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Cabbage soup was making me fat!

This is a long answer to a comment from yesterdays post.  Why is cinnamon bad for type O blood?

Here’s the Website: http://www.dadamo.com/

  These are two of the books available  if you are interested in reading more.  I borrow them from the library when I need another burst of encouragement – about once a year.

When my friend Alida mentioned this book I was more than a little skeptical.  I really didn’t need yet another diet book in my life.  But she applied it to herself and so did her daughter Louise.  It was Louise’s experience that made me delve further.  It wasn’t that she needed to lose weight – she just needed to feel better.  When she followed her plan she did.  That’s what made me try it.  And the fact that I wasn’t having a whole lot of success with the modified cabbage soup I was enjoying.  (I added kidney beans and lentils to that famous recipe – to give it more protein!)

This eating plan is based on your body chemistry and the way your body deals with food.  The interesting thing for me was the list of foods that “keep you fat”.  It’s a funny list for a maker of cabbage soup!

At the top of the list was wheat and gluten.  That’s why I eat mostly spelt and kamut.  Then there were brussels sprouts.  No big loss there.  But you know what else is on that list?  Cabbage, cauliflower, lentils and kidney beans – all of which I was adding to my soup!  I haven’t made cabbage soup since, although I’ve got a fairly similar recipe I’m playing with at the moment!

When I started eating this way I tipped the scale at 262 pounds.  (I had just recovered from a severely broken ankle as well)   I was not happy and something needed to give.  I’ve found, over the last 5 years, that when I adhere to this way of eating I feel better.  Losing weight is another by product of this way of eating.

This program doesn’t really delete any food groups.  What it does do is suggest foods that work better with your body chemistry as defined by your blood type.  I still eat legumes, just not kidney beans.  I still eat bread, just not wheat (well most of the time).  I don’t usually eat white potatoes either, just yams and rice.

If you are struggling with weight loss, or just plain feeling ICK, it might be worth a try.   I like it!

So Diane, I hope that answers your question a little bit.  I’m discovering that there is a life after cinnamon.  I’m not ready to give up my morning coffee though!

Have a wonderful day!

Marcia

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No More Cinnamon??!!?

I need to confess, here and now that I have loved cinnamon since I was but a child.  My mom would cook white rice with milk and raisins and we would add butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.  “Rijstebrie met Krenten” we called it.  I grew up Dutch!

My mouth is watering even as I type this, so here’s a recipe link:

http://dutchfood.about.com/od/desserts/r/Rijstebrij-Old-Fashioned-Dutch-Rice-Pudding.htm

And here’s a picture:

While still a child (although a bit older)  I developed a loathing for oatmeal porridge which my mom would also lovingly cook for breakfast.  I even re-named it “cows teeth and worms gravy”.  Surprisingly enough however, I’ve been eating porridge, year round for a long, long time now.  I just started adding the rijstebrij ingredients – raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon and a bit of butter.

Fast forward to last week.  My supply of cinnamon has run out.  It’s also not on my “recommended” food list.  (I try to follow the “Eat Right for your Blood Type” diet and I’m an O.  Cinnamon is on the “Avoid” list.

For a few weeks I ate my porridge without any spicing – just the sliced apple and the pinch of salt.  Boring.

I checked my “recommended” food list and found ginger and allspice to be not only acceptable, but available in my cupboard.  I mixed equal amounts of both spices and added about  1/8th of a teaspoon to my morning porridge.  It was delicious.  I haven’t tried it in my muffins  yet, but I’m sure it will be just fine!

Just a quick note – it does NOT taste at all like having cinnamon in your porridge.  The ginger adds a bit of a nip to the equation and I like it.  (Surprise! Surprise!)

On the weightloss side of things, I’m down another 2 pounds, (221.5) so I could achieve my goal next week!

Have a great day and feel free to try my new spice mix on your morning porridge!

Marcia

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