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Posted by: jennadodge, Friday, December 7, 2012, 5:25am
Hi there, I am a Type A+ (I am 99% sure - gonna re-test of course!) and I have been eating more or less like an O for the past few years (the Paleo diet) - and my husband is an O - that man is seriously a carnivore!  I've had some good success short-term BUT lately have felt like no matter how strict I am with my eating (and exercise - also high intensity), I just can't lean out like I should be able to.  I went to my naturopath and she asked my blood type and mentioned that I should be eating vegetarian.  I had briefly heard of the blood type diet (never looked into it b/c it sounded crazy of course), so after that appointment, I bought the book and WOW is my world turned upside down!

I am truthfully scared to change the way I am eating b/c for so long I have been told "low-carb", high-protein, high fat, etc.  However, I am willing to try anything to clear up my skin and give me some energy again!  

I'm thinking of diving in head first and doing the SWAMI.  I am really curious to know my genotype and what tweaks I can make to the BTD based on my genotype and my medical history - I have always been healthy BUT I have had a doctor tell me to avoid gluten and another one tell me to avoid peanut butter (my favorite food of all time!!!).  Honestly my life would be so much easier and better if I could eat those things, even if it was in the form of sprouted wheat bread (I found a type today that I really liked!)

Should I do the SWAMI (it's kinda expensive, because if i am correct, I have to purchase all the testing kits to go along with it?) or should I just stick with the BTD?

Any other tips would be great!!  Thank you in advance!
Posted by: Victoria, Friday, December 7, 2012, 5:40am; Reply: 1
Hi jennadodge, and welcome!
It's up to you how fast you jump in and which level you enter at.  If you are nervous, you are welcome to start slow and easy and free.  Just get hold of one of the books, such as LR4YT and eat for a blood type A.  It will be better than the route you have been taking.

Or get hold of the Genotype book and figure out which Genotype you are.  You don't need to purchase the kit.  It does help a lot to find out your Secretor type, which is a saliva test.  That would help you refine and personalize either the BTD or the GTD.  Hmmm . . I just checked the DPN store to provide a link for you and it looks like the Secretor test is now a finger prick that gives your blood type, Rh factor AND Secretor status.  

I never purchased any kit for measuring for the SWAMI.  I just measured and re-measured very carefully and got a friend to help me.  A transparent ruler is very helpful and a little ink pad for getting your fingerprints.

Each successive plan is more personalized than the one before and most of us do better with the SWAMI than either of the two previous programs.  Occasionally a person will end up going back to the Blood Type Diet because it seems to fit them better, but most are thrilled with their SWAMI.  Mine was sort of a combination of the Nomad diet and the Blood type diet.  I would at least recommend getting a secretor test.
Posted by: jennadodge, Friday, December 7, 2012, 5:46am; Reply: 2
Thank you Victoria!  I am in Oregon, too :)  I'll message you!  Maybe if we are close you can help measure me for the SWAMI!

I have read a lot of negative reviews with the genotype book, which is why I was thinking of skipping it and going to SWAMI.  I mean, who knows - I just googled "Blood Type Diet Reviews" and WOW there are a lot of reviews out there, not all good!  But you get the same thing no matter what you google - people have their opinions and usually they are unfounded.  

Thanks for your reply!  I will wait to hear what a few others say before deciding about SWAMI or GTD.  Thanks again!
Posted by: DoS, Friday, December 7, 2012, 6:00am; Reply: 3
I would do secreter status first.

Lewis Antigen blood test is just as good.
Posted by: Goldie, Friday, December 7, 2012, 1:43pm; Reply: 4
Quoted Text
I bought the book and WOW is my world turned upside down!...


NO!!! it now is 4 RIGHT side UP... 4 is the MAGIC number here..

KNOWLEDGE is KING from Dr.D and confirmation is the Empress that keeps our body strong and our skin glowing... May you be a new princess here, come eat at our table!  

Which book did you buy?

All the best and welcome! ;D  
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Friday, December 7, 2012, 2:51pm; Reply: 5
As an A who's been doing low-carb, I'd suggest you get SWAMI and the secretor testing done as soon as possible. The regular A diet is the exact opposite of how you've been eating, but some individual A's get more protein and fewer carbs on their SWAMIs.

If you end up needing more protein than the "book diet" for As, then the transition to the SWAMI diet will be far easier for you than the transition to the basic BTD. And if you do end up needing a very low meat, low fat, high fiber diet, then you'll KNOW that's what your body needs. Even if the dietary change itself is drastic, it's easier to cope with the changes, mentally, when you're not in doubt about them.
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Friday, December 7, 2012, 2:58pm; Reply: 6
Kudos to your ND-- for suggesting this way of eating.

Welcome fellow A--- anything you need let us know.

I do not see your age or where you are from in your avatar.

I do recommend SWAMI does your ND use it? He/She can measure you for it?
Posted by: 24998 (Guest), Friday, December 7, 2012, 3:10pm; Reply: 7
I was happy to see your post jenna, as I am also a new Type A who has been a paleo, low carb, hi fat, mod protein eater for the last 15 years or so.  I have quite a bit of weight to lose, and just started to feel like it was going nowhere.  I, too, am a bit scared to to do something completely opposite of what I have been doing, but perhaps the SWAMI will help.  It's helpful to see the answers to your posting!
Posted by: chrissyA, Friday, December 7, 2012, 3:29pm; Reply: 8
jennadodge and JulieD - Welcome :) You'll both feel better in so many ways it will be hard to believe that the difference could be only changing the foods you eat. SWAMI is the most phenominally remarkable advanced eating plan, it's a shame everybody doesn't believe in it. It boggles my mind that the majority of people - and most Dr.'s - won't give it consideration:-/
     Please keep us posted on your progresses :)
Posted by: jennadodge, Friday, December 7, 2012, 4:23pm; Reply: 9
Thank you everyone, and welcome Julie!  

I am 28 and live in Oregon - just moved here from Montana.  I will be attending ND school starting in the fall of 2013 so that is the reason for the move.

I will go ahead and do SWAMI.  I'd like to give this the best chance possible so that it will work for me.  I do have to say, I am loving having oatmeal for breakfast instead of eggs/bacon!  

I know I will need help figuring out what to eat on a daily basis - meal plans, recipes, etc.  I've been eating paleo for so long that I don't remember "normal" eating!
Posted by: 24998 (Guest), Friday, December 7, 2012, 4:33pm; Reply: 10
Thanks for the welcome!  I think the advantage to having done Paleo type eating is that you've probably already made the transition to real, fresh food, rather than processed things.  I'm just trying to tweak my foods, paying attention to what makes me feel good, based on the recommendations of the BTD. I'm looking forward to participating in this community!
Posted by: Lola, Friday, December 7, 2012, 4:56pm; Reply: 11
here Julie
http://www.4yourtype.com/TypeA_basic.asp
...............
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDjMqnxSBF4
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Friday, December 7, 2012, 5:03pm; Reply: 12
Hi Jenna definitely get a secretor test done and why not go to the convention in June in New York.

http://www.generativemedicine.org/ifhi/
Posted by: Victoria, Friday, December 7, 2012, 5:04pm; Reply: 13
Welcome JulieD!  :)  I think you're going to be pleasantly surprised by how your body responds to this way of eating.
Posted by: Victoria, Friday, December 7, 2012, 5:10pm; Reply: 14
Quoted from jennadodge

I know I will need help figuring out what to eat on a daily basis - meal plans, recipes, etc.  I've been eating paleo for so long that I don't remember "normal" eating!


It was the opposite for me (convincing myself to eat meat again).  I had made a sincere and consistent effort to be vegetarian (sometimes vegan, sometimes macrobiotics, sometimes with eggs and dairy) for more than 20 years.  At first it was great, then slowly downhill for many years.  Even though my health was falling apart, it was still scary for a minute when I decided to start eating meat.  That fear disappeared as soon as the right food got in my stomach and my body cheered!  :D

If you make it over into my neck of the woods, I'll help you measure for your SWAMI, if you need a couple of extra hands.  :)
Posted by: 24998 (Guest), Friday, December 7, 2012, 5:15pm; Reply: 15
Thanks, Lola and Victoria!
Posted by: ABJoe, Friday, December 7, 2012, 5:38pm; Reply: 16
Quoted from jennadodge
I will wait to hear what a few others say before deciding about SWAMI or GTD.

I responded to BTD, then better on GTD, then better still on SWAMI.

My DD however, did some better on BTD, worse on GTD, but is doing MUCH better with her SWAMI.  The problem with both book diets is that they did not restrict her diet enough.  She is doing better by following her SWAMI diet - and is VERY motivated to maintain high compliance.
Posted by: DoS, Friday, December 7, 2012, 5:48pm; Reply: 17
The transition will be interesting.
Posted by: cajun, Friday, December 7, 2012, 7:23pm; Reply: 18
Welcome Julie and Jennadodge! :)

Victoria,Chrissy and all above gave you excellent advice!
I also did well on BTD, then read the Genotype book and did better, finally getting my SWAMI and doing my best! ;)

Jenna, My DH is also an O. Don't think that you have to cook 2 entirely different meals...I simply omit meat(and we eat same veggies with brown rice or quinoa pasta)or he eats fish or turkey like me. I am envious of his sweet potaoes and he wants to have my selection of beans but we manage just fine! ;)

If you have been eating paleo, as an A bloodtype, wow...get ready for a pleasant surprise as you follow BTD or GTD or Swami!!!! :D Just eliminating red meat and wheat gluten from your diet will have an amazing effect...trust me...been there, done that, bought the T shirt! ;D

Wishing you both good compliance, especially important in the beginning! Please keep us updated. 8)
Posted by: Adopted4, Friday, December 7, 2012, 8:17pm; Reply: 19
Welcome Jen and Julie,

You WILL feel so much better once you've been eating like an A for a while. I was seriously suffering from digestive issues and parasites when I found the blood type diet and eventually got a SWAMI. Compliance has so many rewards and falling back into non-compliance really makes you know and understand that the diet really does work.

Yes, knowing your secretor and genotype will help you fine tune your diet, but just getting started on the blood type diet alone will be a step in the right direction. I had only just started the blood type diet a couple weeks before spending two weeks in China adopting my youngest daughter, and with all the eating out and stress involved in the in-country adoption process I still managed to come home in excellent health.

Don't worry about others in your household being different blood types than you that have different nutritional needs. I'm the only person in a household of 6 that's a type A, 3 being O's and 2 being B's.
Trust me, you'll figure it out if you're determined to make the diet work for you.
Posted by: purlgirl, Friday, December 7, 2012, 8:26pm; Reply: 20
jennadodge and JulieD     Welcome!   You're on the right track.  

Definately make sure of your blood type. Secretor type is important - especially for A blood types.  
Finding out I'm a non-secretor was a huge piece of the puzzle in my search to improve my health.

Now I have SWAMI and I love it. It's very personlalized

Just one Example:
Cajun and I are both GT3, Teacher.  She envies her DH  having Sweet Potatoes - They are Neutral for me  :)


I also get quite a bit of Protein.  (30 servings a week)
No Beef, but I get Lamb (1), some poultry (3), tons of fish to choose from (5), Eggs (7), some Dairy (5), Veggie Protein (9)

I can choose 4 small servings of carbs a day (no barley, corn, rye or wheat)
Lots of live food (veg) and fruits

I hope you go for the SWAMI - you'll be amazed
Posted by: Victoria, Friday, December 7, 2012, 8:54pm; Reply: 21
Quoted from Adopted4

Don't worry about others in your household being different blood types than you that have different nutritional needs.


It's pretty common, actually.  People seem to find lots of ways of sharing 3/4 of a meal together and having one or two items individualized.
Posted by: jennadodge, Friday, December 7, 2012, 11:15pm; Reply: 22
I thought Wheat was allowed for type A?  Depending on secretor status, maybe.

My biggest hesitation is SOY!  I have learned for so long that soy is BAD and I haven't been able to make myself eat it.  I just bought some compliant cereal but couldn't bring myself to purchase any soy milk to go along with it.  From what I read in ER4YT and on here, soy is a superfood for type As.
Posted by: ABJoe, Friday, December 7, 2012, 11:48pm; Reply: 23
Quoted from jennadodge
I thought Wheat was allowed for type A?  Depending on secretor status, maybe.

My biggest hesitation is SOY!  I have learned for so long that soy is BAD and I haven't been able to make myself eat it.  I just bought some compliant cereal but couldn't bring myself to purchase any soy milk to go along with it.  From what I read in ER4YT and on here, soy is a superfood for type As.

There are several different ratings for wheat.  Here is the Typebase: http://www.dadamo.com/typebase4/typeindexer.htm

Soy is a perfect example of the individualization in Dr. D'Adamo's diet information.  It is not one-size-fits-all like most other information available.  This is part of what makes his information helpful when others doesn't help.
Posted by: DoS, Saturday, December 8, 2012, 12:05am; Reply: 24
Quoted from jennadodge
I thought Wheat was allowed for type A?  Depending on secretor status, maybe.

My biggest hesitation is SOY!  I have learned for so long that soy is BAD and I haven't been able to make myself eat it.  I just bought some compliant cereal but couldn't bring myself to purchase any soy milk to go along with it.  From what I read in ER4YT and on here, soy is a superfood for type As.


The commentary on soy from the paleo crowd is based on non-sense (literally).

Soy making someone feel bad is usually because it is too powerful at doing a good thing. As an anti-oxidant it is too strong, and too hard on slow acetylators. It can make them feel lethargic.

The whole estrogen thing is the most misunderstood. Yes it has an estrogen like molecule in it. Here is the secret though, the quality of that estrogen is around 13% of what the MALE BODY ALREADY HAS IN IT. When a man who isn't a slow acetylator ingests soy, the estrogen like molecule binding to any estrogen receptor sites is actually displacing the naturally occurring higher quality estrogen. So if anything the regular Type A blood man will be manlier by consuming soy, not the opposite.

The GMO thing is more about business practice, farming practice, less about consumption. Organic soy gets around a lot of that.

Depending on your GenoType (phenotype) determined by SWAMI (I'd do secreter test or lewis antigen), you may benefit very quickly or may go through a bit of a detox phase.

The good news is if you aren't an explorer, you will really be turning around the potential for damage that was about to build up from being on the wrong diet. You may not have felt it, but that is because you don't really notice till it is very well developed over time. We don't really know until we are in bad shape...
Posted by: cajun, Saturday, December 8, 2012, 1:30am; Reply: 25
Jennadodge,

I agree with DoS about the estrogen/soy discussion, but....again we are all individuals with differing needs, and I am one type A that can only tolerate a little soy at a time. I don't remember who it is but I know there is one other A person on this forum that is like me.
I tried all forms of soy and got the same reaction....terrible stomach aches. it actually made me nauseated. I will drink a bit of organic soy milk in my coffee ( about 3-4 cups per week) and I eat a small handful of soy nuts once a week...only because I know they are good for me. :P I cannot do tofu or soy beans...even though they are diamonds on my swami! Its ok, there are so many other diamond foods I love on my swami! The beauty of "one size does not fit all!" ;)
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Saturday, December 8, 2012, 1:41am; Reply: 26
Quoted from jennadodge
Thank you everyone, and welcome Julie!  

I am 28 and live in Oregon - just moved here from Montana.  I will be attending ND school starting in the fall of 2013 so that is the reason for the move.

I will go ahead and do SWAMI.  I'd like to give this the best chance possible so that it will work for me.  I do have to say, I am loving having oatmeal for breakfast instead of eggs/bacon!  

I know I will need help figuring out what to eat on a daily basis - meal plans, recipes, etc.  I've been eating paleo for so long that I don't remember "normal" eating!



Jenna why not come to the conference in June?


Posted by: jennadodge, Saturday, December 8, 2012, 2:42am; Reply: 27
Thanks DoS.  Is there a particular type of Soy Protein to look for (isolate vs. whatever else?  I haven't even looked yet)?  And is organic, commercially produced soymilk OK?

Looking forward to testing Secretor status (test is in the mail!) and SWAMI as well.  Thanks
Posted by: Joyce, Saturday, December 8, 2012, 6:46pm; Reply: 28
Quoted from cajun
I don't remember who it is but I know there is one other A person on this forum that is like me.
I tried all forms of soy and got the same reaction....terrible stomach aches.  


Might be me! - but there are plenty of suitable proteins.

I've had a session of being off anything green - wanting red and orange instead and preferably cooked - possibly due to winter.... though managed 3 cooked Brussel sprouts today along with a mash of squash [wish we could get more pumpkin in UK] carrot, celery and a bit of potato [tut tut] plus codfish.

Posted by: jennadodge, Saturday, December 8, 2012, 8:27pm; Reply: 29
Quoted from Andrea AWsec



Jenna why not come to the conference in June?




I'll look into it for sure!
Posted by: jennadodge, Saturday, December 8, 2012, 8:31pm; Reply: 30
Also, FWIW, I used to drink soymilk (in my cereal) about 10 years ago, when I first went to college.  I started thinking about it the other day and I ate very A-like, even though I had no idea what that was, at that time.  The meat in the dorms grossed me out and I was very much into health foods so I ate cereal (low-sugar but don't remember the exact type) with soy milk for breakfast, and then lunch was always a salad with tuna  - big salad, lots of nuts on top too.  I don't recall dinners but if it was a meat, it would have been chicken.  I think I maybe had another big salad.  Once I started cooking for myself I would do rice and veggies with fish.  Even today, when we eat meat in the house, I make my husband prepare it - I don't like to touch it raw.  Maybe I have been fighting my A tendencies all along!

Anyway, when I was eating the way listed above, freshman in college, I actually LOST 15 pounds - did the opposite of the freshman 15!  So maybe there is something to it.

Have never had a bad reaction to soy but I haven't had it literally in years so it will be interesting to try again.  
Posted by: ABJoe, Saturday, December 8, 2012, 8:59pm; Reply: 31
Quoted from jennadodge
And is organic, commercially produced soymilk OK?

Look at the ingredients for whatever you are considering...

There are many avoid oils and gums added to many commercial products, but there may be some that are acceptable to you.
Posted by: DoS, Sunday, December 9, 2012, 8:57am; Reply: 32
Quoted from jennadodge
Thanks DoS.  Is there a particular type of Soy Protein to look for (isolate vs. whatever else?  I haven't even looked yet)?  And is organic, commercially produced soymilk OK?

Looking forward to testing Secretor status (test is in the mail!) and SWAMI as well.  Thanks


Actually I recommend Tofu and Tempeh because they are packed full of nutrients like iron, magnesium, etc. Otherwise for protein powders it doesn't matter much. I'd just avoid the ones mixed with avoids. (Dr. D's one has extra other good stuff in it)
Posted by: jennadodge, Sunday, December 9, 2012, 5:45pm; Reply: 33
Thanks!  I have NEVER cooked with soy/Tempeh so I will have to look up some recipes for sure!  
Posted by: DoS, Sunday, December 9, 2012, 9:22pm; Reply: 34
I think you'll enjoy eating like you did when you were in college. It sounds like you are into lots of veggies and lean foods. Especially now that you know the things that will help you even more, and the ones to leave out. Salads with almond slices and not tomatoes, etc.

Don't be surprised if the turn around is slightly adverse. You'll probably end up enjoying it as your body begins to function at an even higher level but... don't be surprised if you get a little bit of gas or something first!
Posted by: Del, Saturday, December 15, 2012, 1:54am; Reply: 35
I have been finding my way around the forum for a while now and am impressed with the amount of knowledge I have picked up from everyone that contributes.

I have been eating high animal protein for a few years and only found the typea diet about 2 months ago now - big improvement. Followed up my books on ER4T with geno type and am warrior. Now adjusting to slight change in warrior diet and hoping to see about 5 kilos disappear in the next few months. Have virtually eliminated all wheat/red meat and fine tune the veg and fruit I am allowed to eat. If someone is offering me an avoid I either get out of it or have a tiny bit but am trying to be super strict with  myself. So far feeling good.

Interestingly I can see the repercussions of not eating right in my mother and my older sister (both As) and high dairy/meat/wheat eaters so I know this could be a way for me to avoid their health issues.
Posted by: Victoria, Saturday, December 15, 2012, 2:21am; Reply: 36
Quoted from Del

Interestingly I can see the repercussions of not eating right in my mother and my older sister (both As) and high dairy/meat/wheat eaters so I know this could be a way for me to avoid their health issues.


Exactly!  This is a big part of the value of this way of eating - avoiding future genetic disease tendencies.  :)
Posted by: jennadodge, Saturday, December 15, 2012, 4:50am; Reply: 37
Well, I found out I am a Teacher and a Type A1 Secretor.  I did SWAMI and got my diet print-out.  The only thing I am sad about is that I can't have chocolate :(  But oh well.  Oh, and half and half :(  I love half and half in my oatmeal!  

Interesting that Wheat is OK according to my SWAMI.  In fact, the only grain that is an avoid (and it is a black dot) is Rye, which I don't like anyway.

My biggest challenge right now is that I don't know what to eat!  I am so used to eating "Paleo" that I am having a hard time adjusting and figuring out what to eat.  I feel like a "cheater" when I am eating grains or *gasp* tamari sauce!  I am going to do some serious recipe searching this weekend and try to make at least a semblance of a meal plan for next week.  I know I need to do better with getting in more beneficials and particularly more vegetables!
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, December 15, 2012, 6:49am; Reply: 38
try  here
http://www.genotypediet.com/GTD_recipes.shtml   :)
Posted by: Victoria, Saturday, December 15, 2012, 6:10pm; Reply: 39
Lola, that link doesn't lead anywhere.   ;)
Posted by: ABJoe, Saturday, December 15, 2012, 7:26pm; Reply: 40
Quoted from Victoria
Lola, that link doesn't lead anywhere.   ;)

I fixed the link in Lola's post.
Posted by: jennadodge, Sunday, December 16, 2012, 1:59am; Reply: 41
Thanks!
Posted by: DoS, Sunday, December 16, 2012, 3:04am; Reply: 42
Quoted from jennadodge
Well, I found out I am a Teacher and a Type A1 Secretor.  I did SWAMI and got my diet print-out.  The only thing I am sad about is that I can't have chocolate :(  But oh well.  Oh, and half and half :(  I love half and half in my oatmeal!  

Interesting that Wheat is OK according to my SWAMI.  In fact, the only grain that is an avoid (and it is a black dot) is Rye, which I don't like anyway.

My biggest challenge right now is that I don't know what to eat!  I am so used to eating "Paleo" that I am having a hard time adjusting and figuring out what to eat.  I feel like a "cheater" when I am eating grains or *gasp* tamari sauce!  I am going to do some serious recipe searching this weekend and try to make at least a semblance of a meal plan for next week.  I know I need to do better with getting in more beneficials and particularly more vegetables!


A teacher that can't lose the last few pounds? Maybe. What type of exercise do you do?


Posted by: Lola, Sunday, December 16, 2012, 6:19am; Reply: 43
thanks Joe! :K)
Posted by: jennadodge, Monday, December 17, 2012, 4:28am; Reply: 44
Quoted from DoS


A teacher that can't lose the last few pounds? Maybe. What type of exercise do you do?




I do CrossFit 4-5x/week (I know, I know....as an A I'm supposed to do Yoga and walking....but I am totally addicted to CrossFit and I LOVE being strong.  I was glad to read that teachers should do more strength training).  I also recently picked up yoga 1-2x/week...vinyasa, generally.

Other than that I do fun stuff for exercise - mountain biking, walking/hiking, cross country skiing or alpine skiing (not much).  I don't do that much but I do as much as I can.

I am willing to compromise on my exercise intensity a little bit for my health, but like I said, I love to be strong and fit and don't see myself as a Yogi.....ever.

I DO sleep 8.5-9.5 hours a night which I feel like should offset the stress of intense exercise.
Posted by: cajun, Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 9:03am; Reply: 45
Jennadodge,
I used to Jazzercise..from 1980 until about 3 years ago. I absolutely loved the way it made me feel..we actually used light weights and core pilates along with the dancing. After getting my swami, I decided to try yoga and strength training on alternate days. I still "dance" around in my garage gym on my treadmill and weight lifting days. This has turned out to be the best exercise plan, for me, as my weight is stabilized and my muscle definition is really good. Not bad for my age! ;D
Switching from paleo to teacher diet must be difficult. I stopped red meat in 1995 and never looked back! :D best thing I ever did for my digestion! ;) No more sluggish red flesh sitting too long in my gut... :P ;) I do enjoy my fish and turkey weekly, variety of beans and rice and delicious nuts and seeds...so I do not feel deprived at all! If you don't have sinus issues you probably get many good cheeses on your swami, too. :) Try to eat a wider variety of all the wonderful veggies we teachers get...I really look forward to my fresh greens plus "whatever" salad each day...add a little evoo and fresh lemon squeeze!
It took a bit of experimenting and adjusting but now it is all good! ;)  
Posted by: DoS, Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 9:22am; Reply: 46
Sleep can not offset what stress does during the day, per say. Obviously there is a little bit of a reset, but that isn't a total fix. Cortisol has a little more longevity than that.



Posted by: ruthiegirl, Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 5:25pm; Reply: 47
Also bear in mind that most of the "soy is dangerous" studies didn't differentiate the blood types of study participants. Type Os, especially O nonnies, and type Bs are going to do poorly on soy. Many of these studies didn't separate out non-GMO soy from organic soy, and/or lumped processed foods containing soy (such as "meat analogues") in with things like tofu and miso.

A type A individual eating modest portions of organic, unprocessed soy is going to be healthier. A type A individual eating processed junk food containing genetically modified soy is NOT going to be healthy. A type B individual won't be healthy eating the organic miso soup with tofu chunks OR the soy-based junk food.
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 12:12am; Reply: 48
Quoted from ruthiegirl
Also bear in mind that most of the "soy is dangerous" studies didn't differentiate the blood types of study participants. Type Os, especially O nonnies, and type Bs are going to do poorly on soy. Many of these studies didn't separate out non-GMO soy from organic soy, and/or lumped processed foods containing soy (such as "meat analogues") in with things like tofu and miso.

A type A individual eating modest portions of organic, unprocessed soy is going to be healthier. A type A individual eating processed junk food containing genetically modified soy is NOT going to be healthy. A type B individual won't be healthy eating the organic miso soup with tofu chunks OR the soy-based junk food.


Well said, Ruthie!  :)
Posted by: jennadodge, Friday, December 21, 2012, 7:07pm; Reply: 49
Thanks everyone!  I appreciate the repsonses.  I haven't been checking in here much lately (busy week!) but have been sticking with my SWAMI diet for the most part - of course I am not perfect but it is a learning process.  I plan to pick up some vegetarian cookbooks to help me get started - I know there are lots of recipes online I can use, but to me, there's nothing like flipping through a cookbook to spark my imagination.  Any recommendations?

Thanks again!  

Oh!  I also started doing Yoga and plan to incorporate that more and more into my regimen.  I love the way it makes me feel, for sure!
Posted by: Adopted4, Friday, December 21, 2012, 7:49pm; Reply: 50
Jen, your SWAMI recipe center has more than enough recipes for you to check out with specific blood type/secretor information.  I"m not sure if you've noticed this or was told by someone on this forum as I haven't followed the entire thread. I don't care to look at other recipes so much anymore. Happy cooking this holiday season!
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