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Valerie
Saturday, June 23, 2007, 3:02pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Hi everyone,
My name is Valerie and I am just starting the BTD today(6-23-07) I just read the first book. I have read some articles on here. I am so excited! Who would of thought your blood type had anything to do with how your body reacts to food, how you feel and how you lose weight? That is amazing. This is a true eye opener for me. 
I am an O. I just turned 40. I am 5"4", 255lbs. I weigh more now than I have ever weighed in my life. I have tried to lose weight for years. Nothing has worked. I ache and hurt everywhere. I have migraine headaches. I have low blood sugar spells pretty regularly. I sleep every minute I can because I am exhauseted. I have no energy. I cry for no reason. My hands and arms fall a sleep during the day and especially when I sleep. I went to the doctor last year and had a complete physical. My cholestrol is 264 but that is all they found wrong. They said I was depressed and put me on antidepressants and wanted to put me on cholestrol medicine. I said no to the cholestrol medicine. I went off of the Lexapro after a few months and went to counseling for 6 months. I have spent a lot of money and I feel exactly the same. I am so excited about the BTD! It gives me great hope!  
                                                      Thanks, Valerie

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saluti dearest  Valerie and a very warm welcome on that marvellous board ...I hope you are going to have as quick as possile your success needed on that merveille called BTD.....I am sure you'll have it and I wish you all the best in the next few weeks with us .....
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Welcome VAlerie- Yes BTD will help you.  Start eliminating avoids out of your house. Than buy as many beneficials to stock your frig and pantry,
    Being an O, the most helpful start would be protein  beef and greens in the AM think omelet, use whites because of your chloresterol, I would start off with 2 oz of cooked ground sirloin, (if you like the taste of sausage) add sage to the meat along with other beneficial spices, like tumeric, cumin, cayenne pepper sea salt, and peppercorns ground fresh (not black pepper ), you can throw in onion, garlic, spinach, nori (seaweed)break in little pieces and let egg absorb seaweed. Put olive oil or grapeseed oil or ghee in a frying pan, medium heat & proceed.

I mention this because it will give you energy quickly, for your day.  ( I would forget white & grain for awhile) but I would eat plums, tart cherries or fresh cherryies, figs, blue berries check your list)

If something says 0-3 times a month, try and forget it.  Don't eat unless you absolutely have no choice.
Learn portions
learn number of ounces of meat, poultry, seafood
vegetables are pretty free, so are fruit, (without sugar added and especially without corn syrup)
fresh is best ,

My health has improved tremenously, and I have lost a lot of weight.  I was oxygen, not any more
                                                             I was in a wheel chair, than walker than cane , not any more
                                                             I've went down 6 sizes in clothes from a 3X-4X to 22/24
and almost down to the next size.

You can do it! I'm excited for you.
    Remember even if you can't walk for an hour a day, you can walk for five minutes every hour your awake. You can stand up in front of a chair and sit back down and stand up again & sit back down (I do this ten times than rest) You can stand in front of a kitchen sink, hold on the the counter and do squats, and back up, Just picking your arms up as farm to the sky as you could and lowering them again is exercise.  If you have an office chair, move seat and legs one way and waist up the other way, back and forth.  or put on some music and dance, or move, or sway, as often as you can a day.  It all helps so much!  Best to you. I've lost almost 78lbs, and you can too

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Quoted from Valerie
Hi everyone,
My name is Valerie and I am just starting the BTD today(6-23-07) I just read the first book. I have read some articles on here. I am so excited! Who would of thought your blood type had anything to do with how your body reacts to food, how you feel and how you lose weight? That is amazing. This is a true eye opener for me. 
I am an O. I just turned 40. I am 5"4", 255lbs. I weigh more now than I have ever weighed in my life. I have tried to lose weight for years. Nothing has worked. I ache and hurt everywhere. I have migraine headaches. I have low blood sugar spells pretty regularly. I sleep every minute I can because I am exhauseted. I have no energy. I cry for no reason. My hands and arms fall a sleep during the day and especially when I sleep. I went to the doctor last year and had a complete physical. My cholestrol is 264 but that is all they found wrong. They said I was depressed and put me on antidepressants and wanted to put me on cholestrol medicine. I said no to the cholestrol medicine. I went off of the Lexapro after a few months and went to counseling for 6 months. I have spent a lot of money and I feel exactly the same. I am so excited about the BTD! It gives me great hope!  
                                                      Thanks, Valerie


Welcome! Welcome!  I've been doing this for a few weeks now, and already feel better!  You're in the right place!  

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Valerie you have found the best solution to your health challenges.....I am glad you found this site. Geminisue has given you great advice above, and there are many others of us who can steer you toward your goal.
You're an O, think: hunter/gatherer......and ditch the breads and pastas. but hey, have that sweet potato, every day if you want. Have a banana,  you can have rice if you are really needing something to make it work for you.
this morn I made steak and eggs for the DH. I had some steak cut into thin strips for fajitas in the freezer, just threw a few in a pan.....etc. Best of luck to you.
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Stay with it & if you feel it isn't working, check your secretor status mentioned somewhere in this site.
However, meats & leafy veggies should really work for both 'secretor statuses.'
Ask the questions you need.  The folks here are very glad to help!!!!
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welcome Valerie!
the tutorial is a good place to start
http://www.dadamo.com/knowbase/newbie/1.htm

Sue!
wow!
that was powerful!
thanks for sharing your results so far!
impressive!


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Welcome, Valerie! I changed my lifestyle to mostly compliant blood type dieting early '06, and my life has changed. My aches and pains and a ver-r-r-r-y long list of health miseries faded away stunningly quickly. I can't recommend BTD enough, because it's worked miracles not only with me, but family members who are trying aspects of it, too. Wierd things get better out of the blue - example, a sister of mine cut WAY back on dairy, and went from a lifetime of being unable to wear even gold earrings, to being able to wear anything in her ears. Things you always took for granted will improve. Don't get me started!!! I now take about 5% of the medication I used to take.
My hard-earned advice for a new O would be Quit Eating Wheat, Corn and cut way back on the Dairy. Give away the wheat-based and corn-based foods in your house. You will become a "professional" label-reader, and it may feel overwhelming at first, but all that new knowledge will sink in, and you'll start to feel on more solid ground. When you can afford it, get your secretor status tested. Makes a huge difference fine-tuning your food list.
When I started, the idea of no bread or pasta was too strange to me, so I substituted with compliant breads and pastas. Eventually I realized I felt so much better when I didn't eat those things, and now we don't even have it in the house, and don't miss it. I eat like a queen, and often have steak and parsley or other greens for breakfast. As an O non-secretor, I do not feel deprived coz I feel awesome when I'm being a good little girl on BTD. When I cheat, my old problems come back, so I'm  mostly rather good.
You will find tons of great recipes, and recipes that you can adapt.
And I started feeling much better less than 48 hours into the diet. It's a lifesaver.
Any questions you have will be answered fairly soon by a bevy of BTD'ers from all over the world. Example, our beloved Tomatilla Isa (your first response to your post in this thread) is in Switzerland, and tho English is not her first language, she gets her point across in her enthusiasm.
You will find the people here bright and kind, all whom have benefitted from aspects of Dr. D's work.
You must read Live Right 4 Your Type. Buy it or find a library branch that has it (mine has several of the D'Adamo books) or get comfy on one of those couches in the bookstores and start reading. Learn, learn, learn.
Welcome, welcome, welcome.
Excuse me, I have to go feed the baby blue jay more crickets. I think he's an O!  


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Welcome. For what it's worth, I am finding for me that muscle aches and lack thereof are associated with weight gain and weight loss, respectively. Haven't narrowed down the exact tie-in, but maybe something to keep in mind.
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Researchingthings- I connected the lack of joint pain with getting rid of wheat and corn, those are the first two I got rid of, & I was pain free in a couple of weeks, and got off of vicadin 3 X a day to 0 (of course I had to ease off of it because of the dependency to them and dr's advice).  Hope you the best on your researching and success, always interested to see what else, you find.
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Thank-You so much for all the support and the enthusiasm! I made it through today. YEAH!! I am very shocked about the no wheat, since everywhere you look and hear, they say how good it is for you. I am so happy I read the BTD book. I will get that book called "Live Right 4 Your Type". I know that changing my eating and lifestyle will be hard, but it will be all worth it. Thank-You so much for all the information. I feel like I am part of a wonderful family.
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Valerie, wishing you a warm welcome to BTD and the forums. there are so many wonderful and helpful people here. always here for support (in whatever form we need) and info of any kind. so glad you're aboard!!  



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Welcome Valerie, I go back and forth on the board and hopefully I will stay. I am 5'6" with 270 lbs. I really need to get back to this.BTD. I wish you luck and hopefully we can all get healthy together...Aani


Listen, this is what I think: I think we can't go around measuring our goodness by what we don't do, by what we deny ourselves, what we resist, and who we exclude. I think we've got to measure goodness by what we embrace, what we create, and who we include. Pere Henri (Chocolat)
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Welcome Valerie.  You have stumbled upon a way of living and eating that will help you get better.  If in doubt, just read the testimonials in the Testimonial Forum.

I will bet you, that you will start noticing differences in as little as 2-3 weeks.  It will be very subtle.  Like, you wake up in the morning and .....you are no longer stuffed up!   Or......you take a step or two and....your joints hurt less.  Or.... you have a meal, and ....there's virtually not pain afterwards!  Or, you have a bowel movement, and.....it's NORMAL!

Please ask as many questions as you need.  We are all here to help each other succeed in this new way of looking at what's healthy.


Knowledge is power.  SWAMI gives you the diet that will unlock the key to better health, and it's all based on your unique individuality.
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Hey Valerie...welcome to the forum and the BTD way of life.  From your testimony I had alot of your symptoms and more before I started on BTD.  Sooooooo many good answers for you above from the wonderful people on here.  My biggest advice to you also, is to get your secretor status checked so that you can tweak that diet right off.  And red meat and greens for breakfast.  And yes...the Live Right 4 Your Type book.  To many of us it is our lifestyle bible.  And...as geminisue points out the exercise...great for us O's...no matter how little we do at a time to get us going.   Great stress releiver.

OSuzanna...wow...I have not worn any earrings (gold either) in many, many years due to itchiness and inflammation when I did.  Even since BTD due to allergies with them.  I will have to give them a try again and see what happens.

+Aan-'Pick yourself up...dust yourself off...start all over again.'  

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Welcome and congratulations Valerie for taking the first steps to a much better quality of life.
here's my Testimonial which says a lot of my journey.
http://www.dadamo.com/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?b=storybd,m=1172334449

don't get impatient with this way of life. like any thing that is good it may take a while to feel the benefits.
I've heard this saying on the board some where {or in Dr.D's books} and repete it to myself a lot
Eat to live, Not live to eat..

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Re: the joint pain thing, my joint reduced at least 80% just going BTD, but a few months later I found out I was a Non-Secretor, quit oats and soy, goodbye hotflashes (the soy) and joint pain (the oats). All these things discovered after dropping the offending foods.


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WOW!! I have never met so many positive and helpful people. I can already see that I am in the right place. I have never had suppoort like this, (ever). My family thinks I am crazy. They do not have much faith in me on dieting. I have always failed and then I am still fat and then I feel worse, because I know I failed. I am happy with the food choices for an O. I am having a lot of trouble with caffeine withdrawls today. I have one doozie of a headache. I have been drinking green tea, but I had to drink some Dr. Pepper. I am addicted to Dr. Pepper. This will be hard for me to quit drinking. I did not realize how addicting sugar and caffeine was, until  I cut it out of my diet. Today is a little challenging, because of the headache and I feel like eating the old way.
                                 Thanks for all the great words of wisdom,
                                                  Valerie
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eat protein everytime you get a craving.......

and drink lots of water........that took care of my headaches, migraines actually.

a lectin free diet and avoiding coffee are also a part of it.


''Just follow the book, don't look for magic fixes to get you off the hook. Do the work.'' Dr.D.'98
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When I quit coffee (and, yes, I cheat occasionally) I started by using 1/2 regular beans and 1/2 decaf, and did that for a few weeks. Started trying green and related teas. Found I liked white tea best, with a tiny pinch of brown sugar. Also cut back on the coffee cups per day. The reduction of caffeine was gradual. Oh, yeah- I used to LIVE on Diet Coke big time, and replaced that right away with selzer and club sodas with a little compliant fruit juices or plain. I just missed the fizzy wetness. Now I just drink them plain.  By time I quit coffee, my body just felt much better, not deprived. I'd heard/read too many headache stories of caffeine withdrawal, so I tried to avoid it, and it worked, the way I did it. Also, the moment I gave up the coffee with 1/2&1/2 and sugar, my sinus problems pretty much went away. I have now had 2 Springs without allergy meds, yahoo!
Hope this story helps someone with ideas.


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Hi Valerie, wishing you a warm welcome to BTD and the forums. Yes, there are loads of wonderful people here!!
Just let all that negative talk about BTD roll off your back. You will have the last laugh, so to speak, in that YOU will be feeling great, while everyone else is not feeling so good.         Glad to have you aboard.



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hi valere welcome im new to.
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Welcome Valerie-

I'm so excited for you also!  I believe you will benefit tremendously from the BTD.  The folks on the forum are EXTREMELY helpful and no questions are ever considered off-limits or stupid so feel free to ask about anything.  Good luck to you!  

PS - Welcome to you also, Bo.  Always nice to see another 'A' hop aboard!


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Hi Valerie,
I am thinking that O's are encouraged to drink sparkling mineral waters, see if you can get some to help when cutting
down on soda.  Best wishes are for you.  Also, my family, doesn't support this diet, but I am not living with them now,
so I just don't discuss it with them.  My sister is even a dietician, but anyway, this is a very healthy diet!  You will
feel better eventually, maybe even sooner than you would think.....
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Valerie:  glad to see that you are cutting out the coffee.   Yes...headaches were a big thing for me with it.  As Lola mentioned...protein and lots of water.  And...your family thinks you are crazy...join the club.  There are many of us on here with that also.  Mine always forgets what I was like before I started BTD now.  I don't and don't ever want to go back there.  Take some before pictures if you have to to remind yourself of who you were.  I have some of myself that I keep handy to look at.  

And yes...when you are feeling headaches or ill...the old cravings come back to you.  Keep up with the beneficials (especially) and they will get you through it all.  

Debra


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