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Saturday, August 30, 2008, 11:22pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Hi all, I have been trying my best to ease into this diet plan as a type O and it says in the book that 6 servings a week is the max an O should have. But when I read the "Cook right for your blood type" and look at all the meal menues in the back they have 2 servings a day. This is of course easier for me to deal with cause I love grains and if I can't have fries or poatoes or chips then give me an acceptable grain to help fill me up. I find it kinda hard to eat like this. Its been a week or two since I've been on it, no corn, no wheat. Can't say I feel a great deal better bit Im not 100% compliant either. Havn'e eliminated katsup yet and salad dressing with vinegar. I did eat liver and onions last night and oh boy, I wish I could say that it was yummy but I'd be lying. Does anyone else here eat 2-3 servings of grains a day and do OK? Thxx for help!
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Sunday, August 31, 2008, 12:02am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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There have been differences in the way the serving size was listed. Having 2-3 small servings is the same as 1 large serving. While you are adapting to the diet you may use a little more. Ultimately you are better off to reduce to around 1/2 cup dry or 1-1/2 cups cooked or the equivalent on a daily basis. Breads and muffins 'waste' more servings than rice or other prepared grains, where 1/2 cup dry can be spread to 2-3 meals easily. Finally, some may do okay on more grain but most of us seem to do better on the recommended amounts or even less.
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Yeah, I had to have grains when I started!  But then your body kinda shifts into O mode, and you start digesting meat better-utilizing the protein and fats instead of the carbs, and everything just kinda clicks.  When you scrub your cells clean of wheat, you should notice a difference.

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I think I might have set you off in terms of worrying about grain servings a little while back - that wasn't actually my intention   

At this point the most important thing is to lose the main nasties like wheat and corn - if you find the only way to do this is to eat rice or compliant pasta do that.  

However eventually you'll probably find that relying heavily on neutral grains will not allow you to fully benefit from the this lifestyle.  For Os grains really do not help us improve/maintain our health - they just fill us up.  

Also, substitution in itself can be very frustrating - they don't look/feel/taste the same, can be very expensive and often they have avoids in the ingredient list somewhere - in summary they are not giving you the 'satisfaction' the avoid you're trying to substitute did.  

An alternative would be to say I'll look down my foodlist and see what beneficial veg I could eat instead.  And there are many yummy beneficial O veg choices including carb rich ones  

But as I said, right now worrying about # of grain servings in addition to everything else may just make it more difficult for you

ps - this development is illustrated nicely in one of Suzanne's older blogs Majesty and variety where she talks about how your picnic lunches when on holiday changed as she continued on BTD...her blogs in general offer great practical suggestions for beneficial meals!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 7:55pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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If weightloss is your goal (it's mine) then grains are the enemy, even the allowed ones.  None are beneficial to O's and that says a lot right there.  My problem was remembering that rice and cereal are grains so if I have those a couple times a week then Ive met my servings.  I believe 6 is the max so less is better.  Try allotting yourself 1 grain (O specific) every other day and see if that helps.  I do better managing my weight when I stay away from them as much as possible.  Good Luck.

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My mom is an O and has been having trouble losing weight since she switched to the BTD.  This is good information that I will pass along to her, she's not a techy and has no computer so I've been lurking through the O posts looking for good tips for her!  Such a great wealth of info here from all those who have blazed the trail before us.

Thank you!

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great you want to pass the info on to her!

hope she is more receptive than my mom!!

here are a few links you might like to talk to her about
Blood Type O Basics: Click Here

also a video
steve s story, the guy Dr D talks about in the video.

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It takes a while to change over from eating grains and grain-based foods several times a day, to protein, veggies and fruits. Be gentle with yourself and take it slow. As Koahiatamadl says, there are some good starchy vegetables (and alternative pastas) in the O diet that can be successfully substituted for grains if you want a starch fix that isn't gonna trash your bod.

~~Sweet potatoes are excellent. If you've only ever had them whipped with tons of sugar and topped with marshmallows in a sickeningly sweet casserole at Thanksgiving, eating them plain with a little butter and salt is a huge revelation. Sweet potatoes are delicious all on their own, no need to drown them in sugar. You can sub them for mashed potatoes and make them into fries. I LOVE them baked with some grilled onions and garlic and kicked up with hot sauce. They are also fantastic chopped up in beef vegetable soup.

~~Root vegetables like turnips and parsnips are excellent substitutes for potatoes. I use them in place of taters in soups and stews; they add a wonderful earthy flavor that blends well with the broth and other vegetables. They are also great mashed or baked. Their flavor might take a bit of getting used to--they aren't as bland as white potatoes--but once you get a taste for them, you probably won't go back to boring old taters again.

~~Spaghetti squash can be used in place of semolina (wheat) pasta. Just bake the squash for an hour in the oven, then scrape a fork over the insides to create the 'pasta'. I like veggie squash because I can have spaghetti and walk away from the table feeling full but not bloated.

~~Rice and rice pasta can be used in place of semolina pasta. I highly recommend the Tinkyada brand. They make linguini, spaghetti and rotini, all of which are delicious with homemade sauce or meatballs. I've gotten rave reviews even from non-BTDers when using rice pasta in dishes of all kinds. (The rotini also makes excellent cold salads too.)

Check the links provided by the other posters--you'll find lots of ideas to help you move more fully into the BTD. Believe me, we understand how you feel, many of us have been there too and not so long ago. Hope this is helpful

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