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less of secretor status) interested in networking with other nonnies. I have discovered that the fine tuning makes all the difference - in either direction. When you are on it, Wow! and when you are off the mark, Wow! Recipes, products, tips, ideas, suggestions, websites, commiserating, etc. I have many nonnies in the family - O, A and AB. I realize we get so much of this from you, but you are just one nonnie (albeit an amazing one) and maybe we could lessen your load. And of course we would report our interesting tidbits to you to pass on. Just a thought. Blessings, Nina
Nina, you are most welcome. Great observations on the importance of following those frequency tables, by the way!! Certainly, I'll be glad to offer your email address to anyone who'd like to network with y'all. Folks, just let me know!! thanks again, Nina!! :-D
Heidi, can you possibly comment on Dr. Mercola's 1999 negative information regarding soy? As a type A, everytime I see something this negative, I wonder if PDA is aware of research like this. It is very disturbing to keep eating it while reading stuff like this. Thanks in advance. Maddy
Hi, Maddy! I'm sorry that old stuff upset you! In the future, just do a search on Ask Dr. D. ~~ he's answered every criticism I've seen, some of which are years old (like this one). For anything regarding "soy controversy," just enter the search term "soy" in the Ask Dr. D. search field. You'll find EVERYTHING there. And... here's something to get you started. Thanks for writing, dear!! :-D
Dear Heidi, I have no complaints on this sunny Easter Sunday, just a short question. Last friday my friends gave me a bread baking machine for my graduation (Thanks!). So yesterday I bought some flour, yeast, etc. to bake my first bread. I came across some flour mixtures that contain lupine. Is that something I can have as an A? Greetings, Marieke ps: When I have more time I'll send you a list of all the mistakes I think are in the Dutch 'food, bevs and suppls list', OK? Marieke
Hello, Marieke! Lupinus nootkatensis, the beautiful Lupine plant, grows wild in the Pacific Northwest in this country. I've seen lots of it, but wasn't aware it's a food plant -- nor that it is native here, and naturalized in Scotland. So, I trotted off to do a little research. Surprised me to learn that (1) it's a legume! Apparently, the seeds and root are edible, but must be leached and cooked to remove the alkaloids. The flour, made from the root, has all kinds of minerals and protein. I found no reference in LECster® and since it is a legume (notorious for high lectin content), I'd rather not say "if unknown, treat as neutral, etc." Another one for the "test next" list! :-) Sure, send on the Dutch notes, and I will pass them along. Thank you for your note, dear!! :-D
I so much enjoy reading your column daily as well as "catching up" since I'm relatively new. I'm an A (I think - am I the only person ever to have trouble getting results from the home blood type kit?)-secretor status unknown. I have been on the BTD now for about 3 weeks and learning a lot. I began drinking soy milk and even added a tofu to a stirfry. However, the night of the tofu, I noticed I became awfully gassy and bloated - much like a beached whale I actually thought it was due to eating a grapefruit daily plus having the juice. However, a friend mentioned her inability to eat soy due to the above symptons which made me think, so I discontinued soy and guess what - the bloating is gone. I am back to using skim milk with my cereal since I've never had a problem with that. I have not had much of a weight loss but I am going to take my measurements because I think there is activity there. It isn't like I have tons of weight to shed but since I am very short and small framed, every pound shows big time and I do want to get rid of about 15#. I try to eat as much as I can but there is no way I can eat all that is recommended so what I am doing is trying to make sure I get in every catagory per week with balance. My question is in regard to grains versus breads versus cereals. I don't know where pancakes (approved ing.) falls. I also made the walnut granola and I'm not totally sure how to place that. Very good, by the way I also want to make a "white sauce" using the spelt flour and milk and I'm not sure what to do with that either. One other question. I purchased the LR4YBT and the food and beverage supplement. In the book it says a bread portion is 1 slice but in the food and beverage it says 2 slices are a portion. Which should I use?
Oops! What I wanted to question was the grain portion and not the bread. The Live Right and Food & Beverage suppliment say 1 Cup dry but the Eat Right says 1/2 Cup. I'm thinking that's just a typo? The other thing that I forgot to question is what I can take in perhaps a tea for sleep. My sleep pattern goes wacky most of the time with a short interval of good, all night sleep in there to keep my sanity. Most often I go to sleep and then wake up after about 3-4 hours. It seems like my whole body gets very tightly strung the longer I lay there so I get up and go into the living room to read for a couple of hours before going back and trying it again. Several years ago I tried taking Velarian root in pill form but didn't really feel it did much of anything. Any suggestions on this? Thanks Heidi - what would we beginners do without you? Sandy
Hi, Sandy! The soy trouble you're having is common among people who are not accustomed to eating it. Try adding in a little at a time. This gives your body the opportunity to wake up and begin producing the appropriate digestive enzymes for the beans. MUCH better than that skim milk. ;-)
The grain portions in Live Right are correct -- and they cover all grain that you eat, including the flour in pancakes, sauces, etc. Feel free to scale back the portions so that they are in balance with the proportionate size of your vegetable portions. In other words, just reduce the size by whatever percentage you're lopping off the other categories. :-)
The best thing for re-setting sleep schedules is a combination of Methyl12 Plus (active B12) first thing in the morning (and a walk in the sun) and Cortiguard in the late afternoon/early evening. Try this for two weeks ~ I think you'll be very pleased with the results!
thanks for your note, Sandy!! :-D
My question is one of those one book says one thing... questions that I can't resolve -- I emailed it to the address for LR4YT errata about a week ago. Here's the text of the email I sent to LR4YT errata: Everyone: I was wondering about some inconsistencies in rice and rye products for Type A Secretor (I've not looked at the other types) between LR4YT and BTD/Encyclopedia(and TypeBase): I did searches on "rice" and "rye" on the errata page, and didn't find these: LR4YT: Rice cakes/flour -- Tier 1 BENEFICIAL (secretor) Rice cream of/bran/all forms/milk/wild -- General Nutritional Supplementation NEUTRAL (secretor) Rye flour -- Tier 1 BENEFICIAL (secretor) Rye (100% rye bread) -- General Nutritional Supplementation NEUTRAL ER4YT Encyclopedia and TypeBase: Rice (all listings) -- NEUTRAL Rye (all listings) -- BENEFICIAL Thanks for listening! Dorothy
Hi, Dorothy ~ see below... :-) Sorry! I'm going to try to get this shipshape in the next week! thanks for writing in about it!! :-}
Dear Heidi, Quick question. My friend Miranda read your column and spotted my list of A nonny neutrals I was so pleased to get back. She asked me about plantains because in TypeBase 3 they are listed as an avoid for Type A with no mention of non-secretors. LR4YT says neutral for A nonny for plantains. Miranda is always looking out for me. Are they yea or nay for an A nonny? The Cuban in me is eagerly awaiting your reply. I so appreciate the time and energy you give. Mil gracias, Nina
Well, stap me and sink me. Plantains, eh? Me with an A non in the house, and I never noticed that error in the database?? (probably cuz I love them but can't have them so don't buy them. ;-D) Yeesh. Yes, they’re neutral for A nons. Please tell Miranda she’s just become my friend, too!
*Sigh.* That database should match my master food list precisely. The bloody thing seems to have jiggled around here and there several times since we uploaded it – never found out why exactly, but this time I’ll make sure of it. Plantains, of all things.
Fine, dear. You’ve just set my week’s work for me. I’m going to check every last item, and make sure (again) that they’re all set straight & narrow in their little slots, or else. ;-) THANK YOU, and please have Miranda give it all the squinty look on or about the 12th.
Viva la Cubana!! Enjoy your plantains, lucky girl!!! :-D