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Posted by: 31 (Guest), Wednesday, October 27, 2004, 4:20pm
I am 6"1" tall, half German, and half Cherokee. I am VERY active,Cross country skiing in the winter, hunting in the fall, hiking in the spring and summer, so I am heavy boned, and VERY muscular for my age and sex.
In 1996, I was involved in a traffic wreck while on my motorcycle, breaking my left leg about three inches above the ankle. After I locked my transmission in second gear (I couldn't use my left leg to shift), I rode the bike to the local V.A. Hospital. Once there, the doctors told me that they would have to put a metal rod down the bone in my leg. I would later find out they were lying, that was a teaching hospital, and they used me to demonstrate the procedure to a bunch of interns.
Before they operated on me, they gave me a urine test. They said that this was to determine which type of metal to place in my leg, stainless steel, or titainium. They said that everyone has one type that they react well with, and one they don't, and the urine test would tell them which one to use on me.
After the results were in they came up and told me that they would place a titainium rod in my bone. This pleased me as it is an aerospace metal, and I am an aerobatic pilot.
After the operation, I went from my usual 180 pounds to 265 pounds in three months!!!  For the next year, the V.A. had me going to their nutritionista to "learn" how to eat, (I seemed to be doing fine BEFORE they put the metal in my leg), and then started giving me thyroid medication. They said that my thyroid "just happened" to quit at the same time as the injury, that they had nothing to do with it.
After two years of their "science" and STILL not losing ANY weight, a friend of mine gave me the book "Eat Right 4 Your Type".  Being half native, I had always eaten a diet that was about 90% meat, and the rest mostly fresh veggies, my starch intake was almost zero. After the V.A. found out about that they convinced me that I was eating too much, and that I should eat a more "balanced" diet, with smaller portions.
It was after six months of going hungry most of the time and NOT LOSING ANY weight that I read the book. LO AND BEHOLD, it turned out that my culture had me eating the RIGHT way for my blood type, which is O+.
When I told the V.A. "Doctors" about the book, they denounced it saying that it was a "four sizes fit all" fad, and that it would wind up making me sick. I answered by saying that it was better that their "ONE size fits all starvation diet that had not lost me an ounce".
I went on the diet, and in six months, lost 45 pounds! After that, my living arrangement changed, and it was impossable for me to work out untill I moved to El Paso, Tx., so for that time, I maintained 220 pounds.
Now that I am able to start being more active again, I am starting to lose the weight again. I figure that by next spring I will be down around 170 to 180 pounds again.
I would STILL be at 265 if I had not recieved the positive re-inforcement of reading that book.
I have a question though. Due to my desire to get back to where I was, I am taking a VERY stringent plan of attack on the fat cells in my body. What I am doing is I am almost on a monodiet of nothing but meat. Is this going to backfire on me? I know somebody here can council me on this.
My thanks go out to everyone associated with this work of getting Americans healthy.     Sabrina
Posted by: Cheryl_O_Blogger, Wednesday, October 27, 2004, 4:30pm; Reply: 1
The "four sizes fit all" is not even a valid description of the blood type diet.  Further modifications for ethnicity, secretor status, rH type and MN typing, and now disease specific information, make it a very personalized system.  The abundance of food choices allows for even greater customization.
Posted by: Alia Vo, Wednesday, October 27, 2004, 5:32pm; Reply: 2
Sabrina,

Welcome to the BTD!  Your initial weight loss of 45 pounds when you first began the BTD proves that you intrinsically knew what to eat to steadily lose the weight you desired.  Meat (preferably organic or grass-fed) should be the main focus of your diet as protein is critical for fat metabolism and maintaining active tissue mass, but there are many beneficial foods to incorporate into your meals to add balance and variety to your diet.  The appropriate addition of fish, eggs, nuts/seeds, fruits, and a minimum amount of starches (if your body can handle them) will add an abundance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber.  

Since your immediate health goal is weight loss, I would emphasis the Tier Two foods, drinking plenty of water, and maintaining a regular exercise schedule for its role in weight loss and stress management.  

Btw, you can go to the upper right corner to the Member Center to choose an avatar for your name, so we know your blood type the next time we hear from you.
Posted by: Melissa_J, Wednesday, October 27, 2004, 7:29pm; Reply: 3
Hi Sabrina, and Welcome!  Congratulations on your progress and on having the good friend and open mind that helped you to find the BTD!

For long-term health, just make sure you're getting enough green or colorful vegetables and water, and try to get your meat from the best sources you can.  You may want to add some deeply colored berries as well, to counteract any polyamines in canned or frozen meats.  You'll be fine without starchy vegetables/fruit, though.
Posted by: 31 (Guest), Wednesday, October 27, 2004, 10:09pm; Reply: 4
Thanks guys, the majority of my meat was shot or caught by me. I hunt for deer yearly, and because I hunt on the "res." I always have vennison in the freezer. I also stock rabbit, squrrell, and bass fear the mention of my name. What's this secretor stuff? and can I order a copy of the book from this site? I had to give the loaned copy back after I read it, and I've been doing this from memory for the last two years. Also, my sweetie pie is type "A", so usually we each cook our own food. (Eat seperatly, but together?)
Posted by: Cheryl_O_Blogger, Thursday, October 28, 2004, 12:13am; Reply: 5
Hi Sabrina,
Here's some info on secretors and non-secretors:

http://www.dadamo.com/napharm/store3/template2/secretor.htm

The book Live Right 4 Your Type includes food recommendations based on secretor type, but those are also in Typebase 4.  LR4YT is available on the website if it's not in your local bookstore.
Posted by: Kristin, Thursday, October 28, 2004, 6:37pm; Reply: 6
Hi Sabrina!!

6 feet 1 & 3/8 inches here and all Dutch, well, American Dutch which is a different sort of sub-grouping...

Being the height of a tall man but with the musculoskeletal structure of a woman is a unique health challenge in and of itself. You are quite lucky to be of muscular build, I am of the tall and thin variety and have to fight daily to maintain any muscle mass or structural integrity.

Anyway, from one tallie to another...welcome... and I won't ask you if you play basketball.   ;)  (Tall joke for all you shorties)
Posted by: 31 (Guest), Thursday, October 28, 2004, 7:24pm; Reply: 7
Kristin,
  No I don't play basketball, but you DON'T want to be on the other side of the net from me in a beach volleyball game! I used to play it a LOT when I used to live in American Samoa. The way that I built up my upper body strength while I was there was by joining an outrigger canoe racing team. We would train five days a week by running up and back down the  road that climbed a 1,200 foot hill behind the Pago Pago Yacht Club, then do about a half hour of calistenics, then go and paddle the boat for two hours, sometimes towing an eighteen wheeler truck tire  thirty feet behind us on a rope. Samoans are VERY compepetive about their outrigger racing. On the weekends, we would race, and eat grilled chicken, fish, rice, and fresh fruit.
Posted by: Brighid45, Wednesday, November 3, 2004, 3:11am; Reply: 8
Hi Sabrina! Nice to meet you!

I just thought I'd let you know that your posts are beginning to become a source of inspiration for my roomie. (Not that she'll ever admit it, of course!) She was once physically active, but now is bedridden and in a great deal of pain most of the time. Hearing about your adventures and how well you're doing on the BTD is beginning to get through to her that the diet can help her heal.

Keep up the excellent work, Warrior Woman! Aho! :)
Posted by: 31 (Guest), Wednesday, November 3, 2004, 4:25pm; Reply: 9
To all who have faced insurmountable odds; (Brighid45, show this to your roomie.)
In 1970, I was wounded so badly that I was on life support for three weeks. I was so bad that every day when my C.O. called the hospital to inquire on my condition, (daily), the doctors were not even so optomistic as to tell him that I was "still alive". He told me that what they said was that I "hadn't died yet".  
When I came out of the coma, they expected me to be a vegetable, I wasn't. I "awoke",  in traction  for a badly shattered left leg, surgical sutures on both knees, injuries to my spine, and seven closed skull fractures.
The first doctor to talk to me told me that I would probably never walk again, but to be happy, I was still alive.  I told him that I would play soccer wen I went to college.  Did he view that as an indominable spirit? No, they brought the shrinks in to "help" me with my denial.  As I healed, I would "work out" my muscles while I was still in traction, much to the horror of the hospital staff. As soon as they cut me out of the traction, I was told to "take it real slow", that I needed to understand that I would not be able to do all that I used to do. I laughed at them. Twenty min. after being cut out of the traction, I wheeled my wheelchair into the recovery room, closed the door behind me, and with two "buddies" (fellow patients) acting as safeties, I stood up, took two steps, and collapsed into the arms of one of them.
They got me into bed, and nobody was the wiser.  I would go down to the physical therepy room, and work out so hard I would sweat so heavily that one of the techs said I looked like I had just run a marathon.
To make a long story short, I was discharged five months later, to return to duty. One month later, I was jogging, two years later, I was playing NCAA soccer in college.
NO MATTER WHAT THE ODDS, YOU,YOU,YOU are the one who will decide the outcome of your situation. It will NOT be easy, you may test the limits of your capacity to endure pain, It may take YEARS, but you must NEVER, EVER, give up.
I am going to conduct a small experiment. I have ostero arthritis in the joints that were shattered, but I STILL (at 54), run, hike, hunt, and never sit still for more than five min..
I have heard that if I cut out ALL grains except rice, the background pain of the arthritis will be diminished. I'm going to go on a grain avoidance diet, and report in to you folks exactly what happens.
NEVER, EVER give up on yourself.
Posted by: 31 (Guest), Friday, November 5, 2004, 1:10am; Reply: 10
O.K., if the moderators want to set this up by itself, and move it, that's cool, just tell me where it went to.
                               BRIE'S WHEAT-FREE Diary.
Entry one, day two-- Yesterday I cut out all the wheat that I could other than the fact that I'm finishing the last of the LaChoy low sodium soy sauce off. Today I went to the local health food store, (actually a Blue Sage Supermarket, but there are so many German troops at Ft. Bliss that it's like shopping at the small shops on a Marktstrasse anywhere in Germany).  The meats are VERY lean, and there is a large health food section. While there I found rice noodles, and Rice flour mix. The rice flour mix has garbanzo flour mixed with it. (Hope that's O.K., if not, after I finish it I'll just get the pure rice flour). I have noticed no change in my health status, but then I don't expect to for at least a few weeks. Any changes may be modified or slowed by the fact that I'm NOT giving up my coffee.
Posted by: Lola, Friday, November 5, 2004, 2:07am; Reply: 11
Sabrina ,

garbanzo beans are neutral for you being a secretor......
Posted by: 31 (Guest), Friday, November 5, 2004, 4:46am; Reply: 12
Great, I don't want to do too much changing all at once here.  Did Sweedish meatballs over the rice noodles, and it was GREAT. Another good thing is I don't have to boil the noodles. The box says to boil the water, then take the pot off the fire, dump the noodles in, wait ten Min. and enjoy. Nothing sticks together, and no worry about scorching. I LIKE this stuff. It would be cool even WITHOUT the health benifits. It will be interesting to see how the osteo in my right shoulder reacts to the diet change.
Posted by: yaman, Friday, November 5, 2004, 1:09pm; Reply: 13
Quoted from Sabrina_Hill, posted Friday, November 5, 2004, 1:10am at here
O.K., if the moderators want to set this up by itself, and move it, that's cool, just tell me where it went to.
                               BRIE'S WHEAT-FREE Diary.
Entry one, day two-- Yesterday I cut out all the wheat that I could other than the fact that I'm finishing the last of the LaChoy low sodium soy sauce off. Today I went to the local health food store, (actually a Blue Sage Supermarket, but there are so many German troops at Ft. Bliss that it's like shopping at the small shops on a Marktstrasse anywhere in Germany).  The meats are VERY lean, and there is a large health food section. While there I found rice noodles, and Rice flour mix. The rice flour mix has garbanzo flour mixed with it. (Hope that's O.K., if not, after I finish it I'll just get the pure rice flour). I have noticed no change in my health status, but then I don't expect to for at least a few weeks. Any changes may be modified or slowed by the fact that I'm NOT giving up my coffee.


Hello Sabrina,

I think this thread is all yours "Tall girl does good". Therefore I think it's fine if you go on here with the Brie's Wheat Free Diary". But then again, subject to your choice, we can split it to a new thread.

I am happy to see that you decided to go wheat-free. You will definitely see the benefits sooner than later. Wheat is the main culprit for O's. The warrior will enjoy "new wings" and "higher spirits" eventually.

As you decided to fine tune your diet, how about checking your secretor status? There are some critical differences between O secs and O non secs as far as diet is concerned. You can order a test kit from NAP you know.

Good luck. I'll be keen to read your diary, keep on writing..
Yaman
Posted by: 31 (Guest), Friday, November 5, 2004, 2:48pm; Reply: 14
It would be good to leave the diary here. there is no sense in cluttering the board up with a bunch of threads from me when we can stick them together. That way, if anyone wants to see what I'm up to, they know right where to go.
On the secretor test. I will probably do that next month, Right now, I'm finishing up paying for my new airplane, ($1,000 a month), and next month, I'll be able to do it without putting a strain on my budget.  Anyone that wants to see photo's of my plane, land, or my sweetie and I can E-mail me at  Taylorcraftbc65@aol.com and give me their E-mail address and I'll send them photos. I also have my own web domain, which is  Taylorcraftbc65.com  that is a site that has several different subject catagories, starting with Taylorcraft airplanes, but going down to hunting and fishing, British roadsters, and there is a general section at the bottom, for anything that does not fit the sections above it. There, anything goes, as long as it's in good taste.  
Posted by: Brighid45, Saturday, November 6, 2004, 3:08am; Reply: 15
Sabrina--I copied off your story for Timber (my roomie) and have it waiting on her nightstand for when she wakes up tomorrow. I know she will read it and take it to heart. Thanks.

Re: going off grains. Tough at first, but your body will love it. I do okay with rice noodles once a week and the occasional slice of ezekiel bread, but that's it. I finally cut out everything but those two items last week, and already I'm beginning to feel a difference. Slight, but it's there. The pain in my knees and shoulder has started to fade just a little.

You are an inspiration, WolfRider.  Keep up the excellent work!  :)
Posted by: 31 (Guest), Sunday, November 14, 2004, 9:25am; Reply: 16
                        NO WHEAT DIET DIARY, SECOND ENTRY
 It's been a week since I cut out all the wheat that I'm aware of in my diet, and already I have seen some results.
 ONE: The background discomfort of the osteoarthritis in my right shoulder is GONE.
I thought it would take several weeks for any improvements to show up, but not so.
 TWO: Ever since I had my nose and bones in my face severely broken when I was hit by a drunk driver from behind while on my 21 speed bike, I have been bothered by extreeme drainage from my nose into my throat. Now the drainage has been cut in half.
 It ought to be interesting to see what lies ahead as my body continues to recover from wheat poisioning.
 
Posted by: Brighid45, Sunday, November 14, 2004, 6:00pm; Reply: 17
It's so good to hear that going off wheat has already shown some benefits for you! :)

Shoulder pain--BAH. Nasty! I'm glad you're not hurting any more.

Re: drainage--since going off grains completely over two weeks ago, I've noticed that my chronic sinus infection is almost gone. No more drips or stuffy nose or headaches! I'll bet yours will disappear the same way in time.

Btw--my roomie read the entry I printed out. She hasn't said anything, but she's thinking about what you wrote, I can almost hear the wheels going around in her head ;) I've noticed that in the last week or so she's eating more compliant vegetables and meat, and going for the pineapple chunks in the fridge rather than the chocolate chip cookies in the cupboard. So I think you're a positive influence. ;)  Thanks!
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