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Hi Heidi. I am a first time patient of Dr.D'Adamo and Dr. Bron. I have immune complex glomerilnephritis and am a A+ non sector blood type. I have started to follow the diet as per the drs. One question I have is about the grains and bread.. I need to stay away from the wheat and refined flour. I have purchased the sprouted wheat ezekiel? bread..Its is very good..But do I need to read the ingredigents on crackers and so forth to see if these ingredients are listed? Do I need to read the ingredients on all products to see if this is listed. Also what about pretzels? Can you give me some ideas as far as fun food to eat and stay within the low protein diet and also on the blood type diet. I love bread and need to know if there is a bread out there that is low in protein and also neutral for me to eat. Pleas advise me what to do. Thanking you in advance. Susan
Hello, Susan! Well, you're in the best hands, that's for certain. ;-)
I gather you're on a special diet for your condition, since you mentioned the blood type diet and a low protein diet. Were you given a "low protein diet" sheet to follow, which outlines certain changes to make? I wouldn't want to recommend anything to you that would contradict your specific diet from the doctors. I can say that breads will all be lower in protein than, for instance, eggs and flesh foods like fish, chicken, etc.
For a type A nonsecretor, the only beneficial grain is amaranth, and the kind of wheat in pretzels, etc. is an avoid for you. If you go to the TYPEbase 3 database on the front page (www.dadamo.com) and use "wheat" as a search term, you'll see the values for all the kinds of wheat listed there. But use your diet sheet along with the list in Live Right 4 Your Type for all the other grain listings. And do read the ingredients on everything! and compare them to your lists. Please write back and tell me more, and maybe I can come up with some fun food for you! thanks for writing, Susan, and I'm sure you're on the mend now! :-D
My french GP advised me to follow youd diet for a rhumatism complaint . Up to now ,I am very pleased with it . Iam group A .there are a few things that are not very clear for me in the book ( both french or english versions) ;1) the names of the different types of beans as there doesn't seem to be so many varieties in france ex '. butter beans' in france are a kind of green bean (french beans in England) but they are yellow ,,,not at all what you call butter beans ...so it's a little confusing. and there are other varieties of beans (Navy, Lima etc) which I don't know at all . .. and what 'flageolets' in the USA ? cecile
Greetings, cecile! Yes, bean names are quite different all over the world. Almost every day, I receive requests from people in one country or another who really are left clueless by the bean list because this book was written in the States, using American vernacular vegetable names which translate ambiguously to other languages. Since we couldn't include pictures of each food in the blood type diet books, my very best advice in this is to use the link, www.foodlexicon.com, and search for the English or French name of the item you are looking for -- then use the list of names in other languages to make the connection.
This page contains a list of names for "flageolet" beans (with a photograph), and down the left side of the page are the English name references. Those photographs are REALLY useful in the world of beans! :-) I think this site will be a great reference for clearing up the bean confusion! Thanks for writing, cecile! :-) (and thanks to Cocky for bringing that site to my attention! ;-))
Hi Heidi, Just wondered if you might be able to help. For the first two weeks of my menstrual cycle I have a normal appetite ie I have a meal & then don't need to eat for say another four hours or so & the amounts I eat are normal. For the last two weeks of my menstrual cycle I turn into a raging eating monster. I have a meal then ten minutes later I am absolutely starving, as if I hadn't eaten for days. I have increased the protein intake for these weeks but haven't noticed any real lessening in hunger pangs. I can jump 14lbs in these weeks. I am an A+ secretor & have been on your diet for over a year now, strictly compliant & have lost 42lbs & have had a myriad of other little problems solved whilst on the diet. Before I went on the diet my appetite was just enormous & I was forever hungry but soy products particularly tofu seem to have done the trick.... except for the last two weeks of my cycle. Any advice would be enormously appreciated. Thanks for the great job it's very comforting to know that advice is only an email away. Best wishes Helen
Hi, Helen ~ :-) This phenomenon is discussed in metabolic circles as cycling, and the theory is that about half of all women experience it to some degree. You've got a big degree going there! :-) Since you have tried increasing protein intake during those weeks without success, I suggest using two tablespoons maca powder, about 200mg of gotu kola (Centella asiatica), and 500 mg of L-tyrosine per day, along with at least one cup of chamomile tea and one of green tea. *However,* if you are pregnant or even might be, use 500 mg of "triphala" (an Ayurvedic combination of three herbs --amla, beleric myrobalan and chebulic myrobalan), instead of the gotu kola. I'd do this mini-protocol beginning with the first day of your cycle, and see if that second two weeks shows an improvement. Bear in mind that the liver plays an important role in clearing hormones through your system ~ so be sure to follow your diet as closely as possible, and get the recommended yoga sessions every week. They both help clear burdens from the liver, hence easing hormonal imbalances.
I'm pleased your weightloss results have been positive for you! and glad I can offer some comfort here, although sorry there was a bit of a wait in getting it to you! :-} please write back and tell me how you're doing, Helen!
I am type A. I was wondering why peanuts and peanut butter are highly beneficial, but peanut oil is not. Thank you for clarifying this for me. Lynn
Hello, Lynn! Here is a column I wrote, just for you! enjoy! :-D
Dear Heidi, I'm an A+ (secretor staus unknown). I've been on the diet for almost 9 months now and I've lost about 5kgs. I'm 1.5m and currently weigh between 49 - 50ks. I probably need to go down a few more kilos, which is the hardest part as the weight hasn't gone down for a few months now. I try to avoid the avoids but it is hard as my mum still cooks for the family (and there are many varieties of food available here in Singapore that have not been tested!) I exercise about 3 times a week but they are usually cardio classes. I have tried sticking to yoga but I find without the usual dose of cardio, I feel awful.. and unsatisfied. I find although the weight has gone down, my body fat content is not as low as it should be -- currently 24% when it should be about 20%. Any suggestions with weight loss or help with reduction of body fat besides sticking to only beneficials for foods? Also, are there any herbs/supplements to help reduce bloatedness caused by PMS? I find that it is also during this time my eating habits go stray!! Recently, I find myself succumbing to sweets!! L-glutamine doesn't seem to help much, perhaps its the proportion I take it (1 teaspoon for every 225ml of water) especially before I go for my workouts? Is that the right amount? Or should I drink a small glass with a pinch of L-glutamine everytime the sugar monster strikes? Thank you for your time. I thoroughly enjoy your column everyday! Mavis
Hey there, Mavis ~ Don't you worry, those last few kilos can seem to take forever to come off, but come off they will! The cardio workouts are fine, but you will see better results by adding the yoga (better still, yoga and meditation), doing a session every day if possible. Yoga's effects on PMS, body fat levels, and mental clarity are rather amazing for so little effort.
NOTE ADDED: I originally suggested that L-glutamine would be OK for you -- however, L-glutamine should be avoided by types A and B because it raises cortisol levels. Try to get hold of some vegetable glycerine, which I've gone on & on about in this column. ;-D It actively stabilizes sugar metabolism, and can be used in anything you'd normally put sugar or honey in. Take a little slurp of it if you feel the cravings coming on! You're doing wonderfully, Mavis ~ just stick to it, and your results will be well worth your efforts!! thanks for your note! :-)
I need to start a diet because of my total cholesterol= 5.96. The HDL= 0.78 The LDL= 4.65 Tg = 1.16 My blood type is A+. I look at your book Eat right 4 your Type and it is interesting. Is there specific choice I should do to start. Presently my doctor prescribe Lipitor 20mg. It is good to take those drugs. Tell me what I should do please. Monique
Allo, Monique! Yes! Please start the diet right away, in whatever way you are most comfortable doing so -- whether by slow change or all at once.
Most people find their cholesterol/triglyceride levels normalize fairly quickly with the diet alone. If your levels remain high, consider taking a half teaspoon of red yeast rice twice each day. It is marvelous for lowering cholesterol -- your doctor will be astonished! :-) Soon, you will no longer need the Lipitor at all.
And do follow the recommendations for type A activities/exercise ~ yoga is a great balancer of all the body's systems.
thanks for writing, Monique, and let me know how it works for you! :-)
Hallo Heidi I read the question (yesterday) that Maureen from South Africa sent. She was able to find out her secretor status. I would like to know how she went about that in SA. Is there any way that I could find out from her? In the meanwhile, I still follow the BTD and did not buy the new LR4YT book. I did however consult the new info on the food in the supplied database. Can I continue following the ER4YT and not worry about secretor status etc?... Thanks for your brilliant column!
Eurika, you're very sweet! Here is what I wrote to Nandie on 12/09 ~ "Ask your doctor or clinic for the saliva secretor test, OR the Lewis test. I know that labs in ZA do the Lewis test, although many doctors are not familiar with it. If you have their name at hand, call direct to the diagnostic laboratory your doctor uses. They can confirm it, which you then can bring to your doctor's attention."
You're doing great on the "classic" diet, and because 80%+ of the population are secretors, the numbers are on your side. Just check the Updates Page for any foods that have moved to avoid for As since BTD was published, and keep up the great work! :-D