I just finished my SWAMI profile and printed out my food list. I'm surprised to be a hunter, thought I was a gatherer for sure. Since I'd been following ER4YT my food list didn't change all that much from the original O diet so I'm fine with that. It is interesting that my diamond foods are some of my favorite foods and even some that aren't favorites but foods I crave from time to time. Favorites that are diamond: lamb, sardines, rainbow trout (I order this EVERY time I see it on a menu, LOVE IT), peas, ginger, romaine, swiss chard, turnip greens, bananas (I eat one every day), mango and guava, watermelon! Rye flour has been giving me heartburn and now I know why, it's a black dot avoid. Amaranth is a diamond superfood so I need to get some recipes for that. I'm glad to still have rice, it's a major comfort food for me.
Swami: Hunter (66%) / RH- / ENFJ / Libra-Dragon Ee Dan
Location: Colchester, UK
So, I've finally taken the plunge and got my Swami Express. Came up 50% Hunter, so no great surprises there
Apologies in advance for the length of this post - am just very excited by my results!!
Some interesting movements on my foods and serving sizes (from the off-the-shelf Hunter variety):
Red Meat (5 servings/week): mutton and venison are now diamonds; lamb downgraded to superfood; rabbit upgraded to superfood (yum); veal and sweetbreads both upgraded to superfoods
Poultry (4 servings/week): pheasant and squab are now diamonds; duck downgraded to superfood; ostrich and partridge both now superfoods.
Fish & Seafood (4 servings/week): cod, flounder, hake, mackerel (Atlantic), scrod and sturgeon have all be upgraded to diamonds; bullhead, opaleye fish, perch, pike, shad, skipjack and yellowfin tuna, yellowtail have all been added to superfoods.
Eggs & Roes (9 servings/week): chicken eggs (white/yoke/whole) downgraded to superfood; duck eggs (whole) downgraded to neutral.
Dairy (milk x 6 ounces; cheeses x 2-4 ounces; ghee & butter x 1 teaspoon - 3 servings/week): manchengo and romano cheese both upgraded to diamonds; ghee downgraded to superfood; milk (indian buffalo) added to superfoods. Like some others here - am moarning the loss of so much of my precious ghee
Vegetable Proteins (nuts/seeds x half cup; nut butters x 2 tablespoons - 6 servings/week): almond cheese, almonds, hemp seeds, peas, pecans, pine nuts, and walnuts all upgraded to diamonds . Lima beans and lima bean flour downgraded to superfoods. Hazelnuts upgraded to superfood. Chinese chestnuts downgraded to neutral.
Fats & Oils (1 tablespoon, 5 servings/week): chia seed oil, flax/linseed oil, olive oil, perilla seed oil all upgraded to diamonds; almond oil, black currant seed oil, coconut oil all added to superfoods.
Carbohydrates (grains/cereals x half cup; baked goods x 1/2 muffin or 1 slice bread - 2 servings/day): artichoke flour/pasta, flaxseed bread, brown rice flour/brown rice all upgraded to diamonds . larch fiber, malanga/tannier/xanthosoma all added to superfoods. Buckwheat/kasha downgraded to neutral.
Live Foods (1 cup x 6 servings/day): asparagus, broccoli, celery, Chinese kale, dandelion greens, escarole, fenugreek, garlic, jarusalem artichoke, kale, okra, onions, parsnips, pumpkin, rutabaga, all sea vegetables - bladderwrack/kelp/kombu/nori/spirulina/wakame, sweet potato, Swiss chard and turnips all added to diamonds . Avocado, beets, bok choi/pak choi, carrots, endive, horseradish, lettuce iceburg & romaine, tomatoes all added to superfoods (especially on the tomatoes and avocados)!
Fruits (1 cup or medium sized fruit x 3 servings/day): banana, blueberries, edlerberries, goji berries, guava, passion fruit, paw paw, peach all upgraded to diamonds . Lingonberries and pineapple downgraded to superfood; nectarines, Persian melon, prickly pear, Spanish melon all added to superfoods.
Spices (1 teaspoon x 2 servings/day): dulse, ginger (spice), oregano, saffron, sage and tarragon all upgraded to diamonds ; cilantro and turmeric downgraded to superfoods; basil, bay leaf, licorice root, dry mustard, paprika, red pepper flakes and rosemary all added to superfoods !
Beverages (6-8 ounce glass x 3 servings/day): celery juice, elderberry juice, ginger root tea, kombucha tea, pineapple juice all upgraded to diamonds ; beet juice, blueberry juice, cherry juice, goji berry juice, pomegranite juice, seltzer water, watermelon juice all upgraded to superfoods ; rice milk and red wine both upgraded to neutral !
Am so, so happy with the above results!!! Can't wait to get started!
Sorry again for the long message, but wanted to share my results .
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I wonder as well, 4thRabbit. For many of us it has been reduced, thankfully not eliminated. Every change I have made to SWAMI never gets me any more ghee!! Strangley, when I selected thryroid issue, which is debatable for me, I gained some cool cheeses, like Gouda! Haven't eaten any though, since I am not really sure if I have issues.
I have a restless, can't get comfy body at night sometimes, too. I've discovered that it's mostly when I have just protein and non-starchy veggies for dinner. For me, having some fruit as a snack a hour before bedtime helps a lot. I think the brain just needs some carbs so the seretonin can do it's job of slowing me down and relaxing me.
I find this to be true for me too. I definitely think it's the lack of starchy carbs that is the problem. Dr. Amen, the popular author and expert on brain health, recommends that everyone eat a certain amount of starchy carbs every day in order to have enough serotonin and get that feel good high that we all need for healthy brain function and mood balance. I've noticed when I go a whole day without any starchy carbs, not only do I have trouble sleeping (normally I sleep like a baby) and get very restless at night in bed, but I get SOOO irritable. Dr. Amen says that we need starchy carbs in order to avoid that restlessness and irritability. I don't want to take any sleep aids, would rather just eat some starchy carbs. Problem solved. However, not very many starchy carbs allowed in my Swami diet! Ugh! (I've got to avoid gluten)
Ambermac - I personally do better with BTD than swami. If you did BTD before and it worked I would do it. And, thank you, so happy to see others who need their carbs. I do horribly with too much protein. Plus it was getting difficult as I found chicken to be bad for me. That was a hard one to accept and I always blamed it on too much starch at a meal or a seasoning but I finally got it nailed that chicken is a huge culprit for me and have felt so much better eliminating over the past two weeks. I can't go huge carbs and definitely stay away from wheat and white rice flour but an extra portion of quinoa or millet certainly makes me feel better than worse.
What's up with thyroid and cheeses? In 2010, post 132, Wholefoodie, commented on this. I added thyroid and gained a ton of cheeses which I am not yet eating, because I don't quite dare to. Also, while naturopath thinks thyroid is an issue, I am waiting for some test results.
BTW, I used to be a Hunter, but changed my swami MB profile after doing a more detailed version of MB. This occurred after a couple of monthe on swami diet. Essentially, when I am feeling healthier, I am less "judging" and twitchy. So I suppose that was the tipping point for GT.
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