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wanthanee
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:)Does anyone have any information on the best way to gain weight?

I am still am learning how to eat right. Right now I am under weight because last year, before I found out about Eat right for your Type, I only ate raw food after about 1 year.  I lost about 10 pounds.

I am 51 years old, 4'-10" and 72 LB. I was 82 LB before which still isn't much.
Now I am trying to gain weight but it is so difficult. Plus, I have symptoms of menopause.  I wake up in the middle the night which means I don't always sleep well. I have been a vegetarian for 12 years but about two years ago, I started eating fish. I don't know what my geontype is yet. I will find out soon though.

Also, I follow the book, of Eat right for your type.

If you have any ideas on gaining weight in a healthy way, I would love to hear them. Thank you so much, every one


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I'm not a veteran here and have only been following the genotype diet for a short time, but I'm sure you must be more the Genotype Teacher than Warrior or Explorer, given you are a type A. Warriors and Explorers are generally tall and I think Teachers are usually short to medium in height.

You're fortunate that as a type A you can generally enjoy more grains than type O and B. Increasing your compliant carb intake should help you put on weight. Although, wheat,corn, and potatoes are questionable for type A which may depend on your secretor status. Are you getting enough good oils and fats in diet? We do a lot of variations of rice in our family- brown rice, brown rice pasta, rice cakes, rice bran oil for salad dressings and frying fish with brown rice flour. Maybe a protein powder to add to smoothies or blender drinks might help you gain more muscle which will help you gain weight. I'm a type A Warrior with a little Teacher and Explorer in me and my SWAMI gives me other grains like amaranth, barley, buckwheat, quinoa as superfoods, and oats and rye as neutrals.

I'm sure there will be others chiming in to give you more helpful advice.


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In my way of living on this way of eating.. getting the Geno book might help you fastest..

In it it breaks down food form super Diamond foods I see as near medicine, it shows Beneficial food that would help to maintain or loose weight.  It also shows two groups of foods to have some time..

Since I see that way I would eat as many diamond and or Beneficials, but add as many NEUTRAL foods as you possibly can.

You are at a certain low weight, that could be from more then not eating, It seems you dropped weight and need to build up all your intestines just to absorb food again..

If lets say: Oats are in your diet, then I would cook some for as much as 40 minutes or more until it is real mushy, then put it through a sieve and take away all the rough stuff and just eat the (sorry) guy looking mush.. In that way the body does not have to expand great energy to digest the food, as it will be calming the nerves, and relax the insides.  coat them as well.. you can use spices to your liking, butter or olive oil if you wish is ok, so long as any item is NOT on avoid.  

Do the same with RICE.. strain it so that the guy stuff milk like food mush absorbs easy and puts no strain on your digestion.. If you flavor it , and spice it up , it will be different then we are accustomed, yet it will serve your intestines well..  add the same to any gravy.. add allowed cheeses also.. or curry .. or on egg even..

Never eat only one egg.. as one egg uses more calories to digest then it contains, always make two

Use lots of olive oil, it will again help digestion.

Add farmer cheese to eggs inside on omelet.. farmer cheese has many good qualities and easy to find.  add it with fruit as well.

Peanuts is a good food for most A's , so use it on any food as a flavor agent or as is..

All greens should be steamed and liberally enhanced with olive oil. BUT be aware greens contain much water so are not going to make you gain..

Better you eat some onions in near any form, steamed or browned, pureed after browning and added to any sauce over any food with some spices..    

The idea with the above is to treat your intestines to a rest from over work.. all the above will protect the insides rather then stress them ..

Add Yogurt and other Beneficials to blueberry jam or any other grains ..

Grape juice is easy to drink as is watermelon juice.. A glass of juice is much more then the fruit you would eat..

Carrot juice is another where you can add much nutrient to your diet, without your belly suffering gas or discomfort..

Apple juice the same.. but there I might rather have you cook some apple slices or make apple sauce to add to any dish.. cooking concentrates the food value.  NOT over cook but a good blanching..

Beets would provide good IRON if you need,  good for the blood, if you cook your own drink the water or make soup out of it or add it to cooking any food that needs water....

Cherries.. are also valuable foods, in jelly YUM..

cook rice until all soft, add raisins or vanilla flavors and have a cold or warm pudding..

You might be allowed molasses.. have it on any food .. try to get it from a health food place with fewer chemicals added..

EAT NO FOOD that comes packaged if it has more then 4-5 ingredients..

Coffee is a good energizer for you, and wine is a good after dinner relaxer..

Apricots cooked or dried, and replenished is great potassium.. as are bananas if they are on your list. they will help your heart.  

This is what I would cook for a person needing strength foods.. all easy to digest.. even coffee is good for that as it gives you the acid you need to digest..

I would leave many foods that you ate while you ate raw foods, as you might be reacting negatively for a few month, until your body recuperated..  

All the best.. and welcome.. (sorry I am O and so do not know all your foods but I think I came close.. )





    



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My first thought is to focus on healing your digestive tract so that your body is able to take maximum benefit from the nutrients you eat.  I also recommend that you get a copy of the book, LR4YT (if you stay on the BTD), which is the most up-to-date blood type book.  It is very user friendly and offers great lifestyle choices, as well as supplement suggestions.  Pay attention to the frequency and portion guidelines to make sure you are eating enough of all the food categories.

If you move quickly into the Genotype diet, the same advice applies - pay attention to the portion and frequency guidelines.  Don't skimp unless your food list tells you to limit certain foods.  

Look into supplements like Polyflora A and Deflect to help heal your gut.

http://www.4yourtype.com/products.asp?dept=12



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Thank you very much to everyone who has answered so far.  I do eat plenty of rice (different types) but not always so soft so I will try to make sure it is more soft in the future.  I don't think I am getting enough good oils and fat in my diet but I want to look into that (more olive oil).  I also know that flaxseed oil is good for type A but I haven't focused on increasing my intake lately.  I also want to work on building my muscle mass as suggested.  These have been great suggestions and information.  I look forward to hearing more!


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Hi, I can't speak from a type A's perspective, but I'm aware that a raw food diet creates various imbalances in type O's. Given that you were raw for about a year, your body could still be working to correct any inherent imbalances (potentially) caused by the raw food regimen, and your body's energy is more focused on correcting this right now than adding body weight. Obviously, a big part of this equation has to do with what your current eating plan looks like. By the way, I'm in no way criticizing the 'raw' approach, as there are various reasons for which to do/try it, and I personally know a couple of people ... not type O's, though ... that use the most current science-based nutritional research to make this dietary approach work for them in a healthy manner (although we still have very 'spirited' discussions at times about the science that proves cooking various green vegetables actually increases the bioavailability of a greater percentage of their respective nutrients ). Anyhow, back to your question. Have you used the SWAMI Xpress web application (software)? I don't recall the phrasing of the exact parameter but, in the area dealing with meal frequency, it has a number of options from which to choose. Possibly one of these would better assist you in developing a meal plan in which weight gain is one of your defined goals. Even though I started with the blood type diet years ago and, then, refined it with the genotype diet, it wasn't until I used SWAMI Xpress that I obtained a very nuanced summary of the dietary elements which are specifically best for my own health.

P.S. If you're not already doing so, weight-bearing exercise is an excellent way in which to increase muscle mass/density, which leads to healthy weight gain in time. Depending on what yours is at present, you may want to increase your overall body fat percentage but adding muscle tissue at the same time is definitely a healthy benefit (and more metabolically active than fat in ways that positively enhance your health).



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In macrobiotics (through which some As really thrive), beans are often used for weight gain. Look into your beneficial beans and experiment with using them in new ways, more often, larger portions, that sort of thing.  


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   Hi Goldie, Wanthanee is a Thai name. It is another word for our greeting.  Wanthanee or Wai is a polite bowing motion done with your hands held together in front of you, saying hello to a friend or relative.


Hi San j, I actually pretty much eat macrobiotics but my body get confused, I guess. Because I tried macrobiotics for a while then I changed my diet again from vegetarian thai style to macrobiotics to raw food. Then I read and searched the internet.  I found information on the web that said I am not supposed to combine foods because it makes it more different to digest. This made me more picky with what I ate and caused me to eat less food.  I wasn't getting much nutrition because I was afraid that too much would cause problems with digestion. Then I saw another article that 6 am. to 2 pm. was protein time and I should eat only Protein with low-starch vegetable.  From 2-8 p.m. was carbohydrate time and I should eat only carbohydrates with vegetables and fruits by themselves. So, there I went again changing my diet. I took a trip a montth ago and found it hard to find the proper foods I should eat. So mostly I ate only vegetable soup with rice.  Some mornings I only ate vegetables and half of an egg, that's all. Other mornings I only vegetable soup with 4 oz.of fish (Macarel or salmon).

You guys are right, I need more portions but in the pass I was afraid of high cholestoral which is why I was only eating half of a boiled egg.

Here are some of the websites I spoke about that I had previously gotten information from.

http://www.alderbrooke.com/chart.php

http://www.tuberose.com/Food_Combining.html


Hi Adopted4, victoria, Goldie. I will look into it further and try eating what you guys advise. Thank you very very much. I appreciate it.


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I'm 5'8", I was down to 114 last year.  I've had many gut problems.  And I did not digest my food well for a long time.  But it has gotten better.  And now I'm up to 133.  

Here are my thoughts, if you are in fact having "gut issues", you may need some probiotics and or some digestive enzymes to help.  However, I don't know how everyone is getting that from your original post.  I might have missed something.  Therefore, if you're not having gut issues, it might just be a matter of calories.  For me I started tracking my calories every day and right around 2300 calories was the magic number to gain.  But for everyone it's different.  But like I said, I had to go through a period of gut healing before I could get to the point that I could actually eat that much.  For a long time my stomach just didn't want to eat a whole lot for various reasons.  If that's you, you might have to investigate what you need to do to heal your gut.

Good luck and God bless!!!  Keep us posted.

I forgot to add, I do have a swami also.  I think it it is a little better than the ER4YT, but it depends on you.  


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I wake up in the middle the night which means I don't always sleep well.
You will be relieved to know that this is normal and healthy.  Just Google "8 hour sleep myth" and you will see oodles of articles about segmented sleep.  People having naturally been waking up in the middle of the night as a regular routine for thousands of years!

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&sclient=psy-ab&q=8+hour+sleep+myth
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THANK YOU VERY MUCH.


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People having naturally been waking up in the middle of the night as a regular routine for thousands of years!

In line with TJ's comments, an increasing number of 'biphasic' sleep studies are confirming this. This particular sleep pattern is thought to have been even more normal during the winter months. Interestingly, one author postulated that people will revert to a biphasic sleep pattern especially when their only light source is natural lighting.



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These are the dishes I use to make and eat.



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These are the dishes I use to make and eat.

Wow, looks good! You're rockin' three of my favorites right front and center: red kale, pineapple and Italian flat-leaf parsley.

Most of the other items I could recognize, but what are the other items in the same section as the blueberries?



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The item beside the blueberries is tempe and the juice is pineapple juice. If you click on the pictures you will see the actual size and other pictues of dishes.


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Those pics are just great..

I would however say that you are not eating it all at once...

and BECAUSE of that, I would suggest that for just a short while you eat some healing food ways I suggested in my first answer.. and then add one other food item each day, to see if any single food might 'trigger' reactions, real or from old memories.

Eating many different things at once, (my way of thinking) adds to internal confusion.  


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Add more compatible nuts, seeds and oils to your diet.
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Not to disagree with that... IF she has difficulty eating in the first place, and is way down in weight, nuts might be better for a little later.  

Proteins are less important when building up strength in the upper stomach area.  To relax the muscles/memory  is more important at first.. or:

(overweight people eat way to much, skinny people eat forever less)

If a person for mental mis-confusion has issues eating,  then making the foods IN the upper stomach the same 'size' as was ingested is helpful..or gas will happen, causing pain..

When eating regular rice and some grains and corn maize, it looks like a little on the plate, but it 'expands' to double in size in the upper stomach and puts pressure upwards, causing real fear of eating - which cycles to become ever more damaging of body and mind.  

Cooking some foods and straining them of all hulls is a great way to eliminate that problem and with it eliminate the fear of eating and keeping food down.. the food value is still in that food/mush.  NOT forever but a while...

For those who have lower stomach issues, they get diarrhea form all the gas created by relatively undigested foods coming down the pipes.  That in turns causes gas pain lower down and new fears.  Those fears of physical or mental embarrassment can totally mess up the freedom of doing other things in life.  

Like people taking diuretic pills, they have to stay home for at least 4 hours, or have sleep interrupted all night..

Stomach issues are real, but the mind plays a big role = from the experience it had with foods before.. Peace of mind is taking care of the whole of the solar plexus.  


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Goldie, that may all be true, but in my experience, nuts are a great way to get calories, get fat, get protein, all in a very easily digested package.  For me it was.  Of course I did soak them and dehydrate them.  I don't any more though.  And I'm not sure it was completely necessary or not.  Nuts digested way easier than any animal protein, when I wasn't digesting well.  

It's not the same for everyone though, but I think it's good advice.  The main thing is, the OP has to find what works for them.  And your input is great, but let's not discount others input.  Okay?  


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Since A's who want to loose weight are told to decrease their intake of grains (even the compliant ones), I would suggest to increase your grains.




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JJR.. I did say : Not to disagree with that...  


.... and I suggest that no one stays on gruel (sorry) very long, to bland... but a few days might help a whole lot.. also I have no idea what grains A's can have.  

I personally had issues with almonds.. but that was me.. and I am O...  peeling them might help.. I am not willing to try, need to get other things under control...


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Hi wanthanee, it seems that you having already eaten 'raw' for a year will be of great benefit to you as you incorporate the tenets of the blood type diet into routine practice. To quote directly from Doctor D'Adamo:

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Type As flourish on a vegetarian diet - if you are accustomed to eating meat, you will lose weight and have more energy once you eliminate the toxic foods from your diet. Many people find it difficult to move away from the typical meat and potato fare to soy proteins, grains and vegetables. But it is particularly important for sensitive Type As to eat their foods in as natural a state as possible: pure, fresh and organic. I can't emphasize enough how this critical dietary adjustment can be to the sensitive immune system of Type A. With this diet you can supercharge your immune system and potentially short circuit the development of life threatening diseases.

In light of the above, not only will you not have the same challenges that many people do, i.e., those that transition from a typical SAD manner of eating, it appears that you've had a somewhat intuitive knowledge of what your body needs from a nutritional perspective. With the very precise list of foods provided for your type, now it's just a matter of eliminating those that, although they may seem healthful in general, aren't the ones that are best for you ... and, instead, eating more of those that do highly benefit you, personally.

I did some checking on the foods best for your blood type and, on page 105 of Eat Right For (4) Your Type, I saw that "peanuts," "peanut butter" and "pumpkin seeds" are all highly beneficial for type As. Peanut butter is one of the foods most often recommended to athletes needing to gain healthy weight.

I also saw on page 99 of same that Doctor D'Adamo says: "To receive the greatest benefits, Type As should eliminate all meats from their diet." I wonder, though, if this statement has been tempered somewhat with the overlay of the genotype dietary considerations and SWAMI; i.e., do some type As do better incorporating a modicum of high-quality fish protein?

(On a side note, it was very interesting to see on page 101 that it's recommended for type A women with a family history of breast cancer to introduce edible snails into the diet, as it "contains a powerful lectin that specifically agglutinates and is drawn to mutated Type A cells for two of the most common forms of breast cancer . . . ")

Anyhow, I would think that by consistently eating a wide variety of the type A foods that are beneficial for you, in time your body will correct any possible imbalances and, as far as the healthiest weight for you is concerned, reach a state of homeostasis. I would only caution against looking for a 'quick fix' per se, as you are seeking balance at all levels.

Best of health to you! (:

P.S. You may have already read this but, if not, here's a good synopsis of Type A that includes stress modification suggestions, as well:



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Since A's who want to loose weight are told to decrease their intake of grains (even the compliant ones), I would suggest to increase your grains.

Given what I recently read in the 'Blood Type A Plan' of ER4YT book, the only thing I would add to this is to be careful not to overdo it with wheat.

Quoted from Eat Right For (4) Your Type
Wheat is a mixed factor in the Type A Diet. While Type As may eat wheat, they have to be careful not to eat too much of it or their muscle tissue will become overly acidic.



Compliant, me?!? ... I even attended a university whose mascot is one of my ◆ Superfoods!
What is food to one man is bitter poison to others. ~ Titus Lucretius Carus
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