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Life Dancer
Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 1:32am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Hello All,

I'm a new O+ that has had mild hypothyroidism for over 25+years, going through menopause 2+ years and have had non-responsive yeast infections the last 1+ years.  But what drove me to find this diet option was the terrible constipation, bloating and gas I have been having the last 3+ months, not to mention embarrassing red, irritated skin around my anus (yeast?).  One month ago I cut out gluten, reduced my sugar intake and started the BTD a week ago but am still suffering these major digestive symptoms.

Any suggestions you can give me to more quickly relieve these symptoms would be appreciated.  I can't spend a lot of money on supplements and am going to the store right now for Castor Oil which I read about on this forum.


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The first suggestion is to stop eating all avoid foods - obviously...  Your problem didn't happen overnight, so I don't expect it to stop and heal that way either.  It will take time to fix the digestive upset.  Beneficial foods, ghee, very little sugar and even reduced fruit and starchy vegetable intake at least initially to reduce sugar-dependent bugs.  
Some per-type probiotic would be great, as well, but I don't know whether that exceeds your budget...


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Hi there... Glad you found this forum How are you going to use the castor oil? You may want to start applying it externally?!
Have you got any iodine?
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Welcome Life Dancer.

Can you tell us what level of the diet you are following?  Blood Type Diet, BTD with secretor status...or have you investigated the GenoType Diet and considered a SWAMI?  (Serotyping With Advanced Modifying Indicators)

The reason I ask is that, you've had the hypothyroidism for a long time.  A health issue that deep seated will take some time to see some improvement.  The gas and bloating will get better in time. I would recommend some supplements to help the healing process, but it's not currently in your budget.

Have you had chronic yeast infections?  Yeast can be a persnickety issue to get over, especially if it has bored through your intestinal wall.

But don't fear. We are all here to help you.

First off, tell us what you are eating. That would be a start.  Are you eating any grain or avoids?

Sharing with the best of intentions.


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How are you going to use the castor oil? You may want to start applying it externally?!


I thought of this too, Possum. I use ordinary extra virgin olive oil externally every night as a skin nourishing treatment, but I find it is equally helpful used around the anus and genitals anytime there is irritation or inflammation. A drop or two of lavender oil in the olive oil doesn't go astray, either.

Welcome Life Dancer! You will find lots of help and wisdom on this site.


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Thank you both for responding.  

I was going to ingest the castor oil for overnight relief?  I usually eat prunes before bed 1-2x  a week and sometimes Milk of Magnesia, but the problem seems to be getting worse.  I've always eaten lots of fiber (grain) and veggies just for this reason.  I do not eat much junk food, but have a hard time resisting my daily sweet.  I drink mostly water, but am still drinking coffee 2-3 cups a day, with 2 cups of herb and green tea a day.  And have been doing moderate aerobic exercise since the 1st of the year.

I just got the genotype book and kit, but have not read up on that yet.  The only grains I have been eating are oats, oat bran, rice, rice crackers and rice noodles.  I've just cut out corn and potatoes in the last week. I have also been avoiding most dairy products except for yogurt 2x a week.  I haven't added additional protein to my diet yet, and have been eating mostly chicken, raw almonds, soy milk, garbonzo beans and eggs for that.  I eat fruit and use juice very sparingly.

I have really gotten to the point that I am afraid of eating anything,  Thanks again for your input!


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Quoted from Life Dancer

I was going to ingest the castor oil for overnight relief?  I usually eat prunes before bed 1-2x  a week

For the constipation, you might want to consider if you are getting enough magnesium.





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Yeah it gets hard eh? But some easy things I'd eliminate straight away to see if they help, would be:
Garbanzo beans,
Yoghurt (particularly if it is flavoured)
eat more beef (maybe even substitute for the chicken for now)
Soy milk,
Soak the almonds,
Oats
Check your rice crackers for other ingredients (flavourings etc)

If you focus more on adding good fats & going completely grain free you may find your digestion improves...

If you have been eating corn up till only a week ago, it can take a while to work its way out of your system... Some people who have done detoxes have actually found corn, even though it had been years since they'd eaten any...
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Life Dancer, you may be a non-secretor.

Oats give me terrible indigestion, and garbanzo beans are an avoid for me. I never did well on them anyway. Beef and vegies give me the best results as far as digestive/bowel function goes. I know its counter-intuitive to cut the grains and increase red meat to help with constipation, but that formula is repeated over and over on this forum as the best solution for O's with constipation and digestive problems. Give it a try!


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Don't try to do both blood type diet and GenoType diet at the same time.

Choose one of the other:

http://www.dadamo.com/which_diet_is_right.htm


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I've always eaten lots of fiber (grain) and veggies just for this reason.  I do not eat much junk food, but have a hard time resisting my daily sweet.  I drink mostly water, but am still drinking coffee 2-3 cups a day, with 2 cups of herb and green tea a day.  And have been doing moderate aerobic exercise since the 1st of the year.

The only grains I have been eating are oats, oat bran, rice, rice crackers and rice noodles.  I've just cut out corn and potatoes in the last week. I have also been avoiding most dairy products except for yogurt 2x a week.  

I haven't added additional protein to my diet yet, and have been eating mostly chicken, raw almonds, soy milk, garbonzo beans and eggs for that.  I eat fruit and use juice very sparingly.

It would be more helpful for your healing if you add beneficial foods to you diet.  Eating Neutral foods is great for food value, but the beneficial foods are like medicine.  For instance, looking at the protein list you have:
Chicken - Neutral
almonds - Neutral
soy milk - neutral
beans, garbanzo - neutral
eggs - you can eat up to 5 per week but is generally a poor protein source for your type. (ER4YT pg. 59)

Better would be Beef, Lamb, some beneficial fish - huge list, pumpkin seeds or walnuts, pinto beans or black-eyed peas...

Of course, there are many beneficial vegetables, but no beneficial grains and only a few beneficial fruits.

Also, be sure to get in the beneficial oils and fats...


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am still drinking coffee 2-3 cups a day


try substituting with mate tea

coffee triggers an insulin resistance in us Os and might just be one of the main avoids you will wish to get rid off


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All Excellent suggestions and also the much needed to support I needed to help stay on track.  I am finding it difficult to change my diet with so much avoid around me and feel sad to give up food I have enjoyed so much in the past, but my energy and vigor are worth it.  

Maybe beef stir frys would be a good start - beef/veggies/good fats.  I need to gather some recipes, make a list and make a trip to the store.  I am still stumped on what to do for breakfast.  I have been making smoothies with protein powder.  I have to eat breakfast on my way to work or at my desk.  Luckily, we have a salad bar at work, so that's what I eat for lunch with an animal protein or egg.  Also, what do you think are the best things for me to snack on?  

Thank you so much for your help.

PS  I'm thinking I might be a non-secretor too.


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No matter what the chronic condition that we might be dealing with, the number one first idea is to go for a high level of compliance with your diet, especially emphasizing the Beneficial foods.  They are the ones that heal.  Neutrals might not be harmful, but they don't do a lot in the way of positive transformation.  Avoids are poisons to the system.  A healthy person might be able to handle occasional Avoids, but if your desire is to overcome illness, imbalance, disease, weight problems, etc., go for the Beneficial foods.

Ah, we just posted at the same time!  Great minds, and all that!.



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PSS  I have never eaten a lot of the foods on the beneficial list, lamb, fish, game meat, pumpkin seeds, black-eyed peas, collard greens to name a few.  So,  it's almost like having to learn how to eat again.  Kind of over whelming.


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You aren't alone!  I came into the BTD at about the same age you are now, and I had previously followed a way of eating that was at least 90% Avoids.  Most of the food I ate was pre-prepared in one form or another.  Not only did I have to learn how to shop for foods I had never eaten, I had to learn to cook all over again.  Wow!  It has SO been worth it!  I spent a lifetime with IBS, bloating and pain; chronic yeast overgrowth, chronic sinus infections, I could go on with a long list of things that I assumed everyone went through until I finally realized that I was the one who needed to make some changes.

I can happily say that nearly all of my complaints are completely gone.  From time to time, I'll have a flare-up or something or another and after a short while, it's gone and I feel even better than before.  Healing crisis.  



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PSS  I have never eaten a lot of the foods on the beneficial list, lamb, fish, game meat, pumpkin seeds, black-eyed peas, collard greens to name a few.  So,  it's almost like having to learn how to eat again.  Kind of over whelming.


It's not necessary for you to introduce a ton of completely new foods all at once.  Try and become comfortable eating a beneficial red meat, a beneficial fish and a few beneficial vegetables that you already are familiar with.  Let go of the Avoids at first that you are not that attached to.  Take advantage of every opportunity to stop the Avoids you don't care about so much.  Leave your big attachments for a while until you feel more confident at each stage.   You'll do fine.  



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On the breakfast question, there is a thread completely devoted to ideas for O's.

You have to think outside the box (especially the cereal box ) Many of us do well on things like leftovers. For the moment I am doing really well on rice cakes with almond butter, and some raw vegie sticks (summer is only just finishing here!)Easy and transportable!!

Lola suggested mate instead of coffee. Some of us really enjoy a teaspoon of cocoa powder in hot water with some molasses - a nice morning drink instead of coffee (and you still get a hit of caffeine, compliantly!!!)


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Good Morning,

The new comments made me smile, laugh and cry from joy knowing that I am on the right path to wellness, finally   With what we are taught about healthful eating, I have always eaten like a type A.

Last night I had a Carl's Jr No Carb $6 burger, with only beef, mustard, onion and lettuce and sweet potato fries (I needed some comfort food, but the burger tasted better).  I ate the whole thing.  To my AMAZEMENT, during my morning 25 minute aerobic work out, I had energy!  The first time ever!!!  I never once felt like stopping and sitting down.  Usually, 1/3 of the way into it, I have to push myself to keep going...but not today!!!

Never in my life have I had energy.  Sometimes I wonder how I am going to make it through the day and can't imagine going on like that anymore.  I've had to use coffee, will power and love for others to keep going.  I'm so happy that now I am learning to eat the right foods that will give me the energy we were meant to have

I'm off to work now.  I am soooo grateful for your support.

Cheers!


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the best thing i found personally for constipation is whole flax seed. i know the ground flax seeds is better for nutrient absorption but if you add the whole ones that will give you the fiber you need. hope this helps.
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Beef and especially lamb are very energizing for me.  Also, soy and chickpeas bloat the heck out of me.  You can try rice milk instead of soy milk.  Others recommended alternate legumes to replace click peas.  I do well with adzuki beans, black beans, and black eyed peas.  I can also tolerate pinto beans.  I've found hummus made from black beans.  But usually I just add the beans to a pile of salad greens.  I think the bloating and gas may resolve within a few days or a week.

Coconut oil is an amazing antimicrobial agent.  But it's an avoid for type O.  Yet I sometimes add it to my diet briefly along with garlic when my sinus issues start up.

Good luck and welcome!


My SWAMI diet is a blend of BTD and GTD Explorer, but I'm not totally compliant.  Also I try to choose foods that have a Low Glycemic index.  DW and DD are A+, probably also Explorer.
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Desitin will help your bottom-- put it on over night.

I suggest getting a secretor test  this will help quite a bit with your health. Knowing this piece of information will help tailor your diet.


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To your original question..

What to do.. read whatever BTD book you have from cover to cover..

Then go Typebase under Online Support above to get some more info..

Have you ever tried a shower head for your back side?  cleans out the bottom nicer.. worth the investment to attach it to the shower..

I like olive oil best as it is not harmful.  

Constipation in o's is a constant. You seem to do the Magnesium the best way.  

Going on Geno is not important for now.. first get used to BTD it is a good beginning and good for overall education, simpler too.  Later Geno is OK..

If you can get organic dandelions and make dark juice, drink no more then 1/2 glass but keep it up for 6 weeks.. cleans out old gunk..

Welcome .



  


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Welcome to a whole new way of eating
Many of us O´s here have spent a lifetime eating incorrectly for our type...more like A´s ...I was there too! I also had all of you health issues... I´m a practicing natural nutritionist and even then I assumed a healthy way of eating was to eat lots of wholegrains and pulses in preference to meats...

Having read the BTD book 12 or 13 years ago I tried it for a while then went back to my old "healthy" ways..until I stumbled across the BTD/GTD every now and again over the years until I finally embraced it and felt its´benefits  

Constipation and bloating had always been issues for me...not any more though! When I eat steak or lamb I feel like my whole digestion is working perfectly...no bloating or discomfort...and feel more energised!I´m still not eating meat every day, but each week I add a little more...no more pulses for me apart from butter beans

There is wonderful support and advice here..best of luck
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If you are hypothyroid, you will need more magnesium.  I take 500 to750 mg per day of mg because of the hypothyroidism issues and have no constipation issues now.
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