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Posted by: Landie, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 12:04am
Hi Everyone,

I'm Landie.  I bought the books last year, and started on January 1, 2011.  :)

I am 5'3 and weighed 219 this morning.  I started at 223, so I guess I am seeing some results.  I made some mistakes early on. I was snacking on pretzels (thinking I was being healthy), until it dawned on me that they are wheat products!  So, I cut those out.  I also was having sausage and eggs for breakfast - until it dawned on me that my sausage was pork!  So I cut those out. :)  I was eating meatballs for some meals, until it dawned on me today that my frozen meatballs probably had some pork in them - so now I'll avoid them. :)

I'm a french fry junky, so cutting white potatoes worried me more than anything.  WELL - Alexia sweet potato fries have made me a believer that I can stick with this program. They come frozen, and are delicious baked in the oven sprinkled with sea salt!

Well, won't talk your ear off, but I'm excited to be part of this program and hope I see the great results that I have read about.  


Posted by: Lloyd, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 12:09am; Reply: 1
Sounds like you are off to a good start.

Keep reading those labels!
Posted by: Landie, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 12:22am; Reply: 2
Thanks. :)
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 12:25am; Reply: 3
Welcome Landie..
What are you eating for breakfast now as an O?

You have already learned two important lessons read the labels and get rid of what does not work.
Posted by: battle dwarf, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 12:33am; Reply: 4
good work and hello! those fries are awful things, i work at mcdonalds so i know all too well, and so addictive. coat some sweet potato wedges with olive oil, salt, garlic powder and rosemarry and bake them in your oven till the edges darken, you'll love it!
Posted by: Landie, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 12:34am; Reply: 5
Thanks Andrea! :)  I'm glad I found this forum.  I was trying out a Facebook forum that was pretty dead and it was becoming discouraging. I'm so glad there are folks to compare notes with here!

I bought smoked turkey sausage (the rope kind), and I'll cook that with onions and a little oil in the skillet.  

I discovered Cream of Rice somehow, so that satisfied my "grits" craving... being from Georgia. :)  I do use butter, but I am hoping that's okay since I'm trying to be careful with everything else.

Sometimes, I'll do scrambled eggs instead of the sausage.  I also bought some brown rice bread, and I'll make toast out of that sometimes when I'm not in the Cream of Rice mood.

I bought some tart cherry juice (wish it were sweeter!), so I'll have that sometimes, or some TAZO green-ginger tea (so yummy!!) with a Stevia packet and a little bit of creamer.  (I haven't gotten into non-dairy creamer yet, but I hope the quantities I'm using are not significant.)

I feel the sweet-cravings starting to stir, so I need to learn how to make something sweet quickly using wheat-flour alternatives. There's so much to learn. :)
Posted by: battle dwarf, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 12:39am; Reply: 6
get some agave syrup. i get spelt bread with eather butter or almond butter and drizzle that on too. it hits the sweet spot every time.  ;)
or make a dark cocoa.
Posted by: Landie, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 12:40am; Reply: 7
That sounds great, Battle Dwarf.  I will give that a try - thank you!

The frozen fries are kinda pricy (since I HAVE to keep a supply), so it'll be great to be able to make them fresh out of sweet potatoes myself.
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 12:44am; Reply: 8
Which facebook? Facebook is not a forum, just a place to get you redirected here. Lola and I visit the Facebook sites regularly(lola more then me) so did we miss you some how? :-/

Let me know don't want people to fall through the tracks.

Add stevia to your tart cherry juice or agave.

Check the recipe index for help.

You will have to lose the non dairy creamer, just read the label and you will see why ;)
Posted by: Landie, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 12:45am; Reply: 9
I have agave syrup! I haven't tried almond butter yet, but I'll put that on my shopping list and give that a try for my sweet tooth.  Thanks Battle D! :)

I have sauteed bananas with a little butter and drizzled with a little bit of maple syrup.  It's good, and was doing the trick - but I need something more starchy than a banana so I have that cake or cookie texture, you know?!

What do you sweeten your dark chocolate with?  (Do you get powdered?)
Posted by: Landie, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 12:47am; Reply: 10
Andrea - I joined the one that was "Eat Right for Type O."  And then I joined the main one "Eat Right for your Bloodtype," and I was wondering why I couldn't select "Like" or reply to posts. The Type O board was very dead.
Posted by: Landie, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 12:49am; Reply: 11
...and I will add Stevia to the juice.  I don't know why I didn't think of that.  DUH!

Okay - I'll read the label on the creamer.  Guess I'll be kissing that goodbye soon...

Thanks Andrea. :)
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 12:57am; Reply: 12
Need the web address too many facebook sites I will never find it just by the name.
Posted by: O in Virginia, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 1:01am; Reply: 13
Welcome, Landie!  You have made the right decision, and you won't be sorry - I promise you!  :)
Posted by: Landie, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 1:05am; Reply: 14
Thanks O in VA! I feel really motivated right now! :)
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 1:30am; Reply: 15
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I couldn't select "Like" or reply to posts. The Type O board was very dead.

yes, like Andrea mentioned, where are you from, and which FB group did you join?

maybe we are in fact missing that group Andrea, to moderate!!! ;)

give us a link so we get going asap!!!

remember to read all ingredients in products you want to purchase and compare to typebase
Read about the non secretor issue
Posted by: Landie, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 1:37am; Reply: 16
Lola and Andrea - I sent you a message with the FB group info.

Thanks for the links Lola - I'll check them out! :)
Posted by: battle dwarf, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 4:12am; Reply: 17
i use good ole raw suger. tried alot of things and just couldn't beat it. i can't handle stivia, it makes me feel weird. agave just did not have the right sweetness to strap might do it but i don't have any and it's a mess for just my morning cuppa. i have a cup of yerba matte' tea with carob, raw cocoa powder, half a spoon of raw suger and a dash of cream every morning in place of the coffee i used to drink.
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 6:35am; Reply: 18
the sweeteners right for you will be in your list
Posted by: christaalyssaA+, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 7:27am; Reply: 19
I just threw out a big bottle of salad dressing today that my mother had bought assuring me that she wasn't doing well on it and when I read the label I found out why she kept getting headaches everytime she ate a salad. We have been on it now for over a year. It's a never ending process. The most important steps are the ones you continue to take every day. If you fall, get up and dust your self off and start again. There are so many great people here that will totally love to help answer any questions you have. Good for you!!!
Posted by: Possum, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 8:51am; Reply: 20
Welcome, Landie; nice to meet you - I wonder how far away from Ribbit you are - she is in Gerorgia ;)

Keep that butter & invest in (or make) some ghee... Really useful & beneficial...A "dash" of heavy cream is mice with cocoa & hot water ;)

Keep up the contact & the reading & all the best ;) This works best with forum advice & support :)
Posted by: Landie, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 11:23am; Reply: 21
Thanks Possum!  I'm going to have to do some googling to find out what ghee is. :)  The advice here is wonderful - and so fast.  I was feeling a bit frustrated yesterday, so I'm so glad I found this forum before I got off track!

I don't know Ribbit.  I'm in the Atlanta area... still snowed in from Monday's snowfall.  Since we don't usually have temps this low for an extended period of time, the DOT did not invest in enough snow plows, etc. to clear the interstates, let alone streets. Therefore, I am still trapped at home 4 days after a snow... waiting for the thaw. ;)

Thanks Battle D - I definitely need to add chocolate to my diet before the craving is uncontrollable!  That's a good way to do it. :)
Posted by: Landie, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 1:02pm; Reply: 22
Got it Andrea - corn syrup is the 2nd ingredient in my Hazelnut creamer lol.  Okay... will start looking for alternatives. :)
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 2:07pm; Reply: 23
Welcome Landie!

Try making your own rice or almond milk- there are recipes in the recipe database:
Posted by: Landie, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 2:31pm; Reply: 24
Awesome Ruthie - thank you!  I will may give the almond milk recipe  a try. :)
Posted by: Kathleen, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 4:43pm; Reply: 25
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I was snacking on pretzels (thinking I was being healthy), until it dawned on me that they are wheat products!

;D On my drive home from the ND who put me on the BTD, I snacked on tortilla chips thinking 3 ingredients, of course they're healthy......   ::)  Rice crackers now, oh yeah (woot)

Welcome Landie and to this fabulous journey  :)

Oh, and don't forget the green veggies!  My usual breakfast is one egg with a green veggie.  Today it was spinach, yesterday okra from the freezer and I'm thinking swiss chard for tomorrow.
Posted by: balletomane, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 4:57pm; Reply: 26
Welcome to the BTD family. We have lots of Os here to support you! You're absorbing new knowledge so fast, that very soon you will be wanting to buy yourself some new, smaller jeans  ;D.
Posted by: battle dwarf, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 5:02pm; Reply: 27
i know i am  ;D
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 5:21pm; Reply: 28
here s how to make ghee
recipe for ghee to check:
Posted by: eva b., Thursday, January 13, 2011, 5:31pm; Reply: 29
Quoted from ruthiegirl

ruthie, I was very interested to look at these, since the only rice or almond milks I can buy here contain avoid oils (like sunflower!)...but the links don't work for some reason.  Is it too complicated to explain in a post?

Posted by: ruthiegirl, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 5:39pm; Reply: 30
I really don't want to re-type up the recipes I've already typed up for the recipe database. Instead, let me explain how to find that part of the website:

At the top of this page (or any page on this message board) where it says "learn more." Click on "learn more" and then scroll down to "recipe center".  There's a box where you can input words to search for in recipes.

If you scroll down a bit below the text box, you'll find a place where it says "search in" and gives options for "entire recipe" (default) and "recipe name." My experience is that searching in the whole recipe gives you too many results and most of them aren't what I was looking for. Search for "milk" in recipe title only, and you'll get a list of 10 recipes, 9 of which are for alternative milks, including the rice milk recipe I posted and an almond milk recipe that I use regularly.
Posted by: Victoria, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 5:55pm; Reply: 31
A warm welcome to the Forum and to this wonderful way of eating!  (hehe)

Do you have the book, LR4YT?  It is the 'must have' instruction manual for understanding what makes you, as a type O, tick.  Your blood type thrives on good quality protein (compliant for your type) and fresh vegetables.  If you can start your day with a solid serving of protein (think, meat, fish or eggs) and something non-starchy to go with it, your day will be less tortured with cravings.  Your mid-day meal should have a hefty amount of fresh vegetables - - steamed, sauteed, baked, raw - - and some more meat, and maybe some cooked grains.  If you're going to eat baked carbs, such as bread, muffins, etc., try having them in the evening.  It's the best time if you want to minimize the cravings during the day and have strong energy.  Also carbs in the evenings contribute to better sleep.  That's not saying eat a lot of sugar at night, though!  ;)
Posted by: battle dwarf, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 6:03pm; Reply: 32
cocoa and carob with breakfast help curb cravings too. had fish for breakfast yesterday. simple thing, using the toaster oven i drizzled a couple of talepea filits with olive oil, salt, garlic, mixed green herbs, and pepprika and baked it till it flaked when forked. the edges get a bit crispy but it is great becuse i don't do well with alot of heavy foods in the morning
green beans with butter and salt....lunch time!
Posted by: Landie, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 7:24pm; Reply: 33
All of you guys are awesome - thank you all for your suggestions and encouragement!

Just got back from the grocery store a little while ago.  Bought some firsts - almond milk (although I have to check for what Eva said in the ingredients), almond butter, spelt flour... I'm so into this after all the posts I got yesterday (and now today)!

For lunch, I had brown rice bread with almond butter, sliced bananas, drizzled with Agave nectar.  SOOOOOO good!  (Someone suggested this or something similar yesterday.)

I will make sure to add green veggies to the diet.  Right now, I'm trying to get all the "okay" foods in my head so I can work on the balance of protein to veggies to grain, etc.    I'm getting there... and feel like one of the "cool" people shopping in the organic section now... ;)
Posted by: kauaian, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 9:53pm; Reply: 34
Quoted from Landie

I bought some tart cherry juice (wish it were sweeter!), so I'll have that sometimes, or some TAZO green-ginger tea (so yummy!!) with a Stevia packet and a little bit of creamer.  (I haven't gotten into non-dairy creamer yet, but I hope the quantities I'm using are not significant.)

Hi, and welcome.  You could try diluting w/ tonic or seltzer water. :)
Posted by: Landie, Friday, January 14, 2011, 12:00am; Reply: 35
Thanks Kauaian.  I'll try that - especially if a soda craving hits me. :)
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Friday, January 14, 2011, 12:09am; Reply: 36
If the almond milk has a few avoids in it, in small quantities, it may still be worth it to use one package of it, as you're settling into the new way of eating- with the plan to make your own when this package is finished.  Even if it has a few avoid additives, it's still a healthier choice for an O than milk or "coffee creamer."
Posted by: Lola, Friday, January 14, 2011, 1:47am; Reply: 37
you need to add more protein and less carbs to your meals.....veggies and good fats are essential!
Posted by: SquarePeg, Friday, January 14, 2011, 4:04am; Reply: 38
Welcome, Landie:

The other replies said everything I was going to suggest.

One comment:  eventually, you would've realized that those meatballs also contain wheat.  (Bread crumbs are often used to soften and flavor the end result.)  In fact, most prepared meats have avoids in them, unfortunately.  I'm referring to flavorings, such as dextrose, maltodextrin, if not preservatives.  I have come across a few products that seem to be fine, but they're very expensive and hard to find.

Good luck!
Posted by: Landie, Friday, January 14, 2011, 2:11pm; Reply: 39
I'll try to minimize the carbs, but I must admit that I don't want to do it drastically - at least not yet.  I've done a high protein/ low (practically no) carb diet in the past.  It worked great.  I lost 20 or more pounds, but then over the course of a year or two, gained it all back plus some.  I definitely knew I could not sustain that forever.  Life without chocolate cake and french fries had to be a temporary thing.  

One of the big things that attracted me to this diet is that there are permissible carbs - that are even beneficial.  I can even make a chocolate cake (once I learn how to use spelt flour, etc.) and not be totally in the "avoid" category.   I understand that it's important not to go carb-crazy, but I'm hoping that now that I'm eating the "right" kinds of carbs and foods, I'll be able to get by with "normal" kind of eating --  cream of rice for breakfast (instead of grits), sweet potato fries with my lunch (instead of fried white potato fries), brown rice bread instead of wheat bread, etc.  It seems the scale is moving downward.  If it stops, I'll readjust and cut back on the carbs, but for now, it seems to be working - maybe just a bit slower than for others.  But the big thing -- I can see doing this forever.  I don't feel a desire to go back to wheat or white potatoes.  I like what I'm eating ... and I feel that there are foods for every craving I have that will fulfill me!   That is a feeling I've never had before when on a "diet."  :)
Posted by: Jane, Friday, January 14, 2011, 3:51pm; Reply: 40
Watch out for the Alexia Sweet Potato fries.  Several years ago they were OK but lately, the ones I've seen had coatings on them that were avoids.  Better to make your own.
Posted by: battle dwarf, Friday, January 14, 2011, 7:21pm; Reply: 41
that si exsactly how i feel landie. a year before i joint bt i was already cutting things out from a trial and error process and a bit of research. i had already cut all things corn (espeacaly high fractose corn syurp) after reading a bit about it, and potatoes becuse of what they did to me.
by the way, for those soda cravings, have you seen or have access to a produckt known as kumbacha? it is great, at bit on the soure side in some flavors but fizzy as all get out! we bought ours at first (it is around 4$ a 21oz bottle) but now we make and flavor our own for pennies.i don't even miss the soadas. :D
Posted by: Landie, Friday, January 14, 2011, 10:38pm; Reply: 42
Thanks - I'll check out the ingredients, Jane. Someone posted a recipe for sweet potato fries the other day that I hope to try soon! :)

Glad I'm not alone, Battle D! :)  No, I'm not familiar with kumbacha, but I'll check it out.  You said you're making your own?  Did you buy one of those soda-making machines (I think out of water)?

I made chocolate chip cookies out of spelt flour today. They tasted great!  I know I can't eat the whole batch, but I felt a really strong "I want something yummy" craving coming on, and that did the trick - while staying within the permissible foods - I think! :)
Posted by: Lola, Friday, January 14, 2011, 11:41pm; Reply: 43
great attitude and good thinking!!
Posted by: battle dwarf, Saturday, January 15, 2011, 7:18am; Reply: 44
not exsactly, here is how we got started
they have a wonderful cache of info and free vids. if you like the idea i could get with mom and see about sending you a "duaghter" she always seems to have a few extra (we use them to wash our faces)
Posted by: Landie, Sunday, January 16, 2011, 5:42am; Reply: 45
Thanks Lola! :)

Battle D - I was expecting it to be some type of fruit.  Hmmmm.... I think I'm going to hold off trying kombucha lol :)  Does it actually taste good?
Posted by: Jesi, Friday, February 18, 2011, 5:01pm; Reply: 46
My grandma and I used to make kombucha YEARS ago, when I was a teen...she used to sell it to health food stores in the area. It tasted gross at first but eventually you get used to it.

Battle Dwarf what do you use the kombucha on the face for? Anything in particular? The reason I ask is I am still having a tiny bit of acne (well not really acne, just little bumps on my face, I know it's from an intolerance but not sure if I'm still healing now that I've started eating right, or if I'm still eating something I'm intolerant to). I have been using pineapple to do a type of "mask" and then I put honey on my face, and my skin looks radiant! I wonder if kombucha would also work for this? Is it antibacterial?
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Friday, February 18, 2011, 5:53pm; Reply: 47
Bear in mind that kombucha, like all forms of black tea, is an "avoid" for Os. It's suitable for Gatherers, but I'm not sure if it's OK for Hunters or Explorers. Even though I'm a Gatherer, Kombucha is a complete avoid for me as well.

If you're trying to increase compliance, it seems pointless to introduce a new  food that may not be a good choice either. Certainly, kombucha is far healthier than soda, but it's still not compliant for all Os.

Carbonated water with fruit juice is a better choice IMO.
Posted by: 13622 (Guest), Monday, March 14, 2011, 6:18pm; Reply: 48
I am so new I don't even know how to begin.  I just finished the LR4YL book last night, and now don't really know how to start--really.  Anyone have a weeks menu so I can just get an idea of what and how to eat?  I am an 0 and that's all I know so far.  Any help would be soooo appreciated.  Can I give you my email address?
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, March 14, 2011, 6:30pm; Reply: 49
Welcome Nisey!!

I'd suggest you start by cutting down on wheat and corn and increasing meat and veggies. I wouldn't worry about "hidden corn" in salad dressings or processed foods just yet. That can come later. You may even want to change one meal (say, dinner) this week and work on other meals next week.

In general, breakfast should be eggs and veggies, or a smoothie (from type O protein powder purchased on this site), or leftovers from last night's dinner. Baking a quiche once a week and having a slice on busy mornings works well.

Lunch can be leftovers, or meat (or fish) on a salad, or vegetable soup (with protein mixed into the soup, such as beans or meat, or with a protein source on the side.) Try to move away from sandwiches, unless you bake your own compliant breads or can find one in the store. Even then, I wouldn't recomend eating sandwiches daily (as a long-term goal.)

Dinners should include animal protein, 2 kinds of veggies (salad plus a cooked veggie or 2 cooked veggies) and a starch, such as brown rice or quinoa.

Before giving you specific menu ideas, I need to know more about your lifestyle. Do you have time in the mornings to sautee up onions and other veggies, then add eggs, wait for them to cook, and eat them without rushing, or do you need something you can eat on the train while communiting to work? Do you have time to cook during weekdays while the kids are at school, or do you need to cook on the weekends for busy weekday meals? (if so, then I'd suggest starting next week.)
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Monday, March 14, 2011, 11:26pm; Reply: 50
A warm welcome to you, Landie!  I'm typing this with my thumbs on my iPhone, so I'll make it a shortie:  I'm a potato chip girl myself and I was 238 lbs at my fattest, so I can relate to your French fry jones and your weight challenge. I've lost 81 lbs on the GTD and if I can do it, anyone can. It took me a long time to figure out what works for me and what doesn't, but when it all came together for me with the GTD, it really was (and is) a beautiful thing!  Read labels and be sure to avoid wheat, corn and junky additives like the plague.  Stock up on your beneficials/superfoods and take heart:  anything you think you can't live without has an even better alternative (with the possible exception of mayo--but I digress, and even with mayo, you can make your own compliant mayo) and we are all here to help you figure out what those alternative foods are. You already figured out sweet potato fries instead of white, so good for you!

Welcome again. Later!  :K)
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Monday, March 14, 2011, 11:34pm; Reply: 51
:o p.s. Just realized that the post I responded to is from January!  I saw this thread in "Latest Threads", thought the whole thread was new, and read the original post and responded. See what being on from the iPhone without glasses results in?  Well, better late than never.

Later, all. Me thinks I should don my glasses from now on if I'm gonna do the whole microscopic screen thing. Also:  welcome, Nisey!
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 12:05am; Reply: 52
welcome landie, I have made similar mistakes in the past, so you are in good company. it's a journey so enjoy!
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