While on the topic of eating I thought I would share with you a section from the GenoType Diet book by Dr Peter J. D’Adamo with Catherine Whitney who previously wrote the Eat Right for you Blood Type book.
The Ten Commandments of Any Successful Lifestyle:
1. It’s what you eat, not what you avoid, that moves you forward.
This is an interesting take on things where he discusses how we tend to be so focussed on the foods we should be avoiding rather than focussing our priority on the foods that we know are good for us and then slowly moving the non-recommended food out of the pantry and refrigerator.
He is, of course, referring to his blood type diet, however, even if you are not familiar with that I see that this can apply to everyone in many ways.
For example, we are often so hung up on avoiding sugar in our diet that we give it so much attention which causes it to be on our mind constantly which then may cause us to “give in” and then we feel so guilty.
Perhaps if we changed our focus and thought about including more nuts; seeds and some dried fruit then we may find ourselves going without as much sugary foods.
That is just one example.
2. Don’t eat when nervous or stressed.
I have spoken before about the physiological effects that the “fight/flight” response has on our bodies where a large percentage of the blood from our digestive area is pumped away and into our limbs, lungs and heart.
Therefore if we eat during these times our food takes a much longer time to digest and hence can begin to ferment thereby causing “digestive issues”.
3. Don’t eat a major meat after 7pm.
There have been many studies that show eating our “main meal” in the afternoon helps in weight loss.
4. Don’t exercise to exhaustion.
Dr D’Adamo says to “take yourself to your maximum, but go no further. If you need to lie down after you exercise, you’re going at it too intensely.
5. Don’t diet.
Here we are talking about the yoyo dieting phenomenon and the strict fad diets.
Your “diet”, that is, food intake, should be a lifestyle which means eating foods that make you feel better, not worse.
6. Get up when you wake up.
Dr D’Adamo says that “as soon as your eyes open, get out of bed and begin your day. This will help synchronise your sleep-awake cycle and also allow you to start your day at peak performance”.
That certainly doesn’t mean that you cannot allow yourself a lovely “sleep-in” on your “days off”.
However what you might like to do if you find yourself still waking early on those days without the alarm, and yet you are tiring in the afternoon, perhaps have a lay down during the afternoon to re-charge.
7. Never go to bed stressed.
There are a number of ways to de-stress before going to bed, for example, a relaxing warm bath; reading a light-hearted book; relaxing yoga techniques; meditation etc.
8. Try not to combine starches and proteins.
According to Dr D’Adamo “good food combining (eating meats with high-fibre vegetables and carbohydrates by themselves) enhances the transit time of the meal though the gut, which lowers the demands on the immune cells that line the digestive tract. Decreasing the workload of the immune system in the gut increases its ability to function efficiently, which decreases inflammation”.
This is actually not a new idea.
It is called “Trophology” and works on the premises that the digestion of proteins and carbohydrates requires different enzymes and so by not combining the two you are helping your digestive system to be more efficient.
It is often difficult to find foods completely carbohydrate or completely protein, therefore if you would like to eat in this way my suggestion would be to not be too obsessive and work with which-ever is the major element, protein or carbohydrate.
9. Express yourself.
Dr D’Adamo is referring here to expressing yourself through your foods with making your meals interesting.
However, I would like to add here about the importance of expression on all levels because what is not expressed is suppressed.
10. Take the good, leave the rest.
We have all read and heard of so many “do’s” and “don’ts” in relation to the foods we eat.
It is important to “listen to your body” and take note of what works and doesn’t work for you.