This is going to be a tough transition, but, I am going to give a type of vegetarianism a try. And, not just a plain old eat-vegetables-and- grains type of vegetarian, but something more specific; a Blood Type A diet.
Since my days as a single woman are long gone, and I am saddled with a husband and 2 children (who I would die for, by the way – not kidding at all!) I settled into cooking food that tried to please everybody. The funny thing is (and I mean in the peculiar sense), being individuals, we crave, and need, different things. The night that my son raves about something I cook, is also the night that my daughter just picks at her food.
I thought it was pickinness at first, but then I began to see that they both truly were repelled and drawn to very different tastes. I now think our reaction to food is instinctual. I know that if you introduce a broad spectrum of foods to children at a young age they will be more prone to eating many more things. That is exactly what I did with my kids, and while it is certainly true (just look at the blog), each of my children salivate over completely different things.
I can never please all of the people all of the time so I am forever compromising, cooking to satisfy everyone’s whims. That is, except my own.
I must confess, I have suffered because of this. While I love meat in general, I also tend to want to sit down to a bowl of miso, bobbing with tofu, or to eat a row of beautifully packed sardines right out of the can, with nothing but a fork and a little strong mustard. If I had no one else to consider, my diet would include some meat, but I would mostly be a vegetarian.
I decided to go with my gut (literally!) and follow a specific diet. There is a theory out there that our blood type puts us all in a certain food category, based on our ancestral diets. Since the “type A” diet seemed appealing to me ( I am type A) I made up my mind to try it for the rest of the year.
The reason I am reluctant is because I am going to try to make this meal in addition to the evening dinner I make for the rest of the family, AND, I have to give up a few things that I absolutely love, namely; all meat, most crustaceans, certain fish, tomatoes, all kinds of cabbage, vinegar-based foods like mustard and hot sauce, not to mention all dairy products!
It is harsh, and it will be a challenge, but I want to see how it makes me feel. The easy part will be that it is just for me, and I don’t have to convince anyone else of the benefits. The hard bit will be coming up with interesting dishes and being organized enough to make two dinners each night.
I am not on any diet to lose weight (to confess, I am on the light side), but a diet to feel better, and to encourage longevity. I am going to follow the diet for my blood type and see what happens. I like the guidelines, as it just specifys foods I should avoid, along with the foods that are best for me.
This can be a boring or interesting project, and I choose the latter. So, starting from October 2011 (sometime), I will be posting some “blood type A” dinners made in the Crappy Kitchen. Aren’t you lucky!
Also, I am doing this as a lay-person. I will try to follow the guidelines, and if I give in to a yearning to add something that is tabu (I’m only human) I will point it out. But, if you are a Type A who feels yucky after eating certain foods, or, maybe want to lose weight and get on a better path, I figure if you try some of my recipes, you will do OK.
The great bit of news about this life style change of mine is that two things I absolutely love are touted as being beneficial for my blood type: Red wine and Coffee – Yeah!