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Type Unknown
Thursday, January 17, 2013, 11:15pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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A few times, I have had a very strong upper respiratory/post-nasal drip problem immediately after eating with wheat in it. It was so strong and acute, that I always associated it with the wheat. But this has only happened 2 or 3 times in my life, but I regularly eat things with wheat, almost daily.

So am I crazy?

I know this board is full of people who have refined their diets and are acutely tuned into the reactions their bodies have to certain foods, and my body is not at all like that. Have any of you experienced this sort of reaction to eating wheat?
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Okay, I'll let you know as soon as I do. But it might be a while. I'm trying an experiment on myself. Since I don't have any pressing health needs right now and I'm coming into this fresh, I'm going to go about it in reverse and determine my blood type based on avoid foods. When I eat something that makes me feel bad, I look it up on Dr D'Adamo's site and see who it's beneficial for.

So, um, so far I know I'm NOT type A, because coffee makes me feel funny in the tummy.

So, in the meantime, has anyone, regardless of blood type, felt this type of effect from wheat?
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You can't really guess at your blood type based on your reaction to food.  Some A's will tell you that coffee makes them feel funny-- and that meat makes them feel good.   Please get yourself tested it will really make things much easier for you.




Go donate blood you will be typed for free.

I did meet the strangest women who thought that she could change her blood type by thinking it, she refused to be typed and preferred to make it up as she went along.





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Okay, I'll let you know as soon as I do. But it might be a while. I'm trying an experiment on myself. Since I don't have any pressing health needs right now and I'm coming into this fresh, I'm going to go about it in reverse and determine my blood type based on avoid foods. When I eat something that makes me feel bad, I look it up on Dr D'Adamo's site and see who it's beneficial for.


I can understand how you're thinking here and your approach may be useful to train yourself to pay attention to your body in a more immediate way.  The problem with using this technique to guess your blood type is that not all foods are avoids because they make us feel bad.  Sometimes it's because they set us up for a slow slide into disease, which may be without obvious symptoms for a long time.  There are actually many reasons and many levels for how Dr. D classified foods.



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I understand that not all avoids will have a noticeably bad effect on us. But I think there will be enough that I can make an educated guess, and it will be interesting to find out if I was right when I DO test myself.

Anyway, enough about me. I see that wheat can be an avoid for all types if they are not a Secretor, but for different reasons.

So, has anyone noticed a connection between wheat and their sinus?

(It's okay if the answer's no. I'm just curious.)
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I never noticed it, although I have noticed it with dairy. I went 100% dairy free for a month, except I still included butter. Then I had some cream in coffee at my aunt's house. Within half an hour, I was congested, and it took several weeks until my nose cleared up again. That was long before I'd discovered BTD (which is why I'd been drinking coffee.)

Wheat makes me tired, achy, and sore. Both wheat and dairy affect my moods- but that usually takes a day or so to show up.

Then there are avoids that I've noticed no immediate reactions to at all, and that I feel good after eating: coconut milk (avoid for all types) peanut butter (great for As and ABs, avoid for Os and Bs). I noticed how my blood sugar is unstable after too much  fruit, but I never noticed any specific problems from oranges or apples (both avoids for O non-secretors) as compared to how I feel after eating too many blueberries (beneficial) or pears (neutral.) My hormones are out of whack if I eat too much soy in a month, but I generally feel good after having a meal full of soy protein, since high protein meals make me feel good.

There certainly is value in seeing how  foods react for you personally. By being in tune with your body you'll be far ahead of most of the people in the world today who live on junk food. Listening to your body is also great for fine-tuning the diets once you've selected which of Dr D's diets to follow. Even the computer-generated personalized SWAMI sometimes needs to be tweaked.

However, it will be hard for you to fully benefit from Dr D's work if you don't find out your blood type. He's taken out a lot of the guesswork.


Ruth, Single Mother to 19yo   O- Leah , 18yo O- Hannah, and  12yo B+ Jack


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I'll just ditto what everyone else said.  I did used to feel funny when I ate peanut butter and sometimes apples.  I've had problems with cow dairy since I was a kid but back in those days we had to have 3 8 ounce glasses of milk a day.  I couldn't stand the taste and had to cover it up with chocolate syrup.  I used to get terrible stomach aches and gas but no one ever connected it to the milk.  When I was pregnant with my boys the things that bothered me the most were what I much later found out were avoids - again the milk and orange juice.
Get yourself tested and start out on the right path.  You are worth it!
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Prior to BTD I ate organic wheat bread almost daily. I have had seasonal sinus problems most of my life and knew very early on that cow dairy was my main culprit.
I noticed a real lack of energy before going to BTD, so when I started it, and had to change my wheat eating habits....my "stuffy" nose cleared somewhat and I felt better in general. When I gradually began the GTD I noticed an even bigger improvement, had my IgE blood allergy test done, and discovered I was highly sensitive to wheat and cow dairy.
I have had my swami for about 2 years and know it is the best way of eating for my body. I have had to tweak a little, ex; I cannot enjoy my many neutral cheese choices due to my sinuses and if I eat even some of the allowed "wheat" I will get a stomach ache. The more superfoods I eat, the better I feel!


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I believe wheat causes mucus build up for me.
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Wheat seems to cause mucus problems in myself and my entire family, with the exception of 1 type B Nomad child. It doesn't appear to be immediate, but when we were eating wheat regularly he would occasionally pick up viruses and get stuffed up.

I second the theory on dairy and mucus too. Even though my entire family as almost completely gluten free, I see that prolonged periods of dairy consumption get many of us mucousy.


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Type unknown I hope you will read this. I was like you when I started. I tried two at home eldoncard blood kits and couldn't tell what I was. I knew my parents blood types and guessed I was the same as my dad. I was wrong and ate according to the A diet. I was eating rice, beans, turkey, chicken, cereal, tofu, soy milk, cheese, bread, and some fruits and veggies. I felt so deprived on that diet and didn't feel well. I just thought it wasn't working fast. I ended up passing out one night which I had never ever done and I believe it was that diet. I went to the dr and got him to test me. So you can see guessing can be dangerous. I was eating completely wrong foods for my type and it hurt me. I feel much better now on this diet. Please find out your type.


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I had horrible mucus problems before changing my diet.  Seasonal hayfever almost disappeared after I removed gluten/dairy from my diet.  I have read both can cause the excess mucus.

Lin


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Sorry for the long delay. Thank you all for your input about gluten--I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who has had a reaction sort of like this to wheat. It is just a question that had been on my mind bc I had never heard a correlation between sinus trouble and wheat (but that could have been result of poor research).

I admit, being on the boards has changed my views on the blood type diet. I used to be skeptical and critical of the diet. But now I can see some of the main priniciples of the diets apply to me. I still have trouble with some of the details.

I have long noticed that I require a lot of protein to feel satisfied, whereas my Type A husband seems to be satisfied with what seems to me to be bird seed. I always thought it was because living as a vegetarian, I knew I needed to focus on supplementing my protein bc I wasn't getting it from normal sources.

But I found out this last week I am type O, so that makes sense.

So, Rachel D, I think I can relate to how you must have felt living a Type A diet. I'd imagine I would starve to death.

Thank you everyone for contributing your thoughts to this post and helping to quell my curiosity.
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I'm glad you were able to find out your blood type!

Are you ready to implement the blood type diet now? What's your current diet like? If you need any practical advice on how to make livable changes, just ask!


Ruth, Single Mother to 19yo   O- Leah , 18yo O- Hannah, and  12yo B+ Jack


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Thank you RuthieGirl.

I haven't decided. I'm now trying to include meat or some sort of protein in every meal in small portions, and I'm going to try to exercise like a Type O.

I'm going to avoid wheat and sugar, since I don't know my secretor status.

Some of my avoid foods I still have trouble grappling with. I love trying different cuisines, so avoiding cabbage, avocado, and garbanzo is difficult for me. Since I know that avoiding foods that are highly regarded as healthy choices by the rest of the nutrition community is what sets the BTD apart from the others, I can't say that I'm committed yet.

Maybe my problem is that aside from wheat, soy, sugar, and coffee, nothing really makes me feel bad--many of my avoids make me feel better.

I'm on this message board because I was a critic of this diet. Many of my family members are on the diet, so I wanted to understand it better. Trust me, as skeptical as I am now, this is NOTHING compared to how I was a few weeks ago.

I'm going to continue to experiment with the type O avoid foods since my health has not been bothering me in any particular way. Thank you again for the offer to help, and I am sure I will be taking you up on the offer.
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Maybe my problem is that aside from wheat, soy, sugar, and coffee, nothing really makes me feel bad--many of my avoids make me feel better.

If you've never had a major trauma or health problem, it is possible that your body has been able to maintain health in spite of the avoid intake...  

Remember also, that some Type Os feel really good on a vegetarian diet for a couple of years before they start seeing negative effects...  Once damaged, the body needs higher compliance to be able to repair and heal.


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I ate beef and enjoyed it to the fullest until I was around 57 years old and began to figure out that it was giving me some serious problems. At about the same time I discovered the BTD, and when I read what Dr. D. said about beef and A-types, it made all the sense in the world to me. It still amazes me after all these years the way Dr. D. has helped so many who, like me, were completely in the dark for so many years about what was wrong with them.

I had figured it out myself about beef, but the abominable corn was another matter. It had made my stomach ache since I was a child, and I'm not sure I would have ever figured that one out on my own. How does a person even know what a normal stomach feels like if it has been hurting for over fifty-five years???? The problem was, when I ate corn the pain didn't start immediately, that I was aware of, but when I would eat something else a few hours later the pain would be severe so I would think it was THAT food instead of the corn!! I am so thankful to be wise now to the horrors of corn and how to avoid it at all costs!


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I was a vegetarian for over 10 years. I don't know that the vegetarian diet was hard on my body, but i wonder if the high soy intake contributed to my fibroadenoma.

There are many Type O vegetarians, aren't there? They get their protein from other sources, as I understand it. I know it must be a challenge.

Now, I do have random joint pain at least a few times in a week. I'm very interested to know if the blood type diet will help that. I have heard nightshades can cause that, but many nightshades are neutrals for type O. Excellent news for my tongue, but is it bad news for my joints? Just one of the many questions I hope I'll be able to answer as I learn how to listen to my body.
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Cabbage and garbanzos are neutral for O secretors, and avocados are beneficial for O non-secretors. There's no way you'll need to give up all 3 of those foods, and, quite frankly, none of them are nearly as toxic for an O than wheat or milk is. You could implement this diet 80% and never give up any of those 3 foods, and you'll likely see an improvement in your health and energy levels. I myself found a huge improvement just in cutting out wheat, long before I'd even heard of the BTD.

This way of eating doesn't have to be "all or nothing." You can incorporate the elements that make intuitive sense to you and ignore the ones that you struggle with.

If you want to give it a more serious effort, take a look at the "Arthritis: fight it with the blood type diet" book.  That will have specific food changes to help with joint pain. Tomatoes, for example, are an "avoid" for Os with arthritis even though they're neutral for O secretors and O nonnies without arthritis. (I haven't memorized any other differences in the food lists.)


Ruth, Single Mother to 19yo   O- Leah , 18yo O- Hannah, and  12yo B+ Jack


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I am an A-Type, and a vegetarian diet would kill me. I don't need a tremendous amount of other types of protein, but I HAVE to have it! Actually, I don't eat as much of it as my SWAMI allows, but my body knows exactly when it has had enough!


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I understand that not all avoids will have a noticeably bad effect on us. But I think there will be enough that I can make an educated guess, and it will be interesting to find out if I was right when I DO test myself..)


Funny but you sound like an A.  We like to research and experiment... A's are the scientists (usually)  
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