I want to let my friends know I'm still alive and mostly well.

@bagarad (7850)
Paso Robles, California
July 13, 2012 1:22am CST
We have had triple digit temperatures that have caused me to flee my room where my computer is from about noon to about 9:30 this week, and more is expected tomorrow. I've also had two all day political workshops, one last Saturday and one yesterday, and a few orders to process and other business matters to squeeze in. On top of these factors, my husband and I started the Eat for Your Type diet (where the diet is different for each blood type) and it's been a difficult adjustment. I didn't officially find out my blood type until I donated blood last Friday, and that also took some of my strength. They fed us food not on our diets on Saturday at the workshop and both my husband and I felt a certain amount of digestive upset for a couple of days. The difference is that his went away and mine didn't, so between the need to stay close to a bathroom and the triple digit temperatures, I haven't had any walks for a week. I think I'm just eating more of certain foods than I should (like dried fruits and nuts) because of the new diet. Just wanted my friends to know why I haven't been very active this week. I do miss you all, but just don't have the energy to spend much time at the computer this week.
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@inertia4 (26913)
• United States
7 Aug 12
Well I do hope you're feeling better. I know all about the adjustment period for the body. When I became diabetic years ago, I had to change everything about how i eat. And I did go through a period where I was not feeling good. I lost lots of energy and yes, I was in the bathroom a lot. But I got over it and was fine. I am sure your new diet will level off. And I do hope that the diet works. I also have not been walking around much. We have had out hare of extreme hot weather with very high humidity to go along with it. I have had my air condition on almost every single day this summer.
@bagarad (7850)
• Paso Robles, California
9 Aug 12
I do feel much better now. I finally saw a chiropractor for the pain in my arm yesterday and he thinks there is a non-surgical solution. It has also been feeling better. Now if the triple digit heat would cool down a bit I might be at the computer more. In this kind of weather, if I don't have orders to process or meeting I have to attend, I escape to the other house with A/C and do some chores there or read, and we eat there and stay until after dark. Although I can check certain things on my laptop from there, it's slow and old, and I can't really do anything productive on it. I'll probably not be here much for the rest of the week. I'm glad we don't have your high humidity. The heat alone keeps me from my daily walks.
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@inertia4 (26913)
• United States
9 Aug 12
I am glad you are feeling better. You are lucky to not have that high humidity. I would rather have a dry heat myself if I have to have heat. I cannot stand waking up in the morning and everything is damp and sticky. That is so annoying. I stay in the A/C mostly in this heat. But I go out and thats only because I have to. Take care of yourself and take it easy.
@RitterSport (2452)
• Germany
21 Jul 12
thanks for your update and hope you are better by now. It will get warm, finally, next week over here. So far the summer has been too cold and too rainy. I am looking forward to warmer weather inspite of the fact my herniated disc will disagree with me on that. LOL.
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@bagarad (7850)
• Paso Robles, California
9 Aug 12
Sorry to be so long in responding. I didn't see a notification for this, and I confess I haven't been on the computer much this week because it's been so hot I've had to do only the necessary in the morning and escape by lunch time to the cooler house with A/C I am better now. Wish we had a bit of your rain.
• Germany
11 Aug 12
hi dear bagarad, hope you are better soon. I am lame too, last weekend we were in my husbands hometown and now it seems I caught a cold so I will be in bed tomorrow to recharge batteries enough to survive another work week till I have two weeks off work.
@peavey (15865)
• United States
14 Jul 12
I'm sorry you're not feeling well! I kind of wondered where you were. It sounds like a combination of circumstances got together against you. This heat is enough to make anyone sick in itself, though.
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@bagarad (7850)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Jul 12
I'm feeling more normal today, and it is a few degrees cooler. I think I'll be able to sleep without the swamp cooler on tonight, for which I'm glad. I even went for a short walk tonight for the first time in a week. Best of all, I spend all afternoon and evening pretty much by myself at the other house until after my walk. I read a book and did some light chores, too. I even worked on my main web site this morning before I left, so I feel pretty good about that.
@peavey (15865)
• United States
14 Jul 12
I'm glad you're feeling better! Sleeping well can make a big difference in the way we feel, so maybe that will help speed your recovery. Sometimes just being productive can help a lot, too, with our mental state and that helps us physically.
• United States
14 Jul 12
Where did you find this diet I have not heard of this one?
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@bagarad (7850)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Jul 12
It's in a book called Eat Right for Your Type by Peter D'Adamo. You have to know your blood type. I wrote about how I got started in a recent Hub. You can find my HubPages profile link in my profile here at MyLot. It links to the books I have used. We checked a couple of books out of the library to see what we'd have to do, but we now have several books on order, since we think we really do want to try this. For two days I've stuck to this religiously and I am starting to feel better than I did earlier this week. I think I've lost about three actual pounds this week. My weight seems to fluctuate a pound between afternoon and evening for the past two days, so I figure at least one pound is water. I'm not eating as much as usual and I'm not hungry.
• United States
15 Jul 12
I will have to check it out thanks!
• United States
13 Jul 12
Hi Stranger! I'm so sorry about this heat. About this diet. If it is making you feel ill, then stop. Let me ask a silly question. Why can't you keep your old diet and just eat less of it? I wish you happiness, cool air , and good health!
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@bagarad (7850)
• Paso Robles, California
13 Jul 12
Sarah, the diet is too complicated to explain in this forum. It's based on your blood type. Many people say they feel better since they started it and lost weight. The theory, which does have some scientific backing, is that people with different blood types have digestive systems that work best with different foods. Some foods have lectins which people with different blood types digest differently. So my husband, a Type O, does better on lots of animal protein. He can eat beef and bison, and I shouldn't. I am supposed to eat a lot of legumes, and he can only eat a few. Neither of us is supposed to eat dairy products except for feta cheese, and goat cheese. I can also have a bit of goat milk and yogurt. He gets to eat tomatoes and peppers and I can't. Neither of us is supposed to eat cabbage. This wrecks havoc with my current favorite recipes, except for a few of them, since I don't like having to cook separate meals. Example: wheat is one of the worst offenders in causing weight gain for almost all blood types. It also increases mucus production -- one of my primary problems. I'm not choking on mucus as much since I started this diet. So it does have some benefits. The digestive problems could also be partly due to the food we were served at the workshops -- especially the one last Saturday. We were served a ham and swiss cheese sandwich on a white roll. I had to remove the tomato and scrape off most of the mayo -- all not on my diet. I suspect that the sandwiches might have been out too long, since both of us reacted to the food. Neither of us is supposed to eat ham or cheese, but it's never caused this reaction in either of us before. My guess is that there may be a tad of food poisoning at work from Saturday combined with my weakened condition from the blood donation on Friday and adjusting to eating some of some foods. Thank you for your good wishes.
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• United States
14 Jul 12
I'm type O and I eat meat And I Never any veggies!I'm laughing because I was told 30 years ago my diet was going to kill me! But I do eat cheese and bread. And I will always. I think it was an reaction to bad ham and cheese. Be Well my friend.
@BarBaraPrz (17306)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
13 Jul 12
Did you feel better when you started the new diet? I know you don't feel so good now... Hope you recover soon.
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@bagarad (7850)
• Paso Robles, California
13 Jul 12
Actually, I've felt worse on the new diet because I'm eating more of the foods that aren't animal based and I don't get to eat my beloved whole grain bread from Costco. I used to eat that a lot at night with avocado, and I don't think it will be quite as good on Ezekiel bread -- the only kind I'm allowed unless I make wheat-less bread myself. Somehow I don't want to bake in this weather. My husband can eat meat, but I'm supposed to eat a lot of say, which I don't like, beans (except for the ones I really like, kidney beans), lentils (which my husband isn't supposed to eat) and oodles and oodles of vegetables, except I'm not supposed to eat tomatos and peppers -- the things that make chili taste good. It's hard to break old habits. What we are both supposed to eat is lots of fresh fish, and that is very expensive. I have lost some weight. I'm hoping the feeling good part will kick in when my body starts adjusting to the added fiber.
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@BarBaraPrz (17306)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
13 Jul 12
If the feeling good part doesn't kick in soon, will you continue with it? Personally, I think all "miracle" diets are a bunch of crock. I just eat what I have a craving for.
@Rick1950 (1481)
• Peru
16 Jul 12
Hello Bagarad, I see you're a very active person and participate at different events. It is very interesting the subject about the special diet you are starting now. I haven't heard about that kind of diet related to blood type. I understand that you felt weak after you donated some blood, but perhaps you should have made a simple blood test. Anyway, I'm sure you are feeling a very strong woman again. I find good the food based on fruits and nuts, but I think you should drink also a properly amount of water, specialy on this hot weather. I'm happy that you feel mostly well and I expect you have a nice week.
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@bagarad (7850)
• Paso Robles, California
17 Jul 12
Rick, I'm a Type A, and most of my diet is supposed to be from the vegetable kingdom, with maybe some chicken, and fish three times a week. I will have to learn to love soy, since right now I don't. I also can't eat two of my favorite beans. I can eat my favorite nuts, except for cashews, though. My husband is a Type O, and he digests animal proteins better and can't eat some of the legumes, like lentils, that I can. I do drink lots of water, since I'm not supposed to drink much else. I'm feeling much better this week, and it has cooled off these past two days, so that's good.
@savypat (20248)
• United States
13 Jul 12
Any one of these things would have wiped my energy out. Glad thing are getting better.
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@bagarad (7850)
• Paso Robles, California
13 Jul 12
I'm hoping they are better today. It's almost 80 up here now, and if it gets over 80 I will make my escape to the house with A/C, as I've been doing every other day. I have to water the lawns there on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. And I am getting some laundry done there.
@GreenMoo (11842)
13 Jul 12
I hope you are feeling on top form again very soon.
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@bagarad (7850)
• Paso Robles, California
13 Jul 12
Thanks. I hope so, too. I will just have to lay off the summer's peaches and nectarines a bit, as well as the dried fruits.
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
13 Jul 12
although i like summer to an extent as it means things are slower at work, more vacations, trips to the beach and my favourite tourist haunts, i welcome the fall and the cold weather. take care.
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@bagarad (7850)
• Paso Robles, California
13 Jul 12
I agree that summers are nice if they aren't too hot. Lots of events happen here in the summer. Because of the heat and how I feel I will probably skip the Lavender Festival in City Park tomorrow. I'm hoping my husband will take me for a fish dinner in one of our beach towns. I think fall and spring are my favorite seasons, though, because of all the color. It's green here in the spring when we have had rain, but summer is normally brown.
@hsofyan (3452)
• Jakarta, Indonesia
13 Jul 12
Enjoy it. Your job is more important. Diet is a healthy way. We are waiting for you here with a smile.
@bagarad (7850)
• Paso Robles, California
13 Jul 12
Thanks. I can't work much in the heat, but I will try to work more today. It should only get to be 100, and if it waits as long to get there as it did yesterday, I can probably get more done today before I flee. Orders are still slow, but I should be listing more books.
@aabuda (1729)
• Philippines
13 Jul 12
I am from the Philippines...yes I heard it from the news that you guys from the US is really suffering from too much heat nowadays...I just hope that you can still take it and that your electricity in your area is doing good because there was instance in the news that a particular area doesn't have electricity ....
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@bagarad (7850)
• Paso Robles, California
13 Jul 12
I keep expecting the power to go out, but so far we've been lucky. If the power goes out I'll have to read downstairs by natural light.
@drannhh (15002)
• United States
13 Jul 12
Glad to know you are OK. We came up to the SF Bay Area to escape the desert heat, but have had some triple digits here, too, and this is not necessarily dry heat. But the good news is that as the heat has kept us indoors (off the golf course) I am getting some house cleaning done. At least it does usually cool down at night up here. Take care.
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@bagarad (7850)
• Paso Robles, California
13 Jul 12
I'm glad you're getting some housework done. I've had to stay inactive except for cooking. I have read some books, but they were just mysteries. I hope my digestive system settles down a bit. I lost one pound between lunch and dinner yesterday. I think I'd better cut down on the dried fruit and nuts. It does cool down when the sun finally goes down, but I still have to keep the fan on all night because it gets really hot upstairs. Only my bedroom has a swamp cooler. i think it's supposed to get cooler this weekend -- back down to the nineties.