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Posted by: SoulfulLori, Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 7:52pm
Hello All!  Your little village BTDer here for an update.  I keep saying I feel like you are the village raising this child.

As per a previous suggestion I have been keeping a food/energy diary for exactly 2 weeks now.  I've been extremely compliant and focus on bene's with only a few neutrals.  I've cheated a little here and there along the way but for 97% of the time I was right on track for diet and exercise.  Here's what has happened:

Good:

Lost 3.6 lbs - remember my thyroid med is all messed up and I still lost weight.

Sleeping through the night about 5 nights a week - used to only sleep through night 2 times per week.  Still not restorative but moving in the right direction.

Energy is much higher.  Kids commented that I'm doing more with them.

Pet allergies seem much better.  I can tolerate more allergens it seems.  Others have noticed.

Depression is way down...almost gone.  Maybe only 2 days a week do I notice it and can totally get through those moments.  It used to stop me in my tracks no matter how many gratitude entries I made in my journal.

My relationship with my hubby has improved because I'm not so moody.  Actually, I am so even that if there is drama it is him or the kids.  When drama happens I try to bring words of calm and if that doesn't help I remove myself from the situation until everyone is back to earth.

Skin looks much better, clothes fit better, exercise is easier and hair doesn't fall out as much.

I'm cooking some really yummy things and I'm rarely hungry like I used to be.

Bad:
Every 4 days or so I get craving for breads and dairy...like pasta and ice cream.  I gave in twice and had HORRIBLE reactions with stomach pain or depression.

Two nights ago I tasted a frozen lasagna I cooked for hubby.  I had 1/2 serving.  Woke up in the middle of the night in INTENSE pain.  My stomach felt like it was on fire and in knots.  Spent the next day in bed dizzy and doubled over in pain so bad I thought I might go to the ER.  Today I'm ok again but weak.

Dizziness upon standing is becoming an issue.  I already take Florinef for this problem and was hoping to come off of it but now things are worse than ever.  I think my blood pressure is dropping with the weight loss and good exercise.  When I stand up my body does not regulate (this is an old problem...orthostatic hypotension) and things go black.  Almost went down the steps the other day.  Very exhausting and frustrating and scary.

Feeling sort of obsessed with diet.  Hope as I am more used to this lifestyle I don't focus on it all day.  I have great support from hubby and see great results but it requires extreme effort.  I hope this gets to be more natural for me.



I am very impressed with my progress and the advice I've received here.  I'm wondering if I have a wheat intolerance.  Was tested via blood in many ways for such but it was always negative however, I wonder if I have sensitivities anyway.  

I just sometimes feel a little frustrated that the average person can eat or drink anything and not feel so awful and I must be perfect in order to function on a basic level.  My party girl days are over I guess.  What has happened?  Does anyone else ever feel this way?
So to sum up...I'm thrilled and sticking with it.  Just thought I'd share.
Posted by: C_Sharp, Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 8:16pm; Reply: 1
Quoted from SoulfulLori


Dizziness upon standing is becoming an issue.  I already take Florinef for this problem and was hoping to come off of it but now things are worse than ever.  I think my blood pressure is dropping with the weight loss and good exercise.  When I stand up my body does not regulate (this is an old problem...orthostatic hypotension) and things go black.  Almost went down the steps the other day.  Very exhausting and frustrating and scary.

What has happened?  Does anyone else ever feel this way?[/i]
So to sum up...I'm thrilled and sticking with it.


Congratulations, On all the the great progress you have made!

On Dizziness/light headness/blacking out issue:


I experienced those problems when I ate the wrong GenoType.  Now that I have a SWAMI personalized diet I do not have those problems.  

So you may want to work on how you can adjust your diet to reduce those concerns. I am not sure which foods made the difference for me, but you may be able to experiment to find out.

If experimenting does not appeal to you or you do not find a solution that way, the SWAMI approach worked great for me.




In the mean time, you may want to work on mineral balance in your body and see if that helps you.  There are several approaches to doing this.  

One inexpensive approach is to add a pinch of sea salt to each glass of water you drink.
Posted by: Plucky, Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 8:26pm; Reply: 2
Even if things aren't perfect yet, I'm glad you're feeling better.  It make take awhile to work out all the bugs and the diet doesn't necessarily fix everything, but it sure helps.

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I just sometimes feel a little frustrated that the average person can eat or drink anything and not feel so awful and I must be perfect in order to function on a basic level.  My party girl days are over I guess.  What has happened?  Does anyone else ever feel this way?


I feel EXACTLY this way!  And even then, I've found that a couple of the "super beneficial" foods, ones that I had become obsessed with eating a lot of because they were so good for my type, ended up being foods I'm allergic to.  Eek!  I think the worst part is that everyone else thinks you're crazy or some kind of hypocondriac or attention seeker, especially the doctors.

As far as testing for wheat intolerances goes, I think that, yes, you can have a reaction, but tests don't always show it.  I had scratch testing done which showed a definite reaction to wheat.  A blood test showed no reaction.  My body knows when I've eaten it, or even inhaled it.  Just pay attention to what your body says.

As far as those cravings go, I think they mean something, though not being very familiar with the A type, I don't know what.  After being very "good" for a few days I'd start craving salt like crazy, and usually end up giving in to a whole bag of chips or sucking on rock salt until my tongue got sores on it.  I'm not good about salting my food, and it was causing me to become dehyrdated, and trying to drink tons of water and tea like a good girl was just making the situation worse.  Club soda and making a conscious effort to salt my foods has made all the difference.

A lot of O's really restrict their grain intake, some eating none.  I can't do that or after a few days I become really, really cranky, start having intense cravings and then overindulge, usually in sugar instead of a healthier form of carbs.  It's a pretty delicate balance, but if you figure out what your body is needing you can prevent those cravings a lot of the time.

My pet allergies have improved greatly, too.  My dog used to be banned from all parts of the house that have carpetting and the cats from my room and I still used Benedryl and Beconase regularly to deal with them.  Now the cat sleeps on my bed and the dog next to it.  The dog still can't lick me without me getting hives, but at least I'm drip/sneeze free now.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 9:34pm; Reply: 3
If you're suffering from low blood pressure, you may need more salt in your diet.

If you find yourself craving wheat or dairy, try to find a 'safe" alternative for the craved food. There are plenty of other grains that might meet the wheat craving, and if you're craving a specific baked good (muffins or cookies) then bake some for yourself with spelt or rice flour and acceptable sweetners.

Finding alternatives for dairy products is a bit more challenging. Are you craving the fats? The sugars/carbs? Are you getting enough healthy fats in your diet, or do you think you crave ice cream because you need the fat? Nuts are good sources of healthy fats.
Posted by: SoulfulLori, Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 11:48pm; Reply: 4
Thanks everybody!  Very helpful hints!  Yeah, I know all these issues can't be fixed over night or entirely...sigh.  I do feel so much better it is like night and day and I'm thrilled!  Just don't want to lose my stride.

Unfortunately the dizziness is due to a damaged vagus nerve.  The lowering blood pressure only makes matters worse.  I'm told the vagus nerve can repair itself...I'm still waiting.  

I do salt my water and EVERYTHING else as per suggestions I read on another thread.  I use so much salt anymore I wonder if that is good.  I plan to ask Dr. D about licorice.  I do know that if I forget to heavily salt things for just one day I can't get off the chair.  

Never had the scratch test for wheat but I have a feeling it would show something.

I think my cravings are part detox...I keep messing that up as I start feeling great then have cravings and feel sort of weird and take a little wheat or milk and start the process all over again.  Also, I think I'm having calcium issues...I don't think I'm balanced there, though I eat a ton of spinach and other things with calcium.

Also, I forgot to mention that I've learned to eat nothing past 6pm and mostly only eat a bowl of miso soup for dinner as too much more makes me not sleep and I can feel it in my stomach in the morning.  I don't seem to digest much past 5pm really.  I've missed 40 years of sleep because of this.  Sigh.
Posted by: paul clucas, Friday, February 5, 2010, 11:20pm; Reply: 5
Take a look at DGL De-Gylcerized Liquorice (good, even if you have blood pressure issues) and Vegetable Glycerine for energy transformation.  I am sure that you can get good advice on these in a little while.
Posted by: Sharon, Saturday, February 6, 2010, 6:06am; Reply: 6
Hi SoulfulLori,

I can't eat wheat anymore either, it gives me an immediate reaction. When I have a wheat craving, I try to eat rice, rice cakes, squash, sweet potato, oatmeal, Quinoa, or farro (spelt). I notice that there are new rice crackers and flax crackers in some stores and I've been trying them with good results so far. It gets easier as you're on the diet and you get used to eating different things.  It's amazing how many other things there are to eat besides wheat. I will experiment 1/year and eat some wheat just to remember how bad it is for me.
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