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Hi, I asked a question and realized later that I may have offered insufficient background for you to answer the question. My question is about the use of carbohydrates for Os during long periods of exercise. The conventional wisdom, of course, is to eat a grain-intensive diet, and bring along similar food stuffs (in the form of power bars, fructose based goos etc.) during long periods of exertion such as long runs, bike rides or multi-sport events. Given that Os and, indeed, other blood types often do poorly on carbohydrates, I was wondering if an exception should be made for periods of exertion. That is, does the liver require extra glycogen for efforts over 60 minutes or should a meat and vegetable diet provide a sufficient carbohydrate source for muscles? Thanks in advance for this clarification. nadine
Hi, Nadine! For performance athletes in long-distance events especially, our general guidelines must be customized by the individual. Even so, going back toward a grain-intensive diet and/or regular use of processed sugar drinks will not get you to the top of your form. Test a few things to determine your best training regimen. How about a hydrating drink made of prune, pineapple, blueberry or black cherry juice and mineral water? Or carrot/celery/spinach/beet juice? A biking enthusiast friend of mine pops walnut butter balls dipped in ground flaxseed and chocolate, then frozen. You can do a mini-carb loading routine with the starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, butternut or acorn squash, and/or parsnips. Have a full serving of steamed whole grain from the neutral list three times per week IF you find you do better with it than without it.
In many ways, your situation has unexpected commonalities with that of people with health problems, in that you are living in a "state of challenge." Your sports require that extra boost of protein in the healing phase after exertion, so an added serving or two per week of beneficial flesh foods is worth consideration. And, a deep-stress-relief practice such as meditation has shown significant results in improving athletic performance due to its many healing and energy-enhancing properties.
Enjoy your wonderful sporting life, Nadine, and whiz by here again when you get the chance! :-D
I love the new question and answer columns. I was spending WAY too much time reading all those messages on the old but beloved message board. I even have time to do my type O exercise program now. My question concerns type O's and hormone replacement therapy. I had been taking Prempro for 8 years. With the latest reports being so negative, I went to my doctor and he agreed with me it was time to get off of it. I am 59 years old, I have been on the BTD for nearly 4 years now. He wants me to take them every other day for 2 weeks and then quit comletely; I have one more week to go. When I first started taking HRT my complaints were, dry skin, vaginal dryness, mild depression, hot flashes, and insomnia. Just tapering off of the prempro I am already beginning to experience some of these again. I am wanting to handle this strictly with diet and natural supplements. What do you suggest? Ruth
~:-D Hi, Ruth! Hey, how come you have more time now, but I have less? What's up with that?? ;-D That is great news that you're phasing out the prempro, and I'll reel off a few things that come to mind that should help you with the readjustment. Flaxseed, two tablespoons ground and soaked for 20 minutes in enough water to cover, twice per day. MACA, the ground root: a tablespoon, twice per day. I get mine from the Penn Herb company, along with wild yam in capsules -- two caps, two to three times per day. Several women swear by Rhodiola rosea, at around 400-600 mg per day, and you might become one of them. The Encyclopedia Menopause Support protocol suggests six weeks of the following: chaste berry standardized at 400 mg, horsetail 500 mg, vervain tea, all twice per day, and 10 mg of manganese daily. There are other protocols relating to menopause, including Female Balancing and Metabolic Support, so take a browse through the book.
Now that I've said all that, here's a story: through experimentation, a 64-year-old woman I know has discovered that the only thing that does the trick for her symptoms (identical to the ones you noted) was Cortiguard. Go figure! She really went the rounds of all kinds of pharmaceutical, homeopathic and naturopathic treatments. She's been on the BTD for years. Cortiguard was her savior.
So, try these suggestions singly and give each a couple of weeks to show its mettle. If you're in a hurry for relief (and I wouldn't blame you! ;-}), you can use the entire arsenal for three weeks -- then slowly eliminate one item after another until you find out which one (if it is only one) is actually doing the job. Dear Ruth, I do hope this is helpful to you! Please let me know how it goes!!
I am a 52 year old 'A', reasonably compliant on the BTD but I suffer from the ugliest varicose veins ever! I have had two operations in the past but not successful. Is there 'something' in the BTD that I'm lacking that results in varicose veins or is there 'something' that I need to add to my eating regime? Yes, I stand a lot during the daytime at work.....can't avoid that! Thanks for your help Angie
:-} Angie, I'm so sorry you're suffering with those veins. It is caused by insufficient vein wall strength, and standing a great deal of the time does make it worse. This is a difficult condition to resolve, but I have some suggestions for you.
1. Can you get some walking at work, and find any time to raise your legs a bit?
2. Support hose may be the last thing you want to deal with, but the real kind with toes left free and progressive pressure (highest at the ankle) can relieve the discomfort and help ease some of the blood pressure on the veins.
3. A combination of horsetail, gotu kola, butcher's broom and collinsonia liquid extracts, ten drops of each taken twice daily, are very helpful for venous flexibility and strength.
4. "Wall sitting." Start by lying on the floor and resting your legs on your bed for a few minutes. Work up to ten minutes over a month or so. At that point, lie on the bed and stretch your legs straight up against the wall, as if you're sitting on the wall with your back on the bed. Again, start with just a minute or two and slowly increase the time until you have them up for 10-15 minutes.
Try these for two months, and I'm sure you'll see an improvement! Let me know, OK? :-)
I'm type A with polycystic ovaries and the odd symptom of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I'm confused because the Female Balancing Protocol which is recommended for POS suggests using Black Cohosh, which I understand to be highly oestrogenic. Oestrogen dominance is usually a problem for women with polycystic ovaries and so surely adding Black Cohosh will only make things worse. Also, are you meant to follow the whole protocol or is it ok to take only some of the recommended substances? Thankyou, Olympia, UK.
Hello, Olympia! These are protocols Peter uses in his practice with great success. The combinations are designed to work together, but you can certainly use the Female Balancing suggestions without the black cohosh if desired! Thanks for your note!!
Hi I am B positive. For 7 weeks I have done well on the eating program. My pep is up as is my attitude. However, the weight has not shifted very much - just at the beginning of adding the lecithin/oil in the am and then when i added Magnesium. I am 5'4" 250 - ish. I was using cranberry /whitegrape juice for the elixor and have shifted to cranberry only. Also, I tried 3 different magnesiums to find one that did not have additives that created side effects. Now, I am using the mag caltrate and do have the diarrhea type response so take a day off every 5 or so...any brand suggestions? (1 of the trials had potato starch and mag only but i definitely cannot intake whatever form of potato starch that was!!) Also, I am doing a mild yoga every am and walking about 1 1/2 miles. I am using the B probiotics and herbs, eating lamb as my only meat 1 x/day and a lot of green veggies steamed. I have shifted to low fat dairy. FYI I have definitely have candida - should I be cutting out dairy? Any suggestions about magnesium? And should I be expecting faster results? And are veggies the only acceptable snack? Thankl you!!! Jacie
:-) The diarrhea response means you're getting plenty of magnesium between your supplement and those wonderful green veg. You might want to step down the mag dosage just a bit. I have a feeling, and I might be wrong, that you may not be eating enough. Surprised? :-) We want to send your body the message that there is AMPLE perfect food coming your way, and that it is SAFE to let go of the weight. :-) It sounds wacky, but it works that way with many people. So, check to see if you are eating small meals or snacks whenever you are hungry -- never too much at one meal, and not within three hours before you go to bed.
Would it be possible to add a couple of things? Fish, for one thing, a small serving four times per week. Flaxseed, two tablespoons ground and soaked in some water for 20 minutes, daily. Make your own ghee by heating and clarifying your butter ~ The oils in these foods are fabulous for fat loss, and ghee is an intestinal healer. If you do have a candida overgrowth, the grain part of the diet can be cut down, but there's no need to eliminate dairy! A bit of cheese with fruit is a great snack, by the way. If possible, switch your meat choices around a bit (with turkey, rabbit, venison, beef) to keep your system perky. And you might look into the Harmonia drink mix sold here ~ it's an abundant chlorophyll source, which will speed your candida resolution. I'm sure your weight will normalize on a time frame suited to enhancing your health and keeping the weight off, so no worries about how fast it's going for now. Enjoy the process... you'll never go through it again! ;-D
I am a B non-secretor. In the new LR4YBT book the section on oils has a typo that makes the subject of oils confusing. It says, "Walnut oil and black currant seed oil are highly beneficial for Type B non-secretors, who have a bit of an edge in breaking down oil over non-secretors." Those two oils are listed as beneficial for non-secretors but the amount of oils recommended weekly for us is less than for secretors, so I'm assuming secretors break down oil better. Clarification would be appreciated. Thankyou, Carol
Hi there, Carol ~ Yes, the text has an error there. Secretors have a higher frequency of oil servings allowed because they do have the edge in breaking it down. Thanks for your reminder! :-)
In the book Blood Type B it lists Barley as a neutral and an avoid. see pages 26 & 27. It also lists Mozzarella cheese as highly beneefical but lists string cheese as an avoid. String cheese is made from Mozzarella. See pages 16 & 17. I need to know about these two foods,as I like to eat them. Thank You Susie
Here is the July column on string cheese ~ and barley is neutral for everyone except type Os. Sorry for the error, and have a wonderful day, Susie!
Dear Heidi I am a great fan of Blood group diet, and following it for one year now. (I am a female A. For some stomach pain, after getting rid of H. pylori, I went to a very serious Naturopathic, she tested my blood to get so called: finger print of my Metabolism system, now there is some conflict with my BTD. for example, chiken and black tae are good for me now. My swiss Naturopathic does not deny the BTD. I am very confused now, could you please help me. mahnaz
Hallo, Mahnaz ~ Well, first I would ask her the basis for the changes she wants to make in your diet. I'd want to know what the blood test showed her and how she correlated that result to food reactions. If she suggested that you should not eat certain neutral or beneficial foods for a period of time, I would have no problem with that; often people begin this diet with individual allergies or intolerances that are best dealt with slowly. However, I am never comfortable when a practitioner tells someone they can eat a major avoid, so I'd want significant further information on that, and even then I could not recommend following those instructions! Chicken lectin will do what it is going to do, unless your blood type is actually O or A! so please get back to me, OK? :-)
hi, i've read some of your stuff, but still don't understand, i'll tell you a little about myself, i'm 39 always been small, for the last couple of years i've gain a lot..been on zoloft for anxiety, i'm exercising a lot..but still can't lose weight, i'm type AB- , PLEASE help and tell me what type of food i should eat and type of food to avoid - ty Claudette
Hi, Claudette ~ Did your weight gain begin after you started the zoloft? Here is a quote from one of approximately 40,000 web pages which discuss weight gain due to zoloft and other SSRIs:
"Weight gain from SSRI usage is more common then you might think. You are not alone with this side effect. If you have gained 20 or more pounds, within a short amount of time, it is being caused by a change in your metabolism. All SSRI's inhibit or slow down your metabolism. They inhibit specific enzymes in your liver that allow your metabolism to function correctly."
If there are foods in your diet which are overstimulating your immune system, they are one cause of your anxiety. Eliminating them can help in that case.
The book Live Right 4 Your Type contains all the information you need to begin an appropriate diet, and explains the kinds of exercise which will help reduce your stress chemical levels. Meditation is a powerful practice which has medical potency in alleviating the conditions you're now taking zoloft for. Please get hold of the book! In the meantime, you can check the foods you customarily eat against the information in the TYPEbase 3 list which is also linked from our main page at www.dadamo.com. I truly hope this helps, and I encourage you to start on this JOYFUL health track ASAP! Take good care, dear!
I am confused between books. Live Right and Cook Right. Cook right gives sample menus including coffee but my Live right is death on it. Which is correct? Also can AB's have apples. I see cider and juice is neutral but not a mention of apples I also bought the food, beverage and supplement list book and again apples don't seem to be mentioned. I am struggling wiht recipes that will help me make soup and again the cook right book is confusing. Can you give me a link to some recipes for soup for AB's thanks, Patricia
Hey there, Patricia ~ Apples/apple cider/ apple juice are all the same item for purposes of the food values. All neutral for you! Coffee's status changed based on further research, so yes, it is an avoid now. I posted a basic soup recipe for type As in this column -- just substitute turkey for chicken. Once the stock is made, you can add any AB-OK ingredients of your choice! I'm not sure what you found confusing about the Cook Right recipes in general? All recipes, no matter where you find them, should be checked for OK ingredients and adapted as necessary to your blood type list. It's a bother, but well worth it! and we all go through this in process of putting together a stable of recipes that work for our households. I hope this helps, and have a lovely day!! :-)