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Posted by: LauraT, Monday, August 3, 2009, 12:06am

Having wavered across the many diets available (BTD, ER4YT, Genotype, Swami), I've decided to give it an honest go with Swami... including the 2 servings of grain a day (seems high) and 4 weekly servings of meat (seems low).  

I really want to try this out 100%, including portion sizes and # of servings of cheese, nuts, etc. per week.  Beneficial and neutral foods ok, but no black dot.

Does anyone want to do this with me?  I could start today or tomorrow (Monday), since everything I've eaten today has been legit.  People who have already been doing Swami can join this, too... call it a 28-day-intensive or something.  

Okay, I'm going to study my pdf!
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Monday, August 3, 2009, 12:10am; Reply: 1
Can't wait to hear your results!
Posted by: wwbailey, Monday, August 3, 2009, 1:52am; Reply: 2
I'm in.. The only thing I will drop is the small slash of soy milk I use.  Then I'm 100%.

Let's go!
Posted by: LauraT, Monday, August 3, 2009, 2:35am; Reply: 3
Quoted from wwbailey
I'm in.. The only thing I will drop is the small slash of soy milk I use.  Then I'm 100%.

Let's go!

Awesome!  I just put the almond milk on the shelf and bought some parmesan cheese and beans.  :)  Starting tomorrow?
Posted by: Tea Rose, Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 2:49am; Reply: 4
I will give it a go too, I am beginning SWAMI Explorer.  I was compliant Sunday and Monday.

Tea Rose
Posted by: LauraT, Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 2:54pm; Reply: 5
Great, how did Monday go?

I did okay with the rice and some beans in addition to salmon, fruits, and veggies.  I had some belly aches from all the fiber, but I think my body will adjust.

I'm considering doing nut butter (tahini) in place of beans to meet the rest of my veg. protein requirement.

Also, I'm not sure that parmesan is for me.  I was thinking of substituting my cheese req for ghee.  

In the meantime, my goal is to drink more water and eat whole fruits instead of juice.
Posted by: Tea Rose, Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 3:44pm; Reply: 6
My Monday went well.  

I made up a weekly portion check off sheet and kept that for the last two days so that I stay compliant to the portions.  The portion of poultry is cut way down for me and can see that I will be eating more legumes.  This along with more diamond lettuce options is more in line with how my family ate, so it all feels very comfortable.  

Also I am trying to really concentrate on the genoharmonic foods because the one SWAMI choose for me is Cellular detox and I know I need that big time.  

I am very encouraged so far!

Reading through the SWAMI Explorer - there are quite a few typos in the description and I will have to re-read through and post them so they can be fixed.

Tea Rose

Posted by: LauraT, Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 1:15am; Reply: 7
Good to hear!  I do a weekly check-off list, too.  My general guideline is:  first meet my daily requirements (fruit, veg, grain), then the lower limits for my weekly requirements, and then I can have treats like chocolate, wine, tea with agave, or juice.  

Tonight, I'm going to buy some tahini to replace my beans.  The combination of adding grains back in and eating a lot of beans has been too much fiber/bulk for me.  I'm thinking that nut butter might be gentler.  

I'll also get turkey, since I've already met my fish requirement and am tired of beef.  Once I have more time, I'm going to start experimenting with recipes.
Posted by: Jumari, Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 1:48am; Reply: 8
I'd love to be in but have no idea where to get the Swami software, can someone please point me in the right direction.
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 1:54am; Reply: 9
click on the store button
write swami on the store search button and you re on your way!
Posted by: C_Sharp, Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 2:19am; Reply: 10

You may want to inquire with Chancery Nature's Health about the availability of SWAMI Xpress in Australia.

Right 4 Your Type NZ
Chancery Nature's Health
15 Chancery Street
Chancery Square,
Auckland, 1010

Ph +64 9 354 3828 or
+64 272693558
Posted by: LauraT, Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 5:00pm; Reply: 11
You could just use the plan from the Genotype book in the meantime.  In my experience, Swami has been less restrictive than the GTD, so I think for many people, it has been an easy switch.  My favorite thing about Swami is the exact recommendations for portion sizes and frequencies.
Posted by: LauraT, Thursday, August 6, 2009, 10:18pm; Reply: 12
Any updates here?  I've been fine other than some crumbled bacon on a salad that I didn't entirely avoid.  It's best not to eat out at all, I know.  I basically live out of my car, commuting all day.  I guess I should just keep a fully-stocked cooler in my trunk.
Posted by: Tea Rose, Thursday, August 6, 2009, 11:00pm; Reply: 13
I am still doing really good on my SWAMI Explorer - I have good energy and I am noticing that I get full faster, like I am satisfied.  
Posted by: Jenny, Friday, August 7, 2009, 7:31am; Reply: 14
Quoted from Jumari
I'd love to be in but have no idea where to get the Swami software, can someone please point me in the right direction.

Gina at the Auckland shop is going to tell me when the Swami is available in the southern hemisphere (not yet). If you want to talk to a Naturopath in Sydney who is connected with this way of eating, look him up in the list of professionals on this site (Jason Mallia).
Nice to have another Aussie doing the work! ;D

Posted by: LauraT, Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 3:41am; Reply: 15
Quoted from Jenny

Gina at the Auckland shop is going to tell me when the Swami is available in the southern hemisphere (not yet). If you want to talk to a Naturopath in Sydney who is connected with this way of eating, look him up in the list of professionals on this site (Jason Mallia).
Nice to have another Aussie doing the work! ;D

Hope you get it soon!

Things are going great here.  I'm losing weight while eating over 2,000k a day!  I was gaining weight on 1800 before.  I seem to be gaining muscle.  I feel good and my energy is great.

This is basically all I've been eating:  canned salmon, beef strips, turkey breast, beets, artichoke hearts, mango juice, blueberries, red onions, fresh spinach, brown rice, olive oil, hard boiled eggs, red wine, and tahini. Only 13 items, but the food is so good I don't want anything else!  Not now, anyway.  I'll probably get bored with this in a few days.

Yay!  I'm glad I stuck with the rice.  I was dubious.
Posted by: Jumari, Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 4:48am; Reply: 16
Thanks Lola and C-Sharp. I somehow lost my post and just found it. I have emailed Gina from Chancery to see if they have the Swami software available. Still waiting for her reply. I have been waiting somethime for the software to be available. Really can't wait to get it. Just hope it adds instead of cuts down on my food list.
Posted by: Melissa_J, Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 3:55am; Reply: 17
I started my SWAMI on August 1st, and lost some weight right off the bat (5-6 pounds in a week).  I'm sure a lot of that was just detoxing, moving things along with the extra fiber, and losing some water weight, but that's all good to do.  Granted, I wasn't being totally compliant to any form of the diet before that. I stopped eating anything after dinner, which eliminated the majority of my cheating ways. I've also been focusing on veggies many that I hardly have room for the other food groups.

Today was the first day that I cheated a bit, but just a bit, so it's totally recoverable.

I love having some black dots added back in for me (I get tomatoes, sweet potatoes, bananas and avocados back, also sesame oil and sesame seeds). I gave up some neutrals, like mozzarella and apples, but salsa is much more flavorful!  Mine came out very much O-nonsecretor, which totally makes sense because it totally works for me...I thought I'd have to have it tweaked in that direction, but it just knew.

I've been exercising almost every day, and that helps in dealing with stress without stress-eating.  Even though exercise makes me more hungry, it works out for the best as long as I fill up on vegetables and superfods.
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 4:30am; Reply: 18
great results! :)
Posted by: LauraT, Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 7:10am; Reply: 19
Wow, I haven't been keeping a close eye on this thread!

I spent a week on vacation with my parents and a week scrambling to get ready for teaching this semester.  I have definitely NOT been 100%, but I've stayed away from what I call the Fickle Four: wheat, corn, dairy, and potatoes.  My biggest difficulty has been dressings and sauces, since I have been eating out a lot.

I'll do 1 more mediocre-following day tomorrow (i.e., eating lunch out) and then get serious again on Thursday.

My weight has stayed the same, which is a whole lot better than gaining!  But, I can tell I"m in need of some detoxing.  For one, my acne is back... sure sign.

How are others doing??
Posted by: Heidi, Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 2:32pm; Reply: 20
I started following my SWAMI on July 21 and have been 100% compliant except for one tiny piece of cake on my husband's birthday.

I have not had any cravings at all so sticking to my foods has been really easy. Getting in all the veggies has been the biggest challenge. Its just too much food  ;) I've also added turkey to my previously vegetarian diet, I still don't really care for it but think it is doing me some good. No red meats or fish yet, but maybe someday....

I started my workout routine back up on July 23 and have managed to keep it up so far. About six years ago I was in great shape and doing strength and aerobic exercise six days a week. Then I started to solwly gain weight and lose energy no matter how I modified my diet and exercise routine. I tried yoga after reading LRfYT thinking maybe I was pushing myself too hard. I didn't keep it up and pretty much just quit exercising alltogether. So far I have plenty of energy and it feels great to really work my muscles and sweat  ;D

I don't know if I have lost any weight yet (no scale) but I have lost an inch from all my measurements so something is changing. I also have a lot more energy, I don't need a nap everyday to function. My skin looks great too, nice and clear. No more heartburn either  ;D . I feel much much better.
Posted by: O so positive, Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 4:37pm; Reply: 21
I saw this thread early on just didn't post at the beginning.  I started my SWAMI diet on 07/27/2009.  I feel great. I have lost about 6 pounds and my skin also looks really good.  I am eating mostly chicken, fish, beef and lots of vegetables. Some fruit but not as much as I used to.  I thought coffee would be the hardest, but for some reason I feel great without out it. I didn't even have withdrawals.

So far I would say the SWAMI is a great success!!
Posted by: jayneeo, Monday, August 31, 2009, 11:12pm; Reply: 22
Another swami gatherer jumping in! :)
Let's say I stared midday today! (had rye toast for avoid on swami)
But I shopped and should be good to go...starting for real, tues.
Today I did well but exceeded my fruit allowance. I'm excite about my swami GTD-BTD hybrid!
Thanks for starting this great thread, Laura T.!
Posted by: LauraT, Tuesday, September 1, 2009, 5:38am; Reply: 23
That's great!  It's so fun to see people's posts.  I've been very busy - too busy to check here most days - but I've been very compliant.  I'm eating a lot of salads, nuts, and dried fruit.  I was struggling with the starch requirements, but that hasn't been a problem lately.  I'd like to do the liver cleanse at some point, though.  I'm not exercising as much as I usually do, and I know I could use some general system flushing.

Can't wait to hear more about people's experiences.
Posted by: jayneeo, Tuesday, September 1, 2009, 5:00pm; Reply: 24
OK, this morning I had a ground flaxseed and amaranth flr. pancake with farmer's cheese and agave, with green tea and yerba mate (1 bag of each). That's my swami!!! ;D
but what I need is a spreadsheet to check off amounts throughout the week. Hmmm, I don't know from spreadsheets, but may try to make one up.
Posted by: Plucky, Wednesday, September 2, 2009, 1:38pm; Reply: 25
I made it a day and a half.  I figured I'd had all summer to get the foods down, now it's time to start with portion control.  My SWAMI just doesn't give me large enough portions to keep me from having a growling stomach every couple of hours.  Even though it provides 6 cups of veggies a day, those things just don't keep me satisfied for long...they seem to make me hungrier.  I need to lose about 50 pounds, but there's no way I can keep up with this because I'm just too hungry.
Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, September 2, 2009, 2:45pm; Reply: 26
mmm, kinda happened to me yesterday....I was doing fine and then I got really hungry and I am new to this pattern of eating (my swami) so I just grabbed a rye cracker and slathered it with almond butter.......rye is an avoid.....for me. then I went to my book club and had homemade peach pie with homemade ice cream! This was not part of my plan...I was gonna pass on dessert but I just couldn't do it. onward and upward!
Ok, Plucky, let's find a way to make all those veggies work out for us. Maybe they need a special sauce....(almond butter thinned with water and tamari?)
Posted by: Plucky, Wednesday, September 2, 2009, 3:43pm; Reply: 27
I don't know why, but fruits and veggies just don't hold me long.  Yesterday around noon I cooked up 3 cups of chopped veggies and sauteed them in olive oil with 1/2 chicken breast and then drizzled lemon juice over the top.  I was stuffed!!! But by 2:00 my stomach was growling and I was feeling light headed.  This is very typical when I eat a meal heavy in fruits or non-starchy veggies.  I get stuffed really fast and then have to eat a couple hours later.  So, at 2:00 I had a cup of diamond-filled chili with a cup of watermelon and was satisfied until 6:00  ;D

Breakfast is typically at 7:00am: 1/2 cup cream of rice with cinnamon, agave, and a bit of butter, two scrambled eggs with 2Tbsp guacamole, and a cup of green tea, with maybe a cup of diluted grape/cranberry juice. This holds me until 11:00 or 12:00.  With SWAMI I basically get 2Tbsp cream of rice, 1 Cup of juice, 1 egg, and as much guacamole as I can eat, but without anything to eat it on it's not so enjoyable.  I had a growling tummy by 9:00  :(
Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, September 2, 2009, 4:40pm; Reply: 28
I'm taking egg whites to be open in didn't state that outright but that is how I'm taking it. guacamole could be good on eggs!
Posted by: Plucky, Wednesday, September 2, 2009, 5:33pm; Reply: 29
It's great on eggs.  Grosses my hubby out though  ;D
Posted by: LauraT, Friday, September 4, 2009, 3:29am; Reply: 30
Hi Jayneeo,

I made a spreadsheet like that... I was very proud of it!  It differentiated between servings that were allocated on a 'daily' basis (fruits, vegetables, and grains), versus weekly (oils, meats, cheese, eggs, etc.).  

I was very proud of it.  :)

It would probably be different than yours, but I'm happy to email my version to you or to whomever wants to see what i concocted!  
Posted by: jayneeo, Friday, September 4, 2009, 7:23pm; Reply: 31
Oh, cool.  8) Yeah, it would be different.....and I am not using it as religiously as I thought i would, but I still like having it to refer to, if not fill in each meal.......because I still have things that I eat that are not on it, like some soymilk, which I use in smoothies, but could sub for fr. juice....and some farmer cheese, etc. Am sticking very close to swami except for a couple things like that. Will get there!
Posted by: angel, Saturday, September 5, 2009, 11:16pm; Reply: 32
I just got my stuff today. I did GT stuff first came out heavily weighted GT2. I flipped that switch in SWAMI xPress. Pulled it up and then noticed that the program computed me as a Hunter  :o I knew I was one of the two and have been leaning towards hunter and trying it. But I decided to wait for SWAMI. I quickly went back in and switched it to Determine my type and a hunter I am. Way cool I am come up as a gatherer on the test but the computer says hunter though I am short and stocky. My husband says I have a lovable solid build. I don't have chicken legs either. Now we know why.
Here is my rundown Red Meat 4 X wk, Poultry 3 x wk, Fish x wk, eggs 8 wk, Dairy 3 X wk, veg Protein 5 X wk, oil 6 X wk, carb 2 x dy, Live 6 X dy, fruit 3 X dy, spice 2 X dy, BEV 3 x dy, condiment 0 to1 as need

the geno harmonics are interesting. I will order one when My husband gets back and do him one up. I will be ordering the supplements I need the hunter dirt actually lines up with my candida problems now.

I think it'll work, I'll be joining you in your challenge.
Posted by: Cristina, Sunday, September 6, 2009, 12:11am; Reply: 33
I am also in Australia, but I ordered my Swami Xpress through the main web site in US.  They then forward the order to NZ and NZ confirmed they will be sending the software within the next two weeks.  Lucky you, there is a LR/BTD specialist naturopath doctor in Sydney.  I placed an enquiry with him to see if he had colleagues in Queensland, but there is none.  He offered phone consultation though, which is good to know if I ever need it.
Where are the Australian naturopaths?  Why are they not getting into the wagon?  
A call to all Australians here: contact by phone or e-mail, as many naturopaths as you know and tell them about your interest in the LR, Blood type lifestyle ... It may wake them up to jump into the field sooner rather than later ...
Posted by: LauraT, Sunday, September 6, 2009, 10:01am; Reply: 34
If you can't dive in with swami, I think the GTD works just as well.  I actually found the GTD to be more restrictive than Swami.  So, if you start with GTD, you should be able to transfer over to Swami fairly easily.  

These past few weeks, I've been great with food choices but less adherent to portion sizes and servings-per-week.  That is going to be my goal for the next week. :)  
Posted by: O so positive, Sunday, September 13, 2009, 2:36pm; Reply: 35
Another update.  I am down another 3 pounds.  I have never had weight loss so consistent before.  The swami food plan just feels so natural. It is amazing how good I feel without any cravings or other side affects.  The weight loss is great, but the way I feel is priceless.
Posted by: 6612 (Guest), Sunday, September 13, 2009, 5:39pm; Reply: 36
Hi there, Are you sure you are eating enough proteins?  I am an O nonnie, and I don't know about your swami, but the O non secretor diet says 7 - 12 red meats per week, and additional 6 or so fish servings.  I think if you need to add food, you should add protein, because that;s the only thing that will give sustained fullness to anyone, esp O's and non secretors. We do better than anyone on the lean protein, and even a bit of fat won't hurt.  Dr. D also says not to combine carbs with meats.  (as if there;s any significant carbs on the diet anyway)  But , if you must eat carbs, do it early in the day.
Posted by: Chandon, Sunday, September 13, 2009, 6:20pm; Reply: 37
I have been doing my SWAMI diet pretty religiously since mid-August, except for last week when I was on vacation (and some situations eating out). Even so, I did everything I could to stay compliant while eating out and staying with friends. I didn't gain any weight! That is really unusual for me. We did do a lot of walking. I think it's time to join the challenge. I am very likely meeting friends for dinner tomorrow and am not sure if I can dodge every single avoid, but will try.  

By the time I got home after about 6 days away, my asthma was worse again--and my SWAMI had really cleaned up that issue rather quickly. I think it was some noncompliant dairy (1 cheese was likely noncompliant) and cream and ice cream! I think I need to stay away from cream in general. While I can't say for sure I've had symptoms directly related to cream, I think I have. Plus it seems carageenan is nearly a constant with cream.

Doing the challenge might encourage us to eat out less. That's always better in terms of weight loss and saving money.
Posted by: Chandon, Saturday, September 26, 2009, 8:10pm; Reply: 38
I haven't been perfect, but very close--the problems being when I eat out. One thing I've noticed while using SWAMI is that I now seem to have more energy. I don't mind cooking after work and my commute, although I am happy when my husband wants to cook on a given night. When I followed the Explorer diet, the wrong diet for me, I really never felt like cooking after work, or putting any effort into it. I also seem to handle a little less sleep alright and still feel pretty upbeat. My mood is quite good too and had worsened terribly on the Explorer diet. I definitely saw improvement on Teacher GTD diet alone, although my breathing got worse, but after 2 months on GTD I really needed the switch to SWAMI to feel even better.

One thing I like is that I really prefer to eat at home. There are some social situations that have come up where we go out, but if it is just us, I would basically like to eat at home, unless we are traveling away from home.

Someone brought home-grown white figs to work. I had one that was perfectly ripe and it was wonderful!
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