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Posted by: Serena (Guest), Thursday, July 27, 2006, 6:58am
I figured I would just start a thread for anyone who comes around looking for motivation or reason to start the BTD.

It's now been 11 months on the diet for me- avoiding most of the avoids, still trying to work on the bennie veggies...  I'm pretty compliant- I'd say 85% of the time, I'm 85% compliant. (I have pototoes on rare occasions, pepper, vinegar, and other minor avoids)

Where to begin... I started the diet to lose weight. I've lost almost 45lbs in that time. And to be honest, I didn't exercise nor follow the diet that closely around the Christmas holiday- For december and January I was content to simply maintain weight- I didn't need to lose.  I went from a really snug size sixteen to a snug 10. Sure I exercise, but sadly, it's usually two weeks of consistent, two weeks of sporadic. And best of all- I've lost weight but haven't lost cleavage- I'm young and not losing the boobs while losing in the butt and gut has been fabulous.

BUT, the benefits I recieved beyond a better body far outweight the weightloss and are why I know I'm going to be a BTDer for LIFE.

I used to get sick all the time. I was sick once in the last 11 months, and only after 4 days of terrible avoid bingeing.

I had terrible "allergy" problems. I would take 2 24 hour anti-histamines daily, often with little relief. I went through a whole box of kleenex, at least, in a week. Sometimes it only lasted 4 days. Now, I don't keep a kleenex box in my bedroom and a kleenex box can last 4 months at least. I haven't removed myself from any of the allergens I'm supposed to be allergic to- my enviroment hasn't changed, but I've never breathed easier.

And speaking of breathing easier, had you asked me last year to run to the end of my street, I might have gotten 4 houses down before I would have been wheezing and gasping for air. It wasn't that I was out of shape- I suffered from exercise induced asthma. Now, I can run 5 miles in less than an hour. No problems :) The only time I ever have trouble breathing while running was if I was silly enough to overdose the dairy or have a big ol evil serving of wheat. I love being able to run, and I love not having any other breathing problems :)

I was once on serious hormonal meds (diane35) to try and clear up my skin. Now, I get the odd blemish, but nothing like before. However, if I have any kind of corn derivative, my skin face starts breaking out. Avoiding Corn has given me great skin.

Depression. Last summer I was ready to talk to my doc about anti-depressants cuz I was a wreck. I don't want to go into details but I was depressed. And according to my family, I was not a pleasant person to be around ;) Cutting out the wheat and adding the intense cardio has done more than I think anti depressants could have. Even now, I know that if I haven't been running for a few days, I start to feel bummed out. Wheat makes me moody. Following the BTD- diet and exercise keeps me balanced and happy- and happy with who I am.

The irony of all of this is that before the BTD, I still considered myself healthy. I never knew just how great "normal" can be. I settled for poor health thinking it was no big deal. I don't settle anymore.

Tonight I was working out, and I couldn't stop staring at myself in the mirror. Fact is, I look good- so much better than I have in years. I'm only a few inches away from the size I was in highschool. I love this diet, and I can't thank Dr. D enough for writing the books. As mentioned I cheat sometimes- life is short, and enjoying something once in a while isn't going to kill me. I know the following day simply focusing on detoxing and getting the avoids out of me asap balances me again. There is no "falling off the wagon"- avoids are avoids, not never ever have again. There is no guilt to suffer from (and if I feel guilty, it's probably just the wheat messing with me ;))

I can say with confidence I have never been healthier in my life, and I look forward to being one of the healthy ones while the rest of society deals with illness and obesity. So don't hesitate on starting the BTD- you won't regret it.
Posted by: Lloyd, Thursday, July 27, 2006, 7:52am; Reply: 1
Nice.  :)
Posted by: Susana, Thursday, July 27, 2006, 8:29am; Reply: 2
Serena,

Thanks so much for sharing :K). Great early morning reading 8)

:K)
Posted by: 547 (Guest), Thursday, July 27, 2006, 9:44am; Reply: 3


Serena, what a great story you tell! We all can relate to that, taken into account our various bloodtypes...

Having found the BTD is as if we, the followers, have been 'granted' to share this healty secret...

With you I observe how people get sicker and sicker and have no wish to give up their 'avoids' ....  Makes me feel sad sometimes, but I cannot make people see the clarity of the BTD while their brains are still 'fogged'  with avoids...

Thanks to the BTD I can face life in all its aspects...  ;D

Thanks for sharing..

Cocky 8)
Posted by: lstreat, Thursday, July 27, 2006, 1:20pm; Reply: 4
Quoted from Serena

I can say with confidence I have never been healthier in my life, and I look forward to being one of the healthy ones while the rest of society deals with illness and obesity. So don't hesitate on starting the BTD- you won't regret it.


AMEN!  :)

Posted by: LuHu, Thursday, July 27, 2006, 2:20pm; Reply: 5
Quoted from Serena
I figured I would just start a thread for anyone who comes around looking for motivation or reason to start the BTD.

There is no "falling off the wagon"- avoids are avoids, not never ever have again. There is no guilt to suffer from (and if I feel guilty, it's probably just the wheat messing with me ;))



Serena,

Really, really, (did I say 'really?') :) appreciate this post. The statement that I quoted from you is such a sane, human way of approaching the BTD guidelines. I can be obsessive, so hearing how you continue to be human AND keep the great benefits of BTD principles working FOR you really is a touchstone for me. The guilt and fear certainly doesn't undo anything once you've eaten an avoid, so, your approach is just beautiful. No, I didn't miss the part where you state that you are at least 85% compliant. Even at that level or better I had the tendency to freak out with avoids. I'm looking forward to developing your level of sanity as I continue practicing the BTD. Thank you for posting such a great personal testimony and I am really happy for your success. You deserve it!  :) :K)

Posted by: italybound, Thursday, July 27, 2006, 3:50pm; Reply: 6
Quoted from Serena
II had terrible "allergy" problems. I would take 2 24 hour anti-histamines daily, often with little relief. I went through a whole box of kleenex, at least, in a week. Sometimes it only lasted 4 days. Now, I don't keep a kleenex box in my bedroom and a kleenex box can last 4 months at least.


Allergies were always a problem for me, too. They're almost non-existent when very compliant. One thing I noticed when I was 100% compliant and it's a little icky but here goes.....................boogies - let's just say there was the very rare occasion. I never blew my nose unless I inhaled something that didn't need to be in there.  Say pollen from smelling a flower, etc. ;D   When I lost my mind and started eating avoids again, boogies came back. As I am at least 85% compliant, it's still not much of a "problem", but I was amazed back in the 100% compliancy days, that there was little to none. Another plus!
Every morning when I hear the DH blowing his schnoz, I think "If he only knew". But for him, he'd rather blow all day every day than give up his comfort food.  ::)
Posted by: Victoria, Thursday, July 27, 2006, 5:38pm; Reply: 7
Great and wonderful post, Serena.  Awesome results, and thanks for sharing with us!  

You GO GIRL!!  :-)
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, July 27, 2006, 10:07pm; Reply: 8
thanks for sharing and inspiring others who still have doubts on how effective BTD is!! )
Posted by: LuHu, Friday, July 28, 2006, 10:21pm; Reply: 9
Tales of my Very Strange Brain   by LuHu

I had just lain down for my mandatory afternoon 'recharge' nap when this thought entered my mind from NOWHERE. Here is the thought that came as a 'flash' to me with no apparent antecedent:

My thought flash: "Considering the experience Serena shared with us on this board, her parents indeed named her well."

Cool thing is that looking at the way her story started, she was anything but!

I am now reminded of this quotation from a very wise man, "Better is the end afterward of the matter than its beginning..."       Ecc 7:8

It was advised that I practice tracing back to what I was thinking before I started thinking/feeling something else. It is a tool to use if one is trying to connect uncomfortable/disturbing emotions with the thoughts that may have preceded that emotional distress. There is marked emotional lability with MS and this technique is supposed to help us identify what may be precursors to this phenomenon versus being TOTALLY at the mercy of an organic process. It is not always a bad thing. I can become very, high, happy, elated, joyful with no apparent external trigger as well. Unfortunately, it usually travels the other way. :(

The `flash' of connecting Serena's name to her experience of peace in the place she is now in her life was remarkable to me in that I could not identify thinking of anything that might have preceded this 'connection' before this flash. It was just a flash. However, it was significant to me. My name, Elizabeth, carries the meaning "God of Plenty." Quite far from my present but a very good thing to choose as my 'end.'
Posted by: Lola, Friday, July 28, 2006, 11:13pm; Reply: 10
plenty profound thoughts indeed Elizabeth! )
Posted by: 1478 (Guest), Saturday, July 29, 2006, 1:56am; Reply: 11
I have strayed for several months.  I started 1/29/05.  I try to review the foods for "A" blood type.
Posted by: LuHu, Saturday, July 29, 2006, 2:26am; Reply: 12
Hi Jeannette,

Did you find what you needed here? Let us know if we can help. It's always worth getting back up!  :)
Posted by: Serena (Guest), Saturday, July 29, 2006, 3:08am; Reply: 13
Quoted from LuHu

The `flash' of connecting Serena's name to her experience of peace in the place she is now in her life ...


Hehe, if you haven't noticed, I'm not the most peaceful, angelic or serene (go see how I pissed off a bunch of people in a thread about ellipticals :P(Stand by my assertions too ;)) Actually we had a missionary come to my small private school and during an assembly asked if anyone knew the meaning of their name. I raised my hand, he called on me, and I answered. When I said "peaceful and serene, angelic" the whole auditorium cracked up lauging. When we got back to class my homeroom made a comment about "Parents didn't seem to pick that one right" ;)

I'm certainly more peaceful now that I'm off wheat, but when you consider my biblical role models are deborah (judge, goes to war) esther (has the king wrapped around her finger) ruth (Lies at the feet of a drunk man she wants?;)) At least serene or angelic may not apply (perhaps an inner peace... now you've got me thinking...)
Posted by: LuHu, Saturday, July 29, 2006, 3:24am; Reply: 14
"perhaps an inner peace... "

... precisely what it means to me. :)
Posted by: chefs (Guest), Monday, October 2, 2006, 4:36pm; Reply: 15
what a wonderful and yes inspirational post. I'll most definately come back to this one when needed/
Posted by: 95 (Guest), Monday, October 2, 2006, 8:32pm; Reply: 16
What a wonderful post...and thank you for posting your thoughts.
I am an all-or-nothing girl and I have really been trying to work on that.

I was on this diet almost a year ago and gave in to a few really bad avoids. (Darn Bacon Cheeseburgers with french fries and Dr Pepper!!) I felt so guilty and subsequently beat myself up so hard for 'falling off the wagon' that I just threw in the towel.  

I have been trying to look at this as a lifestyle change this time around. I want to maintain this for life so maybe a taste of the avoid foods won't kill me or upset me enough to tear myself down anymore.

I really needed to hear that 'avoids are avoids, not never ever have agains'.

Congratulations on your continued success and thank you for posting something I needed to hear and need to fully realize.
Posted by: colojd, Sunday, October 15, 2006, 8:53pm; Reply: 17
Serena: What blood type are you? I am a B and do find that the diet can be hard to follow when very busy. For my type, the meats are limited.

I am now out of a very stressful job and looking forward to having time to eat better. I also have a lot of weight to lose - weight I gained while eating on the run and from stress.

It is always inspiring to read about how the diet has helped people not only lose weight, but to see dramatic improvements in our overall health. I just had my annual physical, and while I am not in the danger zone, I am borderline with things like cholesterol. I am looking forward now to taking more time for "me" and my overall improvement. That stressful job was not worth the price I had paid!

As a side note, I am looking into starting yoga again and wondered if other B's who had successful weight loss found this to be a helpful exercise.

Thanks,
Joyce
Posted by: gulfcoastguy, Sunday, October 15, 2006, 9:51pm; Reply: 18
Well I still have weight lose to go but I do practice yoga. It reduces cortisol which can lead to carb cravings. It also keeps my body in shape so I can get in the cardio I need, reduces athletic injuries and stretches tight muscles back out. Also nobody in the yogas class gives you grief about following a funny diet even if way to many of them are O vegans or vegetarians. I am still in a stressfull job and find that yoga helps me to cope.
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