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Posted by: DoS, Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 2:32am

I eat Turkey regularly. I eat beans regularly. I eat whole grains. I eat whey based cheeses. I sometimes have chicken. Once in awhile fish but rarely.However I am having trouble with constipation and peeing a lot (as of today). For awhile I was taking some Spirulina protein powder but the sugars in the powders are not good for me (straight fructose is a bit strong, with my bad digestion fructose mal-absorption was a noticeable thing that put a huge stress on my intestines, but that seems to be fading).

My pee has been sweet smelling recently but until it started in with a lot more of it (lack of protein), it was just in the morning I would go and it would be concentrated and I would have trouble falling asleep again. It is worse if I eat too much carbohydrates. Yes I know pre-diabetic or at least blood sugar issues are very prevalent. (last time resting blood sugar was good) I do not seem to have edema at the moment. Ketones are very possible.

My digestion is not that good either. This is despite the entire "weight loss package", digestion package, quercetin, fish oil, and Vitamin D. It was better for a few days. It is better after exercise. However only directly after was it better, and earlier when I was taking a protein powder. I just do not understand why regular dietary proteins are not working as far as I can tell. The vitamins work and make me feel good when I take enough protein though.

I have been trying to treat my liver well with milk thistle and other things. I got a liver support vitamin from NAP as well.

This is really annoying.
Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 2:53am; Reply: 1
Are you eating a generous amount of vegetables in your daily food intake?
Posted by: DoS, Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 2:57am; Reply: 2
I eat tons of them. I usually eat an onion a day and several servings consisting of things like broccoli, green pees, green beans, carrots, and other things but those are some favorites.

I also have Live Cell in the "weight pack".

Oh and I eat Eggs. I eat like a half dozen to 3/4 dozen a week. Although sometimes just the yolk because swami regardless of GTD always says that is more beneficial to me.
Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 3:01am; Reply: 3
How about some freshly ground flax and/or chia seeds with plenty of liquid.  If they sit well with you, they can help with constipation, as well as providing a nice source of protein and good fats.

And speaking of fats, are you getting plenty of the good kind?  :)
Posted by: DoS, Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 3:03am; Reply: 4
I use olive oil regularly and ghee.

Seeds and nuts are difficult for me. They seem to not digest great or make me feel great. They seem too dry maybe? I never feel like they are doing much good. Pecans maybe, macadamia I like but they cost too much. Peanuts never make me feel well if I start to consume them regularly. Almonds are more neutral I guess. Maybe I am over-analyzing it but I never feel like peanuts or almonds benefit my health.

However flaxseeds do not seem to be a bother. They reduce inflammation when my head hurts but they are difficult to consume except with eggs like a bread sort of, but usually they come out undigested even when I use meal instead of whole seeds.
Posted by: ABJoe, Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 3:32am; Reply: 5
For my edification, what is the indication that you need more protein?
Posted by: yaeli, Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 4:18am; Reply: 6
Re flax seeds, it's very helpful to soak them overhight and drink the jelly in the morning. Very effective.
Posted by: DoS, Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 5:21pm; Reply: 7
If I have more protein then I am feel better and become more regular. At least that seems to be the case. There are some vitmains in protein powders. Today I am going to get some B12, magnesium, and bromelain. Either which way it is confusing why my digestion is so poor despite doing everything I can for it.

Exercise seems to help a lot but sometimes I do not have time to do a 2000ft climb like on Saturday. It seems walking and riding my bicycle will not cut it unless my heart rate gets up enough.

I was up all last night, a bit sick. Elderberry seems to help though.

I also have to get my blood flow up enough to stop the sort of "squirt" feeling in my head. I am not sure what the connection to the blood shot eyes is though with that.
Posted by: DoS, Wednesday, February 2, 2011, 2:25am; Reply: 8
I think the B12 was needed. Perhaps I am not protein deficient but I am certainly still very screwed up.

It seems any sort of core exercise where I have to crunch my stomach up is helpful and stops minor panic attacks (that were occurring at night).
Posted by: DoS, Wednesday, February 2, 2011, 3:11am; Reply: 9
This sounds like me.
Posted by: DoS, Wednesday, February 2, 2011, 3:34am; Reply: 10
Funny I just now realized I posted a lot about B12 in the past... Well that is my memory for you; not much past a few weeks functions well.
Posted by: Lin, Wednesday, February 2, 2011, 10:27pm; Reply: 11
Have you tested for food allergies?  When the digestive tract is weak proteins are hard to digest.  Gluten and Dairy are common sensitivites.  Also a good probiotic can help.  
Posted by: paul clucas, Thursday, February 3, 2011, 7:09pm; Reply: 12
What are your Swami portions?  How much of them are you eating?  How much do you sweat from exercise?

Once you get your Swami, GTD is for generalising, gaining a sense of other's dietary perspective, and to isolate your particular kind of individuality.
Posted by: DoS, Thursday, February 3, 2011, 8:07pm; Reply: 13
I am allergic to dairy so I hear. Gluten has never been tested. I was tested as a child before things like gluten anti-body tests.

I take the NAP PolyFlora A.

SWAMI? SWAMI changes between GTD's too easily. Plus I thought I was not caffeine sensitive but I am. I was just burnt out when I had it changed. My wrist size changed. Blah blah blah. I use it to get idea for foods to target specific things. I more just follow the Type A diet.
Posted by: geminisue, Thursday, February 3, 2011, 8:25pm; Reply: 14
You said resting blood sugar was okay, how about a twelve hour fast blood sugar, no food, no beverage, not even water?

Diabetic- sweet (fruity smell urine) is cause, for concern, to see if glucose is too high.

Do you drink 8-10 cups of water each day, at least?  Water not liquid?
Posted by: DoS, Thursday, February 3, 2011, 9:56pm; Reply: 15
Uh I drink as much water and tea as I can usually. I never count. I know if I try to consume more than I have use for I feel like it was too much.

Right now I feel much better. I have not touched spelt products for two days. BM's are a bit more normal. I attribute it to mostly B12 and Intrinsa. I have eaten some Parmesan though which is recommended for digestive issues. That makes me feel good quickly.

I have read about gastro-intestinal diabetes before.

No I have not done a 12 hour fast and check but... it was probably near that when I did have my resting tested.
Posted by: geminisue, Thursday, February 3, 2011, 11:08pm; Reply: 16
What was your glucose level, at that time?
Posted by: Lola, Friday, February 4, 2011, 1:39am; Reply: 17
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SWAMI? SWAMI changes between GTD's too easily. Plus I thought I was not caffeine sensitive but I am. I was just burnt out when I had it changed. My wrist size changed. Blah blah blah. I use it to get idea for foods to target specific things. I more just follow the Type A diet.

don't get hung-up on labels.....swami food recommendations will be what is right for you.....
Posted by: DoS, Friday, February 4, 2011, 7:20pm; Reply: 18
I have no idea what the glucose level was at that time. They just said good like it was not any kind of concern at all.

I am not having anymore sweet pee now. Eating Parmesan cheese (like SWAMI always tells me too do) seems to be doing wonders where as sugar or gluten do the opposite. Gluten is the worst though. However I know that without the B12 eating Parmesan in the past led to a bit of constipation then release of a less than solid BM. I think without the B12 nothing will continue to move. I am guessing that being a celiac for me does not mean diarrhea but rather constipation and shrinking of intestines.

Now that I am sort of over being sick I still have mucus but there is some blood in it. I wonder if it is damage from having a stuffy sinus for months.
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, February 5, 2011, 2:09am; Reply: 19
not everyone is celiac so find what works for you, to heal....

until you have a swami pro performed, with the celiac issue included. you will need to make those educated changes in food
Posted by: balletomane, Saturday, February 5, 2011, 4:43pm; Reply: 20
DOS, I am glad to hear that B12 and Intrinsia have helped you. I am not sure what it was that you had, but your conditions remind me of my Type-A DH's. He is usually not hungry at all unless he has taken the B12 supplement. Apparently it helps him with his digestion in a significant way. I remember in one of Dr D's protocols, B12 is really important for Type A. If it makes you feel better, keep on with it. Hope you will be able to pinpoint the root cause of your symptoms in due course.
Posted by: DoS, Saturday, February 5, 2011, 7:10pm; Reply: 21
I might see what the test for wheat/ceilac is like at my clinic at the college.

Without the B12 even my complexion is worse. Everything goes downhill. The "Intrinsic" ability is lost for me without it at this point in time. Do I understand what GenoType I am? No... How can you say anything about someone who's bowels constrict when exposed to gluten/wheat and has been deficient of stuff for months? I think I am just getting over a sinus infection too, but who wouldn't have a lingering sinus infection if regular activity was at such a low level?
Posted by: Green Root, Friday, February 25, 2011, 9:52pm; Reply: 22
Just one idea more...

...could something of protein problems be caused by some parasite, that causes gallstones so that there are too few enzymes (in this cause trypsin)?

If you would like to do something to that, make chili liquor (at least 40 % alcohol) of fresh red chili peppers and drink a little amount already in the next day for two weeks. Then drink saffron tea and finally take a couple big portions of laurel (bay) leaf oil (hard to find here). Does it sound weird? Yes. I will start that someday, but haven't tried yet. I can give more accurate directions if someone is curious enough :D
Posted by: 13602 (Guest), Saturday, March 19, 2011, 8:29pm; Reply: 23
My best friend is an 'A' type, and avoids onions, garlic and tomatoes.

Just a suggestion - try without for a few days, see how you go!

I took a good probiotic for a while, its called Theralac, but you could try the D' Adamo one.

Perhaps you could add some fermented foods to your diet ?
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