For sailing

Recipes for sailing

You cannot satisfy everybody. On a boat, at close quarters, if the sleeping and the eating arrangements are harmonious, then it is possible to have harmony among the crew. With this in mind, I advocate preparing meals according to the ABO blood type. If this idea is new to you, it may seem crazy or irrational, but keep an open mind.

How many are to be fed? How many days, if any, will you be away from food markets (and organic food shops for spices)? Can you and the crew agree on a simple meal plan – day one, day two, day three, breakfast, lunch, and dinner? How much water is available (with about two liters per person per day required)? Is refrigeration available? How much fuel, such as propane gas, is available? Margin for error?

Planning meals at sea requires:

  1. a meal plan, such as day one, day two, day three, breakfast, lunch, and dinner,
  2. a shopping list, including vegetables, fruits, fish, meat, eggs, nuts, seeds, oils, herbs, spices, and water (two liters per person per day), 
  3. recipes, including abundant spices to taste.

Preparing meals at sea requires recipes that:

  1. are simple and nutritious (at most six ingredients with protein, minerals, and vitamins),
  2. conserve fresh water and cooking fuel, and
  3. are quick to prepare and clean up.

If you plan to be away from land for weeks at a time, then fresh vegetables and fruit are excluded, but dates, figs, and apricots will keep for weeks, if kept completely dry to prevent mold. The logic for preparing food while hiking or camping in the mountains is similar, depending most of all on available water and fuel. 

These recipes include abundant spices. Without food supplements, these recipes also tend to include :

  1. vitamin C (in the form of fresh or dried lemons or vitamin C powder, to prevent scurvy and for detox),
  2. vitamin B (brewer’s yeast, bee pollen, or supplements, for nerves and digestion),
  3. magnesium (in the form of spinach or chard, or chlorella, spinach, or kale powder, for bones, heart, and digestion), and
  4. omega-three oil (in the form of sardines, hemp seeds, chia seeds, or flax seeds, for nerves and muscles).

This meal plan and these recipes are based on the ideas of food combining and eating according to your ABO blood type. Do you know your own blood type?

Meal Plan

For blood type O, a possible meal plan, day by day, with three meals per day, is:

  1. Day one – oatmeal, omelette, and fresh or dried fruits & nuts, with lemonade before meals and tea much after,
  2. Day two – omelet, fish tartar, and fresh or dried fruits & nuts, with lemonade before meals and tea much after,
  3. Day three – fish tartar, sauté, and fresh or dried fruits & nuts, with lemonade before meals and tea much after,
  4. Day four – sauté, oatmeal, and fresh or dried fruits & nuts, with lemonade before meals and tea much after.

 

Shopping List

For blood type O, the following shopping list includes foods available in supermarkets. Organic spices can have better quality, if bought from health food shops. 

Blood type O
Oatmeal (or quinoa, buckwheat, or millet)
Honey (or date syrup)
Ginger
Clove
Salt
Stevia (pure liquid extract, ground leaves, or pure white powder extract)
Coconut oil
Carob powder
Olive oil

Eggs
Onion
Spinach (or chard)
Coriander
Chili pepper
Parsley
Rosemary
Fenugreek
Cumin

Sardines (or raw fish fillet) 
Lemon (or dried lemons or vitamin C powder, if available)
Garlic
Thyme

Steak (or hamburger, turkey, or liver)

Lemon
Apple
Banana
Pear
Peach
Blueberry
Dates
Figs
Apricots
Beetroot

Almonds
Walnuts
Pumpkin seeds
Hemp seeds

Green tea
Peppermint tea

Bee pollen
Chocolate (dark or cacao powder)
Chlorella powder
He shou wu, reishi, or cordyceps mushrooms (or powder), if available
Sodium bicarbonate (for digestion, between meals, and for cleaning)

Water

 

Recipes

For blood type O, the following recipes are simple, nutritious, and conserve fuel and water. They are also quick to prepare and to clean up afterwards.

Blood type O

  1. Lemonade – one quarter fresh lemon (or one quarter teaspoon vitamin C powder), 250 mL water, and pure stevia extract to taste,

  2. Oatmeal (or quinoa, buckwheat, or millet), water, coconut oil (or hemp seeds), ginger, salt, and pure stevia (or honey) to taste,

  3. Omelette, eggs, onions (fresh or dried), spinach (or chard), optionally mushrooms (fresh or dried), coconut oil, coriander, chili pepper and salt to taste,

  4. Fish tartar, canned sardines (or small raw fish as mercury-free as possible), onions (fresh or dried), garlic (fresh or powder), lemon juice (or lemon juice, dried lemons, or vitamin C powder), coriander, chili pepper and salt to taste, mixed in a ceramic or glass serving bowl, requires no water nor fuel,

  5. Sauté, pan-fried, chopped steak cubes (or fish filet, hamburger, liver, or turkey), onion, spinach, garlic, fenugreek, cumin, coriander and salt to taste,

  6. Almonds, walnuts, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds (AB),

  7. Fruit (fresh, in season if available, or dried), such as apples, bananas, pears, peaches, cherimoya, blueberries, pineapples, mango, pomegranate, dates, figs, apricots, raisins, cranberries, …,

  8. Steamed vegetables, such as broccoli, carrots, or sweet potatoes, olive oil, and rosemary, thyme, or parsley to taste, cooks fresher in a steamer basket and faster in a pressure cooker,

  9. Chia pudding, chia seeds, carob (or chocolate) powder, and stevia (or honey) cinnamon, ginger, or clove to taste, water, let sit overnight and stir well, and eat only two to three tablespoons at most at the end of a meal,

  10. Peppermint tea (or green tea or rooibos), lemon, and pure stevia (or honey).

Suppliers

Supermarkets and health food shops can be found locally in many places, such as the Max City shopping center about 2 KM from the center of Pula, Croatia.

Locally, in Belgium, Bio Planet, Bio Barn, Färm, and other organic food shops supply oatmeal flakes, quinoa, buckwheat, millet, brown rice (or camargue rice), chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, eggs, dried fruits, almonds, walnuts, coconut oil, olive oil, salt, and cacao powder. 

One possible online supplier of dried fruits, chlorella, quinoa, buckwheat, millet, adzuki beans, nuts, seeds, and other organic dried foods is Denotenshop.nl 

Another possible supplier, to post offices for poste restante, Pit & Pit supplies the following, mostly in dried form :

  1. honey, stevia (dried, powdered leaves, pure liquid or powdered extract),
  2. salt,
  3. ground garlic (and minced garlic and garlic slices),
  4. nutritional yeast (and nutritional yeast flakes and baker’s yeast),
  5. cinnamon powder,
  6. bee pollen,
  7. rosemary (cut and ground),
  8. cumin (and ground cumin),
  9. onion powder (and roasted onion, onion pieces, and onion slices),
  10. coriander powder (and dried coriander leaves),
  11. ginger powder (and dried pieces),
  12. cayenne powder (and chili powder),
  13. broth powder and arrow root (for soup), fenugreek ground,
  14. citric acid (and ascorbic acid), dried lemons,
  15. ground cloves,
  16. dried parsley,
  17. mango  powder,
  18. mushroom spice mix,
  19. ground thyme,
  20. ground reishi (mushroom),
  21. red miso (to flavor rice or beans),
  22. coconut oil, flaxseed oil, olive oil, walnut oil, argan oil, hemp oil, black cumin (nigella) oil, hemp protein powder, hemp seeds,
  23. kale powder,  spinach powder, chlorella, spirulina,
  24. cranberry powder, lucuma powder,
  25. chia seeds, almonds, walnuts, almond butter, Brazil nuts,
  26. cacao powder, carob powder,
  27. dried mango, dried apricot (and dried, fresh, and unsulphured), dried cranberry (and cranberry powder), dates, figs, diced apple (unsulphured), pineapple pieces,
  28. freeze-dried bananas, freeze-dried apples, freeze-dried pineapple, freeze-dried mango,
  29. almond flour, coconut flour,
  30. adzuki beans,
  31. split peas,
  32. oats, buckwheat, millet,
  33. buckwheat noodles (or quinoa or chickpea noodles),
  34. apple cider vinegar,
  35. green tea mint, nettle, horsetail, dandelion, peppermint leaves, and

 

Type A

I do not have blood type A. I have less experience observing people and preparing meals for people with blood type A, so this section is less certain and to be developed, including a meal plan with more rice, lentils, and beans, different recipes, different spices, coffee, and a pressure cooker. Possible recipes for blood type A are:

Blood type A

  1. Noodles (buckwheat, quinoa, or chickpea noodles), fresh, chopped tomatoes (or tomato sauce), salt, parsley, fenugreek, curcuma, fennel, and garlic to taste,

  2. Split pea soup with arrowroot, salt, parsley, fenugreek, curcuma, fennel, and garlic to taste,

  3. Brown rice (or camargue rice, lentils, quinoa, buckwheat, or millet), onions (fresh or dried), parsley (or chlorella or spirulina), coconut oil (or olive oil), salt, parsley, fenugreek, curcuma, fennel, and garlic to taste, cooks faster with a pressure cooker, 

  4. Adzuki beans (or lentils, black beans, or green beans), water, flax seeds (or pumpkin seeds or walnuts), and salt, garlic, fenugreek, curcuma, and fennel to taste (or possibly stevia, cinnamon or ginger to taste), bee pollen, cooks faster with a pressure cooker,

  5. Scrambed tofu, spinach, onion, peanuts, salt, garlic, fenugreek, curcuma, and fennel to taste,

  6. Others to be developed.
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