very little crime in the farming villages. The people were happy and the team felt safe. However, some time ago the government needed to raise revenue. They hired commercial fisherman to take in a huge catch of fish for export. Virtually all of the fish near the two villages where the team worked were caught. There were no more fish for the local fishermen to catch for their families or to sell for cash. Poverty increased. The drug lords saw an opportunity and moved into these villages. I’m sure the bureaucrats in the capitol never imagined what the end result would be of their money raising scheme.
Our son is back at work now. He gets a sense of fulfilment helping people at his clinic in Texas. He plans to save his money and his vacation days so he can do another medical mission trip soon.