My Wal-Mart has a big frozen fish section. I like it because they have wild caught* salmon for a very reasonable price. I began looking at the other types of fish they carry. I found tilapia – which I order in restaurants, but do not cook at home**. Sometimes Wal-Mart has whiting. This is a good choice for my family, so when it is available I stock up.
I also found swai. The package had a glowing description of a delicious and nutritious fish. It was not on the BTD food list I carry in my purse. That usually means a food is neutral, but I decided to do a little checking.
It turns out that swai is a river catfish that is native to Southeast Asia. Since catfish is avoid for both Type As and Type Os, I have was glad I hadn't bought any.
Interesting that the GTD says catfish is beneficial for Gatherers***. I don’t quite understand that, but since I default to the BTD, I’ll not be swai-ed.
* I wrote a blog a year or so ago after talking to the manager of a local fish market. He says that the legal definition of wild caught is tricky. It can mean that the fish are raised in a netted area in a river or ocean. They are sort of wild, but not free to escape. More important, they can be fed whatever the farmer wants to feed them in order to plump them up for market. So while I buy wild caught when I can afford it, I don’t really know it’s wild unless I catch it myself.
** Tilapia seems to always farm raised, which means lower than expected Omega 3s. That’s why I eat it in restaurants, but cook something else at home.
*** Grilled catfish is often on the menu in restaurants. Perhaps this would be a reasonable choice for the Gatherer half of me. However, I won’t be cooking catfish at home, either.
Yesterday I got an e-mail from a missionary friend that says one third of Thailand is flooded. One third! I try to bring this into some personal frame of reference, but I can’t. One third of the US under water. One third of Texas under water. Even one third of Houston, Dallas, or San Antonio under water. It is inconceivable to me.
My missionary friend writes that even in the face of losing their own homes and jobs, Thai Christians are out in boats trying to help their neighbors.
The first thing that struck me when I read this was that a disaster of this magnitude has barely been reported in the US media. The news here is focused on stirring up class warfare and destroying people’s characters.
The second thing that crossed my mind was a question. What are those newly homeless people eating? My husband and I regularly send money to agencies like the Salvation Army and the International Mission Board World Hunger Fund to assist in disasters like this.
Obviously in a disaster Blood Type Diet considerations must be set aside. After a flood, or earthquake, getting safe food is the primary consideration. In famine stricken countries just getting enough calories to maintain life is of primary importance. A Type O in Somalia is not going to ask if there is wheat in the slice of bread they are given at a shelter.
But beyond disasters, I am sometimes concerned that the BTD could easily become a diet for the rich and elite. When beef is not good enough for a Type O, it must be grass fed beef. Or when rice is not acceptable, it must be non-GMO brown rice. Or when fresh fruits and vegetables are snubbed in favor of certified organic fruits and vegetables. I think this is wrong.
Unemployment has been high in the US for an extended period of time. I am seriously sympathetic because I am underemployed myself. If families cannot make the BTD work at an ordinary grocery store, then frankly it isn’t going to help very many people.
I will continue, in my blog, to apply BTD principles to people on a budget. And I will continue to give to organizations who deliver both food and the good news of Christ to those in need.
After about 6 months of trying to find a decent paying job, I finally landed with Terminix. Pest control is something I've always been on top of with my own home(s) so it seemed like an easy fit when the opportunity came my way. I get to meet new people every day and some of them are more than willing to share their health concerns with me as I treat their home. I of course have taken this opportunity to mention ERFYT as a way to help with their particular problem.
Everything happens for a reason, you just need to grasp opportunity when you get the chance.
Grupos sanguíneos y la influenza:
Que mejor momento para retomar este artículo escrito por D'Adamo, aunque sea un pequeño resumen del mismo.
La gripe porcina A es un virus H1N1.
Los médicos consideran al virus de la influenza (causante de la "gripe") ser de suma peligrosidad. Varias veces en el pasado, la "gripe española" (tipo A (H1N1)) de 1918-19 que cobró la vida de millones de personas. En 1957-58, la "gripe asiática" (tipo A (H2N2)) dio lugar a miles de muertes, y en 1968-69, la "gripe de Hong-Kong" (tipo (A (H3N2)) igualmente.
¿Qué es la gripe?
Cuando investigadores o médicos hablan de la "gripe", se refieren a una infección por el virus de la gripe. La Influenza Epidémica se divide en tipo A y tipo B. La presentación más común de la gripe incluye fiebres altas, síntomas respiratorios (como tos, dolor de garganta, moqueo o congestión nasal), dolor de cabeza, dolores musculares y, a menudo, fatiga extrema. Por lo tanto, el segundo punto clave es que los funcionarios de la salud pública y los médicos se refieren al virus de la influenza cuando utilizan el término "gripe".
Actualmente, existen tres variantes principales de la "gripe" en circulación (dos tipos "A" y una tipo "B"). Las variantes tipo A son las del virus de "Hong Kong" , tipo A (H3N2) y sus parientes (responsable de miles de muertes desde 1968 (90% son personas de edad avanzada), y parientes lejanos de la "gripe española ", tipo A (H1N1). El" H "y" N "se refieren a la proteína viral llamada hemaglutinina (H) y la neuraminidasa (N).
El Tipo de sangre y la "gripe"?
En general, la gripe presenta mayor problema año con año para aquellos de sangre tipo AB, siendo más susceptibles a infectarse tanto de gripe A como de gripe B que los otros tipos de sangre. Ellos se ven afectados por estos virus desde el comienzo y con mayor severidad que aquellos de otros grupos sanguíneos (y deben ser más cautelosos con respecto a un cambio abrupto en el virus de la influenza A también). El Tipo de sangre B va a ser mayormente afectado cuando se trate de la gripe A (H3N2) (aquella variedad del virus de "Hong Kong" y sus parientes), tiene sin embargo relativamente poca dificultad con la gripe B, y debe tener especial atención a un cambio brusco o mutación en la cepa del virus tipo A. El Tipo O es menos susceptible a la gripe A (H1N1) y más a aquella tipo A (H3N2). El Tipo de sangre A indirectamente ofrece protección relativa contra ambas cepas de la gripe A.
¿Por qué razón funciona Proberry y Andrographis paniculata?
Las personas que fortalecen su sistema inmune con ayuda de Proberry producen mayores niveles de títulos de anti hemaglutinación a la influenza B (es decir, su sistema inmune adquiere un mayor nivel de reconocimiento a dicha "gripe" en caso de aparecer). El saúco inhibe la neuraminidasa (la misma neuraminidasa por la que los científicos gastan millones de dólares en el diseño de fármacos para inhibirla). Nota: El medicamento 'zanamivir' en cierta medida duplica esta capacidad de bloqueo de la neuraminidasa, mas no parece impactar en forma benéfica al sistema inmunitario como lo hace el saúco).
Andrographis ha demostrado ser un excelente soporte a la salud del tracto respiratorio por su contenido en propiedades anti virales. No se diga de su efectividad en el tratamiento y prevención de la influenza y virus o catarro común.
Otras recomendaciones en medidas de prevención:
* Mantener hidratada su piel y su cuerpo .
* Evite lo dulce, este suprime su sistema inmune.
* Siga sus lineamientos de alimentos y estilo de vida.
* Adopte medidas de higiene – lavarse las manos e utilizar cubre bocas.
* Evite tocarse los ojos, nariz o boca.
Sometimes when I am out and about, I need something to drink, and the first thing I look for is green tea. If I am near a health food store, I really like several products by Honest Tea. If I am near a grocery store, I like Arizona’s diet green tea and Snapple’s diet green tea.
If we are traveling, like we were last weekend, the choices have been slim. I think all convenience stores and ice houses must use the same massive supplier. It’s obvious when you are standing in front of the refrigerator at a convenience store that green tea is increasingly popular. But, until yesterday, there were only sweetened green teas with lots of sugar and corn syrup; or diet green teas sweetened with aspartame.
Yesterday we were returning from taking a truck load of furniture to DD’s new apartment. HH was fighting a cold, so I drove the whole trip. We stopped at a convenience store because I needed to walk around, and I needed something to drink. I went to the refrigerator cases, looking without much hope for Arizona or Snapple diet green tea. Just before I walked away I saw Lipton, Diet green tea with watermelon flavor. That is new. Knowing that all the other Lipton diet teas are sweetened with aspartame, I looked suspiciously at the label. It is sweetened with sucralose. I bought a bottle. The watermelon flavor is delicious.
When I got home, I checked the website. Lipton has changed all their bottled green teas to sucralose. Hurrah for Lipton!
Update: Read the labels! I was in the grocery store the day after I wrote this blog, and looked at diet Lipton Tea. It had aspartame! I guess they are getting all of the old stuff out of their warehouse! Let the buyer beware.
First choice is my own green tea either unsweetened or lightly sweetened with agave.
Second choice is Honest tea.
But Lipton now joins Arizona and Snapple as adequate third choice bottled green teas.
Today was a busy day at work. I had an appointment several miles from home at 10:00 and another in the same city at 2:00. I didn’t want to waste the gas to drive home, so I went to an internet café where I could work on my laptop.
I ordered iced green tea. They had three flavors: jasmine, oolong, and fruit oolong. I chose fruit oolong and it was delicious. After I got home I looked up oolong. It is not BTD or GTD rated, so it is considered neutral. I read an article that says oolong is half way between green tea and black tea. I’m not exactly sure what that means, but next time, I think I’ll take the jasmine green tea.
In my e-mail this morning was an advertisement for a book. The subject line was “Is wheat making you fat?” That caught my interest.
Based on the information in the ad, this author reached the same conclusion as Dr. D about wheat and weight loss. However, instead of associating his findings with blood types, he has written a one size fits all diet book.
I pity the people who read the book. If they are Type Os they will indeed lose weight when they eliminate wheat. I certainly did. Wheat is the quintessential avoid food for Type Os. But when they reach their goal and go back to their normal diet – the way typical dieters always do – they will gain the weight right back. Another frustration; another diet book on the shelves of a used book store.
If they are Type A, they will also lose weight. While wheat is neutral for Type As, eliminating wheat is also listed as a weight loss key this blood type.
For Type Bs, Live Right 4 Your Type says that Eliminating Corn and corn products would be the top priority for accelerating weight loss. But the second point says, “Eliminate wheat. Although Type Bs don’t have as much trouble with wheat gluten as Type Os, you should definitely avoid it if you want to lose weight.”
My quick search didn’t find a definitive statement about Type ABs, wheat, and weight. But I did find a general statement from Dr. D that says, “In my experience, Type AB is more A-like than B-like when it comes to most chronic conditions…Overall, Type ABs can do well by following the diet and prescriptions in this chapter – and by observing the therapeutic guidelines outlined for Type A.
So, whatever your blood type, if you just want to lose weight – avoid wheat. Dr. D was way ahead of this author in identifying that simple truth.
But if you want to build your overall health and maintain normal weight for the rest of your life, you will need more than a weight loss book. The BTD would be a really good place to start.
Being the newest employee at her company, DD has learned that while she gets Thanksgiving Day off, she will be working on Wednesday and Friday. After a brief moment of despair at being apart for the first time at a major holiday, we all agreed that she is incredibly blessed to have a good job in this economy. She is also blessed because ESS’s hometown is a couple of hours from where she works, so they can have Thanksgiving dinner with his family.
For that reason DD and ESS came to spend this weekend with us. SS came home too. I got all of the Thanksgiving decorations out, so the house looked festive. We agreed we would not have traditional Thanksgiving dinner. However we did have a big celebration meal, and I have two recipes to share.
First Joan was absolutely right. The spinach dish labeled Swag Mushroom at the India Buffet was really Saag Mushroom. Because SS loves India food, I made it. You can Google the traditional Saag Mushroom. This is my BTD version. Everyone liked it except DD - who in spite of being Type A, doesn’t care for the taste or texture of mushrooms.
10 oz frozen spinach
8 oz Portobello mushroom
2 tsp ginger juice
4 garlic cloves, minced
1tsp chili powder
Dash of cayenne pepper
½ cup almond milk
2 Tbsp ghee
Heat ghee in large skillet over medium heat; add mushrooms and garlic. Sauté until tender. Add ginger juice and chili powder. Stir for 1 minute. Add spinach. Add a pinch of salt if you like. Reduce heat low, and cover skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until spinach is soft (10-15 minutes).Stir in cayenne and almond milk. Add a little more almond milk if it is too dry. Cover and simmer 5-10 minutes.
Recipe #2 is for Millet - Thanksgiving style
I was going to roast a turkey breast. As you know I am adding more grain back into my diet, and I had recently bought millet. I put one cup of millet in the baking dish with the turkey breast. I took one can of MSG free chicken broth and added enough water to make 2 cups. I chopped up an onion and sprinkled it all with poultry seasoning and sage. Then I put it in the oven and followed the instructions for cooking the turkey.
It was delicious. The house smelled like the holidays. DD said it was better than dressing. Everyone liked it and it was so easy to make.
DD has something else to be thankful for. If you have been a long time reader of this blog, you know that her last year of high school she dabbled in an exercise/eating disorder. She lost too much weight and got her hormones out of balance. Her recovery has been a very long spiritual and physical journey. The BTD gave me the courage to not force her into a rapid weight gain based on junk food. For some time she has the healthiest spiritually and emotionally that she has ever been. Now her physical health is returning as well. We may not be at the same table on Thanksgiving Day, but we will all be thankful.
Oh how I wish that all of the health studies in the news would give the Blood Types of the participants. It could clarify so many things for me.
While we were on vacation, my Honorable Husband did a lot of reading, and he nearly flew into a panic when he read about a study that showed, “Frequent aspirin use may be associated with an increased risk of age-related macular degeneration.”
HH takes one baby aspirin every day. His doctor told him to start doing this about 5 years ago. I have supported him because he is a thick blooded type A with early onset high blood pressure and a family history that includes heart disease.
But this new study has him terrified because of his cornea transplant. Has he saved his vision from one disaster only to go blind from aspirin?
As I read the magazine article, I wished for one paragraph, even one sentence, that gave the Blood Types of the participants. If it showed that mostly Type Os were getting macular degeneration after taking aspirin, that would make sense. But the article is silent.
Family history and Blood Type both put him at risk for heart disease. How do you choose between your heart and your eyes? I advised him to keep taking the aspirin for now.
I also suggested he ask his cornea specialist if there was any Blood Type data hidden deep in the details of the study.