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BR: Introduce yourself!
CW: Hello. I'm 59 years old and I'm blood type O. I'm married, have 3 children, 4 stepchildren and 9 grandchildren. I am a substitute teacher and I teach nutrition and weight loss classes. I also publish a newsletter about eating healthier.
BR: Can you give us a bit of insight into why you started the blood type diet?
CW: I have had trouble keeping weight off for almost 30 years. I have records of my weight and measurements since 1972, including the excuses of why I gained back what I had worked so hard to lose. 5 pounds overweight at 32 yrs old turned into 40 pounds at 58, but on the diet I lost 40 pounds in 4 months, thus reached my ideal weight and just feel great!!
BR: Are there any diseases that tend to run in your family?
CW: We have arthritis in our family, my mother has very little cartiledge left in her knees, suffers from pain and stiffness and my brother has had both knees operated on. We also have CFS, maniac depression, hypothyroidism and just feeling down or lazy, quite often. I have been diagnosed with sarcoidosis and had mononucleosis 5 times over the years. I also have arthritis in the early stages.
BR: How did you find out about the blood type diet? Was it through friends, colleagues, healthpractioner, or other?
CW: My friend, an ND, told me to read ER4YTY when she found out I wanted to lose 40 pounds, AGAIN!!
BR: How did you get started? Was it gradually, or did you opt for the cold-turkey-version?
CW: I pretty much went cold turkey combining ER4YT beneficial foods for type O and The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet Plan. This worked for me as an O because it is a high protein diet.
BR: How long did it take to notice change in your body (mentally and physically!)
What kind of changes did you experience?
CW: I began to lose weight right away. The bloated feeling disappeared, no more headaches, no more cancer sores or acid stomach and my energy level increased. One big change immediately was no more arthritis pain. I seem to require less sleep, sleep better with no more agonizing during the night for being overweight. I am happier with myself above all.
BR: Was it easy to get started? Or difficult? What was your main purpose to get started? Healthproblems like losing weight, or what?
CW: I was tired of the diet yoyo and depriving myself of "normal" food. I also wanted to control my weight with a diet plan that I could use "forever" without having to sweat it off and then put it back on again when I stopped using the treadmill, etc. I don't want to take medicine to stay healthy either.
BR: Your family, how did they react to your following the diet?
CW: Luckily, my husband, (type has been very supportive. At first, he was skeptical until he read the book himself. Now, he adheres to it himself. Ironically, (type he has an autoimmune disease, that runs in his family and he is doing great, a lot less pain from his neurofibromatosis.
BR: How many bloodtypes are there in your family? How do you manage?
CW: There is just my husband, type B and myself, type O. We eat a lot of fish, 3-4 times a week, we eat lamb sometimes, turkey often and when I eat beef he has a veggie burger or dairy and veggies. I never buy chicken (avoid and for the first time ever, we didn't grow tomatoes or cabbage in our garden. I keep a lot of type O & B beneficial or neutral fresh fruits and vegetables on hand as well as maple walnut granola and yogurt. I make an oat granola base and we each add whatever fresh or dried fruit is best for us. We keep both soy milk and low-fat cow's milk on hand.
BR: Is Eating Right 4 Your Type easy or difficult when you are at work, at a restaurant? On the road?
CW: We have found that we don't like eating out as much as we used to because of the food choices. When we do, there is always meat, fish, salads and vegetables on the menu. It's easier to adhere to the diet when you don't have the avoids in front of you so sometimes I cheat. We try not to go out much anymore.
BR: Looking at your diet: what was easy to integrate into your basic diet, what still gives you problems?
CW: It was easy for me as an O to add more lean meat. I never cooked fish at home but did like fish and chips when we went out so we bought some frozen cod filets and from there we eat lots of fish now. My husband cooks almost all meat or fish on the grill outside and we love it, even salmon and lamb that we both hated before. My one downfall is chocolate, and when I succumb I try to buy dark and rich!
BR: Do you get support from your Medical Doctor? Could you convince him/her of the positive impact of the blood type diet on your health?
CW: I haven't had any reason to go back to the doctor yet.
BR: What kind of medication did you take for overcoming your healthproblems? And how is your medication-intake after having started the blood type diet?
CW: I always used ibuprofen regularly for headaches and arthritis pain but don't use it at all now. My husband doesn't use pain medication any more either. Both of us needed an antacid quite often but don't use them any more.
BR: The country, city, village you live in: Is it a problem or not to find the organic foods you need?
CW: In our small Vermont city, we have a food co-op and they carry a few organic foods, breads, oils and grains. They are very helpful and will order whatever they can to help. I do drive an hour or more for better selections. We also have a very nice small fresh fruit and vegetable stand open all year with organic eggs and local produce.
BR: Are there any other experiences you had following this way-of-life, you want to share with us?
CW: This way of eating and ER4YT has taken over our life. We are committed to spreading the word. I started a weight loss class, began writing a newsletter, over 100 subscribers, and took a nutrition class at the local community college. I am now working towards getting certified as a nutritional consultant. I now find myself in the nutrition and weight loss business and love it. It is so rewarding because it is all so natural and so many are helped. Thank you for changing my life.
BR: Carol, this way of life changed your personal life as well as your professional life for the better!
Same case with me! And I also love my nutritious job! Listening to people’s healthproblems, guiding them into the diet and enjoy with them the positive outcome of this wonderful way of life!
Thank you for your honest, sober but very impressive interview!
Wish you and your family a long and BTD-healthy life!
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