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I am quite desperate! I have been following the diet (I'm a B group) for about two years now, with great results. Problem is, I'm pregnant. Not a PROBLEM as such, but with the diet, definitely! I was hoping I'd be able to get hold of the Eat Right for your Baby book,, but it seems it will only be available in May in South Africa, where I live. Are there any short and summarized tips you can give me so long?? I am picking up weight much too fast, and I'm eating bread and all the stuff O'm not supposed to on the B-type diet. I would really appreciate just a few basic tips. Looking forward to the book! Theresa
Greetings, Theresa ~ and congratulations on your pregnancy! :-D Ah, another BTD-baby coming up! I'm pretty thrilled about it. ~:-D
Well, cravings are the norm in your position. However, if you bump up your protein intake a bit, and fill up on the plant life with each meal, the grain temptations should fall away pretty quickly.
Here are a couple of tips which you can use if you see fit. Please be advised that these are provisional for now, and that when the "Baby Book" is released on the market, these recommendations may have been revised. So, changing the following values will be protective for you and your baby, but there is MUCH more advice in the book, and the ratings for certain foods may shift.
So: first, no more flaxseed or flax oil. Second, eggs are now Beneficial for you, especially fresh eggs from hens free-ranged on clean land. Eat 'Em Up Yum.
The fish list changes somewhat. Avoid the following fish: Bass, Bluefish,
Carp, Catfish, Flounder, Halibut, Mahi Mahi, Shark, Swordfish, Tilapia, Tuna and Whitefish. All the rest of the seafood entries retain the values listed in Live Right.
You may want to plan out your meals & snacks so that you're getting the meat, fish and dairy, as well as the beneficial veg & fruit, that are ESSENTIAL for your well-being and the health of the growing babe.
But -- No Fennel, and No Parsley, OK? (two more avoids for expectant mothers only.) None of the fruit values change (to my knowledge at this time), so you might reach for a serving of beneficial-fruit salad instead of the bready stuff next time the urge strikes. Since type Bs are the acknowledged rulers of the world of fruit (hear the gnashing of teeth from here? SO JEALOUS!! ;-D) you've abundant choices in that department.
Now: remove from your diet the following: Cayenne pepper, Chocolate, Ginger, Licorice, Marjoram, Nutmeg, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme. Again, just to be extra special safe. ;-) Chamomile is now beneficial ~ details in the book. And no caffeine or alcohol for you ~ again, this is the optimal route, and the safest.
Don't do anything special to directly address any weight gain you may have at this time. While you're pregnant is not the time to focus on weight loss. Just stick to your diet and B-ideal activities as closely as possible, and let the rest happen as it will. And it will sort itself beautifully by the time you deliver, never you worry! :-D
Here's a little note I received about kids and the BTD ~ lovely advice, I think, and your little one will be ready for it in no time at all! so I thought I'd share it with you:
enjoy your pregnancy, Theresa ~ keep me posted, OK? I'm so happy for you! ~:-D
I have 2 questions: For some reason I've gained 20 lbs in the last year that I can't lose! I got off the diet for one, which Ive gotten back on for the last 3 months. Also I started taking depro provera which can cause insulin resistance. I've been off that for 8 months. I'm exercising(running and spot training) with no results. I had my insulin level checked for insulin resistance and it was 4, which as you know is normal. I'd been taking 400mg of chromium just in case( My weight is 140 lbs and I'm 5' 4".) I have eliminated wheat from time to time, no difference in my weight though.What is going on??? When I was on the diet before I dropped to 120 lbs! Also where can I get watermelon seed in 500mg doses? All I can find in the health food store is tea--no dosage. Rachel
Hello, Rachel! The watermelon seed is a diuretic. Do you feel you're retaining water? If so, try using some dandelion greens - either cooked, or fresh in your salad -- and try drinking at least 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water every day, with a tiny pinch of sea salt added (say, 1/4 teaspoon over the entire day). For instance: 140 pounds divided by 2 = 70. 70 ounces of (pure!) water each day. You could divide it into five 12-ounce glasses, taken away from meals. A hydrated body is a non-edema body. ;-D Do this for two weeks, and I promise you'll see a difference.
You've quit the chromium, right? More than 200 mg per day is not recommended, so at least scale it down if you are still taking it.
Going on & off diets will tend to maintain your bodyweight's "set-point" rather higher than you want it. Focus on getting into a stable groove with your diet. It will greatly speed your attainment of optimal weight. And a tai-chi or martial arts practice can be of great help in weight loss and general "balanced mind." The benefits can be spectacular. If you commit yourself to full implementation of the type B plan, with the determination to check your progress and re-assess in two months, I'm sure you'll be happy with the results! Write again and let me know how you're doing! :-D
I am a Type B who was recently encouraged to begin the Blood Type Diet by a Type O friend, who raved about the increased energy he felt after switching to it. Both he and I are smokers and coffee drinkers, though I would say I smoke more than he does, and I definately drink twice the amount of coffee. If I am unwilling to give up these addictions, do you still suggest there is a value to switching to the Blood Type Diet? I have not really felt any difference at all, after following the "B" food list say 90% for 5 weeks now(including the membrane fluidizer cocktail, and supplements Ginko, Siberian Ginsing and Magnesium). I realize the caffiene and cigarettes are both completely unhealthy, I just wonder why my friend was still able to gain several benefits from changing his eating without giving up these addictions, and me not. Both he and another friend I have who started (also a type O smoker) felt results, particularly increased energy, in less than 2 weeks, as I find many of the people reporting to your website claim as well. I also am wondering if you ever tested marajuana as it is processed by the four ABO's. Thank you for your time and reply, Lizza
Hi, Lizza ~ I'd say that if you intend to smoke both tobacco & marijuana and drink a bunch of coffee every day, not only is there a value to the BTD, there's an absolute need of it. :-} By the way ~ no, we have no rating for cannabis. ;-> The energy the diet (AND exercise plan) will provide may be getting short-circuited by the nervous & adrenal effects of caffeine and the hypoglycemic-mimicking effects of tobacco plus weed.
Did you add any foods to your usual diet, or did you primarily avoid the avoids? Tell me a little more about the food part of your 5-week trial, and I'll do my best to help you get some results. Take good care, dear! :-D
I am a B+ nonsecretor who has followed the diet for a few years. I do occasionally crave carbs and have "carb fests" but otherwise follow very closely. Recently had my cholestoral checked and was surprised that it was 269 and that my very bad cholestoral was 189! My doctor has recommended that I go on a low fat diet, eliminating carbs, cheese, butter, milk and egg yolks. I am now afraid to eat my 5-6 eggs per week cooked in ghee, my mozzarella cheese, goat milk, yoghurt, and grain at all! Also would it help to eat oatmeal daily ( my grain allowance is only 3x per week) or eliminate grains altogether. I gain weight even on small amounts of rice. Help! I thought that I was doing very well until I got my lab results. Also I have found out that flaxseed OIL causes an immediate negative reaction-the skin on my knuckles start to tingle, turn red, crack and bleed so have quit my MFC. I believe in my B diet but am very confused at this time. I love your column and read it every morning. Thank you for all of the time, support and encouragement that you give to our BTD community. jean
Hey there, Jean! I'm sorry you're having a rough time!!
Go ahead and use the MFC ~ just put olive oil instead of flax into it. If even a little grain signals your body to store fat, then eliminate it altogether for now. Nonsecretor Bs can prosper quite will without it, and this may be the key to your cholesterol levels. I don't agree with your doctor in the least, but bear in mind I am NOT a doctor. Eating beneficial and neutral dairy does not produce a high serum cholesterol level in type B; most of it is produced in the liver, so getting rid of all grains, sugars and alcohol for the moment is the first way to approach the problem.
Second, get a big daily portion of the dark green leafy veg, and focus on the meat, dairy, veg & fruit part of this plan for a month -- then check your cholesterol again.
The Encyclopedia has a full set of protocols for Bs with high cholesterol, as well as some reassuring advice for you ~ Bs are rarely at health risk from moderately high levels. 269 is not extreme ~ so pick up the book to check the protocols, make sure to practice those B-type activities recommended in Live Right to enhance your entire body's functioning, and give it a little time. You'll be fine!! please drop me a line on how it's going, OK? thanks, dear!! :-D
I noticed you commented about a type B craving dairy, I thought we were allowed to have dairy. Was she a lactose intolerant B? My main dilema is this, I am a B who loves pasta. Where can I find toppings for pasta that are appropriate for my type besides alfredo? Alicia
Hi, Alicia ~ Jennie had a number of sensitivities, and a "diagnosis" of milk allergy, so we worked from there. Her question is included in the Type B Roundup #8, if you'd like to read it.
Toppings for pasta are incredibly numerous, and range from a little warm butter for tortellini ~ to oil, garlic & pepper flakes ~ to pesto made from nuts, herbs, oil & garlic ~ to mint-and-vegetable blends ~ to fish and peppers ~ to anything you'd like it to be, chosen from your beneficial and neutral foods.
A great place to get ideas on the possibilities for dressing pastas is Mario Battali's page on the foodtv network site. There are literally thousands of traditional pasta sauces used all over the world ~ pick a cuisine, and study up! and just as a tiny reminder, the frequency recommended in Live Right 4 Your Type for grains is 5-9 servings per week for type B Caucasians ~ so you'll promise to keep the cereals, pastry, muffins, cookies, breads & pasta to only that many, OK? ;-) thanks for your note, Alicia! :-D
Is white splet and whole splet the same thing? I have been to 2 health food stores and all they seem to be aware of and/or have is whole splet. Thanks for your time, Debbie
Hello, Debbie ~ White spelt and whole spelt are two different things. White spelt has the germ and bran removed, so it is a whitish color ~ whole spelt is tan-colored, as it contains the entire spelt berry, ground into flour. Ask the health food stores if they will order white spelt for you. Purity Foods is one well-known maker of white spelt, and you can order online or give the info to your health food store's grain manager. thanks for writing, dear! :-D
I have been searching for Yellow Onions here in Toronto, but I only find cooking, red, white, sweet, and spanish onions. Are the cooking onions the yellow onions? They are the most readily available, I am in search of the onion type high in Quercetin for my diabetic daughter. Any direct please? Dave
Sure, Dave! Yellow onions have a warm, reddish-tan papery skin on the outside. They're the most common ones in most North American supermarkets. If you're seeking quercetin, it is also available cheaply at most supplement shops. The BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia has specific protocols for diabetes, but her basic blood type diet will help enormously on its own. Please write back if there's any other help I can offer ~ and please accept my best wishes to you both!! :-)