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Posted by: Mary_Ellen (Guest), Saturday, May 14, 2005, 6:47pm
My husband and I are new to BTD. We are both 60 years old.  Just got hold of Dr. A'Damo's book about 2 weeks ago.  We've always been nutrition concious but still dealing with health problems.  We've majored on using whole wheat--grinding our own grain and baking bread and using it for most of our baking.  Found out in reading the book that the wheat was causing all kinds of problems.  That and the high protein diet my husband has been on to curb his low-blood sugar put his kidneys into the danger zone.

So----we are s-l-o-w-l-y making changes.  And so far feeling better.  

He is an A and I am an O  making for some interesting times cooking.  Got hold of the Cook 4 Your Type yesterday and that will help.  

Hubby has had bypass surgery and has now developed nephritis from the over use of protein.  In just the two weeks time that we have started applying the first shaking steps--he is feeling better.

I have always had a weight problem and losing weight has always been slow and difficult--using wheat of course.  Now that I have eliminated the wheat and am exercising more, I've lost 8 lbs in the past two weeks and have had plenty to eat.  This is great.

Haven't seen anywhere else on this site to post questions so here goes:
Are there any further suggestions for my husband and his nephritis condition?  He is eating small portions of chicken, turkey or fish and has switched over to spelt, oats, rye, and brown rice flour  and grain.  He is also lactose intolerant so no dairy.

That is another question.  Could the lactose intolerance be due to the high protein diet?  And--will he possibly be able to go back to eating yogurt or some kinds of cheese? He is drinking soy milk at this time and using almond cheese.

Last question for now.   ::)Oatmeal--undefinedI eat oatmeal almost every morning with blueberries or raspberries or apples.  It fills me up and keeps my plumbing working :0)  Without it I don't eliminate well.  At this point it doesn't seem to be causing a weight loss hindrance.  Is it okay to keep eating this?

That's all for now. All answers appreciated.
Thanks Bunches
Mary Ellen
Posted by: Maria Giovanna, Saturday, May 14, 2005, 7:07pm; Reply: 1
Hi Mary Ellen,

welcome in this Forum.

As for your husband and nephritis may be also gluten free (no spelt, kamut, rye as wheat , common pasta and bread), just rice products, quinoa, buckwheat and amaranth could help. Gluten and gliadin can damage kidneys. Lactose intolerance is on my layperson opinion a permanent problem but also casein the dairy protein is not great for As and Os on Dr D'Amato findings. Feta(sheep cheese) and mozzarella are the most easy dairy product to digest, if you both want to try.
Oat is neutral for you if O secretor and avoid if non secretor. You could alternate with amaranth, quinoa and whole rice cereals, very rich in fiber too.
Best wishes for you and write for every other question there are many knowledgeable persons ready to answer you !

Maria Giovanna
Posted by: Wulf, Sunday, May 15, 2005, 3:19am; Reply: 2
Hi Mary ellen and welcome,

Please pop into the member centre and select your blood type avatar.
It helps everyone identify with your blood type.

Posted by: Lola, Sunday, May 15, 2005, 3:25am; Reply: 3
add some ground linseed to your oatmeal in the morning.......for the know! ))
Posted by: Mary_Ellen (Guest), Sunday, May 15, 2005, 11:04am; Reply: 4
Thanks for the suggestions and the Avatar prompt.  I was wondering how everyone had their Avatar's posted.  (think)  
FYI -- I do add ground flaxseed to my oatmeal ;).  

Thanks bunches! :K)

Mary Ellen
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Sunday, May 15, 2005, 11:13am; Reply: 5
So you managed to  make a thread Mary Ellen  ;-)  -glad you did.
My AB dad had kidney problems as well- he was told to stay away from a lot of veggies and fruits ( :-( )  due to the potassium- but I think that for a A it is important  as well to remember good fruit and veggies maybe just the ones with lower paotassium..

About breakfast - my mum (O) loves oatmeal as  muesli as well- but  she wants to keep her amount down and get more protein, so now she makes oat-crakers/bisquits - to have with eggs and tomatoes some of the days.
Posted by: Mary_Ellen (Guest), Sunday, May 15, 2005, 11:22am; Reply: 6
Thanks Henriette,
Yes, I finally figured it out :D  Thanks for the tips on breakfast.  Oatmeal crackers/biscuits?  Does she have a recipe?  I'd love to give it a try.  

Well we are off to celebrate our anniversary.  Have a blessed Sabbath and thanks for writing.  I am totally enjoying this.

Mary Ellen
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Sunday, May 15, 2005, 11:28am; Reply: 7
Good :-)- IŽll try to find one
Good journey
Posted by: Alia Vo, Sunday, May 15, 2005, 5:27pm; Reply: 8
Quoted from Mary_Ellen

That is another question.  Could the lactose intolerance be due to the high protein diet?  And--will he possibly be able to go back to eating yogurt or some kinds of cheese? He is drinking soy milk at this time and using almond cheese.

Hi Mary Ann and a warm welcome to the forums.

As a blood type O, your husband is better off with no yogurt in his meals because yogurt is considered an avoid for both O secretors and nonsecretors.  If he enjoys the taste of yogurt, he may want to try some of the soy yogurts (secretors only) available on the market.  But please be cautious of the many additives and gums contained in these products.  

The only cheese varieties acceptable for blood type O's (secretors only) are farmers cheese, feta cheese, goat cheese, and mozzarella cheese.

Best wishes for both yours and your husband's continued improving health.

Posted by: Brighid45, Sunday, May 15, 2005, 9:02pm; Reply: 9
Cook Right is a great book! My copy is battered, dogeared and full of papers with all sorts of recipes and notes *chuckle* At first learning to cook with type-friendly foods was a real challenge, but now it's almost second nature. I love experimenting with recipes to make them compliant and tasty.

About the oatmeal--I'd say keep eating it for now and explore a few other O-friendly options for breakfast when you're ready. I used to eat oatmeal for breakfast almost every morning too, but now it's an occasional treat in the wintertime. My primary breakfast component is protein. I have ground turkey patties or all-turkey sausage and steamed broccoli most mornings, or salmon patties with a little mashed sweet potato, or a nice protein powder smoothie made with bananas and cocoa or pineapple. Leftover pot roast or steak and vegetables is good too.

Check the Cook Right forum here for ideas and the recipe index for inspiration, and have fun exploring! :) Best wishes to your husband for his recovery of good health as well.
Posted by: 199 (Guest), Monday, May 16, 2005, 2:13am; Reply: 10
Mary Ellen,

I would also suggest that your husband might benefit from going gluten-free (in which case, no spelt, rye, or oats--or barley, kamut, or triticale).  Gluten can wreak all sorts of damage to the body, and one of its earlier effects is actually lactose intolerance.  Lactase--the enzyme that digests lactose--is made on the very tips of the intestinal villi (little "fingers" that stick out from the walls of the intestine to increase the surface area available for nutrient absorption), but in susceptible individuals, gluten significantly flattens the villi and leads to maldigestion and malabsorption.  If your husband's lactose intolerance is related to gluten sensitivity, it should improve after he goes gluten free--although he will need to avoid dairy completely for some length of time (I think at least three weeks, but I'm not sure I'm remembering correctly; it may be more like a few months).

By the way, gluten intolerance occurs independently of blood type, so being an A offers no protection (unfortunately!).

I'm glad to hear you are both having positive results with the BTD, and I hope it gets even better from here!

Posted by: Mary_Ellen (Guest), Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 12:26am; Reply: 11
Brighid and Sarah:
Thanks for your suggestions.  I am on Weight Watchers too--which isn't hard to follow since I can do points regardless of the food but have been hesitant to do meat for breakfast.  This would be a HUGE change.  Do you then have protein at the other two meals or just breakfast?  

I am usually up and out of here before 7am so whatever I have needs to be easy to fix.  Do you have a favorite salmon patty recipe?  I haven't found one I like.

While my husband is cooperating with the new food choices we both still have a way to go until we are avoiding all the avoid foods.  Stuff like mayonaise, salad dressings, and condiments----trying to help him without becoming a nagging policewoman wife. (hand)

Any helps would be well appreciated.  
Posted by: sue_ab, Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 2:30am; Reply: 12
Hi Mary Ellen and welcome to the forums.

There is a thread that has some great info on breakfast ideas for O's.  You may find something yummy there:,v=mindex,n=,s=125

I am lactose intolerant and although I have been following BTD for a number of years have yet to be "game" enough to see if I am no longer intolerant.  I have found a couple of Soy Yogurts that although plain are very acceptable.  Don't forget that lactose is not only present in cow products, dairy, but all lactating animals ie goats and sheep.

I think you and your husband are off to a flying start....well done.  It takes time to make changes and if going slowly means they will be changes for life then that is the road to take.

Don't be afraid to ask any question.....we have a great bunch of people here and the great thing about  BTD is that we all continue to learn.

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