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Posted by: Jesi, Thursday, December 27, 2012, 1:52pm
Hi everyone! I'm sure there's a ton of new people here since I last visited. At least I'm sure Lola will be here! :))
So for two years or so I've been eating like a Hunter, LOTS of meat, pasture butter, eggs, and good fats overall (chocolate, olive oil, etc). My weight did not go up but my face has been a mess on and off. During these two years I've followed the Leangains protocol and successfully lowered my body fat to approx 16%. I looked amazing and was super happy with my results. Once I achieved that goal I got pregnant! I had my baby boy in August. All this time eating like a Hunter (I'd say 90%, not too perfect or strict).
I'm almost down to my pre pregnancy weight (not really trying since I am breastfeeding and that's my priority), and feeling great, BUT my face once gain is a MESS. I look at pictures from just three years ago and y skin was flawless, which makes me so mad! I've been searching for the key as to why I have these weird little pores sticking out (sometimes they turn into breakouts but mostly it lookalike clogged pores or a rash). So in the meantime I also moved from California back to Texas...the other day I dug up my genotype diet book to give it a glance over since I basically know the hunter diet by heart. I remembered doubting between hunter and explorer when I first tested myself, so I started reading the explorer profile and almost fell over backwards. YES that's me, EXPLORER! weird skin condition and all. Goes cray over the smallest noise or smell. Has medium to low body fat, muscular, everything. I always thought I was a hunter because all my fingerprints are symmetrical. I am 0 neg and a Spanish Basque. I don't know how I didn't see it before.

The question now is this, I need to cleanse my liver from all the fats I've been eating (so my skin can clear up too), but I'm breastfeeding. Would just following the diet help me for now or can I do a castor oil pack? What scares me is I've read that toxins do get excreted in breast milk, just not sure f through a castor oil pack (I wouldn't think so).

I've never really felt all that great on the hunter diet. I'm hoping I feel great on the Explorer one!
Posted by: 815 (Guest), Thursday, December 27, 2012, 2:22pm; Reply: 1
You can also just follow the regular O diet that's not too restrictive as the genotype diet while you breast feed and until you decide..It's up to you.  It's your body. Listen to it.  Give it what it needs.  Your skin could be your hormones trying to go back to normal. It takes awhile.  I didn't feel totally 'normal' for a year after I had my sons.  
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Thursday, December 27, 2012, 3:29pm; Reply: 2
Eating the right foods is a gentle cleanse that's safe for nursing moms. The castor oil pack is also safe while nursing- the whole point of the castor oil is that the toxins leave through the skin and into the castor oil.

The only thing to be cautious about is using a heating pad or hot water bottle if you have the baby in bed with you- you wouldn't want the baby to get burned, tangled in wires, or squished by the hot water bottle. It would be safer to put the baby in a crib or bassinette while you use the castor oil pack and heat, and then remove the pack when the baby wakes up to nurse. You may only be able to do that for an hour or two, rather than all night. You might even find that an hour or two in the daytime works better than doing it at night.

The safest thing is to switch to the Explorer or the O diet while nursing, and let your body detox itself. There are foods that have natural detox properties that are safe to eat while nursing, such as beets and apples. I'm not sure about the safety of herbs such as milk thistle. Not all herbs have been tested for safety in nursing moms, but many have. is a good resource for all things breastfeeding, including a list of safe and unsafe herbs for nursing moms.

Bear in mind that you've been detoxing through your skin AND milk all this time. Cutting out the "bad for you" foods isn't going to increase the toxin load of your milk.
Posted by: Jesi, Thursday, December 27, 2012, 3:36pm; Reply: 3
Thanks so much ladies!
The skin condition is no doubt related to all the butter I was eating. I've had no butter for a week now and my skin is a lot better (still needs help though). I also have the classic 11 lines between the eyes as of a year or so. This came suddenly as is related to the liver as well. I'm going to try the castor oil pack. I used to juice cilantro everyday alon with other veggies and fruits and had I app because its such a potent detoxer (been doing this for many years, even before BTD).
As of yesterday I started te explorer diet. Going to make a trip to the store soon and buy some more "diamonds"!
Posted by: Jesi, Thursday, December 27, 2012, 3:38pm; Reply: 4
For sure the skin is not hormonal...had this for a year before I was pregnant. It starte when I started the hunter diet. I'm convinced it was the super high amount of good fats and chocolate I was eating. :(
Posted by: Dianne, Thursday, December 27, 2012, 4:32pm; Reply: 5
Jesi - flax seed oil is the one oil that I take 1 to 1.5 Tablespoons everyday. It makes for an interesting flavour on sweet potato with a bit of curry powder. My liver does not feel burdened by it and my skin which is generally flawless does will with it. I don't eat more than the allotted 5 tsp of ghee per week to perk up flavour in my foods. The Explorer diet in the book is very restrictive whereas SWAMI is plentiful.  :)
Posted by: Jesi, Thursday, December 27, 2012, 5:40pm; Reply: 6
Thanks Dianne! Interestingly, when my skin looked it best, I'd day between my ages of 22-30, I was always taking a tb of flaxseed oil a day! I stopped when my dr told me it was kind of pointless. I'll have to add that to my list! I did see in the book that flaxseed was an avoid the oil ok?
Posted by: Possum, Thursday, December 27, 2012, 9:09pm; Reply: 7
Hi Jesi & congrats on your baby boy!! So glad for you that you are answering the piece of the puzzle regarding your skin... ;)
Interesting to read that the 11 lines between the eyes are liver related?! I had no idea of that connection & just assumed they were frown related?! But now that I just re-checked mine, I notice they are better & I too have been cutting out all fats (especially butter) for the past month!!
My skin too is definitely improving & staying improved long term!! Like you, inflammation levels would come & go & I could never work out exactly the cause?! Seems butter had more of a part than I ever cared to admit ::) I also have not been eating chocolate either, drinking 2 litres+ a day of water & just had the least indulgent Christmas ever!!
Goodluck with the detoxing & the breastfeeding... Sounds like you have plenty of good advice re that ;)
Posted by: nowishow, Thursday, December 27, 2012, 9:26pm; Reply: 8
Quoted from Jesi
I did see in the book that flaxseed was an avoid the oil ok?

I recommend getting a swami if you are an explorer. The lists in the book for an Explorer take into account all four blood types. When you use the swami program you just get the Explorer version of your blood type plus other personal health histories. I started on the the Explorer lists from the book for about 3 months and did quite well, but did even better once I had my swami. And you might find that flax seed is a diamond for you, it's a neutral for me on my personal swami. Good luck!
Posted by: Dianne, Thursday, December 27, 2012, 11:28pm; Reply: 9
Quoted from Jesi
Thanks Dianne! Interestingly, when my skin looked it best, I'd day between my ages of 22-30, I was always taking a tb of flaxseed oil a day! I stopped when my dr told me it was kind of pointless. I'll have to add that to my list! I did see in the book that flaxseed was an avoid the oil ok?

Flaxseed oil is a diamond for me and my Hunter husband and seems most of my varied Genotype friends. If it benefitted you so much before, I thinks that it's a safe bet that you can use it. And yes, congrats on your baby Jesi!  :)
Posted by: SquarePeg, Friday, December 28, 2012, 9:02pm; Reply: 10
Quoted from Jesi
As of yesterday I started te explorer diet. Going to make a trip to the store soon and buy some more "diamonds"!

The Explorer diet includes more dairy than I can tolerate.  If cutting out butter helped you, you might have to avoid most of the dairy in the Explorer diet, as well.  Or include only those dairy products that the BTD allows.  Good luck!
Posted by: geminisue, Friday, December 28, 2012, 10:17pm; Reply: 11
If you get swami, let it figure out your geneotype.
Posted by: Lola, Sunday, December 30, 2012, 7:01am; Reply: 12
welcome back! :)
Posted by: Jesi, Monday, December 31, 2012, 6:24pm; Reply: 13
Thank you everyone!
So it's been a few days and a friend of mine said  my hair and skin was glowing! That has to be good ! I feel great too! Been eating lots of pinto beans, brown rice, quinoa, pineapple and lots of other super foods and diamonds. Still no butter just a tiny bit of ghee to cook with. I even think I've lost a few pounds since I now fit into all my pre pregnancy jeans! It's been about ten days that I quit butter and already doing so well. I will definitely be getting swami as soon as I recover financially from Christmas for three little kids!
One thing I'm curious about is nettle tea? I drink about a quart a day, it's great for remineralizing my teeth and for the calcium since I don't do a lot of dairy ( it doesn't hurt me that I can tell but since I am an O after all I try to stay away from it). I'm going to look on the food database now.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, December 31, 2012, 9:20pm; Reply: 14
I don't think nettle tea is listed in the typebase at all. For herbs you need to take a look at recommended supplements for various blood types.  If you find nettles in any product suggested for your blood type (or for any blood type) then it's fine for you. If you find nettles in any "protocol" for your blood type, then it's fine for you as well. But, there's no way to say for certain that an herb is not OK for you.

In the specific case of nettles, they're listed in the anti-allergy protocol for Os and As. Therefore, we can be certain that nettles are fine for most Os and As. Of course, it's possible to be allergic to or have a bad reaction to any individual food or herb, no matter what the food list says for you.
Posted by: Jesi, Tuesday, January 1, 2013, 10:06pm; Reply: 15
Thank you Ruthie! I take it mostly for the calcium. I don't have any allergies but its good to know that's what Dr  recommends it for!
Posted by: Jesi, Friday, January 4, 2013, 7:04pm; Reply: 16
I have been following the explorer diet for about a week now, eating a TON of diamonds, and today I have what feels like alcohol breath coming out of my mouth. It's gross. I've also been crying all day, both being extremely rare for me since I never have bad breath and rarely feel sad or cry. I've done the candida cleanse before and experienced zero die off symptoms...but today I feel like absolute c**p. What is going on with me? My skin still looks great so I know the diet is good. My baby is barely sleeping too...
Could this mean I'm detoxing? I'm ok with little sleep and normally have a ton of energy...but I literally feel like my head is going to explode.
Posted by: DoS, Friday, January 4, 2013, 7:56pm; Reply: 17
Detoxing? Yeah. Your immune system and liver are probably turning on. Consider the beneficials are not bad for a Hunter, so there isn't anyway to really have a problem short of an allergic reaction. So yes detox.

Do some exercise that makes you sweat, soon. Try to get some anti-inflammatory food such as fish or fish oil, and pineapple.
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