Thanks to all for the comments and questions! I'll miss the active presence of the other type O non-secretor, and supportive pioneer to the BTD, Heidi. Her presence and help on the early dadamo forum was instrumental in getting me started on the diet back in 1999. I'm sure I can't fill her shoes, but I welcome any questions in the O non-secretor department!
Mostly those are thyroid questions lately as I mentioned that I've gone off levoxyl recently. So here is my personal thyroid timeline...
1989-1990, at the tender age of 14 I became a vegetarian for one year. Ate tofu, plenty 'o whole grains, nuts, but didn't cut out dairy or eggs... oh, and yes, a few vegetables.
1991-1992, had symptoms of hyperthyroid as is often seen with beginning stages of Hashimoto's, blamed it on hypoglycemia though my blood sugar levels were normal, and never got a diagnosis.
1994 severe case of mono, age 19
1995 mono morphed into chronic fatigue,
1996 undiagnosed hypothyroid, borderline normal TSH, but told not to worry about it and sent off with Zoloft, which didn't help so I quit taking it.
1997 TSH finally went above range, got tested and found to have Hashimoto's, started taking synthroid
1998 thyroid fatigue morphed into extreme sleepiness from another antidepressant, Paxil, got off it, and on Wellbutrin
1999 By this time, very overweight, on antibiotics nearly every month for UTI's or sinus infections, fairly high cholesterol. Wellbutrin worked, but time to get off it with the help of jogging. Soon injured my back while playing with nephews, didn't feel well for some time... Also, was unable to lose weight whatever I tried, counted calories down to 900 a day, but still gained a pound on that, so gave up on calorie counting.
August 1999, came across Eat Right 4 Your Type at a friend's house and read it there. Hmm. Interesting. Saw notation to a book by Dr. Bland, Genetic Nutritioneering, and bought that one.
October 1999, started to admit that wheat may do bad things to me. Ate the breakfast of champions a couple hours after waking up, it had been a good morning, but now I had to go back to bed feeling depressed and achy.
December 1999, FINALLY stopped eating wheat and implementing a few other points from the BTD. Dropped 14 pounds in two weeks, and started to see some HOPE!
Lost 35 pounds overall, before I started to cheat again. I gained 10 pounds in 2001 from corn intake, then another 10 pounds over the holidays.
2002 Became pregnant. A few months into it, the doctor reduced my Levoxyl for the first time (I don't remember when I switched from synthroid to levoxyl, if you're wondering). Ended up gaining, GULP!, 50 pounds during the pregnancy. (was still cheating, wheat free, but little more and eating corn and dairy a plenty)
2003 as a new mom, lost 30 pounds over time without dieting as could be expected. Healthy baby boy, by the way.
January 2004 Started BTD faithfully once more after stomach problems started to act up again. Gradually lost 30 pounds by August, and gradually reduced levoxyl to 0. The BTD has helped me feel better physically and emotionally, and helped me get though a stressful time in my life.
Since 1999, I've gone from needing upwards of 4 prescriptions at any one time, to needing none. I've gone from thinking I'd always suffer from some condition or another, to knowing that my body can heal itself when given the right resources. The proof to any diet/way-of-life is in the pudding, and this is the only plan that works for me and my health... even if it means I can't eat real pudding anymore! After all is said and done, I would never choose any other path.
I'm not eating much more than Jim anyway. Strange. I used to overeat when stressed, now, like Erika, I undereat. I'm lucky to get in one square meal a day, though I do snack on protein or fruit to keep my brain working. This last two months has just been piling up on me. My grandma died, my car broke down, my back went out, my son is sick, it takes as long to find babysitters as they end up actually helping, I'm behind on all my work, I had to give up jogging for hiking, although my stamina is pretty low (no mystery there)...I could go on, but I'll stop myself.
My back is better now, and it recovered much more quickly than it used to previous to BTD. And my son loves our hikes, they are the highlight of his day.
I'm now off my thyroid medicine. It's been an adjustment between overmedicated and coming off the medicines too fast...it's been hard. From all indications though, my thyroid is now capable of full-scale automated production.
Maybe I'll juice some lemons for lunch... nah, I think I'll aim a little higher than that. I have some lovely canned tuna in olive oil. I did have green beans with my 2 breakfast eggs (around noon, now it's 4:00 pm, so the schedule still needs some work.)
Enough talk, time to eat.
Can I just say again how thankful I am for the work of Dr. D'Adamo... I tried lots of other diets and none of them worked for me. I tried low-calorie, low-fat, vegetarian (yikes!), I ate what I heard from everyone was supposed to be good for me. Atkin's may have helped me lose weight, I found this before Atkin's, but it wouldn't have helped my health like BTD has in so many ways. With the cheese though, I'm not sure it would have even helped me that much with weight, as dairy seems to make it harder for me to lose weight. And I couldn't have gone off wheat just to lose weight, it was the promise of other benefits that I'd read about in Dr. D'Adamo's book, and Dr. Bland's Genetic Nutritioneering...those two books were what convinced me to eliminate wheat. I had a lot of back pain and joint pain back then, without any real explanation for it, along with a bunch of other weird symptoms and syndromes, and that is what motivated me. I was taking at least five prescriptions in my early twenties, and felt lousy. I felt immediate improvment once I finally cut wheat completely out of my diet.
The promise of less pain got me on the program. The emotional benefits kept me with the program. The digestive consequences scared me away from cheating on the program. The weight loss was a happy side-effect.
But wheat-free is not quite enough for me to lose weight, corn-free and dairy free are the other two important factors. The whole diet which on the surface looks like a complicated list of do's and don'ts ultimately combines into one big picture...it all just resonates with my cells and turns what was once an unfortunate combination of genetics and environment into who I should be. "I believe fate smiled on destiny" - Natalie Merchant
Who needs new genes when you can buy new jeans?
I'm happy to be shopping for clothes a little more lately. I still have some high school clothes, and I've been able to start wearing some of them, but it was time to update things a bit. I've always liked more classic styles, so my clothes never really go out of style, but seriously it was time for an update.
I love wearing my new jeans, and just got another outfit and a dress that I ordered online. I ordered them small, but they fit well already and will continue to fit as I lose more weight (heaven knows I have plenty of big clothes, though they are all getting worn out). It does a lot for a girl to get some new clothes, even a girl like me who has never enjoyed shopping. I now do most of my shopping online, as shopping with a toddler is nearly impossible for me. It takes a few tries to figure out the sizing and what brands work for my shape, but it's worth it for all the sales and clearance items I can find without having to scour a mall.
I had a terrible dream about a dear friend who's sick, I don't want to go into the details, it was very Orwellian. Needless to say, at the end of the dream, I was pleading with everyone and the powers that were in control of the fictional society, to let me try to make this person better.
I've been building on that theme, with a gathering storm inside me. I'm formulating ideas for a BTD Boot Camp. I'm thinking of starting small, taking one person in at a time and teaching them, preparing food, shopping together, cooking together, exercise and meditation, the whole plan. Just to get someone started on it when they don't have the energy to tackle it alone. How long it will take to actually implement is a total unknown at this point. I'm overwhelmed right now just keeping myself and my family on track. I just hate to see loved ones who are miserable, when I know the BTD would help.
More on the storm though, I'm getting angry with the powers that are in control of THIS society. How long before they realize that the foods they promote and that most people eat daily are making us sick. Who will lead the coming revolution, should we call it the Spelt Revolution? Or something more broad, the Nutrigenomics Revolution? I'm waiting for that wave to break, I'm waiting to walk through Costco and see Spelt Thins replacing Wheat Thins, Rice Bran Oil replacing Corn oil... my futuristic wish list will go on and on. Is it just that wheat and corn are cheap, or is it because they're what most consumers want? What's driving this train?
I do see rice crackers at Costco, they have cheese so may be ok only for Bs, but they are wheat free. I see organic blueberries, soymilk, many good things. I see many spelt products at the health food store and spelt flour at the grocery store. I have seen progress, but when I think of those who are sick, the progress isn't fast enough.
I was in line there today, waiting to return some jeans that were too big... I love Costco, they've got some good stuff, but the lack of bags makes it easy to tell what everyone walking out just bought. I waited in line a good long time, watching lots of bread, cakes, twinkies, potato chips, sodas, and bacon leave the store. It was mostly foods that are avoids for most or all of us.
Once I returned my pants and went in to find a smaller size, I saw lots of larger sizes, only a couple smaller. I did find a smaller pair that fits me really well. My husband about did a jig when he saw me in fitted blue jeans...I guess I haven't worn them for a while. Most of my clothes are too baggy, I'm realizing. Not complaining about that though! I now weigh 8 pounds less than I did right before my pregnancy, yipee!! Another 10 or 20 pounds to go, I'll see where I level off. Then I'll still have plenty of other goals to work on!
I was just welcoming some newbies to the diet on the yahoo group as well as a family member who is trying out the BTD way of life...the question of hunger upon giving up wheat has come up.
Yes, the hunger does go away, it takes a week or two from what I remember. Fill in with vegetables, cooked greens are surprisingly satisfying with meat. Be sure to add beneficial fats as well. Fruit hits the sweet tooth well if you miss desserts...berries, bananas and figs are great. You'll find that beneficial foods all end up being very satisfying once your body learns to recognize it's friends. At that point, you may find it takes a little effort to eat enough, as you won't be as hungry overall.
I've heard somewhere that since grains don't digest properly, they cause an expansion in your stomach that gives you a false sense of fullness, or over-fullness. I haven't felt that old and somewhat uncomfortable "too full to stuff another bite in my mouth" feeling for a long time, no matter how much I eat. I think this is what's called a "pasta punch" and I don't miss it, as I've traded it for a comfortable, yet still mentally alert and physically mobile sense of satisfaction.
Putting myself in the shoes of the hunter-gatherers who have gone before, I can see a definite advantage to the sense of satisfaction I get when eating right. I would think that old "pasta punch" could be deadly if suddenly attacked by any number of dangerous beasts who used to roam freely among us. Eating Right 4 Your Type can be a tool for short term survival, not just longevity and health... (Is that a new meme, or did I absorb it from someone else?)