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hedonisticallyinclined
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Good evening, fellow bloodtypers:

I am a new member of this board, type O (don’t know my secretor status yet) and am about to embark on this diet. Please feel free to direct me to other places in this forum if my questions have been answered elsewhere.

1.     Would you please share your techniques for organizing your weekly cooking?

I feel as if most of my day is spent in the kitchen! I am a fairly accomplished cook, and I absolutely love cooking, but I do have other things that I would like to engage in besides cooking! In the past, my lunches were simple, as I would pack a sandwich with me and I would cook a few dinners from scratch throughout the week, which I rotated. Nowadays, my husband is working from home and I am (for now) unemployed, so I have to have at least 2 meals every day ready and as much as I love cooking, at some point all this washing and chopping of veggies is getting to be a drag! (not to mention it is hell on my already aching back) I am trying to incorporate as much vegetables as I can, so I try to have lots of various salads for lunch and veggetable soups with entrée for dinner. My husband is a picky eater, so I can not (for instance) serve a salad with turkey and a chicken entrée at night, also some days he will not want a salad..so I have to have 2 different entrees ready (one for lunch and one for dinner).

So…please share with me your time saving techniques for preparing food.

2.     I have read about various methods of low-carbing and eating a la neanderthin style for years, but was always hesitant to join in because I have seen many people start and then get “bored” with lack of food variety or “why can’t I eat this food, too” type of thinking. Everyone says that it has to become your lifestyle in order to make it work. Type “O” diet is a real overhaul! Please tell me how did you accomplish it? Was it gradual or “cold turkey”? What helped you keep motivated in spite of whatever stressors at home/work, etc.? How long into this lifestyle did you begin to feel confident that you can do it for the rest of your life? If you are a former “foodie”, how do you remain unfazed in constant temptation of various flavors, etc.?
I really am afraid to start and then stop, as I am currently unable to workout (back injury) and am afraid to gain any more weight than I already have!

I thank you beforehand for sharing your experiences with me.

Feeling a bit overwhelmed,
HedonisticallyInclined


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Hi hedonisticallyinclined (great userid!), nice to meet you

Point one--it can be really hard to get used to all the work you put in on this food plan. The thing to remember is that because you're eating so much live fresh food, your health really benefits enormously in a fairly short amount of time.

I deal with fatigue every day to some extent, so I try to set things up to make it easy for me to eat right. That means being realistic about what I'm able to accomplish after a day's work.

Here's what I do: prep vegetables as far ahead as possible and have bags of them ready to cook up when I get home from work. For instance, when I buy broccoli, I chop the florets and upper stems and put them in a bag within easy reach in the fridge. When I'm ready to steam some for dinner, I take out a couple of cups worth, wash 'em up, and pop 'em in the steamer. Another example: when I buy kale, I prep the leaves by tearing them into smaller pieces and discarding anything wilted or browned. They go into a bag and as with the broccoli, when I'm ready to use it, I wash up the kale, spin it dry in a salad spinner, and cook as desired.

I also use baby carrots and bags of ready-made salad on a regular basis, just because they save me time in the kitchen. They do cost a little more and I do lose more nutrients, but everything in life is a tradeoff. Having things ready to go means I'm much more likely to eat a good compliant meal rather than grab something in the fast-food drivethru on the way home.

Point two--you can get bored eating the same thing all the time, it's true. I've found it's a good idea to print out a list of beneficial and neutral foods and make sure you've got a nice big list of options to choose from. Unless you're dealing with serious illness, you can balance bennies with neutrals and see success with your health and even with losing weight. Save the infrequent neutrals as occasional treats--I do this with dairy for the most part.

It took me a while to change my tastes over from grains, sugar and artificial sweeteners to fresh foods. The main thing I'd say is, be gentle with yourself. Use the trick of adding something good to your diet rather than going cold turkey. You will have times when you crave your old favorites or want something different, and you'll give in to temptation or memories of what used to taste good. Don't beat yourself up over it. Just keep on adding good food to your diet and hang in there. Come and talk with us here too--this board is a good place to get advice and ask questions.

Hope this helps Welcome to the board! I look forward to your posts.


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I think Brighid gave you excellent suggestions.

Remember that not everyone approaches the BTD cold turkey, and for some, it does take time to adapt to this new way of eating.  The longer you are on the plan, the more you will see the health benefits.

If you are dealing with a health issue, try to invest in the secretor test.  It can make a huge difference in your level of success.  And, btw, what is your Rh status?  Are you negative, or positive?  Being Rh- means you will require more protein, and less grain.

Keep asking questions.  All of us are here to help each other succeed with this way of living and eating.  There's no question too silly or obvious.  I wish you sucess in turning your health around, and look forward to hearing more about your journey.


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My regular shortcuts are to buy a big bag of cut broccoli from Costco (conventional broccoli isn't high in pesticides, and I plan to cook it so I don't worry about how clean they actually got it) just make sure it's fresh and green with no discolorations on the cuts and cook it the same day you buy it.  No cutting involved, just steam it in a big pot with a steamer insert on the bottom, and you have veggies about a week, for whenever you don't have something on hand or energy to chop something.  Don't steam them too long, because you'll most likely be reheating/recooking them when you eat them.  I buy some other veggies in bulk, like a 4-pack of artichokes, and steam them all at once to eat throughout the week.

I also like Costco's roasted garlic and sea salt in a grinder.  It's a really fast way to season something when I don't feel like mincing some garlic.  Add a high quality olive oil to that, and everything tastes great.  (it also makes a great salad dressing with some lemon juice)

I've fallen off the bandwagon a couple times, but the weight doesn't come back on nearly as fast as it seems to for low-carb dieters.  The thing that always brings me back is simply that I feel so much better on BTD.


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Welcome! I went cold-turkey, which at the time was actually easier coz I was unemployed. I noticed reduced pain less in than 48 hours, and it only got better from there. I know everybody's story is different, but, by way of encouragement, I went from too sickly to work for over a year, to ready for the 40-hour grind in six weeks. Truth. Hit bumps in the road here & there, but necessary learning experiences. Got secretor status official. (whine) More improvements. How awesome I feel when I'm being compliant keeps me with BTD, even if I cheat here & there (& always feel crappy when I do!)
Welcome.
Also, as you get used to the diet - it's wonderfully varied, even for O-Nonnies, you'll spend less time on food prep. Cheers!
With compliancy, the weight issue should start taking care of itself...


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First of all, thank you all for such quick and detailed replies! I tend to have all or nothing attitude and I have completely disregarded the already precut veggies as a possible alternative. I really should re-think my food snobism and realize how much easier things would be on my back if I utilized some prepared (cut, pre-washed, etc.) food.

A few more questions for you all:
1. Do you pre-cook large batches of meat for the week?
2. OSuzanna, if this is not too personal, would you elaborate on the pain you used to have prior to the diet? (was it rhematoid/MS/etc?)
3. I don't know what my Rh is, KimonoKat (by the way,  hello, neighbour!), but I assume that it is a + since both my parents are +.
4. This is something possibly off topic, but it's been bugging me for a long time. I hope someone has an insight into this - why is this that some people go cold turkey and never look back, no temptation to quit while others struggle every day with compliance? I have read many posts on yahoo Neanderthin, Paleo, and ER4YT boards and I always wonder...what is it ? Are some of us emotional eaters and that is what makes it so difficult to comply? Does anyone know the secret?


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Hello dear,
I can tell you I definitely consider myself hedonistically inclined too... It's my 10th months in BTD now, and I go about it like this: 'compliant foods' are not just words/ instructions, they make a real difference to the body, and it becomes free to do its proper building and healing work - including getting rid of weight excess - without hindrance (i.e., lectins). The body becomes stronger day by day, and with it the mind becomes stronger too.  It feels that the body takes command now. Once you start to supply it with what it really needs, it begins to show you more clearly what it wants, and when it wants it. And soon it begins to save you time, you have to rack your brains much less. All this is so gratifying, that it gradually becomes easier and easier to consciously reject all the rest of the foods and of the considerations: I don't feel compelled to eat anything because it's on the table; not in a restaurant, not at friends' or family's. The minute I feel bored or fed up with food, I know I lack something in my diet and begin to search within my type possibilities, then come up with a solution, usually what is missing are veggies. When nuitrition is proper the word boring doesn't even come to mind. BTD is energizing and vitalizing, energies are well channelled, things 'fall into place'.

No way I could go in cold turkey. Wheat, potatoes, corn, cauliflower, lentils - these were discarded 'cold turkey', but to discard coffee took months, and vinegar - I am still not totally done with it. The main point, I didn't have enough knowledge at first. I kept swallowing these forums, and learnt and learnt and sure still does and will PG. Also like you say acquiring techniques and learning to get organized took a long time. The only advice I can give is keep it simple, at least try to aim at it. It will become simpler later anyway.

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Quoted from hedonisticallyinclined
I tend to have all or nothing attitude and I have completely disregarded the already precut veggies as a possible alternative. I really should re-think my food snobism and realize how much easier things would be on my back if I utilized some prepared (cut, pre-washed, etc.) food.

A few more questions for you all:
1. Do you pre-cook large batches of meat for the week?

4. This is something possibly off topic, but it's been bugging me for a long time. I hope someone has an insight into this - why is this that some people go cold turkey and never look back, no temptation to quit while others struggle every day with compliance? I have read many posts on yahoo Neanderthin, Paleo, and ER4YT boards and I always wonder...what is it ? Are some of us emotional eaters and that is what makes it so difficult to comply? Does anyone know the secret?

Go ahead and use convenience packaged vegetables if that will help you, particularly now while you are dealing with some pain. Besides if you are in the northern hemisphere it is winter and your choice of fresh vegetables may not be great. When you get to feeling better and get a better handle on making the BTD your own then if you want you can switch to more fresh vegetables, particularly come summer time with more abundant fresh produce.

1.) I do try to always have some precooked meat for breakfast to make it easy and quick and to make sure I get my day started off right. For about the past year the pre-cooked meat has been mainly boneless Australian grass-fed lamb roasts that my local grocery store started carrying. Before that it was usually 1/3 lb grass-fed beef, but sometimes natural bison, patties. If I don't have any precooked meat I will sometimes go ahead and quickly cook up some patties or just have 2-4 eggs. I fill the rest of my breakfast plate with pre-cooked greens, usually collard greens.

I personally do not require a lot of variety for meals so my breakfasts do not vary much. My dinners are the most varied. Every other week my two teenage sons stay with me and on those weeks we have something different for dinner every night, except maybe one night of leftovers each week. The leftover meal is usually a beef brisket or roast of some sort, although this week it was a big pot of ground beef and vegetable stew.

4.) Good question. I am going to start a separate thread on this topic.


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3. I don't know what my Rh is, KimonoKat (by the way,  hello, neighbour!), but I assume that it is a + since both my parents are +.


Hello HI,

You cannot determine your Rh status by your parents' expressed Rh factor b/c the trait is recessive. You'll just have to be typed for it as with ABO group testing.

Do you have children? Frequently Rh factor is determined prior to delivery for compatibility/risk assessment during birth and for subsequent deliveries especially.


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Rh status:

I'm not certain (because I just read in the Individualist Wiki about Rhesus status and I'm not sure I completely understand it,) but I think there is still a 25% possibility that you could be Rh negative.



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Quoted from KimonoKat
Rh status:

I'm not certain (because I just read in the Individualist Wiki about Rhesus status and I'm not sure I completely understand it,) but I think there is still a 25% possibility that you could be Rh negative.



She absolutely can be Rh-.


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Hedon (yes, I'm a lazy typist *chuckle*)--I try to make meals ahead as much as possible. It's a lot easier for me to have some turkey or lamb sausage cooked up beforehand for breakfast, or have hamburgers ready to go when I get home from work. Then it's just a matter of steaming some broccoli or sauteing some greens or whatever. Because I live with a roomie who doesn't follow the BTD, I also add a starch (usually rice or mashed potatoes) for her, but I don't have much if any.

Also, as Lola says, the slow cooker is your friend! For braising lean or tough cuts of meat, a slow cooker works beautifully. There is nothing like coming home to the fragrance of pot roast cooked with carrots, sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, and fresh thyme. Ditto leg of lamb, chicken or turkey, and stews or soups of all kinds. You can also use the slow cooker to make big batches to freeze for later use. You can check the typebase for recipes as well as my blog entries (nothing like self-promotion! ).

As for why some people struggle when others never do . . . I think many of us tend to be emotional eaters to whatever extent. (Jmho.) I have long associated food with anger, joy, comfort, you name it. It's something I still struggle with and probably always will. I've made some progress, but it's small and I often get discouraged--which is why it's great to have this message board to come to for advice and commiseration and plenty of encouragement.


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Another oddity for the forum today.

Why did KK's post appear twice? It lists both as her 2,500th post.


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Another oddity for the forum today.

Why did KK's post appear twice? It lists both as her 2,500th post.

I can't answer your first question, but for your second one the number of posts shown on any post is your current total number of posts, so all her posts on the BTD forum would show the same number.



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I can't answer you first question, but for your second one the number of posts shown on any post is your current total number of posts, so all her posts on the BTD forum would show the same number.




Thanks Don!

Yeah, little brain f--t occurred there on my part, didn't it!

Sage advice was given me to 'never, ever, speak disparagingly of myself' but I just have to say on that one, "DUH!"  


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I'm glad Hedonistically inclined brought this up! (what a great name!) I am a former vegetarian with a heavy dose of foodie to round it out. Then I married another foodie and now we both eat the BTD. Luckily the BTD is about quality food, something foodies respect. Desserts are tough but not impossible by any means...apple crisp is an easy one to convert. You can even have rice pasta once ina while, and the good one is tinkyada brand, imho.
As for lunch, try going with a similar luch menu each day. In winter it could be soup. Sweet potato soup blended with soy milk  and chicken stock is yum, (a little llemon juice and ghee, mmmm)...well, good luck. good to hear from you.
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First of all, thank you all for such quick and detailed replies! I tend to have all or nothing attitude and I have completely disregarded the already precut veggies as a possible alternative. I really should re-think my food snobism and realize how much easier things would be on my back if I utilized some prepared (cut, pre-washed, etc.) food.


I only use prewashed/precut food when I plan to cook it...after the spinach problem which I think could have happened with any cut/washed food.  It's not too hard to cut and prepare a bunch of broccoli at once, even without buying the precut stuff...whatever suits you.  It seems to me that it's a vegetable that keeps better once it's cooked than before it's cooked.  Not only does it not give me an excuse to skip a veggie with a meal, but it encourages me to make other veggies for variety.

I also prepare a bunch of carrots at a time, peel and slice in a food processor, so I can toss them into soups or salads easily, since I don't enjoy chopping carrots.

I don't often prepare large amounts of meat at a time, for some reason I really have a hard time liking the same leftover meat for very long.  



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Just got back from shopping with a new crockpot and a ton of pre-cut veggies.
Thank you all for your replies! Can't wait to start cooking.
Hubby got tested today and is also an O+ (thank God!), at least this aspect of the diet is going to be easier.
Merry Christmas to everyone who is celebrating!


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