Dear Heidi, I forgot to ask you last time to please add my name to the O non list. It sounds like there might be quite a few of us out there. I just wanted to ask you a quick question. I have noticed recently that I am getting a hunger feeling pretty soon after eating. Within one hour of eating a pretty big lunch - consisting of grilled salmon, lots of mixed greens, onions, tomatoes and brewers yeast - I am hungry again. Do you know what this could be? I basically have a constant hungry feeling in the pit of my stomach throughout the day.
I eat a decent breakfast of eggs or organic sausages, a handful of blueberries and a teaspoon of D'Adamo's proberry drink. Most of my fibre comes from vegetables. What do you think is the problem? I am not overweight or underweight. I am 5 ft 3" and weigh 108 pounds. I am petite in build. Maybe I am not drinking enough water - I drink about 7 glasses a day and two cups of green tea.
Oh - another question (sorry!!) I have been finding that my skin breaks out from flaxseed oil/ground flaxseed - mostly on my chest or back area - really wierd! Have you heard of that Thanks as ever for all you do here Suz
Hey there, Suz! Last things first: YES, in a very few people flax has an undesireable skin effect -- rashes, etc. Some find they can use the filtered flax oil but not the seed. Others can't use either, and you may be one of them. For now, definitely avoid it. :-}
Two things for the hungry feeling: it will resolve over time, but taking some L-glutamine right after your meal will make you more comfortable. Also, lay into the zinc-containing foods like pumpkin seeds if you can. Or, take a small dose in supp form daily for a week, then off a week, then on again -- and see if it helps you. It's certainly OK to have a snack between meals if you're hungry -- drink two glasses of water first, and see if that might be the answer. Let me know what you learn!
and -- you're on the list! :-D
Dear Heidi, How are you? As mentioned in previous E-Mails, my blood type/Rh factor is "A" Positive, A1/A2 type is "A1", MN type is "MN", and secretor status is "Secretor" per saliva sample and "DOUBLE LEWIS NEGATIVE (LeA-,LeB-) per blood draw. To date, I have been reading in your E-Mails about various individuals who have been put on mailing lists for non-secretors, or "nonnies". WOULD THIS LIST ALSO INCLUDE PEOPLE WHO ARE CLASSIFIED AS "DOUBLE LEWIS NEGATIVE"? Also, I wanted to mention the "initial" shock that I went through when I found out that I was "DOUBLE LEWIS NEGATIVE" back in 2001. My naturopathic doctor, at the time, NOT being familiar with Dr. D'Adamo's research, actually went out and researched it, before giving me my results from the "D'Adamo Serotype Panel" test kit, from Meridian Valley Lab in Kent WA. She also took down a thorough family health history from me. My naturopathic doctor HIGHLY RECOMMENDED the blood type "A" diet for me. Also, AT THE TIME, she HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that I use what was beneficial and neutral for both "sectretors" and "non-secretors", but try to stick to "beneficials" as much as possible, along with truly "decent" nutritional supplements and teas. SHE HIGHLY EMPHASIZED THAT I COULD NOT TAKE ANY CHANCES WHATSOEVER, WITH MY FAMILY HEALTH HISTORY BEING SO "ABYSMAL": CANCER ON MY FATHER'S SIDE: HEART DISEASE, DIABETES, PARKINSON'S DISEASE, CATARACTS, AND SOME CASES OF KIDNEY DISEASE ON MY MOTHER'S SIDE. Per Dr. D'Adamo's office, I use the "Secretor" column in the LR4YT book, since my saliva sample came out as "Secretor". NOTE: My naturopathic doctor, who I have NOT seen in 2 years, truly cares about people getting healthy, and staying that way. HEIDI, IT HAS TAKEN ME A LONG TIME TO COMPREHEND THIS: If one practices good health and eating habits in the present, there is a very good chance that one can have a truly good healthy old age, regardless of heredity. I do realize that one cannot "change" their genetic structure or family health history, but one can surly try to overcome it. HEIDI, I TRULY WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE PEOPLE IN THE U.S.A. LEAD BY EXAMPLE AND REALLY TAKE CHARGE OF THEIR HEALTH, SHOW THE WORLD THAT WE CAN DO IT! Truthfully, I still have a long way to go myself, therfore, I am NOT condemning or looking down on anybody, just want to see this country get back on its feet, healthwise, as well as economically. HEIDI, GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, GOD BLESS THE U.S.A.. - Marshal in Wichita, KS
Hello again, Marshal! And many thanks for your blessings and for sharing your laudable ideals!!
About the nonsecretor list -- it's primarily focused on nonsecretor foods, recipes, etc. as I understand it, so since you follow the secretor diet by the doc's orders, it would be of little use in that regard.
I agree -- I'd like to see this country back on its feet in many, many ways. The price of freedom is vigilance -- and action where necessary to retain that which is being eroded. Bless you and yours, Marshal, and keep shining!! :-D
Heidi, thank you for your help in the past to my questions regarding frozen shoulder. Thanks also to Jan who offered advice to me through your column. I have full movement in my shoulder but if I stop the vioxx the pain and stiffness come back. I am seeing a chinese herbalist for chinese herbs and acupunture. I have also found out that I am a non-secretor. For the last two weeks I have been seeing the chinese herbalist and sticking to the non-secretor diet. However, I feel worse that ever and I am beginning to lose heart. I am exhausted to the point that I am considering giving up work. The pain in my shoulder is much worse over the last two weeks. I also have a pain in my left side where the spleen is and catarrah with a sore throat. I have suffered from irritable bowel also. I have these symptoms for years. I am 53 and have been on HRT for about three years due to fairly serious menopause symptoms. I have hashimotos and am on 200mcg daily. I eat eggs/fish/kidneys and fruit/veg for breakfast. Meat/fish and veg for lunch and dinner. Snacks are nuts/fruit/jerky/seeds/brewers yeast. I drink two cups of green tea and herbal teas and red wine at weekends. Mostly beneficial and no avoids. I take maca, fuscus,Nac,calcium and probiotics (from stacktheme.) I have been tested for candida. other automimmune illness and parasites and all came back negative. I have lost a few pounds on this diet but need to lose a lot more. I exercise regularly although this is getting to be a bit of a struggle as I feel so tired. Thank you for all your column and wise words. I am an O-non-secretor. Doreen
Hey there, Doreen ~~ what a lousy time of it you're having, huh? It's only been two weeks on the nonsecretor diet, though, and I think with all your challenges, a few months may be necessary to get you feeling more yourself again. Do have your doc check your thyroid levels religiously, ok? the diet itself should go a long way to resolving the thyroid problems, and the medication dosages should be adjusted regularly as your need decreases.
The tiredness is a common side-effect of getting away from all grain and sugars altogether, so don't lose hope!! It passes, and once through it, you'll never have to make those changes again. Right now, I'd just say keep a high water intake and do some exercise whenever you feel well enough to do it.
Keep me posted, OK? I'm thinking of you, dear!!! :-)
Hello! I just started the BTD about 2 weeks ago and I am already feeling alot better. I decided to go "cold turkey" and just do it rather than trying to start off slow. I am trying to find a simple, daily plan so I know what I am going to eat from day to day. I have been drinking a quart of water everyday but my Dr. would like to see me up that to 3 quarts per day. I'll get there eventually. My question for you is, can you suggest a simple, daily eating plan for me?? Breakfast, lunch and dinner. I just need to see an example then I can take it from there. Also, this diet for me is also about weight loss. I am currently 273 lbs and would like to take my 5'7" fram down to 170 lbs. Is there anything else I should be doing other than following the BTD? Any exercises you can suggest for the Type A person? Thank you so much for your help. I appreciate it! sandi
Hey, Sandi! Welcome, and I'm so pleased you found us!! :-)
Your doctor and I agree about the water. It's a great healer. Try to allow at least 1/2 hour before and an hour+ after a meal before having a good big glass or two. If you have it first thing upon arising, then between meals, and last thing at night, you'll be surprised how easy it is to fit in those three quarts.
For a wonderful, easy exercise program that takes only a few minutes and requires nothing more than enough space to lie down in, go to the 5 Basic Exercises site. Start at the lowest level, and see how you go! Don't worry about executing any movement perfectly -- just make a comfortable "gesture" in that direction. It's amazingly effective for so little time spent. I think you'll enjoy the energy boost and speedy toning effect.
The other exercise site I can wholeheartedly recommend is Marianne Cirone's marvelous Yoga for Health and Fitness. A great read, and a perfect resource for type As starting the diet!
It sounds like you're looking for a week's schedule of meals, to fit with the guidelines for portions and frequencies in Live Right 4 Your Type. What I suggest is to go through the book, make up a little list of how many servings per week per category you can have, then choose some foods for each category that you'll purchase in the week. (Remember that the veg & fruit categories are per day, not per week.) Keep it simple, perhaps starting each day with some fruit while you make a little whole-grain cereal like oats, amaranth, etc. with nuts and soy milk -- or an egg with toasted Ezekiel or Essene bread -- alternating through the week. Plan a big salad with a bit of fish or tofu and other chopped raw veg for lunch, and a simple dinner of bean soup and steamed veg for dinner. You can vary your protein sources, and switch the salad to the evening and the cooked food to lunch if preferred. A lot depends on how your tastes and the food lists intersect! Have fun with it, feel free to experiment, but don't overwhelm yourself with so many new foods that you feel unsatisfied with your new diet.
Let us know how you do, Sandi, and feel free to write with any questions that may come up as you go along! :-D
Hello Heidi! I am yet another O Rh- non-secretor! It is always good reading your column and knowing that I am not alone out here, so can you please put me on the nonnie list too! Thanks!!
I first read about this diet a year ago (I was 27 and a vegetarian at the time, and had been on and off since my early teens) and had a lot of problems accepting that type O had to eat meat, even though I have often succumbed to my meat cravings on and off for many years! So I decided that it sounded so radical that I just had to give the program a go. I was assuming at that time that I was a secretor, since I am very slim and athletically built, regardless of what I eat, I have perfect teeth with no cavities in spite of living my childhood next door to a sweet shop that I regualarly devoured the contents of! Also the fact that far from being an alcoholic, I could hardly stand the smell or the taste of the stuff til a couple of years ago, when I tasted some really good French red wine ! I had basically lived my whole life eating 6 or 8 slices of wholewheat bread per day for lunch....I absolutely ADORED the stuff!!! That was after having eaten wheat bran cereals with cow milk for breakfast. Dinner time invariably involved potatoes in one form or another.....as you can imagine, on this kind of diet I must have had a death wish, but I never associated my duodenal ulcers, IBS, anxiety, lack of energy, acne, etc etc with the food I ate.
When I picked up the 'Live Right...' book it all seemed to make sense immediately. Unfortunately I have never managed to become 100% compliant. Change is so hard for me after so many years raised on these kinds of foods which become addictive. Here in England, we drink a lot of tea.....TEA!! Mmmm, just the very mention of the word makes me weak at the knees. NOTHING could possibly come close to the taste of it. How can I give up tea!!??? I did try green tea and herbal tea, but only liked it with honey, and found glycerine a bit weird. No matter how long I try to avoid it, I yearn for the taste of a cup of tea.
Then just to top it all off, can you imagine the sense of disappointment when my secretor test results came through!!!??? I first thought that there may have been an error since my saliva test took 2 weeks to reach the lab, so I got a Lewis blood test done in addition, and my heart sank when it came back Lewis a+ b- .... NO MORE SUGAR, APPLES, APRICOTS, DATES, STRAWBERRIES ..... I finally had to admit defeat and resign myself to being a nonnie and knowing that there are over 150 foods which are bad for me.
Now most of these I do not have a problem with, e.g. cabbage, aubergine, soya, olives and the dreaded cheeses which I am horrendously allergic to, but I would like to know if there is anything more I can do to reduce my addiction to tea. I realise it is a vicous circle because the more tea I drink the more sweet things I crave due to unbalanced blood sugar! I already eat a lot of meat and fish but without my sweet treats and addictive foods with such wondeful tastes and textures I do feel like something is missing in life. Sometimes I feel it is too late....the carrot has already been dangled, and to suddenly be told 'No, you can't eat that any more!' is like the forbidden fruit syndrome; it makes it that much more of a temptation! Anyway, take care, and all best wishes to you, and all the non-secretors and secretors alike. Your column is great and always thoroughly entertaining. Craig
lol! thanks for your kind words, Craig. ;-) I've wheeled you into the nonnie list, and I'm sure everyone there will take VERY good care of you while you regain your footing! ~ enjoy it! ;-)
Now: I get the sense that maybe we're feeling a tad bummed-out over our (verified!) nonsecretor status? ;-) The realization that tea bumps your blood sugar about will be one of your best friends in the days to come. With that knowledge in hand, I suggest continuing with your beloved beverage for the time being, whilst getting used to the absence of the other newly-dubbed poisons. It's best to have something to hang on to when these storms blow in, eh?
A great help in the adjustment phase is learning to cook or obtain rich meat or fish and vegetable casserole sort of things. Greens, squashes, onions, garlic, tomatoes, spices, some beef or cod and a high flame can come together to make very filling and satisfying dishes -- which will carry you through and past those times of day when a sweet would have summoned, and you'd've answered.
Ask your new friends on the nonnie ward... I mean, LIST! ;-) ... for tea substitutes and research them. Roasted dandelion root with a few select additional ingredients might fill the tea-vacuum entirely. And believe me, the possibilities for nonnie-approved sweets are virtually identical to (and better-tasting than, to my palate) the sugary delights at your childhood sweet shop. That's another area where those chatty nurses... Nonnies!... will be of great help and succour in your time of need. ;-D
I wasn't aware there were over 150 foods I couldn't eat! I guess I'm so busy cooking and stuffing myself with meats, fish, fowl, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and the occasional kamut-pastry with black cherry filling (just discovered it makes a lovely chocolate banana tart, too! hee hee) that I've blanked out on all that other-people's food I can't have... although.... apples... strawwwwwwberrries..... hrrrmmmmmm.....
Too bad there's no arguing with biochemistry! :-D Besides, we all know that when one door closes, God opens a window! ;-) Take good care, Craig, and just think of all the foods you CAN have, as well as how much MORE handsome & healthy you'll be in a month or two! write again, don't let those listites monopolize you, dear! ~~;-D
Dear Heidi, I don't know if you remember, but I wrote a while ago asking whether you knew about supplements causing anxiety. Well, it seems to be a dead issue, as I have had several more instances since stopping supplements. I have been reading previous entries looking under "cravings" and "anxiety" with some of them being extremely helpful. Basically what happens to me is that I can follow the O type diet quite easily until a situation comes up when I feel stressed/very anxious/feel down. When this occurs, my immediate response is to eat, and usually to eat something that's either sweet or a bread product. And I guess that just keeps the cycle continuing, huh? as giving in just makes the cravings continue.
I've been trying to do an analysis on what I eat that causes the cravings, etc. I do know that too much caffeine doesn't help, although one cup of coffee in the morning doesn't seem to be a problem. So if a situation comes up when I get a real anxiousness feeling and I'm not stressed about anything, do you think it has to do with eating grains? Are there any other foods that trigger this type of response?- for example, if I had some honey in my green tea, is it possible that the sugar could've caused it? I do know that anything sweet/grains, especially on an empty stomach, triggers a reaction for me.
The frustrating part, though, is when a reaction happens when i think i'm doing everything right. Is it also possible that I could get this very anxious feeling from an 'over-reactive flight or fight response' as I know I react easily if something appears a bit stressful. So...I'm wondering what the best method is for testing my response to grains/sugar. Obviously eliminating them for a while, but afterwards, how do I know just how sensitive I am to these products?
Also, when you speak about 'avoiding dairy' is it possible that dairy could cause this response, and how do goat cheeses figure into the 'weekly allowances'? Should I still limit this type of neutral cheese? Ok, just a couple more things...! Can you recommend any good stir-fry mixes that don't have cornstarch in them/ also marinades for meats? Thanks so much! Caroline
Hey there, Caroline! I'm glad you found out so much from your own research. That's the best way to determine these things: in one's private laboratory! ;-)
Part of the stress response trouble is the caffeine, certainly. It will affect you all day by lowering your trigger threshold, even though you feel normal after drinking the coffee. Add to that some honey in the green tea, a little congestion and intestinal reaction from the cheese perhaps, and a schedule that sounds rather rushed (is it?), and you have a recipe for anxiety rising. Especially if you happen to be a nonsecretor!
Exercise, at least three times per week and a good whack of it, will do a fabulous job of relaxing you and setting your nervous system on "calm." Doing a grain-free (and sugar-free, including honey) test of two weeks will give you some answers. Bear in mind that if you experience headaches, tiredness, and a little depression ... you know you're on the right track. Those are symptoms of mild addiction and withdrawal from those substances, and not only should you continue to avoid them completely if you have any sensations of that kind, but it would be an excellent idea to get your secretor status tested to see if you'd do best following the nonsecretor guidelines.
If you're asking about commercial stir-fry mixes or marinades, that I can't help with -- but let me know what kinds of flavors you like, and I'll offer some suggestions for make-at-homes which are tastier, cheaper and really quick!
Thanks for writing, and drop a line now & again no matter what, OK? :-D
OK, I plead guilty to being one of those wannabe vegans who turned out to be an O nonsecretor. I got over it. I'll be a vegan in some other life. Actually, I've done short diets of fruits and vegies only, for some healing purpose, and did fine. It was the pizza and pasta that did me in.
Now, I've kicked sugar and confined myself to fruit and vegie glycerine. I gave up wheat several years ago with no whining. Good riddance. I occasionally eat essene bread or rice or rye bread and I'm fine with that. I eat my meat and fish and probably not enough vegies, but I do like them. And fruit, and probably way too many nuts. Like, bags of walnuts and pecans, jars of almond butter. What I relapse onto is the "speedy" substances, like cigarettes (I know, I know) and things with caffeine, which hop me up even if they are green tea and chocolate, not coffee.
Other than the O diet, and getting some doggone exercise and plenty of sleep and drinking water, is there any magic bullet for Os that have this tendency?? Just kidding. I doubt that waving a wand will do the trick. If I get myself into good habits for a considerable time, I'm OK. But then comes that night with little sleep, or some major situation to take care of, and I reach for the above substances. Is there something in particular that I could substitute, other than discipline and virtue? I'm not knocking those, of course. I looked at what I just said and see a weakness in not enough vegies and not enough exercise. Anything else specific for me? Cigs are worse than coffee, right? I mean, they mess up lungs and don't just wash out of our bodies in a few days. Thanks!! Cyndi
I have JUST WAVED MY WAND! .... did it help? ;-) OH, if only I could do that! :-D
If there is a magic bullet, it is a three-part cartridge: preparation (beneficial snacks are waiting in the cupboard and fridge); memory (GAWD how awful I felt for a WEEK last time I ate that @*$&#^); and habit (which will send you drinking LOTS of water whilst driving to the nearest HFS -- if a craving hits and both cupboard and memory are bare). Water is a great, great calmer of mind and body. Next time the heebies take hold, tell yourself you WILL acquiesce RIGHT AFTER drinking two large glasses of water and sitting or lying down for five minutes with your eyes closed. The other free and always-available remedy is breathing, four counts in, four counts out. 20 times. Remarkable what it can do to demons within and without.
It's a totally O thing to Jack Up when faced with stress. Quite a normal response to the ancient challenges requiring our adrenaline to hit the roof so we could run, fight, lift up three kids and jump from a height to safety, drag a boulder off a wounded mate, or keep a tiger at bay while got the heck out of Dodge. Our stressors, and our 'permitted responses' these days have changed, but the urge sure ain't no different. Coffee and tobacco are tacitly encouraged in place of popping your sneering boss one right in the snotter. So! Use that urge that stress triggers. Take a brisk walk outside, or snap some situps and leg-lifts -- trot up and down the maintenance stairs if you're trapped in an office (I did plenty of that when I worked in a LAW FIRM, my friend!!), find a private place to swing through some kick-boxing moves for three minutes, drop and gimme 20, or sit daintily in the ladies' room and claw a toilet paper roll to shreds. Teeth work for that one, too. ;-D
Yeah, discipline and virtue are just lovely. Thing is they're only the outward show in this case. They're results, not causes, and they come not from denying and restricting yourself, but from setting up your own 'escape routes' -- some situations call for the water/breath calm-down, others for the let 'er rip. Your own inner sense of self-justice will guide you as to which one's needed when. Your reactions and feelings are GOOD AND PROPER, intended to prompt you to take proper action. Trust them, trust yourself, and keep forming new habits as you learn more about your own particular and utterly unique nature.
It works for everyone, folks! Type As talk about their 'hypervigilance,' for instance. It is a natural phenomenon being expressed in an unnatural world! and it served an excellent purpose thousands of years ago, and it can serve one now if you move with it and use it in gentleness. Here's some great beast sneaking into the crops or the paddocks in the middle of the night, and would I hear the thing unless it were close enough to tug the bearskin off me? Hell no, I'm not sacrificing sleep for a bump in the night. BUT MY MAN BRYAN (an A) will hear or smells anything amiss, even at 3 in the morning among the many distractions of a noisy NYC night in a party-inclined neighborhood. Use your 'nuttiness' to your good advantage. All it takes is a little warm self-regard, the realization that things are as they are 4 a reason! and a willingness to discover new ways (and benefits) of being YOU.
Dear Heidi! How was your "time out"? I hope it was a very pleasant break. You haven't heard from me in a while and I considered it almost a pity, but - everything was just alright ;-) But now I have a question again: Since recently, I am having bruises very easily again. I used to have them more easily before BTD, then it stopped. Since a few weeks I seem to react more sensitive again, find these bruises again without remembering where I got them from. I am an 0 secretor. Any idea what I can do? (Of course, I am sure you have...) With best greetings to New York and many thanks as usual, Eva
Allo, Eva! I had a good break. We visited my childhood haunts, which Bryan had never seen. I think we'd never have made it up there if it weren't for my mother's burial being held. She keeps sending little blessings in my direction, of every kind! And you should see the cemetary ~~ it's the most gorgeous place I've ever seen. Magical! Makes ya want to either move right in or shoot a film there! ;-) well, it is REALLY beautiful. :-)
How is your vitamin C, calcium and protein intake? Try some wheat grass or barley grass juice, and add some esterified C and high-calcium foods, mineral water & broth. Let me know how it goes, OK? I used to have the exact same problem, but with a few months very strictly on the straight-O diet it went away never to return. You probably just need some very minor tweaking now, dear. I'm pleased to hear things are going so well!! :-D Keep in touch during the happy times too, OK? ~:-D
Mustard & Eggs.... A brand new fish lover ... how many is Unlimited? ... detox, nonnie list applicants, and a Note for Olympia! :-DFebruary 17th, 2001 , by admin
Dear Heidi, In regard to Chris asking today about making compliant mustards: There is a recipe book for homemade wheat and vinegar free mustards. As far as I know, this makes them safe for all four blood types and all secretor statuses. It is called Gourmet Mustards the How-Tos of Making & Cooking with Mustards. It is by Helene Sawyer and Cheryl Long. It is part of the Creative Cooking Series published by Sibyl Publications. Their website address is www.sibylbooks.com and their phone number is 800-240-8566. Each recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups. The price is $7.95. It is softcover and about 100 pages long. If you cannot find the ingredients you need for the mustard you want to make then a good place to buy the herbs and spices needed is Penzeys Spices. Their website address is www.penzeys.com and their phone number is 800-741-7787. I hope that helps.
Also, I have a question of my own for you. I am an AB secretor. My question is this: when I buy free-range organic eggs they tend to have blood spots on the yolk and in the white. Can I remove the spots and still eat the egg or is the egg now considered to be a chicken since there has obviously been some changes made in the egg which would have produced a chicken had it been allowed to develop. I have been avoiding these eggs so far and letting my husband have them as he can have chicken and eggs both. One more thing, you could see my question again. I originally submitted it to Doctor Bron, but I now think I should have submitted it to you since you handle the food questions. Thanks! LM
Great mustard book & herb resource, LM! :-)
A blood spot on the egg yolk is not a sign that the egg is fertilized. It's caused by a tiny blood vessel rupture during formation or laying of the egg. These eggs are perfectly safe to eat. In fact, a blood spot indicates that the egg is quite fresh; the egg white releases some water over time, which washes out any blood spot that may have been present when the egg was laid. You can see the water-release effect by comparing a freshly-laid egg with one you set aside for a week: the fresh one's white will be firmer, and stand up a bit, while the stale egg's white will spread like water in the pan.
Enjoy your lovely fresh eggs!! :-D
Hi Heidi! Just read your column for 8 June, where you recommend being careful about the spelling of "glycerine" when doing online searches. Just thought I'd let you know that Frontier brand spells their product "glycerin". So one should probably search both ways! Kathy
Yep! Using "glycerin" is what I usually suggest, and I noted spelling in general to her because both 'vegetable' and 'glycerine' were a little off (and she found nothing in the search engines). thanks, KK!
Dear Heidi Thank you for your knowledgeable advice and support. I am pleased to announce that I ate baked Cod the other day and absolutely loved it! Maybe it’s my imagination but I think it really gave me lots energy too! As I said before my mom was visiting me in NYC and had spent her whole week here convincing me to eat fish, so with you and her put together she left a very happy mother with her mission accomplished!
I have to say that I feel extremely liberated, so many new doors have opened for me, I can finally go to a good restaurant and order something other than a side dish (being vegan and trying to stick to BTD was a real drag when eating out).
I must admit that you are right about my body starting to crave the protein once it finally gets it, I have been craving the fish like a junky ever since!!!!!!! So my question is, since now I’m left on my own to find and cook the fish, where would you as a fellow Manhatanite recommend is the best place for fresh fish - my mother got it at Healthy Pleasures, but is there anywhere else closer to the East Village that you trust, I am very new to fish hunting…..
Also what are your views on Sushi (now that I can finally eat it!!!) , is raw fish easier or harder to digest for a beginner? Is it best to stick to sashimi for easier digestion, as it does not have the food combining conflict of the rice ( carb) with protein? Lastly, I brought some powdered nutritional Yeast on your recommendation, how much should I take? Thanks again for helping me take this plunge I couldn’t have done it without your support!!!! Martynka ( AB, fish eating vegan!)
HOO-rah for you, dear!! :-D I'm thrilled you had a good "cod experience!" Now your only challenge is to satisfy those cravings for the good stuff!
Nutritional yeast? A tablespoon at a time. It goes beautifully in lots of things, including sauces, fruit/berry or veg juice (shaken well), even tuna or salmon salad with homemade mayo & spices. Sprinkle it on buttered toast, add it near the end to a stew, you name it. ;-)
About sushi -- Ask the chef to explain what's in the sushi rice -- make sure it's not corn sweetener of some kind. You have food allergies, you see. ;-)Classic sushi rice is made with a tiny bit of sugar and rice vinegar, but some chefs use Karo syrup and other abominations as a short cut. Also, ask what's in the wasabi (the magnificent green horseradish paste). Once again, some are OK and some aren't, and it's the "dextrose" or other corn product that you'd want to look out for.
The very safest thing to do if you can't ascertain the rice ingredients is to order sashimi (the plain cuts of fish) instead. I, being a crackpot, will also bring my own wheat-free organic tamari in a plastic squirt bottle, along with my wasabi (because I eat lots of it), but you needn't go off the wall and down the street like that at this point. ;-)
The first time you have sushi or sashimi, it may seem VERY filling for the small quantity eaten. Reserve judgment, and return a week or two later. I promise the digestive capability will be there in stars on the second visit. I think it's one of the most spectacular food preparations known to humanity, and it is a great, great favorite of mine. ENJOY!!!
Healthy Pleasures happens to be the market I now frequent, since five straight weeks of no decent onions (not to mention other mishaps and misses) rather turned me off LifeThyme finally. Of course, HP has those huge fresh fish and meat sections (LT has neither) so it's a great option for you. By the way, most of their prices are better than LT as well. ;-)
Depending on where you are in the East Village, it might be worth a twice-weekly trip to Chinatown for your fish. You can see the whole fish (which incidentally is the best way to buy it) and have it fileted right there if you like -- and there are loads of great fishmongers crammed in along Grand Street between Mott & the Bowery, and more of them going east of the Bowery. I'm rarely in your nabe these days, so I'm not up on fishy matters there -- Since you're exploring your new freedoms, stop by Bona Fides on 2nd Ave. & ... 5th? can't recall, but it's on the east side of the Ave. (an Italian restaurant run by Yugoslavians, great inexpensive food) .... and say a friend told you they have these wonderful fish specials (like Arctic Char) and you were wondering where they get their fish because you can't find any in the nabe! Is it from the fish market in the Bronx, or somewhere else? They might be able to help, they're very friendly! and having a meal there might help your cause... ;-) See if they know of any retail fish spots, and if so, check them out. And there's always the Yellow Pages, if all else fails! You can research new spots while you're shopping at HP or in Chinatown. ;-)
OK!! I am ECSTATIC over the discoveries you're about to make, as a new fish eater!! You're happy, I'm happy, your Mom's happy ~~ what more can I say?
I have been on the type A diet for about 1.5 weeks and noticed that I have come up with very painful acne on the face and neck, can you please tell me if this is part of the detoxification process which my body is going through or should I be leaving certain foods out. I am extremely happy with the diet and have noticed a difference with my digestion, which used to be extremely sluggish. One thing I am very confused with is whether I should be taking any supplements and if so which ones would be extremely beneficial to a type A. One last question, when would it be beneficial for a type A to exercise certains times of the day, I was reading that Cortisol levels for type A is extremely high in the mornings and not to sure whether to exercise less at this particular time? Many Thanks for your time and hope to hear from you soon. Lisa
Greetings, Lisa! Congratulations on your commitment to the A plan, and WELCOME!! :-)
Yes, you are VERY likely going through some detox. Even though you see it in your skin, it's caused by the release of toxins through the bowels as well as through the blood stream.
Do try to get some beneficial vegetables at every meal -- they will aid the clean-out process, as will drinking PLENTY of water throughout the day. A good guideline is 1/2 ounce of water for every pound of body weight. So, a 128 pound person would drink 64 ounces (1/2 gallon, or two quarts or liters). I'd suggest adding a little squeeze of lemon to each glass of water. It's tasty that way, and helps direct the water through the bowels rather than straight out via the kidneys.
The only two supps I'd suggest right now are Deflect-A and PolyFlora-A, both available in our Store here. The first helps sweep out old lectins and other gunk (scientific term there), and the second is a probiotic to help restore the happy population of your intestinal flora & fauna. Between the two of them, and plenty of veg, fruit and water, you'll be in great shape in no time!
When cortisol levels are high is a great time to do your yoga, and/or your meditation practice. Mornings are great for it! Then, a nice walk or other light exercise in the early evening before dinner will help you relax and aid digestion of your food.
I'm so glad you found us, Lisa! Write again and let me know how you're doing, OK? :-D
Please add me to the nonnie list! Kathy K (B-NS)
You're on it! :-)
Please add me to the list of O nonnies. Really enjoy reading your column. Many thanks. Nancy
Hi, Nancy ~~ I forwarded your address to Nina, but she reported that your email is bouncing her messages back to her. You might look into fixing the problem at your end, or post a different address for her to try.
It's actually a list for ALL nonsecretors, so there are also As, ABs and Bs on the list. Enjoy -- and do get back to me about the email, OK? Thanks!! :-D
Dear Heidi, I would like to be on the O nonnie list. In your O-non food pyramid you list the frequencies for each food group and for beneficial vegetables it is unlimited. Now I wonder how much vegetables do you recommend I eat each day? Thanks so much! Camilla
Hello, Camilla! I've put you on the list -- it's a general nonsecretor list, with participants of all ABO groups.
Unlimited veg means fill up on them. Six servings per day of beneficials and another two of neutrals, if you can fit in that much! ;-) And, if you have a juicer, a big glass or two of fresh veg juice each day can account for MANY servings in that category. Don't forget my old "O-8" favorite -- carrot, celery, parsley, red pepper, tomato, beet, onion, garlic. A few beet greens or a leaf of Swiss chard go nicely in there as well. It's quite a meal, full of vits and mins, and a great cure for hunger pangs. :-)
Thanks for your reply some time ago about the maca. As for your advice about stress, I know I have to make some changes, but they are big ones like moving or getting a new job, so I have to hang in there for now. I'm starting the process though.
I read your advice to someone to use white vinegar on the feet, it works like magic! what a fabulous resource this is. thanks! I'm still fighting off a candida resurgence. and I think it has exacerbated a tooth that has been hurting. My dentist says I might be heading for a root canal if it persists. I started taking Heallix and I felt a little floopy, would there be any side effects? any advice here? I don't want to lose a tooth! My mom made a turkey last night and cooked it in a paper bag from the supermarket. She says it keeps the juices in but allows it to crisp. Do you think there would toxins coming from that paper bag. Paper is treated with chemicals isn't it? Lastly, I'd like to be put on the O-non list. Thank you, Emme
Hey there, Emme! Glad the white vinegar is helping you!!
If you felt a little reaction from the Heallix, that only means it's working its magic. Keep taking it, and rinse it in your mouth, especially all round that tooth.
The paper bag will indeed contain some toxins. It's not intended for use in direct contact with meats, especially not heated in an oven. I wouldn't worry too much about it, but next time ask if she'd be willing to use a rack in a roasting pan, with some water in the bottom of the pan. Rub the bird with olive oil and salt. If it's a good, fresh bird it will be fine that way -- very crispy and juicy -- just take it out the minute a meat thermometer stuck in the thickest part of the breast reads "170."
... and.... I've put you on the nonsecretors list! enjoy, dear, and keep flossing & rinsing!! :-D
Hi Heidi, This note is for Nina who is putting together a list of nonnies. I am O-nonnie and I may already be on the list under a different e-mail address -- We have just changed, probably since I sent in my last question. Sharon
Hi Heidi, Would you please add me to the nonnie list? Thanks, Jan
Hello Heidi, It's me again from Holland. After I read your answer, I thougt I give it a try and ordered the Basic A Pack and another bottle of cortiguard. I've been reading about hairloss and being a nonnie, so I hope this problem too will be solved soon after 25 years. I begin to understand that all those (little) problems are maybe linked to being a non-secretor, well I'm working on that now. The hypo's are staying away as long as I don't take any sugar, only I'm still very tired now and again. I did manage to get hold of some vegetable glycerine, but I don't need much of it, only in dressings. Will you please add my name to the nonnie-emaillist. Greetings, Wil.
Hi, Wil! It's difficult to make the adjustment at the beginning, but it is VERY well worth it!! The tiredness will fade with time -- your body is readjusting! Just stick with it, and remember --- you'll never have to go through this again! :-D And ~~ You've been added to the nonnie list ~~ have a lovely time!! :-D
I was doing so well on the O diet a couple of years ago and then I found out I was a Nonnie---that had a much more negative effect on me than I would have guessed possible, Im still part of the movement and I miss the old List but you are a great help, please add me to the Nonnie O list----I am ready to move onward. ron -- thanks
Wow! Hey there, Ron ~~ thanks for popping out of the woodwork. Missed you! You're on the list!!! :-D
I would love to hear more about the non-secretor email list mentioned in the note from Nina on June 8. I am an A non-secretor and would love to have additional support for eating ideas. I have read Eat Right and am going thru Live Right and also Cook Right, and the Encyclopedia, too. My whole family is going into this with me, including our daughters' boyfriends. We are enjoying this adventure. My husband is going to have is secretor status checked soon. Thanks for this column. I check it everyday for ideas. Meredith
You're on the list, Meredith! I figured that if you don't find it useful, you can always remove yourself from it.
I'm really pleased to hear that your family & you are all enthusiastic about the BTD. Many thanks! And a BIG WELCOME all round!! :-D
Could you ask Nina to put me on her non-secretor mailing list (I'm an A)? Also, I would like to find out exactly how she makes her turkey jerky---especially how to make sure there is no bacterial problem in the finished product. Thank you! JoanV
Hi, Joan ~ I've added you to the list! When you get going on it, just ask Nina! I hope you're doing well, dear!! :-D
Bpnjour Heidi, Just read your answer on my possible gluten intolerence......as soon as I'm finished with my tasty loaf of Essene rye bread, I'll try the rice cakes.....again arrgh! Will have more questions/reports soon, but I wanted to get a note through to Olympia who is moving to Spain. I'd suggest she take a LOAD of vegetable glycerine with her, then have all visiting frieds from the UK bring it with them when they visit. I have only found vegetable glycerine at the pharmacy in France, and it is 4 euros for 100ml (I think), and has a slightly strange taste. As I have written in the past, I order it from the UK and it costs a fortune to ship it. I'd guess Olympia will run into the same problem in Spain. (Same probably goes for supplements - she should probably stock up in the UK). Good luck to her. a bientot, Abby
:-D You're a warrior, Abby! Confusion to your enemies, my dear!! ;-)
I do hope Olympia catches this before she's off. Superb advice ~~ thanks for your note!
Oh, and look.... there's one for you, just below! :-D
Re Abby's use of almond butter on rice cakes, I have a suggestion. When I eat almond butter on Rye crackers (I am O-sec.) I smear a small bit of glycerine on top of the almond butter to offset glucose rush; she might experiment. I use glycerine freely in this fashion. Conrad
Many thanks, Conrad! A good suggestion, and one which I've had experience with as well. Be well, and keep writing!! :-D
Hi Heidi! r.e. Jordan who gags on veggies...if a person is zinc deficient, veggies (and other things!) are hard to digest & get nutrients from, so the body doesn't recognise them as food. Veggies were like cardboard to me, until I corrected my zinc deficiency. (Smelly feet = typically another zinc deficiency sign. Startling indicator of zinc deficiency's prevalence, that we all think smelly feet are normal!) If a person is zinc deficient, zinc is hard to get from food (stomach acid doesn't work right), supplements are the only way I know to reverse a deficiency -- and not pills, need lozenges. But too much zinc will mess up the immune system, so need to research to find safe dosage. Stress uses up more zinc, the government RDA doesn't address this. Hope it helps! Hope you had a nice break Heidi! Maia
Thanks, Maia! I did have a very worthwhile trip ~ more about that tomorrow, since so many have kindly asked! ;-)
That's a great point about zinc deficiency. I'd like to hear back from Jordan when he has the chance. Adding a 25 mg lozenge daily would be a good way to start -- 50 mg might be called for, but only for a very short time. If we're very nice to him, he might be willing to talk about whether the major indicator (smelly feet) is present! *grin* Ah, diagnosis ain't what it used to be! :-D
I am an o+ secretor and have been taking catechol O for a few years now. But I've had elevated cortisol levels for several years and am wondering if the Cortiguard would be useful for me despite the fact that it's not intended for my blood type. I have the saliva tests a few times and the night cortisol is the one that's elevated. Would appreciate your thoughts on this and thanks for all that you do. I learn so much from you every day! -- carolyn
Absolutely! Cortiguard is great for all types, and can be used whenever needed. You might take one cap mid-morning, then two around four p.m. and see how you do. After a week or so, I think you'll see a remarkable difference. Keep in touch and let me know how those levels move, carolyn! :-D
Dear Heidi, Thanks for the info about finding A1/A2 foods in Live Right for Your Type.I have just had the blood tests done at John Roberts Path.Lab in Melbourne, Australia, phone 03 8831 3000, and am an A2.I am now adjusting my diet accordingly, and look forward to further health improvements.It is great to be able to use red peppers (capsicums) again, and I shall try a pizza with acceptable ingredients using blended red pepper as a tomato substitute. I am placing an advert.on the board at my local organic food shop inviting anyone interested in my area for a get together to discuss recipes and strategies. Anyone out there interested? I am happy for you, Heidi, to send me the email address of inquirers able to get to the north eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Hope you had a good holiday. Cheerio, Jenny
Sounds like a lovely project, Jenny! I'm pleased you're adjusting to your new diet, and I hope you have plenty of interested parties in a get-together! Anyone want to send Jenny a note about the meeting? Best wishes -- enjoy!!
Why can't I find Quorn™ on any of the books. It is becoming very popular here in the UK taking over the Soya market. I'm a AB-. My stomach seems to digest it well and it's a fantastic substitute for meat. But I am a firm believer in the blood type diet and I would feel more comfortable to know that it ok for me. Cheers! :-) Christina
Ok, Christina ~~ Here is a column I wrote a while back on quorn. Read through it, and write again if you have questions -- take care, dear! :-D
Please add me to the Nonnies List! MP MacD
:-) Done! :-D
Hi Heidi! Just wanted to make sure I was on the O nonnnie list :-) Thanks! Dianne in L.A.
Yep, my dear, you is! ;-D
From what I understand, it's okay to eat sprouted wheat because the lectins are changed by the sprouting process. Does the same hold true for garbanzo and other beans? I am an A, and garbanzo beans used to be one of my favorites and I would love to have them back in my diet as sprouts.
Also, I'm trying to understand the difference between cultured and fermented, if there is one. Vinegar is an avoid and cultured food is supposed to be good for us, so I was wondering if that was because of the fermentation process. Further, what I have read on culturing says that vinegar, ketchup and mustard used to be cultured products prior to mass production, and have since been changed to have the addition of vinegar rather than the culturing process. Is it possible to culture our own condiments so they are not an avoid? Thanks for a great column! Chris
Hi, Chris! Good questions.
Generally speaking, sprouting a bean does not destroy the lectin as it does to grains. The lectins are more evenly distributed throughout the bean, and it's not one-stop-lectin-destruction to sprout them. We always advise people to stick to the beneficial and neutral bean-containing products and food items, for that reason.
Culturing can be done with salt and time alone. This term is often used to describe vegetables "pickled" without vinegar, as well as dairy products. Fermentation is a process requiring the presence of sugars, which has the byproduct of alcohol. Both terms are loosely used to name all kinds of cultured and fermented foods.
I'd love to read the reference you found to cultured condiments! Please write again and let me know where it is! Fascinating!!
Best to you, Chris, and thanks very much for writing! ;-)
I would like to join and correspond with "O" nonnies. One comment that will sum it all for me is this way of eating has save me from unknowingly self-destruction. If one is true to himself, he would know. Thank you D, all those at the DADAMO clinic and the readers who contribute through questions or suggestions. Gwen
I've put your email address on the list, Gwen -- and thanks so much!! You've put the entire truth in few words, which is a rare skill. :-D
Dear Heidi, I have been on the diett for about 3 years now (Type A), with marvellous results.This is absoluttly the best healt choice to make. I have 2 questions I hope you can answer.
1. I read what Nina wrote June 1 about peanuts that are beneficial for Type A, but when you have the flu, or are infected by viruses or bacterias, it becomes somethings you shall avoid. Eventhough I have read about BTD in these 3 years, I did not know that. Are there any other items to avoid under similar circumstances? I think this is of greatest importance.
2. My daughter on 2 1/2 has got a big spot of hairloss on the left side of her backhead, we suspect it to be alopecia (it suddenly accured). What would be the best approche? With great respect for the efforts you are making to help us "BTD out in the world", I hope you can help with these questions. Kind regards, Ronny [Rath Pedersen]
Hello, Ronny! It is so nice to hear from you!
Nina's note came from our website here, in the Research section. I don't know of any other similar foods, although we do explain how different conditions may require slight modification in the diet. If there's any specific condition you're wondering about, just let me know!
About your daughter, can you tell me what her blood type is, and is she nursing? what does she eat in a week? I'll do my best to help, Ronny! Take good care!! :-D
Hi Heidi. My name is Nicole and I emailed you a while ago about communicating with other B non secretors. It has been wonderful speaking with others like me! But now I guess there is another list going for nonnies? If there is I would love to be added to that list. Thanks again for everything. Nicole
HELLO HEIDI! I AM AN O RH NEG NON-SECRETOR AND I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO BE ON THIS NON-SECRETOR SUPPORT EMAIL. SO PLEASE PUT ME ON. THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!
I DON'T HAVE A QUESTION BUT DO HAVE A FAMILY REPORT. I STARTED ERFYT DIET 2-15-03 THANKS TO MY 21 YR OLD SON AND THE DIET THAT OUR FAMILY NATURAPATH HAS PUT HIM ON TO CURE HIS FUNGUS/CANDIDA. HE IS AN O ALSO AND I SAID I WOULD GO ON THE DIET TO SUPPORT HIM AND TO AVOID HAVING TO COOK SEPARATE MEALS. I JUST FELT IT WAS TIME TO CHANGE.
ACTUALLY, I WENT TO THIS NATURAPATH 12 YRS AGO FOR CANDIDA RIGHT WHEN I FIRST BECAME VEGAN. HE TOLD ME AT THE TIME THAT I NEEDED TO EAT MEAT BUT I HAD JUST MADE THE DECISION TO BECOME A VEGAN. I EVEN READ ONE MANS FOOD IS ANOTHER MANS POISON BY DR JAMES D'DADAMO BUT DID NOT FOLLOW THE ADVICE IN IT EITHER. JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO I FOUND OUT MY SECRETOR STATUS MUCH TO MY DISSAPOINTMENT! IT HAS BEEN A SHOCK EATING ALL THIS MEAT BUT BELIEVE IT OR NOT I DO ENJOY THIS DIET BECAUSE I FEEL SO GREAT!
I NEVER HAVE EATEN THIS MUCH MEAT EVER IN MY LIFE! I WENT COLD TURKEY AND AM ABOUT 95% COMPLIANT.I NOTICED A BIG DIFFERENCE ONLY IN THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS SINCE I FOUND OUT MY SECRETOR STATUS. NOW I ENJOY GREENS AND BEEF FOR BREAKFAST AND IT GIVES ME SUCH A BOOST! I AM 50 SO I WOULD LIKE TO EAT CORRECTLY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. I HAVE STARTED MORE INTENSE WORKOUTS AND I CAN NOTICE THE DIFFERENCE IN MY ENERGY LEVEL AND SENSE OF WELL BEING!!!
ALSO, MY 84 YEAR OLD MOTHER IS ON THE DIET NOW. SHE IS AN A. ITS AMAZING HOW SHE HAS CHANGED. SHE HAS MORE ENERGY AND SOUNDS HAPPIER. SHE IS SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE FOUND OUT ABOUT ERFYT. SHE WAS PRETTY MUCH A VEGETARIAN ANYWAY DO TO MY PREVIOUS INFLUENCE. MY HUSBAND IS ALSO AN A SECRETOR. SO WE JUST TRADED PLACES IN DIET! HE IS HAPPY TO STILL HAVE COFFEE BUT MISSES POTATOES & TOMATOES. I READ THE NEWSLETTER DAILY AND IT IS A WONDERFUL SUPPORT! THANK YOU HEIDI -- ANN
ANN!! Hey, what a joyous message! Sure got me up & smiling!! This is the kind of report that brings home to me again how grateful I am for Peter and the whole BTD team!! :-D
I've given your email addres to Nina, so you should be hearing from her very soon (if you haven't already)!
Amazing about that dreaded meat eating, isn't it? Don't feel bad, it seems like it's almost always the vegans and those who want to be vegans who turn out to be O nonsecretors -- me included. Why is that? Wish I knew! Right now I'm just thankful that I was given this gift in time to stay healthy and enjoy life, and very happy to spread the news to others.
Thanks so much for your message, Ann. I'd love to hear more any time you're in the mood to write! Be well, and savor the difference!! :-D
Dear heidi, a friend of mine needs the red yeast rice, I could not find the address and how much he needs to take per day, he is a O non secretor, i would appreciate your time with the information. He lives in Buenos aires, Argentina, so I will get it for him, thanks again, Luisa
Sure! Go to the China Red Yeast Rice contact page and call the USA agent listed on the lower left. He would take one half teaspoon, twice daily. It mixes well with vegetable or fruit juice. Best wishes to you and your friend, Luisa! :-)
Hello again Heidi, Two questions today (gosh you must get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of questions sometimes!):
1. I've tried a couple of times to take Bladderwrack capsules, but after a few days, I wake up in the morning with swelling around my eyes, especially above my eyelids. So, I discontinued the bladderwrack. I'm a type O, age 53. The edema makes me wonder if the bladderwrack somehow impairs kidney function because I had kidney disease (nephritis) as a child, but have had no kidney infections for about 20 years. What do you think?
2. I'd like to know if Dr. D'Adamo has any thoughts on the West Nile Virus in terms of bloodtypes. My understanding is that, of the cases here in the U.S. last year, many were mild while a number of people died, or nearly died, from it. I'm just wondering if bloodtype may provide some clue. Thanks again for all you do! Your work is very helpful to us all. Kathryn
Hey there, Kathryn! The volume of questions is certainly astonishing sometimes! ;-)
The bladderwrack does not impact kidney function, but you may be one of the few people who are allergic to it. It's not a common reaction, but I've heard of two or three people over the years who did have that trouble.
Do you have a similar reaction to other seaweeds? Like, hijiki (a common Japanese dish) or nori (sushi wrappers) or dulse (which I eat as a snack)?
I've never seen a single reference to West Nile virus and blood type ~~ I'll put it out there, so that if a reader has anything relevant at hand, I hope she or he will write in with it!
Thanks for your note, Kathryn ~~ I hope we can get more info on your Qs!
The Membrane Fluidizer Cocktail tastes awful and that awful taste stays with me at least until noon. The ingredients I bought say they are "the best" and I keep them refrigerated. Is there a way to make this more palatable? (I spend a long time searching for the answer to this Q. before I sent it; I know you must receive a lot of duplication. I wonder if a better system of categorizing or listing you FAQs might help?) Ray
Hey there, Ray! As long as your flax oil is very fresh, with no "off" fishy or petroleum smell, it sounds like it's the lecithin giving you the gags.
TYPE B ALERT!! Any advice for Ray on tasty lecithin types/brands? Anyone else had this reaction, and did you find a way round it?
We'll keep you posted on the results!
Actually, you're the first to ask this question, and I apologize for all the effort you must have taken to find out if it had already come in! I agree that the various FAQs all round this website could do with a shake-up, and I devoutly hope to do so as soon as some other chores are completed. Thanks for your note, and be well, dear! :-)
Dear Heidi, I'd like to be on the O nonnie list! I would like to give you an update on my legs that swell. I was told that it is hormonal, that my endocrine system is out, maybe that explains the hypothyroid! I am taking 0.05MG Levothyroxine, 2x60MG Thyroid as well as 2x2 Bladderwrack (fucus). I was reading an article, I believe it was on your website, on protein and how people with hypothyroid should make sure they eat sufficient amounts of protein each day, I don't think I am, is it ok to have one organic egg each morning for breakfast? how much protein should I be eating each day? Do you have any suggestions on what else I can be doing to support my endocrine system? Thank you kindly for your help. Rose
:-) You're on the list, Rose!
Was it a doctor who told you that the swelling was hormone-related?
Sure, it's fine to have an egg each day. As an O+ non, you'd have one serving of meat 7 days per week, two servings on five of those days, and one serving of fish five days per week. That's in addition to a handful of nuts 5-7 days per week, and an egg up to 6 days per week (daily is fine). Since you're now taking thyroid drugs, the only thing I'd say is to monitor your levels closely and stick very closely to the diet. I'm sure you'll be feeling better soon, dear! :-D
Hey Heidi, seedy again. Just wanted to thank you for the "third time's the charm" response -- it was precisely the information i was seeking.Just a curious note -- type B seems to benefit from many brassicae, but the brassicae are also goitrogens. Yet (don't have my books with me right now), IIRC, Bs don't have a great deal of thyroid problems (would those on the diet perhaps be at higher risk?). This would seem counter-intuitive. Are Bs more capable of flushing out the goitrogenic compounds? Do they have a more resilient thyroid or better iodine uptake? What explains this apparent dilemma? Ever grateful, matt.
Glad the last one hit the spot, matt! Actually, I'd say that Bs who are NOT on the diet are at higher risk for any given health problem. Cooking the brassicae destroys the goitrogenic compounds, at any rate, so that's the preferred form in which to eat them. All types have a wide selection of crucifers among the bennies and neutrals, due to the many health-promoting compounds they contain. Thanks for your note ~~ and keep growing, dear! :-D
Dear Heidi, In your answer to Sarah today you confirm with her that A2s may eat red peppers/cayeene. Where can I read this please? It does not appear in my copy of the Encyclopedia (only secretor/non-secretor status is given there, not food differences for A1 and A2) Also I could not find it in the Typebase on line.It would be wonderful to know more about A1 v.A2 as I am now fine-tuning my diet and miss red peppers a lot! What other exciting changes will I find? Many thanks, Jenny
Greetings, Jenny ~~ Live Right 4 Your Type is the only book where the A2, Rhesus and MN modifications (as well as the Tiers system) can be found. TYPEbase 3 and the Encyclopedia list only the secretor and nonsecretor values. In order to use the A subtype and MN info, you'd need to get a blood panel to show which you are. The SouthWest Medical College laboratories do the test -- if you're interested, call them at 602/ 970-0000
Best wishes, and I hope you enjoy the new book! :-)
Heidi - thanks very much for answering my AB questions. I just found out that...sigh...I'm a non-secretor [which I suspected, but had hoped wouldn't prove to be true]. Could you please pass along my email address for the non-secretor email list? Thanks again! Sarah
Whoops!! A rare bird indeed! I've passed your addy to Nina, and I hope the shock hasn't been too severe? If I can help in any way, please do drop me a line... best wishes, Sarah! :-)
I am noticing people writing about an email list for nonnies -- I am an O nonsecretor. Can I get on this list? Thanks. by the way, your column is SOOO helpful. I'm not a big email writer, more a column reader, but I get a lot out of it. Thank you for all your hard work! Laura
Many thanks, Laura! It's very sweet of you!! You're on the list, and have a marvelous day!! :-D
Dear Heidi Thanks a lot for your prompt response. I take it that from what I described (being cold, bad circulation, dry/rough skin and low basal temp…) my symptoms really do sound like hypothyroid hugh ? I am a strong advocate of first healing the body with the food you consume, that is why I was attracted to the BTD. I started listening to my body at quite an early age (12!) and figured out a diet based very heavily on fruit and veggies that was interestingly quite close to the AB plan except for the animal additions (and I guess I may have ended up doing more harm then good?).
As I told you my sinus troubles with dairy really made me go cold turkey with the veganism. The dairy issue really puzzles me, is there any way that an AB could sway more to the A side of dairy tolerance, or am I just allergic? The reality is that I have been vegan this long almost out of habit and not for ethical reasons, more for paranoia of clean unhormone infected food.
I guess what I am trying to say is if you have some non vegan suggestions I am ready to hear them and take the scary plunge if you say it will do wonders to my health – believe me I would sooner change my diet than take meds. I must confess that I have recently been considering maybe introducing a bit of fish into my diet (my mom is visiting for a few days and insists on converting me to fish!!!), but I would first like to know if it will really make that much of a positive impact.
It should take care of the over reliance on soy and help increase my protein intake right? By the way, is there an easy way to measure if you are getting 100g per day, I wouldn’t have a clue as to how much I eat now? Please be brutally honest , I am willing to follow your advice and hope my sensitive stomach will learn to slowly adapt. I really appreciate your advice. Martynka (AB+)
Martynka, you're very kind!! Yes, it appears that avoidance of animal protein has weakened your thyroid function -- but that is easily resolved, with just a few changes and a little time on the diet! You've not done more harm than good -- vegetables and fruits are the basis of the AB diet, too! That's by far the most important part of the plan.
ABs are best using cultured dairy products, in small quantities. It's not a necessity if you find you cannot tolerate them, but I would try to introduce them again once every four months or so. As you heal, your body should become more capable of digesting them without difficulty.
Protein is DEFINITELY what you need -- the right kinds in the right amounts. Because you've had so little for so long, I'd like you to bite that bullet and take the plunge as soon as possible. Right now, you're running at a deficit, and your system will begin to crave it when you begin feeding yourself this way. Your body is definitely in need of these proteins in order to heal.
First: fish, at least three times per week. When you're well accustomed to that, add turkey, first once a week, and work up to three times per week -- that's in addition to the fish. The best thing would be to alternate turkey with either lamb or rabbit -- both of which are absolutely delicious when prepared properly.
Try to find the New Basics Cookbook (authors Rosso and Lukins) -- it's a great one, and I've found it quite easy to adapt recipes for myself and my A nonsecretor man. Take a look through your local bookstore for cookbooks which strike your fancy and have EXCITING recipes with beneficial fish and meats for you.
Don't be at all concerned about grams and measurements. Just use Live Right 4 Your Type to guide you in portion sizes and frequencies per week. I'd also suggest you take nutritional yeast, as well as getting lots of dark green leafy vegetables. Between upping the protein (the right kind of protein ;-)) and adding B vitamins & more dark leafies, you'll be feeling like a new person in a few short weeks! Give it a go! And do keep me abreast of how things are proceeding for you -- it's always great to hear from you, dear!! thanks! :-D
Heidi, I was reading Dr. D's section again and ran across a "Grain Free Boston Brown Bread recipe. Is it really a "grain free" status listing for an O also? What do I count it as in frequency if I don't put it in the grain category? What makes it "grain free"? Thanks, Heidi! -- Pennie
Hello, Pennie! Amaranth (the primary ingredient in the bread) is technically the seed of a flower rather than a grain. That was Peter's play on words in his column containing the recipe. It counts in the grain category for all types. ;-)
I am a type AO1+MM rh(D+C+E+c+e+)N-S-s+K-p1+fya+fyb+(LeA-B+)R1R2 jka+jkb+(sec)hiv-cmv- . tomatoes do not like me. I even tried yellow & orange varieties. my MM status does not help. you can have my tomatoes! brian
Thanks, I'll take 'em! ;-D
Hi Heidi, it's Olympia. sorry i didn't get back to you till now but i've been busy with all the packing. the part of spain i'm going to is Madrid. (my question was where to get hold of veg gly in Spain). Olympia
OK! Maybe we'll get a note from our Spanish folks on where to find it!
It's often in the cosmetics section where massage oils are sold, so that's a place to start. Good luck, Olympia, and safe & pleasant travels to you! :-D
Bonjour Heidi, Before I start on what transpired with my doctor, I wanted to thank you for the last response regarding questionable beneficial veggies vs. pesticide-free neutrals. And, yes, there are artichokes at the moment, and chicory just re-appeared at the market. Hooray! Guess I'll just lay off broccoli til next winter when it reappears at the market stands of local growers.
Sooooooo, my doctor confirmed (I'd already seen the test results as they were sent to me) that I have a rather high mercury toxicity in my brain and my thyroid. Could be why I've been on Armour thyroid and hydrocortisone for years. Also, from blood tests and 24-hour urine tests, my iron and zinc are very low - which he attributes to the mercury. He put me on iron and other stuff -zinc and selenium oligosols and some citrus bioflavanoids that I add to a bottle of Volvic and drink daily. The iron he prescribed made me constipated and gave me a pain in my upper left abdomen - so I switched to non-constipating iron biglycinate from a local health food store. IT IS AMAZING!!!!! I feel so much better just from that.
I've been dragging around for so long with such poor energy. I'm not climbing mountains, but I have cleaned the house, and just feel in much better spirits. And, have not even begun to start with the mercury detox (another issue maybe for later). However, the doctor did give me a sheet of diet instructions for detoxing - "hypotoxique et hypoallergique." I won't go into it all, but I would like to ask you about 2 items.
First is regarding oils. He says NEVER to use olive oil alone (except for cooking, and the least amount possible) - that one should use a mixture of 40% olive oil and 60% walnut or colza oil. (After a bit or research, I found that colza is canola, so that is out for moi). Have you ever heard of such a thing??? I have been using 100% olive oil on salads, veggies, etc. for YEARS. I have made up this mixture, and it is fine on salads and most veggies, but I still go for olive oil alone on green chard for some reason.
Second item, he states while detoxing that one should stop eating all grains "classiques" such as wheat, rye, millet, etc. The only allowed grain is rice. I explained to him that I followed the blood-type diet (which he fortunately is aware of), and that I eat sprouted Essene wheat and rye bread for breakfast with almond or sesame butter daily. He just kind of groaned, and said not to eat too much, as he suspects I am gluten intolerant. Since this guy guessed that I had mercury toxicity, I now am a bit curious. I thought one would know by age 51 if one had celiac disease. But then, I read a bit on the web and found that some people do not have symptoms.
Yes, I know, O non-secretors are only supposed to have 0-3 servings of allowable grains per week, but I LOVE IT!!!!! I don't mind at all not eating pasta, cookies, regular bread, etc. But since I read LR4YT and started Essene/manna bread a few years ago, I have become addicted! Do you think I should go cold turkey and try almond butter on rice cakes (aaargh!) for awile?
Sorry, but I'm one of those people who would rather starve than eat a dinner meal for breakfast. We will have fresh figs in a few weeks, and I can stuff on them - hmmn, maybe stuff them with almond butter? But, isn't it best to combine nut butters with grains to get a complete protein for breakfast - or am I "nuts"? So, dearest oh-so-wise Heidi, what are your comments on all this????? I'll be waiting with baited breath! Merci beaucoup, Abby
Great report, Abby!
Your doctor sounds like he really knows what he's doing! That's a huge relief to me. The one thing I've not heard of is the no-olive-oil-on-its-own thing, but since walnut oil's beneficial, and this guy sounds very tuned-in, I'd follow his plan to the letter. Hope you told him about the iron, lol! ;-)
;-) He's right that you may be gluten intolerant. There is a tiny amount of gluten in those breads, and once again, I'd grit my teeth and eat the rice cakes instead. It won't be nearly as difficult an adjustment as giving up baguettes and cheeses. ;-) He and I would prefer you were off grain altogether for the time being, until your very serious conditions are resolved, but just do your best, OK? You may experience a little sugar rush from the rice cakes. They're metabolized a little faster than the Essene bread.
Don't worry about designing protein from nut/grain combinations -- vegetarians strive to do so, but your diet should provide lots of the meat and fish proteins you're suited to thrive on. And do enjoy those fresh figs... lord, they're lovely!!!
I truly appreciate your keeping me posted on what's happening with you, Abby ~~ you can't hear us way over there in la France, but we're all cheering for you! Keep up that wonderful spirit, and stay in touch!! :-D
Hello Heidi! I've got another question for you! It's so nice that you're here to help us! Recently I got a bit confused about beans, especially broad beans and fava. I had never heard of fava, it's not a name that's used here in the Netherlands. According to the TYPEbase fava and braod beans are the same thing, but in my A-list fava is beneficial whereas broad beans are neutral. I got more confused after a holiday in Greece last month. I ate a dish called 'fava' there, which was mashed peas, split yellow peas according to my Greek cookbook. So, WHAT IS FAVA?! In Greece I also ate 'gigantis', giant white beans. Or white broad beans. Or fava, according to another cookbook... Do you know these beans, and if so, what is their value? Thanks for your help! Marieke
Hi there, Marieke ~~ Fava (or "faba") beans are virtually identical to what we here in the States call "broad beans," although even regionally, it varies. The multifarious naming of Fabaceae family members is a major headache! Also, while it helps to see the plant and the raw bean for comparison between languages, that's rarely possible when eating at a restaurant! :-D
The best advice I can give at the moment is to continually seek out sources of pictures with Latin names on the Net and in books, for your own comparisons in your language. Here is a webpage with a clear photograph of the fava bean in the pod -- perhaps the Latin names there will be of some help as well! And here is a page which has broad bean (fava) named in seven languagages, including Nederlander! Good luck and enjoy your research, Marieke!
I'll be away for the next five days, so I've gathered all the questions from the past three days and posted them to appear through June 11 ~~
Hope you're all enjoying the gradual change of seasons! :-)
Dear Heidi, I have successfully made a full transition to the O non-secretor diet - finally having elimated coffee and cream - my last big no-nos. As a result, I am sleeping very soundly now. Before, I was really suffering from insomnia. I love the transition to green tea. I nn longer have any pain in my joints and so have started an exercise routine. I feel like a new person!
I am still struggling with constipation - and am going to try the ground flaxseed in water twice a day. Does it matter if I buy it ground already? I am going to increase my magnesium intake and see if that helps. I am already taking the probiotics, calcium and plenty of brewer's yeast flakes.
On another note, do you have any recommendations for snacks? I do not want to put on any weight - so do not want to eat too many nuts. What can I do with the veg glycerin sweetner? I am not good on too much sugar - even on root vegetables - it exacerbates my rosacea, which has totally cleared due to the no grain, no sugar diet. What on earth can non-secretors eat as snacks besides nuts? I'm probably being very unimaginative! I appreciate all your help thanks a million Suz
Hey there, Suz! Glad things are swimming along for you!
It's best to grind your own flaxseed just before using it. The oils inside go rancid rather more quickly once the seed coat is broken.
For snacks, go to the bottom of this column and enter the term "jerky" in the search form. You'll find loads of references on this, my favorite snack!
Do the same with the term "glycerine." There are several recipes scattered around, along with notes on cookbooks and websites. Basically, it can be used just like sugar in anything you like ~ but you won't suffer "sugar-effects" from it. Enjoy, dear! It's a big change in lifestyle, and you're standing up to the challenge beautifully!! :-D
Hi, Heidi! I have a comment for Sheree, about little aches and pains in the mid-to-lower back and upper hips, especially first thing in the morning. This sounds awfully familiar to me, and I am only 27! One thing I have noticed is that I am most achy when my schedule changes and my bowel movements become irregular--I guess I'm constipated, even though I'm WORLDS more regular now than pre- BTD!
Sleeping on my side mostly prevents the aches, but if I accidentally roll onto my back in my sleep--ouch! Gentle exercise also helps. I've also noticed that when my back is sore, there is a tall and skinny "tender spot" just to the left side of my spine and just below my ribcage. If I massage this spot (or get my husband to, for better leverage), I can feel my bowels "rev up" for a movement. This is just my experience, of course, and yours may be completely different.
Any thoughts, Heidi, on how to correct the underlying problem? I've tried flaxseed, but even 1 tablespoon ground and soaked is overkill for me--and I think it interferes with my thyroid, since my hands get all wrinkled and leathery if I take it every day for a couple of weeks. I'm almost certainly at least borderline hypothyroid to begin with, even though a TSH test came back "within the normal range." I'll have to acquire an old-fashioned mercury thermometer and check my basal temperature. If it's low, where should I start to correct the problem? Are "glandulars" OK for a Type A nursing mother to take (and have you had any luck on pregnenolone research)? Anyway, I think I'm finished rambling--for now! :-) --Sarah in PA
Thyroid? Yes, those tests in the "normal" range don't mean much. You can do the basal temperature test with an electronic thermometer, as long as it is rated for "axillary use."
I think exercise, green vegetables and water are the three keys to keeping the bowels clear. Making sure you get PLENTY of protein along with those B vitamins (nutritional yeast!! KAL is by far my favorite brand) is the most conservative way to go about supporting your thyroid function while you're nursing. I sincerely doubt the glandulars would be harmful to the kiddie, but I wouldn't start them until you've given the other options a good, solid try. You should definitely see improvement, and can gauge how to proceed by how your morning body temperature changes. Same goes for pregnenolone -- wait till you're no longer nursing. Keep shining, dear!! :-D
I am considering starting the BloodType lifestyle, but I have one small (really big problem).... I am Type A+, but I do not eat vegetables. For many of them it's a taste issue, and for others it is a gag-reflex. I've continued to try veggies as I age (25 now) and still cannot stand them. What should I do? Regards, Jordan
Hey there, Jordan! Welcome!! ;-)
If you're subject to the whims of institutional cooking, I'm not surprised you have a little trouble choking down the stuff they serve you that once was a vegetable. ;-)
Tell me more! Can you eat celery? Raw carrot sticks? Do you like stir-fried onions? Garlic? Lettuce? There are loads of foods in the vegetable category which rate Beneficial or Neutral for type A -- they have a huge choice of them. There may be vegetables there that people have ruined for you and are actually great when prepared properly -- and there may be a bunch of tasty ones you've never eaten.
Do me a favor -- go down the list of veggies in the book. Put a "?" next to the ones you've never tried, and a "Y" next to the ones you can manage to eat. Type up the list and post me a message with it.
In the meantime, just get plenty of fruit, beans, nuts, seeds -- and try your best to eliminate the avoid foods. Emphasize chicken, turkey and fish and stay carefully away from meat, potatoes and tomatoes. And take a new look at those veggies ~~ include whichever ones you can, whenever you can.
Thanks for writing, Jordan -- do write again, OK? :-)
Hi Heidi, You wanted me to give you some more info about my diet and excercise regime, so that you could better inform me about what to do about painful periods. well firstly I have had them for about eight years, the first four years were pain free, the four years after that very painful. i don't eat any corn, dairy, coffee, but sometimes eat wheat every now and then. I have been on the diet for six months, gradualy working my way up to being 90 - 95% compliant.
The last two weeks I have been cutting grains down to once a day where before it was 2-4 times a day. My naturopath gives me multivitamins (Tresos - she actually introduced me to the diet and I was devastated at first when I found out I couldn't eat certain foods. I try and buy organic vegetables as much as possible, but never buy organic meats. I go walking once a week with a friend for a couple of hours and apart from that I might walk to the shops when I can (every few days).
I've noticed that you've mentioned that everyone should eat a large breakfast, light lunch and even lighter dinner, what is the reason for this and can you give me a sample menu of what you would eat in a day. i'm not sure I could eat a light dinner, because I'm a big eater and I'd get hungry otherwise. Also wondering if there is a best time of the day to eat grains. Could you also give me some advice on what to do about low blood pressure in the morning. I always feel fatigued for hours after I wake up, particularly if I have to little or too much sleep. Thanks in advance. Chantelle
OK, Chantelle! The first thing is to get hold of some Deflect-O and take it every day (according to package directions). I'd like to speed the process of eliminating the grain lectins from your system. You will also see some relief because you're now getting closer to the grain frequency recommendations for Os. Drink plenty (LOTS) of pure water (with a squeeze of lemon juice or a tiny bit of grey sea salt)! 1/2 ounce of water per pound of body weight.
Second, ask your ND to suggest an exercise program and to monitor your progress. Walking is good, but Os really need a little more to get their organs in full-functioning mode. A great place to start is the 5 Basic Exercises routine, which takes only a few minutes daily, requires nothing but space to lie down in, and is remarkably effective.
Remember that factory-raised meats contain a bevy of hormones, antibiotics, growth factors, and heavy pesticides from their feed -- as well as stress-induced chemicals and toxicity due to their feeding, keeping and handling. These are real things passed from the animal to your plate. Most of them are even worse for women than for men, and can have a very noticeable impact upon our reproductive organs. If possible, try to find a source of clean meat. It's the most important thing Os can do for themselves. Go to www.eatwild.com -- ask around your area for health-conscious ranchers -- order some GrassFedBeef from our store here -- please let me know what the obstacles are for you, and I'll be happy to help further if I can, OK?
Once you're down to three servings of grain per week, I think your fatigue in the morning will fade quite a bit. The point of a big breakfast and less food later is that it gives energy for the day when you need it, and less at night when you don't (and the excess usually goes to fat); and your digestion of heavy meals is far more efficient early in the day. When your body is preparing for sleep, a large meal at night is less fully digested. Thus, it can disturb sleep patterns and leave you feeling wasted and woozy in the morning. There's no need to go hungry at night. Just have small snacks instead, at least two hours before sleeping. A big glass of water helps all the above! Let me know how it goes, Chantelle! :-)