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meevee
Saturday, June 4, 2005, 7:57pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Hello everyone!
I'm new. I'm 27 years old and my husband and I live in Tennessee.  I am originally from Utah and he is originally from New York.  
The blood type diet is very new to me.  I think it makes perfect sense and would like to try it out.  I am blood type A+.  We don't know my husbands blood type - yet. But we have ordered a blood typing kit, so we will know soon.  He is CONVINCED he is an O.  We'll see. As far as whether or not we are secretors - I have no idea.  I'm still looking over the book and trying to grasp it all.  We recently purchased Eat right for your type and Cook right for your type. The information is great.  I've found that a lot of the foods that are "highly beneficial" for me, I already love - like broccoli... MMM.  And a lot of the foods I dislike, like shrimp, are foods I should avoid.  So, apparently I already listen to my body - most of the time. But, at the same time, it all seems a little ( and when I say that, I mean  A LOT)overwhelming.  
How does someone make such a drastic change in their life??  Is it just a question of whether or not you want to live a healthy life or die sooner and be unhealthy? I feel so lost in attempting to start something like this.  
Plus - Mr. Meevee and I can't seem to stop arguing over what the true definition of "organic" is, hahaha.  He's a Chemical Engineer and very skeptical of everything.  He doesn't want to accept that there are actually TWO definitions to the word "organic". One that applies to food and meat and the other that applies to chemistry.  At any rate - he IS willing to try this new diet, this new change, in our lives.  
I want to do this!  And I want to do it right.  Can anyone offer any helpful advice? I've found much of the information in the books and on this site already extremely helpful.  
I look forward to getting to know everyone!
Sincerely,
Meevee  
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Saturday, June 4, 2005, 8:18pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Mi Mevee,
Welcome to BTD!  If you'll go to the member center (purple button at the top) you can pick the avatar for your blood type.  I'm type O myself, but until some Type As check in, looks like reducing meat and and adding soy would be important steps to take.  Dairy is also something you should work on eliminating.  Wheat is not your friend either and if hubby ends up to be type O it's his worst enemy.  Start looking for spelt products.  Those will work for both.  Quinoa and rice are other grains that you both could use.  Ditch an orange juice habit for pineapple juice.  On the exercise side look for something similar to yoga, As don't do as well with strenuous exercise.  Type A and O make up over 80% of the population, so there's a good chance hubby is either A or O.  80% of the population is also secretor, so Dr. D recommends to follow that diet until you decide to delve deeper.  A few foods that are at least neutral for everyone are turkey, tuna, brocolli, carrots, pineapple, apples and rice or rice milk.

Otherwise think about the foods that you eat most often.  If there are avoids there, look for acceptable substitutes.  Then look at the  list of highly beneficial foods and gradually start emphasizing those.  I like to call it trading up.

Good luck with hubby on explaining the organic thing.  If I remember my definitions right the chemical definition of organic means it contains carbon, the food related definition means it contains carbon and it doesn't contain pesticides or hormones.  Well that's a start anyway until some Type As swoop in the help you out...trust me, they will.


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meevee
Saturday, June 4, 2005, 8:27pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Thanks Cheryl! That was a lot of help.
I just found the "If you're new" tutorial.  I'm going to give that a read.
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Good for you!  There is a wealth of info at this website.  One more thing I noticed in ER4YT is that warm water with lemon juice is sort of magic for Type A.  Club soda before meals for Type O is a good strategy.   Those are pretty easy habits to adopt.


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Welcome to the BTD my fellow A! I love Ten! Great state thinking of grad school there. ANYWAY, I can relate my dad is a Chem Eng. he is pretty skeptical. Until I told him the long time Vegitarian, that he was an A and thats what A's should be.   Anyway, my Boyfriend is an A too, when we first got together almost 2years ago, he was eating meat, dairy, heavy cream, ice cream, pop, beer, alchohol, yes you name it everything A's shouldn't eat. He was also 223, which was obese for his size. I wanted him to be as passionate as I was about weightloss and health. As women we want to fix our men and save them from themselves, right? It took time and it really took me living my example happily and eating with joy! He eventuly got sick of being oveweight, and gave it a shot. SLOWLY, he made changes. Still, to this day he eats salsa, peppers, and occasionaly beer and orange soda. But he is now a veggitarian w/ a little free range chicken. He now weighs 193ish and looks HOT He regrets it when he drinks too much beer and runs the next day. He still wants to lose more....
My point is, it took me giving him the space he needed to come to the conclusion he needed to take his health seriously. All along he had me to inspire him just by seeing my joy in being healthier. Introduce things slowly, once you find out his BT you can promote fruits and snacks he likes. I will post a fabulous recipie for dairy-free alfredo. My boyfriend destroys this when I make it, there is seldom left overs! Look for it in the Cook Right for your type section, coming soon. As, for the engineer husband (my boyf's a mech. Eng. must be Eng. mind to doubt???? ) give him a copy of the book Eat right for your type, that may help. Also, being in nursing school and seeing what I have seen, and talking to SOOOOO many people about their health and BT, and having an A & O mom and dad and folllowing thier health history. I am convinced this is very true, accuracte, applicable, and medicaly sound.
Good to have you. Welcome, and let me know if I can help you in any way. We are all here for you!

BSUE


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Saturday, June 4, 2005, 9:50pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Meevee welcome!
My A type brunch is happening today, with four A's coming together for a feast. I should be cleaning the kitchen and making the lentil patties, but I just love talking to you guys so I'll quickly do this first.
We are going to have cranberry juice followed by home made a type muesli with light yoghurt and blueberries.
Then its tofu scrambled eggs with parsley on steamed spinach, with special soy bread-toast that someone has found in a local shop. Also my lentil patties from the typebase recipe list with coffee and green tea. Home made soy latte is also on the menu. A salsa for the patties will be made from onions, pimentos, parsley and a smidgen of garlic.
Hope this inspires you!
Cheerio,
Jenny
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meevee
Sunday, June 5, 2005, 4:13pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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It is so cool to hear from all of you!  Thank you so much for your words.  
BSUE - I am in nursing school also!  I graduate in December 2007 though.  It looks like we have a lot in common.  
Jenny, your brunch sounds like so much fun.  And it sounds delicious!
Cheryl - I've actually been doing the warm lemon water thing and I do feel quite a difference.  Things have definitely started going better since I cut out the meat and breads.  And who'd of though WHEAT was so evil? hahaha
Thanks everybody!
Meevee
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Linda_T._Cammack
Saturday, June 11, 2005, 4:02am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Hi all and welcome MeeVee!

I'm also new and wanted to ask a few questions.  Brief history: I'm 52 yo and have
totally eliminated all sugars and whites from my diet.  (I had endometrial cancer
4 years ago..thus the motivation for a healthier life style)

I am looking into this diet to do some fine tuning.  Many of the changes I have made
fit right into the A diet. I have never liked meats.. but was eating alot of chicken as I don't like fish that much. I have cut back on the chicken and have experimented with some tofu vege patties and feel even better...but..

Questions: I was told to avoid too much soy because of the cancer.  How much is too much? Are there vegetarian recipes somwhere on this site that are sugar/white free?
This will be a challenge as I don't like fish (will eat tuna and salmon) and am not to have soy..  Suggestions?

Thanks, Lin
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Lin congratulations on your first post....and welcome! )

soy is definately good for As....
follow the BTD recommended servings for soy consumption for your blood type, you should be fine.  
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here s what Dr D talks about with soy and As:
............................................................
most of the soy/thyroid stuff on the internet (the theory that soy is some sort of universal thyroid poison) is just tofu baloney. Soy is very reactive to rat thyroid tissue, but rat thyroid is glycosylated differently than human.
soy-bashers who have over the years criticized my blood type work with comments like 'lectins don't resist digestion or enter the general circulation,' in fact blame the 'dangerous hemagglutinin' in soy as the basis of their own anti-soy arguments.

That dangerous agglutinin they are alluding to is, in fact, Soybean lectin (SBA).

''D-hemagglutinins are precisely why you should get fermented soy into your
diet if you are type A.
the same soy bashers that talk about the dangers of soy hemagglutinin (aka
lectin) deny the premise of the BTD that lectins penetrate the digestive tract.

One person's food is someone else's poison
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Linda_T._Cammack
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Lola,
I'm not asking about the soy/thyroid connection, but the soy/estrogenic affect
because of my cancer history.  I'm not a soy basher. I drink soy and enjoy it.
I see that my diet changes will include more soy if I adopt this diet.. just am leary of it after 4 years of hearing "limit your soy comsumption" from the medical oncology field.

Thanks for your help.
Lin
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sure Lin np,
I am aware of what you are worried about.

have you read this blogger s blogs?
she s a cancer survivor and can give you lots of tips.
http://www.dadamo.com/columns/coping/bio.htm

I don t believe she limited her soy consumption.......she does insist on organic produce though.


''Just follow the book, don't look for magic fixes to get you off the hook. Do the work.'' Dr.D.'98
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it seems like most people try andy shy away from raw soy products like soy milk and tofu, and if you look at the portion sizes in eat right, they are pretty small.  I personally don't appear to have any problems with soy except for soy milk, tofu seems fine, i'm not a big fan of tempe but i do love miso and tamari, also i LOVE nancy's cultured soygurts

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Linda_T._Cammack
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Lola,
Thanks for the link.. will check out her info.

Liam,
Your post cracked me up.
I got a jar of the miso.. took a teeny taste and it's horrible!!!
What do you do with it??
Don't like soy sauce.. the tamari has alcohol.. I cook with a teeny bit of this
occasionally.  Haven't heard of the Nancy's.. Does it have sugars in it?
Gave up the yougurt when I went sugar free..

Thanks for your input!  
Lin
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Hi Lin,

You can use Miso as a savoury flavouring for soups & stews or to makwe a sauce for vegetables. It's lovely spread on hot toast.

Dissolve a teaspoon in boiling water, voila. Better for you than any packet instant soup.

Paul
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Lin,

The recommended servings of soy are one serving per day in LR4YT. Soy is actually included in the number of legume servings per week, ie.beans. If your cancer was estrogen and or progesterone positive, then I would be leary of consuming even this much soy, otherwise no more than the daily serving should be ok. My mother had both estrogen and progesterone positive breast cancer and she took tamoxifen for 5 years and has been cancer free for 12 years now. I also know another woman,a former coworker, who is an A blood type, was on tamoxifen, and has survived the same estrogen positive cancer for 8 years and is doing very well. My mom was told to avoid soy and so was my coworker.


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Hi Lin and welcome,

Re the yogurt...there are a lot of soy/milk yogurts around that do not contain suger.  Even here in Australia I am able to find a couple.  They are very plain and need something with them and not recommended to eat straight from the spoon but used with a cereal and fruit, stewed apple and raisins work very well.  You may have to search all your local HFS.

I fully understand your issues with soy however you may like to read some of Dr. D's comments re the matter.  There is a section called bloggers, top left hand side of this page, and there you will find Ask Dr. D.
It has a search engine and I put in "endometrial" and came up with a few replies.  Hopefully it will help you gather info.

Sue.


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Hi, I am somewhat new. When the book first came out I tried it for a while, but found it very difficult since my favorite foods were scallops and shrimp, and the only meat I ate.  I also never lost any weight which I could use losing about 20lbs.

I tried Atkins and find some of it it is much better for me, no sugar in particular. I had given up pasta when with the BTD initially. All the dairy is obviously not good for me and now I am trying to balance low carb with type A. I do not know my secretor status yet. I enjoy the Atkins shakes because I often do not have time to eat. Are those okay for my blood type? They say that they contain dairy but when reading the list of ingredients I do not see it listed.

The other conflict I have is that I have always been in the best shape when running and find that Pilates and Yoga do nothing for me.  How is that?

Any suggestions?
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the secretor test will help you finetune your plan.
if sugar is an issue, there might be a link!
besides, nonnies can have more protein than secretors....lamb comes to mind...
also you might be an A1 or an A2.....that too has other guidelines to consider.....and the MM status.....
which of the books have you got?

here s where they can do the serotyping tests:
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.  You
can contact them at 480/970-000.  
Testing includes:
*ABO
*Rh
*Lewis a & b (secretor status)
*MN
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Smartcor
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Thanks for your reply Lola. I have the very first book that came out, hard cover, white with red letters.

I have not had sugar now for two years, so it is no longer an issue, thank God! I think I was addicted to chocolate and ice cream.

Thanks for the contact information, I will call this week.

Sylvia
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try getting hold of the third book:
LRFYT (live right)

there comes all the subtypes as well as secretor versus non, and MM...etc!)
welcome!


''Just follow the book, don't look for magic fixes to get you off the hook. Do the work.'' Dr.D.'98
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Thank you again, I will look for the book today.
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Hello Meevee!  I am also sort-of new to the BTD.  I've had the book, read it (although it does confuse me a bit..which doesn't take much..lol), chatted with friends and family (however, many of them just don't get it) and I am finally ready (I think) to begin with this.  I feel that diving in head first is not the way for me.  I'm slowly decreasing the 'avoid' foods while slowly increasing the 'beneficial' foods.  I want to stick with this and not throw my system into shock and I think this is the best way to accomplish both of those tasks.  My biggest problem is meal planning.  My hubby is a B+...and overweight.  I am overweight as well...used to be very thin.  I'm 37 years old..5'8"and 175...he's 35 years old...5'9" and 260.  Our children are A+ (she's 11) and AB+ (she's 3) (the A+ daughter is from my first marriage).  The 11 year old is very thin...the 3 year old is a little more 'stocky'...it's in her genes.  However, I'd like them to both make good eating choices and develop good  habits now.  I'd love to hear (even if in private email) from anyone who is maybe in my situation or just feels like chatting about this lifestyle.  
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Hi, my name is Sandy, I live in Yorba Linda, Ca. and I am new to the BTD, started in May. I am an O and so far it hasn't been too difficult. I have CRFYT and have found that helpful. I have been pleasantly surprised when I saw the inches melting off my hips, no real weight loss. Has anyone else experienced this? It has leveled off now, darnn!
I have had a hard time learning how to post on this forum. I hope this goes through. If it does and I get the hang of this I will write more.
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Sandy,

Welcome to the forum.

If you click the Member Center button at the top of this page, then click Avatar Settings on the left side of the new page you will be taken to a page where you can select a blood type avatar.  Having a blood type avatar is an easy way to share your type with other forum readers.  You can also add information below your avatar setting, such as Rh, A1/A2, MN blood typing information, by going to the Profile Information section in the Member Center and typing in the Personal Message box.  You can also create a Signature of any other information you want to share that will go at the bottom of every message you post.

You might want to get Dr. D's book LR4YT.  Some of the food rating have changed since the older books.  You can also use TYPEbase4 to check and verify the status of food items that you use.  The button for TYPEbase4 is at the top of the page on the left side.

You may want to get your secretor status tested, this is discussed in LR4YT.  If you turn out to be a non-secretor your food choices would change quite a bit.


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hope you get the hang of it, and do write more sandy, welcome!!)


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