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Posted by: Diann (Guest), Saturday, October 28, 2006, 3:37pm
I've been one week on the Type A eating plan.  Because my DH is diabetic we both had previously been following the low carb/high protein diet.  I basically did what was best for him without any real thought about my own needs.  I figured if it was good for him, it must be good for me too.  WRONG!!   :o

After reading from this site and from the Eat Right For Your Type book, I discovered that the diet was all wrong for me.  I was having diarrhea every time I ate anything and I was gaining weight steadily.  I've never had a lot of weight problems before, but since I started eating so much meat, I was steadily gaining and wondering why I couldn't lose it.  

The first week on BTD, my bowel movements have completely normalized.  I no longer am using Imodium.  Before, I had to take it all the time, especially if we went out anywhere . . . ugh!! :-/   Now I can eat (what is good for me!) and I don't have to run to the bathroom and hope I make it.  

I have also lost 6 lbs of the 15 lbs I gained on the previous eating plan.  My energy levels have drastically improved.  For the past year, I have been so low on energy that I thought there must be something really wrong with me.  In September, I had a bout of shingles which only served to further drain my energy.  It took a month to recuperate.  Then, I began the Type A eating plan.  It feels so right for me!  I am enjoying the food choices and my energy has completely turned around.  I am no longer needing to take a nap in the middle of the day.  I feel wonderful.  

I understand from Dr. D's book that Type As respond well to dietary changes.  It seems to take less time for us to adjust to these changes.   

I am still reading a lot and planning meals for both of us (Type A and Type O).  I have to give a lot more thought to meals and try to find foods that are good for both of us.  It is easy to substitute meat in my diet with tofu and beans.   Many of the other foods, we can both enjoy.  I do eat salmon and chicken from time to time, but have completely eliminated red meat from my diet.

So, after one week, I am very pleased and looking foward to more improvements in my general health as I continue to lose the rest of that unwanted 15 lbs.  (dance)
Posted by: NewHampshireGirl, Saturday, October 28, 2006, 4:18pm; Reply: 1
Diann, that is just so lovely the way you responded to the A diet!!!  

My husband, who is an A, is a former meat and potatoes lover but when he read about the BTD plan he immediately saw the sense to it and completely changed over.  What a vast difference!!!!  He began to lose weight, he stopped snoring, such energy returned that it reminded me of former years of him as a very young man, all in all he had a new zest for life.

Dr. D'Adamo is a blessing to us all.

It will be nice to hear more from you, Diann.   :)
Posted by: Diann (Guest), Saturday, October 28, 2006, 4:28pm; Reply: 2
Quoted from New_Hampshire_Girl
Diann, that is just so lovely the way you responded to the A diet!!!  

My husband, who is an A, is a former meat and potatoes lover but when he read about the BTD plan he immediately saw the sense to it and completely changed over.  What a vast difference!!!!  He began to lose weight, he stopped snoring, such energy returned that it reminded me of former years of him as a very young man, all in all he had a new zest for life.

Dr. D'Adamo is a blessing to us all.

It will be nice to hear more from you, Diann.   :)


It's great to hear that your Type A hubby has also responded well to the eating plan. An improvement in energy levels is very nice!   I grew up in the midwest and we ate largely meat, potatoes and corn.  Through the years, I began to eat more fresh veggies and eliminated potatoes from my diet completely.  But the Type A plan definitely works best!  Many thanks to Dr. D and all his hard work and research. We will all be healthier because of it. (sunny)(sunny)

I will update in the coming weeks and look forward to hearing reports from other As .
Posted by: 671 (Guest), Sunday, October 29, 2006, 3:19am; Reply: 3
Diann, Welcome and congratulations on your success with the BTD!  You might want to read Suzanne Graham's blogs.  She is a type O and her husband is an A.  I read her archives and found them helpful.  She gives alot of good ideas for type A breakfasts and how to make meals for two blood types.  There may be others as well but I haven't made it through all the bloggers archives yet.  Looking forward to hearing more from you.
Posted by: 1440 (Guest), Sunday, October 29, 2006, 11:00am; Reply: 4
Bravo Diann!

accidental chef
Posted by: Diann (Guest), Sunday, October 29, 2006, 10:24pm; Reply: 5
Quoted from Mare_eo
Diann, Welcome and congratulations on your success with the BTD!  You might want to read Suzanne Graham's blogs.  She is a type O and her husband is an A.  I read her archives and found them helpful.  She gives alot of good ideas for type A breakfasts and how to make meals for two blood types.  There may be others as well but I haven't made it through all the bloggers archives yet.  Looking forward to hearing more from you.


Thanks for telling me about Suzanne Graham's blogs.  I read through several of the archives and it was very helpful.  I will return soon to do more reading.   Clay and I are beginning to get the hang of cooking and eating for 2 different blood types.  It doesn't come "natural" for me yet, but after a few weeks, I expect it will get much easier.  There is a lot to keep in mind for sure!   8)

I appreciate all the support from everyone on the site.  (clap)
Posted by: italybound, Sunday, October 29, 2006, 11:43pm; Reply: 6
Mare eo, I want to say thanks also for the recommendation of reading Suzannes' blogs. that's what I have in my house - an O and an A. Should be very helpful. :-)
Posted by: 671 (Guest), Monday, October 30, 2006, 2:27am; Reply: 7
;D ;D ;D Glad to help!
Posted by: Alia Vo, Monday, October 30, 2006, 4:15am; Reply: 8
Great one week testimonial, Diann.  I hope your health continues to improve as you maintain this way of life.

Alia
Posted by: 379 (Guest), Monday, October 30, 2006, 10:53pm; Reply: 9
That's so wonderful how much your health has changed in just one week!  Isn't BTD great?!  Congrats and best wishes as your health continues to improve!  ;D
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Tuesday, October 31, 2006, 8:09pm; Reply: 10
Diann, so happy about your splendid results thus far!
:D
Posted by: Diann (Guest), Tuesday, November 14, 2006, 8:31pm; Reply: 11
I am in my 4th week now on BTD and I have to say that I'm very pleased with how things are going.  First of all, I have had no diarrhea since I began this eating plan.  Before that, I was always running (literally) to reach the bathroom in time, and this was several times daily.  I heard a doctor on Oprah's show say that when we have constant diarrhea like that, our body is trying to tell us that it needs to get rid of something that it shouldn't have. That was a big light bulb moment for me!  Then I began to search for the BTD plan, something I heard about in passing several years ago, but didn't give it much thought.   As I began to read, things made a lot of sense to me. Because my dh is diabetic, we had both  been eating low carb and high protein, which meant lots of meat for me.  After learning that meat isn't good for me and is actually stored as fat, I started getting my protein from vegetables instead of meat. Things changed very quickly for me.  I have been able to drop some weight, which I had tried and tried to do on the low carb plan and it just would not come off.  I figured I was just destined to carry that extra 15 lbs for the rest of my life, but that's not so.  By making a couple of changes, my weight started dropping and the diarrhea was completely gone.  I am a happy camper!!   I am now half-way to my weight loss goal and I'm not starving myself to get there.  I'm eating what's right for me and I can tell it.  

This is just one month into this plan and I'm excited to see what lies ahead in the coming months and years.  I'm 60 y/o and I feel great.  My energy level is definitely up and I'm enjoying life.  I do spend a lot of time in the kitchen, but I enjoy that also, so it's not a problem.  

My biggest goal has been to cook right for my hubby.  Having diabetes is a big thing and I want him around for a long, long time!   What he eats is extremely important to his health and well-being.  Because he is a type O, the low carb high protein diet was already in his favor. Being on BTD has allowed us to further tweak his meals and he is also thriving.  Can't wait to see what the doc says next time he goes in for his bloodwork.  The doctor has already marveled at how great his bloodwork is and says that we must eat a lot different from the way most people in the south tend to eat.  Yes, we do!!    

Thanks to all of you who helped us along the way so far.  We are learning and the eating plan is beginning to feel more normal and natural to us.  
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, November 15, 2006, 12:51am; Reply: 12
wonderful to know you re both doing great!! )
Posted by: 95 (Guest), Sunday, November 19, 2006, 9:38pm; Reply: 13
It's so good to hear your story Diann.

I am also a type A who has been trying to live within the constraints of another's diet. I tried the 'Atkins way'.  ::)
It's so good to hear your story.
It's easy to succeed when you are given the right roadmap to get to your destination.
My father is type O. He and I went on Atkins and SugarBusters together. I became frustrated as he lost weight and felt better, meanwhile I yo-yo'd and felt incredibly sluggish.
It's like giving the same map to New York to two people....Only one starts out in LA and the other in Miami. The Atkins map was correct for him but did nothing except leave me lost and confused with no idea of where I was or how to get to my final destination.

Good luck on your journey. It's always easier with the right map.  ;D
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, November 19, 2006, 10:01pm; Reply: 14
Diann,
It is a pleasure, getting to know you and Clay.  :-)
I'm so happy that you are experiencing such good benefits.  I think it's only the beginning!
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