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Posted by: Pierre (Guest), Monday, May 16, 2005, 3:31am
What I am about to tell you is the absolute truth and I have no affiliation with Dr. D'Adamo and have never met the man or any other person associated with income drived from the BTD.

I have been following this diet since July 5, 1998 following a family get together where I became aware of this diet.   Most of this diet I follow religiously and never vary or cheat even after 7 years.   I am a type O of 50 years old.  My father is American Indian my mother Celtic.

For my entire life leading up to this diet I was unhealthy and had many problems. I had asthma as a child and later developed  hives, severe edema and a debilitating athritic condition.  By the time I found this diet I could no longer hold a real job. I was in bed three days a week. I did not expect to reach the age of 50.  I controlled pain with alchohol as most pain killers made me sick.

My vitals were BP 140/95,  Cholesterol 320,   I took 750mg of Zantac a day to control hives and Acid Reflux disease.

My diet was largely vegetarian heart type diet.   High in whole grains, low fat dairy, beans, vegetables and peanuts.

I had spent $50,000 right before the diet at the Cleveland Clinic only to be told that I should stay on the heart diet and see a shrink for the other problems as they were most likely caused by stress.  

I can tell you that I was very very skeptical of this diet and the only reason that I decided to give it a try was because I was desperate.  Sometimes we have to be totally down and out to try something out.  

I started following the diet somewhat and within three days was getting quite a bit of relief. I then started to follow it religiously.  Within three weeks I was no longer taking Zantac and was up 7 days a week with no hives. I had not been hive free even for one day for the previous 20 years. I went from feeling like an old man to feeling like a teenager over night.  

Within one month my vitals were BP 100/66,  Cholesterol 220,  My present cholesterol is under 200.

Some very interesting things also took place, some happened immediately, others took a few years to achieve.  Some of the unexpected benefits that I saw.

My hair is much softer and my skin is not as dry.  I have almost total immunity to the sun. I do not use sunscreen and can go skiing at high altitude all day without even taning much.  I have not been sick a day since starting this diet,  cuts heal about three times as fast.  I gained substantial anerobic and aerobic capacity without excercising for it.  Far less body odor and far less ear wax and ear problems.  I gained  cartilage in my joints over the course of two+ years. I gained height of about 1/2 inch and substantial flexibility.  

As far as the mind goes. I lost some tendencies for obsessive compulsive behaviors.  Total loss of craving for alcohol. I have had an increase in  thinking clairity and experienced personality changes over the course of time. I have become much more of a people person than I ever was before.

There are some changes that I would just as soon were a little different. My libido went through the roof. I was Ok before.  I was invigorated by a good shot of adrenaline before the diet. Now the same shot wipes me out so some of the adrenaline sports that I did before I do not do now. My appetite is also greatly improved and I have gained weight over the last several years.  My metabalism improved greatly but I went from 2200 calories per day to over 4000.

I had always been an engineer working with my mind. This diet opened the opportunity to work with my body so that is what I have done since. I teach Alpine skiing in the winter months and work in the skilled trades in the Summer. I am much happier but thinking of going back into engineering.

I do not want to give anyone false hope that this diet is the cure all end all.  I have worked with many people over the years on this diet and have come across no one who has had the dramatic results that I have had.  My mother comes the closest.  When she saw me on the diet she had been using a walker for 6 months.  The words out of her mouth were " honey I don't know what you been eatin but I want some of what you're eatin too".  In three weeks the walker was gone and at 78 years old she has hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.  Her cholesterol also went from over 300 to less than 200.

Nearly all of my blood family are on this diet now with very good results. That is,except my daughter and wife who would benefit greatly.

How closely do I follow the diet?  I do not eat nor do I tolerate any grains or grain derivatives except white spelt and rice.  I cannot tolerate any other grains period. That would include oils and syrups from those grains as well.   I do not tolerate nor do I eat any dairy products except butter.  I do not know why I tolerate butter because I don't tolerate even minute amounts of other diary products.  I do not eat nor do I tolerate potatoes, cabbage, red beans, legumes, peanuts or most food preservatives.  

Where do I cheat?  I drink coffee, eat black pepper and most fruits and vegtables that are avoids because of mold, semisweet chocolate chips and I do use some vinegar in salad dressings.  That is about the total extent of my variation from the diet. Everything else pretty strict.

Some of the oddities,  I feel good when I eat a ton of Cayanne pepper and I use more soy products than I should.  


You want a good one. I was hospitalized for an auto accident for 5 days and refused to eat unless the food was fresh and un adultered with avoids. I finally got to eat a whole meal on my last day. It took them that long to figure it out. I will not break the diet at someone else home or at a potluck. I just abstain from eating if my type of food is not there. There are no exceptions.

The only restraunts that I have not had trouble with are Red Lobster, Lone Star Steakhouse and Subway.

When people approach me and try to talk sense into me that I am following a protoscientist diet with no clinical studies or science behind it  and that I need to readjust my thinking I tell them to "Get the fk away and stop trying to kill me."  Especially MD's  Them's is the Bstds that were killing me and telling me it was all in my head.

I am a living testiment to the fact that long term this diet is just as good as the short term even when it is followed rather strict.
Posted by: Lola, Monday, May 16, 2005, 3:50am; Reply: 1
Pierre welcome to the forum!
what an inspiration you are to all following this way of life!
thanks for sharing your story. )
If you click into member center, then avatar settings, you can select a blood type avatar, if you'd like an easy way to share your type.

ty )
Posted by: rosieb, Monday, May 16, 2005, 5:50am; Reply: 2
congratulations pierre!!
you are an inspiration. i wish i could introduce you to my disbelieving family!!!!!!
Posted by: ISA-MANUELA (Guest), Monday, May 16, 2005, 7:15am; Reply: 3
bonjour Pierre :D

wow, what a luck for you to have found BTD; yes dear its' really great and many,many congrats that you'd join us also on this board ;- a very warm welcome from Switzerland.

Nice to meet you, hope to hear from you soon, thanks for sharing

see you truly yours Isa
Posted by: Susana, Monday, May 16, 2005, 7:20am; Reply: 4
Thank you for sharing Pierre.

It is a pleasure to start the day and week (Monday morning) with posts like this.

:K)
Posted by: 929 (Guest), Monday, May 16, 2005, 7:30pm; Reply: 5
Pierre ~
WOW!  How amazing!  Your story is just wonderful!
It 's great that you are so in touch with you body that you know what works and what doesn't for you.  
Isn't it amazing that even with your testimony that anyone would dare criticize your way of eating?!  
Gosh, reading that gave me goosebumps....I think I will print it and give it to my father.  He is an O and in poor health, similar to your past, and I am trying to convert him.
I look forward to seeing you around these boards....we would love to see your insight and suggestions on things here!!
By the way...if you could, would you write down a typical days menu for us.  If my dad reads your story and is inspired, I'm sure he would be interested to see what a normal days food is for you. (He doesn't like my taste in food so my choices and suggestions aren't appealing to him)  

Thanks so much for sharing.
Tami
Posted by: Brighid45, Tuesday, May 17, 2005, 3:38am; Reply: 6
Congratulations Pierre! What a terrific story! You're an inspiration to everyone who reads your post, I'd bet. You sure were for me! :) Welcome to tbe board!
Posted by: karen_handcock (Guest), Tuesday, May 17, 2005, 8:08am; Reply: 7
well done Pierre.  I get the same critical response from Freiends & family,  here in Ireland,,,,,, where BTD is not wel know..

I was doing so well on the btd last year.  then I strayed a wee bit.  Now I am paying for it.  but am back on the wagon.. & will stay there.

i am also new to the site, which i found out about after re-reading my BTD bible
Posted by: Susana, Tuesday, May 17, 2005, 8:41am; Reply: 8
Quoted from karen_handcock

I was doing so well on the btd last year.  then I strayed a wee bit.  Now I am paying for it.  but am back on the wagon.. & will stay there.


Hi Karen,

Would you please expand on "the price" for straying from BTD. Was it weight gain. mood related, alergies...

I apreciate it.

Thanks,

:K)

Posted by: karen_handcock (Guest), Tuesday, May 17, 2005, 9:15am; Reply: 9
Hi Susana. the price I refer to is.  

weight gain.. & no energy.   where before I was in top form...... lots of energy & feeling really good in myself.

I didn't think I had strayed that much..... then it hit me with a bang.. thw weight crept backon......... & my stomach is swollen..   I am back on the wagon ( following my book rigidly) for 2 weeks now.. & hoep to get back to "normal"  soon.
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Tuesday, May 17, 2005, 4:34pm; Reply: 10
Hi, Pierre!  I'm glad you are having such great results with the BTD.  I take it that you are Type O, judging from the way you describe your diet?*  I did want to suggest that you might try lemon juice in your salad dressing instead of the vinegar because, in my opinion, it actually tastes much better.  But a little vinegar here and there is no biggie, if you prefer it.  Also, you might want to lose the coffee, as coffee really IS a "biggie", avoid-wise, and does a number on us O's, blood-sugar/insulin/etc.-wise.  But I surely don't mean to sound in any way critical of how you follow the diet, as it sounds like you really have it down to a science and have it customized to work beautifully for your health, which is what it is all about!

That is very interesting to me that you have gained cartilege in your joints, very heartening!  Anyway, sounds like you are doing wonderfully, keep it up!

* P.S.  You can pick out an "avatar" in the member center that will show everyone your blood type, if you want to!
Posted by: Susana, Tuesday, May 17, 2005, 8:28pm; Reply: 11
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Quoted from karen_handcock
hope to get back to "normal"  soon.


Hi Karen,  :K)

Thanks and best wishes. I look forward to read of your wonderful progress 8)

:K)
Posted by: Pierre (Guest), Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 12:31pm; Reply: 12
Oh yeah, I am a blood type O. I guess I forgot to mention that.

What would be a typical diet day:

Morning

2 cups of coffee ( I know it ain't legal)
Rice ceral with banana and chocolate soy

Or orgainic turkey bacon and eggs and spelt toast (home made)

Lunch:

Steak salad with dressing made from soy sauce, onion, Mrs Grass spice and cayanne. Its what the steak was cooked in.

Dinner:
Chicken or steak stir fry over brown rice or spelt spaghetti or hamburger/peas/rice or something similar,  raw pineapple or a slice of pumpkin pie maybe.

Its not exactly low carb, low fat.
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 1:06pm; Reply: 13
Okay, don't take this as criticism, but I'm just gonna make a couple of suggestions on tweaking your daily sample menu here, however, it looks pretty good (except for the coffee!!!  but I know that is soooooooooo hard to give up and it is the ONE thing that there is no substitute for, although Earl Grey tea is waaaaaaaay better...but not the same, I must say...better in a different way).  Okay, brace yourself:


Breakfast:  Let's get the hardest pill to swallow out of the way first:  I would ditch the coffee.  Pierre, coffee really is bad for O's, throwing our blood sugar and insulin outta wack, setting off cravings for carbs, and just generally throwing us out of balance and into a state of shaky unsteadiness.  Not fun.  That said, if it doesn't seem to affect you that much, maybe you could cut back to one cup per day?

Lunch:  Excellent that you are having steak salad!  That is probably the best thing you could have chosen on earth.  One note:  Soy sauce usually contains wheat (weird, but true), so if you can find a wheat-free tamari at your health food store (I never can, but people say it exists), that would be better.

Dinner:  Actually, this goes for both the spelt spaghetti at dinner and the spelt toast you mentioned earlier:  I would switch to rice pasta (Pastariso is a great brand) and rye or rice toast.  To me, spelt is wheat, but I want to stress that that is a CAR 54 opinion and NOT the blood type diet party line.  As far as the party line goes, spelt is a better choice than regular wheat if you are a secretor.  Non-secretors like me are not supposed to have it.  But as far as MY party line goes, spelt is wheat and no O should have it, so ideally choose some other allowable grain like rice, rye, quinoa instead (I found some great quinoa "outmeal" packets the other day, btw).

That said, your diet is looking pretty dang GOOD to me, except for the coffee.  We gotta get you off that coffee!

Welcome again!
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 1:11pm; Reply: 14
P.S.  The good thing about your spelt toast is that it is homemade, so it is pure and has no regular wheat in it.  That is very good.  But could ya switch to rice flour for your delicious homemade bread?  That would be even better!  Or sprouted wheat (ezekiel).
Posted by: Pierre (Guest), Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 2:49pm; Reply: 15
All right guys. I will admit.  I drink a ton more than two cups of coffee per day. More like 10.  Yes, I have tons of craving for carbs. Many more than I use to but I drink more coffee than I use to.  When I first went on the diet I drank INKA for more than a year.  I slowly added coffee back in with no hives.  I never associated the cravings for carbs with coffee.  Where can I read more on this coffee/carb connection.  I am going to finish the pot right now. :)

I cannot tolerate rye or Quinoa, both cause hives or diarrhea. The only grains that I can tolerate are rice and spelt.  I even have some trouble with the ezekiel breads and cereals. I eat about 80% rice and 20% spelt as far as grains go.

There are a few things that I cannot tolerate even in very tiny amounts without hives. Those would be Wheat, corn, corn syrup, dairy (except 100% milkfat or whey), potatos, aspartamine and nitrates.

A wheat free tammari exists and I buy it at the health food store.
Posted by: Brighid45, Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 2:58pm; Reply: 16
Pierre--you might try weaning yourself off coffee with rooibos tea. I got off black tea by switching to rooibos. It is caffeine-free, but it has a nice hearty taste that most herb teas don't have. Add some rice milk and a little sweetener, and it's pretty good!

Personally, I think it's the huge dose of caffeine in coffee that causes the carb cravings (in part anyway). I used to drink a lot of diet Coke or Earl Grey in the morning to get me jumpstarted for work (had to be in at 5 a.m. most days), and by 10 I was ravenous for sugar and starch. When I stopped drinking diet Coke and/or tea and switched to herb teas, the difference was incredible. No more low blood sugar or wild cravings for sweet stuff!
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 3:05pm; Reply: 17
Quoted from Pierre
All right guys. I will admit.  I drink a ton more than two cups of coffee per day. More like 10.  Yes, I have tons of craving for carbs. Many more than I use to but I drink more coffee than I use to.


omg, Pierre, we are gonna have to help you get off the coffee.  That is a hard one because:

1.  Coffee tastes totally unique, nothing is really a substitute.  With other things one gives up on the BTD, I have found there is almost always a BETTER, MORE DELICIOUS and satisfying alternative, but not so with coffee.  The taste is unique, as I said.  The good news is, once you get over the addiction component, even though you hark back fondly to the taste, you don't feel that you miss it or have to have it!  And you CAN get to that point!

2.  Coffee is addictive and withdrawal is hard.  You, especially with drinking 10 cups per day, will probably have difficult withdrawal symptoms like headaches and extreme jitteriness.  It is gonna be tough, no two ways about it.  I suggest:

a.  Stick very closely to your BTD, be very compliant while withdrawing from coffee.
b.  Drink green tea.  There are good green teas and boring, bland green teas, so hunt around until you find one that you like.  Even black tea is far preferable to coffee.  In fact, I often drink classic Twinings Earl Grey (a black tea) because, in my area, you cannot obtain the Twinings Earl Grey GREEN version and I like Earl Grey.  I'm drinking some right now, mixed with a bag of Celestial Seasonings pure peppermint tea.  Da bomb!  The caffeine in the green tea might ease your withdrawal from coffee, plus the theonine in tea works symbiotically with the caffeine so that the negative effects of the caffeine are counterbalanced.  Thus, you won't have the jitteriness, blood sugar/insulin spikes, etc.
c.  Drink a LOT of water to stay hydrated, this will help with the headaches and help flush out and detox all the toxins (detox the toxins, duh, Edna, brilliant way to phrase/elucidate THAT *lol*) from all the coffee you have had.

You ask where you can read more about this and Dr. D. has written about coffee and its effects on O's, and I'll find some links to put in this thread.  Also, a Dr. Nicholas Perricone, who I think it pretty great, has spoken about this at length in his PBS specials and books, although not taking blood type into account, just about coffee and what it does to our blood sugar, how it releases the "bad actor", cortisol, into our systems, etc.  Tastes so good but such bad stuff for us, Pierre, truly, otherwise I wouldn't be BUGGING you so intensely on it *lol* (sorry!).  I'll find some links and stick 'em in here.  Meanwhile, off to the green tea store with you!
:K)
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 3:15pm; Reply: 18
Shoot, shoot, shoot!  I cannot find one thing in "Ask Dr. D'Adamo" about this, so I'm thinking that it is a section in LR4YT that I am recalling in which Dr. D. speaks about how the O response to coffee mimicks an insulin response and, basically, we get blood sugar spikes and crashes from coffee, causing things like carb cravings, brain fog, more cravings, jitteriness/unsteadiness, still more cravings, mood problems, etc., and did I mention CARB CRAVINGS?  I wish I could find something for you on line, but no luck thus far!  I think it is in LR4YT, if I am now harking back correctly.
Posted by: Pierre (Guest), Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 3:34pm; Reply: 19
Sam Dan I would love to argue with you since you are and iNFj but I will pick my battles were I can win and I have not been able to win in my own mind against the BTD. Some things you just accept without much science and move on because you cannot argue with success.  I don't off hand buy much of anything I read or hear.


Even though the coffee I drink is 80% decaffinated I suspect the cravings do tie in and probably not even due to the caffine.

Seltzer and juice; Oh yeah. :)

O'doul's, Oh yeah!

WATER!, never touch the damn stuff. ;)

Tea? Most of it makes me nauseous for some strange reason. I haven't found anything except weak ice tea that I can drink.

I did not mind the INKA so much I just got bored with it and the price is high.

My personality type is NP.  65% N 33%P, 0% structured.  Very little i or e or t or f. A little bit unique.  
Posted by: Pierre (Guest), Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 3:37pm; Reply: 20
That is OK Sam Dan.  I would not necessarily believe it even if it was written. Its easy enough to try. I doubt that giving up coffee for a test will likely result in damage.
Posted by: Brighid45, Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 4:15pm; Reply: 21
Drink seltzer and juice then. :) I know there's nothing that's a true sub for coffee, but if there's something you like that might work, give it a try.

I used to hate water too. Now I keep a bottle of it around all day long. Never thought I'd ever like it, but the longer I'm on the BTD, the better it tastes. You might find your tastes changing too--not necessarily to liking water, just changing. :)
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 4:33pm; Reply: 22
Quoted from Pierre
Even though the coffee I drink is 80% decaffinated I suspect the cravings do tie in and probably not even due to the caffine.


Believe it or not, even drinking supposedly decaf coffee, I get virtually the same reaction I get from full-caf.  Baaaahd.

Quoted from Pierre
Seltzer and juice; Oh yeah. :)


EXCELLENT!  Now we are getting somewhere!  Seltzer water is actually beneficial for us O's, and 100% juice like pineapple or black cherry in there as a kicker is fabulous!  Stick to that, Pierre, and you will go far in this man's army!

Quoted from Pierre
O'doul's, Oh yeah!


omg, I love O'Doul's!

btw, I forgot to say, another thing that helps tremendously in keeping blood sugar stable and cravings at bay is to be SURE to eat enough protein every single ever-lovin' day, preferrably at every meal, but having a protein-free meal every now and again won't hurt ya, as long as you eat enough of the stuff EVERY day.  Did I mention it should be EVERY day?  Okay, good!

btw, feel free to ignore everything I am saying, advice-wise!  I don't know why I'm swooping down on you like a flying monkey in "The Wizard of Oz", but it is probably because you sound like you are very bright and earnest about the diet, and doing everything very well...and so when I see a few little areas with tweak potential, it just brings out the Oz Monkey in me, sorry!!!  Just lose the coffee and we can all return to our homes!

btw, there is this soda called "China Cola" which is not the ideal food staple (lol) BUT, if one is detoxing from coffee and coming off of all the blood sugar highs and lows, etc., it might be just the treat-type ticket to get you through some tough times, as it does have a hefty dose of sugar, but no caffeine and no corn products.  It tastes exactly like Coca-Cola.

May the force be with you, Pierre!
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 4:35pm; Reply: 23
;D P.S.  My moniker is actually not "Sam Dan", that is my belt status here on the ole' homestead/board.  My moniker is actually "Car 54" - tee hee!  You may call me Sam Dan if you like, though!
Posted by: Pierre (Guest), Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 6:00pm; Reply: 24
After 7 years on the diet I doubt I will develop a taste for water.  I have pretty thick skin as far as picking on me.  I do this diet as total second nature now.

I am well aware of where I stray from the diet.  I have never seen the stuff on coffee in ER4YT book. I can nearly quote the book by verse after 7 years.  I admit that I have not kept current on things that may have taken place since the original forums disappeared.

I will tell you where I act like a total mind numb robot about the diet. When some self appointed know-it-all whom finds out that I am strick on the diet and proceeds to warn me about the long term dangers of a whacko fad diet.  They start out by saying that the blood type diet has been debunked many times over. That there is no long term, say 5 to 10 year studies on the long term effect of this diet. That this diet is deficient in things like whole grains and dairy. Blaa Blaa Blaa Blaa Blaa.

My answers usually not only shut them up but make them take some note:  First off I explain that I have been on this diet well into a time period that would qualify for any long term study and know my vitals. So much for no long term trials.

The second thing I go into is the amount of money and time I invested in specialist with the only relief coming from a $19.95 diet book my DA brother in law handed me.

I go into many of the changes that took place. They usually counter with things like " Well you were no doubt sensitive so some of the foods that you eliminated but that doesn't mean that the diet as a whole is working". My answer" AND WHO was it that told me to eliminate those foods? an MD or a stupid diet book?  Duh!"

I will tell you want really stumps them though.  Almost a complete immunity to the sun. They cannot explain why I do not burn or even tan much with exposure to the sun. I have freckles.  They also have no explaination as to why I don't get winded when with moderate to heavy exertion without much exercise.  They also cannot explain why I am taller or have gained flexibility.  These are all things that I can prove to them easily.


These are things that end up puzzling them and making them wonder if their information is wrong.

My MD ended up putting his son on the diet when he started to observe the changes in me.  His son was having symptoms similar to mine. His son is now symptom free and he recomends the diet to his more problematic patients.

My daughter (O) is now having problems and is adamant that my problems have nothing to do with hers and that I should just but out.  Right now its to the doctors about once a month for problems.

My wife 45 yo (O) just had a bought with uterine cancer but has not converted other than eating with me.  The diet is to much trouble when not at home. She cannot say no to other people whom eat lunch with her at work and such. Me, I said no to a dietician at a hospital ;)

They are both to close to it to see the problems as being there problems as well.  They both fully agree that dad must be on the diet but not them. The both know this diet very well. They can spot anything that I cannot eat and can pick out what I can in any dinning situation.  Since they have no hives they assume they are fine. Again, I say they are to close to the problem.  The associate the diet with a cure for me not a way of life.

PS. Someone please tell Wal Mart that Yams ARE NOT sweet potatos.
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 6:13pm; Reply: 25
Quoted from Pierre
After 7 years on the diet...I will tell you where I act like a total mind numb robot about the diet. When some self appointed know-it-all whom finds out that I am strick on the diet and proceeds to warn me about the long term dangers of a whacko fad diet.  They start out by saying that the blood type diet has been debunked many times over. That there is no long term, say 5 to 10 year studies on the long term effect of this diet. That this diet is deficient in things like whole grains and dairy. Blaa Blaa Blaa Blaa Blaa.

My answers usually not only shut them up but make them take some note:  First off I explain that I have been on this diet well into a time period that would qualify for any long term study and know my vitals. So much for no long term trials.


Exactly!!!!  I've been on the thing since 1997 and my last bloodwork (which, admittedly, was back in around 2000) was, to quote the primary care doctor, "spectacular", cholesterol HDL:LDL ratio-wise, and very good in every other way.  If this is a fad, it is the longest, most life-altering fad I've ever been a part of.  With fads like this, who needs lifestyles?



Posted by: Debra+, Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 7:00pm; Reply: 26
Pierre-what a beautiful testimony.  I have copied and emailed it to my family and friends.  Someday, somehow this will all sink in.  And...you are also not alone in the family not following the diet like you do.  How lucky is that to have all of you the same blood type.  I have O's and A's and they only eat compliant when I cook two meals which is all of the time.  For suppers anyhow.  When they are out on their own they are the ones in control and they know it and don't follow it.  Keep up the great work. :D :D

Now...for the coffee.  I am so with Car54 on this one.  Two cups may not have been too bad... not...but TEN!!!!  Besides wheat, dairy and pork...coffee was one of my worst culprits.  I never drank it growing up as I did not care for the taste of it. Guess my body was trying to tell me something.   It was only when we got a Tim Horton's Coffee Restaurant here that I started to drink it and became addicted.  Remember it produces more stomach acid which we O's do not need, as you already know.  Your tummy is going to start eating itself.  :(

I, too, was never a big water drinker and still have hard times with remembering to have it.  (Left-side of the brain-memory).  I do drink alot of organic green tea, rooibos tea, black cherry, peppermint and the new added Dr. D Type O sipping tea (which is becoming a great favorite).  Don't forget the seltzer water and juice. Imagine how great you will feel once you are off of it.  Just give it a try and see.  What could it hurt?  We are here to help you. :)

Debra

P.S.  Next we will work on the salad dressings. ;)  :)

P.S.S.  Wal Mart----Yams are not sweet potatoes.  ;D ;D
Posted by: 929 (Guest), Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 7:18pm; Reply: 27
Me too...I am going to print this testimony and give it to my dad.  Who knows, maybe this testimony will show him that I am not koo-koo ::)
Posted by: Pierre (Guest), Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 7:34pm; Reply: 28
namastemk your dad is still going to think you are a kook.   Most people think that I am a kook. After all you are taking advice from a 50 year old man who thinks that teaching mogul skiing all winter long is a real job and that living on a trawler in the summer is a real house. :D
Posted by: 929 (Guest), Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 8:15pm; Reply: 29
Pierre, because you do those things is exactly why I think you would get his attention. ;)  You seem very down to earth, and sound like a no non-sense sort of guy, and that is how my dad is.  It's worth a try anyway.        
Posted by: Pierre (Guest), Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 9:14pm; Reply: 30
namastemk let me add a few things then: First of all I really don't buy into every thing that is in that book. Especially the part about personality and blood type. I really don't buy into there being a lot of real hard core science behind the blood type diet. I think its a lot of hocus pocus.

None the less I can step back and profoundly thank Dr. D'Adamo for not only saving my life but making is so worth while. So worth living.

Your dad doesnt have to buy into everything to get that gift. That benefit that is life. He just has to eat the damn food. ;)
Posted by: Debra+, Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 9:25pm; Reply: 31
Oh-my goodness-could this be the jitters from the coffee talkin'?  ;) :)

Debra
Posted by: 929 (Guest), Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 9:33pm; Reply: 32
You do make me chuckle Pierre....
Whether or not you follow this diet to the degree that most of us here do, you are obviously doing very well and have a wonderful outlook on life.  I appreciate your point of view and I really think my dad will as well.
All the best ~
Posted by: Pierre (Guest), Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 9:33pm; Reply: 33
Quoted from debra
Oh-my goodness-could this be the jitters from the coffee talkin'?  ;) :)


What coffee? I don't drink coffee anymore :)
Posted by: Debra+, Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 9:37pm; Reply: 34
What!!!-Since 9:49 a.m today?  You better get some green tea into you. ;D ;D :)

Debra
Posted by: Pierre (Guest), Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 9:40pm; Reply: 35
Now what am I going to abuse. Ahhhh strawberries. ;)
Posted by: Debra+, Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 9:46pm; Reply: 36
Go for it.   :)

Debra
Posted by: Brighid45, Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 9:52pm; Reply: 37
Well I for one wasn't pickin' on ya. Just making some observations. :)

I have a roomie who is type O and in continuous severe pain, so severe she's using Duragesic (fentanyl) patches to deal with it. She absolutely refuses to try the BTD, saying it won't work for her (although she feels much better when she eats meat! *sigh*). Right now she's on a citrus kick--three oranges a day. Then she wonders why her blood sugar is going crazy and her stomach is overacid and she's lightheaded and nauseated and her pain levels are going up.

Some people are too close to the problem, and some people need their disease. If she ever changes her mind I'm there for her, until then I just walk away and let her do what she wants.

About yams--you're right. For whatever reason, most stores here in the States insist on calling sweet potatoes 'yams'. A true yam is more like a white potato with a harder skin. Confusing!
Posted by: 929 (Guest), Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 10:05pm; Reply: 38
It's so hard to watch people suffer in illness and pain when they won't do anything to help themselves.  It's frustrating and I know I have to learn to accept that my father will probably never try the BTD approach or anything to help himself.  I keep hoping and looking for other opportunites to try...like using Pierre's story here.
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, May 19, 2005, 12:45am; Reply: 39
here s a quote about coffee:
''Coffee increases stomach acid production, something most O's don't need too
much help with''
Posted by: Pierre (Guest), Thursday, May 19, 2005, 1:26am; Reply: 40
My father tried the diet last year for the first time. He refused to try it for 6 years because my mother was on it and would say "see I told yah so".  He finally tried it because he was having bouts with hives and edema. He still has some problems but is greatly improved. He claims he didn't get it from my mother.

Most people have to suffer quite a bit before they will try something as lifestyle altering as the BTD.  What I say to all of those out there suffering.

"Go ahead and suffer for all your damn stuborness. I don't feel a bit of your pain. Funny how that works. By the way, what do you REALLY have to LOSE by trying it.  Its only food for heaven sake. Even dogs got enough sense to not eat things that make them hurt. Its funny how people don't."

I no longer sit there and have sympathy for incredibly obstinate stupid people. When I finally took that approach with my father, he tried the diet.  \

lola weren't you on the original forums a few years back?
Posted by: Pierre (Guest), Thursday, May 19, 2005, 1:31am; Reply: 41
Come on now. Coffee and vinegar are needed to extract calcium for Rolaids. :D:D
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, May 19, 2005, 2:37am; Reply: 42
yes Pierre,
I am the same Lola from then! )
Posted by: Debra+, Thursday, May 19, 2005, 3:16am; Reply: 43
;D   ;D   ;D   ;D   :)

Debra
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, May 19, 2005, 3:28am; Reply: 44
Pierre,
tyrosine is a good substitute for coffee...7 grms a day.)

coffee-elevates cortisol levels which promotes fat storage.
mimics insulin resistance hypoglycemia or some sort of blood sugar issue
Crashing and burning and then...Starting to crave carbohydrates
messes w/ the adrenal glands hypertension. Also it causes excess acidity in the stomach and leads to acid reflux.

..............................
but you have no problems with that, right?
Dr. Nicholas Perricone states, in one of his PBS specials, that if you drink
a cup of coffee in the morning, TEN HOURS LATER your cortisol level is still
elevated.
Posted by: Pierre (Guest), Thursday, May 19, 2005, 11:03am; Reply: 45
Its surprising that after drinking INKA for more than a year and not having any for about 5 years how much it tastes like coffee.  I had an unopened container in the pantry from that time period and its still good.  I would like to lose 40 pounds.

Lola, what the heck is tryosine? Seems to me I remember Edna being very active on the original board. I she around on the new boards?
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Thursday, May 19, 2005, 12:33pm; Reply: 46
Quoted from Pierre
Seems to me I remember Edna being very active on the original board. I she around on the new boards?


What ho!  It is I, Edna, a.k.a., Car 54, a.k.a. "Sam Dan" *lol*!  Reporting for duty!
:D

Posted by: 547 (Guest), Thursday, May 19, 2005, 12:36pm; Reply: 47
Hi Pierre!!

Awesome story about your recovery!! One of those millions stories worldwide!

Never forget the day I started the diet, back in 1999.. I marked that day in mind... Never went back... It felt good within 3 weeks after starting the diet.
Could tell you much more, but I am in a moving-hurry.... just wanted to congratulate you with your results..

Cocky
Posted by: Pierre (Guest), Thursday, May 19, 2005, 1:10pm; Reply: 48
Quoted from Edna


What ho!  It is I, Edna, a.k.a., Car 54, a.k.a. "Sam Dan" *lol*!  Reporting for duty!
:D

Ahhh fancy that. I have been talking to you and did not know it. :D

Posted by: Lola, Thursday, May 19, 2005, 9:50pm; Reply: 49
pierre,
L-Tyrosine is a non-essential (or semi-essential), neutral, genetically coded amino acid.
helps brain activity and mood enhancer, too.
Posted by: 1sadler (Guest), Saturday, May 28, 2005, 2:19pm; Reply: 50
hello,

I was just curious about the yam/sweet potatoe comparison. I have incorporated sweet potatoes into our diet on a more frequent basis,.....at least I think they are sweet potatoes? the insides are bright orange, are they different in yams? Also, are yams harmful to our type vs. sweet potaoes being beneficial?We have a nice way to prepare them, wash and slice up into sticks like french fries, spray with olive oil spray, and sprinkle on some of the spices such as chili, or paprika, or cayenne if you like the taste, and then spread out on a baking sheet. bake at 400 for approx. half an hour. The sweet potatoes are delicious this way, and taste a lot better than when simply baked and mushy.

Anna
Posted by: Debra+, Saturday, May 28, 2005, 5:54pm; Reply: 51
anna-that recipe sounds really good.  I used to something similar to regular potatoes only coating them with an egg white, olive oil and favourite spice mixture.  They were especially yummalicious the next day so when I made a batch I made sure I cooked up lots.   Yes, sweet potatoes are the more orange coloured tuber.  Yams are neutral (according to the encyclopedia) while sweet potatoes are beneficial for secretors and neutral for nonnies.  :)

Not sure if this subject is going to stay on this thread or not.  One thing about this forum is you can start your own thread.  At the bottom of the page to the left is a little box that says "new thread" and you just click on it and go from there.  You even get to put in your own title.  Remember, lower case letters or  "daddy taz" won't like that.  (It just means that you are shouting and he needs his rest as he is sleeping when the other half of the world is awake on here).  ;)  :)

Debra
Posted by: +Aan, Sunday, May 29, 2005, 2:59am; Reply: 52
I'm no expert Pierre, but if it works for you and all those health benefits came to you, drink the coffee! I think you grew the 1/2 inch from the cartrilige that went in your knees. Your story was quite the read and inspiration. By the way is that your D___b A_s brother -in -law? Am I the only one that caught that or am I the only one twisted enough to think that? :o
Posted by: Debra+, Sunday, May 29, 2005, 3:51am; Reply: 53
No +Aan-you were not the only one. ;) :)

Debra
Posted by: 1sadler (Guest), Sunday, May 29, 2005, 2:29pm; Reply: 54
thank you debra for the reply about the yams and sweet potatoes.Have a great day.

Anna :)
Posted by: 1sadler (Guest), Sunday, May 29, 2005, 2:30pm; Reply: 55
thank you debra for the reply about the yams and sweet potatoes.Have a great day.

Anna :)
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