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Amp
Thursday, September 27, 2012, 8:24pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Hi, new here to the diet.  I am struggling with giving up so many foods, I am A positive blood type.
What will actually happen if I eat/drink an avoid item?  Do you have to start over  again, like all your progress is gone?  I'm trying this diet to help me lose weight, will avoidance food cause me to stop losing or regaining weight.... I really want this diet to work, I've done good for the past 6 days.  I'm just really struggling with a couple food item on my avoid list.
Any information would be appreciative
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Welcome Amp

Most important is to focus on your beneficial foods.  Those are your healing foods.  Think of beneficial food as medicine....toxins as foods that are harmful.

The beneficial foods will help your gut heal.  The healthier your gut, the better you'll feel.  Your
energy level might be much better...and suddenly ingesting a toxin might make you feel tired. It's different for each person.  The healthier you are when you begin, the easier it might be to tolerate more toxins with time,
...but for anyone with a weight issue or a health problem, the more compliant you can
be.....eating beneficials combined with neutrals.....the faster you will reach your goal and the less
likely you are going to want to eat those toxins.

Because some lectins in some foods might act as insulin...eating a toxin, you might see your weight loss come to a  screeching halt or you might gain back some weight that you've lost.

The longer people follow their diets, and the easier it is for them to get into a groove of compliancy,  they tend to feel better and chose to make this way of eating, a way of life.  This is the way I've
experienced this diet and I'm following it since 1988... it becomes clearer to each individual just how damaging a toxin feels to them.  For me personally, toxins make my body ache....and specifically, it's some toxins, and not all.  Something like pepper makes me cough and sneeze...
I clearly always avoid ingesting it.  A toxic nut or seed I don't notice anything....although I'm sure
on a cellular level, my body is recognizing the toxicity of that food.

What foods are giving you a problem?  Maybe we can help you find substitutes or recipes that
satisfy you in a new way.

No, you don't have to start all over again if you ingest a toxin.  Your next meal or snack can
be compliant.

Just try to get a variety of beneficial foods.  Following recommended portions. You should do
very well.  Six days of compliant eating is a really good start.  Don't forget to get some exercise...yoga, tai chi, a little walking, maybe....work up slowly.  Good luck


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I am having difficulty giving up my diet caffeine free diet coke and also potatoes.  Really don't mind missing any meats, but I've always drank diet caffeine free soda and usually always eat some type of potatoes with my dinner.
Tried tofu, had no real flavor, and it is hard to find tofu recipes that don't already have a food to avoid ingredient
In the recipe.
Thanks!
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try some recipes.......
http://www.dadamo.com/typebase4/recipes.htm

before you give up anything, first educate yourself as to the why s of giving up whatever.....
read about lectins
http://www.4yourtype.com/deflect.asp

read about gut flora
http://www.4yourtype.com/probiotic.asp

now about aspartame......known to be neurotoxic among other
http://www.dadamo.com/typebase4/depictor5.pl?40
http://www.dadamo.com/B2blogs/blogs/index.php/2011/02/19/sweetener-aspartame-banned?blog=37


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Welcome, Amp.  
When I first began working with Dr. D'Adamo's programs, 14 years ago, I found that it was important for me to add a beneficial food every time I eliminated an avoid food.  This way, it was clear to me that I was reshaping my relationship with food - not depriving myself or giving up all good things.  

Pretty quickly, I began to feel better and see results, and it was as much about the things I was eating, as the things I was no longer eating.  It only works if you give your body foods that are very healthy for you personally.  

This is very different from any traditional "diet" that you may have tried before.  It really is a life-style change.  Most of the people who I have seen really succeed are the ones who have begun to experience the deterioration of their health, or their weight getting really out of control or who have been through a disease or other major health crises.  These kinds of experiences give us a reality check and put things into perspective.  Many things that we have been eating for a lifetime are little more than addictions.  What we eat and drink either brings us health or illness.  

A major disease 13 years ago put my priorities in order instantly.  Before that, I had been 'playing' with the BTD for a year, but not feeling willing to give up my food addictions.  I am beyond grateful that I came across this way of eating and got a chance to rebuild my health.  



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Quoted from Amp
I am having difficulty giving up my diet caffeine free diet coke and also potatoes.  Really don't mind missing any meats, but I've always drank diet caffeine free soda and usually always eat some type of potatoes with my dinner.
Tried tofu, had no real flavor, and it is hard to find tofu recipes that don't already have a food to avoid ingredient
In the recipe.
Thanks!


Hi there, if you have tried many diets in the past you will quickly find that this one makes more sense imo. but one of the hardest things to do, regardless of which diet you do, is to give up foods that you are addictive, especially ones that mess with your head like drinks with "Aspartame" in them. do some research find out how bad Aspartame is, it really is worth it but it takes time and don't be too hard on your self any addiction is hard to break artificial sweetener is a hard one. also caffeine links in with aspartame. so don't try to give up too much as once or you will get a heavy hit of detox, you will feel worse for a while - being aware of that may be all you need to know.

so perhaps prioritise the things you want to stop list them and make a plan, try one a week or one every other week. personally and others may disagree but i would concentrate on stopping diet drinks one way or another. the weight may fall off you once you master them - good luck and keep asking questions

if you message me your email address I'll forward some notes on beating food addictions like caffeine. I've beaten most of them. still working on sugar though....

watch for any signs that you  are detoxing too fast, feeling ill, be aware of any health challenges that you have be gentle.


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I am having difficulty giving up my diet caffeine free diet coke and also potatoes.

I also attempted to find something else to replace an avoid I needed to take out of my diet.  Although, I didn't drink soda, I can imagine it would be difficult to replace easily as sodas are so convenient to grab anywhere when you are thirsty.  It will take a concerted effort, but you might try using some compliant fruit juice, alone or with some fizzy water, etc. if you can find something compliant...

There are a number of "replacements" for potato.  Rutabaga, Jerusalem artichoke, parsnips, and eggplant have all been used as replacements, depending on the recipe.  We have ultimately switched to brown rice as our potato replacement, as we all like rice and it is rather convenient and easy to make.


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Dear Amp: all the advice given in the above paragraphs are so good. I just wanted to add 2 more visual exercises to them (which have to be negative, in order to keep you going in the right direction):

1.) know that your diet coke has levels of phosphoric acid in it that are actually eating away your bone calcium (gruesome picture...but the drink industry doesn't want you to think about it!) as you replace your diet drinks you will not only let your skeleton heal but your neurons in your brain heal also.

2.)It takes time for aspartame to completely leave the body; best thing to visualize is that you are, almost "courting altzheimers disease" by killing those brain connections with more aspartame. Think of the aluminum can your coke comes in, also, or the plastic bottle leaching its toxins into the drink in a hot warehouse, and you see the deadly combination. No wonder we have a shockwave of Altzheimers going on during the current healthcare crisis - baby boomers and their parents are drinking the very poison they helped create!

3.)Also - for many people potatoes are an avoid because they will lead to insulin resistance. Picture your pancreas crying out for help....that's its begging you to take the load off of it you unknowingly ate for years.


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what might happen while eating avoids after a certain time... hmmm it seems the the negative effect might be up to 500 times tougher in harms to your body... that's all         


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A major disease 13 years ago put my priorities in order instantly.  Before that, I had been 'playing' with the BTD for a year, but not feeling willing to give up my food addictions.  I am beyond grateful that I came across this way of eating and got a chance to rebuild my health.  


yup... this is what's happening with me Victoria and it ain't fun.  I only hope I can heal the damage and get my 'stomach back' to properly working order.  

With all the bingeing and eating junk since I was a kid and then playing with eating right for 15 years... i've now started a disease process in my gut.  I pray i can heal.  

But i give thanks that it's come because i've made every excuse in the world to keep eating the junk or food that is not compliant for me, and now I can't or I get very ill.  I'm really in a pickle.  

But with sugar addiction, which is what I have...sadly, many times it takes a dibilitating illness or a near death experience to find the strength to beat the never ending horrid cravings...   some just die and never get a chance to get on the straight and narrow.  I don't want to die.

Take heed Amp... save yourself now and try not to follow the path I followed and end up with an awful exsistance of pain.  it's tough I know.. but try to imagine losing your health over a build up of bad food in your body.  Seems so silly that it would happen but it does.  Most of American ignores it and just goes to the doc for their pain looking for the easy solution with some kind of med's or assigned eating regime that is full of deprivation.  Eating right is not easy alot of times... but like someone else here said.. your food has to be your medicine... and for me.. there are so many wonderful choices on my Swami that I can explore - that giving up the ones that hurt my health is becoming NO BIG DEAL.  I frickin' LOVE potatoes!!! BUT when i eat them my body goes into a total 'joint' pain response. It's awful... and then I realize i've poisened myself.  

as you can tell, this board is full of caring people.. reach out whenever you want.  we all slip up and fall from time to time, and the nice thing is we can come here and get a helping hand to get back up and continue on stronger than before.

by making a committment to follow this regime, you are truly loving yourself..



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Wow! This place is so cool.  

The people here are amazing in their support and friendliness.  I have been following this plan faithfully for 2 weeks now and I can already feel the difference in my enrrgy levels and the reduction of th pain in my hips. Also, my...ummmm...errrr. eliminations?... are much more regular and normal now too.    


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Different "avoid" foods do different things to different people. For example, my daughters are both type O, and should avoid wheat and potatoes. My oldest daughter gets horrible skin problems from  potatoes,  but can eat wheat with no obvious problems. My younger daughter is the opposite: no obvious reactions to potatoes or corn, but wheat messes up her moods; interfering with her ability to function at school.

Both of them do best when they're completely compliant, but both can handle some "non-compliant" meals or snacks with minimal reactions. When they're lacking in sleep or stressed out, they begin to react to smaller amounts of "avoids." Even when doing well, too many "avoids" will stress their bodies and cause health problems. The more "beneficials" they eat, the stronger they are and the more they heal, and the more they can "get away with" a few "cheats."

The more compliant you are, the more you'll heal. You'll have more energy, chronic health problems will clear up, and you'll approach a healthy weight (losing if you're overweight or gaining if you're underweight.) If you're less compliant, you'll have fewer benefits, and healing will be slower.

The diet sodas are definitely unhealthy, and your body will thank you if you cut them out. But it's still healthier to eat compliant foods with lots of nutrients and drink diet sodas than it is to eat junk foods and "wrong for your type" foods while drinking diet soda.

You've only  been on this diet for a week- you're doing great! Very few people jump in with 100% compliance right away- most of us ease into the diet over a period of a few weeks or even months. If you spent the past week increasing your vegetables, fruits, and beans, and cutting out red meat, then you're eating much better than you were 2 weeks ago.

I'd suggest tackling one "tough food" at a time. You don't have to give up diet sodas and potatoes the same week. I personally didn't cut out coffee (a type O avoid) until after I'd  been on the diet for a month and had gotten used to the other changes. Also, after a month I was feeling better and had more energy to deal with my "addictive food." You may want to do the same with your diet sodas, as the chemical sweeteners are addictive as well.

For cutting out potatoes, I suggest you start by cutting them DOWN. Start making dishes using other vegetables where you used to use potatoes, and eat smaller portions of potatoes, and/or have potatoes at fewer meals. The key here is to feel like you're widening your palate, not that you're being "deprived" of a favorite food.


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Way to go whitescorpion - fantastic results! Keep up the great work


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Wow! This place is so cool.  

The people here are amazing in their support and friendliness.  I have been following this plan faithfully for 2 weeks now and I can already feel the difference in my enrrgy levels and the reduction of th pain in my hips. Also, my...ummmm...errrr. eliminations?... are much more regular and normal now too.    


YAY for you!!!   Great that you're doing so well!  I found the diet enormously helped my gut...
which led to much better elimination too.  You're not the only person who has noticed this....Glad
you're feeling better!


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I think soda pop is extremely addictive. 30 years ago, I figured I had low blood sugar & had to give up certain foods. The worst one was pop & I drank very little in my youth.  I had been drinking about one a day for a few years. It was such a simple, delicious treat, but it had to go.
One way to cut down might be to add a little club soda or whatever 'fizz water' you choose to the drink & get used to the weaker taste.  To me, the rare fruit juice has to be at least half & half with water. If you are not diabetic, sugared pop is actually safer. I hear that the artificial sweetener makes you body feel it didn't get the sweetness it craves, so you really don't lose weight as you eat more anyway.

I also love potatoes.  Brown rice & sweet potatoes are good substitutes, but don't quite do the same thing.  I am off potatoes for many years now, but in the last year, had them every few months with no apparent outward reaction.  Someone else may be different, & maybe since I have been off them so long, I was able to handle eating them.  That was when I traveled, which I rarely do.

I'm glad you don't miss the red meat. So many As have trouble with that.  My mom loved beef & rarely had any other meat, but as an A, died from cancer at age 55. I didn't know about BTD at that time(I was 22), but at age 50 or so, when I first read about it, I saw why she died, while most family members live into their 80s.
[TMI? - Her mom lived to a few days shy of 95; her only sister lived to 98! They  had other blood types.]

Like most dieters (altho this is a lifestyle, not purely a diet), do not give up or feel you are a failure if you 'cheat' occcasionally. Just keep going ahead. There has been good advice here & more will be coming, on this, the best forum on the internet!!!!!!!!!!


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I also attempted to find something else to replace an avoid I needed to take out of my diet.  Although, I didn't drink soda, I can imagine it would be difficult to replace easily as sodas are so convenient to grab anywhere when you are thirsty.  It will take a concerted effort, but you might try using some compliant fruit juice, alone or with some fizzy water, etc. if you can find something compliant...

There are a number of "replacements" for potato.  Rutabaga, Jerusalem artichoke, parsnips, and eggplant have all been used as replacements, depending on the recipe.  We have ultimately switched to brown rice as our potato replacement, as we all like rice and it is rather convenient and easy to make.


Seltzer with unsweetened cranberry concentrate and just a bit of compliant sweetener?

You may find that potatoes, after the initial "divorce", aren't that hard to live without. For me, they were really just a belly-filler (even though I loved them). As the diet progresses, you may find this less important. Rutabagas cubed and boiled with seasonings work well, and brown rice pasta give the same "warm belly" as the potatoes once did.

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It's especially important for an A to not try and go "low carb".  Giving up potatoes will not be nearly as challenging if you make sure and get plenty of good carbohydrates that are especially good for your type.  



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Amp - I was really, really addicted to cola drinks ... full caffeine, full sugar, since age 17. After heart problems my doctor said no more caffeine. So it has been one year and 8 months since I've had anything except water with sometimes a little lemon. Some folks substitute cooked cauliflower for potatoes. It takes on the flavor of whatever you put on it or mix it with. Pretty good.  
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Pick up some green tea with ginger in it, and drink that after you eat a meal with an "avoid" in it. That can help counter some of the problems. (The brand "Stash" makes Green Chai Tea, cheapest I have seen around.)

And if you can find it, there is tea with Aloe Vera and Nopal Cactus. The aloe is supposed to help in absorbing sugar from food. I drink that in the mornings.
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