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Wow. I could write a blog with just one word today. Wow.
In 1999 I found Eat Right 4 Your Type on a friend's bookshelf and read it at my friend's house that day. It took me a few months to accept it, wheat had been a staple and was believed to be healthy, but over time I realized that I didn't feel too great after eating it. That begin a strange and wonderful journey that has shaped my life and accomplishments since that time. I got my weight and back pain under control, as well as a host of other issues. I got my life back and found the resources to move forward into motherhood. I uncovered my gluten intolerance issues, and helped many family members do the same. I've met many of you here who were also willing to sacrifice favorite foods for better health. I've never regretted taking the leap into BTD.
Now I find myself taking another leap. I was hoping for some changes, and some new foods to enjoy, but I never expected what I found in GTD. I would have hyperventilated, but panic attacks are one of those issues that BTD has helped with. Then I stressed over the accuracy of my measurements, until a few kind souls at the forums pointed out that if they're that close, they can be counted as equal. So I firmed up my genotype determination as a Gatherer. I didn't think I fit the profile, but some of the gatherers on the forum are taller, thinner, and more muscular than I ever am. The diet looks pretty accurate to me, fewer grains and carbs than I have been eating, but I always knew I needed fewer. The surprise was some dairy, but it's a happy surprise. I picked up some natural cottage cheese last night and it sat well with me. Now when I get a dairy craving, I'll know where to direct it. I may have some casein intolerance, but that can change. I'm willing to find out.
I was a bit surprised to not be the the genotype that is a little more sensitive to foods, the Hunter. But I'll happily tackle a gatherer's challenges instead. For gatherers the main cause of problems is storing and accumulating toxins in the fat cells. I've known that I do that, for every time I lose weight I feel grumpy and icky for a while, until I'm done losing the weight. The accumulation can cause a number of health issues, and could be at the root of my hunter-like problems. I've also got the challenge of blood sugar regulation, already knew that, so that fits.
I'm going cold-turkey. I went gradually into BTD, but this time I going all out. I want to see the results fast, rather than testing every tiny part over time, this time around.
It was a big leap into BTD, now it's time for another big leap. I hope you decide to take the leap too... either way, I'll let you know how my journey goes.