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Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Friday, October 27, 2006, 2:03pm
Well
I might have been living this B way in 7 years
- but I first noticed the recommendation about 6 small meals pr day for Bīs in LRT ! yesterday.

I have REALLY tried to eat a large meal at breakfast- medium at lunch and light meal at dinnertime +a few small snacks and it DOESN`T work for me !
Well now I know why !

I get so hungry at night time- and I freak out - big time- I donīt know if I was starved as a baby - but I really panik at night when I feel hunger.
I can be hungry at all other times during day- no problem- but after 9 - TROUBLE.

So I thought how do you other Bīs feel about mealsizes and numbers pr day ?
Do you eat 6 meals or ?

I think it might be a bit challanging for me to change to 6 small meals instead of 3 meals + 1-2 snacks.- but it could be worth it.
Some evenings I have been so hungry around 9- 10 o clock that I have had to eat .
And I seem to do well on fruits, dairy(- cheese), nuts or other light things so that might be an idea to continue with that.
Posted by: geminisue, Friday, October 27, 2006, 2:44pm; Reply: 1
Henrietta- if you think of your two small snacks as small meals you just need to add one more!

After 9PM hunger- any chance eating that late helps you sleep faster- I had that problem- I use to eat dairy and carbs before bed-thinking it would keep my glucose high enough thru the night- but also knowing I would fall asleep faster it was a habit hard to break after BTD- but I did it- I ate protein more and I went to bed at a certain time and I get up at a certain time(10PM-6AM sleep)(6AM-10PM awake time).  I very seldom vary from this pattern as it throws me off.  I know you will figure it out.  So much to learn we find out new things so often and by you communicating today, I wonder what else I may be missing  for O type.  Thanks  Linda
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Friday, October 27, 2006, 6:21pm; Reply: 2
Thanks Linda for you imput- I try very hard to go to bed at the same time- yes 10- 6  night- but for years I have tried to avoid eating later than 7 o clock- but I just canīt  handle a 13 hour break/ fast .....
I sleep well after a light meal- but I seem to have a problem with protein later than 7 though- so I think Iīll try a small snack at the late news time- 9 oclock.
breakfast at 6-
snack at 9
lunch at 12
afternoon snack 3.30/4
dinner at 6-7
snack at 9
sounds like my daughters feeding as a babe :-D
To get the meals down in size will be interesting- especially because I try to make my O eat:
a large breakfast and lunch-  a small afternoon snack and a small light dinner- and it fits her perfectly.
1 size fits all- fight back again :-D
Posted by: Kristin, Friday, October 27, 2006, 9:16pm; Reply: 3
I'm very flexible with mealtimes and sizes... I usually eat when I am hungry... but sometimes I don't....  most nights I have a small evening meal... but on occasion I feel like a really large dinner or just a small snack and no dinner at all...


But I do feel best with a snack an hour or two before bed... but... sometimes I skip that too....

;D


However....... I would NOT do well with a regimented eating/sleeping pattern... just does not work for me...
Posted by: Ellie, Friday, October 27, 2006, 10:43pm; Reply: 4
I'm glad to hear you don't have a structure Kristin! I cannot figure out myself the best meal sizes/times or even what to eat when. Particularly as you say, sometimes I can eat twice as much as at other times. ( i have read that appetite increases with women nearer the start of a period). I also usually have a snack late at night, sometimes I have tried not to, and woken up starving in the middle of the night.

I try and have a "main" meal earlier though, before 6pm  if I can, that seems to suit me, partly because i sometimes have enough energy to cook earlier rather than later - sometimes i have a main meal at 4.30pm (not always possible)

To eat 6 smaller meals - sounds good, but what is a small meal/snack?

I am sure that different factors affect how much we need too - are we extra busy/active? under extra stress? Hormones? etc

So thanks H and K, you make me feel better about not having sorted out an optimal eating plan!

And i hope you are both well.

Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Saturday, October 28, 2006, 8:20am; Reply: 5
Quoted from Kristin


However....... I would NOT do well with a regimented eating/sleeping pattern... just does not work for me...


;-D I have the same feeling about it :-D at least the mealpart- I do best with the same wake up time every mornings- tonight we change back from daylightsaving time- so yuppi 1 more hour to sleep :-D
I was jut so surpised to reread the LRRT book about the 6 meals.
But Iīll stop feeling guilty about my snack around 9 news- as long as it is good B stuff.


Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Saturday, October 28, 2006, 8:23am; Reply: 6
Quoted from Ellie
. I also usually have a snack late at night, sometimes I have tried not to, and woken up starving in the middle of the night.

To eat 6 smaller meals - sounds good, but what is a small meal/snack?



Glad that I am not the only one :-D
Yes I was wondering as well about the size of the meals ????

Hope you are well Ellie- have an email lying around - will get around and finish it to you :K)

BTW
I asked my friend (another B) and my sister and they both need something as well
- but Emma doesnīt care or my mum and her husband all 3 oīs ?
Posted by: 1440 (Guest), Saturday, October 28, 2006, 8:46am; Reply: 7
Quoted from Henriette_Bsec
Well
I might have been living this B way in 7 years
- but I first noticed the recommendation about 6 small meals pr day for Bīs in LRT ! yesterday.

I have REALLY tried to eat a large meal at breakfast- medium at lunch and light meal at dinnertime +a few small snacks and it DOESN`T work for me !
Well now I know why !

I get so hungry at night time- and I freak out - big time- I donīt know if I was starved as a baby - but I really panik at night when I feel hunger.
I can be hungry at all other times during day- no problem- but after 9 - TROUBLE.

So I thought how do you other Bīs feel about mealsizes and numbers pr day ?
Do you eat 6 meals or ?

I think it might be a bit challanging for me to change to 6 small meals instead of 3 meals + 1-2 snacks.- but it could be worth it.
Some evenings I have been so hungry around 9- 10 o clock that I have had to eat .
And I seem to do well on fruits, dairy(- cheese), nuts or other light things so that might be an idea to continue with that.


My husband is a B..and he survives on small meals. He eats when he's hungry. Has no particular time for his last meal. It's the same for all his siblings & Dad who are B's. It used to frustrate my MIL & me (both O's)...coz there we would have just cleared up the dinner table..and before we even wipe our hands, there they are asking if there was anything to eat!!!

Well, now I know ;) ;D, you guys are special :K)

accidental chef
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Saturday, October 28, 2006, 1:43pm; Reply: 8
Quoted from accidental chef


Well, now I know ;) ;D, you guys are special :K)

accidental chef


;D
Thanks
Posted by: Debra+, Saturday, October 28, 2006, 3:11pm; Reply: 9
Quoted from accidental chef


My husband is a B..and he survives on small meals. He eats when he's hungry. Has no particular time for his last meal. It's the same for all his siblings & Dad who are B's. It used to frustrate my MIL & me (both O's)...coz there we would have just cleared up the dinner table..and before we even wipe our hands, there they are asking if there was anything to eat!!!

Well, now I know ;) ;D, you guys are special :K)

accidental chef


accidental chef-my dad was a B and the same would happen in our house.  He would eat just enough what he wanted at the main meals and have his snacks in between to keep him going.  (Even just 1/2 hour or so after the main meal)  We could never figure out where he put it all.  He was muscular, but never overweight.  ;)

Debra :)

Posted by: Kristin, Saturday, October 28, 2006, 5:26pm; Reply: 10
Quoted from Ellie
I'm glad to hear you don't have a structure Kristin! I cannot figure out myself the best meal sizes/times or even what to eat when. Particularly as you say, sometimes I can eat twice as much as at other times. ( i have read that appetite increases with women nearer the start of a period). I also usually have a snack late at night, sometimes I have tried not to, and woken up starving in the middle of the night.

I try and have a "main" meal earlier though, before 6pm  if I can, that seems to suit me, partly because i sometimes have enough energy to cook earlier rather than later - sometimes i have a main meal at 4.30pm (not always possible)

To eat 6 smaller meals - sounds good, but what is a small meal/snack?

I am sure that different factors affect how much we need too - are we extra busy/active? under extra stress? Hormones? etc

So thanks H and K, you make me feel better about not having sorted out an optimal eating plan!

And i hope you are both well.




Ellie!!! So nice to see you around! How are things with you? I hope you are well too...

:K)
Posted by: Ellie, Monday, October 30, 2006, 11:42pm; Reply: 11
Yeah, I have another B friend who prefers to eat more often if she can.

I'm not on here as often, but it's nice to see  you all here.

And I may just have a little snack now hee hee

Henriette, Look forward to email.
Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, October 31, 2006, 8:25pm; Reply: 12
I do best (and I think Modon brought this to our attention a few months ago) if I eat a carb snack or light meal late in the evening.  It helps me relax and sleep well.  I would never make it for 3 or 4 hours before bed and going to bed on an empty stomach.  Although I'm not a snacker during the day, I eat something about 1 1/2 hours before bed.

For me, it's one large (mid-day) and three small meals and one late evening snack.
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Tuesday, October 31, 2006, 9:28pm; Reply: 13
HM :-/ it is getting interesting.....
I see a pattern -
Last days I have had a light snack around 9 news-( bananas or almonds with milk or herbal tea)- going to bed 10- 10-30- and I have felt better- slept better- and been less grumpy in the morning- I am sure Emma appreciates that :-D
Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, October 31, 2006, 10:30pm; Reply: 14
How about bananas dipped in almond butter?  
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Wednesday, November 1, 2006, 9:01am; Reply: 15
Quoted from Victoria
How about bananas dipped in almond butter?  


Sounds so good - but it has been along time since I had some almondbutter :'(
- it is hard to get and VERY pricy- I will look for it when I go to Copenhagen later this month.
I am going to a brand new supermarket with ONLY organic goods.
Our regular supermarkets are pretty good stocked with organic dairy, carrots, apples grains etc - but more special food you have to get from other places
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, November 1, 2006, 5:19pm; Reply: 16
Almond butter IS expensive.  I wish I could manage to make a decent batch in my juicer.  It just isn't the same.  I still like bananas with almonds, even if it's not 'butter'.
Posted by: Kristin, Wednesday, November 1, 2006, 5:27pm; Reply: 17
I love almond butter too, as a snack... especially on bananas, Victoria  :) :K)



And I heard that the almond prices will continue to rise...    :'(
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, November 1, 2006, 5:38pm; Reply: 18
Trader Joes had great prices for organic raw almond butter last year, but not so anymore!
Posted by: 57 (Guest), Tuesday, November 14, 2006, 9:01am; Reply: 19
Quoted from Henriette_Bsec
Well
I might have been living this B way in 7 years
- but I first noticed the recommendation about 6 small meals pr day for Bīs in LRT ! yesterday.

I have REALLY tried to eat a large meal at breakfast- medium at lunch and light meal at dinnertime +a few small snacks and it DOESN`T work for me !
Well now I know why !

I get so hungry at night time- and I freak out - big time- I donīt know if I was starved as a baby - but I really panik at night when I feel hunger.
I can be hungry at all other times during day- no problem- but after 9 - TROUBLE.

So I thought how do you other Bīs feel about mealsizes and numbers pr day ?
Do you eat 6 meals or ?

I think it might be a bit challanging for me to change to 6 small meals instead of 3 meals + 1-2 snacks.- but it could be worth it.
Some evenings I have been so hungry around 9- 10 o clock that I have had to eat .
And I seem to do well on fruits, dairy(- cheese), nuts or other light things so that might be an idea to continue with that.



I have been eating 6 meals a day for about 2 years now.  Works perfect for me.  I have weird hours and need to keep my circadian rhythms perfectly consistent or I go outta balance (an affectation of B's that D'Adamo wrote about in one of his books...I can verify this 100%).  I wake about noon and have 2 eggs and salad...olive oil on the salad and sea salt on the eggs.  Walnuts and raisins about 4 hours later (as per food combining rules...regardless of some people dismissing the food combining theories I have tons of personal experience that totally validates them...I NEVER have digestive problems unless I break one of the combination rules...this solved many probs for me).  Anyway, about 1 and a half hours later I have a pineapple slice...another hour later an orange, or berries or some such.  Wait another hour and hydrate with distilled water then have 8 ounces of beef, lamb or turkey with salad and one veggie with an olive oil and sea salt dressing.  About 3 a.m. I have a small bowl of oatmeal and green tea.  This keeps me from basically never getting hungry.  I only really get hungry just before my walnut/raisin meal and just before my last feeding of oatmeal and tea.  Makes sense since protein meals take the longest to digest per the food combining rules.  But it isn't like I'm ravenous or anything...it's just the right amount of desire so that when I sate it I am happy.  That last little sugar blast helps get me in the mood for bed.  
Posted by: honeybee, Wednesday, November 15, 2006, 6:54am; Reply: 20
mm, i definately can relate to you B's!

yes i eat when im hungry, and also get that panicky hungry feeling in bed if i havnt had some kind of snack, even a cup of hot milk with ginger & honey can help, but i havnt figured it out yet what is best either..

i had some flax oil before bed the night before and i didnt panic..but it wasnt an extremely satisfying snack..
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, November 15, 2006, 5:06pm; Reply: 21
I think we B's need a little fat, a little protein and a little complex carb in the evening.  It can be different for different ones of us depending on what we consider "comfort food".
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Thursday, November 16, 2006, 4:46am; Reply: 22
I thought I read early in my BTD 'life' that Bs are more prone to hypoglycemia which means eat more often.  Don't feel bad if you get hungry.  I think Os are almost like this, too.
My B son got hungry all the time as a child & snacked a lot.  He stayed slim, too!
 Don't ever feel guilty or strange if you feel hungry!!
I have different hunger patterns on different days, too.  But I do better with a big midday meal if possible.  If I'm at work or very busy, I can be distracted & eat less, but I function better with that big meal. Sometimes I need to eat at night to sleep & sometimes I don't.
So, Henriette, go for it! as  you have been doing.  I'm sure you are doing better!
S S & L,
Mrs "T"   O+
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Thursday, November 16, 2006, 8:58am; Reply: 23
Thanks mrs T -
the last weeks I have done as all the good Bīs suggested- and I think that finally after 7 years Iīm starting to understand my B ness :-D
Posted by: Victoria, Thursday, November 16, 2006, 4:58pm; Reply: 24
Thank goodness for Dr. Peter D'Adamo, who teaches human individuality!
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Thursday, November 16, 2006, 6:17pm; Reply: 25
Yep Victoria - Iīm very gratefull :-D
Posted by: 707 (Guest), Saturday, January 6, 2007, 10:46pm; Reply: 26
My diet is basically like this.

7.00     Egg on toast
9.00     Tortilla
11.00     Fruit
13.00     Tortilla
15.00     Fruit
17.00     Dinner
19.00     Smoothie
21.00     Tortilla

Tortillas are the quinoa-spelt tortillas from "Eat Right..........." They`re filled with whatever I feel like. This usually means meat sallad and home made yoghurt dressing or maybe sallad and marinated feta of some sort. They`re so great. I have them in there freezer and they defrost in room temperature in like five minutes. I`m heavy on things like parsley, basil and cilantro, too.  

All meals have the addition of raw veggies and fresh juices. Sometimes I just have some cereal instead, which consists of some spelt flakes, crushed oat and quinoa, valnuts and some dried fruit like cranberries, apricots and/or bananas.

I`m not a slave to it. I change things around, but size and time is about the same.
Posted by: Laura P, Saturday, January 6, 2007, 10:57pm; Reply: 27
I'm an a, but I tend to have the same type pattern as you all.  I do best on 4 meals a day, three main meals, earlier in the day and then a light snack at night, I normally like to eat 'dinner' between 3-5 and then I just eat light at night.  Gotta say banana and almond butter sounds pretty good, might have that tonight :)

with some cinnamon or course

sometimes I just eat some avocado at night or an egg yolk with veggies and ny

I let my menu vary according to how I feel but I make sure I don't go longer than 4 hours w/o eating or I get too hungry

L
Posted by: Don, Saturday, January 6, 2007, 11:14pm; Reply: 28
oddos, That seems like a lot of grain servings in one day, 3 tortillas and toast plus any unlisted grain with dinner or whatever. You might consider trying to reduce the amount of grains you are eating particularly if you are trying to lose weight.
Posted by: 707 (Guest), Sunday, January 7, 2007, 3:14am; Reply: 29
Quoted from ironwood55
oddos, That seems like a lot of grain servings in one day, 3 tortillas and toast plus and unlisted grain with dinner or whatever. You might consider trying to reduce the amount of grains you are eating particularly if you are trying to lose weight.


My breads are very high in protein. Besides, you haven`t how they look when filled or what I have for dinner. Trust me I know what I`m doing.

I`m not really trying to loose weight. Just trying to keep my energy level and not loose muscle. I also love eating this way. It`s like having my favourite snack all day long, and it`s healthy and makes me feel great as well.
Posted by: Don, Sunday, January 7, 2007, 3:49am; Reply: 30
I'm sorry. I didn't mean to offend you. Many members post their diets in order to get feedback from others. I am sorry if I incorrectly assumed that you would welcome comments.

I was just trying to indicate that the number of servings of grain that you are eating is a lot more than the BTD recommended 5-9 servings a week for a type B+ secretor and one less serving per week for a type B- secretor. However, the BTD is about individuality so if diet works for you that is OK.
Posted by: 707 (Guest), Sunday, January 7, 2007, 3:59am; Reply: 31

No prob. I`m not offended. Just pointing out the variables if anyone is curious. ;)
Posted by: ISA-MANUELA (Guest), Sunday, January 7, 2007, 1:15pm; Reply: 32
::) no structure here either ::) ;D ...but eating that late makes me feel :P .....prefere to drink my teas instead .... until my belly is gurgeling :D ;) ......because if I eat that late I'll get fat also as quick as I might ::) ...so far :-/
Posted by: k1204 (Guest), Tuesday, January 9, 2007, 9:22pm; Reply: 33
 Thank goodness for this forum! At last I understand a little more about my food needs. I simply cannot sleep without a little something in my stomach. I am struggling with weight (I have since childhood) and my Dr. said NO SNACKS...3 meals a day, PERIOD!!! I tried to explain that I literally hurt in my stomach without something there. She is very nice but I think she thinks that I am nuts. Oh well...
 My biggest problem is I often run out the door without a snack and then find myself in a real problem. I do brown bag when working, but misc. errands will set me back. I think that I need to put together some snacks in ready to go bags. Are walnuts, almonds, raisins good choices? I know the books say that nuts are not as good for B's but they are portable protein sources. I also thought string cheese (the pure mozzarella) would be a good choice.
 I also love hot milk with ginger and honey at night. I thought I was the only one to drink such a combination.
Posted by: Don, Tuesday, January 9, 2007, 9:33pm; Reply: 34
Breakfast, preferably with plenty of protein, is very important if you are trying to lose weight. That gets your metabolism started early in the day and will help keep cortisol low.
Posted by: NewHampshireGirl, Wednesday, January 10, 2007, 12:43am; Reply: 35
K1204, the hot milk with ginger and honey sounds really good to me.  Is this conducive to a good night's sleep, by any chance?   I need hints how to produce deep sleep.
Posted by: k1204 (Guest), Wednesday, January 10, 2007, 1:49pm; Reply: 36
Hi New Hampshire Girl! I have REAL problems with getting a good night's sleep (I sleep like the dead but wake up feeling I've been fighting someone all night long), but I do find that the milk, ginger, honey mix helps. I am at the point I can skip the honey since I LOVE ginger. Let me know what you think of it!

 Oh, by the way, high protein in the morning...does that mean eggs, etc. I am not much of a heavy breakfast eater but I have been making a smoothie with pineapple juice, flaxseed oil, lecithin, banana, yogurt and strawberries. I figure it is kind of like the metabolizer drink Dr. Dadamo recommends. Does that seem good or should I add something else?
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Wednesday, January 10, 2007, 2:17pm; Reply: 37
Kat -Sounds really yummi- will try that tonight

You could add some B protein powder to raise the protein.

I donīt eat eggs every day
- sometimes I just have cheese, veggies and grapes- maybe ricecakes.
OR yoghurt with walnuts and fresh fruit- however if I opt for the latter - I make sure to bring some protein for my midmorning snack.
Posted by: NewHampshireGirl, Wednesday, January 10, 2007, 5:36pm; Reply: 38
Okay!  You have me convinced k1204 to try milk, ginger and honey this very night!  I'll let you know if it works.
Posted by: 1311 (Guest), Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 7:15pm; Reply: 39
Been a little while since someone posted on here, but I just wanted to say that if, for whatever reason, I can't eat when hungry, I totally panic too.  I've heard other B's talk about this so it's nice to know others feel that way too!  :)  Eating protein right before bed and upon waking is the only way I feel "ok".  Need to get secretor status tested asap. :)
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 8:43pm; Reply: 40
Hi Julie
welcome-
I felt so relieved wheni found out that I was not the only one with this panic.....
Good to meet other Bīs :-D
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