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Vicki
Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 3:50am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Hey there, Marv.  Thanks for sharing your story.  
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Welcome Marv! Great testimonlial!  Maybe you can mix pineapple juice with your orange juice & try different juices/fruits.  We hope you can keep posting. This forum has a lot to offer.


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Hi Marv,
  Welcome to the forum. I just saw Dr. D give a lecture last week, and he said 70% compliant is great. We all have our foods we can't be without.. I, being Italian, do not have Dr. D's will power. (or his father's will power) I have to have some tomatoes on occassion. Out of all the nightshades, tomatoes don't bother me. Potatoes however, give me joint pain. Lucky for me I don't like them too much.  Oranges on the other hand give me migraines..I found that out by accident by giving up oranges for my skin and I realized my headaches went away.  My sister and my two sons are allergic to oranges. I drink pineapple juice, apple juice, grape juice...
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Hi there

I am a newbie to forums, but a longtime BTDer.

For me, growing up, the word 'diet' always had connotations of giving something up or eating in a limited way, so when, in February of 2001 I was feeling constantly bloated and sluggish and although I was only a UK 12-14 (I think this is a US 8-10??? ) at 5ft0 and in the region of 135 pounds I felt what I can only describe as "wrong in my own skin", I thought that was how it would always be.

But my friend, a very wise lady who has since graduated with her ND, was able to introduce me to the BTD concept, and I decided to take up the 2 week challenge issued in Eat Right.  I felt so much better straight away that, although my level of compliance wavers at times, I always return to the BTD sooner or later.

My immune system has improved, my allergies are reduced (although sadly not entirely eliminated ), I have oodles more energy, and I am now a much happier UK8/wavering around the 110-112 pound mark which is where the weightloss stopped naturally, as indicated in Eat Right!  Being an active sort anyway, my exercise exceeds the type-A recommendations, but I have found that the addition of a Yoga/Pilates/Tai chi based class to my week allows me a much better sleep pattern and reduces my stress by a whole ton!

In real terms of what I enjoy eating ... tomatoes I can happily do without, I have found, and bananas, which I thought would be a challenge to avoid, but actually aren't.  I miss potatoes quite a lot, but also notice their bad effects when my resolve against them crumbles.  In my previous life I loved cheese, and while I find still want cheese in my brain, I don't enjoy the actual eating of it any more ... so I hope that given time, my pre-programming will change!

I have found that I identify strongly with many type-A traits, like routine, planning and organisation, and the personality descriptors fit me better than any other I have ever come across.  I have so enjoyed reading the blogs on this site for the last 5 years, and find it interesting to hear of the struggles other types have, and how they are different and similar to my own.

I suppose what I'm really trying to say (in a very long way!) is that I feel like I fit in here, and I am so very glad to have found the BTD relatively early in life.  I feel my life will be richer for it.
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Hi Mouse  
Welcome!   I hear ya about allergies.  I have more trouble avoiding tomatoes that potatoes. I'm not a big potato eater. I always thought they were tasteless, unless dreneched in oil like chips.  And I'm the same way as you, that I might waiver but I tend to always come back to the BTD because I feel more balanced on it then other eating programs.  I however, am not 5'0"  I'm 5'7" and a Amazon. My mom was 5'1" and also an A+.  

This is originally my first thread from when I joined the BTD forum in 2007! Cool that people are still posting!    I've come a long way since then.  I've been following Dr. D's work since his first book Eat Right and now the GenoType Diet, his latest research. It's a fascinating read and fun to find out what GenoType one is.
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Mouse,
great results and welcome!

take a look at the health series book, allergies
might be the right fit for you!


''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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I have up and down moments to be honest. I did great first 3 weeks ont he BTD, then went on a crazy food binge, then started on the GTD. First lost a bit weight, now took on weight. I hoep its only due to y "womanthing" this week. I actually like the A-type/teacher diet, but I still feel that when I eat a bit more (more is what other people wpuld define as ormal I guess) I gain weight. Like yesterday night I had a sandwich with egg, salad, brie cheese, cucumber on speltbread at 8pm and wuppsi 1 kg more on th balance. Not sure if I need to eat arbs only int he evening and not mix with the proteins. Bit frustrating also that I am still quite tired. Unless i id my yoga at 7pm in the morning funny enough. I believe this lifestyle is the riht one to go, it would just be nic eto see results faster and not have it go the other way. I also still get a swollen itchy right eye after sleep quiet often, but I am off the high dose of antihystamins though. Anyone has any exerience on how longittakesto see some sustainable results? Thanks
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3 to 6 months to reset, so take it one day at a time


''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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Hej Lola,
Yes, I am hanging in there. I also should try to go to bed before 11pm but I have most energy at night somehow. I told myself to stick to it at least for 2 month without giving into major temptation.
Will let you know. SWAMI will only be available for doctors here after the conferenc ein June, so maybe i just go directly for private ones in July. Depending on the costs as well.
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great!


''Just follow the book, don't look for magic fixes to get you off the hook. Do the work.'' Dr.D.'98
DNA mt/Haplo H; Y-chrom/J2(M172);ISTJ
The harder you are on yourself, the easier life will be on you!
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Cenedra, if you have your energy at night, be careful of eating dessert (even if it's fruit).  Back when I was having a hard time balancing blood sugar, I ate my dessert (which was usually fruit) after lunch instead of after dinner.  Now I eat my fruit during the day.

Also, you may want to consider eating more at breakfast and lunch and toning down dinner a little.  Food gives energy, and if you're eating a big dinner and feeling really energetic, you may want to try to get that energy earlier in the day by making sure you have really good, big, beneficial meals.  Otherwise you may find yourself dragging around all day and then feeling your best after dinner.  


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"Everything is permissible for me, but not everything is beneficial..."  I Corinthians 6:12

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Hej Ribbit,

That sounds good, except that IS what I am already doing. Although not sure what you consider big since I also want to lose 2-3 kg right now. But I have the fruits in the morning up tp lunch, then cookies, rice crackers, nuts or Unibar foer afternoon snack and either a veggie sandwich, asian styr fry with tofu, miso soup 1 one slice Ezekiel bread, rice with nuts and ogions or salad with spelt bread in the evenings. Usual just one portion. I even have my chocolate in the morning.
I guess I just do not like my work and my workouts. For me the fun starts when I am home being able to relax
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Hi Everybody,

Thank you for sharing your stories about how the diet has added to your quality of life.  I initially bought the Blood Type book and it made sense.  Then I bought the Genotype book and it said that I am a Teacher.  I have been following it pretty closely, 80- 100% of the time.  I have already feel better, and it has only been two weeks!
I have slowly been gaining weight over the last 10 years and have paid $$$ to try to lose it, exercising like a fiend (even paid a personal trainer an outrageous amount of money... only to gain 20 lbs!)  Yes, my mission is to lose weight, but more importantly to feel well.
So far I have mental clarity that I have not had in years!
In two weeks I have lost 7 lbs!  And that is not with trying, just eating on my list.
I am hoping to find relief from arthritis.

With only two weeks under my belt I feel amazing, I am looking forward to hearing more great moments and sharing mine too.  This is not a diet for me, this is a lifestyle change.

I have been thinking about buying the Swami Express but am wondering if I should just stick to the information in the books and go from there.  What do you think?  Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.  I just want to eat well and feel fantastic.

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If the Teacher diet is working keep at it. You will know when to do the SWAMI.


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Great job kkmama!  Isn't this cool? My thread is still here..    This is from when I first joined (again...was a member in 2004 for a short stint)  I noticed some people here have the weigtloss tickers and I'm realizing that not too many people here have them.  I know why. Because the BTD and the GenoType diet are Health diets. They're not weight loss diets.  As Dr. D said in his youtube video on the GenoType diet, a "Diet" is something you do, to lose weight for your brother's wedding to fit into the tux. lol   He did mention that following your GenoType diet will cause the body to balance out and that would include weight loss.

Are you exercising?
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kkmama,
add this into your lifestyle and report more positive results
http://www.dadamo.com/knowbase/mind/mind2.htm


''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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I'm very new to the BTD, but have noticed amazing results with my health, and my 5-year-old daughter's health.
In January 2010 I started exploring a vegetarian lifestyle for myself. Immediate results for me included weight loss, improved energy levels, no more gas and bloating, and generally improved disposition.

In May 2010, I suffered a bout of extremely painful diverticulitis. About a week afterward, I discovered the BTD and found that whole wheat, chickpeas, and tomatoes were  on my "avoid" list. Of course, the night when my pain began, I had eaten falafel, hummus, and tomato soup at a new restaurant that touted vegetarian cuisine! Hindsight is 20/20.

Since starting myself and my daughter on the BTD, I have noticed the following things:
1. Allergies improved for both of us
2. Constipation gone for me
3. Excess mucus problem gone for both of us
4. Lower tummy bloat gone for me
5. Unexplained vomiting gone for my daughter
6. "Chemical breath" gone for my daughter
7. Need for 10+ hours of sleep gone for me
8. Energy levels are way up for both of us!
9. PMS and cramping almost completely gone for me
10. Early morning "creakiness" gone for me
11. Mood swings gone for me
12. Brittle, peeling fingernails gone for me
13. Dental health is much better for me
14. Migraines gone for me! Hallelujah! (This in itself has made me so very happy!)
15. Feeling lightheaded after a couple of hours of not eating has disappeared for me

I look forward to getting more in-depth diet ideas with the GTD and SWAMI software.

I'm sharing my success with everyone I know. Hopefully some of them will take the plunge and try it for themelves.

Thank you, Dr. D!
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welcome and congratulations!!

next step
http://www.dadamo.com/knowbase/newbie/a.htm


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The harder you are on yourself, the easier life will be on you!

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Welcome and wow I identify with much of your list dawndibear.

I have only been eating this way since the end of May but like you have benefited tremendously already - particularly the lower tummy bloating, the PMS/cramps almost disappeared, fewer and milder mood swings (I think this will continue to improve)

I have yet to feel the higher energy levels though   , I want to feel much more energy, but so far it's not happening.

Good luck with your and your daughter's continued success


Me A+, my son O+, my other half O+
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Hi and welcome dawndibear!   That's really great that you had so many wins with the diet!

Hi Ekalia..I don't feel well eating any other way ..!  
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That's good to read you.
2 years ago, I started BTD, but until 3 months ago, I was less than 50% compliant.This last 3 months I've been 95% compliant. The 5% was because I didn't ask enough questions at the restaurants, but i'm getting the knack . But at home i'm 100% compliant.
2 years ago, in a humdrum blood analysis it was detected the H.pilory, the ulcer virus. I had been feeling some stomachaches for a while but i didn't know the cause until then. So they gave me the usual treatment but I had to continue taking the stomach protector until a month ago, when I decided to stop.
Since I was a child, i've been having allergic problems, running and blocked nose, sore throat, cough, irritated eyes, ... so I've been in and out of antihistamines for years.
So, the first 2 months doing BTD, I lost weight, but i didn't feel important improvement with my problems, so I did a blood test about 200 different kinds of food. Most of the results where avoid for A non-sec, but there were some more that for me were beneficial or neutral according to the BTD but i can't eat them.
So for a month, I've been avoiding all of them,and doing BTD. Resuslts:
-allergic problems reduced more than 90% without antihistamines
-no need for my stomach protector during the last month
-I'm losing more weight




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I've been meaning to stop by this thread and say "Hi!".  
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I've been meaning to stop by this thread and say "Hi!".  


I was just thinking the same thing!  So here I am  

I just re-dedicated myself to the diet this week and have had some slip-ups (and yes, I'm fully aware it is only Wednesday! lol).  Nothing that better planning won't fix.  Trying to prepare food that my toddlers and husband will eat that is still healthy is driving me nuts!  My hubby is very picky, eats no fruit or veggies at all.  Doesn't help when the boys want to copy him  



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I AM NEW TO ALL OF THIS, A TYPE A AND HAVE JUST ORDERED THE SWAMI SOFTWARE AND TESTING KIT.  THESE POSTS ARE SO VERY INTERESTING TO ME.  I HAVE FIFTY POUNDS TO LOSE AND ALSO NEED TO LOSE THE FOODS THAT MAKE ME FEEL SO SLUGGISH AND UNMOTIVATED.  I KNOW WHEN I DO NOT EAT JUNK I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER.  BUT, WHAT A SURPRISE IT IS THAT A'S SHOULD NOT BE MEAT-EATERS!  I HAVE EATEN MEAT EVERYDAY ALL OF MY LIFE.  IT WILL BE MOST INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT I FEEL LIKE WHEN I START FOLLOWING THE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MY BODY!  I ALSO SUFFER FROM ARTHRITIS AND HAVE HAD A KNEE AND HIP REPLACEMENT AND HAVE PROBLEMS WITH MY THUMBS NOW AND ONE FOOT.

THANKS TO ALL WHO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCE HERE.  IT SURELY HELPS THOSE OF US WHO ARE TRYING TO FIND OUR WAY THROUGH THE MAZE!  

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Welcome mnmom!

I am an A that quit eating beef and pork years ago. Once you do...you will not go back!
Your body will let you know that it won't accept it anymore1 Mine certainly did! I tried once after a year then again years later...each time was one bite! The first was a beef burger and I was soooo nauseated then vomited. The final time was a sliver of baked ham......that sent me to the bathroom where I literally "went" until I was dehydrated! The good news is you might try fish, turkey and some chicken......AND lose weight!
The best advice I can give is BE PATIENT! It will work! I had to learn this over time.
Good health is priceless!!!!!
Wishing you great results!


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