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Adam
Thursday, March 22, 2012, 9:42pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Was going to post this under the SWAMI forum, but this is really a testimonial of recent success that I've been having under the new SWAMI after recent changes made by Dr. D.  

As some of you are aware, I recently separated from my wife after 23 years of marriage.  This decision was not entirely based on wanting to dedicate more fully to my SWAMI, but it was a major factor.  I'm am much happier now that I've finally gotten a place of my own that is only 5 minutes from my job and is completely "my own space" where I can prepare my meals in peace without interruption from anyone.

In the past, I was designated as a Warrior by both the Genotype book and by the earlier SWAMI program.  I knew this wasn't quite right, because I felt hungry all the time.  Now, as a Teacher, I am finally given some poultry and that has made things a lot easier and I feel much better.

Since I am overweight, I am approaching the SWAMI as an opportunity to lose weight initially, and then as a way to maintain my weight at an appropriate level for the rest of my life.  In the past, I would lose weight too quickly on the Warrior diet, get frustrated, and then give up entirely.  At one point, something happened, I was eating too much fiber or something, I don't know the real reason behind it really, and was actually passing bright red blood in my stool.  I nearly gave up entirely after that, thinking this whole thing was nonsense.  But, something kept nagging at me saying "this is science, dude, it just HAS to work", so I stuck with it somewhat, reduced the fiber, and the bleeding stopped. I was feeling pretty good overall, but I was still overweight.

Then, the updated SWAMI was revealed to us all, and I was floored to see that I was now a Teacher.  As always, I was skeptical at first.  I've always been skeptical of Dr. D's diets (true science demands skepticism), but I always gave them a shot anyway with moderate success.  But, something just clicked with me this time and I could tell that he finally nailed it.  The food choices combined with my past experiences and knowledge of cooking and food combining, have come together and now I feel this is the best diet I've ever been on in my life.

The problem is, however, the food preparation.  It takes a total dedication to it.  Planning, shopping, prepping, cooking, eating, cleaning, and repeat.  Very time intensive.  Many don't realize this.  And I think this is why many fail.  You almost need a full-time chef on this diet.  So, that's what I've become, chief cook and bottle washer, for real.

In order to take this new updated SWAMI and run with it for success in weight loss, what I determined I must do is this:  count calories.  Yes, the most basic of all things we must do while on a diet.  I noticed that Dr. D allows us to choose portion size and frequency.  I thought long and hard about this and decided to go with small breakfasts, large mid-day meals, and small evening meals.  This is how I enjoy eating and I truly believe this is best for me.  

So, back to calories.  What I am doing is basically calorie reduction.  I am 6'1" and 238 pounds as of this morning.  In my life, I've been as low as 200 (Nutrisystem diet in 1992) and have ballooned to 280 (right after year 2000), so you can see that I have the ability to be at a wide range of weights.  In recent years, I've stabilized at around 240, give or take 5-10 pounds on either side of that.  I'd like to be at around 200, possibly a little bit under that, so that I can get around better, as my feet, knees, and ankles have been hurting in recent months, and it was time to do something about it.

And, again, calorie reduction...what I've decided to do is restrict my calories to around 1500 calories per day.  Yes, that sounds extreme.  Nutrisystem had me on 1200 per day, I thought I was dying on that diet.  I feel perfectly fine, a little hungry at times, but, yes, I'm on a diet, so that is somewhat expected.  At first, I was really counting things very specific, writing down every little calorie, and now that I'm in the swing of things and know how much to use of everything, I'm not writing every calorie down, but simply keeping a log of what I eat.  This is what a typical day looks like:

Morning Meal:
    Dr. Itaru's Green Tea (one cup)
    1/2 grapefruit squeezed to drink the juice
    Boiled egg (1)
    Bowl of oats containing: oat bran (1/3 cup), barley malt (1/2 tsp), ghee (1/2 tsp), fruit, usually blueberries (1/2 cup), dash of sea salt
    Vitamins: Teacher 3-Pack, Polyvite A, Phytocal A, Salmon oil

Snack:
    Nuts and seeds (1/4 cup)

Mid-day Meal
    Fish (6-8 oz.), breaded, and pan fried in olive oil (1 Tbsp)
    Vegetables or Salad
    Rice (1/2 cup dry)
    Beans
    Red Wine (6-8 oz.)

Snack:
    Fruit (a small whole fruit, or about 1/2 cup of berries)

Evening Meal:
    Vegetables, sometimes with a little ghee and lemon, sometimes sauted in a little olive oil, just depending

Snack:
    Organic Brown Rice Puffs (2 cups)
    Soy Milk (1 cup) with barley malt (1/2 tsp)


I drink copious amounts of water throughout the day between meals to keep properly hydrated and to help flush out toxins that thankfully I'm finally getting rid of permanently.  Occasionally, I'll have some herbal tea or ginger root tea, but not often.

For exercise, I'm starting my days before breakfast on Tues/Thurs with stationary bike for 20 minutes, a little bit of weights with low weight and about 15 reps, and then a little bit of swimming.  On Sunday, I repeat the same workout, but in the evenings, due to availability of the pool.  I also do some walking around the campus that I work at.  I am very interested in starting Chi Gong after seeing some videos.  I think this would suit me very well.

So far, after about 2 weeks, I have gone down from 244 to 238, which is mostly water weight.  I have a tendency to drop weight really quick at the beginning, and then slow down after about a month.  

Just wanted to get this out there for you all, and especially for Dr. D to whom I owe a big debt of gratitude.
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Thursday, March 22, 2012, 10:15pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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1500 kalories... this is exactly my amounts as well to loose some poundies... btw congratulation hope the teacher will fit more


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Thursday, March 22, 2012, 10:25pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Hi Adam - good to hear from you   Sorry to hear about your separation, but if it is helping your health (emotionally, mentally & physically) then it can't be all bad?!
Look forward to keeping up with the progress on your swami...
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Thursday, March 22, 2012, 11:48pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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I wish lowering calories would help me.

The fiber thing is pretty fascinating.
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O in Virginia
Friday, March 23, 2012, 12:04am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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I'm glad to hear Swami is working for you, Adam!    I hear you on the "chief cook & bottle washer" matter.  
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Friday, March 23, 2012, 12:58am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Yes, the food list is the best I've ever been on too.  You might try cycling your calories.  I'm not clear on how carbs work for As but you could play around with your macronutrients/portions to see what works best for you.  I'm a Hunter so I can eat a lot, but prefer to eat much of it on the weekends.
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2450 and 30 minutes of exercise should help you to lose 1 lb a week.  Every 500 calorie reduction is another 1 lb.  So you should roughly losing around 3 lbs a week at 1500 calories.  I hope it works for you.
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Quoted from geminisue
2450 and 30 minutes of exercise should help you to lose 1 lb a week.  Every 500 calorie reduction is another 1 lb.  So you should roughly losing around 3 lbs a week at 1500 calories.  I hope it works for you.


Counting calories doesn't always work. I am proof of that.

Eating a little bit less, a CR diet, seems to have benefits all around. Eating for your GTD or BTD usually means eating less calories than most people even though you eat a lot.
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Adam
Friday, March 23, 2012, 1:30pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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The fiber thing is pretty fascinating.


Yes, DoS, it's a funny thing about me and fiber.  Seems that if I eat brown rice too much I'll get a nagging ache in my ascending colon area.  Ruthiegirl suggested I switch to regular rice, and that helped.  I also started using only brown rice flour and brown rice puffs, and have no issues.  Also, it seemed as if too much flax and walnuts was contributing to it as well.  Even when I was not even on Dr. D's diets, and was doing a 40-40-20 bodybuilding diet, I would sprinkle raw flax on my meals and in my shakes, and soon after the bleeding would start.  Back then, I thought it was doing the stationary bike too much and it was irritating things down there, and so I stopped the bike, and still had bleeding, and then gave up bodybuilding/dieting altogether.  Of course, I got fat, lost muscle mass, but was thankful the the bleeding stopped.  At the time I thought it was too many whey shakes.  Heck it could have contributed, too.  Who knows.  We live and learn with this stuff.  I'm just thankful things are working well at the moment, and hope they stay that way.
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I'm glad you found something that works for you! And, having heard some of the struggles you had before you and your wife separated, I can wholeheartedly offer you my congratualations on your new single-ness!

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what I determined I must do is this:  count calories.  Yes, the most basic of all things we must do while on a diet.
Nope, not true. Yes, it's the "conventional wisdom" but it's not something all of us must do while on a diet. It fails terribly for some of us, particularly O's. Eating too little actually stalls weight loss for many people.

All of us on this forum need to be careful to separate out "I found what works for me!" from "everybody should do this too!" We're all unique individuals with unique biochemistry.


Ruth, Single Mother to 19yo   O- Leah , 18yo O- Hannah, and  12yo B+ Jack


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Did you see a doctor when you had the red blood in your stool?  That and the pain from the brown rice might be an indicator of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn's,e.g.)  Nothing to fool around with....
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Quoted from ruthiegirl
I'm glad you found something that works for you! And, having heard some of the struggles you had before you and your wife separated, I can wholeheartedly offer you my congratualations on your new single-ness!


Thank you, ruthie!

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Nope, not true. Yes, it's the "conventional wisdom" but it's not something all of us must do while on a diet. It fails terribly for some of us, particularly O's. Eating too little actually stalls weight loss for many people.

All of us on this forum need to be careful to separate out "I found what works for me!" from "everybody should do this too!" We're all unique individuals with unique biochemistry.


Awe crud, I meant to edit that out, as I had written a similar broad statement elsewhere in that long post.  Yes, I meant to say that it is what *I* must do while on a diet.  Because it is the *only* thing that works for me.  If I just eat the diet, it doesn't work, I stall on weight loss.  I *must* cut calories to lose weight.  But, many will still argue that it is purely a numbers game and that the math doesn't lie.
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Did you see a doctor when you had the red blood in your stool?


Oh, yes, you bet I did.  Dr. D was the first to respond to my thread back then, and he said to go see a doctor about it.  I had a colonoscopy and there were no issues.  I truly believe I simply have a weakened "processor" in my gut that cannot chew threw the fiber properly and somehow it affects me in that way.  My mom (a Warrior) has similar issues and cannot eat walnuts for the same reason.

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That and the pain from the brown rice might be an indicator of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn's,e.g.)  Nothing to fool around with....


The doc said there were no signs of that.  Colon problems do not run in our family, only heart attacks, strokes, and cancer.  But, yeah, I plan on getting the colonoscopy every five years starting at age 50.
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I admit, I'm not a calorie counter either.  What I've discovered, and what I'm now struggling with, is that activity is most important for me for weight loss.    And I don't mean just going to the gym 3x a week or however often for a really vigoruous workout, but rather constantly moving around throughout the day, including lots of daily walking.  It doesn't have to be super vigorous.  As soon as I visit a city where I walk everywhere (rather than driving) the pounds start melting away.  When I get back home, I regain the weight.  My current environment is not pedestrian, although people do "go walking", but that isn't the same.  I want to relocate.  
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I'm glad you found something that works for you! And, having heard some of the struggles you had before you and your wife separated, I can wholeheartedly offer you my congratualations on your new single-ness!

Nope, not true. Yes, it's the "conventional wisdom" but it's not something all of us must do while on a diet. It fails terribly for some of us, particularly O's. Eating too little actually stalls weight loss for many people.

All of us on this forum need to be careful to separate out "I found what works for me!" from "everybody should do this too!" We're all unique individuals with unique biochemistry.
Thank you, Ruthiegirl.

Calorie reduction will work in the abscence of dysbiosis and other absorption issues - for a limited number of people.


My weight loss goal: 220 lbs.  A 6'4" dyslexic oddball: the size of a line-backer, the silhouette of Winnie-the-Pooh.
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Adam
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Thank you, Ruthiegirl.

Calorie reduction will work in the abscence of dysbiosis and other absorption issues - for a limited number of people.


Let me add this... I know that my mom and I (both A+ secretors) can drop weight fast if we just eliminate meats and poultry.  And I mean FAST.  And, I know that I've read lots of reports of bodybuilders (that certainly look like O's to me) who also drop weight rapidly leading up to competitions (known as a "cut") if they simply reduce greatly or just eliminate carbs from their diet.  This is a known and reliable diet technique for them.  Yes, I know, that is bad advice for those on Dr. D's diets (or perhaps in general), but, if it works, and you don't feel too horribly hungry or feel like you are going to pass out or lose your mind over it, then why not try it?  Why can't O's just eat copious amounts of vegetables, proper types/amounts of protein, good fats without overdoing it, and maintain their exercise level, and then see the pounds fall away?  I've heard and seen it in action before on various workout/diet logs across the internet, so I know it works.  Just food for thought.  And, like, even me, I had to get "my own space" so I could do this, so even an O trying to lose weight is going to have to have the time to prep meals, exercise, watch everything they do 24/7 without interruption which is an ideal world that many do not have in real life.
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IF I could get into the mindset of the people that exercise vigorously or strenously or anything even close to that- I would not be gaining..

but I am me, and I can do 2 things; the best I can walking 20 min a day.. or I can eat a little less or be more compliant..

in the end the body knows what it wants and adjusts to it..

Better I have less stress and better I provide less stress for me, so that I can be at peace.. and be HEALTH compliant..  

hahaha I want my youthful hormones back!!!! haha


Being here is invaluable, but not enough. We need ALL the Doctors. I needed them for a very small cancer spot-I could never feel!!! Please do your mammograms! Doing so saved me from cancer later on. I am grateful! Thanks for learning from my experience! I was lucky! I wish the same for YOU!
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Adam,

I am sooooo glad to hear that things are better for you!  I read your whole story yesterday, as I am currently having problems with hemorrhoids, coupled with herpes  

It was a bit like reading a novel, with no ending, as it ended with your colonoscopy, before getting the results.  So I'm glad I found this today.

I have to agree wholeheartedly about becoming the "chief cook and bottlewasher."  I complained on the FB page about all the cooking I have to do, especially when I'm tired.  One person replied that it didn't take much to steam some vegetables.  Ah yes, but that works if the steamer is clean and there are vegetables to be steamed in the refrigerator...  

I'm curious to know whether the items you ordered from Dr. D's site were helpful.  Or was it mostly the diet?


Goldie, I'm also sooo wishing I had my youthful hormones back!

Nadira

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for herpes I think there is nothing better then Pantothenic Acid.. take 500 Mg for one month -then take the next size 300 or 250 for a month .. whatever you can buy.. then after take  100 mg all your life and I would bet you will never have any issues any more.. and its cheap!  

I think all the rest of the meds are for the birds.. I even have taken one years worth of the antibiotics daily and found they have done nothing..  Zovirax might work for fewer blisters to dry up.. but I wonder about longterm effects.. but one needs sooooo little of it.. ??

might even work for shingles..   I think that the shingles vaccine is one I believe in , as that is the worse of all herpes 'type' blistering and nerve damage.. not fun..

P/S shingles is from chicken pox .. herpes is not.. but the nerve damage is very similar.. and both can be painful.


Being here is invaluable, but not enough. We need ALL the Doctors. I needed them for a very small cancer spot-I could never feel!!! Please do your mammograms! Doing so saved me from cancer later on. I am grateful! Thanks for learning from my experience! I was lucky! I wish the same for YOU!

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if they simply reduce greatly or just eliminate carbs from their diet.  

Not all carbs are the same.. fruits have carbs but different effects from grains.. big differences in carbs..

cutting out carbs works for when you start out and cut out many.. after a while the body gets used to that way of life also for ME as I am o Nonnie and Gahterer .. holding on to every calory ..


Being here is invaluable, but not enough. We need ALL the Doctors. I needed them for a very small cancer spot-I could never feel!!! Please do your mammograms! Doing so saved me from cancer later on. I am grateful! Thanks for learning from my experience! I was lucky! I wish the same for YOU!
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