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Hi. I'm new to the diet, and am curious about what made some of you start the BTD.


I originally started last year because I was a very sick O vegetarian.  I was so sick that the person closest to me found it apt to comment on how I was sick all the time.  I had extremely poor energy levels, breathing trouble, and I slept all day.

So I gave BTD a try because it made sense.  I subsequently fell off the diet to do my own experimentation.  Now, I am back, and none the worse for wear (I've learned a lot over the past year).  This time I should be able to work the diet with more effectiveness.

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How do you respond to people who think the BTD is flaky or a fad or unscientific?


There was a time when I would let these people upset me.  But I have since learned that human beings learn from experience.  In particular, bad experience.  If someone wants to offhandedly dismiss BTD, that is their business.  If they want to eat poorly, that is their business.  If they want to smoke cigars and sit on the couch all day watching TV, that is their right.  If people want to be ignorant, that is their choice.

But I gaurantee that when they are sick enough, they will crawl out of their hole and look for a cure.  Maybe, just maybe, they will remember hearing about BTD.

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Are there times when you doubt whether you should follow the diet?


All the time.  In fact, I doubt everything.  I am a doubter.  If my doubt becomes too great, I just remind myself of what BTD has done for me in the past, and what it is doing for me now.

That's why I left last year, you know.  I had to explore other avenues.  What I have learned since that time had led to a significant reduction in doubt about the BTD.  In fact, I can't think of a reason why I'd ever stop BTD, with knowing what I know now.  I couldn't reconcile myself to BTD last year because there were some things I had to *know* before permanently dedicating myself to this diet.  I believe that those things are now *known*



DISCLAIMER:  The above information is garnered from personal experience.  This advice is not intended to replace that of a trained medical professional.  Although, personally, I wouldn't trust most trained medical professionals to have the knowledge or know-how to trim my toenails.

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both your testimonials on your 'travels' finding the right 'fit' are very powerful!!

thanks for sharing!! )


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Im a newbie and type 0+, haven't yet tried anything but I have weight to lose and found by cutting out fats and eating healthily along with much exercise nothing seems to work....maybe if I eat according to type 0 it will???

does anyone else have this prob??
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islandgirl,
welcome!)
If you go to the top of the page and click on member centre (on the top right hand side of this page) and get yourself a nice avatar (located on the left) then we can all see what blood type you are and you won't have to type it each time you post.
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ofcourse you will see results by following the BTD recommendations. )

think of getting your secretor test done, to fine tune the plan more, perhaps:
secretor tests
http://www.dadamo.com/napharm/BTstore/BTSstore.pl?user_action=detail&catalogno=TE002
info
secretor vs. non-secretor information:
http://www.dadamo.com/napharm/store3/template2/secretor.htm


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I'm happy to share my BTD story, now that I have people who understand it!
Warning: the following isn't in 100% chronological order.....
10-15 years ago I started having serious troubles with anxiety attacks and IBS(undiagnosed). I had health coverage thru my government job(in Tower One of The World Trade Ctr), and went to a lot of doctors. I was also practically living on Diet Coke and chocolate, and peanut m&m's, my portable comfort foods. I was surrounded by people who told me I was talking myself into the attacks of nausea and all-things-IBS, and I knew I wasn't.
One of the natural doctors I saw suggested I quit wheat and see how things went. Quit wheat, I thought!  Bizarre! I can't live without my pastries! Doesn't Health Food teaching tell you to EAT whole wheat? Wasn't Ayurvedic telling me to eat wheat? I DID try that for 6 weeks. And the most amazing things happened!!!!
The constant pain in my stomach receded, I had less gut problems, my skin no longer itched, my nose didn't run! AND, when I visited my sister who smokes, had several Siamese cats and several German shepherds, well... I did NOT have an allergic reaction in her house for TWO YEARS after!! As most of us know, it can be hard to stay away from our avoids, so I slipped back abit.
Oh, also I cut way, way back on the Diet Coke, and never drank as much of it again as I used to. I had started drinking diet soda in the late 70's and had worn glasses since early 80's. My distance vision deteriorated over the years.  Well, when I got my driver's license renewed, the "needs glasses" notation was removed! My sight had returned to normal after wearing glasses for 20 years! I didn't need glasses any more! Only reading glasses now. WOW!  

While driving and radio-channel-surfing I heard someone talking re: eating beef & avoiding wheat. I hung on to the steering wheel with my jaw dangling OMG, I've been thru things this guy is talking about!!! I took down Dr. D's name and got ER4YT 1st chance and have been loyal, if not compliant enuff, lo, these many years. I'm sure I wouldn't have listened if I didn't have some experience of it.
Also, most health systems try to bankrupt you buying all their health c**p, and the BTD seems to start with giving up what's hurting you, and is not OneSizeFitsAll!!!
People look at me crazy when I say I feel better if I eat beef!
I just joined coz I've been living in avoidland and paying the price(s), and feel awful. I'm ready to be somewhat good again, and so much of what I've read on the BTD site is stuff I know, feel or deal with, I know I've found a good community. lLove U guys!! You feel my pain and you make me laugh so hard! Thank you so much for being here. I have specific questions, but I'll post them separate.


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Welcome back!  


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we will be waiting!!!
thanks for this very interesting update! )


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I bought Dr. D's book several years ago, looked through it, saw the avoid list and sold it on Ebay.  
Cut to years later, terrible ecsema, blepharitis (red, itchy eyelids), weight gain, low thyroid, and I'm back.  This time, I got the book from the library and info from the website.  
I've been BTD'ing for a month now and my ecsema is almost gone.  My skin feels so much better.  The blepharitis hasn't improved, though.  I'm still hopeful.  
I can eat this way indefinately, I love all the O foods.  
I plan to delve deep into the BTD and stay there.  I'm making ghee right now!

I did have some wheat last Saturday and didn't have any immediate problems.  Sunday, however, my eyes were watery and red all day and I felt generally awful.  Tired, cranky, sick, just bad.  I'll never eat wheat again.  

I have a Sunday Dinner over at my house with the entire family, every week.  It will be difficult to cook for all of them while being able to eat it myself, but it's worth a try.  I guess a beef roast every Sunday wouldn't bee too bad.  


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Thanks for sharing your story mikendomsmum!



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Seems you were really ready, the second time around, then!!!

so glad you ve had such great results so far!

keep up that spirit! It only gets better!! )


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I started the blood type diet becuase I was tired of being "sick and tired."  I heard about it through my homeopathisc Dr. about 4 years ago and bout several of the ER4YT books and was enthralled with the info.  I started the diet, and saw changes, but at that time in my life, was not truly devoted to my health.  After the birth of my son almost 3 years ago, my body changed completely and the things that I used to could get away with eating, I no longer could.  I was so sick.  I had test after test, from stomach issues, to acne, to migraines, I was even diagnosed with Fibromyalgia!  I was starting to wonder if I had a autoimmune problem, as I was getting sick at every turn. My stomach problems and constant lethargy was really the worst of it all.  I could not eat anything without getting sick and this year was the worst!  I was losing weight, not very healthy, not to mention losing so many nutrients, that one day, my cousin brought to light my wheat intolerance.  Even though I had been tested at the GI Dr. for celian disease, it came up negative, but my homeopathic Dr. stated that my body did not like wheat or gluten.  My cousin reminded me of the BTD and I immediately pulled my books out!  I had a "TADA" moment, and have been back on the diet for almost a week now and the results speak for themselves.  I am still keeping a daily food journal and keeping track of my stomach isues, but since I have completely taken wheat out of my diet, my stomach seems to be trying to get back to normal (knock on wood!)  I truly thik that this will be the starting point of my road to recovery!

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wonderful Lilly!! )


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Welcome, Lillybeth, I feel your pain!! I'm delighted you're feeling better your first week "back!" I've been "back," as it were, for 3 weeks, now, and am reaping the bennies, nyuk, nyuk!
We have miserable guts in common. Outside the BTD world, I always felt so isolated in my troubles, but here the explanations make sense.. and we have fellow travelers on the road to recovery...
You will find even the non-O's will have useful, helpful suggestions, advice and experience!
So, welcome, and I look forward to seeing your posts.

Hey, Lola, the nonnies have a clubhouse... shouldn't Os have a cave? With lace curtains, of course! Oh! KimonoKat could make them!

Oh, and mikendomsmum - I laughed when I read "I saw the avoid list and sold it on ebay." I'm still laughing...


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hope I m invited to your cave!


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Of course you are! There will be a hand-painted umbrella stand for our clubs right inside the door!   And edible herbs in the flowerboxes!


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I am on the BTD for about five weeks now.

I started the diet because I have had problems with fatigue for years, as long as I can remember, really. I am 37 years old now, but I remember when I was in college at age 18/19, I was alreadytired very often (and suffering severe headaches, but the headaches have diminished through the years). When I wanted to go out at night (and that's what you do in college, don't you?), I was too tired, but pushed through and went anyway. I also was ill quite often: flue, sinus trouble, coughing and ear infections.
If there was some virus in the air, it sure as hell came to me!

I tried diets before, just to increase my energy level (not to lose weight). I tried the anti-candida diet for half a year in 2001, but that didn't help me one bit so I started eating "normally" again.
I also tried the ayurvedic approch, but that didn't last very long. It just wasn't my thing.

The fit for Life diet appealed to me, especially the fruit-eating in the morning. Over the years I always came back to eating fruit until noon. Intuitevely, I felt this was good for me.

My energy level isn't always extremely low, though. There are times that I'm ok (never top fit, but ok). And I noticed that I always respond well to exercise (at the gym), or walking or cycling. So even when I'm tired , I can exercise.

The last half year, since October, I was feeling more and more tired. Maybe this has something to do with me trying to become a vegetarian? I am a big animal-friend, so for years I have been trying to cut down on the meat gradually and become a vegetarian. Despite my strong intentions, I haven't succeeded! I just had to eat meat, even if it was only twice a week. I must say I am relieved that I can eat meat often now. (needless to say: only meat from animals that have had a decent life!)

During the holidays (of course I ate all kind of bad foods, combined with alcohol, which I know I don't tolerate at all), I was a total wreck. I was sooooo tired and feeling generally sick, I had strange heartbeats, was feeling dizzy and had neurological problems in my right arm and leg. In short: SOMETHING HAD TO HAPPEN.  

January 1, I started eating much healthier, cutting out most sugar, ALL alcohol, dairy etc. I could easily apply what I had learned from my earlier dieting-periods. I started feeling in my body what my body didn't like and did like, and googled a lot on food intolerancies etc. But I wasn't sure where to begin. But I did feel that I responded badly to bread. So maybe a wheat allergy? More googling, and then I came across the BTD.

I have high hopes that this diet could be a winner for me, but I need to give it time before I can tell for sure. At the moment I don't feel too good because of sinus trouble and fatigue. Detox symptoms, so it seems.

Maybe I should start a new thread with the question: WHO CAN SHARE SUCCES STORIES ABOUT BTD BEATING FATIGUE? I'd really like to hear! Responses welcome!

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Pepina,
have your serving of fruit in the morning, but do incorporate protein a few minutes after the fruit.

this will give you more energy throughout the whole morning, until lunch.

you can always have your serving of fruit before lunch, also......
same thing for dinner......
but don t just eat fruit alone, you need the protein, like leftover dinner or lunch from the day before, that type of protein, with veggies.......an egg can also work great!


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Pepina,
have your serving of fruit in the morning, but do incorporate protein a few minutes after the fruit.

this will give you more energy throughout the whole morning, until lunch.

you can always have your serving of fruit before lunch, also......
same thing for dinner......
but don t just eat fruit alone, you need the protein, like leftover dinner or lunch from the day before, that type of protein, with veggies.......an egg can also work great!


This is something I haven't tried before, so I will. Thanks again Lola for being so supportive .

I must admit it is the very first time that I have ever participated in an Internet forum of any kind. Not only is it very very helpful (and surprising that so many people are on the forum. In the Netherlands, where I live, there is a Dutch forum with only a few responses per month), it is also great fun to get responses from people all over the world! Where would we be without the Internet?

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I started the BTD because I was sick and tired of being sick and tired - literally.  I suffered allergies and serious joint inflammation all the time and never seemed to have enough energy, and in addition I was overweight and seemed to have a perpetual case of brain fog.  I first tried to correct these problems by becoming a vegan.  While that helped with my weight problem - I went from a size 14 to a size 6 - it did nothing for my allergies, joint inflammation or brain fog.  

Depression over the inability to find a job once I moved to a new city led to my ending the vegan lifestyle.  I started eating fish and re-introduced wheat and sugar (among other foods) into my diet.  Needless to say I ballooned back to a size 14 in no time at all.  

Once I started working again, I began to try to lose the weight with diet and exercise.  Whatever I was eating never seemed to be quite right and whenever I went to exercise, I couldn't do it for long because my joints would hurt so bad.  Even when I was walking they hurt, so running was definitely out of the question.

So, I remembered the BTD that a type A friend of mine had told me about several years before.  I bought LR4YT, ordered a blood typing kit and a secretor testing kit and got started once I had my results.  

Two days after I began, I went to the gym and was actually able to run around the track several times with no pain.  In addition, the allergies became minimal and the brain fog was gone.  

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I came across this wonderful book in a used book store.  Started reading it and found it very interesting.  I myself am a Type O and my husband is a Type A.  What really made me interested was the fact that my husband has never like meat, he loves veggies and could pass up meat everyday.  Me on the other hand I love meat..and I am very carb sensitive.  There were alot of good things in this book.. So slowly but surely we are trying to eliminate the things in our diet that are on our avoid list.  I started on monday and so far so good.. Havent been perfect but I know with time we will be.  I enjoy this board so much because it gives great inspiration.
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