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Sasha
Wednesday, November 2, 2005, 6:36am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Hi everyone! I'm a newbie but have to tell my story, hope I'm in the right spot for this. Here goes. I started reading about the Blood Type Diet about 8 years ago. Never tried it. Not because I didn't believe, but I think I must have thought I wasn't in need of a lifestyle diet change.
Now at 43 , my Dr. believes that I have AS...Ankylosing Spondylitis. I am undergoing tests as I type this. After hearing the news I immediatly picked up the book ARTHRITIS Fight It With Your Blood Type Diet. The following day I picked up the super beneficial foods and almost completly revamped my fridge and cupboads. †I'll add my husband and family thought I was nuts! Well let's just say, they are non believers. I believed and I decided to take a chance to change my life around. For 2 years I have had very bad lower back and hip pain throughout the night and morning, sometimes 4 hours to put on a pair of socks, I won't go into detail about that but believe me when I say it was the worst debilitating pain I have ever had. I began to think this would just be a way of life for me.
After ONE day on the diet, I slept 5 hours straight and woke up only out of force of habit normaly from pain, only to find I was completly pain free!!!! I jumped out of bed....me? Jump? Yeah right, but I did, and ran downstairs to show my husband how I was walking and how I could move and touch my toes! I was on cloud 9 all day!
Day TWO...same thing, day THREE same!! Tomorrow will be 4 days on the arthritis diet and so far I feel great, I am 98% pain free and drug free!! I have to ask myself if it is possible that I went into remission overnight??? Is it the diet? Whatever it is, I have my life back and I am so happy and proud of myself that I "took a chance" and believed!
I will stay on this diet always, I actually like it as most foods I do enjoy but noticed that I never really ate them on a regular basis if even that. Oh...did I mention I am type A+. I find the diet is very easy to follow and I don't feel hungry throughout the day, I notice lot's of changes already actually, even other people have, they say I look good and seem happy, like did I win the lottery? To me this is winning the lottery.
I also had a lot of support from my best friend and mentor Julia. Thank you Julia, you are the diamond in my life!
I'd like to hear from others who have had the same experience, tell me this is for real and it is the diet! ! †I'll try to find where I can post my meals and snacks on the board, would love to share it with everyone...nothing special, I just followed the Super Benificials and AVOIDS.
Thanks for listening and I hope to be around for a while and get to know you all!!
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welcome Sasha and great story


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Sasha-welcome to the forum and the BTD. †YES!!! †This is THE way of LIFE. †Glad you could make it.  

Keep in touch.  

Debra

P.S. †What does your family think of you revamping the kitchen now?


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Sasha,

Welcome and thanks for sharing. Most useful information, especially for people like me who has one side that keeps on thinking I am in no need for a change  . yea right!  

Best of luck.

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Oh, yes, another newbie here noticing improvements galore!  Been following the BTD for about 4 weeks now.  Mental clarity is back.  Creative energy is back.  I wake up around 3:30/4:00 AM rested and ready to go.  Nine pounds lost so far on the weight side.  Cravings are gone.  I'm really feeling as if I'm eating to eat, not eating to solve emotional issues.

I'm very happy I tried this eating plan and will follow it for the rest of my life!
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Sasha
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HI, not sure if I am doing this right, the way I am replying. Hope this works right!
Another great morning pain free!! Gotta love this!

My kitchen? Well.....I divided the fridge in half, my side has no milk, pinapple, grapefruit, (and the juices)low fat yogurt. The fridge is now packed with green beans, brocoli, carrots and cauliflower. The cupbords have been changed around, olive oil up front, no more cookies and chips and junk food, they are in the spare pantry so I don't see them, the popcorn is in the garbage.
My husband is going to find out his blood type now, he's liking the change in me and is happy I feel so good now. He has green tea with me 2-3 times a day, but is willing to do more now.....RAH RAH!!! He has a little arthritis in his arms, hands and shoulder and irritable bowel syndrom. He said to me last night his stomach has not felt this good in years. He eats abour 75% of what I do as I do the cooking....Hmmmmmmm.
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Sasha-great to hear that your hubby likes the change in you and that he is willing to get his blood type done. †If he is eating like you and feels better sounds like he may be an A also. †Although eliminating alot of junk helps alot too. †Popcorn is a neutral for A's (unless you are a non-secretor and that would be a benenfit for you to find out right away if you can. †The NAP store sells the kits). and I hear it is excellent with nutritional yeast as butter is a no-no for you. †If you haven't already making ghee is a very good thing.        

Debra


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Sasha
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Thanks Ee Dan....I read that popcorn was allowed infrequently. I ate it often, maybe I will start to incorporate into my diet and see what happens. Corn the same.
Off to work with a smile on my face...imagine that???
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Sasha, I too am a newbie to this way of eating and your post reminded me that I had lots of aches and pains that are now gone too! † I have been so busy focusing on getting my heartbeats to slow down (had a bad episode with 24 hrs in the hospital) that I had not noticed all of the other pains are gone away. I too have arthritis in both of my knees due to surgery many years ago and if I ever curl up in the fetal position to sleep I can not straighten out my legs without much pain, recently I woke up in that position and just stretched out my legs..no pain! I also had a problem when I would get up during the night or early morning, i could just barely stand on my feet and that would be with pain, now that is gone too! I also had "brain fog" from taking Toprol and that is gone now, I think the good eating has overcome all of †that. I am 64 years old, retired from many career years of stress and now I have so much peace, no anxiety and look forward to every day now with hope and excitement. My cravings are going away, I admit some slowly, but I notice changes every day. I can walk through certain departments in the grocery without drooling all over myself, now I get a little queasy feeling † in my stomach when I see certain foods. The hardest thing I had to give up was bread, I have developed a real taste for rice cakes with a little good butter or a banana cut up on it..yumm. I live alone, but my extended family also think I am a little extreme, but I just remind them how extremely frightened they were when I was hooked up to all of the machines at the hospital for 24 hours not knowing if I was having a heart attack. I am getting real creative with Thanksgiving coming up as my youngest son is having a big thanksgiving with all of †the goodies. I will fix their favorite dressing and banana pudding (as requested) and will fix my own stuff. They will just have to understand. †Will I miss some of †those favorite foods you bet! Will I indulge, you bet not! A lot can be done with Turkey and veggies and I will be the only one with energy after the big meal. † †Hang in there, your post †just re-affirmed my resolve to go on. Sharon
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Way to go Sasha! Way to go Sharon. Keep up the good work!  
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sasha and neraddan,
wow!!!
it s great to read testimonials like yours!!
very happy for the two of you! )


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Welcome! and thank you for the great testimonial.  You're finding your way around the forums just fine.

I can't resist making this thread a sticky (so it will be at the top on the testimonials page).  I also started BTD primarily for joint pain, seems like so long ago that I've had to think much about the pain.


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Sasha
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 Still smilin'!! !!
To all of you that have sent us newbies good wishes, THANK YOU!! It is really good to have friends on your side. Thanks for telling your story too Southernkitty (cute screen name), I used to say to my husband how the heck was I ever going to get out of bed when I hit my 60? (at the rate I was going at, more like 50's) Hee hee, I also noted I said I was 43, at least I think I did.....I'm 42, not that it matters really but my point is that I feel like I'm in my 20's again.
My job is a sales rep. I frequent the grocery stores pratically EVERY day, and believe me when I see that nice big strip loin steak staring me in the face and the nice big jumbo prawns melting in garlic butter, the potatos......I go nuts!  I have to tell myself that that stuff will kill me one day, because I believe it will if I were to continue down that path of night shades....
Keep doing what your doing Southernkitty, the family will come around eventually, at least that is my hope.  Also do you have the lower back pain in the morning? Or is it just in your knees? I get it behind my knees as well, or I should say did.
I love the rice cakes, I get them with the addded buckwheat and I spread natural PB on it. Actually my mom said she'd make me some.....she is also asking what to eat now too, she too is an A.
I need to ask if anyone knows of a pasta brand that is good to eat for A's? Also we love our salads, but what to do about dressing??? We eat only spinach and romain now. I have to have a dressing on them, I have been using the usual, but cut it down to a quarter of the amount.
Thanks for helping if you can.
p.s. I love all the words of encouragement, and plan to pass it around too!!
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Sasha, I am an "O" so some of the things you eat, I can't such as †"Wheat" so I couldn't do buckwheat, just have to stick to rice and rice only cakes, but I have learned tricks of the trade to doctor them up. I can also eat beef, but because I haven't eaten it in 25 years I haven't made it there yet. But, everyone will be happy to know that when I was at the HFS the other day I bought some organic buffalo patties. They are still in my freezer, but at †least they are on the premises, now all they have to do is make it to my George Forman grill and then to my plate. It is a mind thing okay! † I will get through it and all of †you will be the first to know the day I eat my first buffalo patty. Glad pork is an avoid for me because I can guarantee you it wouldn't even make it †to my freezer, nasty creatures. I wish I could have found this when I was 42, I would be running around the block now. I don't have any problems with my back unless I overdo it by sitting too long. I do have pain behind my knees, but not lately. I do have a problem with my shoulder sometimes if I sleep on it for a period of hours, but it goes away after movement. Glad you feel so good, I know I do, just wish everyone would listen, but maybe we just have to be an example of good health then they will turn to us for advice when they need it. Good luck with everything.
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Buckwheat is neutral for type O secretors.
http://www.dadamo.com/typebase4/depictor5.pl?78

I am sure you will enjoy the buffalo when you try it.  I love it.


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Pasta, one word: Tinkyada. †It's the best brand of rice pasta, even my pasta-gourmand-super-picky husband enjoys it.

My husband always liked lemon vinegarette, never liked regular american type dressings, so we had no trouble switching. †Just mix lemon juice, olive oil, salt and seasonings (my favorite: Herbamare seasoned salt, but feel free to experiment) †You can add mustard powder and compliant sweetener, to make a honey-mustard dressing. †You can add minced garlic and italian herbs, but it doesn't keep as long in the refrigerator with fresh garlic in it. †Don't forget the avocado slices! †You can also add or sprinkle on nutritional yeast for something more cheesy.

Isn't it great to get younger? †At age 20 I felt 50, now at 30 I feel 20.  It's also good to go from being considered a hypochondriac to being considered somebody who is naturally blessed with good health.  (People don't have very good memories of other's health conditions, I was shocked to hear myself described as one of the 'healthy ones' as if it didn't take me any effort!)


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Sasha
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! For me it's the tofu, haven't gotten there yet! My girlfriend has this great soup she made me once with tofu...I'l have to get the recipe and try it...hope it has no avoids in it!
I think too that I'll just have to wortry about myself for a while and concentrate on my own health as it seems to be a little stressfull getting my point across to some people.
You have come a long way...very happy for you. I only wish my mother in law would listen to me, she's a little older than you are and has osteoarthritis, limps around and complains but still eats the bannana every day with her whole wheat sandwhich with cold cuts and tomatos and whatever nasty poison she is ingesting into her Type A bloodstream.
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Sasha, I have learned that there are certain looks and body language people give you when you are talking about what and how you are eating, and so that I don't get into a stressful encounter, I shut up the minute I see that happening. † My youngest son is an 0 and has an ulcer he takes medication and last saturday I was at his house and his wife was piling his plate with white flour pancakes, pork bacon and lots of syrup and margarine. It almost made me sick at my stomach. They offered me something to eat and then immediately remarked, thats right you wouldn't eat this. I said no, but I did have 2 turkey sausage links, an egg white omlet with veggies, a banana and a slice of Ezekiel bread before I left my house. No one said anything, guess they thought I could just eat weeds. † Unfortunely some people will never see the benefit in eating properly and for your blood type and will always be in pain. I want to be pain free as I get older so I don't have to depend on anyone else or be a complainer because I am in pain. You will be a walking testimony when you reach my age, notice I said "Walking". †
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Southernkitty.....I have heard from everyone I have met that buffallo is good. I can understand the not wanting to try it, myself I never have, but please let us know when you do and how you cooked it too! I'm sure it will be very tasty!

Oops had to go there quickly on my last post, sorry.
I wanted to aslo say that I have had rosatia on my chin ever so slightly for many years and I see now that it is clearing up.

I see there is a spot for cooking, so will go back for some good ideas. Think I will need that pretty quick here as dinners can get boring!
Hey, day 5 today....seems like I was never in pain! Oh sure I can feel a small tiny amount of stiffness, but nothing like before. It is NEVER too late to start, old or young I recommend this to everyone. Today I was in a grocery store and told the book dept. lady to get in the BTD books (I showed her mine as I keep in in my purse) She says she will go out and get a copy and start, she's an A too, I was excited today to tell her about it because she is a "believer" herself. I hope she does and starts to get her health issues in check too.
Oh I see I babbled on again.........ooops, sorry. It will stop soon, when ever I get over the excitement of feeling alive again....actually having a life...this is sooooooo awesome!!
Did I mention that my husband says this is the best he has felt in over 10 years....he has irritable bowel syndrom, he is eating mostly what I do. (for dinners anyhow and snacks)  He also takes an algae supplement. Seems to do him good therse changes, he's not 100% on board yet, but coming along.....I'm very proud of him!!
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I'm on the arthritis diet too, Sasha!

Although I'm really compliant, I haven't  seen tons of change in my knees, though.  I  was a  distance runner for many years and I play singles tennis every day ( still)... so .. I really put the wear and tear on my knees.  I've quit running outside... now I do the eliptical trainer in the gym.. still 7  miles or so.. but there's no pounding.

I feel like  I just need to give it more time, since my knees were so bad to begin with.  I spent many years as a vegetarian eating all the wrong things.. and  YEARS of too much coffee,  milk, and sugar.. so I hope I can say that I see  a big change like you in a few months!  Also, my physical therapist is a huge believer in the BTD.. so since I've been seeing him in the last month, I'm  even more sure that this is the right way to eat for arthritis.
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Sheri, I also take Glucosomine Sulfate for my knees and that was helping me before I started the BTD, so with the two of them I feel that has helped a lot. I was born with my patella's out of line and thoughout my early years I would end up with them dislocating all the time which tore my ligaments and tendons many times over. They moved them in what was a major surgery (7 hours) in 1970 and years later I ended up with arthritis because of the wear and tear. They have never come out of place again so the surgery was a success. They told me that I may need knee replacement a few years ago, but so far so good. Of course I don't run or play tennis, but then again, I never learned how to run because of my knees and never played tennis. I am sure you would miss those things if you had to give them up completely, we will believe that over time BTD will work for you.
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Hi Sheri....I too was an athelte for many years, I was also in weight training for quite a while....funny, now I read A's should not do strenuous excersise..go figure. That's what I thought my problem was with back pain, vhiro said it was a pinched nerve, but I guess I will know soon when I get tests back from the ol' GP. I can oly imagine what tennis could do to the knees...ouch! I know why you chose tennis though...hee hee....all those years of coffee and cream, I know it would go to my thighs!! Curious...how is your elbow, any type of pain there?  I'll be back to the gym soon, as soon as I know I am good to go, and won't hurt my back or jints in any way. Oh to feel the treadmill under my feet again!!
I think for sure, I mean I know for sure you are on the right track now, it is so true that some things just take so much more time to pull together, but I would have beemhappy with just the tiniest bit of improvement, so each day you probably notice  something new and better, even if you just tell yourself that.

I don't know how to reply to an individual post, so I will say THANKS FOR THE PASTA NAME AND SAUCES, good timing cause I am making broiled chicken with fetaccinni (how do you spell that) pasta, brocoli and spinach salad with walnuts and mushrooms (cause they are there in the fridge), not sure what dressing to put on tho, used to use balsamic vinegarette, but I think A's are an AVOID on vinegar, will have to look and see. I have noticed some of you do some pretty fancy stuff in the kitchen...very creative, I hope I get there soon too!
Off to cook!
Thanks ALL!
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! Southernkitty.....I know those looks real well. But most people know me for years, I'm always going on about some natural or herbal remedy that I have found, on and off over the years....sold herbs for a while too...drove the family nuts. If it's aquaintences, I stop pretty quick if there is no response. I just think to myself, "ok, fine suite yourself then, and don't tell me your problems" They can dish out the complaints but have not yet learned to "listen" and "believe".


Anyone know if there is a spell check on this board....I am not a typer by trade.
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Thanks Melissa J the dressing was great!
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