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Vkoslin
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Been following Warrior genotype diet after getting SWAMI. Here are my experiences 4 weeks in, as well as questions. Hopefully it'll help other Warriors and myself.

Background info: I'm female, 25 years old, 185 pounds, 6'1 tall. I carry most of my weight at my lower abdomen.

Experience: I have eaten only vegetables, some trout and some tuna. I ate a sausage-stuffed chicken for dinner one night and got very sick (digestively) later. Hmm, interesting. Two weeks later, had a bite of gumbo. A combination of a few no-no's: tomatoes, green bell peppers, and sausage and had the same result.

Interesting that I'm already noticing intolerances I've never noticed before? Is that even typical?

I've followed many diets in my past, and as Dr. D puts it, my fad dieting never really worked. The thing is, I lost 60 lbs on a no-carb diet. And it's basically eating under 20 carbs a day...meat, cheese, lettuce. No fruit, Not much veggies. Obviously it's not a healthy option, but how can eating all the "bad" things Dr. D suggested help me lose that much weight?

I guess now that I think about it, I feel much better in general on this new warrior diet. The problem is, as it's always been, giving me the freedom to carbs. I don't believe I over-do it by any means. But, a cup of brown rice with a meal, two pieces of whole grain or sprouted bread with a sandwich, fruit, etc. I think has made me gain weight

I wish I could believe that carbs were good for me, even the ones Dr. D suggests. But, my body just doesn't agree...I think. Any ideas?

Let's keep this going with other Warrior experiences. I need something to believe in!


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try swami....more personalized


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I'm sorry I didn't mention- I am on SWAMI


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up those beneficials and watch frequency values

did you mention any kind of physical activity you ve been practicing routinely?

all is factored into swami in accordance with your issues, age, activity level etc


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I'm a special education teacher- self contained. Changing clothes/diapers/chasing run-a-ways is a part of my description. So, as that, I'm exhausted after school and rarely work out. I know it's a huge problem, but motivation/time is elsewhere.

I guess another part of my bio: I have a 37" inseam (EXTREMELY long legs), played basketball and ran track throughout my teenage years. Went to college, stopped being as physical, and at 25 years old, 40 lbs heavier, although not considered unhealthy. (on the contrary, was underweight then).


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Did you let SWAMI calculate your genotype? Some people on SWAMI end up with a different "genotype label" than they calculate from the back of the book. Usually, this results in only subtle changes to the actual food list, but sometimes those small changes make big differences.

Secondly, are you eating the portion sizes as recommended in SWAMI? That's one of my two biggest challenges, as I'm apt to overeat when left to my own devices. If you feel you've gained weight from eating too many carbs- the first thing to check is to see if you're actually eating more carbs than SWAMI suggests in the first place. Perhaps you should be eating fewer carbs and more beans and veggies. As a Gatherer, I need to really keep the carbs in check; as a Warrior, fats might be a bigger concern.

Thirdly, and onto the other of my two biggest challenges, is exercise. Even a small amount of exercise can reap big rewards, especially when it's consistent. Do you have the energy after work for a 10 minute walk or a 10 minute yoga video? Start small, and you can always build up from there.

Have you actually gained weight, or have you simply failed to lose weight? There's a difference. You can't "force" the weight loss- you can eat right and exercise, but it's up to your body to actually let go of that excess fat. If your body decides to do some other healing first, there's nothing (healthy) you can do to speed up that process. You just need to keep on doing your part and have faith that the weight will come off when it's healthy to do so.

Once you've been doing everything "right" for a while- the portions AND the exercise recommended in SWAMI, if the weight is still stubborn you may need to tweak things a little. You might want to cut back on carb portions and/or increase portions elsewhere- but don't try that until you've been on SWAMI "as directed" for a few weeks to see how well it works for you.


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


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I'm a special education teacher- self contained. Changing clothes/diapers/chasing run-a-ways is a part of my description. So, as that, I'm exhausted after school and rarely work out. I know it's a huge problem, but motivation/time is elsewhere..


One way I get around that too tired to workout thing we A's have is to walk during my lunch hour.  Fresh air and sunshine are very important for health just as much as food and water is.
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God, a lunch hour sounds wonderful No, no lunch break here. Or planning period. Welcome to Alabama...schools are broke and can't afford support to give teachers a break!

Ruthie,
I did let it calculate my genotype- Warrior 44%. The book previously had also said Warrior, although close to Gatherer. When I read about Warriors, there was no doubt.

Portions are so easy to keep small during the day (because I have no break to eat)...but dinner, well, I eat until I'm full and then some. :/

I will start exercising. I truly just needed the motivation


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And, sorry, to answer the question about gaining weight- I can literally step on the scale every morning and it be 2 lbs different (more and less) than the previous day. I swear my weight varies daily from 185 to 190 in the mornings and even 195 at a doctor appointment midday. SOOO discouraging.


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The few pounds weight variation is normal. A number of years ago, I got on the scale about 5 times a day for a few days to track this variation. I typically weigh my lowest first thing in the morning, especially if I can manage to have a bowel movement before drinking anything. I'm 4 pounds heavier at bedtime, and can be even more than that right after a meal. At least, I fluctuated about 4 pounds when I weighed 140 lbs, it's closer to 5 lbs now that I'm about 165ish.

I count my lowest daily weight for the purpose of weight loss/gain, but it's generally 2-3 pounds higher at the doctor's office later in the day. I don't worry about it, but rather accept that body weight fluctuates. It makes sense to me that you might fluctuate a little bit more at 190ish than I do at 165ish, as it's still about 3% of your body weight.

As for genotype, only Os and Bs can be Gatherers, and only As and ABs can be Warriors. Gatherers and Warriors do share a lot of traits; namely difficulty losing weight and hating to exercise. But our diets are vastly different from one another. your only other genotype options would be Teacher and Explorer, but it sounds like you don't mesh with either of those categories.

I've found that, with finding time for exercise and food prep, it's really more a matter of having the energy than having the time. If you can manage a large, satisfying breakfast before work, you may be able to eat less at dinnertime (something that tends to work well for Warriors.)

I just took a 20 minute walk (as I'm a stay-at-home-mom and all my kids are currently in school.) It sounds to me like you'd be best off finding time for exercise either before or after school. Even a few minutes a day, when done consistently, should help.


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


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Vkoslin, as another Warrior I also notice that when eating grains my weightloss either stops or I gain some back. For a Warrior (and many A's for that matter) if they really want to loose weight they need to limit the amount of grains. Swami really is very personalized, but it's still up to you to find out what works best for you. Your goal now is to loose weight, so limit the grains.

Also the exercise is a must. Without it, I simply don't loose any weight. Really try to fit that into your schedule. If you can't really exercise try walking somewhere if it's within reach (to supermarket or something like that). Take the stairs at work. Park as far away at the supermarket as you can so you have to walk a fair amount. Little things like that help.

As for dinner, really try not to overeat. So just until you are full (eat slowly, that helps lowering the amount you eat) and leave the "then some" out. Drink a glass of water half hour before you eat.

Try eating your fruit at the beginning of the day. That way you can burn of the sugars during the day. I noticed that eating fruit later on the day also makes me gain weight.
And last but not least, try to eat as many beneficials as possible. That also helps on the weight loss.




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I was a special ed teacher at your age as well. While the days were exhausting, it was more from constant low level stress. While there is much physical expenditure with this kind of work, it probably isn't the invigorating exercise that you need. I think our warrior bodies go into a semi-torpor under these conditions, and we begin hoarding calories. It's an exaggerated function of our thrifty metabolic tendencies.
As I've gotten older and lost much of my metabolic dynamism (as a young adult, I could gain or lose 10 lbs in a few days depending on activity levels and food intake--which could be awesome...) it takes very little to put me into a trudge mode. A simple 5-10 min. fast walk a few times a day makes a huge difference in keeping the metabolism efficient.

Smaller, more frequent meals also work better for me. It seems to be a pacing issue that might be due to those thrifty characteristics as well.

Oh, and stay the !*# away from chicken...
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Lol, thank you so much to everyone who posted. I'm so glad to hear from other Warriors with similar issues who have overcome them. And, from anybody that can get my butt to workout!

I'm starting as a head indoor track coach in a month, so I'd like to be in shape like the athlete I used to be. The strange thing is, I'm extremely muscular. I've got incredible muscle tone and easily leg press 270 but with still lean legs. I just have the sides and belly fat. And it sucks! I can't run because my knees touch so much, they actually turn in and always cause MCL trouble.

Any other Warriors accident-prone? That was another thought I had. I've broken over 20 bones in my lifetime. Don't have brittle bones or calcium deficiency, and most are leg/feet stress fractures from the way my hips open up, but knees turn in. (I swear I'll show a picture one day so yall don't think I'm frankenstein).


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lower your stress levels....
alternate breathing


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Wish I had an answer. None of the warriors on the board here with weight problems have seem to of conquered them (they've lost weight, but not become fit). There are the warriors on here that have never had a weight problem, but that isn't really the same thing is it?

I guess I can say be glad you were fit at some point. I have never been.

Kind of hard when the rule of thumb is don't eat anything, but eat so you aren't stressed out. Exercise, but don't do anything like fun or normal exercise because it will be too stressful. You can't win...
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Well, thanks for being real at least!!!!

Truth is, my job alone causes my hair to fall out from stress. 7 extremely special needs children   all day long. Every day.    

But, as far as exercising, I stress over NOT exercising but have never stressed over doing it. If I do, it's unnoticeable stress. So, I guess...ignore unnoticeable stress and work out...cuz nothing else works.


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Might want to try some of this-- good for all types-http://www.naturalhealth365.com/food/ashwagandha.html


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Well, thanks for being real at least!!!!

Truth is, my job alone causes my hair to fall out from stress. 7 extremely special needs children   all day long. Every day.    

But, as far as exercising, I stress over NOT exercising but have never stressed over doing it. If I do, it's unnoticeable stress. So, I guess...ignore unnoticeable stress and work out...cuz nothing else works.


Work to redefine your roll with the children in your mind, not per say how they see you. You may be able to relieve a lot of the stress by inventing new ways to deal with the situation, to master it. I can understand though as it is far from easy because the expectations are higher on them and therefor on you, than should be put on them. I've seen para-workers before trying to help the kid "learn" something when all they do is create a poor relationship with them.

If you read recently that eustress and distress are the same in the body, you'd be able to conclude how inappropriate exercise can still be stressful. I would say it is much less stressful than say, your work. Do Yoga.
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Keep in mind that there is a big difference between 15 years and 25 years. You are entering an essentially different period of your life.

And I was painfully thin as a teen, yet powerfully strong. Durability, however, was another story. You may have to accept that your youthful athleticism will be closer to normal as time goes on, and closer to the A type warrior than the O type hunter archetypes. Have you read what Dr. D has to say about this? I think yoga and plenty of low impact excercise will probably suit you better than hard-body gym workout programs, IMHO.
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Keep in mind that there is a big difference between 15 years and 25 years. You are entering an essentially different period of your life.

And I was painfully thin as a teen, yet powerfully strong. Durability, however, was another story. You may have to accept that your youthful athleticism will be closer to normal as time goes on, and closer to the A type warrior than the O type hunter archetypes. Have you read what Dr. D has to say about this? I think yoga and plenty of low impact excercise will probably suit you better than hard-body gym workout programs, IMHO.


I don't think she is asking to be an athlete. She just wants to be able to appreciate her body. I can understand, especially since at no point in my life have I ever been comfortable with it since I gained weight as a child and have not yet been able to rid myself of it. There is not physical barrier of exercise I wouldn't cross, nor deprivation in diet I wouldn't do. Trouble is that it just doesn't work.

Personally, at 27, I find I am still durable (but too adrenally burned out to apply it). In my family people are pretty durable physically. It doesn't mean they could be like a Hunter olympic athlete, triathlete, etc... but they don't suffer the physical injuries those people do. The every day activities people do that gain them injuries from impacts etc, do not effect people in my family. What does happen is when they get old their body loses the ability to manage the small damage so it becomes large. Things appear to "wear out". Probably has a lot to do with autophagy decline etc. Put it to you this way, if I experience in impact like getting hit by a car while walking, I can usually get up afterwards and do anything that needs to be done. Everyone else I know of any other genotype might be taken out of commission for a long time by incurring all sorts of injuries that require downtime. Except for rolling my ankle as a young child, I'm blessed with not having to deal with physical problems as most people do. I would if I wasn't health conscious, as I know from experiencing what serious imbalances in nutrients can do to muscle tightness, etc. The funny part is my body still works very poorly, just not in that particular way of incurring injuries all the time.

I guess that is a factor of survivability that is part of what makes a warrior a warrior. How Vkoslin has broken so many bones I dunno, we have different family lineage even if our bodies prefer near vegan food the same.

The importance of a warriors youth of being thin, seems to me to be one of the most crucial things to their life. Having it once is just imperative. Maybe a lot of people don't think it is all that important but how would you know if you never experienced it? Hard to value other things more when you have no point of reference.

I think I still will stick with what I've said before, I wouldn't recommend it (warriorhood). Maybe when the apocalypse comes, sure, warrior characteristics have some really strong value. These days it is like you slowly lose your ability to engage in the world around you. Maybe you did a lot more than other people, but you're still alive so it is a little strange.



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And, sorry, to answer the question about gaining weight- I can literally step on the scale every morning and it be 2 lbs different (more and less) than the previous day. I swear my weight varies daily from 185 to 190 in the mornings and even 195 at a doctor appointment midday. SOOO discouraging.


I had weight problems until I went vegetarian. I was lacto ovo vegetarian..lost all my pregnancy weight and maintained 137 until I hit Peri Menopause.. Then all heck broke loose on my hormones and I gained 40 lbs (also want to mention that I started eating meat again..my mother believed I wasn't healthy being vegetarian   ). I've been trying to get it off. Very difficult also because Warriors tend to gain weight anyway in middle age. I tried low carb, weight watchers and ended up here in 2007.  I feel the best when I follow the BTD.
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10 years ago. 15 years old, 6'1, 145


Wow, 140 was my ideal weight at 5'7"!  You have small bones?   I have medium bones. You look thin but not scary skinny.  I think when we're use to working out, I was a figure skater, our bodies need that exercise because we're used to it. We just need to balance with yoga and meditation for the stress.  
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May, do you mean you feel better doing BTD, versus swami or geno?

What sucks the most of all of this, is that I'm only 25 and facing major weight/belly gain. Dr. D refers to it as middle age. Either I'm looking at topping out around 50 or it's only just starting for me

This blows.


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To DoS:
I don't know what Dr. D says about this, but a year ago I started a child's dose of Celexa for anxiety. It's incredibly improved my stress with work. I can let little things go without taking them to heart, perseverating on them until I cried myself to sleep. I know side effects for such medicines, and I refuse to up the dose. But that small 10mg really does help alot.

I still get panic attacks 3 times a year, but much less than before Celexa.

I do hot yoga 1x a week. I really enjoy it and it's helped my asthma. But, getting discouraged because I feel like I'm not getting leaner with it. And, naturally, I shouldn't think that Yoga is enough to burn fat.

I sound awful..It's a Monday. I love my job and the kids are my life. They make me smile daily and truly wouldn't take any other job. Today was one of those stomach-bug/screaming kids days so I sound awfully bitter.


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May- come to think of it- I was around 130 then, actually, not 145. 145 was my 18 year old weight leaving High School.

I have very small bones. My parents used to call me the human garbage disposal. Before track meets, I'd eat two foot long subs. I never recall a time being full at that age.

I'm adopted. Recently researched my biological family. All are very much obese. Big time bellies. Big time heart disease. I just thought I'd escaped my genes for so long, until Dr D explained it...unfortunately.


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May, do you mean you feel better doing BTD, versus swami or geno?
What sucks the most of all of this, is that I'm only 25 and facing major weight/belly gain. Dr. D refers to it as middle age. Either I'm looking at topping out around 50 or it's only just starting for me


I usually mean my individual SWAMI when I say BTD. It's just easier to type three letters   After all, the SWAMI is a combination of the BTD and the Genotype diet.
I think you hit the nail on the head. It's only the lack of exercise. Man, you're only 25. I'm 56. It blows at 56 when one is a Warrior too.      I was just wondering how strict Dr. D has to be to keep his weight down being the same age as me. Or maybe it's because he ate well his whole life, that he doesn't have to work at it?  Maybe he'll  post a comment...  
Just ramp up the exrcise again and you'll probably lose it fast following your SWAMI.  
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Try not hot yoga. I think not over consuming calories and yoga will be fine.
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Yesterday I suggested you exercise for 10 minutes after work. Were you able to find the time/energy to do that yesterday? If so, how did it  go? If not, how about starting that today?


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Try not hot yoga. I think not over consuming calories and yoga will be fine.


Well if she's a pitta dosha, hot yoga is not recommeded. I'm a pitta/kapha.. I cannot take heat.
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Yesterday I suggested you exercise for 10 minutes after work. Were you able to find the time/energy to do that yesterday? If so, how did it  go? If not, how about starting that today?


Ruthie, those 10 minute work out dvds are really good for people who don't have time to work out!
like some of these workouts.  http://www.collagevideo.com/searchresults.aspx?type=all&search=10+minute+workouts

She can even do the 10 Minute Trainer by that P90 X guy...

http://www.beachbody.com/product/fitness_programs/10_minute_trainer.do  
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Well if she's a pitta dosha, hot yoga is not recommeded. I'm a pitta/kapha.. I cannot take heat.



I don't think recovering from mild dehydration is good low stress practice. I think warriors need to keep good hydration for their large cardiovascular system.

I know that hot yoga doesn't totally dehydrate you, and that part of the idea is it helps keep you from getting too hot... but my experience is things like that and saunas feel a lot better for Gatherers and Explorers. They don't really have to think about it, it just is good.
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I don't think recovering from mild dehydration is good low stress practice. I think warriors need to keep good hydration for their large cardiovascular system.

I know that hot yoga doesn't totally dehydrate you, and that part of the idea is it helps keep you from getting too hot... but my experience is things like that and saunas feel a lot better for Gatherers and Explorers. They don't really have to think about it, it just is good.


I like sitting in a sauna.. Not for a long time. I also like the steam room. Good for the sinuses.
Well she could be a vatta/kapha.. which would be fine for hot yoga.
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So, the thing about Hot Yoga is, I don't believe it's dehydrating per se. It focuses 45 mins on breathing and 45 mins of positions, which are slow and easy. Yeah, you sweat, but you sweat toxins only to be replaced by fresh water afterwards. And I find it really comfortable in the room. It's at 105 degrees F, but I'm cold-natured and it doesn't truly feel overwhelming.

Anyways, that's my 2 cents on Hot Bikram.


Mayflower- what's this pitta dosha you speak of?


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Warriors sweat toxins? I doubt it. Explorers and Gatherers, yeah.
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Warriors sweat toxins? I doubt it. Explorers and Gatherers, yeah.


Do I understand correctly that you -being a Warrior- typically don't sweat much?
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I'm a Warrior and I sweat. Daily. Nightly. Live in Alabama, so except for our 2 week winter, I sweat.


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Do I understand correctly that you -being a Warrior- typically don't sweat much?


No, I am pretty good at sweating; but sweat less after eating healthier. I just don't think it cleans toxins from me. Anything that gives me that impression is totally different (like cranberries).
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There's something so calming about the thought of purging dirty sweat once in a while only to replace that water with fresh water. I can't truly see how it could be harmful unless it's stressful to me; however, it's on the contrary.


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So, another issue. Fellow Warriors, can you have any kind of tomatoes? I'm from the south and there's few things I can live without.

Besides, becoming a vegetarian, but not eating any potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, cabbage or vinegar,  because they are avoids, just totally blows.

Please advise. I've lived 25 years never noticing any trouble with tomatoes and would desperately enjoy a slice a couple times a week.


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Yes a bummer, but look at it from the bright side:

Secretor Warriors like you don't get tomatoes, but do/should get many bread grains (perhaps even wheat?). Many nonnie Warriors here do get tomatoes, but must avoid nearly all gluten-containing grains.. ;)
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Mayflower- what's this pitta dosha you speak of?


It's Indian Ayervedic medicine. If you practice yoga, you need to learn about the dosha's and what your's is.  

http://doshaquiz.chopra.com/
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Besides, becoming a vegetarian, but not eating any potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, cabbage or vinegar,  because they are avoids, just totally blows.


Those are 'nightshade' vegetables. If  you go to any naturopathic doctor, they'll tell you that you shouldn't eat them because they are related to Deadly Nightshade and cause a host of symptoms from upset stomach to arthritis.

Don't feel if you can't give up a slice of tomato a week that you have to drop the diet. Dr. D said following the diet even 70% is excellent. I learned my my chi gong teacher, that there's "Good, Better, Best" You start out with Good and when you feel ready, you can move on to "Better" and so on. If you have some tomatoes..you're still 99% compliant... Some members here do it all the way.  Dr. D said don't worry about the avoids so much as getting as much beneficials into  your diet as you can.  
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Try Tomatillo's. They are on my good list, and under a lot of genoharmonic combinations. I can say that I don't get a reaction to them like I do Tomatoes.

What "world view" do you have? Mine is reactive, and when I eat some things I know it.
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Thanks May. And to DoS, I'll give them a try. I don't knwo what my worldview is?


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SWAMI says either Thrifty, Reactive, or Receptive, toward the top.
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I am reactive, too.

May, according to the DOSHA thing, I was VATA in part one, and my current state of body and mind is KAPHA: Body is 13 and mind is 18. I don't really understand what I'm supposed to do with it


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I am reactive, too.

May, according to the DOSHA thing, I was VATA in part one, and my current state of body and mind is KAPHA: Body is 13 and mind is 18. I don't really understand what I'm supposed to do with it


I wouldn't worry about DOSHA, VATA, KAPHA. Those are old hat. Plus they were developed in areas of the world that didn't even have the Warrior GenoType.

What Genoharmonic thing does it recommend for you? There will be a headline name to it (you can also specify, but I'd like to know what it says).
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"Enhancing Global Remethylation Effects"   does that make sense?


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Methylation: One of the prime mechanisms of epigenetic gene regulation, methylation refers to the attachment of a methyl group to the DNA molecule in such a way as to prevent the gene from being ‘read.’ Such genes are considered ‘silenced’.


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What was your diet like prior to SWAMI? Do you have any chief medical complaints?
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Asthma and allergies to animals, otherwise none. My BP is usually borderline low at 90/60. I'm adopted, but my bio mom reported heart attacks in nearly all of "my uncles" and COPD. Idk...I don't smoke, but I have hit a time in my life where I officially have an extremely hard time losing weight.


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I feel like I agree...but what the heck. I have more belly weight than ever before after 4 weeks on this. I weight 5 pounds more. I have stopped eating meat, fish, and dairy altogether. No packaged foods, frozen meals (even vegan).

Here's what I eat:
Breakfast- egg white frittata with creamer peas, kale, goat cheese, or cup of whole yogurt with scoop of honey

Snack- fruit salad that I made with plums, peaches, grapes (my super foods)

Lunch- whole wheat stone ground tortilla wrapped with roasted broccoli and onion

Dinner- last night a mexican casserole with black beans, corn, daiya shredded cheese, onions, tortilla chips.

It's SO hard to look at my coworkers, who are 40 ish, and they eat a candy bar with lunch or a debbie cake. I haven't touched those things in YEARS. They are thin! They don't hardly work out at all, if at all. They get to eat mac and cheese for lunch. I haven't had that in YEARS! They eat mashed potatoes with their meatloaf- again not in YEARS!

SO discouraged. It's not OK. I literally eat EXTREMELY healthily and I gain weight.


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I am reactive, too.

May, according to the DOSHA thing, I was VATA in part one, and my current state of body and mind is KAPHA: Body is 13 and mind is 18. I don't really understand what I'm supposed to do with it


They say that if your Kapha is out of balance, (overweight) then you have to balance it. One of the ways that  you stated is that you're not exercising.
Like I'm a Pitta/Kapha. Pitta's can't have a lot of spicey foods because we already have a hot fire inside us burning..My diet is very similar to the the Ayervedic Pitta diet, which I find interesting. Like Pitta's do very well as vegetarians and should eat cooling foods. When I eat too much spicey and hot (tempurature) foods, my stomach starts to hurt..which causes an imbalance. Dr. Deepok Chopra has a good book on those doshas.. I found it easy to incorporate my dosha to the SWAMI
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It's SO hard to look at my coworkers, who are 40 ish, and they eat a candy bar with lunch or a debbie cake. I haven't touched those things in YEARS. They are thin! They don't hardly work out at all, if at all. They get to eat mac and cheese for lunch. I haven't had that in YEARS! They eat mashed potatoes with their meatloaf- again not in YEARS!
SO discouraged. It's not OK. I literally eat EXTREMELY healthily and I gain weight.


I've always had to watch my weight a little. Vegetarian made it so much easier. I could almost eat what I wanted and I stayed thin..until I hit menopause.  Just think, if you get your diet healthy now, when you're 40, you'll look like you're 20's and much healthier than the Little Debbie crew.  
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But, am I doing it RIGHT? I mean, is it RIGHT for me?? These aren't results I expect


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But, am I doing it RIGHT? I mean, is it RIGHT for me?? These aren't results I expect


Are you 100% sure you are a secretor?
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I have more belly weight than ever before after 4 weeks on this. I weight 5 pounds more. I have stopped eating meat, fish, and dairy altogether. No packaged foods, frozen meals (even vegan).

SO discouraged. It's not OK. I literally eat EXTREMELY healthily and I gain weight.

Please don't get too discouraged by a small weight gain at the start.  When I started BTD, I gained weight for a month or so, then the body realized that I was now feeding it good food regularly, rather than a heavily toxic diet, and started to shed the pounds.  We are all different, but I hope this is the type of scenario that is happening with you.


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That weight gain is more muscle most likely. I wouldn't be concerned.

Although you really should stop eating corn if you want weight loss... like unquestionably that is something no one should consume if they want to lose weight.

Aside from that you look like you are doing well. Get some grapefruit in the diet. Try eating some cherries or drinking some cherry juice with green tea once a day too.
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Good advice from all- and no, I have no idea if I'm a secretor or not. I can't afford the test right now.


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Good advice from all- and no, I have no idea if I'm a secretor or not. I can't afford the test right now.

If you would turn out a non-secretor, that would change quite a bit of the dietary advice..

Let me put it this way:
I'm a non-secretor warrior, and I avoid all wheat, corn (and tortilla chips), and the daiya cheese. Moreover, I know from experience that I have to be careful with sugars as they can quickly contribute to gaining weight (a nonnie thing); therefore I avoid consuming much honey and fruits, even though they are supposedly beneficials..
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Good advice from all- and no, I have no idea if I'm a secretor or not. I can't afford the test right now.


A - nonnies can have tomatoes   You can also just try following the A non secretor diet and see how you do on that. Some members tried SWAMI and decided to stay on the regular Blood Type Diet because they did so well on it. It's your choice.  You can just try the non secretor diet with out the test for now and see how you feel or if you lose weight.
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Damon, I'm 90% positive I'm a non. I'm going to buy that as soon as I can afford it (next month). It would change everything. I already KNOW I'm sensitive to sugars.


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You can set SWAMI to "non-secretor" and study the changes in your food list; you can do this even if you haven't had the test done yet. You can even run SWAMI both ways, avoid foods that are "avoid" in both lists and emphasize foods that are "beneficial" in either one (as long as that food is neutral or better in the other version of SWAMI.)

Changing my SWAMI from secretor to non-secretor only removed a few foods from my diet, and most of those I knew I couldn't tolerate anyway. Plus it added in a few foods that I never noticed a problem eating in the first place (but I suggest holding off on introducing new foods until you know your secretor status for sure.)


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Damon, I'm 90% positive I'm a non. I'm going to buy that as soon as I can afford it (next month). It would change everything. I already KNOW I'm sensitive to sugars.


Your sensitivity to sugar is just as much a consequence as your metabolism being off as it is anything else including secreter status. You are also reactive.

I personally am a secreter, but I can tell you as being reactive and with a joke for metabolism, I can respond to a lot of things. It isn't abnormal for me to feel like I am having an allergic reaction, even to things that you can't be allergic too.
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You can set SWAMI to "non-secretor" and study the changes in your food list; you can do this even if you haven't had the test done yet. )


That's a good idea.. Only difference is the BTD is a little easier for a newbie
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I was just wondering how strict Dr. D has to be to keep his weight down being the same age as me. Or maybe it's because he ate well his whole life, that he doesn't have to work at it?  Maybe he'll  post a comment...  
Just ramp up the exrcise again and you'll probably lose it fast following your SWAMI.  


Dr. D. is a tae kwan do practitioner and he's also spoken of bicycling as a favorite exercise of his.  I have a feeling that he understand what it takes for his warrior body to stay fit and he makes sure he does it.  



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I have stopped eating meat, fish, and dairy altogether. No packaged foods, frozen meals (even vegan).

Here's what I eat:
Breakfast- egg white frittata with creamer peas, kale, goat cheese, or cup of whole yogurt with scoop of honey

Dinner- last night a mexican casserole with black beans, corn, daiya shredded cheese, onions, tortilla chips.


You mentioned that you stopped eating dairy altogether, but I see dairy with breakfast and dinner.  Not saying you shouldn't eat it, just confused by what you meant to say.  



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Dr. D. is a tae kwan do practitioner and he's also spoken of bicycling as a favorite exercise of his.  I have a feeling that he understand what it takes for his warrior body to stay fit and he makes sure he does it.  


True, true. I know Dr. D is a 2nd degree Black Belt and rides his bike.  I still think men have it easier than women to keep weight down.. all due to the women's baby making fat that we all have to have.  
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True, true. I know Dr. D is a 2nd degree Black Belt and rides his bike.  I still think men have it easier than women to keep weight down.. all due to the women's baby making fat that we all have to have.  


Some men, not me. So far nothing can get the weight off me.
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True, true. I know Dr. D is a 2nd degree Black Belt and rides his bike.  I still think men have it easier than women to keep weight down.. all due to the women's baby making fat that we all have to have.  


Woah, can I get an Amen!!!!!! It's so very true.

Anyways, thank everyone for helping!!! Ok, to clarify- I stopped eating all the dairy I wasn't supposed to eat- goat cheese, parmesan cheese (supersuper food), whole yogurt (superfoods)  are the only dairies I can eat.

I'm going to change it to non-secretor and see what happens...will try to follow that. I am willing and 100% ready to change the way I eat completely once I know it's what I'm SUPPOSED to eat. And I believe in this diet, even if it hasn't done much to me personally so far.




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Some men, not me. So far nothing can get the weight off me.


I bet if you worked out with Dr. D for awhile, you'd lose all the weight you need to. You've been to see him. You see how fit he is.
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The warrior women in my family are average height ectomorphs, at their largest after menopause are medium builds, store a bit of fat around the middle but thin arm & legs (we get that long legged barrel look happening if not exercising enough).  
Sadly it is the warrior men in my family who struggle with the early weight gain, (mesomorphs who are very tall)  I think however this is due to lack of understanding or interest in healthy eating from an early age.  Most have also married type O women who feed them meat at every meal.... the hunter wives look great, my male warrior relatives not so  
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Serenity, you described me pretty well. I might as well be wearing a barrel (a small one, but nevertheless) around a stick figure.


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But what scares me is...middle age/menopause. If I'm struggling this bad now, where the heck will I be at 50?!?!


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But what scares me is...middle age/menopause. If I'm struggling this bad now, where the heck will I be at 50?!?!

After "living right" for 25 years, you should be in a good place, health wise.


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But what scares me is...middle age/menopause. If I'm struggling this bad now, where the heck will I be at 50?!?!


How long did it take you to get to where you are now, health-wise? If you turn your eating around now, you'll be very healthy in 25 years.

I've been eating this way (or some permutation of it) since 1996, and I am way healthier than any of my friends (not counting those on the boards).


It is not my responsibility to convince anyone of anything.
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I bet if you worked out with Dr. D for awhile, you'd lose all the weight you need to. You've been to see him. You see how fit he is.


I've worked out harder than most Warriors have ever done so... now I know it isn't for me. It brought my weight down for awhile, then began to be a problem.

Vkoslin, get off the corn, seriously. You are not adrenally burnt-out, expect some improvements. You have never been fat either; I'm sure that helps.

If you can get your stress down some that'll really help. Do you like chamomile? Considered Cortiguard?
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I have generalized anxiety disorder, big time. With concurrent depression, although, I don't feel depressed (it was a diagnosis). I have to take celexa to keep everyday "catastrophizing" down and so I don't stress too much. But it's not enough. I don't want to up the dose because those meds are hard to get off of, terrible side effects, etc. I also have 5mg xanex to take when I have panic attacks, but I hate to take it because it puts me to sleep.

After knowing all that, yes, I guess my weight gain is from my stress. I stress without even realizing it and then when it builds, I have major panic attacks that shut me down, and if those are uncontrolled, turns into a week cloud of depression.

It's genetic, too. Only thing my biological family told me was that my mom "was crazy and just not right" and that they didn't want me to talk to her because she was crazy and wouldn't handle it. Never felt crazy but my stress...I guess it can make me feel really crazy sometimes.


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I don't eat corn much at all, in fact, used to avoiding it when I did low-carb dieting. But there's corn products in everything and if I have to avoid wheat in the case of non-secretor status, I can't eat...anything. I don't mind it on my own, but when friends host dinners or I go out to eat, I feel like it's going to be impossible to avoid dairy, meat, tomatoes, and corn.


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It shouldn't be too hard to ask for rice instead of wheat or corn when eating at restaurants. If you continue to eat corn when friends serve it, and at no other times, you'll be ahead of the game.

Remember that this doesn't have to be "all or nothing." Do what you can, and make it fit your lifestyle. The more compliant you're able to be, the more you'll benefit, but you always have the option of relaxing compliance at any given meal or snack.


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Ruthie, you made me feel better The trouble with it is, though, is that I'm doing this literally by the book 100%, not 70%, and I only feel...worse (maybe my mind feels worse because of weight gain).

DoS, tell me all you know about stress relief naturally, please!


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Ruthie, you made me feel better The trouble with it is, though, is that I'm doing this literally by the book 100%, not 70%, and I only feel...worse (maybe my mind feels worse because of weight gain).

DoS, tell me all you know about stress relief naturally, please!


How is your digestion and nerve health?

Cortiguard, double dosage, is what I was put on. If you don't take any form of B6, I would take it a few times throughout the day, or Cortiguard. Also I don't know about you but magnesium and Vitamin D help me a lot too. I like liquid bottle form of Vitamin D because it is cheap for a lot, and acts pretty fast for me.

Dietary wise, very important to keep blood sugar stable. I find up and down blood sugar very much so has an effect on mood. Being low on magnesium guarantees it for me. Keeping it constant is something achieved with lower glycemic foods in appropriate amounts (1/4 cup uncooked grains, 1 slice bread/rice cake, 3x a day). Lentils, oats, and brown rice are probably the easiest. I often just east a brown rice, rice cake with some ghee/olive oil, salt, and nutritional yeast as an on the go substitute.

There is no doubt your stress is the blockage against fat loss!

Something that might help you is Nattokinase. If not Nattokinase start by cutting up ginger and frying in about 2mm of water (so the ginger is against the pot bottom) and then after the ginger gets heated up some, add more water. Boil the hell out of it. Then let it cool and drink. Drink it all day. Make large batches of it. Also feel free to add lemon juice. The point is to thin the blood (if mine is thick I can't sleep, think, do anything right). You'll probably feel the difference fast. The general recommendation is just half of a lemon's juice in the morning but I can tell you right now it won't be nearly enough for your level of stress.
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It's also possible to feel worse before you feel better when you first switch to healthier eating, due to detox effects.

Ideal is to make your own foods and not eat at restaurants. Avoiding eating at friends' homes is more complex, because you don't want to stop socializing and you don't want to create stress where there doesn't need to be any.


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Thanks for your help!!! I have to order my vitamins through Walgreens because of a major discount I get- so I got vitamin D, Nattokinase, bought a Nature's B-Stressor multi that looked very similar to ingredients in Cortiguard.

I will give them a try. Should I not take multivitamin now? I'm also taking Biotin (for hair loss- stress), b12, and CLA.


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I've worked out harder than most Warriors have ever done so... now I know it isn't for me. It brought my weight down for awhile, then began to be a problem.  


What? Exercise in general?  If Dr. D felt that, he wouldn't exercise. Exercise is extremely important for health, especially cardio and resistance training. With you better would be probably more of a long, slow, gentle cardio 5 days a week and added stretching or yoga for stress reduction.  (Exercise, sunshine, and fresh air)  One can't sit behind a computer all day and expect to be fit.
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I don't eat corn much at all, in fact, used to avoiding it when I did low-carb dieting. .


Oh..that might explain it. When were you low carbing? Right before you started the SWAMI way of eating?   Because, that screwed me up. I started to gain weight when I kept trying to go low carb. Ever since I was trying to do low carb, my weight has been hard to handle.  
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I left college at 220, did under 20 carbs a day and only eating animal protein, lost 60 lbs in 3 months. Kept it off for awhile too. That's what's so hard to believe about this carb-rich (even beans are high in carbs) diet without meat when I did so well with the reverse.


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I left college at 220, did under 20 carbs a day and only eating animal protein, lost 60 lbs in 3 months. Kept it off for awhile too. That's what's so hard to believe about this carb-rich (even beans are high in carbs) diet without meat when I did so well with the reverse.


What did non-secreter status give you in SWAMIX? Digestion?

Is your B12 a Methyl version? or a Cyna? Don't waste money on the Cyna version. Aside from that, awesome that you get a discount.

I know warriors that have lost weight on low carb, high meat, but the determents can be long term and unpleasant. It only works when they are young too. I wouldn't recommend it as a long term solution. Eventually all your body functions slowly just shut down, and when you start eating right they slowly come back on. It sucks, but better than no way out.
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Noticeably it gave me more meat in neutral and superfood- turkey especially, and lamb neutral. It took away wheat, wheat products. Same cheeses.

My digestion has been pretty bad since starting the diet. Intestinal pain, loads of gas, etc. I assumed it was because I was eating things like broccoli a lot and beans. But even more importantly, I notice that when I take a few bites of my bf's food that may have a little beef in it, or butter, I get much worse pains/bm problems.


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i'll check my b12- not sure.


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My digestion has been pretty bad since starting the diet. Intestinal pain, loads of gas, etc. I assumed it was because I was eating things like broccoli a lot and beans. But even more importantly, I notice that when I take a few bites of my bf's food that may have a little beef in it, or butter, I get much worse pains/bm problems.

Changing your diet dramatically can wreak havoc until the flora balance adjusts to the new foods...  Most of this will be for the good, but it will still be uncomfortable during the adjustment.  Also, as healing takes place, some nerves may be more sensitive, so you may have more pain for a bit until the sensitivity dies down again...  It is a part of the process some go through toward better health.


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Thanks ABJoe! I guess I needed to hear that this was perfectly normal. Certainly discouraging to not feel well when you're doing things "right"


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I haven't read back through all the posts, but has anyone recommended that you take Polyflora A, the probiotic especially formulated for your blood type?



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I don't think so- i was wondering about probiotics, too.


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Noticeably it gave me more meat in neutral and superfood- turkey especially, and lamb neutral. It took away wheat, wheat products. Same cheeses.

My digestion has been pretty bad since starting the diet. Intestinal pain, loads of gas, etc. I assumed it was because I was eating things like broccoli a lot and beans. But even more importantly, I notice that when I take a few bites of my bf's food that may have a little beef in it, or butter, I get much worse pains/bm problems.


Is that with allowing it to select GenoType too?

Gas isn't necessarily bad at all. It usually just means changes, and broccoli is going to cause good changes. Probiotics are great, yogurt is ok too (only a few times a week though).
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I believe I always click allow to choose genotype. It went down to 41%, a 1% change, but still very much Warrior


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But what scares me is...middle age/menopause. If I'm struggling this bad now, where the heck will I be at 50?!?!


By 50 you will feel better and know so much more about yourself.


My only thoughts are to save your pennies and make a visit to Dr D. at the University of Bridgeport-- and you will get help with your issues


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Hi Vkoslin,

I am a Warrior nonnie & have followed my Swami for almost a year now. My fingerprints no longer show the white lines I had when I started (probably due to no wheat, yay!).

I dropped 10 lbs I didn't know I could ever lose! Could be due to the following:

1. I stopped eating my grains/carbs with any animal products (i.e. brown rice with pinto beans for breakfast & poached egg with spinach salad for lunch & fish with vegetables for dinner). I stick with brown rice (no wheat or corn) and eat rice cakes for snack.  
2. The only dairy I eat is cottage cheese (a diamond for me)- usually as dessert with a little dark chocolate & red wine (diamonds) or as a snack with tomatoes (remember I'm a nonnie).
3. I have also been taking trehalose supplement with grapefruit juice. Others have reported weight loss but that's not the main reason for taking it...

I just received my yoga teacher training certification- I'm a die-hard Bikram practicer but have discovered the wonderful benefits of inversions that other types of yoga offer. 'Legs up the wall' and 'shoulderstand' are fantastic poses you can do at home that flush your endocrine system. This does tremendous things to my mood, metabolism and vitality.

Hope that helps.
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Hello!

I know this is an old thread, but I have been researching the Genotype diet/SWAMI.  I am very new to this entire BTD way of life.  I apologize if my question is already answered somewhere else.  

By doing SWAMI, will this tell me if I am a 'nonnie' as I see mentioned in this thread or do I have to do a separate saliva/blood test to determine that?  Using body measurements, finger-length (ring vs index) etc,  I would be classified as a Warrior.  I am lost and want to eat the best I can for my body.  

I am experiencing immese health issues that no doctor can pinpoint/correct.  Looking for guidance!

Thank you SO MUCH!!
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By doing SWAMI, will this tell me if I am a 'nonnie' as I see mentioned in this thread or do I have to do a separate saliva/blood test to determine that?  Using body measurements, finger-length (ring vs index) etc,  I would be classified as a Warrior.  I am lost and want to eat the best I can for my body.  


Hi welcome.    You'd take the secretor test first, then you can find out if the blood type diet or the genotype diet is better for you. You can start with the regular blood type diet in the mean time. Click below.
http://www.4yourtype.com/prodinfo.asp?number=TE006
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By doing SWAMI, will this tell me if I am a 'nonnie' as I see mentioned in this thread or do I have to do a separate saliva/blood test to determine that?  Using body measurements, finger-length (ring vs index) etc,  I would be classified as a Warrior.  I am lost and want to eat the best I can for my body.

SWAMI will not tell you whether you are a Secretor or Non, but it will allow you to run the analysis with that setting set both ways to see how much different the diet is for you.  This would show you the significance the Secretor test would have on your diet, allowing you to have more knowledge about setting the priority of obtaining the Secretor test...

I would get SWAMI first, as I think it provides much more personalized information than Secretor test for about the same money...


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Thank you both so much!  This helps answer the question I had.  I was not sure where to invest my money to start.  I want the most 'bang for the buck' persay and do what is best from the start.  

Thanks again!!
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