Look to your health, and if you have it praise God,
and value it next to a good conscience;
for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of-
a blessing that money cannot buy.
These words by the English author Izaak Walton, c. 1594 – 15 December 1683, still resonate profoundly today. While our health and a good conscience are indeed, very priceless, our relationship with our Creator by far, is the most important responsibility that we have on earth. How we live on earth is far more important than how long we live! Nonetheless, one may ascribe to do both while one’s health is still in tack, case in point.
A Change Is Coming
This past fall and winter months, I have attempted to increase my total weekly running mileage. Whether it was me running my daily runs or just attempting at working up to my long run of 10 miles, I noticed that my body was failing to respond to the effort as well as the most important phase of training, the recovery phase. I experienced muscular and bone pain throughout each effort, at times needing to implement run/walk approach in an effort to complete my workout. Something was not right!
In my inquiry to find out what was physically restricting me, I discovered that I was deficient in vitamin D: http://www.webmd.com/diet/guide/vitamin-d-deficiency#1
Because of this vitamin D deficiency find, I begin to wonder about my diet, the foods that I was eating perhaps needed to change or become enhanced to meet the goals and personal needs that were important for me. In my quest toward diet reform, I begin to read about The Blood Type Diet: https://authoritynutrition.com/the-blood-type-diet-review/
Putting It All Together
In my research, I discovered the symptoms of bone pain and muscle weakness can mean I have a vitamin D deficiency. However, for many people, the symptoms are subtle. The pigment melanin reduces the skin’s ability to make vitamin D in response to sunlight exposure. Being a man of Color and a lover of the sun, some studies show that older adults with darker skin are at high risk of vitamin D deficiency. Since this discovery, I have started a daily vitamin D supplements while adding a post- exercise recovery drink after each workout.
For my diet, I am an AB positive blood type: called the enigma, which is the rarest form, only 6 to 8 percent of the population is this blood type.
This is how each blood type is supposed to eat:
- Type A: Called the agrarian, or cultivator. People who are type A should eat a diet rich in plants, and completely free of “toxic” red meat. This closely resembles a vegetarian diet.
- Type B: Called the nomad. These people can eat plants and most meats (except chicken and pork), and can also eat some dairy. However, they should avoid wheat, corn, lentils, tomatoes and a few other foods.
- Type AB: Called the enigma. Described as a mix between types A and B. Foods to eat include seafood, tofu, dairy, beans, and grains. They should avoid kidney beans, corn, beef, and chicken.
- Type O: Called the hunter. This is a high-protein diet based largely on meat, fish, poultry, certain fruits, and vegetables, but limited in grains, legumes, and dairy. It closely resembles the paleo diet.
Since this discovery about the Blood-Type diet, I have changed my eating according to the health benefits that are associated with my AB blood grouping. My prayer is that I will regain all of the physical abilities that will enable me toward over-all health and fitness.
I hope that you inquire more about Vitamin D and the Blood Type diet by clicking onto the links above.
In closing, I am praying that each of us may take the time to look at each element that is related to total health. These include diet, fitness and your spirituality, all of which have a most powerful impact on how we are to live on earth. It is a scientifically proven fact that our food choices affect our heath. The old saying, we are what we eat, is true. Every cell in our body was created from the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. In addition to nourishing our bodies, food also affects the quality of our lives, our appearance, moods, weight, energy, the aging process and our overall health and well-being.
Grace and Peace
Alonzo E. Thornton