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BR: Tell us a little about yourself - your age, blood type, marital status,children, nationality, profession, country in which you live.
AM: I am a female, aged 31, blood type O non-secretor, I live with myboyfriend in Toronto, Canada. We have no children. My family is all fromGermany. I was the first one to be born here. Currently, I groom dogs fora living but I am also in school taking a Holistic Nutrition course.
BR: Give us some insight of your health problems. Are there any diseases running in your family?
AM: Since childhood I've suffered from depression, constant nasal congestion and a lot of gastrointestinal problems. Gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea. I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome in my late teens. In my twenties I developed hypoglycemia, migraines, constant fatigue ( I would take 2 hour naps almost every day), all chemical smells would make me ill, I had horrible PMS, I was diagnosed with uterine fibroids and wounds on me would take a long time to heal. I had rhinoplasty done three years ago and the skin just healed from that recently. The only family I have is my mother and my grandmother. My grandmother is very ill with many things and my mother also had uterine fibroids.
BR: How did you find out about the blood type diet? Was it through friends, colleagues, health practitioner, or other?
AM: I've been reading about natural approaches to health for a few years now and when Eat Right 4 Your Type came out I bought it, read it and it made complete sense to me. I didn't follow the diet properly but when I took certain things on the avoid list like echinecea and Evening Primrose Oil I had bad reactions.
BR: How did you get started? Was it gradually, or did you opt for the cold-turkey version?
AM: Like I said, at first I didn't follow the diet properly so of course my health did not improve. I kept looking for "the answer" to my health problems and I even went down to the Hippocrates Health Spa for 3 weeks (a living foods resort in Florida). I ate 100% raw for 4 weeks after that, then I was a vegan for another month. Being an O non-secretor, the vegan diet did more harm to my health. I became more depressed and was having anxiety attacks. I finally picked up Live Right 4 Your Type, read the whole thing and have been following the diet properly since May 7, 2002.
BR: How long did it take to notice change in your body (mentally and physically!). What kind of changes did you experience?
AM: After about a week my depression started to lift, my constant gas and bloating were gone and I wasn't needing to take naps daily. After about 3 weeks I noticed that my cravings for wheat, chocolate and corn chips were gone. Also, my nose is not constantly running and congested and the suture wounds from the rhinoplasty are finally healed. It's been a little over 2 months now and I've never felt happier and I've never had so much energy. I went for a 2 hour bike ride last week and I was not tired at all. I loved every minute of it. My hypoglycemia is gone, I don't get headaches anymore, I can handle chemical smells in small doses and my PMS is a lot less severe. My skin in general is also a lot better. My skin used to get very dry and crack even after putting cream on. Now, I don't use any creams or lotions and my skin is quite soft.
BR: Was it easy to get started? Or difficult? What was your main purpose to get started? Health problems like losing weight, or what?
AM: I am very thin and always have been so weight loss was never my intention. I just wanted to be healthy. I found it quite easy to get started mainly because I love eating meat and that is a large part of my recommended diet.
BR: Your family, how did they react to your following this Blood type Program? Are they supportive, tolerant or negative?
AM: My boyfriend is very supportive because he sees a difference in my health. My mother and grandmother don't seem convinced about the program but they are not negative. My mother supports whatever decision I make.
BR: How many blood types are there in your family? Is it easy or time consuming to prepare foods, how do you manage?
AM: My boyfriend does not know what his blood type is (we're working on that) so he just eats what I eat. He enjoys meat and vegetables. He also eats foods that I don't, like wheat. Cooking is easy for me. It's quick and simple. The summer is great because now I can bar-b-que a lot of my
BR: Is Eating Right 4 Your Type easy or difficult when you are at work, at a restaurant, on the road?
AM: I usually take lunch with me to work and school but if I don't there are restaurants that I get meat and vegetables at. They are not free range or organic but it's better than eating grains. Also, most restaurants will substitute salad for the grain or potato the meal comes with. So no, it is not difficult. On the road is a different story... everything has wheat! So I always try to take snacks with me like fruit or vegetables like carrot sticks.
BR: Looking at your diet: what was easy to integrate into your basic diet, what still gives you problems?
AM: Eating more meat was the easy part. Like I said I love to eat meat. Having very little or no grains is still a problem. I know I feel better when I don't eat grains at all but I still like having manna bread or some rice once in a while. I'm working on this.
BR: Do you get support from your medical health practitioner? Could you convince him/her of the positive impact of the BTD on your health?
AM: I don't really see my doctors anymore. The two that I do see if I need to are very open to other methods. One of them is also a Homeopathic doctor and the other one always hears about my newest program that I'm following and has always been supportive and open to them. I haven't seen either of them since being on the BTD.
BR: What kind of medication did you take for overcoming your health problems? And how is your medication intake after having started the BTD?
AM: I was on Zoloft (antidepressant) for 3 years and went off of it 8 months ago. I don't need it now. Other than that I used to take many pain killers for headaches. I don't need them anymore either. I've tried to stay away from medication for the last few years. I haven't taken anything (not even aspirin) since being on the BTD.
BR: The country, city, village you live in: Is it a problem or not to find the biological/green foods/meats you need? Are there any problems in this field, and how do you cope with it?
AM: Toronto has numerous healthy grocery stores. 95% of the food I buy is organic or free range (meat). It's everywhere and I'm finding the prices to be comparable to conventional stores. We also have organic farmers come into the city on certain days to sell their fruits and vegetables.
BR: Are there any other experiences you had following this way-of-life, you want to share with us? Now you have the chance!
AM: I'm not too familiar with the other blood types and what they should eat and stay away from but being an O non-secretor, I find, is a challenge at first. All sweeteners are avoids, even stevia, so desserts or treats are out. At first it was hard and I felt deprived but after a few weeks I found that eating the right foods made me feel satisfied and I no longer felt that I was missing out on great things. I have had a few "treats" in the last couple of weeks but I actually didn't enjoy them the way I used to. I don't need them anymore. I am so happy that I tried the diet and stuck to it. I've never felt better.
BR: Amber, thank you very much for your story! So many complaints since childhood.You are back in full action again! Thanks to the decision of Dr. Peter D’Adamo to publish his findings (and his father’s of course!) on food and health. No need to tell you to hang on to this way of life! It is the only way to survive.Enjoy your healthy life for long!!
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