Archives for: February 2010
Since my 20’s I’ve been interested in health. I found out in my teens, much to my young surprise, that doctors don’t always have the answers. I was sure that if I paid attention to all my symptoms and told the doctor (in great detail mind you) what I was experiencing, out would pop the answer to all my complaints. So, for a while, I kept trying the doctors, medicine, and surgery. At the same time I started reading health magazines and books, eating “better”, and taking vitamins. I tried different types of diets, the worst of which was when I tried to eat vegetarian for two months. I felt awful.
My health kept getting worse. I had a hysterectomy in my early 30’s and continued to have migraines, sinus problems, and small infections. Medicine made me feel worse then my original symptoms, so I felt hopeless. Shortly after “Eat Right 4 Your Type” came out I ran across a small article discussing it in a magazine. I was immediately intrigued because I’m a B and my spouse is an O and while I couldn’t be a vegetarian I sure couldn’t consume the vast quantities of beef that my partner could “pack away”. So I ran to the book store and picked up a copy and it literally changed my life. I felt so much better within a very short time. I seldom got migraines any more, the infections stopped and my overall health was greatly improved. I was hooked!
Around five years ago I started having hot flashes and, like many others in this country, my financial health started to plummet along with my emotional, spiritual, and physical health. I never got as sick as I was before I started the BTD so I thought “well I’m just getting old, this is to be expected”. Then I found this website and the new genotype diet and I thought “why not give it a try”. Well, I found out I am an Explorer – um, duh! I also found out I’m a non-secretor (could have used that info five years ago!). Within a week of starting the diet I felt so much better that I cleaned out my cupboards and dove in whole heartedly.
Many things have changed since I started the GTD a year ago. I’ve lost 10 lbs. and 2 dress sizes. My skin looks better, nails are thicker, eyes are clearer, and my hair is thicker and grows faster. I have more energy and I can think clearer. My brother and sister in law visited us for Christmas and they really noticed the difference. I’m still getting hot flashes, but they’ve decreased in frequency and intensity in the last few months. I’m still dealing with Adrenal Fatigue and healing my intestines. But with the continued help I get from the wonderful people on this forum (including Dr. D of course!) I know I’ll continue to feel better and better.
If you’d like to share my journey to better health I’ll be blogging around once a month with stories, questions, and just maybe some answers.
I’m a B+ non-secretor Explorer who’s been on the BTD for around 10 years and the GTD 1 year. My screen name on the forum is nowishow (now is how). I’m married to an O- secretor Hunter who has followed the diet off and on for the last 11 years as well. We live in Sonoma County with a dog and a cat, out in the Redwoods next to a large creek, since 2001. I’ve worked as a construction electrician, printer technician, fine art photographer, and currently I’m an admin for an IT department. But, I’m really the most passionate about health & nutrition. Most recently I’ve been studying Reiki, which is an energetic healing technique. It’s like massage, meditation, and love all combined to help the body heal itself. I’ve studied homeopathy (self taught) for about as long as I’ve been on the BTD.
I love learning about food, cooking, vitamins, and personality types. I love movies and books, but don’t watch TV at all. I used to be very active with cycling, kayaking, and hiking. And since I’m feeling so much better, I believe I will be able to start some of those activities again. My favorite spiritual teacher is Eckart Tolle. And I’m happy being 51 years old.