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Posted by: Sebastiana, Wednesday, September 29, 2004, 4:31pm
I bought my copy of "Eat Right for Your type" in 1996.  My son's girlfriend was a nutrition major at the University of Washington and she said that the book was no good because it had no basis in fact.  So I did not reread it until 1997.  I decided that the girlfriend was wrong and probably biased because of the fact that she was a strict vegetarian.  In 1997 my husband and I (both ABs) embraced the Eat Right lifestyle and never looked back.  I no longer have the yearly bouts of bronchitis.  He no longer has sinus attacks.  We NEVER get the flu (and we never get flu shots).

I always wondered why I felt so rotten after going to a movie and downing a large bag of popcorn.  Even happened when I liked the movie!  I learned that corn was an avoid and have not had popcorn since 1997.  I just have to settle for enjoying the smell of popcoren as it wafts through the theater.

Every bit of food in our house is AB friendly.  Friends who invite us for dinner prepare AB friendly meals and we only go to restaurants that serve food we can tolerate.  We have not converted anyone because folks hate to give up their food lifestyle.  They simply accept us as being slightly eccentric. I often wonder though, when friends and family have the flu and we don't, if they might not think that we are on to something.
Posted by: italybound, Friday, October 8, 2004, 3:20am; Reply: 1
Type O
Hi, Like you I had my book for a while before I put it into practice. I've never been sorry I did. The results are astounding!!
I, too, had the sinus probs, constant bronchitis. Key word, HAD. As you know, both are gone, along w/ several other problems.
I'm not as totally compliant as you, but I talk to anyone who will listen to me about it. And yes, some people, including my husband, may think I'm nuts, WHO CARES!!
I did finally convince my sister-in-law, who is AB, and has gluten ataxia, spinal arthritis and asthma, to try the BTD. She is SO happy she did!  She says she felt better in the first month than she did in 5 YEARS on allergy shots! She's still trying to convince my brother. I do what I can to convert my A husband, but I dont push. He has, however, seen the light on some issues (tomatoes, green peppers), but still wont give them up. I feel like he's a big boy and will make his own choices and I respect that, but it is still frustrating to see him feeling bad when it would be so simple for him to feel good. Each in our own time.
As I said to someone else, Dr D and his dad, rock!!! Rock on!!  Have a great night. Pat
Posted by: Sebastiana, Friday, October 8, 2004, 5:38pm; Reply: 2
Thanks for your response.  I agree--all you can do is live your life your own way. Our grown kids see that this lifestyle works for us--they are just too committed to the typical US diet to change--at least for now.
I have never understood how people can hear about the"South Beach Diet" or "Atkins" or grapefruit or whatever and there is a national rush to embrace the new "gimmick"--but here is something that works and no national rush.
My sister is a Registered nurse--typeA.  She has asthma and multiple allergies plus a host of other problems.  She not only thinks that we are eccentric--she is annoyed by what we believe.  But, we won't be worried about the shortage of flu vaccines this winter.
Posted by: heidi (Guest), Saturday, October 16, 2004, 11:16pm; Reply: 3
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But, we won't be worried about the shortage of flu vaccines this winter.

;D       ;D       ;D       ;D       ;D       ;D       ;D       ;D

Who said, "Living well is the best revenge?"   ;)  

No national rush to the BTD, how true.   I suspect this is due to its organic inception - just a coupla docs doin' their stuff.   Remember Peter's surprise at the institutional response to his undergrad paper evaluating and extending his father's work?  This plan wasn't conceived by & for Public Relations Expert Activity.  

It's too big to be summed up in a catchphrase, too complex to master over a weekend, too critical of the "Fuud Industries," too grain-y for the low-carbers, too carnivorous for the veg-heads, and too effective to ignore.  

In many, many interest areas -- far afield of nutrition -- it's not the big ad that gets the attention of the savvy folk.  Consistent results communicated by word of mouth are what signal a superior product or system.  

I'm content to let time grow what has been sown ~  the seed is good.   We ain't plantin' decorative but worthless high-ticket plastic here.  Takes a few seasons for truth to blossom ~ and a few more for the general run of folks to embrace it, given how overloaded they are with the ... other stuff.    

Posted by: Draginvry, Saturday, March 19, 2005, 6:19pm; Reply: 4
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I have never understood how people can hear about the"South Beach Diet" or "Atkins" or grapefruit or whatever and there is a national rush to embrace the new "gimmick"--but here is something that works and no national rush.

But that's true of mainstream anything.  Games, movies, name it.  There are so many great things out there that are smothered by hyped-up, overproduced c**p.  It's all about marketing.  Any desperate fool will grab at the cheap ads claiming that they could lose 40 pounds, especially when all it involves is low carbs.

But what happens when you tell someone that their blood type determines what foods they can eat, and you lay out a list of specific foods?  I'm sure you already know the answer to that one.  They go for Atkins.  In the end, people want a quick fix.  They don't want an extremely limiting diet which they will have to remain on for their entire lives.  They'd rather pop a pill to melt fat.  This is why things such as the BTD are unheard of, and why things like pharmaceutical industries are reaping some of the biggest profits on the entire planet.  And it won't change until people realize that you only get out of life what you put into it.
Posted by: BayouDragon (Guest), Saturday, March 19, 2005, 8:30pm; Reply: 5
When people ask me how I stay so thin, they always look at me funny when I tell them I'm on the Blood Type Diet.  Their usual response is "What is that?"  The first thing I tell them is "You eat certain foods based on your blood type."  From this, I watch their reaction and get a feel for how open-minded they are. I normally won't tell them that As should basically be vegetarians, or Os should be meat-eaters.  I find this is what normally sets people off.  If they're really interested (or desperate to try something new), then I'll go all out.  As long as they're interested, I talk.  But I always tell people to read the book!  I bought my father ERFYT one Christmas.

But I always push a little...  I was first introduced to the BTD by a friend who used to work with me.  She told me I should be a vegetarian.  Yeah, right...that was my response.  She opened the book to Type A and handed it to me.  I just flipped through the section and handed it back to her.  BUT SHE DIDN'T TELL ME TO READ THE BEGINNING.   >:(  I really wish she had, I would have started then.  A few years later, another coworker (who actually took her same position) came in with the book and started raving about it.  She offered to let me borrow it so that I could read it.

When "messages" come into my life once, I have a tendency to not notice.  BUT, when they come into my life a second time, I act on them....after I apologize for being so thick-headed and stubborn the first time.  ::)   So, I always push...but just a little.

;D  Hee...hee...Want to get someone interested in the BTD?  Pretend you're holding back secret information about the diet.  I actually did this with someone once (not on purpose).  I could tell he was going to be a jerk so I really didn't want to talk to him and subject myself to being taunted.  All I said was "Well, I don't know..." I think I insulted him--for not letting him in on my "secret cult".
Posted by: debs, Saturday, March 19, 2005, 9:21pm; Reply: 6
here! here! people have to really want to change something in their lives.thats why the majority of us have some health issues to begin with.i tried telling my parents in a simple easy way but my mum said i love cheese & i dont want to give it i let her get on with it,while she continues to hack her phlegm up.a friend said to me she didnt want to do it because 'once you start to eat a clean diet you have to stick with it' and theres the answer they dont want to do it because they cant be bothered.whilst it its true somewhat i like the feeling of feeling well of being in control somewhat of my body.let them get on with it as long as the silly sods leave me alone. ;D
Posted by: yaman, Saturday, March 19, 2005, 9:31pm; Reply: 7
I have a couple of answers if someone tells me that they "LOVE" avoid foods:


- "you may love them, but they don't love you, as you may be seeing when you look at the mirror"


- "if you keep eating only the ones you love, you may end up alone with those you don't love"

but then, maybe I'm an eccentric :D

Posted by: Draginvry, Wednesday, March 23, 2005, 3:49pm; Reply: 8

Tell me about it.  I swear my skin has started to glow recently.  By this time next month, I'll probably look like a movie star, or something.

And just think about those people I told who refused the diet, who are struggling with skin problems.

Somewhere, God is laughing...
Posted by: +Aan, Wednesday, March 23, 2005, 5:10pm; Reply: 9
I prayed to my higher powers to help me decide veg or not. I was a natual hygeinist for years. I lost and kept off a lot of weight but I still wasn't healthy. I would still swell. At night my ankles would itch like crazy and I would scratch of course. I guess I just got tired of it and just ate whatever and gained 100 lbs. I tried to low carb but eventually it would gross me out. When I would veg I would veg on the wrong things. I found this diet not a diet at all but a way of life and that's what you need to make things happen. I feel I was led to this way of life and plan to live like this the rest of my life.
Posted by: Brighid45, Wednesday, March 23, 2005, 6:41pm; Reply: 10
Oh man . . . eccentric is my middle name. It was a foregone conclusion that I'd gravitate to the BTD. *lol* I'm already a Fortean, read tarot and talk to animals, what's one more peculiar attribute? ;)

As for why the BTD hasn't gone mainstream--it's TOO MUCH WORK. It isn't a crash diet, and it isn't based on some half*** research. It's the real deal, and it means you actually get well when you work with it. Believe me, there are a lot of people out there who (imo) need their diseases for whatever reason. There are a lot more who don't want to put in the sustained effort required to have the BTD work well. Maybe someday they'll change their minds, who knows? That's their choice. I don't mean to make them wrong for that, but for me, this is MY choice, and I'm glad, glad, glad I made it. :)
Posted by: Draginvry, Wednesday, March 23, 2005, 7:24pm; Reply: 11
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Oh man . . . eccentric is my middle name. It was a foregone conclusion that I'd gravitate to the BTD. *lol* I'm already a Fortean, read tarot and talk to animals, what's one more peculiar attribute? ;)

Hehe, you sound a lot like me.  I love talking to animals.  They are so much smarter than humans.  I keep a wasp outside my apartment which I will summon in to unnerve guests who have outlived their welcome.  I like to let them grab a magazine or other club, and then I insist that I will not tolerate death of any creature in my apartment.  It's quite humorous, because people will not be able to concentrate on anything but the wasp until they leave, while the whole time I am continuing on the conversation as if nothing is there.

The wasp is a finnicky thing.  Apparently it has its own huge nest to itself, although I've never actually seen it at the nest.  But I also keep a spider on the windowsill.  And some ants for good measure.

And yeah, you're right about some people needing their diseases.  I've seen people who call my diet extreme, but I don't consider it extreme.  I consider their acne extreme *snicker*
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