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santosha
Tuesday, August 22, 2006, 11:32pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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hello fellow btd'ers!  
Tomorrow is the one month anniversary of me going to a naturopath and starting the Blood Type Diet.  I don't have huge changes to share in my health because I was fairly healthy (by a lot of people's standards, I was really healthy) before... but I could feel sluggish, depressed, anxious, and had some reccuring ear/nose/throat infections & digestive issues my whole life.  So far, I have lost 4 pounds and have noticed a huge change in how my body looks and feels with the inflammation from sooo many avoids, dying down.  More than the physical changes so far, though, are the mental changes... just knowing how to eat brings so much peace of mind.  

I just wrote a blog about my thoughts on my first month of BTD on my personal blog & thought that I would paste it here to share.  It's only the beginning of my BTD journey , so it's not exactly a testimonial, in that I can't say a lot of impressive concrete improvements, but it feels like a huge thing for me.  Thanks for reading! -Kate
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Tomorrow is the one-month anniversary of starting to work on the Blood Type Diet.  It snuck up on me!  I am really happy with the way things are going...  Wanna know what I ate yesterday?!  Sorry, but I'm gonna tell you whether you want to or not.

*2 eggs with 2 slices turkey bacon, fresh basil, rosemary, and sage, beet greens, chard, cherry tomatos, and bit of chevre.
*Almond butter lolly (tablespoon of a. butter)
*2 cups beet greens and chard curried with 1/2 a lamb sausage, spring onions & garlic.
*Roasted red & white beets, zucchini, rosemary, basil, sage dressed in olive oil and lime juice served over a bed of mixed field greens with sprinkle of chevre on top
*'Nana "Ice Cream" 1.5 frozen bananas pureed in blender with maple syrup

(and all the produce, except for the frozen banana and the garlic were from our garden, the urban farm, or my parents' garden! so fresh, so yummy!)

And just for fun... 1.5 glasses of champagne (which is an avoid, but oh well)!

I felt so happily satiated and satisfied with food yesterday.  It's lovely to feel this way, I think.  Most whole foods have nutritional value... but it's hard to know which ones are best for you... also, without knowing that, it's sometimes easy to get stuck in a rut of always buying the same veggies or cooking the same foods... and if they happen to be ones that really aren't that great for you... you can get stuck in a rut of poor health, even as you try to eat well.  Soooo...  You still feel crappy even when eating well & you figure there is no difference between this and any other processed c**p, which tastes good (to your ailing body, which can't even really tell what it wants.)  So you just fall off the  already-misguided wagon completely.

I've been in this trap of eating really "healthy" but with a shot in the dark... and actually hurting myself even more.  Becoming almost vegetarian, which I did for health and ahimsa reasons, was actually making my system feel worse because of all the wheat, corn, and dairy I was eating & also because a lot of vegetarian meat/protien substitutes are highly processed foods, despite being "healthy".  And don't even get me started on the Master Cleanse.  I was just so bloody confused and you get used to hearing how you have to feel bad to feel better, so you think perhaps you are in a "healing crisis" when you are really in a health crisis.  Now I love to see what's in my grocery basket.  Just went shopping at my lunchbreak today and was so happy to see all the whole foods in their simplest states.  And the meat I eat is almost all organic.  If not organic, then definitely grass-fed & local.  (Or wild, for the case of fish.)

It feels good to know how to eat well.  And then if I make the choice to eat something for reasons other than nourishment occasionally, I can feel that it's in the context of generally high quality, educated food choices... and the best thing, which really surprises me... is that I don't even want to 'cheat' or anything.  I am loving my food and as I eat more whole foods and 'beneficials' for my blood type, I feel that my body naturally seeks more of them... so I feel a real sense of balance and ease coming in.  I thought it would be so hard to give up all these foods that we are raised with for generation after generation in our diets... but it has been pretty painless, overall.  It's a lot to learn in the beginning, but settling in, it's actually much easier than never knowing what's the right thing to eat.  I have things I can fall back on that I *know* are healthy medicine... and then, I can experiment with new adaptations of foods I enjoy (like this really yummy sushi I made the other day with all beneficial ingredients.)

I am really happy and feeling like the $ spent at the naturopath was totally worth it to get to this point of feeling like I am on a solid trajectory toward easy, healthful living.  So much energy that I have put toward this for years is finally coalescing into actual results and now I can rest and enjoy health unfolding.  It feels wonderful!

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congratulations!!! )


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Congratulations santosha.

I hope this way of eating and living becomes a natural, permanent part of your life.

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pleeeaase tell me your address for organic foods; I am coming by flight-foot or horse

bravoooo Madl
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Great work santosha.  Isn't it wonderful to feel healthy when you follow the right knowledge.

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santosha, even tho you said not to...........what's up w/ the Master Cleanse thingee?



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Quoted from ISA-MANUELA
pleeeaase tell me your address for organic foods; I am coming by flight-foot or horse

bravoooo Madl


Me too!  I think we may all want to come over for dinner.  


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Quoted from santosha
Tomorrow is the one month anniversary of me going to a naturopath and starting the Blood Type Diet...More than the physical changes so far, though, are the mental changes...


Congratulations on your one month anniversary! I admire your perseverance on changing your diet, especially when sharing a kitchen with those who choose not to. The best inspiration for me to continue to eat right is how I feel, both physically and mentally. In fact, when I first started the BTD, I noticed such a big change in my mental state that I actually named my alternate personality 'Serena'.


It is not my responsibility to convince anyone of anything.
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Thanks so much, everyone!  

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santosha, even tho you said not to...........what's up w/ the Master Cleanse thingee?


Lol!  The Master Cleanse http://therawfoodsite.com/mastercleanse.htm is a minimum 10 day fast on "lemonade" made with lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and maple syrup.  This combination is supposed to provide vitamins, enough calories to live on, and the pepper acts as an irritant to release & flush toxins.  The cleanse also includes drinking senna (laxitive) tea each night and drinking a quart of salt water each moring to flush out your system even more.


I really wanted to cleanse and heal my body from a physical and mental feeling of poor health and this seemed so appealing to be clean in 10 days.  Instead it made me violently ill and was all wrong for my constitution.  It was extremely stressful to my body and there are some bathroom details from the cleanse that no one needs to know!  
Suffice to say that it took my system several months to get back to "normal" which was the feeling of poor health I had before...

Now I know that you can't trust anything that offers such a quick and extreme fix.  It seems that the best way to cleanse your body is to let it relax and nourish it over extended periods of time (i.e. the rest of your life!)  I feel like anything that is going to have a lasting effect for the better is going to take a long time to really take effect... but its scary how making the wrong, extreme choices for even a short time can affect your health for a long time to come.  I'm so happy to stop worrying about how to do it and just get down to the business of getting myself healthy!
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senna leaf can be a bit too harsh on your gut!!


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I tried a cleanse/flush once too.  I felt awful for a week or two after.  I did the olive oil, epsom salts one.  Never again.  


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santosha, thanks for sharing your Master Cleanse story w/ us. I'll make sure I never do it. I've been thinking of doing a good colon cleanse. I know there's a current thread on that.  



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I'm back ( I hope ). Good for you, Santosha


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You've had a very successful start! Well done, santosha!

Quoted from santosha
And just for fun... 1.5 glasses of champagne (which is an avoid, but oh well)!


Actually - champagne isn't tested, so you are allowed to count is as a Neutral...! In my book it's even a bene. As I see it: You only drink champagne on special occasions - when you have something to celebrate and when you're happy. Being happy is super beneficial, so...! Cheers!

Re. the Master Cleanse. I tried it back in the 80's - don't remember why, I wasn't into anything "healthy" back then at all...
But ick-ack-yuck it was awful. I only lasted for 4 days before I quit sick as a dog (and with my mother yelling at me for being so stupid...!!! )

Took me 20 years before I tried anything "healthy" again. This time it was BTD!!! I have the feeling, I'll still do BTD in 2026!


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About the Master Cleanse.  I think the way you feel during the cleanse depends on your current health status.  I did the cleanse for 3 days and felt great.  I actually looked forward to drinking the salt water every morning.  I wanted to do it for the full 10 days, but I just had to chew something!  So I switched to the BTD!  



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Just wanted to say hi and introduce myself. I have been on the BTD for almost 3 weeks. I went through very heavy withdrawals before I really found you guys. Vegetarian for 15 years and have just started eating chicken. I work with a nutritionalist and she told me I was on my way to becoming diabetic with all of the carbs and the carb craving because my blood sugar was way off. I lost 4 lbs right off the bat but things have stablized now. I have to read the book every day because I find my mind telling me that I can eat this and that. When I first started I went off the wheat and directly to dairy. Within days I had heavy mucus in my nose, so much so that it caused sores. So I dropped the cottage cheese, yogurt, raw milk and switched to chick. I had bought the BTD book about 3 years ago but was in no way ready to give up wheat. But I would trade giving up wheat any day for not having to poke a needle into my body. Glad all of you are here! Thanks.
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welcome 2jo to our *w*holy bunch ...fine to meet you and please let us know how we might give some help if needed; wow sounds ya just jumped into detox, huh Perhaps some lemonjuice in the morning will help to quit mucus?...hmm I don't think that you'll gona go for diabetics with us ...
laughter, good food to your bloodtype convinient...and all is yuk ahem almost all
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I've been thinking about doing the colon cleanse thing, but it just didn't make sense to me since my problem was that my colon seemed to be cleansing itself over and over every day. I'm glad I was directed to learn about BTD before I became desparate enough to try the cleanse. My husband, who is also A+, is not happy about my change in eating, as if affects his meals as well. But he knows how miserable I was, so he's holding his tongue for now. He's a former Atkins dieter, so the BTD recommendations for the two of us is totally foreign to him.

Kate, I hope my one-month anniversary is as successful as yours. But please tell me how you learned to combine all these things. I don't like to cook or follow recipes, so learning to prepare foods differently is a huge challenge for me.
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Quoted from 2jo
Just wanted to say hi and introduce myself. I have been on the BTD for almost 3 weeks. I went through very heavy withdrawals before I really found you guys. Vegetarian for 15 years and have just started eating chicken. I work with a nutritionalist and she told me I was on my way to becoming diabetic with all of the carbs and the carb craving because my blood sugar was way off. I lost 4 lbs right off the bat but things have stablized now. I have to read the book every day because I find my mind telling me that I can eat this and that. When I first started I went off the wheat and directly to dairy. Within days I had heavy mucus in my nose, so much so that it caused sores. So I dropped the cottage cheese, yogurt, raw milk and switched to chick. I had bought the BTD book about 3 years ago but was in no way ready to give up wheat. But I would trade giving up wheat any day for not having to poke a needle into my body. Glad all of you are here! Thanks.


Welcome, 2jo!  You've been through the storm alright, and now I believe you'll find that your health only gets better from here on.  You're among a lot of us who tried the vegetarian/starchetarian life.  20 years for me, and I did a lot of damage to my health because of it!  You may find that not just wheat, but grains in general are not really your friend.  Your insulin levels can be severely affected by grain eating if you have diabetic tendencies.  Have a go at Dr. D's wonderful book on dealing with and preventing Diabetes with the BTD!




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My husband, who is also A+, is not happy about my change in eating, as if affects his meals as well. But he knows how miserable I was, so he's holding his tongue for now. He's a former Atkins dieter, so the BTD recommendations for the two of us is totally foreign to him.


Hi Rottlady,
It's good to hear from you!  
I have a thought on living with a person who doesn't want to follow along on the BTD.  They can actually get pushed away from it if they feel that they are being forced into something they don't want.  Maybe it's better to let him continue to eat the foods he wants, and as he sees how your health changes for the better, he can choose that way for himself.  That way, it will be his choice and not having to eat that way for you.  Just my experiences.    No criticism of you intended at all!!  



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My wife and I started on the BTD about a year and a half ago. She's a 'B'. We made a list of all the foods we could both eat that weren't 'avoids'. We went through the kitchen and gave away everything that wasn't on our 'list'. We only buy the foods that are on our 'list'.
I've lost about forty pounds nice and slowly since we started. I can't begin to describe how much better we both feel!
I think the key for us is only having the 'right' foods in the house.
(We do 'cheat' a bit when we go out once in a while.)
I love pasta and 'succumed' to a big plate of lingini recently. It tasted great but I suffered for it for days later. It wasn't worth it.
Hang in there. Like another member posted when your partner sees what a difference the BTD makes for you they just might give the diet a try.
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Lilly, it's great when husband and wife go into this together.  My husband and I did the same and we cleaned out our kitchen the way you did, also.  We never looked back.  It's good to hear of your weight loss that has been happening slowly.  At that rate, the pounds should surely stay off.

It's wonderful to hear of success stories!
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