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Genotype = Gatherer; BT/GTDer since 97 and lost 97
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Quoted from Agathe
I find what is stressed in this discussion is very important : that the progression from BTD to GTD and maybe finally to Swami should be smooth, if possible, excepted of course if a serious health issue necessitates to be quickly dealt with.

When I first discovered the BTD, by reading ER4YT, at the beginning of April this year, I got caught by Dr. D's enthousiasm about what can be achieved throught the diet (like many people, I assume) and I found myself quite hungry to learn and do everything... asap. Of course I did read his advice to integrate changes little by little into one's life but it's like I just couldn't do it.

As a complete beginner, I searched for support and advice and first went on a french internet board. There, someone urged me to read GTD and answer the questions helping to choose between BTD and GTD. It turned out it should be GTD for me. So I bought the book, measured myself (wrongly, at first, because I was too much in a hurry) and changed my diet again before I had had time to integrate the one for A's.

As I'm thinking about the past seven months, I realize that the transition from BTD to GTD has been too rapid. I'd have needed more time to accustom myself... not only to a new diet but to a totally new concept: the one that different blood groups determine different metabolisms. To me, this accounts for the deep annoyance I experienced at some point (when I found out that according to Swami I was an Explorer rather than a Warrior). It took me time to understand why I was so annoyed while just a few days earlier I was quite happy and excited on reception of Swami and when I ran it for the first time.

However. Things happened the way they did and I did learn a lot in a short time. Still, if I could start over again, I believe I wouldn't switch from BTD to GTD so quickly but I would take the necessary time to learn and integrate the theory as well as to go over my general knowledge in nutrition again.

I think that the persons who stress that there is no hurry to quit BTD if it is satisfactory provide newbies with good advice.

Great post, Agathe!  

Even though I myself am on the GTD and it is the best of the two systems for me, I usually encourage anyone who asks me about what diet I'm on and who wants info because they are considering it, to start with the BTD.  To me, the BTD (and specifically the book ER4YT) provides a solid foundation in the, for lack of a better way of putting it, "classic theory" of both D'Adamo diet systems.  While the GTD takes more factors into consideration in customizing the diet, and it is thus more "holistically customized", the BTD is at once exquisitely individualized yet elegantly simple, in a way.  I can't even explain what I mean, and the fact that it is so FREEZING in here is not helping my brain function, BUT I think that the BTD is readily understandable by people AND the knowledge that one gains not just by reading it but by following one's blood type diet for a while is very important, imho, to eventually developing a very deep understanding and appreciation for the Genotype Diet, if one ever decides to go that route.  You understand the logic of certain things that you might not get if you started with the GTD first.  The relationship of the ABO types to diet is still very much at the core of everything, even in the GTD, even with all the other factors it takes into account, and if you understand how your blood type relates to various foods and vice-versa, you will have a much deeper understanding of your genotype and your genotype diet, if you go that route.  So I almost always advise people to consider starting with the Blood Type Diet first.  I don't think I'd be where I am, understanding-wise and experience-wise and knowledge-wise, without having done it that way.

"If you are on one of Dr. D's diets and it isn't joyful, you aren't doing it right." - me -

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''never give up longing and wishing while we are alive.  There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them."
-George Eliot

no pun intended!

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Quoted from Lola
''never give up longing and wishing while we are alive.  There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them."
-George Eliot

no pun intended!

Thanks, Lola!  I feel that longing is the magnet that attracts what we want.  It is good to feel passionately about the direction we want to go and what we want to accomplish.  This attitude can open doors that we can then make the effort to walk through!  

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are.
Let me not pass you by in quest
of some rare and perfect tomorrow.
~Mary Jean Irion
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What you say makes perfect sense to me, Peppermint Twist.

Now my Explorer's diet suits me completely and I decide not to change anything in my swami data for a while and simply enjoy my diet.

And...  I feel like reading ER4YT again.
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