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So I'm sure this has come up before, so if there is a relevant thread that can cut to the chase, feel free to drop the link on a brotha. Anyways, I'm a Type A which is primarily vegetarian, and while I have no difficulty working within the parameters of this diet, I have now found that I am of the Explorer genotype which is not vegetarian but much more varied in dietary needs. I've been trying to balance between the two and it's getting kind of out of control. I'd really like to get a clear idea of what diet I should be following (the little quiz on this site for which I should follow is literally 50/50) and I am unable to afford Swami at this time. I've purchased both books, so I sorta would like to gain some clarity here. Any advice, or personal experience... etc would be greatly appreciated.
I have two friends who are Explorer type A. One gets lamb and mutton as a beneficial, the other as a neutral. They both get turkey, ostrich as beneficial, chicken as neutral. The good news I have more Type A friends who are also "SWAMIED" and they all get peanut butter! It is such an individual thing and I understand that you can't do this at this time...the best thing is to experiment for a week or two and keep a food journal to see how you feel.
Also, bear in mind that the foods listed in the GTD book for Explorers is pretty grim but on SWAMI you will get a huge variety; I was greatly relieved about that. I hope this helps. It can be overwhelming but worth the effort to get this working for yourself.
How long were you following BTD before adding genotype foods and how was it working for you? In your case, the best method may be to just try both diets separately for a while to see which one your body seems to respond best to. You really can't combine the two because they are two separate entities and the "inner workings" of each diet are different. Sorry that this is a very indecisive answer, but it's all very individual; some people prefer BTD, other prefer GTD.
Everyone on the forum is very helpful - I'm sure you'll get lots more suggestions soon
You might want to look into your secretor status - it will take a saliva test. Knowing it is useful for either of the above diets.
Even after all that, if you want to get a diet that is more specific to your needs, you can look at the Swami Xpress. It will tailor a diet to suit you. Swami usually gives you a greater variety of food, and a more effective diet.
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I have now found that I am of the Explorer genotype which is not vegetarian but much more varied in dietary needs. I've been trying to balance between the two and it's getting kind of out of control. I'd really like to get a clear idea of what diet I should be following (the little quiz on this site for which I should follow is literally 50/50)
In a situation where the quiz did not come up with a definitive answer, there are several approaches you can use to determine which diet to follow.
1) If you have a primary objective/goal for the diet, tell us what that is and some people with experience with the diets can probably tell you which diet is best for meeting that specific goal.
2) Retake the quiz and answer yes to fewer things (try to answer yes to just the specific conditions you want to treat at the moment). The quiz may give you a preference for one system or the other when I answered this way.
3) Read both books and follow the one that is more appealing to you. For me that is blood type.
4) Survey this site and try to get a sense about which diet people more people are more likely to be successful with. When I do that it seems to me like more people are successful with the type A diet in general than with the explorer diet.I think that is because people make mistakes measuring for GenoType, but it does not really matter why. If you see that the Explorer diet or the A diet is more successful for people with your health conditions, that could be a good reason to go with that diet plan.
5) Look at the food lists for the two diet plans. Select the plan with a more appealing list. It will be easier to follow and stick to than the other.
Either system works much better than the standard American diet. So in some senses you will likely do well with whichever diet you choose. But it does not work well to try to do both at the same time. Choose one and stick with it for several months so you can properly evaluate whether it works for you.
I tried to post this once and Google disconnected me, so I don't think this posted. Anyway, I am A positive, 48% Explorer (and a relative newbie). My Swami Xpress says that it built my diet "around a synthesis of The Geno Type Diet and Blood Type Diet" foods, emphasizing and deemphasizing certain foods because of how I answered the questions, to fit my individual, unique needs. Some of the foods I cannot eat because of my food allergies and intolerances, so I don't eat them. However, if I didn't have Swami, I would pick either one or the other plan, keep a log, and see how that eating plan affected my body.
What great responses. I think I'll try each diet on there own for a few weeks and see how I feel with each, at least until SWAMI becomes available for me. Such a strange mixture of perspectives from BT A to GT explorer I guess I'll just have to do some experimenting.
I've also heard a lot about the phyto-estrogens in soy, and issue with grains and legumes, which has encouraged me to move towards animal based nutrients and away from Type A diet. Is it possible to follow type A without soy and bean based protien?
I can't eat soy products. They give me sinus headaches and congestion. Also can't eat grains (gluten) nor dairy. So I eat the fruits, vegetables, and nuts on my list and, as an Explorer, a tiny amount of meat.