I was a vegetarian for a year before I learned of the BTD. Luckily I'm type A, so the adjustments were smaller than O Hunters. I actually did worse for a year after following ER4YT, then trying The Genotype diet as an Explorer. Turns out I'm a non-secretor and my SWAMI found me to be a Teacher. These recommendation match most closely to when I was vegetarian. I was eating lots of eggs, took flax oil and vitamin D all of which I've returned to. Do research, listen to your body, be patient with your mental adjustments and falters.
Thank you all for the warm welcome! My reasons for being vegetarian were mainly environmental. The amount of resources used on raising meat could basically feed (and water) all the starving people in the world. Not to mention the disgusting amount of hormones, antibiotics tainting the entire food system and run-off into the environment, mono-culture and pesticide/GMO crops to feed the animals, and the inhumane treatment of animals. I also feel like people should have to kill their own food, to be more in touch with the natural process, instead of just buying a nice piece of bloodless saran-wrapped meat at the store. Luckily I live in San Francisco, where we have an abundance of organic, grass-fed, wild-caught, etc etc of almost any type of meat or vegetable or alternative grain available. My experience with hunting my own food is limited to fishing.
Anyway, thanks for the support. My goal today is to eat something with meat in it. And yes, I'm going off the wheat (and oats).
SWAMI O+ Gatherer, Healing from Fibromyalgia Kyosha Nim Columnists and Bloggers
Location: New York
I suggest you find some sources for grass-fed red meats and humanely raised poultry. Traditionally, animals grazed on land unsuitable for farming; it was a very environmentally sound practice. It's only when acres of monoculture (usually corn and soybeans) are given to farm animals rather than people that animal farming "wastes resources and feeds fewer people."
Ruth, Single Mother to 19yo O- Leah , 18yo O- Hannah,and 13yo B+ Jack
Just read this i a book about 5 mins ago, thought of this thread lol
Back in the 1830’s, a Presbyterian minister named Sylvester Graham (1794–1851) crusaded against anything and everything that he considered the “playboy philosophy.” According to Graham, men should abstain from sex until the age of 30 and have sex just once a month thereafter. To control lust, Graham prescribed a high-fiber vegetarian diet.
Besides sex, Graham campaigned against soft mattresses, hot baths, and other “sensual” things not worthy of “real men,” because, according to Graham, they led to “venereal excess.” That’s how hard beds and cold showers entered into the American pantheon of manhood, and turned countless boys into rebellious neurotics, drug users, and alcoholics. Alas, substance abuse and mental disorders often follow even a mildly abusive childhood.
Graham preached equally hard against white bread because it lacked fiber and, presumably, caused constipation. In time, this rhetoric gave birth to Graham flour—a coarsely ground wheat made into Graham bread, Graham muffins, and Graham crackers, which eventually degenerated into the ubiquitous sugar-laden children’s cookies made from refined white flour practically devoid of fiber.
Ironically, Sylvester Graham was the seventeenth child of the Reverend John Graham, who was 72 years old at the time of his son’s birth. Graham himself lasted for just 57 years and died alone and in obscurity, in large part because of his abrasive, irritable personality—a typical manifestation of acute protein deficiency and unstable blood sugar. Apparently, in Graham’s own case, a strict vegetarian diet, harsh fiber, and prudish abstinence brought neither health nor happiness. Nonetheless, his message took hold. But it took another century to finally hook Americans on fiber for good.
Substance abuse is most likely correlated to neurochemical profiles. The sexual regiem might as well be complete absinence.
Graham seems to have done more harm than good. Cold showers and vigorous exercise were mandated for public school boys to reduce “venereal excess.” George Macdonald Fraser has the clearest perspective on the possible effectiveness of this regime; soldiers and sailors had plenty of cold showers and vigorous exercise, and were know to be two professions most justly liked to venereal excess.
My weight loss goal: 220 lbs. A 6'4" dyslexic oddball: the size of a line-backer, the silhouette of Winnie-the-Pooh.