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Posted by: 13509 (Guest), Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 1:34am
Hi, newbie here.  I've been on the Type O diet for one week now and I keep getting terrible headaches every morning.  Is this normal?  Am in having withdrawal from gluten, wheat or something else?  Any sugguestions as to how to prevent another headache?  ??)
Posted by: honeybee, Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 2:01am; Reply: 1
are you possibly withdrawing from a source of caffeine? coffee, chocolate, tea etc? hope you feel better soon!
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 2:15am; Reply: 2
Hi JenC,  :)
It sure sounds like you are detoxing or withdrawing from something.  Any ideas what you have dropped from your diet, such as sugar or, as honeybee said, a source of strong caffeine?

And actually, stopping gluten (especially wheat) could prompt a rapid detox.  If that's it, it will pass!  :)
Posted by: Patty H, Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 2:33am; Reply: 3
My guess is caffeine.  Are you a coffee drinker?  I was and I immediately switched to green tea which also has caffeine.  When I cut out coffee and added green tea, I did not suffer the head aches.  When I tried cutting out coffee without the green tea, I had headaches for a month.  

Try having green tea first thing in the morning and see if that helps.
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 2:48am; Reply: 4
are you keeping hydrated?
how much water do you drink on a daily basis?
Posted by: purlgirl, Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 3:00am; Reply: 5
My DSIL (blood type O) got a headache whenever she tried to ditch coffee. She stuck with it and is fine.

The reason for my post though is to say that she was trying to be a vegetarian (living with her A blood type kids). When she switched to the Hunter (GT1) diet  she said she  felt  immediate improvement in her health.
She is one happy camper so don't give up. Maybe try the green tea.  

Wishing you well
Posted by: Goldie, Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 6:37am; Reply: 6
coffee headaches ONLY last about a week.. so you are through the worst.. Keep going one more week and report back what you are eating and what you cut out.. all matters.

BUT possibly reduce  pain killers.. they sometimes are needed but have their own rebound effect.. every 24 hours..

sometimes I suffer through a 'daily' headache knowing it will go away in 4-5 hours.. drinking 3 a glasses of water 10 minutes appart some say works also..  

a coffee headache also can be reduced greatly by drinking peppermint tea liberally all day.. for weeks ..

all the best I know .. I suffer them too..
Posted by: 13509 (Guest), Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 11:06am; Reply: 7
Thanks for all of your replies.  Unfortunately it's not coffee withdrawal..I still have 2 cups every morning for now, and I was hoping to ween off caffine after I got used to all of the other changes on the type o diet.  It is the same kind of headache, though.  I probably should have worked into this new diet slowly instead of cold turkey...my body must be in shock.  I have been drinking tons of water with lemon in it (to try to help neutralize), but I've had no other choice but to take ibubrofin or Tylinol to help with the headaches.  I'll stick with the diet for another week and see how it goes.
Posted by: Goldie, Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 12:13pm; Reply: 8
It is not the diet.. it is ome other thing.. maybe considence .. but its not the foods you eat if you are O and the diet is O ...that I am certain of..

I take the tylenols when I need to, can you tell us where you have the headache??

and what you eat more of then before or less then//


Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 12:30pm; Reply: 9
sounds like a detox to me. perhaps now is a good time to get in a supply of high quality green tea so you can make the change from coffee as soon as you are comfortable, although a shame just not to stop it now too. take the hit and go on to more wonderful things more quickly, but anyway is better than the old way so don't worry.
Posted by: Dr. D, Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 1:36pm; Reply: 10
Make a list of what comprises the most significant changes to your diet that you've made since going on the plan. That might help isolate something. Were you headache-prone in the past?
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 9:49pm; Reply: 11
use the search feature, top right window
type in liver detox......practice this every other week, and follow the liver protocol
Posted by: Goldie, Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 10:41pm; Reply: 12
8)
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 10:49pm; Reply: 13
some protocols you might wish to look into
anti stress
allergy
anti inflammation
detox
Posted by: Goldie, Thursday, February 24, 2011, 12:35pm; Reply: 14
How are you feeling today??

please advise what you are eating.. and ate before.. there will be help where soon enough..

But in the mean time I hope you are feeling better.
Posted by: Loops, Saturday, February 26, 2011, 12:13pm; Reply: 15
hi Jen -

I'm new here too, but am not particularly new to the BTD.  Before I came across this, I was low-carbing but with lots of dairy - cheese and cream especially - both of which are avoids for me being a non-secretor.  Anyway, I'd already given up wheat a long time ago, but when I finally tried to give up the casein/dairy I had the most ABOMINABLE headache I have ever had that lasted for about a week.  I also felt like absolute c**p for about 2 weeks - very weepy.  I was shocked as giving up wheat didn't give me anything like that.  I was also very tired.  So if you are eating less or no dairy maybe that is it?  I was still eating butter at the time of stopping all other dairy so it was definitely the casein as butter doesn't really affect me in the same way and it hardly has any.
Posted by: Goldie, Saturday, February 26, 2011, 4:43pm; Reply: 16
the last post is great !!  8)
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, February 26, 2011, 5:10pm; Reply: 17
Loops,
welcome! :)

tell us how you found out about your secretor status
living in Chile.

many Chileans ask me how they can get theirs done.
Posted by: Loops, Sunday, February 27, 2011, 12:58pm; Reply: 18
hey -

I actually had it sent to England and picked it up when I visited my family over there (I'm English living in Chile).  Then I brought it back to Chile with me and sent it from here.  It was amusing to try to describe the contents to the post office courier service.  But it got there!  I don't know how else to find out.  I have a friend who is AB and following the BTD but she wants to find out her SS.  I think she is just avoiding the dodgy foods.

Sorry to hijack the thread.

Back to the subject.  I will confirm the headache with dairy withdrawal.  Yesterday I had goat cheese (don't ask why!) and seriously, today I feel like my head is going to explode.  It will take a week of clean eating to feel better again - so not worth it.  Dairy has been really tough addiction to break for me.  Goat cheese isn't as bad as cow cheese though - no way I'm ever touching that stuff ever again.

Anyway that is of course if her problem is dairy...might be something else.  I also found that some Ca/Mg pills I had were soy-based and they caused me problems with eczema and again headaches which I HAD gotten rid of almost 100% several years after giving up all wheat/gluten.  I also got very angry about half an hour after ingestion.  

Anyway that is my experience with headaches - usually I can tie them to a food, or an environmental issue (mould etc).  I've read several books on food allergies etc and reactions can be both physical and emotional - which reflects my own experiences.  
Posted by: maukik, Sunday, February 27, 2011, 4:38pm; Reply: 19
Sugar withdrawl gave me headaches for a few days with different diets I tried years ago.  
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