Have you ever eaten the sweet little adzuki bean? This cute pinkish-red, high protein brain food helps regulate sugar, water, and other aspects of metabolism, as well as promotes balanced sexual activity and proper growth and development of the body. According to Paul Pitchford and his book Healing with Whole Foods, legumes have drying and diuretic qualities.

Adzuki beans in particular are thermal in nature and relate to the heart and small intestine. They tonify kidney-adrenal function, detoxify the body, remove heat conditions, remove swelling and support weight loss.

Mix adzuki beans into soups, salads or grain dishes. Drizzle with flax or olive oil. Serve with seaweed or salt to enhance moistening properties.

For recipes and ideas Heidi Swanson’s 101Cookbooks.com showcases a lovely butternut squash-adzuki bean soup among many other remarkable creations…

What is your relationship with beans? Do you eat them regularly? What is your favorite legume dish?

Ayurveda

The Science of Life

Are you familiar with the ancient Indian practice for wellness? Ayurveda translates as the science of life and offers an approach to wellness that is thousands of years old. Last weekend I had the pleasure of listening to Dr. John Douillard speak at Lincoln Center. Ayurvedic and chiropractic doctor, athlete and father of six, Dr. Douillard is a dynamic man who offered some interesting philosphies for diet and lifestyle. Are you a Vata? Pitta? or Kapha? Check out the Chopra Center’s free Dosha Quiz.

Are you living in rhythm with life? How can you experience more balance? What is one thing you know you can do to take better care of yourself?

Have you ever heard of Dr. D’Adamo and Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type? Dr. Peter J. D’ Adamo is a naturopathic physician who has pioneered studies based on the premise that optimal diet and lifestyle should be somewhat based around blood type. What is your blood type? I am O+

What makes ‘a Type O‘ unique from an A or a B or an AB?

Dr. D’ Adamo says:

“This is the question that is at the heart of the genetic puzzle. It is also central to our exploration of blood types. The key is genetic heritage – the story line of your life. Even though you are living in the 21st century, you share a common bond with your ancestors. The genetic information that resulted in their particular characteristics has been passed on to you.

People who are B blood type have a different set of characteristics than people who are Type O or Type A – they are susceptible to different diseases, they should eat different foods and exercise in a completely different manner. Some believe that personality is influenced by blood type! Dr. D’Adamo, author of the best selling books Eat Right for Your Type and Live Right for Your Type, among others, gives us a blueprint for living in his books.

The Blood Type O Individualized Lifestyle

Why are some people plagued by poor health while others seem to live healthy, vital lives even late in life? Does blood type influence personality? A single drop of blood contains a biochemical make up as unique as your fingerprint. Your blood type is a key to unlocking the secrets to your biochemical individuality. Foods and supplements contain lectins that interact with your cells depending on your blood type. This explains why some nutrients which are beneficial to one blood type, may be harmful to the cells of another. Dr. Peter D’Adamo, the author of the best selling books Eat Right for Your Type and Live Right for Your Type gives Type O’s some tips on leading a healthy lifestyle.

The Type O Profile

Type O was the first blood type, the type O ancestral prototype was a canny, aggressive predator. Aspects of the Type O profile remain essential in every society even to this day – leadership, extroversion, energy and focus are among their best traits. Type O’s can be powerful and productive, however, when stressed Type O’s response can be one of anger, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. When Type O wiring gets crossed, as a result of a poor diet, lack of exercise, unhealthy behaviors or elevated stress levels, Type O’s are more vulnerable to negative metabolic effects, including insulin resistance, sluggish thyroid activity, and weight gain. When you customize your life to Type O’s strengths you can reap the benefits of your ancestry. Your genetic inheritance offers you the opportunity to be strong, lean, productive, long-lived and optimistic.

What Makes You Unique

As a Blood Type O you may be predisposed to certain illnesses, such as ulcers and thyroid disorders. In the 1950’s it was discovered that Type O’s had about twice the instances of ulcers of all kinds than the other blood types. These findings have been replicated many times since then. Type O’s tend to have low levels of thyroid hormone and often exhibit insufficient levels of iodine, a chemical element whose sole purpose is thyroid hormone regulation. This causes many side effects such as weight gain, fluid retention and fatigue. Dr. D’Adamo does not recommend iodine supplements, rather a diet rich in saltwater fish and kelp to help regulate the thyroid gland. Bladder Wrack is also an excellent nutrient for type O’s. This herb, actually a seaweed, is very effective as an aid to weight control for Type O’s. “The fucose in bladder wrack seems to help normalize the sluggish metabolic rate and produce weight loss in Type O’s,” says Dr. D’Adamo.

Type O’s also have a higher level of stomach acid than the other blood types, which often results in stomach irritation and ulcers. Dr. D’Adamo recommends a licorice preparation called DGL (de glycyrrhizinated licorice) which can reduce discomfort and aid healing. DGL protects the stomach lining in addition to protecting it from stomach acids. Avoid crude licorice preparations as they contain a component of the plant which can cause elevated blood pressure. This component has been removed in DGL. Dr. D’Adamo also recommends Mastic Gum and Bismuth to soothe Type O’s common and even frequent tummy troubles.

Type O Personality?

In Japan, blood type has long been associated with personality type. You might well be asked your blood type on a job interview! In an independent study of 45 MBA students, Type O’s most often described themselves in ways related to the following characteristics; responsible, decisive, organized, objective, rule-conscious, and practical. Both male and female Type O’s reported a higher percentage of the mesomorphic body type when compared to controls. Interestingly, Type O’s also scored significantly higher than the rest in “sensing” – using the 5 senses to gather information, and in the sensing-thinking combination, indicating that they are more detail and fact oriented, logical, precise and orderly. “I believe that the tendency to sense and get facts right stems from the inbred hunter-gatherer need to observe and accurately assess the environment in order to insure survival.” Says D’Adamo.

Manage Your Type O Stress

The legacy of your Type O ancestry causes an immediate “fight or flight” response in people of this blood type. However, this finely tuned response to stress, so vital in early Type O’s, is not always so beneficial in modern times. The Type O response can cause bouts of excessive anger, temper tantrums, hyperactivity and even create a severe enough chemical imbalance to bring about a manic episode. Since there is a powerful, synergistic relationship between the release of dopamine and feelings of reward, Type O is more vulnerable to destructive behaviors when overly tired, depressed or bored. These can include gambling, sensation seeking, risk taking, substance abuse and impulsivity. To avoid becoming overstressed, Dr. D’Adamo recommends following the Type O diet, which focuses on lean, organic meats, vegetables and fruits and avoid wheat and dairy which can be triggers for digestive and health issues in Type O. Additionally, he suggests that Type O’s avoid caffeine and alcohol. Caffeine can be particularly harmful because of its tendency to raise adrenaline and noradrenaline, which are already high for Type O’s.

Energize – The Essential Exercise Component

Type O’s benefit tremendously from brisk regular exercise that taxes the cardiovascular and muscular skeletal system. But the benefit derived surpasses the goal of physical fitness. Type O also derives the benefit of a well timed chemical release system. The act of physical exercise releases a swarm of neurotransmitter activity that acts as a tonic for the entire system. The Type O who exercises regularly also has a better emotional response. You are more emotionally balanced as a result of well regulated, efficient chemical transport system. More than any other blood type, O’s rely on physical exercise to maintain physical health and emotional balance. Dr. D’Adamo suggests that Type O’s engage in regular physical activity three to four times per week. For best results, engage in aerobic activity for thirty to forty five minutes at least four times per week. If you are easily bored, choose two or three different exercises and vary your routine.

Live Right!

In addition to exercising and eating foods that are Right For Your Type, here are a few key lifestyle strategies for Type O individuals:

  • Develop clear plans for goals and tasks – annual, monthly, weekly, daily to avoid impulsivity.
  • Make lifestyle changes gradually, rather than trying to tackle everything at once.
  • Eat all meals, even snacks, seated at a table.
  • Chew slowly and put your fork down between bites of food.
  • Avoid making big decisions or spending money when stressed.
  • Do something physical when you feel anxious.
  • Engage in thirty to forty five minutes of aerobic exercise at least four times per week.
  • When you crave a pleasure releasing-substance (alcohol, tobacco, sugar), do something physical.

Dr. D’Adamo recommends that Type O, “Approach this program as a long term strategy. This is not a short term goal, rather a lifestyle that you adapt for a lifetime of health and well being. There is no doubt that there is a connection between the mind and the body. The knowledge that we can do something to change our genetic destiny is powerful.”

I found the he Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type website to be packed with interesting information – check it out and tell me what you think! 🙂

www.dadamo.com

Sweet, sweet sugar. The stuff of songs, and tenderness, pet names and food cravings. In present, also the stuff contributing to myiad health problems. What is your relationship with sugar? Do you eat it? Do you crave it? Could you not eat it for a day? A week? A month?

I’ve decided to play a little game… I am going to “break-up” from my relationship with sugar! However, I’m not a cold-turkey kinda girl. I tend to jump in and out of things more gradually. I’d like to create new patterns. This isn’t about force of will but rather creating a new lifestyle habit.

My plan is to experiment with a variety of time-frames. First a day. How does that feel? Then a week. A month? Can you ween yourself off this sweet, sweet substance? How would that feel? Have you done it before?

Would you like to join me? The no sweets-no sugar support group? ;D

Why are you not looking after yourself better every day all day?

Listen. Listen to yourself.  Listen to others. Listen to your body.

Macrobiotics: A way of living with respect for the physical, biological, emotional, mental, ecological and spiritual order of our daily lives.

Strive to learn balance in all we do.

Complementary opposites.

Cravings: The body trying to create homeostasis.

How can you think more for yourself?

Water.

Air.

Exercise.

Where do I want to live so that my body and spirit thrive?

Give generously of yourself.

View everyone and everything with gratitude.

Live happily: Focus on what’s new and good.

Sing a happy song every day.

Develop a sense of humor.

Focus on what is right.

Be Patient.

Promote food literacy.

How can I influence food policy?

Love yourself enough to make yourself a priority.

What is new and good in your life?

What are you really hungry for?

Sweet Tender Love for Trader Joe’s

Thank you Trader Joe’s for supporting my single, small- kitchen habits… I appreciate having you near.

1. Vegetarian Tamales from the Fresh Food Section

2. Organic Tomato Bisque in a Can

3. Dried Tart Cherries

4. Home-Made Corn Tortillas

5. Pacific’s  Organic Original and Chocolate Almond Milk

6. Organic Micro-Greens

7. Lemon-Ginger-Echinea Juice Splashed into Water or Tea – Served Hot or Cold

8. Sun Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil

9. Peach Salsa

10. Organic Oatmeal Packets – Great for Travel

Do you have a Trader Joe’s in your neighborhood? What are some of your favorite healthy products? Do you have particular items you buy and use consistantly? What are a few TJ’s treats you long for?

Let the beauty you love be what you do.

~ Rumi

I’ve just returned from an amazing first weekend with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City!!! I’ve joined 1500 other like-minded people from around the world committed to improving the health and happiness of Americans which therefore radiates around the world.

Being healthy is NOT complicated!!!

IIN respects bio-individuality.

IIN remains neutral –  Different foods work for different people.

IIN promotes primary foods as well as edible foods.

Primary foods include the myriad ways we nourish ourselves – for example – relationships, work, intimacy, sexuality, love, spirituality, family, hobbies, etc…

IIN practices deconstructing cravings:

What is the underlying imbalance?

What is going on for me?

How is my body trying to recreate balance?

IIN values healthy, wholesome, fresh, preferrably organic foods.

Simple is best.

Cooking is an art form.

Food is for sharing.

How can your food nourish you and your relationships?

Treat everything like it matters.

Everything is an opportunity.

IIN offers excellent tools to provide wellness services for clients to recognize how food and lifestyle affect health, happiness and quality of life.

As a wellness coach I am excited to support you to identify and achieve your health and personal goals.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions…

Thank you!!!