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
Hi Heidi- In reference to Don's search for Rose Hips. We found it in the bulk bins at Whole Foods. They also have a great brand of rose hips jam. Yum! Hope that helps. Susan
Hello Heidi You probably know that Scientific Botanicals has a solid extract of Rose Hips (Rosa canina) in 4oz and 8oz bottles. Scientific Botanicals sells wholesale only. Retail sources: Becker's Pharmacies in New York sells it retail off their website: http://www.beckernatural.com/catalog.phtml?start=25&mfgr=13&list=List%20Products
Or Scientific Botanicals retail line: Madeson Natural-C Rose Hips. Hope this helps. Ken Carlin, ND
Hi, Susan & Ken ~~ thanks for the tips!
For easy future reference, I'm making a note that we can all find this information again easily by using the search term solidextract (one word). ;-)
Be blessed! :-D
Hi Heidi, Thanks for the answer about rosehips. I’ll try to get some soon and add them to my diet. I do believe that my sinus and allergy problems are much better then they were a year ago but I still would like to continue to improve them. I am hoping that following some of Dr. D’Adamo’s recommendations in his article about allergies will help.
I did look at the references that Roy sent in about the analysis, formation and inhibition of Cholesterol oxidation products (COPs) in foods, particularly the second reference Part II that focused on the formation and inhibition of COPs. I had not put this issue on my radar screen before. It does make me wonder about the risk of COPs. I will look forward to any more information you come up with on this issue. The references did appear to focus on commercial food processing versus home cooking issues, but it does sound like you are right that even whisking and cooking eggs when making a pumpkin custard, or scrambled eggs will create COPs.
The issue even exists with meat and seafood, but it appears that whole egg and yolk powders may be one of the worst sources of COPs. I probably would prefer to use albumen powder anyway since one of the main times I want to use the protein powder is for quick and easy post exercise nutrition when I try to avoid fats.
I still have not heard back from the 2 companies about retail sources for their organic powder products. I will call them if they don’t respond in a few more days. Take care, Don
Well, at least Ken popped in here with the rosehip solid extract! ;-) I look forward to hearing from you on the powders, and I'll advise if anything pertinent arises on the COPs front. Take care, Don! :-)
My bull terrier and beagle love to graze on wild rose hips when we are out walking in the lovely Colorado country. Ou HFS carries vitamins and probiotics for the BTD produced by NewChapter. Are these acceptable/legitamate products??? Conrad
Hello, Conrad! Just check the labels for avoids. If you can, check the probiotic specs against the NAP formulations, to make sure you're getting everything you want from it.
Ah, bullies ~~ they're so adorable!! I'm not surprised those clever little creatures nibble the rose hips. On the other hand, of course, a beagle will eat anything.... ;-D
Dear Heidi, Greetings again from Dallas where it is quickly moving toward a very hot summer! I am still reading your column daily and commend you for your patience with so many questions coming in. Thanks for doing what you do.
I have been pondering several questions, but for now mainly just one. I am A/non and am looking for a good protein powder, soy or otherwise, that I can purchase locally, preferably a Whole Foods. Is there one you would recommend?
I am eating more fruits and veggies and get tired of preparing heavy meals. Mostly get protein from turkey burgers (Cook Right recipe which is delicious) and fish. I was using a protein powder from that "other guy" who is claiming to know so much about ABO diets, but I decided I don't want him to make any more money off of me! Also, his formula has avoids in it! Will there ever be a D'Adamo approved protein powder for purchase through your store online?
Okay, one more while I'm at it. Since finding out I am a non-secretor, soy is now neutral instead of beneficial. How important is it to continue to use tofu, edamame, etc. in my diet, which I was using more before I found out my status. If I find myself eating less meat protein, should I go ahead and use these soy products more frequently? Thanks for all you do. Stay cool and enjoy your summer! Phyllis in Dallas
Hey there, Phyllis! I'd just stroll down to your local spot, Whole Foods or other, and look for organic (or at least non-GMO) rice protein powder. Whole Foods carries Nutribiotic non-GMO rice protein powder, and there's a Vitamer/People's Food Co-op Non-GMO soy protein powder. I can't specify a preference, except that if you find an organic version of rice or soy protein, that would be best.
We don't have a protein powder here yet, but I imagine it's at the head of the research line! Check in periodically to the New Products section.
In the lighter-fare summer months, feel free to choose from the wealth of beans, nuts and seeds for protein -- include soy as well, but just as one among many.
Thanks so much for writing, and stay in touch!! ;-)
Greetings from Sweden! Dear Heidi, thank you for answering all our questions!
I'd like to share a recipe for all the O's. This transforms the stringiest piece of beef into something tender and juicy :-) and extremely versatile. Buy a kilo of beef (two pounds) - any will do provided it has no bones and no fat on it. The piece should be rather square and thick - the best to use to my taste is of course roast beef, but any piece will do :-) Put the meat in the freezer for 24 hours. In the morning, take it out and put it in a preheated oven(70 C or 160 F) on an overproof plate. Let it bake slowly for about 8 to 10 hours in this low temperature. When it is about done(when you come home from work perhaps?), prepare a saturated salt solution - cold water with as much dissolved salt as possible, soak the warm meat in this for about half an hour or longer - upt to an hour depending on taste. Add spices if you like such as pepper corns or bay leaves. Leave afterwards to cool and dry on a plate. Enjoy!! Keeps for a long time in the fridge, can be frozen, used as an ingredient in salats, a quick snack, dinner, lunch or breafast - I enjoy mine with fried eggs and a carrot in the morning!
I have had my secretor test done throught Stacktheme, and much to my surprise - I am a non-secretor! 0, Rh- non-secretor! The world suddenly turned upside down so if there is an e-mail list (did see something in the previous postings from you Heidi)I would very much like to be added to that. Thank you!
Oh - and I have found vegetable glycerine in Sweden - in fact for Norway and Denmark too. The clue - it is used in the manufacture of cosmetics, so look for these companies supplying the home crafter! Best wishes for happy glycerine-hunting from Ingrid in Sweden
Lovely recipe, Ingrid ~~ it sounds delicious!
Welcome to the Nonnie Brigade, dear! I'll certainly pass your email address to the list.... many thanks! :-)
Hi Heidi, thankyou for your words of encouragement. I'm settling in to being a "nonnie" and I think I'm over the initial shock. I would like you to pass along my email address to Nina ~ [DONE! ;-) --h]
I can't believe how much better I feel even though I wasn't a huge coffee drinker and I always tried not to consume alot of sugar, but apparently I was gettting enough of the stuff to cause all that pain and aggrivation. My neck was stiff for 10 years!!I've been trying everything, especially since last Aug. when I tried a different approach to chiropractics and have had little progress until the nonsecretor diet changes--it's just amazing!!I am thankful to you and your column. Reading it every day got me thinking that I should get the secretor test--I just assumed that I was a secretor like most everybody else and why bother with that. The B diet has cured me from the allergy problems I had and now with my neck just about normal I am a happy woman!!Even without my cup of coffee in the morning!!Thanks so much. You and Dr. D'Adamo are in my prayers. Suzanna
My dear, I'm SO THRILLED FOR YOU!!!
Hey -- actually, the thanks should go all to Peter ~~ but I'll take the prayers! :-D
Enjoy it, love. Ain't life grand?? ~~;-D
I'd like to be on the nonnie list! I'm an O non.
Also, regarding powdered egg--what's wrong with just plain eating eggs? Cooked, raw in smoothies or homemade mayonaise, etc. I don't see the attraction of a powder. Regarding nons--I feel as if, because we have certain restrictions, we need to get plenty of treats into our diets. I don't think twice about having my HFS make me a mixed organic vegie juice every day! After all, I walk right past all the cookies and so on! New Zealand free range beef, organic fruits and vegies, "sweets" made with veg glycerine, macadamia nuts, and so it goes. I believe that nons should indulge. Economize on something else!
My brother, who is an A non, has a lavish home garden and a wife who cooks up a storm. A simple lunch at their place could take its place in a gourmet restaurant. They buy and raise the best they can of everything.
So, I would say the first principle of non-ism is setting a luxurious standard of beneficial and scrumptious food. Incidentally, I am far from wealthy. I just was not interested in living a life of deprivation and restricion, though I did desire to be healthy, thus compliant.
Now, guys, I'd like all your recipes and great ideas, before I get bored with mine. Luckily, as an O non, I really like avocados and lentils. Does that make up for strawberries and apricots? Well, no, but it helps. Cyndi
Hi there, Cyndi! About the nonnie list, we're getting bouncies from the email addy you left ~~ Got another? ;->
I'm with you on the egg issue -- but for those who really want to use powders, I figure organic egg protein powder is better than the other kind.
And... great attitude about being an O-non! I hope plenty of us read your post ~~ thanks!! :-D Recipes, anyone? ~~;->