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Posted by: 982 (Guest), Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 3:07pm
Hi, I am new here. Still too dumb to ask too many questions. I really believe this will be for me though. I suffer from adrenal exhaustion, and hypoglycemia.

My only question is Where do I start? :-/

Thanks
Posted by: Debra+, Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 3:16pm; Reply: 1
mitzi...Welcome to the forum and the BTD way of life.  Do you know your blood type?  If you do you can go to the member centre and pick yourself up a nice blood type shield.  You can also go to personal settings and signature and put something in there if you would like.  Which books do you have?  And...don't worry about any questions you may have...ask away...that is what we are here for.  :D

Debra :)
Posted by: 982 (Guest), Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 3:21pm; Reply: 2
Thanks Debra,

No I don't know my blood type yet, but I think I could figure it out just by knowing what each one can eat. I know I need my fats and proteins and I need to watch out for fruits. I don't have any books yet. I just bumped into this site yesterday and saw some things that rang a bell with me.

I'm really looking forward to chatting with you all.
Posted by: Don, Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 3:43pm; Reply: 3
Get your blood type tested! Guessing is not a good way to get started because chances are you will guess wrong. If you can donate blood they will tell you your blood type for free. Or you can order an inexpensive Home Blood-Typing Kit from NAP. You might also try calling your doctors and see if by any chance any of them have your blood type in their records.

If you really want to jump in with both feet I encourage you to get the Secretor Test from NAP too because your secretor status makes a big difference in determining your correct BTD.

In the mean time I suggest that you read the Getting Started Tutorial.
Posted by: Debra+, Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 3:56pm; Reply: 4
mitzi...I am with MoDon on this one.  Getting your blood type tested so you can follow the proper way to eat for your blood type is best.  Also, your secretor status as he mentioned.   Lots to read just on this site itself.  Books you may want to pick up are the Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type and the Live Right 4 Your Blood Type.  You can always go to your local library and borrow them and if they don't have them you can do it through inter-library loan.  :D

Looking forward to hearing from you on here.

Debra :)
Posted by: italybound, Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 6:05pm; Reply: 5
mitzi, warm welcome to BTD and the forums. :-)
and I too agree to find out your blood type (BT). Rodney can testify to what a disaster it can be to be eating for the wrong blood type. Totally not his fault tho, a dr typed him wrong.  ::)
I have some really good info for adrenal fatigue as I am in adrenal exhaustion/failure. I have pretty bascially no DHEA and very little cortisol.
Your hypoglycemia is a result or symptom of your adrenal problems. You must fix your adrenals before anything else will resolve. I would be surprised if you don't have a blood sugar problem too. That and A/F usually go hand in hand.
Have a look at http://www.drlam.com and scroll down to adrenal fatigue.
Also, there's a very good book called Adrenal Fatigue: the 21st century stress syndrome by James L. Wilson(thanks to MoDon for this very good book)
http://www.amazon.com/Adrenal-Fatigue-21st-Century-Stress-Syndrome/dp/1890572152
another important (IMHO) book is Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar and Survival
http://www.amazon.com/Lights-Out-Sleep-Sugar-Survival/dp/0671038680
(thanks to resting for this great book)
Also there is Your Bodies Many Cries for Water
http://www.amazon.com/Your-Bodys-Many-Cries-Water/dp/0962994235
(found this one on my own LOL)

Water is very important for health. I can't stress that enough and doctors dont. Sadly.
Please don't feel dumb. No one who is trying to improve their health is dumb, they just don't have all the knowledge to do all they'd like. In time, you'll be surprised what you've learned. :-)

Posted by: Brighid45, Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 6:25pm; Reply: 6
Hi mitzi, nice to meet you :)

Good suggestions listed above for finding out your blood type. Also, please feel free to ask all the questions here you like--this board is a great resource and has plenty of people ready and willing to help.

Welcome to the board! I look forward to your posts. :)
Posted by: 982 (Guest), Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 6:58pm; Reply: 7
Thank you all Ladies,

You are all sooo kind.

Italybound I checked out some of those sites. Great info. I'll be going back there alot. Thankyou!

Also, I'll get the books etc. I need to get started here.

Thanks again.
Posted by: Alia Vo, Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 7:03pm; Reply: 8
Welcome to the forum, mitzi.

When you feel comfortable with the premise and foundation of the BTD lifestyle, you may be interested in targeting in on your specific health goals with the Fatigue Health Series book:
http://www.4yourtype.com/prodinfo.asp?number=ED035

Alia
Posted by: 982 (Guest), Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 10:51pm; Reply: 9
Thanks Alia Vo,

Obviously a lot to learn here. :D
Posted by: 982 (Guest), Friday, February 16, 2007, 3:49pm; Reply: 10
Well, I've ordered my blood testing kit. I'm guessing I'm an O so it will be interesting to see if I am right. I'm eating like and O till then.
Will get my book, Eat Right for Your Type, hopefully tonight.

I'm excited about this. I have asked around and haven't heard of anyone who has tried this and not like it.
Posted by: Jane, Friday, February 16, 2007, 4:06pm; Reply: 11
Welcome Mitzi.  You'll find a really kind and caring group of people here.  It's a whole new way of life!
Jane
Posted by: italybound, Friday, February 16, 2007, 5:32pm; Reply: 12
Quoted from mitzi
Well, I've ordered my blood testing kit. I'm guessing I'm an O so it will be interesting to see if I am right. I'm eating like and O till then. Will get my book, Eat Right for Your Type, hopefully tonight.I'm excited about this. I have asked around and haven't heard of anyone who has tried this and not like it.


mitzi, good to hear you are on track to eating correctly. The blood test and secretor test will really fine tune things for you. It's good you're excited. You have a lot to be excited about......you are about to become healthier than you've ever been!! Not to mention that you've entered into  a world of lots and lots of good, no make that great, people and tons of info. I've been on the forum for over 2 years (I think) and I'm still amazed at the things I learn here.  ;) ;D
Posted by: 982 (Guest), Friday, February 16, 2007, 5:49pm; Reply: 13
Thankyou Jane and Italy.

Just wondering about how long it takes to get the blood testing kit? I'm in Canada.

Posted by: Lola, Friday, February 16, 2007, 9:02pm; Reply: 14
did you order it from the Canadian distributor?

http://www.aboessentials.com
Posted by: 982 (Guest), Saturday, February 17, 2007, 4:10pm; Reply: 15
Actually, I ordered from the U.S. but they transfered my order to Toronto and called already. They're really good. They said it should be only a few days for it to get here, but my CC happens to be full so I need to make a payment on it first. That usually takes a few days for that to get through, so it will be a bit longer for me.

Thanks for your reply, though, Lola.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Saturday, February 17, 2007, 4:52pm; Reply: 16
Quoted from mitzi
Actually, I ordered from the U.S. but they transfered my order to Toronto and called already. They're really good. They said it should be only a few days for it to get here, but my CC happens to be full so I need to make a payment on it first. That usually takes a few days for that to get through, so it will be a bit longer for me.

Thanks for your reply, though, Lola.


My understanding is, you can't purchase the home typing kit in Canada. In Canada, you have to either get type tested at a blood bank or through your doctor's office.  Now, the laws may have changed since I last checked into it.
Posted by: 982 (Guest), Saturday, February 17, 2007, 10:12pm; Reply: 17
Well, I was told that my order would be coming from Toronto.

Are you Canadian as well KimonoKat?
Posted by: KimonoKat, Sunday, February 18, 2007, 12:58am; Reply: 18
Quoted from mitzi
Well, I was told that my order would be coming from Toronto.

Are you Canadian as well KimonoKat?


No mitzi.  I'm in California.  I guess they can send you a typing kit direct.  That's great!  Soon you will know your type and you can verify whether or not your guess on your type is correct.
Posted by: purlgirl, Sunday, February 18, 2007, 8:18am; Reply: 19
Mitzi - Welcome to this wonderfully caring place.
I've been here about a month reading and learning. I'm improving my diet and beginning to understand what has gone wrong with my health. I still have lots of work to do but I feel I'm on the right road.

Italybound - When I read your post (reply # 5) It helped me realize how much you all have helped me.  Someone suggested  "Your Bodys  Many Cries For Water" which led me to "ABC of Asthma Allergies & lupus" by the same author. (very helpful)
Then  "Lights Out" caught my eye; so interesting .  I'm still reading  but I'm beginning to understand Why I'm such a mess.  If I can understand it  - I feel powerful.
Posted by: italybound, Sunday, February 18, 2007, 3:15pm; Reply: 20
Quoted from purlgirl
If I can understand it  - I feel powerful.


yes, purlgirl, knowledge is power  ;D
Posted by: 1213 (Guest), Sunday, February 18, 2007, 5:57pm; Reply: 21
There are two major things you can do right away without knowing your bloodtype:

Stop eating wheat
Stop eating corn syrup - and watch this one, it is also sometimes called something like "glucose-fructose syrup" on ingredient lists in Canada.

I got my blood type from the Canadian Red Cross when I donated blood back in 1987.  They told me on the spot that I was O+ but they don't do that down here with the American Red Cross.  Maybe AIDS has changed who can handle blood and how since then, though, I don't know.

When you do get your blood type and start eating right, expect good things!

Robin
Posted by: italybound, Sunday, February 18, 2007, 6:01pm; Reply: 22
Very good suggestions, linnsmama.  Add High Fructose Corn Syrup to that list.  :'(
Posted by: 982 (Guest), Monday, February 19, 2007, 8:26am; Reply: 23
Thanks ladies, I can't wait to start.
Posted by: Karen (Guest), Monday, February 19, 2007, 6:30pm; Reply: 24
Quoted from mitzi
Thanks Debra,

No I don't know my blood type yet, but I think I could figure it out just by knowing what each one can eat. I know I need my fats and proteins and I need to watch out for fruits. I don't have any books yet. I just bumped into this site yesterday and saw some things that rang a bell with me.

I'm really looking forward to chatting with you all.


Hi Mitzi,  
Welcome to the BTD :)  I am new here also.  Just a little over three weeks for me.  When I read your quote that you thought you could figure out your blood type by just knowing what each one can eat, I knew I had to reply.  It seems like for me that alot of the things I was eating was actually causing me problems unknowingly. Things I craved was actually an avoid for me.  I would have never guessed my blood type by what I thought I could eat.  I suffered from indigestion alot but since starting the BTD I rarely have any.  Anyway, I'm glad you'll be finding out your blood type.  The sooner the better.      
Posted by: italybound, Monday, February 19, 2007, 9:54pm; Reply: 25
Quoted from Karen
Things I craved was actually an avoid for me.



Karen-Mandi's mom, warm welcome to BTD and the forum!! :-)

I have been told and heard more times than I care to think, that usually what you crave is what you are allergic or intolerant to. Sure is true in my case.  :-/    I really hate that, cause dang wheat and dairy sure taste gooddddddd!!!!!!!!!!  8)
Posted by: Karen (Guest), Tuesday, February 20, 2007, 2:25am; Reply: 26
Thank you italybound for the warm welcome!  
Posted by: italybound, Tuesday, February 20, 2007, 5:25pm; Reply: 27
Quoted from Karen
Thank you italybound for the warm welcome!  


;)  :)
Posted by: 982 (Guest), Tuesday, February 20, 2007, 10:50pm; Reply: 28
Well, my blood testing kit should come hopefully by the end of this week. And my book should be in on Monday. They had to order one in for me.

Again, I can't wait to get going. I am cutting out on wheat, and sugar already. Also most dairy.
Posted by: italybound, Tuesday, February 20, 2007, 11:04pm; Reply: 29
Quoted from mitzi
Well, my blood testing kit should come hopefully by the end of this week. And my book should be in on Monday. They had to order one in for me.
Again, I can't wait to get going. I am cutting out on wheat, and sugar already. Also most dairy.


Mitzi, gotta say, I'm really proud of you!!! You inspire me (and believe me I need it LOL) :-)   After you find out your BT, you'll **really** be rockin'  ;)
Posted by: mondurvic (Guest), Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 5:01pm; Reply: 30
Hi, Mitzi,

I'm chiming in here because I'm from Canada, too (Victoria).  I'm too new (today is Day 4) to give you any advice, but I was lucky enough to know my blood type, so I could plunge right in.  Have sent away for my secretor test, too, as I want to follow the plan as accurately as possible.  

Welcome, neighbour!

Judy
Posted by: italybound, Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 5:41pm; Reply: 31
mondurvic, warm welcome to BTD and the forums!!  :)
Posted by: 982 (Guest), Thursday, February 22, 2007, 3:00pm; Reply: 32
Thankyou for the compliment Italy. I hope I will eventually become a contributer to this board as well. I could sit here and read all day.

And Welcome, mondurvic, neighbor to the west. I'm from MB.
How's the diet going for you?
Posted by: mondurvic (Guest), Thursday, February 22, 2007, 6:00pm; Reply: 33
Thanks for asking how I'm doing, Mitzi.

I'm doing satisfactorily on the diet, which is an odd word to use, but the best I've got.  I am limiting myself to Type B foods, including neutrals, with an overemphasis on the "worst" neutrals - butter, cream, beef, maple syrup, cheese - and all of it to excess.

Nonetheless, I consider this "satisfactory" because it is so much better than the way I was eating before I started - lots of ice cream, chocolate, daily buffets, etc.  And the big problem for me right now is that my place is being painted, which means ten days of painters underfoot from early morning on, furniture in huge, ghostly piles (drop cloths), living out of boxes stacked up in the bathtub (I just moved in), and S-T-R-E-S-S.  As in all things of this nature, things go wrong - people don't show up, rooms are painted the wrong colour, the vent to the dryer doesn't work, spewing filthy water all over the floor, etc.

All small problems in the greater scheme of life, but difficult nonetheless, which is why eating even somewhat better is acceptable to me right now, and, indeed, helps me to cope better with the surrounding craziness.  Once I have my kitchen, home and life back to myself, I expect to be able to tighten up more of the other guidelines.  

My secretor test arrived today, and I expect I will have my results back by the time I can function better here.

How are you doing?  How have you started out?  

Judy  
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, February 22, 2007, 6:49pm; Reply: 34
Judy, hang in there!!
be thankful for your newly painted home !
this too will pass!
Posted by: 982 (Guest), Thursday, February 22, 2007, 9:20pm; Reply: 35
Judy, I can imagine what life is like for you right now. It always gets worse before it's better. (Except for the BTD, I hope :)) You'll love your new clean house later and it will all be worth it.
Believe me I know the STRESS though.
At least you're doing the diet "satisfactorily". One step at a time.

As far as myself and the diet goes; well I have cut out wheat, sugar and dairy. I really don't know my blood type for sure yet, but have ordered the test. I'm guessing I'm a non-O.

TYL
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