So, I am still at it and after another Old Friend email (Thanks, Janice) I downloaded Eating Right 4 Your Type and saw that there is a reason why I no longer had acid reflux. The initial change of diet that I made, as you may remember, is that I gave up all grain, which was mainly wheat products. It turns out that this is the most important thing that I could have done for myself, because according to the author, that for people with my Type O blood, wheat is toxic. Ohhhhhh...really. This makes so much sense to me.
It turns out that people with my blood type are built for lots more protein than others, simply because we are outfitted with an abundance of stomach acid, which is there to help us metabolize that food source. Ohhhhhhh...I am eating more protein and have had no acid reflux, for which I was taking acid inhibitors, which caused my heart Pal-pi-tations. Ohhhhhhhhhh...
My hubby has the opposite blood type and can metabolize wheat and not so much meat but because we cut down on all of that stuff, he has not needed antiacids, either. Interesting.
This book is very interesting and has been another aha moment in this journey of mine. I discovered that I can have some rice and rye, if I want to, and they are grains that I have liked, forever. REAL rye bread is VERY concentrated and not that fluffy stuff from Orowheat, which contains...wheat. I also found Ezekial bread in Raley's organic freezer section and we'll see if I really even want it anymore.
A little sugar is not bad for me and I can have oatmeal again, which means that I can slow up on eggs, which were my only go-to for breakfast, for the past two and a half months. Mild ketosis is the name of the game for people with my blood type, which keeps the blood sugar in the right place. So much chemistry...
Now, I have to make sure that Rod eats his peanuts and peanut butter (he could eat it everyday) because for HIM, they are good...for me, bad. It is just quite remarkable, having begun this journey by giving up certain foods because a nutritionist said that I would feel better and now this other nutritionist is reinforcing why this lifestyle is actually right for me. I might never have had the courage to make the change, years ago, thinking that I could never give up sweets and bread but now I find that I do not feel deprived at all. I do have a problem with the demise of dairy and pork, now, but I will take things slow. The main point is that I am never hungry and feel better. I am slowly but surely beginning to shed the layer that has built up on my body, put there by a lifetime of bread, pasta, pizza and delicious home baked treats. Ai-yi-yi!
Of course, the book says that Type O people are built for lots of vigorous exercise and to that I laugh and acknowledge. I need to be out in the yard more and after vacationing with the family, I would love to swim more, but I can do this. I think that I know how, after all of these years of Having No Idea. I have always been a carnivore and now I know why. Rod has always like salads and now I know why. You should check out this book. It might save your life.