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Back before I started the Blood Type Diet I was eating what I wanted, when I wanted. If an occasional episode of diaherria came up it was no big deal. “It must have been something I ate.”
Fast forward ten years later...
Last fall my wife bought some peaches. We had not had any in a long time so we promptly put them in a brown paper bag to ripen. After a few days when that mouth watering smell erupts from the bag, they are ready to be eaten. I enjoyed the now ripe and delicious peach just like any other time.
The next day started like any other and things were going along until (gurgle, gurgle) - uh oh! – Run to the bathroom, start sweating...Well, you know the rest. I thought to my self when I was finished “that doesn’t happen very often at all! What did I eat that could have caused that to happen?”
The rest of the day was uneventful and I pretty much forgot about it.
The next week my wife again brought home some peaches and we ripened them. I again enjoyed another delicious, sweet tasting, mouth watering peach. The next day came and started out like any other until (gurgle, gurgle) – uh oh!...
The bells and sirens couldn’t have been any louder in my mind at that point. It was the peaches!
Now keep in mind that peaches are Neutral for Blood Type O’s but I had just discovered that they are not Neutral for me. As your BTD journey unfolds, you too will find that foods listed as Beneficial or Neutral may not agree with you. The BTD is an individual way of eating. Tweaks to your diet should be expected.
The Blood Type Diet works. Back in 1999, I was eating most of the wrong foods and it was masking any problems I was having. It wasn’t until about 5 years ago that I began to see cause and effect if I happened to “cheat” with a tasty avoid. Now that all of the layers of bad eating have been washed away, I can tell when something does not agree with me even though it may be listed as Beneficial or Neutral.
Most people who start on the BTD have one problem or another. Some of the newcomers to the BTD are over the age of 25. Most are over the age of 35. My observations have led me to the conclusion that there are two key ages that our bodies decide enough is enough. Those ages are at 25 and 35 years of age. Just imagine with me that your body has put up with all of the “abuse” you have given it for the first 24 years. For some reason when that magic number 25 rolls around something changes. You get more aches and pains; you get tired more easily or just feel older. The next 10 years come and go and at age 35 you really start to feel the decline. Signs are: Stiffness; soreness, just feeling awful most of the time or any number of dilemmas.
Luckily, Dr. Peter D’Adamo has developed a way to eat that can reverse years of damage and can actually heal us from the inside out. Give the Blood Type Diet or Geno Type Diet a chance to work its magic. Six weeks is not going to do it. Even six months is not enough. Every day you eat right for your Blood Type is a day of healing. Remember, you didn’t get to this point in sixty days and you are not going to fix the damage in sixty days. Listen to your body and it will reward you.
Hi! My name is Tom Martens and I live in Rock Island, Illinois.
I have been following ERFYT, LRFYT, GTD and now SWAMI for over 10 years!
Back in 1999 I was at 250 lbs. I wasn’t a fat slob, but I was heavy and my knees didn’t like it too much. I was drinking a case of pop a day, eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on regular white bread and snacking on peanut butter and cake frosting right out of the can!
I was introduced to Eat Right for Your Type early in 1999 when my wife came home with the book after shopping. I was sitting on the couch drinking a Coke and watching TV. “I saw this book and it says you should follow a diet based on your blood type” she said. Since I donated blood every 60 days, I was fairly interested at first until she went to the food list section and told me that since I was blood type O, I would have to give up corn, pop, peanut butter, wheat, potatoes, most dairy, and pig products. These of course were all part of my everyday diet. I lost interest right away and the book sat on the shelf for the next few months.
At the end of 1999 though, I started to look at myself and I didn’t like what I was seeing.
It popped in to my head that maybe I should read why I should give up all of the foods I enjoyed.
The more I read, the more I saw examples of myself in the book. Time after time I kept saying to myself “that’s me” or “I can relate to that.” When I had finally finished reading the first part of Eat Right for Your Type, I was convinced! It wasn’t a kind of, maybe sort of thing. It made sense to me and I needed to change.
I started out picking two things in my diet at a time. Pop and peanut butter were first. Dairy and potatoes were next with wheat and pig products rounding out the top 6 main food items in my diet. I started January 1st 2000. It wasn’t easy, but I started losing weight right away. It was kind of scary losing 10 pounds a month and not feeling hungry. When the weather became warmer in the spring, I started running as my main source of exercise. I was feeling great! My goal in January was to get under 200 lbs by my Birthday in May. When May came I had actually got down to 192 lbs and still losing.
I ran the Bix 7 in July of 2000 and finished it in just under 1 hour. I was now bottoming out at 178-182 lbs. I had not been at this weight since I was a teenager! I did feel a little light and as more time went by I stabilized at 185-187 lbs.
The years have flown by and some years were more compliant than others. I’ve never been 100% compliant. Dr. D’Adamo says that 70% is compliant enough and at this point it’s good enough for me.
I hope my posts help and inspire you! I have learned so much from the forums, newsletters and online videos. You will too! Take it a day at a time and never give up!