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Posted by: 971 (Guest), Tuesday, May 1, 2007, 5:37am
I need to know this because I come from a long line of anxiety ridden type O's,I am highly strung and burn out my adrenals all the time,I am also anti-social and prone to depression! IS THIS AN O THING??? I panic all the time,I over-react,react fast and I am always the first one to notice anything!!And worry HAH! worry is my middle name,I am so cerebral I literally feel like my temples will explode with confusion! and anxiety,worry and overthinking.I THINK THINK AND OVERTHINK,i border on OCD,obessive compulsive disorder.
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Tuesday, May 1, 2007, 12:49pm; Reply: 1
Quoted from Tarrenae
I need to know this because I come from a long line of anxiety ridden type O's,I am highly strung and burn out my adrenals all the time,I am also anti-social and prone to depression! IS THIS AN O THING??? I panic all the time,I over-react,react fast and I am always the first one to notice anything!!And worry HAH! worry is my middle name,I am so cerebral I literally feel like my temples will explode with confusion! and anxiety,worry and overthinking.I THINK THINK AND OVERTHINK,i border on OCD,obessive compulsive disorder.

Well, there is not a simple answer, but I'll give it a whirl.  Thing is, an O on the wrong diet for her or his type is not a pretty thing, brain chemistry/mood-wise!  An O on wheat, for a prime example, is very prone to be hot-tempered, anxious, volatile, angry, depressed, somewhat paranoid, exquisitely sensitive, moody, and too many other things to list, but you get the gist.  So, an O on the typical American diet is very prone to be either a Category Five hurricane or a very depressed, anxious sad sack.

That said, an O on the BTD is one of the more steady, slow-to-anger, patient, solid animals on the planet.  Your Type A's, though, are the ones who tend towards things like OCD and high anxiety.  The A's in my life tend to keep things inside until they EXPLODE, versus expressing themselves on any sort of regular schedule so that they don't build up steam to the point of explosion.  But again, an A on the A diet (and recommended exercise practices) would have those tendencies greatly mitigated.

So the short answer is, we all tend to get off kilter in our own type's typical way when we eat off type.  In general, O's get explosive and obnoxious, A's get anxious and high-strung.  But when we eat right for our respective types, we are all in balance and steady.

Of course, the above is generalizing, but I am trying to answer your question in as simple yet accurate of a way as possible.  In general, the above fits the types, but of course individuals are unique and react to stressors in their own ways.

Your best bet is to eat and exercise right for your type and do other stress reducing things like getting enough sleep, expressing your feelings, getting enough sunlight, etc.

:)

Posted by: OSuzanna, Tuesday, May 1, 2007, 2:42pm; Reply: 2
Tarrenae, I hear you! Or, should I say, WE hear you!

Quoted from Edna
an O on the wrong diet for her or his type is not a pretty thing, brain chemistry/mood-wise!  An O on wheat, for a prime example, is very prone to be hot-tempered, anxious, volatile, angry, depressed, somewhat paranoid, exquisitely sensitive, moody, and too many other things to list, but you get the gist.  So, an O on the typical American diet is very prone to be either a Category Five hurricane or a very depressed, anxious sad sack.
That said, an O on the BTD is one of the more steady, slow-to-anger, patient, solid animals on the planet.  :)


As an O(nonnie) formerly on the typical American diet, I can attest to the bigtime truth of this. Though I am not perfect and still need a little help, I and the people that know me can say I am a whole new person. Even when I cheat like crazy, my diet, mind and health are still miles better than pre-BTD.
This may sound weird (and gross to the A's) but when I eat rare red meat I get a feeling of peacefulness in my deepest core that's hard to describe. The kooky cravings and maddening moods subside, and aahhh, that combination of energy with calmness that I'd always read about but never felt comes over me, and I want to deal with the issues in my life, not hide from them.
As with anything, I'm leaving out relevant ramblings, but the essence is there. Your mental health will definitely improve as your system gradually leaves your old diet behind.
:K)
Posted by: ISA-MANUELA (Guest), Tuesday, May 1, 2007, 3:48pm; Reply: 3
::) please be careful about judging someone... might be that you'll be more successfull when reading
the Riso's enneagram or also the C.G. Jung's work about the *shadow's integrations* ;)
not all is related to hormonal imbalance, depressions (which is mostly hormonal related too) ::) :D,nor
SAD or  similarities.......(sunny)
Posted by: jayney-O (Guest), Tuesday, May 1, 2007, 5:13pm; Reply: 4
also, Tarranae, if an O has developed couch potato tendencies he/she can manifest the energy in those less healthy ways.......been there!!!!
(O's are supposed to be into very high energy exercize!!)
Posted by: mikeo, Tuesday, May 1, 2007, 5:41pm; Reply: 5
your story sounded like me before the diet.....a few suggestions for you

exercise 5 times a week for at least 45 minutes
eliminate all wheat, potatoes and corn from diet
eat beneficial protein at least twice a day
Express yourself in writing
Identify your anger triggers
Focus on how you feel, not on how someone is behaving
avoid stimulants of all kinds till you feel better
take ample B vitamins
make sure you have a person to talk to when frustrated...O's release stress by engaging in a supportive conversation



Posted by: 312 (Guest), Tuesday, May 1, 2007, 5:44pm; Reply: 6
Just thought I might add that O's being prone to thyroid problems, can have emotional distress related to that
gland when it malfunctions....until mine was stablized I went through some rough patches, like fear of flying that was
pretty awful.  Not a problem for me now, thank goodness.....
Posted by: zola, Tuesday, May 1, 2007, 5:47pm; Reply: 7
Hooray! I love this forum. Thank you PT & MikeO for your sane and compassionate responses.
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, May 2, 2007, 12:32am; Reply: 8
Tarrenae,
have you thought of doing your secretor testing?

to help you fine tune the guidelines even more...........
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