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Posted by: Heather73 (Guest), Sunday, February 11, 2007, 2:09am
Hello everyone!

I have been reading ER4YT, and am intrigued by Dr. D's insight. †I have long believed in individuality and reading how blood type figures into the equation helps fill in some information gaps.

Bloodwork done while I was pregnant indicates I am type A, but I want to be doubly sure so I am waiting for a home test to arrive.

For now, I am assuming A, since I do seem to display several food sensitivities/stress factors/personality tendencies that appear to be A typical.

Anyway--my questions...

1. †I have previously used a low carb diet to lose weight after 3 of my 4 pregnancies. †Although I did modify it because the typical Atkins fare of red meat, cheese and cream definitely did not agree with me, I still ate quite a lot of poultry, fish and eggs, no grain and very little fruit. †On the plus side, I ate a lot of non-starchy veggies, but many of them (cabbage, etc.) are on the no-no list. †I did lose excess weight, but continued with other health issues (dry skin/eczema, bloating, insomnia among others). †After several months, I got tired of eating such a strict diet and about 10 pounds have sneaked back. When I quit the diet, I still needed to drop about 10 pounds to be in the healthy range, so now I need to dump about 20 pounds.

I want very much to find a livable, healthy way of eating. †But am a bit carbophobic from my low carb experience. †I guess I am just looking for some reassurance that eating more grains, fruit and beans will not pack on more weight than I already have. †Has anyone †gone from being protein heavy/starch light to Type A eating and done well? †I mean, lost weight, had skin or digestion problems clear up?

For those who have successfully converted, any tips to make the process less painful?

Should I be expecting a detox effect, as I cut out 'avoid' foods?

I have noticed that higher carb, lower fat diets seem to leave me feeling hungry--is this a normal part of transitioning, and will it go away?

And finally (for now ;)) is it okay to 'fill up' on the allowed foods if I am feeling really hungry--during the first few weeks, I mean. †If I am eating mostly Beneficial foods during the first few weeks, is it okay to eat a lot of them, as my body readjusts to the new way of eating?

Any advice is appreciated, as the recommended diet for my type is very different from what I have been doing.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Sunday, February 11, 2007, 2:54am; Reply: 1
Welcome Healther,

Even though you are not positive about your blood type as yet, can you tell us where/how you got told you were an A?  If it was through a blood bank, that's probably the correct blood type for you.  It's understandable that you want to retest, if you are not sure.

So, why not pic out an avatar in the mean time.  Just go to the "member center" link at the top right of the page, and scroll down until you see the avatar link on the left.  Pick an appropriate BTD avatar.  You can also find in the member center the links to add a signature to all your posts, and to put a little note under your shield/avatar.  Many put the area they are from and their Rh status as well.

Most up to date food values can be found in the TypeBase4.  That link can be found at the top of the page, and on the main page of the website.

The other thing you might consider doing is picking up Dr. D's latest book Live Right 4 Your Type.  In that book the food lists are updated, the signifigance of secretor status is fully explained (you can also find some information on secretor status Here) explains why the different types do best on different types of exercise, as well as why different approaches to stress are needed for the different types.

The most important thing is to avoid the avoids.  How you decide to merge the BTD into your lifestyle is up to you.  Some ease into it over time; others go cold turkey and eliminate avoids completely all at once.  The next most important thing is to eat as many beneficials as possible in each meal, each day.

As an A, it would probably be a good idea to start your day off with a glass of warm lemon water.  It helps A's get going in the am.

Again, welcome to the fourm.  We are all here to help each other succeed in this new way of eating and living.
Posted by: Heather73 (Guest), Sunday, February 11, 2007, 3:47am; Reply: 2
Thank you for the advice.  I have noticed that secretor staus seems pretty important in refining food choices.

My BT info came from bloodwork done during my first pregnancy.  And when I switched from a conventional doctor to a midwife for my third preg. I also had my records moved.  I asked her what the records said my type is.

I am thinking this is probably correct, since the description of the A type is closest to my own experience.  I just am a rather uptight person, always wanting to personally confirm everything before just accepting someone elses word.

Posted by: 1213 (Guest), Sunday, February 11, 2007, 4:26am; Reply: 3
Hopefully some A's will be along shortly to give you some encouragement and advice.  I'm an O with post-partum experience.  After my first child, I lost a bunch of weight just nursing, but that was pre-BTD, so as soon as he weaned, I was back to my pre-pregnancy size in no time flat.  Fast forward to child #2 at 6 months old:  I'm losing weight, but my excess need for sleep, which has been problem my whole life, suddenly becomes unmanageable with two children.  I scour the web for info on sleep and come across BTD.  Within three days, I'm noticing a dramatic drop in my need for sleep - from 10 or 11 hours to 7 or 8.  Within a month, I've dropped a clothes size.  In another two months, I'm down from a post-partum size 12 (pre-pregnancy 10) to a size 6.  My daughter is 4 years old now, long since weaned, and I'm still a size 6.

Works for me!
Posted by: Gumby, Sunday, February 11, 2007, 5:20am; Reply: 4
Hi Heather and welcome!  I have done several versions of low carb and food combining in the past.  They worked for me to lose weight too.  And then I stopped eating at night.  After supper, NO food, period.  That worked also to take off weight slowly.  I was at a fairly comfortable weight when I started the BTD, and I can tell you that indeed I have lost weight since I started.  I was a bit nervous about all the grains at first too.  I mean I did eat some grains, like amaranth, before, but this was a real switch for me.  Have to say it feels SO much better to be eating like I am now.  

And the weight that I have lost on the btd is really signifigant weight...not so much in numbers but in the effect on my body.  I have lost fat and with appropriate exercise, my muscles are leaner and I look so much better.  It has bee about 3.5 mos and the differences are really noticable.  

So I would encourage you to give it a whole hearted try.  One thing that I find makes me feel best, and I think has contributed to weight loss, is to get my protein in at breakfast and lunch, and have a smaller dinner of veggies and/or carbs, depending on what else I had that day.  I know a lot of types say that here, to turn your day upside down and eat more for your early meals and less in the late afternoon/evening.

Good luck!
Posted by: Heather73 (Guest), Sunday, February 11, 2007, 6:59pm; Reply: 5
Thanks for the thoughts, Gumby and Robin.  It is comforting to read your experiences.

Although I totally  believe there is much more to good health than simply not being overweight, I really want to get off the excess poundage.  Because of my previous low carb experience, I am fighting with myself about eating more carbs and less protein being a good thing.

Having breast cancer history with my paternal grandmother, and widespread cancer (I don't know the original location) with my maternal grandmother, I really got nervous when reading about A's being so susceptible when eating wrongly.  

On the other hand, I have seen a lot of vegetarian types that look 'thin', but hardly healthy.  Often, they are pale, with fragile looking bodies-I don't want to look like that, either. Maybe they are just eating the wrong types of foods, but I keep imagining myself that way.  

Maybe I could compromise for a while and start out eating a little more protein from eggs, fish, fermented soy or turkey and slowly switch out for appropriate carb choices until my ratio is acceptable?
Posted by: 1415 (Guest), Sunday, February 11, 2007, 8:00pm; Reply: 6
Hi miss A!

I have started incorporating BTD 3-4 weeks ago, shortly after I first learned about it.

Just like you, I had (and still have) a lot of questions, although I am just reading and doing other things in my life than post here everyday, as for now. I have found it the most lively forum of all in here. Hope you will have to same amount of positive responses as I did.

Being A-type I couldn't resist answering some of your questions:

Quoted from Heather73

For those who have successfully converted, any tips to make the process less painful?

It's not painful, it should probably feel like a big wave of soothing new health running through your body.

Quoted from Heather73

Should I be expecting a detox effect, as I cut out 'avoid' foods?

I have experienced some of that myself (not painful though), and was curious about howcome. I would like to post about it here some time in the near future definitely. Maybe some one else will help you (and me) here?

Quoted from Heather73

I have noticed that higher carb, lower fat diets seem to leave me feeling hungry--is this a normal part of transitioning, and will it go away?

It should be normal to feel a bit hungry, when you make the transition, and perhaps especially when you are an A.
  When you start to eat foods that you body has a good chance of digesting in a beneficail way, your whole "system" could feel a certain boost. Before, when you ate a lot of Avoid foods, like potatoes for example (as I did), your digestion is slowed very much and your body cannot tansform all the good stuff in the foods, so all that it is doing to you, is just bothering the guts and taking away precious time and energy, while not giving anything in return. Therefore cutting out Avoids, would recharge you. And perhaps energize you. Your digestive functions would become much more effecient and wellfunctioning, and that could result in feeling 'hungry', although you donít need to eat anything. Being an A, your whole digestion is also weak from the start, so starting on BTD would boost all this even more.
  But it is not 'hungry'  in any bad way. Just let it be, and do not make it a problem or a burden to you. It would probably feel a bit like having butterflies in one's stomach  ;)
  In a sense, what you might be experiencing, is that you are actually freed from worrying so much about food and diet (if you keep away from avoids), because your body copes with that aspect of life so easily! Now your digestive system is begining to work properly and how it was intended to work, and your bloodflow and energy is not constantly directed towards a filled bowl and intestines. There are no more undigestive and harmful stuff there, things are being reprocessed swift and nicely. That might give you that feeling of being hungry.

  As an A you should try not to eat when nervous, and spreading your meals from 3 big ones to perhaps 1 big one in the morning and 4-5 small ones afterwards, should keep away any overwhelming and alarming hungers anyway. So following the suggestions will make this a quite pleasant experience, in many many ways. And being an A, as I assume you are, you could even allow yourself to eat between meals to kill away the worst of hunger - if you do not cope with it or feels it as a problem -, without having to gain any weight. There are so many excellent and delicious choices for snacks.
  As A's we can always fill in with plenty of Beneficials (and Neutrals). Grated carrots, raisins, dried apicots, figs, apples, pears, strawberries, grapes, blueberries, plums, roasted sunflower seeds, pumpkinseeds, grapefruit, pineapple, all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat away! As you might know, all these foods mentioned will do the job of filling the stomach and eliminating any anoying hunger and not putting any extra pounds on your body! Its super.

Quoted from Heather73

Any advice is appreciated, as the recommended diet for my type is very different from what I have been doing.

If you eat chicken, eggs and fish, thatís great. Those are the kind of meats best suited for you. Ad more vegetables along the way and it is even better.
Posted by: Heather73 (Guest), Sunday, February 11, 2007, 8:28pm; Reply: 7
Thank you so much, Lasse!  I have been trying to 'psych' myself up to really give this a go.  But also have been making a bit of a pest out of myself as I keep fishing around here to try to figure out the best way to do it. I suspect once I get my footing, I will not be as busy posting as I will be with just living what I know.

Your post is very informative.

LOL, I suppose painful was a poor choice of terms. It isn't that I feel that doing what is good for my self should hurt.  but I was thinking about the possiblility of withdrawals from the harmful foods.  Or cravings for unhealthy foods, like I have had to battle with almost every other dietary improvement I have ever tried to make.

Posted by: OSuzanna, Sunday, February 11, 2007, 8:42pm; Reply: 8
Don't ever think of yourself as a pest for asking lots of questions. We thrive on trying to help, and we keep learning from questioning and answering!! Ask away, my dear! and thanks Lasse, for stepping in :D
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, February 11, 2007, 10:03pm; Reply: 9
Hi Heather, and Welcome!
You are in the right place if you want to be sincerely healthy, while working out all the other kinks, such as achieving normal weight.

Yes, getting your secretor status tested is crucial, especially for A's, who have a wide variance of food changes.

Not all A's eat a lot of carbs.  One of our regular posters, and also a blogger (see the top of the page), Laura P, is an A who takes a different approach to the A diet.  She hangs out toward the upper end of the protein range and the lower end of the carb range (see LR4YT) for portions and frequencies recommendations.  She has posted her experiences in many threads over the past months.

Low fat eating is not encouraged on the BTD, but it needs to be the right kind of fat.  Your skin condition is a clue about your fat needs.

I know more will come from the A's!  :-)
Posted by: relasphere (Guest), Sunday, February 11, 2007, 11:04pm; Reply: 10
Hello Heather,

I'm a relative newbie myself to BTD and I lost quite a bit of weight (mainly body fat) over the last year. 15+ pounds may not sound like a lot, but it is for someone like me who was only 130-135 lbs and 5'4". Anyway, I was not on any diet to lose weight to begin with. I just wanted to eat healthier and feel better, so I started "crowding out" foods that I knew were not healthy for me, like beef and lots of other meat-based dishes. And, I began adding in more of the good stuff--I tried different vegetables to see what I liked and noticed how I felt after eating them. Slowly and naturally, I started to shed some pounds.

For breakfast, I felt good eating oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins and/or walnuts or almonds. Sometimes a good and hearty spinach or other vegetable omelette in the morning was satisfying.

I have also tried green drinks especially in the summer such as barley grass or wheat grass (just a shot will do) or some combination of the greens and that felt refreshing for me.

Probiotic supplements are good too to keep the healthy bacteria in your colon in check.

When I feel hungry for a snack, I like munching on baby carrots or some high fiber crackers loaded with flax seeds.

It would make sense to have heartier meals during the day and a light(er) dinner. This should really help you shed the pounds too.

Good luck!
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