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santina
Friday, February 21, 2014, 1:59pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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I'll just add my 2 cents.  I have been doing this diet for a long time for health reasons.  Which sound very similar to yours. But I did not rely on the diet as the only means for healing.  I have lyme disease and the diet itself is not enough to help cure it.  So...  but the diet does seem to help fuel my body better than if I was just eating whatever.

However, I think at some point just eating healthy was going to be a huge improvement over the diet I had when I first developed health problems.  These books if nothing else at least helped me to understand more about food, how it might be impacting my health and how I can maybe take steps to make and eat more nourishing food.  This is not the only place you can learn these things.  But I think any diet worth it's weight is going to be a diet that takes into account peoples individuality.  Some diets are one size fits all and that's just not going to do it.  

It sounds like there are other diets out there that address uniqueness.  Like Paleo?   I don't know.  But the fact is, there is no perfect solution.  For all I know I might have looked into another diet and it help too.  You have to do what works for you, but at the same time understand that if we are experiencing health issues that are accute, the food itself might not be enough to fix them.  Or maybe not as quickly as we'd like.  If you're thyroid is going bust, more than likely no amount of food is going to fix it.  Or maybe there is some magic bullet food on one of the lists that would fix it, but figuring it out might be the bigger issue.  

Health problems are difficult.  Especially when fatigue is involved because it makes it hard to cope.  We're supposed to eat better but the problem is all the good foods take time and effort to make.  Well, most of them.  Junk food is easy, but probably not going to help with our health problems.  

Do you eat any prunes?  I have to eat prunes and fruits daily in order to stay regular.  Pineapple.  Kiwis.  Those things have enzymes in them that help break down food.  

Anyways....  I pray you get better and you are led to the things that will make you better.  

For me swami is far superior to btd or gtd because I guess I'm just that weird.  Sensitive maybe.  Lyme disease seems to have done this.  When I was younger I pretty much ate anything I wanted with no problems.  Except for I did get low blood sugar from carbs and sugars for breakfast when I was young.  That's the extent of my health problems as a teen or child.  But now.....  it's been a nightmare of complexity of the last 7 years.  I just know eating well has helped.    



well, i'd like to say my point of view on the subject:

"it sounds like there are other diets out there that address uniqueness."

this is not it. i mean this is not a diet, this is a way to live.
this is a new conscience inside that works so we can begin to "feel" before we eat, feel the body, the symptoms, learn to write the ingredients on the lable, with attention because it's our life, not only food, it's not only that.
it's to see the blessing of nature, animals, vegetables that are available for us to nurturing us and at the same time to let us be aware of ourselves as first masterpiece of that chain.
i don't know you guys, but for me since i've been in this new dimension, all is wonderful and so interesting, to know better about how the food works inside "me" it's a really new journey every day.
sometimes after and even during my meals i stay quiet, in silence, trying to hear if i feel something irregular that can be associate with a symptom, such the heart going faster or whatever.
so, it's only my opinion. sorry Dr. D if i mistaken your "message".
we all have our goals but in the meanwhile i'm enjoining the journey and i'm so glad to share with you all that.



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Spring
Friday, February 21, 2014, 3:53pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Do you eat any prunes?
The deal about prunes, and their effect on me is just another confirmation among so many others of the validity of SWAMI's individuality. I have never in my life understood why other people got so much benefit from eating prunes or drinking prune juice to keep regular. They do just the opposite for me, so I was not at all surprised to see that they are not one of my best foods on SWAMI! This has happened over and over again with other foods too. SWAMI was a great and wonderful confirmation of many things I was beginning to realize or suspect all along! And there were some very wonderful and beneficial surprises too! I like Santina's description of her experience very much.


"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." -- Benjamin Franklin
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JJR
Friday, February 21, 2014, 5:46pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Interesting Spring.  Isn't it funny how different we can be?  Because for me the do what is typically thought.  And they taste yummy.  .  

Very well said Santina.  I think my only point is that sometimes you can learn some of those positive things through other diets.  I have read other books and diets that were not D'Adamo's that relayed very good information.  There are other diets or books that talk specifically about learning to eat more pure, healthy foods, without all the junk in them.  And the benefits of doing such.  Which I believe is an important part of the puzzle.  

But I agree that we learn a lot of GREAT things from these books that help us with our lives.  


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"Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." - Phillipians 4:8
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santina
Friday, February 21, 2014, 6:35pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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thank you Spring, by the way i've just got my own SWAMIIIIIIIIIIII, oh yes i did!
i loved so much what you said/wrote about it and so, here i am.
tomorrow i'll begin with the measurements and all that! i can't wait to see the results. i'm pretty sure as you are about some other foods- like prunes in your case- ..we'll see.

thank you JJR, i did the same things- read a lot of books until finally Dr D and..period.i knew somewhat that he was the answer.simple as that.


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Spring
Friday, February 21, 2014, 7:38pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Congratulations, Santina!!! I was wildly shocked, as others can attest, that with SWAMI I was an Explorer instead of a Warrior!! A big seachange to be sure, but soooo relevant to what I was beginning to realize. Good luck!!


"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." -- Benjamin Franklin
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Interesting Spring.  Isn't it funny how different we can be?  Because for me the do what is typically thought.  And they taste yummy.  .  

Very well said Santina.  I think my only point is that sometimes you can learn some of those positive things through other diets.  I have read other books and diets that were not D'Adamo's that relayed very good information.  There are other diets or books that talk specifically about learning to eat more pure, healthy foods, without all the junk in them.  And the benefits of doing such.  Which I believe is an important part of the puzzle.  

But I agree that we learn a lot of GREAT things from these books that help us with our lives.  


Definitely! I remember a conversation with my oldest daughter a year or two ago. She told me that she felt that BTD was interfering with her ability to eat well. I was taken aback by her interpretation; I'm so big on advising people to "focus on what you CAN eat, not on what you can't" that it never occurred to me that somebody living in my own home would have a completely different experience! She has been so focused on "avoiding the avoids"; and often on avoiding specific avoids (such as dairy) that she'd lost sight of the bigger picture. She was in school for over 12 hours each day, and often offered food that she hadn't packed from home. She found that her health and energy levels improved when she relaxed her BTD compliance. She focused on getting enough fruits and veggies and didn't worry about the ingredients in salad dressings. She got more protein, and cut back on grain intake, when she started eating yogurt with fruit for breakfast.

Following BTD 100% just wasn't working for her in that situation, at that time of her life. She may revisit that when she has her own kitchen again (she's living in a dorm in Israel right now, mostly eating cafeteria food) but that will be her decision to make.


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


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Yep.  That's exactly where I'm at ruthie.  I struggle terribly to keep weight on.  And part of it is being so anal about it all.  That's not all this diets fault.  Because part of it is having so many sensitivities and gut issues that food got to be a scary place.  Having felt so lousy after certain things.  But now that my gut is working better, I am trying desperately to relax my craziness and be able to eat more.

And I feel her pain.  When you become more active and such, or gone from the house, the choices of how you eat becomes so much more difficult as to how healthy you eat.  Or lets say you're fatigued and have a hard time spending a lot of time and energy on food.  

After ending up the hospital for my kidney stones I was really wiped.  I was living with a stint in my ureter and I didn't have much energy at all.  And it was painfull to bend over and move around too much.  So I simplified my foods.  I started eating applesauce from a cup at times, things like that.  Easy stuff.  I found some full circle instant oatmeal.  And a couple of other things.  Shoot, I even ate the mashed potatoes from KFC a few times.  I wish I could be bold enough to eat the chicken but I'm not quite that brave.  And that might be a case where it just wouldn't be good.  Anyways.....  For me it was kind of necessity and now it at least has shown me I have a few more choices for simple foods if I need to.  

I do need to get back into eating more fresh fruits again.  Like granny smith apples.  I bought some canned Dole pineapple juice, but never drank it yet. .  I still just love fresh pineapple so much.  And it's really not that hard because the local grocery store has it for sale all cored and peeled.  


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"Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." - Phillipians 4:8
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