I made it a day and a half. I figured I'd had all summer to get the foods down, now it's time to start with portion control. My SWAMI just doesn't give me large enough portions to keep me from having a growling stomach every couple of hours. Even though it provides 6 cups of veggies a day, those things just don't keep me satisfied for long...they seem to make me hungrier. I need to lose about 50 pounds, but there's no way I can keep up with this because I'm just too hungry.
mmm, kinda happened to me yesterday....I was doing fine and then I got really hungry and I am new to this pattern of eating (my swami) so I just grabbed a rye cracker and slathered it with almond butter.......rye is an avoid.....for me. then I went to my book club and had homemade peach pie with homemade ice cream! This was not part of my plan...I was gonna pass on dessert but I just couldn't do it. OK....so onward and upward! Ok, Plucky, let's find a way to make all those veggies work out for us. Maybe they need a special sauce....(almond butter thinned with water and tamari?)
I don't know why, but fruits and veggies just don't hold me long. Yesterday around noon I cooked up 3 cups of chopped veggies and sauteed them in olive oil with 1/2 chicken breast and then drizzled lemon juice over the top. I was stuffed!!! But by 2:00 my stomach was growling and I was feeling light headed. This is very typical when I eat a meal heavy in fruits or non-starchy veggies. I get stuffed really fast and then have to eat a couple hours later. So, at 2:00 I had a cup of diamond-filled chili with a cup of watermelon and was satisfied until 6:00
Breakfast is typically at 7:00am: 1/2 cup cream of rice with cinnamon, agave, and a bit of butter, two scrambled eggs with 2Tbsp guacamole, and a cup of green tea, with maybe a cup of diluted grape/cranberry juice. This holds me until 11:00 or 12:00. With SWAMI I basically get 2Tbsp cream of rice, 1 Cup of juice, 1 egg, and as much guacamole as I can eat, but without anything to eat it on it's not so enjoyable. I had a growling tummy by 9:00
I made a spreadsheet like that... I was very proud of it! It differentiated between servings that were allocated on a 'daily' basis (fruits, vegetables, and grains), versus weekly (oils, meats, cheese, eggs, etc.).
I was very proud of it.
It would probably be different than yours, but I'm happy to email my version to you or to whomever wants to see what i concocted!
Oh, cool. Yeah, it would be different.....and I am not using it as religiously as I thought i would, but I still like having it to refer to, if not fill in each meal.......because I still have things that I eat that are not on it, like some soymilk, which I use in smoothies, but could sub for fr. juice....and some farmer cheese, etc. Am sticking very close to swami except for a couple things like that. Will get there!
A 'Hunter' working on a relaxing into farm life. Ee Dan
Location: Green Acres Farm, Fielding, Utah
I just got my stuff today. I did GT stuff first came out heavily weighted GT2. I flipped that switch in SWAMI xPress. Pulled it up and then noticed that the program computed me as a Hunter I knew I was one of the two and have been leaning towards hunter and trying it. But I decided to wait for SWAMI. I quickly went back in and switched it to Determine my type and a hunter I am. Way cool I am come up as a gatherer on the test but the computer says hunter though I am short and stocky. My husband says I have a lovable solid build. I don't have chicken legs either. Now we know why. Here is my rundown Red Meat 4 X wk, Poultry 3 x wk, Fish x wk, eggs 8 wk, Dairy 3 X wk, veg Protein 5 X wk, oil 6 X wk, carb 2 x dy, Live 6 X dy, fruit 3 X dy, spice 2 X dy, BEV 3 x dy, condiment 0 to1 as need
the geno harmonics are interesting. I will order one when My husband gets back and do him one up. I will be ordering the supplements I need the hunter dirt actually lines up with my candida problems now.
I think it'll work, I'll be joining you in your challenge.
'And some of us would die-so other men can stand up on their feet like men. A great many are going to die for that. They have in the past. They will a hundred years from now-two hundred. God grant there will always be men good enough.(James Otis)' Johnny Tremain (Forbes)
SwamiX Explorer A2+; L(a-b+); MN,INFP, T/ R1b-M343 Ee Dan
Location: Sunny Coast,��QLD, Australia
Jumari, I am also in Australia, but I ordered my Swami Xpress through the main web site in US. They then forward the order to NZ and NZ confirmed they will be sending the software within the next two weeks. Lucky you, there is a LR/BTD specialist naturopath doctor in Sydney. I placed an enquiry with him to see if he had colleagues in Queensland, but there is none. He offered phone consultation though, which is good to know if I ever need it. Where are the Australian naturopaths? Why are they not getting into the wagon? A call to all Australians here: contact by phone or e-mail, as many naturopaths as you know and tell them about your interest in the LR, Blood type lifestyle ... It may wake them up to jump into the field sooner rather than later ...
If you can't dive in with swami, I think the GTD works just as well. I actually found the GTD to be more restrictive than Swami. So, if you start with GTD, you should be able to transfer over to Swami fairly easily.
These past few weeks, I've been great with food choices but less adherent to portion sizes and servings-per-week. That is going to be my goal for the next week.
Gatherer with Celiac Disease Summer: Realization, expansion.
Another update. I am down another 3 pounds. I have never had weight loss so consistent before. The swami food plan just feels so natural. It is amazing how good I feel without any cravings or other side affects. The weight loss is great, but the way I feel is priceless.
The easiest thing in the world is to be you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be.
Hi there, Are you sure you are eating enough proteins? I am an O nonnie, and I don't know about your swami, but the O non secretor diet says 7 - 12 red meats per week, and additional 6 or so fish servings. I think if you need to add food, you should add protein, because that;s the only thing that will give sustained fullness to anyone, esp O's and non secretors. We do better than anyone on the lean protein, and even a bit of fat won't hurt. Dr. D also says not to combine carbs with meats. (as if there;s any significant carbs on the diet anyway) But , if you must eat carbs, do it early in the day.
I have been doing my SWAMI diet pretty religiously since mid-August, except for last week when I was on vacation (and some situations eating out). Even so, I did everything I could to stay compliant while eating out and staying with friends. I didn't gain any weight! That is really unusual for me. We did do a lot of walking. I think it's time to join the challenge. I am very likely meeting friends for dinner tomorrow and am not sure if I can dodge every single avoid, but will try.
By the time I got home after about 6 days away, my asthma was worse again--and my SWAMI had really cleaned up that issue rather quickly. I think it was some noncompliant dairy (1 cheese was likely noncompliant) and cream and ice cream! I think I need to stay away from cream in general. While I can't say for sure I've had symptoms directly related to cream, I think I have. Plus it seems carageenan is nearly a constant with cream.
Doing the challenge might encourage us to eat out less. That's always better in terms of weight loss and saving money.
I haven't been perfect, but very close--the problems being when I eat out. One thing I've noticed while using SWAMI is that I now seem to have more energy. I don't mind cooking after work and my commute, although I am happy when my husband wants to cook on a given night. When I followed the Explorer diet, the wrong diet for me, I really never felt like cooking after work, or putting any effort into it. I also seem to handle a little less sleep alright and still feel pretty upbeat. My mood is quite good too and had worsened terribly on the Explorer diet. I definitely saw improvement on Teacher GTD diet alone, although my breathing got worse, but after 2 months on GTD I really needed the switch to SWAMI to feel even better.
One thing I like is that I really prefer to eat at home. There are some social situations that have come up where we go out, but if it is just us, I would basically like to eat at home, unless we are traveling away from home.
Someone brought home-grown white figs to work. I had one that was perfectly ripe and it was wonderful!