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! :-)
I am an O Secretor.I notice that the grain and pasta portion for A's, B's, and AB's is 1 cup dry from 5-10 times a week for Secretors and a little less for Non-Secretors, while we O's can only have 1/2 cup dry (2 slices of bread, 1 muffin, about 2 cups rice 1-6 times a week for Secretors and 0-3 for Nonnies.
I'm wondering if these amounts are right. That just seems like a lot of grains for the other Blood types. I'm asking as I have an A husband and I want to be sure he isn't getting too much bread or grains when I cook for him. Sarah SE OK
Hello, Sarah! I think your cooking skills will be most welcome here! ;-) You're right: 1 cup of dry rice is more like "family size" than individual serving. The dry grain portion text needs some clarification for all types.
Overall, each portion is meant to be one serving only, so if that is 2 slices of bread, 1 muffin or 1/2-3/4 cup *cooked* rice (or other cooked whole grain) in a meal for the individual person, that's the portion size he or she should use. We do not want the As and ABs (or anyone else) to make grain the center of their diets. For everyone, the vegetable component of the daily food intake should outstrip the volume of all other foods put together.
Another common misconception is that by splitting up the servings into sufficiently small bread slices or portions of cups, O nonsecretors can go ahead and eat grain 7 days per week. .... not the best approach. ;-)
This is a grain-heavy society, so these kinds of interpretations are to be expected. ;-) Even the terms "slice," "muffin," etc. were offered because most people want to know how to figure the ready-made products they purchase. A slice of bread can vary enormously, however. Not all slices are created equal. For reference, think of a plain slice of store-bought white commercial bread. And of course, I've seen muffins in every size from fit-in-a-thimble to larger-than-my-head. What is meant by the guidelines is: a single serving, proportionate to the size of your vegetable and fruit "bottom of the pyramid."
On the other end of the spectrum are the numbers & measures folks, who knock themselves out by figuring up the tiny amounts such as a tablespoon of flour in a sauce and subtracting it from the daily or weekly allowance.
So, it's a fairly "wiggly" concept, in which the spirit means more than the letter of the "law" no matter how carefully we might try to word it. I hope this explanation at least illuminates more of that spirit. ;-) thanks for your note, Sarah! :-D
I'm type A+ Secretor. The last 4 months I've had what I assume to be eczema on my right hand. The skin peels and is dry and itchy. I've had eczema on my back of scalp for years (diagnosed by dermatologist) that I have been treating with Blue Cap/Skin Cap - same ingredients (no cortisone - get from skintreat.net) Very effective but don't want to use all my life as my husband says I smell like "Medicine Woman." So what do you think causes it? I do very little wheat. I do yogurt. The patches on my right hand are getting bigger. I pretty much adhere to the diet and have so for the last three years. I don't do much flax seed but have been taking flax oil caps the last month but just read in Dr. Whitaker's newsletter where he says not to take flax oil as it is often rancid, just to grind up the seeds. I take essential fatty acids. They don't seem to be rancid. Dr. Mercola says throw them out if have a fishy smell which these don't. Any thoughts on the matter. I take enzymes, vitamins, and just started on probiotics again. Thanks, Suzanne
It sounds like you may need fresh flax oil -- the kind in the opaque bottles kept in the refrigerator section of the HFS. Also, you may want to eliminate all wheat, corn, dairy and sugar from your diet for the time being, since it sounds as if you may have some candida overgrowth.
Do you eat fish regularly? And what are the avoids that usually creep in? What kinds of vitamins, enzymes and probiotics do you use? Probiotics especially can do more harm than good if they're not suited for your blood type. Please do write back, and I'm sure we can get this straightened out! ;-)
Hello, Heidi! I am new to this whole process, but am enjoying my new discovery. Most of my friends and family think I am pretty "out there" with this, but,hey, it's working for me!! I found out about eating for your blood type from my new doctor of Chinese medicine. When she started to explain the basics to me, I had my lightbulb moment. It just all makes sense to me for some reason.
I am an "A", don't know my sector? Although I am not terribly overweight, I have put on some pounds in my mid-section as a result of lifestyle, poor eating habits, peri-menopause and perhaps the body just slowing down a tad as I am 46. Most recently, I have been experiencing high blood pressure, as well. I made a promise to myself to doctor as naturally as possible if/when I started to experience any health challenges.
The same day the doctor recommended the new diet, I purchased the food/beverage supplement and made a bee line to the grocery store. I went cold turkey with the new, along with going through some detox treatments with the doctor for my liver, kidneys and adrenals. I also got off of the hormone topicals I was taking. The first week was alittle rough and I wouldn't recommend folks to make all those changes at one time, but I was compelled to follow my new course in life and I have not regretted or even really miss the old eating habits. I love flavor to my food, so it has been alittle bit of a challenge finding the right combo of spices, etc. but now that I have found this website with all the wonderful recipes, it will sure help me in the prepartion arena.
What is so cool for me is that I have no cravings. I have been plagued with this for 3 years and it was an awful feeling. Now when I eat, it is because I am hungry. I listen to folks who are on other eating programs and they are still craving. I have also lost 6 lbs. My blood pressure is stablizing and my body feels more in sync. I am currently being tested for my PH levels and I am very curious to understand the results of the testing.
I would prefer getting what I need from my diet without having to take alot of supplements. I was wondering if you had any encounter with using noni juice as a health beverage supplement. My doctor recommended using it as she has had good results with it. So far, I have been eating the new way and taking the juice and all seems to be co-existing well.
I was also wondering how you know when some of the aches and pains you might have are diet related vs. skeletal, so to speak, or just part of the aging process or lack of muscle tone from minimual exercise. I usually wake up each morning with my mid-lower back, sometimes slightly into my hips, mildly aching or stiff. I did have some acupuncture with deep massage to the area and it did feel really great the next few days after, but it comes back. I was just wondering.
I am so excited and encouraged with all of this that I, too, would like to share what I am learning with others. I don't consider this a "diet" in the conventional sense, but rather a commitment to experience a healthier life. I think it would be worthwhile to spread the word! Thank you for your column! There is so much to learn! I am enjoying reading everyone's questions and comments. Best wishes to everyone! Sheree
Welcome, Sheree! Congratulations on your splendid results so far... there are plenty of happy surprises still awaiting you! ;-)
If you'd like to spend less, just use the beneficial fruits and juices instead of noni. We have no rating for that one, so technically it's an "unknown."
Yoga is pre-eminent for getting rid of those little aches and pains. They're most likely the result of lack of exercise, so start in with a twice-weekly practice and add sessions as you go along. A good class is the best way to learn and proceed optimally. Don't forget to take advantage of my favorite little Everyman's Mini-Workout: the 5BX 4 Fitness series. I've never found a more thorough and effective 11-minute exercise program. It does wonders for those creeping little stiffnesses ~ keep up with it, and you'll forget you ever had 'em.
Best wishes, Sheree ~~ Stop in again anytime! :-D