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Leoswench
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Exciting Topic I know.

Here's the thing, last week I ran out of my food so I ate about 3 oz of steak UGH!!! used to love it now I'm suffering knowing the difference of how my body has felt for the past month and now I'm still struggling almost a week later.

I made the black bean soup in the book Excellent by the way and I've had salmon with a big salad, I eat oatmeal and fruit most breakfasts. Could the black beans also be locking me up? I drink coffee and green tea and water that's it. I've tried flax seed oil on my food but what little I've passed it's been more like balls than normal BM. So I know to much info but I'm hoping for a solution to get back to the normal twice a day I was experiencing in the beginning of starting the diet and not feeling all bloated and blah.

Thank you in advance any help is welcomed.

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Kale works wonders on my A system.

I haven't had beef in years but I do remember the feeling.. yuck


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Exciting Topic I know.

I've tried flax seed oil on my food but what little I've passed it's been more like balls than normal BM. So I know to much info but I'm hoping for a solution to get back to the normal twice a day I was experiencing in the beginning of starting the diet and not feeling all bloated and blah.

Thank you in advance any help is welcomed.

Holly


"more like balls than normal BM" was my experience of the A type diet for the first month; I assume it was a de-toxing process.
It also happens to me sometimes on the GTD, and again I assume it is due to various toxins creeping into my diet without my noticing---so easy to do, especially when you eat out a bit.




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I haven't gone out to eat yet, I've been so careful. If this is from the beef alone gross I'm never touching it again. If it's a result of the black beans though I need to figure it out since it's like the only bean on the list I like.

But your right it could be something that I'm unaware of. But i've only been eating the Highly beneficials. I've lost 4" off my waist in a month since I've started. So I'm having good progress and don't want to feel like this.

Oh boy I just read the ingredients on my veggie broth and it has tomato an potato in it UGH!!! I guess I'll have to make my own well it wasn't as great a week as I thought I was having. Back to the drawing board.

Well thank you all for your support, I still need to find a way to unclog the drain so to speak but hopefully I can do that naturally.

Holly
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Thank you, I have some kale I can fix its worth a try
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Only black beans? Oh my you need a few good recipes to fix that.

Have you had Great Northern beans or white beans?
Oh so yummmy..

One trick with beans is to soak them over night changing the water a few times, then cook them with kombu.


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Senna tea will work to unclog the drain. Stand back,


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lol thank you I'll try that
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I would love some recipe's i'll try just about anything now to add variety.
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add ground linseed to your fruit in the morning or smoothie or salad or whatever rocks your boat!
2 TB at least.....and make sure you drink your water throughout the day......no avoids is a must!! lol
happy BMs!
and magnesium at night....even helps you sleep, plus all the rest as well!


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Well prune juice does the trick for me plus it is on the beneficials list so twice as nice!

I would not have coffee again till the problem has past. I often find coffee to be extra dehydrating for me, even if I have water after...
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before we forget!
check this out!
http://www.4yourtype.com/products.asp?dept=12
http://www.4yourtype.com/prodinfo.asp?number=NP025

and all the rest in the link!
Dr D has done the work!


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Hi Holly,

I've been on the BTD for about a month; when I first started the diet I was amazed at how regular I became.    But, the longer I'm on the diet I too am suffering with constipation.  I recall having this problem the last time I tried the diet about ten years ago; I gave it up because I didn't have the patience to ride it out.  It seems that I read somewhere that us A's are typically the ones who will experience some difficulty in the beginning with the diet.  I think it's because as you stated, you are and A trying to live in an O world, and A's have the most drastic food changes.  We are supposed to be vegetarian!  Who knew?    I also know what you mean about the red meat, that's what got me to start back up on this diet. Over the last couple of years I noticed that every time I ate red meat I became very sluggish, bloated, and severely constipated.  In fact, the older I get the less I like foods I used to love and the less they agree with me.  That's when I started realizing there was a connection to the BTD diet and the foods A's are supposed to avoid and decided to try the diet again.  The advice on senna is really good; senna is a natural laxative and will not make you miserable like some of those other over the counter laxatives will.   I find that taking a tablespoon of olive oil a day helps too.  

Good luck!

Che'
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yes keeping our system lubricated is key!
welcome Che and thanks for posting!
magnesium is a great help as well, also helps you sleep!

your bowels work while you sleep.....nice!


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Lola I was going to say no no no don't use senna but decided to check out your link. Interesting - and it's true for this A nonnie - Senna does terrible painful things to me.    

Che - you beat me to it - Oil is so important.

Added later: Yes welcom Che
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Welcome Leoswench and Che to the forum and BTD way of life.  Great advice above.  What about getting out for some walks?  That helps to get the bowels moving for me if I am sluggish.  And, yes, A's are supposed to be harder to get into sync than others with detox and digestion.  Good luck and keep us posted.


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Thank you so much everyone and I will check out the links after I post here. I had a great morning thanks to flax seed oil I think it had to have been finally kicked in. I used more than I had in the past and it got everything moving. I feel so much better. Probably to conservative with it. When I have a salad I only use olive oil on it so I do get some lubricant from there as well.

I used to take Cal/Mag supplements at night but worried they were what was causing my what used to be normal constipation. I have Hoshimoto hypothyroidism so it's always been normal for me to go days without and I just accepted it but now I know my diet contributed to that also. My dad was a butcher so we ate steak 3-4 nights a week. Baked potato the works. So I continued that type of diet into my later years.

I must say I was worried I wouldn't be able to make the changes in the beginning but it's amazing when you start to feel so much better and the inches are coming off how modivated you become to trying new foods.   I haven't felt this good with the increased energy in years.

This forum helps too, to have people who have been around a while to keep you from giving up when you hit a speed bump.

Thank you again, I'm sure we will be hearing from each other in the future.

Holly
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Debra,

Thank you, I do walk at least 3-4 times a week on avg 2 miles. That does help your right.

Thank you,

Holly
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Senna tea will work to unclog the drain. Stand back,


I've heard many times that senna is really hard on some people, so you might want to 'dip your toe in first' if you're going to try it.  

You could do like an O gentleman I know............eat some yogurt and drink some milk (in your case, I guess it would be whole milk, as yogurt is a neutral). In other words something that will irriate your bowels. IMHO anyway. He knows yogurt and milk are avoids for O's and had been avoiding them. THEN he read that milk is supposed to make probiotics multiply, so surmised that if he ate some yogurt and then drank some milk, he'd be helping himself. IMHO, I think he's having more 'movement' because he's lactose intolerant to some degree. We all know what that'll do to ya.   I shared that info w/ him, but he disagrees. So, we'll see what happens down the road.



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Here's the thing, last week I ran out of my food so I ate about 3 oz of steak UGH!!! used to love it now I'm suffering knowing the difference of how my body has felt for the past month and now I'm still struggling almost a week later.


Hi, welcome. When I ate beef, I'd feel great..at first. then the next day, my weight would go up and my joints would start aching. The more meat I ate, the more my weight would increase and I'd have joint, muscle pain. The only meat I can eat is turkey..
BTW, the one thing that always worked on me..is figs. (I don't mean Fig Newtons, I mean dried or fresh figs) If I didn't have any figs..I'd eat an apple. You know apples are like the miracle fruit. They help and improve digestion, constipation, keep doctors away , and make a great pie.
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Fruit is great for this issue I agree. I've never tried figs but apples and plums do help.

turkey tastes better anyway. I need to find a good flower for rue so I can make turkey and gravy but i have to say I will sadly miss the mashed potato's or eat just a dab. I can give up beef easily it's the potato's that hurt. I love all of them. I did talk to my local health food store and they have several choices on flours so I just need to go check it out and experiment.

Thank you
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Fruit is great for this issue I agree. I've never tried figs but apples and plums do help.

You can try the following: Soak 3-4 figs overnight in water. In the morning, warm the figs and the water slightly (to body temperature). Then drink the fig-water and eat the figs. It works really well.

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I second the idea of magnesium.  I use CALM brand.  It fizzes up when you put it in  hot water.  The next morning.....wheee!

Beef does the same thing to me as it does to y'all.  Wheat used to.


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As a A - I suffer with this problem a lot. I think some of it has to do with my IBS which is most of the time constipation. But is is alway one extreme or the other. It is hard to stay normal.

I do my best to follow the diet but it is hard sometime. I would love to find an all natural fiber to supplement my diet and keep me stable.
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Prunes or any fruit you can have may help.  Especially something with lots of fiber like, like, Peaches or something.  Nectarines.  Even apples or apple juice.  But all that has a lot of sugar.  But in moderation it's fine.

Of course lots of vegetables would help too, I would think.  Practically any vegetable.  Carrots, lettuce, onions, garlic, on and on.

Also, did you try having someone rub your feet?  I know it sounds strange but it's what helped my son when he was younger alot.  He's an A also.

Yeah, beans should do it, Chammomile and Ginger tea.  Ginger anything.  Chop some ginger up and put it in your veggies or something.  Sprinkle it in your oatmeal.  Hey, I've never tried that.  I think I'll do that.  Taught myself something.  hehehehhehe.  


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flaxseed hepls a lot
also Magnesium cloride or citrate and it's relax


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Most mornings I make a super smoothie which includes 1/2 carrot, handful of baby spinach, frozen strawberries, pineapple, peaches, dark cherries, wild blueberries, pumpkin seeds, almonds, spoon  of ground flaxseed, spoon of brown rice protein powder, pomegranate juice, aloe juice, and soy yogurt. Hope I didn't forget anything. I put this in my Vitamix and mix it into a smoothie.

If I don't have a smoothie then I eat my granola oat berry cereal which is high in fiber. Then for dinner I may have black bean soup. I don't eat dairy or red meat which are rough on the digestive system for A's so I am not sure what else I can do to add more fiber to my diet. Other than an all natural fiber supplement I am just not sure what else to do.

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I got to thinking about this thread when I was getting dressed this morning.  I remembered I figured out a few months ago that when I eat too much turkey my bowels get sluggish.  So I keep turkey to only a couple of times a week.  


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I just can't say enough about (or agree more) taking magnesium if you're constipated. One has to remember, calcium contracts, magnesium relaxes. There are muscles in the intestines too. If you don't have enough magnesium to relax those muscles, problems can start. Very true for me, unfortunately.



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ya gotta know when to quit too.......I used mag. so long I forgot that too much of a good thing...and I got diarrhea....couldn't figure out why!! Just a gentle form of it, shall I say. finaly I tried going off the mag...and voila! normal.
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Most mornings I make a super smoothie which includes 1/2 carrot, handful of baby spinach, frozen strawberries, pineapple, peaches, dark cherries, wild blueberries, pumpkin seeds, almonds, spoon  of ground flaxseed, spoon of brown rice protein powder, pomegranate juice, aloe juice, and soy yogurt. Hope I didn't forget anything. I put this in my Vitamix and mix it into a smoothie.

If I don't have a smoothie then I eat my granola oat berry cereal which is high in fiber. Then for dinner I may have black bean soup. I don't eat dairy or red meat which are rough on the digestive system for A's so I am not sure what else I can do to add more fiber to my diet. Other than an all natural fiber supplement I am just not sure what else to do.


How long have you been doing this?  I wouldn't think that this would stop you up, but that sure is a LOT of stuff in one meal.  For example, I don't think blueberries help you loosen your stool.  Although mixed with all that other stuff, you wouldn't think it would matter.  If this is a new regiment for you though, it could be something in there.  Also, for me, I don't think oats make anything move any quicker.  I don't really have the problem you are having, but grains of any type seem to help slow me down a little.  I usually have the opposite problem.  Goes through me a little too quickly sometimes.  But I eat alot of veggies.

Anyways, something to think about.  I start looking at the  foods, or anything I'm eating if something isn't right.  With that many foods in one meal like your smoothie, I don't know how you would know if something is messing with you.  Weird thing is, sometimes you could eat something for a while and then all of a sudden, it doesn't work for you.


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you might be able to do that from your browser. select favorites and save it in there. that's on IE.  on Mozilla it's called something else. don't have that on this puter tho. it should save it for a long time that way.

Just gave this suggestion a try..........took me right to it. don't know how long it will work, tho I do know when we were able to request being notified of a new post, those were there for 2 or 3 years sometimes. searching from the Search option up top or the front page, doesn't do the same job.



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For some of us, dairy slows us down, so milk may not be a cure.
For others, they get the runs.
Lots of fruits & veggies help. Beans don't really work for me altho they do for most others. If I have beans mixed with brown rice, it's fine. Maybe the beans are sticking to my bowel somehow. Who knows???


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For some of us, dairy ... they get the runs.
Lots of fruits & veggies help. Beans don't really work for


An O friend of mine was having LOTS of trouble w/ constipation.......he started drinking milk and things are better now. I say he is prob lactose intolerant to some degree. He disagrees, but time w/ tell.  



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