So here I was …walking along, mindin’ my own business…thinkin I had the world by the tail…eye did!
(Does anyone else hear that in a butchered English accent?….Eliza Doolittle pre Professor ‘iggins..perhaps?
Anyway..you will not diverge me from my point today.
And my point was…oh yes, I thought I was healthy…and doing all the right things.
Then I came across another ‘diet’ which is not really a diet but more of a lifestyle as the ‘Fit for Life’ one previously mentioned in my other blogs.
This one is ‘Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type’
and is based on the premise that each of us have different blood types, A, O, B and AB. Well according to this eating plan A’s should eat certain foods and/ or drinks to thrive in health. And on the same hinge, there are certain foods/drinks that act as a poison in our bodies.
A’s are not to have red meat or dairy, but are to consume lots of fruits and vegetables. Sound like anyone you know?
O’s are allowed lots of beef, but no dairy. And that is Goose. My ‘usband, for those of you ‘oo don’t know.
We decided we had hit a wall in our diet & lifestyle category and were willing to try something new. So we gave it a whirl.
Me, thinking avoiding dairy & beef would be a breeze since I’d been doing it for nearly 20 years. But then what’s this? A’s should not have bananas…or tomatoes…or pasta?! Those are some of my favorite things! But then they had the audacity to add *shudder* lobster to my ‘poison’ list….how was I ever to survive this?
Oh wait…chocolate is good..as long as it is dark. Okay, I can handle that. Rice is good…and I can have bread, as long as it doesn’t have wheat in it. Okay…wheat-free bread….easy enough.
You do realize that wheat-free bread is not available at the corner store…right?
Well I had no idea it would sooo hard to keep up with.
I am not allowed pork, clams, crab, haddock, lobster, scallops, shrimp (I grew up in the Maritimes…I LOVE seafood!!) Not allowed almost every kind of cheese (no surprise there, dairy)…but then..I hit the fruit aisle. No bananas, cantaloupe, coconut, honeydew, mango (*cringe*) or tangerines. No mushrooms…which I also love, no tomatoes or potatoes. Now, potatoes…I did not eat them hardly ever anyway. But somehow, knowing that you CAN’T have it…makes it worse than choosing not to have it.
I can’t help but think that Goose got off easy. Most of the things on his ‘Avoid List’ were things he didn’t like anyway….like mushrooms. And of course I hear, ‘See? I told you I should have those…’ with a sneer. And he gets to keep Beer and Beef. Aren’t those the main food groups for a man anyway?
So not fair!
Moving on…Goose immediately lost 30 pounds. And I was so happy for him. Can you hear the happiness in my typing? I do get to drink red wine. And lots of it.
I have not lost any weight…but I have started meditating (still haven’t gotten back to my yoga regime yet) but according to my blood type (there is good news!) I am not benefited whatsoever by aggressive exercise or hard labor. *tsk* I could have told you that. (half-smirk and head shake)
So I have been sleeping better, feeling better…fewer instances of heartburn, indigestion et al. In recent weeks I have tripled my water intake as well and have since wiped out most aches & pains I had. Simply by lubricating my joints and muscles. Who knew I wasn’t drinking enough water?…are you drinking enough water?
Would you like to know how I found out? Here’s where crazy cat lady comes in. (but I have no cats)
I stood with my feet together and simply said, ‘show me yes’ and my body tilted forward.
I put myself back in center and said, ‘show me no’ and my body tilted off to the right.
I was stunned that this worked. My Chiropractor showed me how to do it.
Then I picked up my water bottle and simply continued to ask my body how many bottles I should be drinking a day. I had been consuming 1-2 bottles a day….and I now have a goal of six bottles a day. Sometimes I achieve it…some days I come close. But at least now I know what to strive for. Before I had no idea how much I needed. And I do feel better.
Some days I feel jilted….others I feel blessed. The blessed days outweigh the jilted ones. And I guess that is was is really important.
I will soon be starting another ‘way of life’ program with my co-workers. It involves an in-depth analysis of my blood work and metabolism. It supposedly will give me even more answers as to why the eating right for my blood type is not helping me 100%. I feel there is something I am missing. This might fill in the blanks for me.
Stay tuned for updates.