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BR: Introduce yourself!
Belinda: Hi, my name is Belinda Ruport. I am a type a, secretor, CA native. I have been married for 19,5 years to amarvelous man named Marvin.We have a daughter, Abigail Rose, who is almost 6 years old and a son, Tyler James, that is 3 years old. I am a retired kennel owner/operator/RVT who is now thrilled to be able to stay at home to concentrate on raising, training and home educating our children.
BR: Can you give us a bit of insight into why you started the blood type diet?
Belinda: I have a bladder condition called Interstitial Cystitis (IC). This is a constant bladder inflammation that had plagued me for the last 13 years. There were times that my bladder pain was just mildly annoying and there were times that it was very painful but for 13 years the pain was always there. I had tried everything that the Doctors recommended, including a special diet, but nothing helped much with the exception of a fairly new drug. The drug did help the pain but had too many unpleasant side effects for me to continue using it so September 2003 I stopped the drug. Within a few weeks the pain returned full force along with extreme fatigue. I decided to see what I could do to help with thefatigue since I figured there was nothing I could do about the pain.That was when I stumbled on Eat Right 4 Your Type and decided to give it a try.
BR: Are there any diseases that tend to run in your family?
Belinda: There has been some cancer in distant relatives and my paternal grandmother also has IC.
BR: How did you find out about the blood type diet? Was it through friends, colleagues,health practioner, or other?
Belinda: Other – I came across the book at the bookstore.
BR: How did you get started? Was it gradually, or did you opt for the cold-turkey-version?
Belinda: Cold-turkey. When got the book I went right to the food lists. I later read the rest of the book and fout out that maybe wasn’t the best approach.
BR: How long did it take to notice change in your body (mentally and physically!)
Belinda: 2 weeks!!
BR: What kind of changes did you experience?
Belinda: I started to see a change in my IC pain after about 2 weeks. After 1 month the pain was completely gone. I had also struggled with lower back pain prior to the start of the diet which was also gone after about 2 weeks. I also lost close to 10# after 2 weeks and continued to lose weight over the holidays even after splurging for a week on chocolate cheesecake and brownies! Since the beginning of the diet I have been eating these great wheat-free oatmeal chocolate chip cookies several times a week and I still lost weight!
BR: Was it easy to get started? Or difficult? What was your main purpose to get started?
Belinda: It was a challenge at first.
BR: Your family, how did they react to your following the diet?
Belinda: My husband is supportive but does not want to change his diet to eat right for his type O.
BR: How many blood types are there in your family? How do you manage?
Belinda: I am an A, my husband is an O. I will find out what the kids are next week when I get the tests in the mail. I think from their personalities that dd is an A and ds is an O. I have managed for my diet by fixing a large amount and then freezing in serving sizes. I have not changed anyone else’s diet but I think as soon as I find out the kids for sure I will gradually start to get them changed as much as possible.
BR: Eating Right 4 Your Type easy or difficult when you are at work, at a restaurant?
Belinda: I don’t work and when we go out it’s pretty easy to get salad and chicken. On the road? Haven’t tried it.
BR: Looking at your diet: what was easy to integrate into your basic diet, what still gives you problems?
Belinda: It is easy for me to stay away from red meat. After being off of it for 1 week just the thought of eating a steak didn’t appeal to me at all. It is hard to stay away from wheat but it is getting easier.
BR: Do you get support from your Medical Doctor?
Belinda: I haven’t bothered to try.
BR: Could you convince him/her of the positive impact of the blood type diet on your health?
Belinda: I think I have convinced my urologist to at least check out the book.
BR: What kind of medication did you take for overcoming your health problems? And how is your medication-intake after having started the blood type diet?
Belinda: I was only taking Motrin for my back and I no longer have to take any.
BR: The country, city, village you live in: Is it a problem or not to find the organic foods you need?
BR: Are there any other experiences you had following this way-of-life, you want to share with us?
Belinda: This diet has been a God-send for our whole family even though right now I am the only one on it. It is true that “If mama isn't happy, ain’t nobody happy! For the best part of 13 years sexually intimacy was a real pain. Now we can enjoy each other again. We feel like newlyweds! Also I look forward to enjoying horseback riding again in the spring. Thank-you Dr. D’Adamo! A thousand times thank-you!!!!!!! And may God bless you richly, as I am sure He already has, for the wonderful work you have done!
BR: Belinda, thank you so much for your open interview! A healthy, happy mom certainly is the center of a happy family! Happily you ‘stumbled’ on this healthy way of life as we, all BTD-followers did in the past. As you, we all are very grateful!! Wish you all the best with your husband and kids!!
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