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Dear Heidi, I'm still adjusting to being an O+ Non Secretor (just found out the secretor status a month ago), and now I'm really confused. You showed the O NS maximum frequency food pyramid in your column a few days ago, and it listed 1 cheese and 2 milk/yogurt. After finding my NS status, I checked every food I had been eating on this web site, and found that all cheeses/milk/yogurts are avoids for O NS people. So, why are they on the pyramid??? Also, I eat manna wheat or rye bread with almond or hazelnut butter, along with a couple of dried figs or prunes for breakfast every morning. It would appear that the nut butter and fruits are okay, but how bad of a thing is it to have the manna bread daily? I love it and it keeps me satisfied for hours. Since I eat my weekly eggs at lunch meals with veggies or salad, I don't want them for breakfast. Also, I do not eat any beans, as I do not like them. As to 5 oils.....I use olive oil daily lunch and dinner (on salads, steamed vegetables, and when I cook chicken or veal). I'm a few pounds over my favorite weight, but hardly overweight (I'm considered very Vata...). If I followed the O NS pyramid, I would probably be underweight. Can you please advise me as to the dairy on the pyramid, and as to the importance of adhering to the pyramid? Like I said, I'm really confused! Thanks, and as before, I really enjoy and appreciate your column. Abby
Hi, Abby ~ the confusion is partly because the frequency table in the dairy section is divided by item group rather than by secretor status, so it applies to both secretors & nonsecretors. The other food groups have separate frequencies by secretor status. So, after getting your note, I re-worked that column just a bit. Butter and ghee are the only dairy products allowed for O-NSs, so the three dairy servings for us would be butter ~ I simply add ghee to the oils section, since technically it contains none of the milk proteins or sugars that make "dairy" dairy. :-) I hope that helps. If you are indeed a few pounds over the weight you feel is ideal, it may be due simply to having that manna bread 7 days instead of 3. An additional bit of exercise may tip the scales in the right direction. I wouldn't sweat the oils unless you have gallbladder concerns, and the beans are not a requisite part of your diet. And the importance of adhering to the pyramid? Well, that's just my interpolation of the frequencies outlined in Live Right, which are guidelines ~ not immutable laws. :-) I hope this gives a better view of things, Abby, and thanks for your post!!
P.P.S. to "BTD Moms:"
Hi Heidi, First, a political correctness issue ;-) It is not just BTD moms that are dealing with BTD issues for their children. In some cases, it is BTD dads that are trying to nourish and educate their children how to shop, cook, and eat. I know I try! I only take care of my children every other week, but I believe that I have had some success in changing their viewpoint about food, or at least making them aware of the issues. For instance, when we sit down to eat my 10 year old son will frequently review with me which foods are beneficial versus neutral ;-) Or if I buy something new like a processed food product he may ask if it has any avoids in it.
Yes, like just about any parent I do struggle with getting my children to eat all of their vegetables ;-(. I try to serve the veggies they like a little more often, but I still serve and make them eat some of the veggies they don’t like. I hope that over time their taste buds will adjust to accept or maybe even enjoy them.
It also bothers me that I cannot monitor or adjust what they eat when they are not with me, such as when they are at school or at their mother’s house. And yes, I cringe every time they have pizza, and all its wheat, at every social function that comes along. However, I accept that I can’t do anything about it so I just try to do a good job educating them when they are with me so that hopefully they will make the best choices they can about what they eat when they aren’t with me.
I will say that I did inform their mother about the BTD and have encouraged her as much as I can to follow the BTD for the children. She has made some changes to their diet so it was worth the effort. Now if the food industry would take note of the BTD the children and the rest of us would have a much easier time being successful! Take care, Don
Heehee, I thought the "moms" titles would get a response from you, Don! I'd almost given up hope when I finallly saw your response this morning. *whew!* What took you so long? No, being a bit laid up with a cold is no excuse. ~:-D thank you for those excellent observations, and I salute your daily mission of promoting the BTD with those kids! awesome, actually. ;-D
“I will persist until I succeed. Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one small step at a time is not too difficult… I know that small steps, repeated, will complete any undertaking.” - Og Mandino