A balanced diet as learned during our school years had to do with making sure you included foods from the four major food groups - five if you counted milk or dairy as a separate group.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture still clings to that model, outdated as it is.
But that idea still fulfills the political and economic needs of government, agriculture, and the biggest economic entity of all, the medical and pharmaceutical concerns.
Once upon a time that emphasis from agriculture may have come as a result of ignorance.
Now I often think it's just a matter of political expedience.
It's been hard for me and many others of my age group to adjust to the idea that the foods we've always loved and enjoyed are actually harmful - some even downright dangerous.
How could a square meal of meat, potatoes, one or more vegetables, salad, bread or rolls, with a nice glass of milk, be harmful or dangerous?
We grew up on that type of diet, didn't we?
Many of our forebears lived into their 70s, 80s, and 90s - some even live past the century mark.
But we often just accepted that it was normal for old folks to have a very limited type of existence.
Normal to have arthritis, diabetes, failing sight and hearing, hemorrhoids, and goiters.
Normal to have diseased gums, rotten teeth, to be overweight and lack energy.
Normal to have to use walkers, canes, crutches or wheelchairs.
And normal to become senile - now labeled as having Alzheimer's disease.
My paternal grandfather was senile during his last 15 or more years. He was relatively active physically, but didn't know who he was, and didn't know his progeny.
Sometimes people hear and then claim that certain conditions run in their families. Usually when there is a history of certain conditions for successive generations, the common factor has more to do with similar dietary customs than genetics.
But we've always had a balanced diet in our family.
Every family can make that claim, right? Well, not every family attempts to stay on a balanced diet.
A traditional balanced diet means lots of diary and lots of grains - especially wheat.
Wheat, oats, barley, and rye. All contain gluten and certain other proteins which are actually dangerous.
The standard response of the health experts is that they're only dangerous to a small portion of the population.
That might be true except for the fact that huge quantities of wheat are consumed by almost everyone.
Sandwiches are such a huge part of daily diets. Sandwiches are often made at home and sent with as the main part of children's lunches.
Or they're found ready-made at the convenience store or deli.
All kinds of delicious sandwiches are available for a buck or two from the deli, the convenience store, and vending machines.
Likewise with snack cakes, pastries, bagels, doughnuts, bearclaws, and serving-sized pies.
The demand for wheat world wide is enormous - and not likely to change anytime soon.
I'm glad of that, for the sake of the farmers.
The wheat rich diet we easily fall into is far from a balanced diet.
With wheat showing up in all kinds of processed foods, cereals, convenience foods, fast foods and even in so-called health foods, it has tipped the balance so far that wheat is now nearly indispensable.
I've quit eating wheat in any form - at least as far as I know.
I missed it for a while.
I always loved the taste and texture of all kinds of breads, rolls, cereals, pastas and pastries.
But I now feel so much better - and lighter. Forty pounds lighter.
It's not just the wheat, but it's the largest component missing from my former balanced diet.
This webpage is linked to my Stress-free Living page.
Dietary stress is not always recognized, but stress from eating the wrong foods may be the most devastating stress on the planet - mainly because it's often not noticeable.
Stress from eating the wrong foods means eating foods which are toxic.
Dietary stress causes not only malfunctions in the GI tract, but also blood and nervous system disorders. Your ability to think straight and have all your mental and emotional functions at their optimum levels can easily be compromised by regularly eating toxic foods.
Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo is a very smart man. His father, Dr. James D'Adamo is also a highly intelligent person.
They have provided us with 2 generations of amazing research and practice with regard to a truly balanced diet.
The word balance takes on a meaning which has much more to do with the internal balance necessary for each of us as humans living in a modern world than with simply an arbitrary balance between four or five outdated food groups.
Eat Right For Your Type by Peter J. D'Adamo has been around since 1996.
Millions of copies in several languages have helped people all over the world to find the balanced diets that really work for for them.
Joyce and I have been using information from Dr. D'Adamo's books for about 3 years.
We've primarily used the small booklets for Type O and Type A - my type and Joyce's blood type, respectively.
We're starting to realize that we achieve more balance when we're staying very close to the diet for each of our blood types.
So far I haven't read the original Eat Right for Your Type, but Joyce has read parts of it.
About a year ago I picked up a paper-back copy of the Eat Right for Your Type Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia.
I've read only portions, but have used the charts in the back extensively as I've worked on this site and as I've worked on improving my own health.
It's an amazing work - very comprehensive and full of highly informative articles which can be read in any order. The articles often provide complimentary information for each other.
At the same time, it's easy to use the individual booklets -which are short and to the point as far as what to eat and what to avoid for each blood type.
Some medical doctors and medical experts still waste valuable time and energy attacking Dr. D'Adamo's information, but more and more medical folks are coming around, out of necessity.
They attack on the basis that little scientific evidence exists to support the theories of Eat Right 4 Your Type. By scientific evidence they mean double-blind placebo studies sponsored by pharmaceutical companies.
There's quite a bit of evidence among those who have used the information from D'Adamo's writings.
It's all anecdotal - which in the minds of the medical experts - makes it non-evidence.
Sometimes medical doctors and other medical proponents come around as a result of their own health crises when they can't find real solutions through medical treatments.
Dr. Alejandro Junger wrote Clean, a best-selling book which details his own experience in overcoming some devastating conditions through radical changes in diet along with using mind power.
Dr. Junger makes no distinction whatsoever based on blood typing.
Yet his list of foods to avoid is quite similar to those of D'Adamo.
Dr. Junger likely has never heard of D'Adamo - yet they have reached very similar conclusions through completely different circumstances.
I think most people can get superb results using either program.
The Clean program may be easier and faster - but Eat Right 4 Your Type may be the answer for the long haul and between cleanses.
For a balanced diet which results in a balanced you, look at both of these programs and pick the best of each.
Dr. Junger places more emphasis on eating organically grown foods, which is extremely important these days with all the poisons used in agribusiness.Return to Stress Free Living from Balanced Diet