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Posted by: Diann (Guest), Thursday, October 19, 2006, 8:15pm
I am a Newbie and I got my books in the mail today.  I ordered a second hand copy of Eat Right For Your Type and also the Encyclopedia book.   I am thoroughly engrossed in ERFYT.  Here is what I have learned today:

I cannot do the high protein/low carb diet that works so well for my husband (Type O)

My natural inclinations towards some of the foods and beverages are right on target. For example, I love coffee, do not drink soft drinks, sodas, etc, always order both coffee and water with lemon when I eat out.  I have never liked black tea of any variation.  ( I am willing to give green tea a try since it is supposed to be beneficial).

When I first started looking at this eating plan, I just knew I would never be able to give up Dairy Foods.  I love milk and cheese.  But . . .  after reading about why dairy is not good for me, I decided that I can and will immediately trade my dairy for soy milk and soy cheese.  One of the reasons I need to give up dairy is that  milk causes an increase in mucous for me and causes lots of problems with sinus drainage etc etc.  Boy is that right!!  I am practically drowning in excess mucous in my nose and throat.  Nothing has worked for me in this area.  So now, I am going to eliminate the Dairy from my diet and see how that works.  There was also the suggestion for all of us Type As to begin our day with a small glass of warm water with lemon juice squeezed into it before we eat or drink anything.  Have any of you fellow As done this?  Did you get good results?  Just curious about it and I will definitely post my results in a few days.   I said all of that just to say that this information enables me to give up something that I thought I could not.  

Another thing that is fundamental:  The breakdown of Beneficial, Neutral and Avoid foods.  He suggested with think of Beneficial as foods that act like medicine, Neutral acts like FOOD! and Avoids act like toxins.  Now that is really food for thought!  

OK -  I'm getting back to my book now.  (book2)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, October 19, 2006, 8:34pm; Reply: 1
Welcome to the forum Diann!  If you have any questions, we're all here to help!
Posted by: Maria Giovanna, Thursday, October 19, 2006, 11:05pm; Reply: 2
Hi Diann,
I too like  water and lemon and have had  good results wth mucus trough the A diet.
I also drink green tee with lemon.
Every clinical test I have done gives evidence of sound scientific clinical approach and research in Dr D proposals and ideas.
Best wishes
Maria Giovanna
Posted by: Alia Vo, Friday, October 20, 2006, 3:10am; Reply: 3
Quoted from Diann
There was also the suggestion for all of us Type As to begin our day with a small glass of warm water with lemon juice squeezed into it before we eat or drink anything.  Have any of you fellow As done this?  Did you get good results? (book2)


Hi Diann and welcome to the forum.

Yes, I drink my warm water with half a squeeze of lemon every morning before I eat my breakfast.  The drink helps to loosen up mucus in our system and also helps to rev up our digestive system and metabolism.  

I have had this warm lemon drink every morning off and on over the years that I have been on the BTD lifestyle.  For the past several months I have started the warm drink again and I feel it has helped me.

Alia
Posted by: Joy, Friday, October 20, 2006, 6:04pm; Reply: 4
Hi, Diann,

Welcome to the BTD Forum.  

Let us know after a few weeks or whatever how you do without the dairy.  I don't miss cow's milk at all.  I use soy creamer in my coffee and soy flavored milk in cereal.  It's hard to believe the mucous build up can be a direct cause of dairy but there it is.

The proof is in the pudding.  (that's compliant pudding).


Joy
Posted by: 95 (Guest), Friday, October 20, 2006, 8:52pm; Reply: 5
Hi Diann,


I am fairly new myself but can already see so many positive changes.
I am also an A who loved dairy products. When I first read about BTD I thought...Nope, can't do it.
Being without dairy really isn't as bad as I thought it would be. I feel better and have lost a good deal of weight.

You are right about the mucus. In the past mucus was a huge problem for me. Gross.
I do the lemon and warm water and it feels wonderful on my throat and in my mind. It's got a good flavor and I can't help but think how my body is benefiting from it.  ;D
Posted by: 1474 (Guest), Friday, October 20, 2006, 9:16pm; Reply: 6
I seriously did not think i would survive without dairy. of course I still have the occasional yogurt, goats cheese etc, but the more i abstain from the dairy the less i crave it. i find thats the case with all the avoids that i dont like-- the more i abstain from them, the less i crave them. and in fact, if i do eat them, i pay for it. at first especially, it is really important to have substitutes for things you really like (like for me cheese). i ate tons of feta and goat cheese and even soy cheese initially. now i dont need it as much in that i dont even crave dairy anymore. anyway, good luck with the diet and i am anxious to hear how you feel in a few weeks:)
Posted by: Diann (Guest), Friday, October 20, 2006, 9:46pm; Reply: 7
Quoted from longshot
I seriously did not think i would survive without dairy. of course I still have the occasional yogurt, goats cheese etc, but the more i abstain from the dairy the less i crave it. i find thats the case with all the avoids that i dont like-- the more i abstain from them, the less i crave them. and in fact, if i do eat them, i pay for it. at first especially, it is really important to have substitutes for things you really like (like for me cheese). i ate tons of feta and goat cheese and even soy cheese initially. now i dont need it as much in that i dont even crave dairy anymore. anyway, good luck with the diet and i am anxious to hear how you feel in a few weeks:)


Well, I bought my first carton of soy milk today.  Tried it and decided that I can definitely drink it.  Not nearly as bad as I thought it would be (not sure what I expected). Actually it was pretty good.  I think it will take a few days or weeks to adjust to the taste of it, but I was pleasantly surprised by the taste.  It will be especially good over the Ezekiel cereal with some blueberries added  to it.  

I also bought some Tofu today.  I have never ever bought Tofu before . . .  Wow!

Things are changing at my house!  Who said you can't teach and 'old' dog new tricks!!   (dance)  

I'm off to look for recipes for that tofu.  I think it is supposed to take on the flavors of what ever is added to it or cooked along with it.   I'll probably garlic it up.  

Good luck to you with your weaning from the dairy foods.  Sometimes baby steps are best.  Most of us eventually reach the destination we desire.

(clap)
Posted by: Lola, Friday, October 20, 2006, 9:51pm; Reply: 8
try wheat free tamari and chives for the tofu........


Joy,
what do you mean by 'soy flavored milk'?
Posted by: italybound, Friday, October 20, 2006, 9:53pm; Reply: 9
Quoted from Diann
Well, I bought my first carton of soy milk today. (clap)


Diann, please be sure to check the ingred. a good deal of the soy milks have avoids. the plain Westsoy is ONLY soybeans and water. You could add your own vanilla and sweetener if you like it that way. Almond and rice milk all have carageenan in them to my knowledge.  :'( :'( :'(
Posted by: Lola, Friday, October 20, 2006, 10:00pm; Reply: 10
what about blue diamond almond breeze milk?
don t know about avoids on that one.........

Pacific foods make rice milk and almond I think, not sure.
Posted by: italybound, Friday, October 20, 2006, 10:05pm; Reply: 11
Quoted from lola
what about blue diamond almond breeze milk?
don t know about avoids on that one.........

Pacific foods make rice milk and almond I think, not sure.


yes,  :'( :'( carageenan in the blue diamond. that brand is really yummy, but alas............
dont see any rice or almond milks on Pacific Food's site. their soy milk has carageenan too. :-(
Posted by: Lola, Friday, October 20, 2006, 10:34pm; Reply: 12
Pacific foods, too?
think those have the rice one, no?
Posted by: italybound, Friday, October 20, 2006, 11:04pm; Reply: 13
Quoted from lola
Pacific foods, too?think those have the rice one, no?


didn't see anything but soy. could've missed them tho. ??
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, October 21, 2006, 1:12am; Reply: 14
the almond beverage does have guar gum, xanthan gum, carrageenan
http://www.shopnatural.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=20855&Category_Code=B32800&Product_Count=0

http://www.shopnatural.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=20859&Category_Code=B32800&Product_Count=4

as well as the rice one.........
Posted by: Ben_Lamers (Guest), Saturday, October 21, 2006, 1:35am; Reply: 15
Quoted from Diann
I am a Newbie and I got my books in the mail today.  I ordered a second hand copy of Eat Right For Your Type and also the Encyclopedia book.   I am thoroughly engrossed in ERFYT.  Here is what I have learned today:

I cannot do the high protein/low carb diet that works so well for my husband (Type O)

My natural inclinations towards some of the foods and beverages are right on target. For example, I love coffee, do not drink soft drinks, sodas, etc, always order both coffee and water with lemon when I eat out.  I have never liked black tea of any variation.  ( I am willing to give green tea a try since it is supposed to be beneficial).

When I first started looking at this eating plan, I just knew I would never be able to give up Dairy Foods.  I love milk and cheese.  But . . .  after reading about why dairy is not good for me, I decided that I can and will immediately trade my dairy for soy milk and soy cheese.  One of the reasons I need to give up dairy is that  milk causes an increase in mucous for me and causes lots of problems with sinus drainage etc etc.  Boy is that right!!  I am practically drowning in excess mucous in my nose and throat.  Nothing has worked for me in this area.  So now, I am going to eliminate the Dairy from my diet and see how that works.  There was also the suggestion for all of us Type As to begin our day with a small glass of warm water with lemon juice squeezed into it before we eat or drink anything.  Have any of you fellow As done this?  Did you get good results?  Just curious about it and I will definitely post my results in a few days.   I said all of that just to say that this information enables me to give up something that I thought I could not.  

Another thing that is fundamental:  The breakdown of Beneficial, Neutral and Avoid foods.  He suggested with think of Beneficial as foods that act like medicine, Neutral acts like FOOD! and Avoids act like toxins.  Now that is really food for thought!  

OK -  I'm getting back to my book now.  (book2)


way cool. i stopped dairy too. i completely stopped allll dairy and my sick nose got completely better. like a whole new one.  ;) i also doo lemon water in the morning. good good stuff. peace out, and im glad you found this book :)
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, October 21, 2006, 1:49am; Reply: 16
Diann,
Scroll down to:
The D'Adamo Health Library Series
http://www.dadamo.com/napharm/BTstore/promo.htm

Posted by: italybound, Saturday, October 21, 2006, 10:44am; Reply: 17
Quoted from lola


good golly, think they have enough gums in those milks? whew!!!!   time for the Vitamix purchase!  ::)  :)
Posted by: Joy, Saturday, October 21, 2006, 3:54pm; Reply: 18
Lola,

Changing from cow's milk, to skim milk (ugh) to lactose free milk to soy milk was a rather big deal.  I don't have that stuffed up, cloggy feeling in my nose anymore.

The flavored soy milks I'm sure you've seen (I just read about the gums, carrageenan,) that is in some of the soy milks.  But, if I'm having oat bran (though little O-shaped ones) cereal I have to have some flavor so I get the soy coffee flavor.  I don't get this all the time, though.


Joy
Posted by: Diann (Guest), Saturday, October 21, 2006, 4:01pm; Reply: 19
Quoted from pkarmeier


Diann, please be sure to check the ingred. a good deal of the soy milks have avoids. the plain Westsoy is ONLY soybeans and water. You could add your own vanilla and sweetener if you like it that way. Almond and rice milk all have carageenan in them to my knowledge.  :'( :'( :'(


Thanks for the info.  You're right, this does contain carageenan.  I was so absorbed in making sure it was organic and sugar free that I forgot about the carageenan.  I will watch more closely next time.  Only bought one carton so I will replace it with another type soon.   I did see Westsoy yesterday at Kroger.  I'll also check my local Walmart store for it.  Thanks bunches! (clap)
Posted by: LaurieAdrienne, Saturday, October 21, 2006, 4:25pm; Reply: 20
Quoted from Diann

I'm off to look for recipes for that tofu.


Hi Diann, if you're looking for a good recipe book for tofu, this is my absolute favorite. It's by Deborah Madison, my favorite vegetarian cookbook writer. This book will give you a ton of info about cooking tofu -- every recipe I've tried from the book is delicious.

The book is called "This Can't be Tofu." I'm including the Amazon link below, so you can read more about it.

http://www.amazon.com/This-Cant-Be-Tofu-Something/dp/0767904192/sr=8-5/qid=1161447736/ref=pd_bbs_5/102-1346250-6640944?ie=UTF8&s=books

All of Deborah's books are great if you're looking to expand your repertoire. But I'd recommend beginning with this specific book as it's a great way to learn about cooking with tofu if you've never done it before.

Laurie
Posted by: Diann (Guest), Saturday, October 21, 2006, 10:35pm; Reply: 21
Quoted from laurieadrienne


Hi Diann, if you're looking for a good recipe book for tofu, this is my absolute favorite. It's by Deborah Madison, my favorite vegetarian cookbook writer. This book will give you a ton of info about cooking tofu -- every recipe I've tried from the book is delicious.

The book is called "This Can't be Tofu." I'm including the Amazon link below, so you can read more about it.

http://www.amazon.com/This-Cant-Be-Tofu-Something/dp/0767904192/sr=8-5/qid=1161447736/ref=pd_bbs_5/102-1346250-6640944?ie=UTF8&s=books

All of Deborah's books are great if you're looking to expand your repertoire. But I'd recommend beginning with this specific book as it's a great way to learn about cooking with tofu if you've never done it before.

Laurie



Thanks so much, Laurie.  I appreciate the author's name and book title.  Tofu is a brand new experience for me!  It seems that it transforms itself into whatever you want it to be.  What a food!!

 I had a tofu burger for supper tonight and yesterday I made some turkey and tofu meatballs.  Both the burger and the meatballs were very tasty . . .  to my surprise!

My Type O hubby enjoyed some beef last night but he just had to try the meatballs and he liked them too.  They will also be easy for him to take in his lunch.

I will be getting a copy of this tofu recipe book.  Funny thing, none of my cookbooks have tofu recipes!!     ::)
Posted by: Drea, Saturday, October 21, 2006, 11:08pm; Reply: 22
One of the best things about tofu is that it can be adapted into almost any recipe (instead of meat). For example, today I made a Chicken Curry recipe but used tofu instead of chicken. It turned out great! My DH is a non-BTD vegetarian O, and I made this dish to take to a friend's pot luck birthday party tonight.

Another good recipe book for tofu is called "The Art of Tofu" by Akasha Richmond; but the recipe I made today was from a book called "The Curry Book" by Nancie McDermott.
Posted by: Diann (Guest), Sunday, October 22, 2006, 7:44pm; Reply: 23
Quoted from outdoordrea
One of the best things about tofu is that it can be adapted into almost any recipe (instead of meat). For example, today I made a Chicken Curry recipe but used tofu instead of chicken. It turned out great! My DH is a non-BTD vegetarian O, and I made this dish to take to a friend's pot luck birthday party tonight.

Another good recipe book for tofu is called "The Art of Tofu" by Akasha Richmond; but the recipe I made today was from a book called "The Curry Book" by Nancie McDermott.


Thanks so much Drea.  It seems there are a number of good tofu cookbooks available.  I never ever dreamed I would be using tofu, so this is totally new territory for me!   ;)
Posted by: italybound, Sunday, October 22, 2006, 9:58pm; Reply: 24
I bought some soft tofu to try and make a dessert for the A     DH.  should get on that. gettin' a little inspired reading all this info about tofu. :-) thanks
Posted by: Lola, Sunday, October 22, 2006, 10:00pm; Reply: 25
fruit icecream made with frozen compliant fruit and silken tofu is a geat compliant substitute!
at least for me.........
Posted by: italybound, Sunday, October 22, 2006, 10:07pm; Reply: 26
Quoted from lola
fruit icecream made with frozen compliant fruit and silken tofu is a geat compliant substitute!at least for me.........


could you TELL it was tofu the first time you ate it? of course he's had soy ice cream before, so maybe...................... (evil mind at work)     thanks!
Posted by: Lola, Sunday, October 22, 2006, 10:21pm; Reply: 27
it fit 'my bill'!!! wouldn t know about how picky your hub is.
Posted by: Diann (Guest), Monday, October 23, 2006, 12:31am; Reply: 28
Quoted from lola
fruit icecream made with frozen compliant fruit and silken tofu is a geat compliant substitute!
at least for me.........


Lola, do you have the fruit ice cream recipe posted somewhere?  My hubby (Type O) loves ice cream.  I mean LOVES it!!   That is one of the first things he mentioned about giving up on his BTD.  He is diabetic, so we need to be careful about sweeteners as well.  If  you don't mind sharing your recipe, I would love to have it.  Is it just the fruit and silken tofu??   That sounds much too easy!!  (think)
Posted by: italybound, Monday, October 23, 2006, 12:34am; Reply: 29
Quoted from Diann
Lola, do you have the fruit ice cream recipe posted somewhere?  My hubby (Type O) loves ice cream.  I mean LOVES it!!   That is one of the first things he mentioned about giving up on his BTD.  He is diabetic, so we need to be careful about sweeteners as well.  If  you don't mind sharing your recipe, I would love to have it.  Is it just the fruit and silken tofu??   That sounds much too easy!!  (think)


would be great. my DH is hypogly, so has to eat the diab diet too. :-)
Posted by: Lola, Monday, October 23, 2006, 12:47am; Reply: 30
Diann,
don t have a recipe per se, and it is as easy as it reads!!

just add silken tofu, a brick, to about 2 or 3 cups of frozen whatever fruit is compliant and turn on the processor........you can thaw the fruit just a bit so the blades don t get stuck......
have done it with mango, banana and strawberries also.......peach, too........it tasted sweet to me, without adding veg glycerin or other sweetener, but adjust to his taste buds and yours.
Posted by: Diann (Guest), Monday, October 23, 2006, 12:54am; Reply: 31
Quoted from lola
Diann,
don t have a recipe per se, and it is as easy as it reads!!

just add silken tofu, a brick, to about 2 or 3 cups of frozen whatever fruit is compliant and turn on the processor........you can thaw the fruit just a bit so the blades don t get stuck......
have done it with mango, banana and strawberries also.......peach, too........it tasted sweet to me, without adding veg glycerin or other sweetener, but adjust to his taste buds and yours.


Thanks Lola,

I will definitely give this a try.  I'm glad it IS as easy as it sounds too. (dance)
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Monday, October 23, 2006, 3:41pm; Reply: 32
Welcome, Diann!  Your natural instincts are right on target, like a compass pointing to true north (a.k.a., the Type A blood type diet) for you.  I'm happy for you and for us all to have this diet which is like a user's manual to our own hardwiring and what the compatible software is for each of us, as well as which software will crash our individual systems!  Without the BTD, I don't know where I'd be, health-wise, but it is a scary thought to me, truly.  I think I might be on the scrap heap with a blown motherboard.
Posted by: italybound, Tuesday, October 24, 2006, 2:37am; Reply: 33
wanted to post this before I went to bed and forgot to do it tomorrow. i was shocked when I saw this.  CELERY is loaded w/ Vit C!!  ;D    and a fair amount of folate.  also low glycemic but watch out for pesticided and buy organic if possible. My main point was the Vit C tho. :-)
Posted by: italybound, Tuesday, November 7, 2006, 7:21pm; Reply: 34
What I learned today is ......... no more store bought Almond milk. Have been avoiding it for 2 - 3 wks and today I ran across a box of choc almond milk that had been 'tucked away'. Decided to 'splurge' and have a glass. Eight ounces later, my stomach is bothering me. That was it, poured the rest of it down the drain.  :-/    Hated to waste it, but w/ the carageenan in it, who else would I want to 'sick' that on, ya know.  Bottom line, carageenan is a lot more harmful than some might think. Not in and of itself, but how it makes avoids worse when consumed. :-(  I ordered some bags for straining nut milks, so will have to use some good soy in the meantime. :-)
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