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Posted by: Jenn S., Saturday, August 20, 2011, 3:32pm
Our journey: I found Dr. D'Adamo's books by accident about 5 months ago by doing a google search about blood type compatibility for giving/receiving blood. The search engine said something about a blood type diet, which I had never heard about. I bought and read the 3 Blood Type Diet books and the Genotype Diet book.

I'm a B+, who thought I was a Nomad, following the Advanced calculator in the GTD book for about the last 4 months. Last month I took the secretor test (I'm a non-secretor) and purchased the SWAMIxpress software and it told me that I am actually a Gatherer and blended the ER4YT diet for B's with the Gatherer GTD lists. I am having much better results. At first I just cut way back on my wheat, corn, chicken and tomato intake and that made my stomach feel better than it has in a decade, but I wasn't losing weight yet. I regularly (6 times a week) walk on hilly terrain with my dog for 30 minutes each morning, but never lost that much weight and had a hard time toning my middle section. (I'm 31, 5'4" and about 140 lbs. I have a good amount of muscle, just a chronically "pudgy" middle.) I was also developing aching knees that made it painful to use stairs. About a month ago, I cut my dairy intake to follow the SWAMI lists. This last week, I cut my intake of processed sugars and tried eating just one serving of beneficial raw whole fruit and 1 oz. of dark chocolate daily to help cut cravings. I've lost almost 5 lbs. (now 135lbs.!!!) and I'm feeling myself slimming where I usually don't...right around the middle, and my knees feel much better!!!!

My husband is an O-, he took the secretor test and is a non-secretor, also. SWAMIxpress told him that he was a Hunter. (He is 37, 5'10' and about 172lbs.) He lost almost 7lbs. (now about 165lbs.), and the "spare bike tire" around his waist, almost immediately without even exercising much, but starting to follow his SWAMI diet lists. He would "burn out" from the stress at his job very easily, had a hard time sleeping and had chronic migraine headaches and body aches. His chronic migraine headaches and body aches have all but disappeared, he's sleeping better, and he's got enough energy to start exercising again. He used to eat yogurt every morning with bran, just to try to become regular, but it always made him feel worse. Took away the gluten and dairy (including the yogurt and bran) from his diet and his gut is definitely getting better.

We've started moving our 11-year-old son's diet to the GTD Explorer profile since he's a B-and the GTD book said he was an Explorer whether he's a secretor or not. Big difference for him as well! I VERY HIGHLY recommend the GTD book and SWAMIxpress!!! It has greatly helped us all in our own individual ways!!! Thanks so much Dr. D'Adamo, and keep up the good work!!!
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Saturday, August 20, 2011, 3:55pm; Reply: 1
Thanks Jenn.. how wonderful that you changed your life and the lives of your family.
Posted by: tessieUK, Saturday, August 20, 2011, 4:15pm; Reply: 2
Wow great that you and family have seen such big positive changes! It takes some sacrifices at the start to give up some of your favourite foods-but I think so worth it for the health benefits-as you're seeing from your results.  :)
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, August 20, 2011, 4:19pm; Reply: 3
quoted your journey in the Garland thread!

thanks for sharing and keep up the good work!
Posted by: Debra+, Saturday, August 20, 2011, 4:40pm; Reply: 4
Congrats to you and your family Jenn.  Welcome to the BTD/GTD forums and this way of life.  Keep up the great work.  It is all sooooo worth it.

And...since you and your hubby are nonnies...so is your son...from my understanding.

Keep us posted.

Debra :)
Posted by: RedLilac, Sunday, August 21, 2011, 1:58pm; Reply: 5
Welcome to the forum fellow B.  Thanks for sharing your journey with us.(clap)(dance)
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Sunday, August 21, 2011, 2:05pm; Reply: 6
Welcome! I think I responded to your post on Facebook this morning.
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, August 21, 2011, 4:52pm; Reply: 7
Welcome to you and congratulations for this important and successful life change!  Keep up the good work!  :)
Posted by: Jenn S., Monday, August 22, 2011, 3:38pm; Reply: 8
Thanks so much, everyone!   :)

We've been really encouraged by the changes we've seen in our health.  We've guessed our son is a non-secretor as well, simply because we both are, but that didn't change his results in the Advanced Genotype calculator in the GTD book.  Either way, with his current measurements he would be an Explorer.  Does anyone know if it could change since he's still growing?  Our bodies change so much during adolescence, that I'm not sure that the ratios will stay the same by the time he's fully matured.  I guess we'll see.  

It's so nice to find a place to share and learn from you all as we continue this journey!
Posted by: Goldie, Monday, August 22, 2011, 3:54pm; Reply: 9
Your story should be in the 'Garlands for Dr D' thread. .there are hundreds just like your stories..

I should add mine over the time of 16 years.. but I think I want to add copies of my medical records as well - we'll see, someday..

welcome to the whole family..  
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Does anyone know if it could change since he's still growing?  Our bodies change so much during adolescence, that I'm not sure that the ratios will stay the same by the time he's fully matured.  I guess we'll see.  


I wonder if or when another blood test might become available to just be sent in to find out what we are?? at age 2 6 10 or 20.. ? or some genetic test.. what a pattend and what a million to be made.. !

I was diagnosed / predicted to be diabetic at age 20 after a blood test after a hospital stay of 3 days after diarrhea and throw up.. and then 3 days on jello and ginger ale.. HAD I known/realized and had the food tools, then, I could have changed my future.. who knows what my now old age future could have been?? and what suffering I might have avoided....  ?1

So glad you found out while it matters most.. right now!
Posted by: Lola, Monday, August 22, 2011, 4:07pm; Reply: 10
it is already up in Garland Goldie ;)
Posted by: Jenn S., Monday, August 22, 2011, 4:10pm; Reply: 11
Thanks, Goldie!  Lola quoted my journey post on the Garland thread for me.   :)
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, August 22, 2011, 4:14pm; Reply: 12
Genotype can definitely change over time, since kids' growth isn't always symetrical. Sometimes kids stay in pretty much the same pattern their whole lives, with some small variations after individual growth spurts, while other kids have more dramatic changes. I haven't made a habit of measuring growing kids for genotype, but I've definitely observed kids who had one "usual body type" from toddlerhood through adolescence, and then  changed dramatically at puberty. My oldest daughter and I were very small and skinny throughout childhood, only to become quite voluptuous with puberty. My younger daughter was always pudgier/stockier, of "average" weight while  being super-short, and that hasn't changed with puberty. All 3 of us are quite curvy now, but two of us were "string beans" as little girls.

I have my kids on the BTD, since we know their blood types. My oldest (16.5 and done growing) measures out to be a Gatherer, plus the "Gatherer" profile fits her.  But she's chosen to follow the BTD for now, until I can afford to get a SWAMI for her. She's not interested in following the Gatherer diet in the book. My other two kids haven't let me measure them.
Posted by: Jenn S., Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 4:04am; Reply: 13
Thanks, Ruth.  I, too, was a string bean as a kid and am now much more curvy, though not overly so.  My son was a string bean as well, until he was 9.  When we moved to Mexico, we changed our diet and weren't getting as much exercise and he got much more "pudgy" than he was.  Turns out we were eating a lot of wheat, corn, chicken and tomatoes.  So, limiting those for him has helped take away some of the pudge.  Finding exercise for a kid who used to live on a wooded, hilly, private neighborhood and changed to a desert-like climate on a rocky mountain with no paved streets to even ride a bike, has been difficult.  He uses the Wii we bought when we came down, as well as some martial-arts style fitness videos, but it's nothing compared to playing in the woods with his cousins and friends regularly.

I looked in the GTD book today.  In the Advanced Calculator tables, it doesn't matter what his torso/leg or upper/lower leg ratios change to.  If his fingers remain index finger longer on one hand and ring finger longer on the other, with being a B- non-secretor, he'd be an Explorer no matter what.  So, I think I'll stick with that list for him for now.  

I'm suprised some of your kids don't want to be measured.  My husband's family was quite humorous!  Since my husband and I are so pleased with our results, all I had to do was offer, and they all lined up to be measured to see what their Genotype is.  There are 9 of us total that did it.  My Mom and Aunt wanted to read the books as well, so I sent them both copies of the ER4YT and CYGD books.  It's so nice to have something that works for everyone in their own unique way, and it makes sense!
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 5:38am; Reply: 14
:)
Posted by: Goldie, Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 12:38pm; Reply: 15
YES I agree doing BTD for someone else is way more then even Geno.. unless the person is ill..

I think mothers who do BTD are hero's and deserve much praise.. they are neither overwhelming the kids, nor miss feeding them.. They can keep emotional eating to a minimum and still inspire to eat health giving..  my hat is off to you!

as time goes on and young or old people get interested, then it's time to change to GENO .. and for computer literate kids - the computer access to SWAMI will be just fab!
Posted by: deblynn3, Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 1:29pm; Reply: 16
What a great account. I notice three different meal plans you have to be working with and yet that didn't bother you at all. What a great family.
Posted by: Jenn S., Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 5:13pm; Reply: 17
Goldie, I truly agree with you!  BTD was truly revolutionary for us, and the GTD and SWAMI are icing on the gluten-free cake! ;)

Deblynn3, truth be told, I was intimidated by the three different diets at first.  My wonderful mechanically-inclined, computer-whiz husband came to the rescue!  He's great with Excel spreadsheets.  He made us a double-sided tri-fold brochure that has all the foods that we would normally encounter listed from the SWAMI lists.  Then he made columns next to the foods for each of us and color coded them so that we can check our individual compatibility with that food at a glance.  It makes meal planning and grocery shopping much easier when we can base it off of foods that we have in common and do individual tweaking from there.

I have developed a hereditary intolerance to any foods in the Allium Family from my Dad.  No onion, garlic, leeks, chives, green onions, etc. for me.  Not even in dehydrated powder form!  I once got sick from eating ranch salad dressing with breaded chicken strips and couldn't eat for 5 days!!!  I lost 10 lbs. in a NOT FUN WAY!!!  So, for the last 2 years I had been learning to cook all over again.  So I baked homemade wheat, rye and cornbread all the time (because "they" say that whole grains are healthy), ate grilled boneless, skinless chicken breast like they were going out of style ('cause they were healthier) and made my own tomato sauce and salsas so that they didn't contain onion or garlic.  Little did I realize that the onion/garlic wasn't the only things that were toxic to my system.

When we first started the BTD, the first indications that it was working was that all three of us no longer had the "achy stomach" feeling that we always associated with hunger pains (munchies).   Following the GTD just took every benefit up a notch and SWAMI was an bigger improvement yet.  What a blessing and definitely worth the extra effort!!!!!  ;D
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