Friday, October 19, 2012

Your Blood Type and Your Lifestyle

On a chilly (relatively) winter night in the heart of Texas, we stopped at a McDonalds, surely not to eat, but to meet up with a new friend.  He gave us some music and told us about the Blood Type Diet.  I was really intrigued since I love nutrition and lifestyle information.  He said he hadn't been sick in quite a bit more than a handful of years.  Not even a sniffle.  He followed the blood type diet.  I stored the information in my brain and decided it was on my 'must research' list.

Fast forward to now, the next Fall.  I finally got around to doing some research and am amazed.  I will start with my own findings about myself. 

Diet:  Since I was very little, I felt sure that I knew what foods did well in my body and what foods were a drag on my energy and bodily systems.  I used to describe one of the reactions as "starchy".  If you went to high school with me, you may remember me complaining of this after lunch or before Rifle practice.  My absolute no-no list since I can remember making decisions about eating (about 5 or 6 years old) were peanut butter, corn, tomatoes, red onions, bananas, chicken, wheat and sugar.  I have stayed really true to this banned list though I will eat the foods occasionally, I don't like how they make me feel, so I don't eat them of my own will. 

Exercise:  My favorite exercises are hiking and bicycling.  These make me feel very fulfilled, challenge me mentally and physically (I'm a goal person).  And when I do these with others (almost always the case) I push myself harder and do a lot better. 

Lifestyle:  We love going to sleep at a good time every night and waking up around sunrise (though lately it's been a little later than that lately because of being tired with sickness and pregnancy.).  You may not have guessed it, but our family loves structure and having goals and expectations planned and written down ahead of time.  I love checklists and having things organized and clutter-free.  Not a week goes by that I don't find some slew of items in our possession that go to the thrift store.  We are quite nomadic, but that doesn't mean we aren't regimented in our life choices.  What we eat, drink, what we wear (fabric compositions of clothing and modesty) and each decision we make is very important to us.  I also believe in meditation.  I have overcome a lot of stresses, baggage and learned so much about myself through meditation.

We like living in community.  The biggest reason for me, is because the older someone gets, there may come a time they need to be physically cared for.  I don't believe this should be outsourced to strangers, rather handled within the community of the individual.  A reward for being a contributing member of a community.  Another member needing extra care in a community would be the mentally ill or mentally disabled.  Most neighborhoods have no structure for caring for the elderly.  Also, when we fill our lives with jobs and activities that take us away from that community of our neighborhood, we lose touch and are torn away and can not provide the care and attention that the more needy members of the community deserve.  This is really sad and heartbreaking.

So back to the blood type thing.  Here is the link.  Look up your blood type.

 Blood Type Diet Homepage

What do you think?  Can your blood type tell you about how you should eat, how you should exercise, how you should act?

Mine is B+.  Michael's is also B+.  We should not eat Peanuts, Corn, Wheat, Buckwheat, Lentils, Tomatoes or Chicken.  We should eat leafy greens, veggies, fruits, limited dairy, venison, goat, lamb...  Hiking and bicycling are among the top four exercises for our blood type.  They like community.  They are nomadic peoples from the highlands of the Himalayas.  They should go to sleep before 11 pm and sleep 8 hours or more.  It was VERY true for us. 

Tell me what you find out about yourself...

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