Why I BTD? Not sure exactly.But when you live in a country where people use blood types like astrology types, well you are bound to become interested in a book about blood types and diet.Though I have known about the diet for about one year, I still feel like a "newbie". I keep struggling with it. You would think being type A and living in Japan that would not be a problem.Yes, there are soya products galore here and they are all very good.(Except natto--fermented soya beans, is an acquired taste.) But struggle I do. I still cannot find a doctor to give me a secretor test. They have no idea what I am talking about when I try to explain what it is. Though I am not Japanese (Canadian, actually), I am fairly fluent in the language. And I ordered supplements but not sure where they went to, still waiting for them to arrive. So, each day I get up and wonder, can I do this? And how well can I today? And I do not want to hear, do it one step at a time, I want to feel great like the rest of you.So, how do I get there Actually, getting a handle on the stress is more of a problem than the diet. It isn't easy to work long hours and then take a train and bus ride home often with many other people doing the same thing. Any ideas on how to "let it go" and not get worked up? Anyway, love reading the postings--very encouraging and keep them coming.From struggling newbie in the East. P.S. If you read this on the couscous thread, my apologies. I still am not sure how it got there!?
I guess I have nothing to complain about. After hearing your story and reading about your tenacity and inventiveness to get what your body needs, I decided I needed to stop whining and try harder. Actually, I was doing pretty good with the diet, even went off the wheat. Had great energy boosts. I tried the Floradix as recommended for type "A"s and just had a blood test. I am no longer anemic, and this is after years of being suffering from anemia. The doctors could never pinpoint the cause. Anyway, the problem was my family got together with the inlaws last weekend and they all thought it would be great to take the non Japanese woman (me) to a "yakuniku" (like a Korean barbecue) place. Of course, the only meats offered were beef and pork. Couldn't really refuse, besides grew up on meat. The problem is, I feel like I am still recovering.I have also been eating wheat products again and now I feel bloated, tired and irritated. When I wrote my entry it was at night and I was feeling, well, just overall not so good. Today was a better day. Found 100% rye bread to substitute for the wheat and I smothered it with peanut butter, imported from the States. Skippy,no less. So, thank you Susana and others, just what I needed to hear. By the way, I was thinking of purchasing the secretor test and returning the sample via UPS. Any other person living overseas had success doing this? Luv to know. From Northstar 9
Suzanna, A friend of mine was sick for 2 yrs w/ severe anemia. As you might guess from that long stretch of seeing doctors, no one knew what the prob was. Turned out is was celiac disease. (gluten intolerance) She's O, like me, and I've talked to her about the BTD on several occasions, but she's not ready to give up all the "GOOD" foods yet, but at least she finally found out what the prob is. Leading up to wheat.....................Oh, when I cheat and eat this, I ask myself over and over, why,oh, why do I torture myself this way?? I, too, get the bloating and tired feeling, but also usally a sore throat and my ears bother me, not to mention sometimes I wind up w/ a sinus headache. Wheat is a BIG avoid for me. Most of the time I leave it alone, but once in a while, I cave. Today I was at the mall and Auntie Anne's was calling my name, but I just ignored her. Last time I caved for a pretzel, I really felt terrible. I have noticed since I've been on the BTD (7 mths, but only the first 3 were VERY compliant, sad to say) that when I eat an avoid, it really socks me good. Given this, I wonder how I ever got thru a day before when I was eating all kinds of avoids at once. Only thing I can figure is, since my body had been pretty cleaned up (I had also done a parasite cleanse), that any avoid made my reaction more noticeable. ???? Who knows, but as Cheryl said, it's good that it's so noticeable. I love this site. It is so awesome to have so much support. Thanks many times over to Dr D and his dad. Have a good night. Pat
Thanks for the feedback. Cravings. Recently it has been chocolate and wheat for me. My problem is I am pretty good at home, but when I am at work and I go out with my colleagues, there is bound to be something I should not be eating. Though I am an "A" and can have some wheat, I feel awful after eating it. But I do love the bread!! I have found a place that sells 100% rye bread and so I now smother that with peanut butter. (I think that is OK. It better be!) As for the pasta, I substitute 100% buckwheat noodles. Overall, I am doing better now that the supplements have come and I can talk to people like you on this Forum. By the way, did I mention Dr. D mentioned in his book using Floradix for anemia. I am using it and my latest test showed no anemia. I wonder if "O"s can use it too. You can easily buy this product in Europe, Canada or the States at any health food shop. It is made completely from herbs. I also have endometriosis. I have found nothing in the BTD literature as to what I can take for that. Maybe I should start a thread on that.
Sarah here (also in Tokyo). Just a couple of things I thought you might be interested in-
I regularly order Dr. D's supps & they arrive without a problem (I reckon you just had a bit of bad luck)
I got my secretor test from NAP a couple of months ago here in Japan - I noticed that sometimes the price they display must sometimes just be an estimate as when my things have arrived the postage hasn't been as much as was quoted.
I don't know if you use flax but I order mine from NOW http://www.nowcatalog.com )last week 3 16oz bags cost me $6.26 & $10 for postage (they currently have a sale on)
With regards to the chocolate - I was a serious chocolate addict (always dark though - but sugar laden all the same!) I got hold of some vegetable glycerine (internet) & pure cocoa (Natural House, Takashimaya) & if I have a craving I just eat the 2 with some flaked almonds & it tastes fantastic.
I discovered a great Organic shop just a 5 minute walk from Tokyo Tower 'Mother's' & I'm able to get grass fed meat there (being an O) & it's a fairly big shop & I think reasonably priced.
Forgive me if I'm wittering & you actually know all this already, but lastly, there is an amazing little herbs shop on Ameyeko Road in Ueno where you can get big bags or Oregeno/Thyme/Rosemary/turmeric (& the really tasty brown firm tofu) etc etc for about 300yen each , which is the same price as a small container in the S/M.
I believe you're doing a grand job by the way. I realise how difficult it is in Japan to always be compliant, especially if you're dining out. Like you, I've been on the diet for a relatively short time (I have eczema & numerous allergies) I also see a Chinese doctor in Takadanababa & work the Kampo alongside the BTD. Oh, there's also a health food shop 'Lifely' in Takad & one a 2 minute walk from the station in Mejuro...
Suzanna, Hopefully in time, you will find your endometriosis will get better. Have you just recently give up eating red meat? If so, give it some time and see what happens. you might not need anything for it.