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Posted by: CoachAng, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 1:27am
Hello!  My name is Angie and I am happy to have found ER4YT.  I have lots riding on this diet.  I was very healthy a year ago.  Back in May, something changed.  My integrative doc thinks I have leaky gut and possibly yeast overgrowth (Candida).  I am now having reactions to almost all foods daily.  My thyroid is being affected, hair is falling out, constant fatigue, brain fog, kidney/liver pain (probably due to detoxing), all over rash, heart palps,  and more.  I have tried several dieting approaches to feel better.  Might work for a few days, then bam I hurt all over!

Since I am a Type A, I am to be more of a vegetarian, lower on protein.  I was heavily in to strength training when my symptoms started.  Eating chicken 3 times per day, protein bars, protein drinks, and lifting weights and running.  I was very fit, or so I thought.

Has any other Type A's overcome leaky gut and/or Candida using the ER4YT?  Since A's diets are to be primarily grains/legumes, how did you successfully overcome it?  My integrative doc tried to put me on GAPS and I got worse FAST.  As you might know, GAPS uses lots of fats/proteins/bone broths early on to heal.  

I need LOTS of advice, guidance, support, and success stories.  I am extremely depressed and scared to try yet another approach.  I need to hear that people are making it to the other side with this diet approach.  

PLEASE PLEASE share away!  I would LOVE to hear some positives!!!!

Much appreciation in advance!!!  Looking forward to buddying up with another Type A who would like a friend!  

Angie  :)    
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 1:33am; Reply: 1
:)
try this test to set you straight and target your guidelines for starts

http://www.4yourtype.com/WLP_BTD.asp
Posted by: 16796 (Guest), Saturday, January 19, 2013, 1:39am; Reply: 2
Hi angie. I've been on this diet for a year. It does take discipline. Don't stress if you aren't perfect at first. I'm still trying to improve but I'm getting there. I was on the A diet for a short time and felt terrible. Once I got on the O diet I felt much better so it works. Just stay committed and if you have questions there are so many kind people here. Welcome!
Posted by: CoachAng, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 1:50am; Reply: 3
Hi Rachel!  I see where you started with A but switched to O.  Why did you start with A?  Is that your blood type but you just feel better eating the O diet?  I am a bit confused. Sorry!  :)  I do think I need a bit of protein in my diet, but not as much as I was consuming lifting weights (I was eating over 150g per day many days - I only weighed 130 lbs at the time).  I have lost SO MUCH WEIGHT with this battle with leaky gut/candida - whatever this issue is.  I just wish I knew more about the diet and hear some success stories.  I see you are from Indiana - are you from the north or south part of the state?  I am from Indiana, too!

Thanks for your welcome and support!!!
Posted by: CoachAng, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 1:53am; Reply: 4
Hi Lola!  Is that test a basic test to determine supps one might need on this regimen?  I have LOTS to learn here.......feeling very overwhelmed.  

Before getting into strength training, I used to follow a vegetarian, high grain diet out of natural habit.  Not sure if it was good or bad at the time, but it seemed to be pretty parallel with the blood type diet.  I really went against the grain (no pun intended) when I went on high protein, lower carb way of eating.  I pray that this ER4YT can help heal my body.  
Posted by: 16796 (Guest), Saturday, January 19, 2013, 3:47am; Reply: 5
I'm sorry I didn't mean to confuse you. I was confused at the time. I didn't know my blood type and guessed I was an A like my dad. I turned out to actually be O which you can see in my shield.

I don't know a lot about the A diet so I'm not the best to help you. Do you know only about the blood type diet? There is also Genotype diet, secreter status, Swami, and for you A1 or A2. But you don't need to know or have any of that yet to start. I just wanted to say that I have swami and it is great if you can afford it. You might think about looking into that and secreter status later. Learn all you can. I'm still learning!

I'm so south in IN I'm almost in KY. Lots of corn around here. If you ever wanna chat feel free to PM me.
Posted by: C_Sharp, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 4:31am; Reply: 6
Quoted from CoachAng


Since I am a Type A, I am to be more of a vegetarian, lower on protein.  I was heavily in to strength training when my symptoms started.  Eating chicken 3 times per day, protein bars, protein drinks, and lifting weights and running.  I was very fit, or so I thought.

Has any other Type A's overcome leaky gut and/or Candida using the ER4YT?  Since A's diets are to be primarily grains/legumes, how did you successfully overcome it?  


I do not do much traditional grain (some rice).

I am more likely to use Quinoa, flax, chia, lentils (ground into flour).

For protein: I do foods like turkey and salmon. salmon.

Posted by: Seraffa, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 4:48am; Reply: 7
These boards are a journey of proression; though you may be in pain and feeling like you are falling apart with what plagues you, take as much to heart here in the way you can apprehend it, on the days you begin apprehending what changes may be gong on inside of you. I will certainly have to kill off as much candida as I can before I progress on to fitness.
Posted by: Victoria, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 6:24am; Reply: 8
CoachAng, do you have any of Dr. D's books?  If you want to begin with the blood type diet, LR4YT is a wonderful, user-friendly book with great food lists and lifestyle/exercise/supplement suggestions.  You can probably find it in your local library if you need to save money.

It would be good to find out your Secretor status so that you can fine-tune your diet.  It is a saliva test that does not require a prescription.
http://www.4yourtype.com/prodinfo.asp?number=TE006
Posted by: Joyce, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 12:08pm; Reply: 9
Low carb and higher protein makes me feel awful, though I do sometimes have a craving for a bit more meat and then indulge it.  
Mostly stick with chicken, turkey, fish - occasional venison treat and yesterday my body absolutely demanded a piece of liver.
I need what I call smooth bulk to make me feel satisfied, otherwise I crave sweet anything.
So back on the wagon with oatmeal or rice breakfast, veggies and ghee plus something protein, bit of allowed cheese or today, natto... for lunch and often peanut butter on wheat free toast for tea.
That's when I'm behaving of course ;)
Posted by: CoachAng, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 5:13pm; Reply: 10
Thank you all for your help!!  Yes, I do have two of Dr D's books:  Cook Right 4 Your Type and the Blood Type A Food, Beverage, and Supp Listing.  I will find the Live Right 4 Your Type and purchase it - our local library does not have it.  

Have any of you overcome a leaky gut or candida with this diet?  My concern is the quantity of grains/breads, etc we are to consume.  I could definitely eat that many servings (I tend to lean to carbs/veggies/fruit) but with candida, I have always read all those foods are absolutely detrimental to success beating candida back to its natural state in the gut.  I tried to eat a higher protein diet along with some veggies and no fruit - this is when my thyroid got messed up and all my food intolerances set in.  I believe I have a congested liver on top of it as I have lots of pain around the liver and kidneys.  

I am scared to take the leap of faith and eat fruit and carbs if it will worsen my condition (I am in bad shape already).  

Have any of you overcome (or are overcoming) candida or leaky gut?  Other health issues?  I would love to know more about why you other type A's chose this diet.  

Thank you SO SO MUCH!!!  I am very grateful for your support!!!
Posted by: ABJoe, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 5:24pm; Reply: 11
Quoted from CoachAng
Have any of you overcome a leaky gut or candida with this diet?  My concern is the quantity of grains/breads, etc we are to consume.  I could definitely eat that many servings (I tend to lean to carbs/veggies/fruit) but with candida, I have always read all those foods are absolutely detrimental to success beating candida back to its natural state in the gut.  I tried to eat a higher protein diet along with some veggies and no fruit - this is when my thyroid got messed up and all my food intolerances set in.  I believe I have a congested liver on top of it as I have lots of pain around the liver and kidneys.

Do you have any idea what happened "a year ago" to cause this downfall?
Did you have an accident, fall, chemical exposure, etc.?
If it was strictly lectin damage in the intestines, maybe just diet with a heavy focus on healing the gut with Deflect to strip the lectin buildup and Intrinsa to heal the damage would be what is needed...

In many cases, the immune system is severely compromised if candida is recurrent or if you are unable to clear it...  In some cases, the candida is actually helping the body "trap" heavy metals or some other chemical toxin to keep it from poisoning the body.  If, as you think, you have sluggish liver activity, work on that and on the gut flora to strengthen the digestive activity and filtration first.  As this starts to function better, the whole body will work better and the immune system will start to control the candida by itself.  Following the diet for your type and adding some Liver Support and Digestive protocol supplements are probably the best course of action for you.

In either case, you don't want to eat very low carb or you will likely get to a point that you don't have adequate cellular energy to dispel the waste matter at a cellular level.  If you get here, it is a VERY long road to rebuild cellular energy as well as rebuild the damaged body systems, etc...

For the thyroid type issues - Have you added any compliant sea vegetables to your diet for the mineral / iodine?  I was so iodine deficient that I used the  "iodine patch" method to increase iodine quickly...
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 5:33pm; Reply: 12
I would also treat the liver as a priority what with all that protein,

I would highly recommend you take a secretor test to fine tune the diet. I would be surprised if you are not a NON secretor. but I think it very important to be sure.

If you are a non secretor I suspect you should have been eating less protein and fat and therefore have a problem with the liver ( I think I have hat right)

Just keep reading and asking like we all do at the start, much to learn. it gets easier when you realise what you should do (which takes as long as it takes ;) and what is actually wrong with you.
Posted by: CoachAng, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 5:52pm; Reply: 13
Ok, this response might be kind of lengthy and I hope you all can read it to the end to understand what I went through a year ago.  Leading up to a year ago, I was a carb-type person.  I liked protein but always 'led' myself to the carbs first - just natural.  I liked fruit and veggies, but I also liked my sweets.  I indulged whenever I wanted because I was thin and did not think much of it at the time.  Around 2008, I got heavy into fitness.  I really ramped up my protein intake in late 2011 and into 2012.  I was working towards achieving lots of muscle, but still looking like a lady.  In October 2011, I started having heart palps, was checked out and all was fine.  Not sure when it started, but I began producing lots of mucus (clear, egg white looking stuff), watery eyes, etc.  My doc said it was allergy-related and not to worry.  Again, me being super healthy, I moved forward.  Noticed that I was starting to exerience dry mouth through the night.  Night sweats started approx 1 year ago (but I am 41, so I thought this was relative to my age).  I look back at pics and I can see age progression in my face, vertical lines between my eyes, thinning hair, etc just in the last few years.  I underwent lots of stress around 2006 and again in 2009, which somewhat ties to this time period.  Okay, roll forward to May 2012.  I thought I had the onset of a vaginal infection and I let warm water run over the urethra/vaginal area from my tub faucet.  I am a very natural person and do not believe in douching and such.  Within 2 days, my symptoms started - they started as bladder spasms, so my initial thought was I 'pushed' yeast into my body via the urethra.  My urologist said that the ureters/urethra should have been too acidic to let that happen.  After seeing several docs, countless rounds of bloodwork, etc, I was led to an integrative doc who does stool samples as well as saliva testing.  He found out I am sensitive to wheat, have no probiotics in my gut (sterile gut), low vitamin d, thyroid was ok, but he thought it could be a smidge better, and I possibly had low stomach acid.  He put me on lots of supps, including a supp for candida just in case I had overgrowth.  I did well for a month.  He doubled up on my probiotic and from that day forward, I have had histamine reactions to almost all foods, a pins and needles feeling all over, sensitivity to heat, burning scalp, many chemical sensitivities, intense heart palpitations.  He then said it has to be gut related and put me on the GAPS diet.  UGH - mostly protein and some veggies.  I got worse very fast and my body went into ketosis.  Ever since this time, I have become sensitive to carbs, too.  I just feel like my body cannot tolerate much of anything.  I was down to 109 lbs and I am almost 5'8" tall.  I am desperate for help.  I tried to see a gastrointerologist and he told me nothing was wrong - just go eat anything and everything.  My GP wanted to put me on histamine blockers.  I am lost and am very scared.  

I should share that as of May when my symptoms started, I was still eating lots of protein.  In late 2011, I was drinking close to 32 oz of dairy per day.  I gave it up for New Years 2011, so I was not drinking it early 2012, but I had recently added it back into my diet.  So, I was still eating chickn (probably 2-3 times per day 4 oz per serving), eating protein bars/drinks, eating 'some' veggies, but not enough to offset the chicken, and had just started eating fruit again.  Was not eating many carbs.  

Ugh......I need some serious help and guidance.  I know it may be a long road, but I just want to start feeling some positive progress.  Each day I feel worse not better.  Just when I think I am hitting rock bottom, it only gets worse again.   I am desperate!
Posted by: Joyce, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 6:16pm; Reply: 14
The heart palps suggest magnesium deficiency [pos thyroid too] - perhaps you could use some Epsom salts [magnesium sulphate] dissolved in water and massaged onto your skin a couple of times a day.... or a foot soak or in your bath water.

You could also try the iodine on skin test as mentioned above - I check myself regularly, having had thyroid problems in the past.  My patch test this am is still visible, but 2 days ago it wasn't lasting more than 2/3 hours.

As a fellow A I would say your protein intake has been far, far too high.  Try complex carbs and leave the fruit out for now - starchy veggies and any grain [wholegrain rice?] you can tolerate, with small amounts of protein and possibly some flax oil and or ghee.
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 6:24pm; Reply: 15
Sounds like adrenal fatigue-- not to send you in a new direction but just as a thought. :-/


Might just be a very simple fix with the right approach.


Where do you live? Any chance you can just go see Dr. D'Adamo or go to University of Bridgeport?
Posted by: Spring, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 6:29pm; Reply: 16
Quoted from CoachAng
Hello!  My name is Angie and I am happy to have found ER4YT.  I have lots riding on this diet.  I was very healthy a year ago.  Back in May, something changed.  My integrative doc thinks I have leaky gut and possibly yeast overgrowth (Candida).  I am now having reactions to almost all foods daily.  My thyroid is being affected, hair is falling out, constant fatigue, brain fog, kidney/liver pain (probably due to detoxing), all over rash, heart palps,  and more.  I have tried several dieting approaches to feel better.  Might work for a few days, then bam I hurt all over!

Since I am a Type A, I am to be more of a vegetarian, lower on protein.  I was heavily in to strength training when my symptoms started.  Eating chicken 3 times per day, protein bars, protein drinks, and lifting weights and running.  I was very fit, or so I thought.

Has any other Type A's overcome leaky gut and/or Candida using the ER4YT?  Since A's diets are to be primarily grains/legumes, how did you successfully overcome it?  My integrative doc tried to put me on GAPS and I got worse FAST.  As you might know, GAPS uses lots of fats/proteins/bone broths early on to heal.  

I need LOTS of advice, guidance, support, and success stories.  I am extremely depressed and scared to try yet another approach.  I need to hear that people are making it to the other side with this diet approach.  

PLEASE PLEASE share away!  I would LOVE to hear some positives!!!!

Much appreciation in advance!!!  Looking forward to buddying up with another Type A who would like a friend!  Angie  :)    


Oh, my, all that chicken would have put me in my grave all by itself!! Eat turkey instead, but not three times a day!! There are people on the forum that have been right where you are, and I'm sure they will have lots of advice for you. I haven't had the "leaky" problem in many years, but I know plenty about the candida beast! I fought that one tooth and nail for a couple of years, but that was before I learned about Dr. D. and his diets. I did get the best of it, though, by the hardest. Thankfully, you have found the right place to get help already. Just be prepared to give it your best, which I think you are! Good luck and welcome to the forum!! (sunny)
Posted by: Spring, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 6:42pm; Reply: 17
Coach, it sounds like you have systemic Candidiasis and a lot of the reactions may only be Candida die-off. Here is a simple article that gives the basics of that. It helps to always remember that Candidiasis can just about mimic any disease - including alcoholism when it really gets bad! And it can nearly destroy your "gut.":

http://www.wholeapproach.com/newsletter/archives/2003/06_June.html
Posted by: Spring, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 6:58pm; Reply: 18
Here is the link to the protocols Dr. D. recommends for various health problems:
http://www.dadamo.com/protocols/1.html

This is a list of the ones in that list that he recommends for Candida: 3, 17, 30. These supplements he recommends are wonderful for this problem. I will say that the first one I took (not even knowing Dr. D. at that time) was a good probiotic. (I would recommend his probiotic that is formulated for your type.) I had terrific symptoms for three days, but I stuck with it. (When people describe the feeling of having a steel band tightening around their heads they are not kidding!) Then, I began to add the other supplements gradually. There is no use in nearly killing yourself trying to hurry up the cure! Drink lots and lots of water. Of course, the diet for this is very important too, but just try to get a few foods lined up, and a few of the supplements now. You will see why I say that when you start...
Posted by: CoachAng, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 8:18pm; Reply: 19
Thank you all SO MUCH!  I am really worried at the supplement listing - I am so buried in debt right now due to all my doctor bills, etc.  My ins does not cover the doc I am seeing - integrative medicine.  :(  Ugh...... If I were to buy all those supplements, there would be 15-20 of them.  :(  Is this what you all did to recover - purchased all of them from the beginning?  

I have researched candidiasis until I was blue in the face.  I had a stool test run, but it came back negative but I had been on an anti-candida diet for over 30-45 days at that point.  It is possible it was just lying dormant at the time.  I might have only killed off the 'smaller stuff' and the larger rhizomes came back to repopulate with a vengeance.  

I want to beat this thing ONCE AND FOR ALL!  I just have no idea what to eat.  I am literally starving right now - my family is extremely worried about me.  No doctors can help me.   If I eat brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, etc., I am worried about damaging my gut with 'grains' and further feeding candida.  If I eat fruit, I am afraid of feeding the candida.  If I eat carrots, candida.  I just don't know what is left, other than veggies and protein again - which I believe has caused lots of my issues anyway.  

I did forget a few good points that I need to make - I have been a constipated person for many years and it got really bad closer to the peak of my issues in May 2012 (could have been all that animal protein).  Also, the week before this May 2012 episode began, I was running a sprint drill to increase my time.  I literally sprinted for a solid mile - trying to beat my time and get under 7:00 minute/mile.  I did this 2 days in a row.  I have read now that this could damage a gut and cause it to leak.  

I have been on a very strict diet for a long time.  I eliminated gluten back in July 2012 on my own.  Doc had me eliminate grains effective Aug 2, 2012, but I added them back in around October-ish 2012.  My thyroid took a dump after 30 days of no-grains (early Sept), but I kept pushing on thinking I would feel better.      

I have read a lot about die-off and thought it only lasted a few days to a few weeks then subsided.  Mine has been pretty constant since eary September.  It honestly has been a daily struggle to shower, eat, concentrate.  I feel histamine reactions within 20 minutes of eating.  My doc said 'yeast' would not respond that quickly where I would actually 'feel' it happen.  

I just cannot take much more.  I know something is wrong.  May 14 is a day I will never forget as long as I live.  :(

Posted by: CoachAng, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 8:21pm; Reply: 20
I also wonder if I could have killed the yeast if it were present ( I was 100% committed to that diet the entire time) and now I am left with toxins drifting around my body that cannot get eliminated due to the leaky gut it left behind.

I can actually feel my body go from alkaline to acidic as I am eating foods and it is digesting.  This is really strange to me.  

Oh, and I also tried that liver flush you see lots about on the internet.  You do epsom salt drinks, then at bedtime do a concoction of grapfruit juice and extra virgin olive oil.  Done 2 of those trying to help my liver.  Not sure if that was a bad idea now looking back..........
Posted by: Spring, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 9:13pm; Reply: 21
When you have systemic Candidiasis it takes much longer to rid your body of its ravages. I certainly don't think you should buy up all those supplements right now, as I said. Are you taking a probiotic already? Some of the more recent diets for systemic Candidiasis allow fruit, but mine did not for the first few weeks. And, YES, your stool could come back clear and there could be infestations of this stuff anywhere else in your body. I got so weak in my muscles that I could not even iron for more than about a minute, and I am a very strong person normally. I would become so weak trying to dust the house that I would have to go to bed. Using a vacuum was out of the question. I became a complete phobic about mold of any description. The first symptom I would have was my ears would start popping! I felt like a complete freak. I'm sure this sounds very familiar to you. Food did absolutely nothing for me.

When you feel the acid building up, take 1/4 teaspoon of pure baking soda in a little water. Candida hates an alkaline environment. I wish I had known this twenty-five years ago!! And, take it from me, most doctors don't know very much about systemic Candidiasis. My doctor, an OB/GYN freely admitted to me that he knew nothing about it until I started talking to him. He read all my books and encouraged all the patients he had with the symptoms I had to read them. He never charged me a dime, and he made calls to the top specialists in this country trying to get help for me. They wanted to see me, but there was no way I could travel at that time.

About the veggies and protein - that is all I ate for two or three weeks when I first started, along with the probiotics. I was having to eat a small amount about every two hours so it was a challenge to have enough food in the house. I did not eat food that had the slightest chance of having invisible mold on it. I stayed away from all sources of toxins that I could. Anything with sugar in it was taboo. My wonderful husband went on this regimen with me so he could give me his strongest support! I don't know whether I would have made it or not without him. I have a very good friend who was invaluable too.

Even after all these precautions I eventually had to take Nystatin to go that last stretch to get all of it out of my body. Whether a limited amount of soda would have spared me taking the Nystatin I don't know, but I feel now that it would have. I am a strong believer in keeping the pH in my body as balanced as possible!
Posted by: Spring, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 9:16pm; Reply: 22
When you were writing about your concerns about debt, etc, I could just see your pH going through the floor! Worries like that are as corrosive as - well, acid!
Posted by: ABJoe, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 10:10pm; Reply: 23
Quoted from CoachAng
I want to beat this thing ONCE AND FOR ALL!  I just have no idea what to eat.  I am literally starving right now - my family is extremely worried about me.  No doctors can help me.   If I eat brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, etc., I am worried about damaging my gut with 'grains' and further feeding candida.  If I eat fruit, I am afraid of feeding the candida.  If I eat carrots, candida.  I just don't know what is left, other than veggies and protein again - which I believe has caused lots of my issues anyway.

I would start eating a balanced plan per ER4YT.  You can choose the less starchy vegetables and less fruit.  You can start with the higher protein grains like quinoa or the most fiber type options like brown rice vs. white, etc...  Don't overload on turkey and fish, but don't forget them either...  The oils in the fish will help maintain the proper balance, as well as ghee to help the gut rebuild.
Posted by: Spring, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 10:22pm; Reply: 24
ABJoe, I would never have gotten over Candida if I had eaten grains of any type, starchy veggies and fruits for those first few weeks. The pain was just not worth it anyway. If carrots are bothering her, that tells the story pretty well right there about what is going on. I couldn't eat carrots, either, at first. But the veggies that were recommended and the proteins worked. They did not recommend eating large meals. It is a devilish ailment to get under control, but I am an example of the fact that it can be done. My doctor told me later that out of the twenty patients he had that had systemic Candida, I was the only one that was willing to stick with the treatment and get well. It takes a lot of grit and determination......
Posted by: CoachAng, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 10:34pm; Reply: 25
What worries me is this.  As soon as I eat protein, my liver hurts, literally, in 20-35 minutes.  I can feel my liver and kidneys ache and have to sit with a heating pad.  BUT, I am willing to try again for 2-3, maybe 4 weeks to get this under control again.  I did this already back in August, so I am not sure what happened to make me worse, not better.  

Do you have a diet recommendation for me to start with?  It sounds like you did not use ER4YT in the initial few weeks.  Did you slowly transition to it, though?  How did you do that transition without tailspinning back into full- blown candida?  How did you know you had it?  Not one of my docs believes in it, let alone treat me for it or get a script for Nystatin.  How long did you take Nystatin?  How long did it take for you to recover?  Just trying to wrap my hands around this to give it my best shot.  If necessary, can I personal message you for guidance?

Thanks so much!  I wish I could just follow ER4YT.  It would be SO EASY for me to do that.  I love quinoa, rice, grains, fruit, veggies......I just am not sure it is the right answer right now.  :(  
Posted by: CoachAng, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 10:51pm; Reply: 26
Forgot to say, no I am not taking a probiotic any longer.  After the incident with the food intolerances after doubling up on probiotics, I quit.  Was not sure why the reaction occurred.  Now I am learning it may have been intense die-off reactions that my liver could not handle - I guess the liver was already congested with all the chicken/protein I was consuming prior to that.  My probiotic had the following strains:  lactobacillus acidophilus, lactobacillus paracasei, bifidobacterium lactis, bifidobacterium bifidum, lactobacillus plantarum, lactobacillus rhamnosus, saccharomyces boulardii for a total of 22 billion cfu.  Are any of these strains bad for blood type A?  Thanks SO SO MUCH!!!!!
Posted by: ABJoe, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 10:59pm; Reply: 27
Quoted from Spring
I would never have gotten over Candida if I had eaten grains of any type, starchy veggies and fruits for those first few weeks.   ...  

It takes a lot of grit and determination......

I understand all of the above...  I also understand that if she has other problems that we don't know about, she may not get better because something else needs attention before the body can fight the candida effectively...  

Going too low carb for too long can have major effects on the ability to function at all...  I had to start rebuilding cellular energy using D-Ribose (a precursor to ATP).  Usual dose to start is about a tsp./3x/day, but I could only handle a pinch per day at first without having major herxing...  

She ultimately has to do what she thinks or have confirmation from her Dr.  Unfortunately, it sounds like her Dr. isn't doing her any good, so ???
Posted by: ABJoe, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 11:10pm; Reply: 28
Quoted from CoachAng
Forgot to say, no I am not taking a probiotic any longer.  After the incident with the food intolerances after doubling up on probiotics, I quit.  My probiotic had the following strains:  lactobacillus acidophilus, lactobacillus paracasei, bifidobacterium lactis, bifidobacterium bifidum, lactobacillus plantarum, lactobacillus rhamnosus, saccharomyces boulardii for a total of 22 billion cfu.  Are any of these strains bad for blood type A?

Lactobacillus rhamnosus is in the Polyflora O from Dr. D.

Lactobacillus plantarum and Bifidobacterium bifidum are in the Polyflora A.

The rest are not included in any of the Polyflora blends.

We also don't know if there was some prebiotic in the blend from a "problem" source that was causing problems...
Posted by: CoachAng, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 11:13pm; Reply: 29
ABJoe, Yes, going too low-carb is a problem for me.  Back in Aug when the doc limited my diet, my thyroid was doing fine.  After 4 weeks, my thyroid took a major turn for the worse.  Since that time, it has been a downward spiral, and fast.  I am now sensitive to carbs when I eat them, regardless of the source.  If I eat too much fruit, I get a shakey, jittery feeling.  Too much rice pasta the same thing happens.  I think the grains affect me more than the fruit.  Not sure if that is because of the enzymes in fruit or not.  Either way, I never had a sensitivity to carbs until this restricted diet the doc put me on.  It was the worst thing ever for me.  Unfortunately, I am not sure I will recover.  If I need low carb to kick the candida, then my thyroid will not heal which will then lead to all these probs all over again.  :(  ?????????
Posted by: cajun, Sunday, January 20, 2013, 1:46am; Reply: 30
Welcome CoachAng,
I feel so sorry for what you are going through..just reading through all these posts..... :-/
made me remember when I first started BTD ..sort of..in 2000. I dabbled with the A diet after reading ER4YT. It wasn't easy after eating for years like an O!!! :P
Then I read the Genotype book...and tested out as a teacher. I wanted to get rid of severe sinus problems and lose a little weight. Then I saw an ND, had the IgE blood allergy test done..and everything I had read from Dr. D was true to my type! ;) I finally get my swami 2 years ago and am so thankful I did. I lost the extra 15 pounds for good (although chicken or wheat makes it creep up) and helped my sinuses..at least I found out the real issues.
Anyway, I have had the phlegm you described as well as some of your numerous symptoms.
My 2 cents:
Read Dr. D's books
Try to at least buy the basic polyvite, polyflora, phytocal for A blood from NAP
(You can add others later...proberry, genoma derma( stopped my hair from falling out), deflect is awesome for many reasons!)
Stop eating chicken or any meat 3x a day..AHH! You cannot tolerate all that animal flesh! I eat turkey or fish once a day at most!
Do not work out like an O blood type! I used to do that and had bad results!I found yoga/walking/weight training to be all I need!
I truly think the NAP supp "cortiguard" can help you..it did me.
I am wishing you the best! Do not give up...it does get better! ;)
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, January 20, 2013, 3:06am; Reply: 31
I know we all are going to have our own opinions on what supplements are the 'bottom line' for you at this time, CoachAng, but for what it's worth, here is my list:

Polyflora A
http://www.4yourtype.com/prodinfo.asp?number=BT003A

Intrinsia
http://www.4yourtype.com/prodinfo.asp?number=NP054

Deflect A
http://www.4yourtype.com/prodinfo.asp?number=BT004A

ARA6
http://www.4yourtype.com/prodinfo.asp?number=NP001

And this one, which is not one of Dr. D's formulas, but I'm mentioning it anyway because I was unable to completely kick my decades-old candida overgrowth until I added it to the above list (modified for my own blood type).
Candidase
http://www.enzymedica.com/products/Candidase

I know how the cost of supplements can add up, especially when you are paying for a doctor's services at the same time.  Just read over the descriptions and see which ones "speak" to you.  Start where you can - and gradually fine-tune your regime as you go along.  :)

And I sure would like to see you find out your secretor status because it would cut through a lot of guesswork.  Again, finances must be considered, I do understand.
Posted by: Drea, Sunday, January 20, 2013, 3:33am; Reply: 32
I've had an excess of Candida in my body numerous times over the years. There are a couple of things that cause a flare-up: excess "sugar", which means too much of anything that causes my body to convert them to sugar; and remedies that work for me: NAP's Genoma EQ, along with Caprylic Acid (and avoiding those things mentioned above, of course!). Two most noticeable symptoms are a "burning" smell in my nostrils, and itchy ears. For the ears, I put raw, virgin coconut oil in my ears when they are itchy, and that usually takes care of them overnight. I haven't found a solution to the smell problem, other than to avoid eating the offending foods...
Posted by: Joy, Sunday, January 20, 2013, 3:54am; Reply: 33
Drea,

It just got on and read this post from a new type A bloodtype trying to manuever through the bloodtype diet way of eating.  It is very daunting in the beginning and even now sometimes.

Anyway, I was struck about your post stating that you had candida at certain times.  One of the symptoms you mentioned was "itchy ears".  

This may have nothing whatsoever to do with candida because I have been dealing with a bacterial skin condition on my leg for quite some time.  But one of the symptoms that has cropped up in the last few months were very itchy ears.  Usually the top half of the left ear and when I cautiously use a Q tip (I know you're not supposed to use them at all but I do) the canal is very itchy.  And that's with both ears.  

How did you know that itchy ears (I don't have the burning smell in my nostrils at all ) was a symptom of candida?  I never heard that but still....

This is totally new to me but I need to know.  Thanks for any feedback you can give me.

Joy
Posted by: Spring, Sunday, January 20, 2013, 4:16am; Reply: 34
Quoted from ABJoe

I understand all of the above...  I also understand that if she has other problems that we don't know about, she may not get better because something else needs attention before the body can fight the candida effectively...  

Going too low carb for too long can have major effects on the ability to function at all...  I had to start rebuilding cellular energy using D-Ribose (a precursor to ATP).  Usual dose to start is about a tsp./3x/day, but I could only handle a pinch per day at first without having major herxing...  

She ultimately has to do what she thinks or have confirmation from her Dr.  Unfortunately, it sounds like her Dr. isn't doing her any good, so ???

It does sound as if he has ruled out a lot of things. I certainly hope so. I really do feel for her because I can understand the way the condition can almost bring your brain to a standstill sometimes. I have relived some of that trauma this past afternoon.  
Posted by: Spring, Sunday, January 20, 2013, 4:48am; Reply: 35
Quoted from CoachAng
What worries me is this.  As soon as I eat protein, my liver hurts, literally, in 20-35 minutes.  I can feel my liver and kidneys ache and have to sit with a heating pad.  BUT, I am willing to try again for 2-3, maybe 4 weeks to get this under control again.  I did this already back in August, so I am not sure what happened to make me worse, not better.  

Do you have a diet recommendation for me to start with?  It sounds like you did not use ER4YT in the initial few weeks.  Did you slowly transition to it, though?  How did you do that transition without tailspinning back into full- blown candida?  How did you know you had it?  Not one of my docs believes in it, let alone treat me for it or get a script for Nystatin.  How long did you take Nystatin?  How long did it take for you to recover?  Just trying to wrap my hands around this to give it my best shot.  If necessary, can I personal message you for guidance?

Thanks so much!  I wish I could just follow ER4YT.  It would be SO EASY for me to do that.  I love quinoa, rice, grains, fruit, veggies......I just am not sure it is the right answer right now.  :(  

They only recommended the very strict diet for two or three weeks. Then certain things are gradually added, and you keep close track of how your body responds. Every few days you add other foods, etc. I was permanently off milk (isn't it wonderful that Dr. D.'s diet fit like a glove with that and every other food I shouldn't eat?) When I found his diet, it was like FINALLY coming home!! So you don't have to worry about that. BTW, before I go any further you can send messages any time you want. I will be unavailable most of the day tomorrow, but should be able to respond tomorrow night.

Can you say exactly which proteins you were eating when your liver hurt? Of all the books I have this is the one I used when I was on the first part of the diet: http://www.amazon.com/Yeast-Syndrome-Identify-Yeast-Related-Illness/dp/0553277510/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358656011&sr=1-1&keywords=the+yeast+syndrome
It is only $8.00 and you might even get it cheaper at half.com. I followed it religiously. Some of the supplements are pretty outlandish, but I took them anyway. We did have Caprylic Acid back then too. At the time, I was able to eat beef without noticeable problems. It is an absolute avoid for me on the Dr. D. diet and also from experience. But I survived and got the Candida under control.
I took Nystatin for several months, but you very likely won't have to take it. I have no clue what it might cost now, but when I was taking it, our insurance was paying $300 per bottle for it. Later, when our insurance didn't cover it anymore, our druggist sold it to me at one cent above cost which was $100 per bottle. A bottle lasted about a month. So you really don't want to have to take that if at all possible! There are so many helpful things connected with Dr. D's diet, not only the diet itself, but the supplements. When I had Candida it was almost back in the dark ages as far as getting any help except from reading books. I was very fortunate to have a doctor whose head was not like a brick wall.

The way I finally knew what was wrong me is some story! A friend was visiting in another state and learned about this problem from a friend there. This friend found out about the books and told me that they thought this is what I had. There is a long list of questions in this book that leave no doubts about what you have! Good luck! We'll be in touch later...

I hope you can get the book soon so you can read what these experts have to say and be SURE to bookmark any passages you might find more helpful than others, because when you are having a die-off, as you know, you can't think straight and finding something can be VERY frustrating!! You may be able to find it at a bookstore.
Posted by: Lola, Sunday, January 20, 2013, 7:02am; Reply: 36
Quoted Text
Is that test a basic test to determine supps one might need on this regimen?


did you follow the steps given?

try it and find out if targeted to your needs, for starts
Posted by: CoachAng, Sunday, January 20, 2013, 5:13pm; Reply: 37
Lola, Yes, I followed the steps and it gave me a list of supps and some food ideas for starters.  Is this what I was supposed to get from the test?  I do not know yet if I am a secretor.  By what I've read, I am guessing I am a non.  
Posted by: CoachAng, Sunday, January 20, 2013, 5:29pm; Reply: 38
Thank you all SO SO MUCH!  I think for starters I need to get the basic group of supps for a Type A and get going on that process.  I will also seek out the book The Yeast Syndrome.  I used to have the itchy throat and ears with mucus in both areas, but I do not any longer.  My scalp itches though but that could be due to a number of things, too.  I do have many other symptoms, though.

My liver hurts when I eat pretty much anything.  I sometimes wonder if my liver was the prob from the beginning since it is responsible for cleansing the blood, regulating hormones, processing carbs, fat, sugar, etc.  I probably overwhelmed it with stress, workouts, animal meat (even though I removed the fat and drank skim milk) that my body could not process in excess, etc.  Now when I eat, I can literally feel it in my back.  I tried those homemade liver flushes, but honestly I am scared to do it again.

My workouts used to be intense and against what BTD recommends.  I was squatting with 100+ lbs on my back, running sprints, half marathons, weighted crunches, and I worked out 6 days a week, sometimes pulling 2 workouts per day (light cardio upon rising, intense workout in evening). I am a fitness coach for an on-line coaching community and was doing P90X and other workouts produced by that company.  I consider some of them to be bootcamp-style workouts.  Probably did not  help with the heavy animal protein consumption, I am convinced of that now.  

Another question, do any of you drink the broth from the chicken you boil? I have read where it is beneficial for gut health and healing leaky gut.  My doc had me doing this and I did have reactions, but not sure if it was from the broth since I pretty much react to everything.  

I am currently taking digestive enzymes, Hcl when I eat protein, fish oil (Carlsons), colostrum, l-glutamine (the last two are for leaky gut and the colostrum has helped a small bit with the rash), magnesium, b-complex on occassion, milk thistle sometimes, molybdenum sometimes, vitamin d drops (doc had my dose so high my vit d levels went from a low 25 to apprx 140 in a matter of a few months - then was experiencing toxicity issues from it and think that added to my liver pain), and more.  The reason I say sometimes is I skip some occassionally as I feel like I take so much stuff.  When this issue started back in May, I took absolutely no meds - I was healthy and vibrant, outside of the nightsweats, mucus production, and a few other symptoms.  I felt like a 20+ year old - no health issues.  

I want to again say how grateful I am to all your feedback!  :)  Every piece of information will help me get to the other side of this issue.  I am glad to hear others are feeling better with the BTD approach.  :)    
Posted by: Lloyd, Sunday, January 20, 2013, 5:42pm; Reply: 39
Usually the best place to start is at the beginning.

That means concentrate on beneficial foods. You can select up to a few of what look like the most likely supplements to help.

I would concentrate on the diet for a couple weeks and see what happens. If you know you can't eat something, then don't eat it.

If your situation is so serious that you can't start with a couple weeks of basic diet, I really doubt that a self-help message board is your best resource.

Things will clarify over time. Don't work on everything at once. It takes time to heal, start with what you know and focus on one or two things at the most.
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Sunday, January 20, 2013, 5:46pm; Reply: 40
Quoted from CoachAng
I do not know yet if I am a secretor.  By what I've read, I am guessing I am a non.  


Please no guessing  ;)

So many have been wrong-- :-/

Posted by: CoachAng, Sunday, January 20, 2013, 6:30pm; Reply: 41
Thank you!  I promise, no guessing...  :)  I will start at the beginning and try the basic approach and see if I see progress.  I will look into the basic supplements and move forward from there.  I think this is the correct approach.  I do not want to jump in and do the SWAMI (wish I could) and find out my symptoms do not improve with the basic BTD approach.  I am still going to minimize my carbs/fruit for now, but not totally eliminate them.  Unfortunately, when I do not eat grains, my thyroid becomes hypo and my hair starts falling out.  I have been without grains for almost a week and I noticed lots of hair in the shower again this AM.  I just have to find my balance somehow.  
Posted by: CoachAng, Sunday, January 20, 2013, 6:35pm; Reply: 42
I looked back at my calendar and I should add that when I went no grain back in August, I was only able to eat coconut flour, garbanzo flour, and almond flour. Now I know that coconut and garbanzo flours were no-no's for A's.  I did not eat any other sources of grain/carb except for veggies for almost 10-12 weeks!  This is when everything went really bad for me.  That is when ketosis set in and I was muscle wasting away.  My body has a lot to recover from......
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Sunday, January 20, 2013, 8:01pm; Reply: 43
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10619390


If it works in mice-- good chance it works in us :).

Great for A's--
Posted by: Lloyd, Sunday, January 20, 2013, 8:30pm; Reply: 44
Quoted from Andrea AWsec


If it works in mice-- good chance it works in us :)


If it works in mice, then it works in mice. It may work in humans or other animals.


There have been numerous and notable failures of things that work in mice to work in humans. That is because mice are not humans.

Posted by: Lola, Monday, January 21, 2013, 6:12am; Reply: 45
of mice and men.......(think)(cool)
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Monday, January 21, 2013, 1:02pm; Reply: 46
Just said a "good chance"--  ;)

I remember Dr. D saying once that he we should erect a statue to the mouse for all he/she has done for us.

Lloyd mice make very good study subjects for humans-- it is ok if you don't think so. But this works well in A's I have that on good advice.

Posted by: Lloyd, Monday, January 21, 2013, 1:54pm; Reply: 47
Quoted from Andrea AWsec
Just said a "good chance"--  ;)

I remember Dr. D saying once that he we should erect a statue to the mouse for all he/she has done for us.

Lloyd mice make very good study subjects for humans-- it is ok if you don't think so.


Actually they do make good study subjects.

That is why nearly all drugs that go into FDA trials for humans are tested in mice first.

Most drugs fail FDA tests for humans.  ;)

If you look at it from that perspective, the chances aren't very good. I should remind you that when you start talking abount changing the function of the thyroid it is a drug. Even if it is herbal and even if it is not controlled by the FDA.

Which is not to say the herb won't be helpful - or that it will.
Posted by: KWinNYC, Monday, January 21, 2013, 11:16pm; Reply: 48
Hi Angie,

I used to be a "gym rat" too-  spent hours at the gym, was in the best shape of my life- my blood tests came back terrific.  I too thought I was healthy, but I now look back on it, and my diet was not so healthy.  I used to consume a ton of sugar just to "energize" those long workouts.  Eventually it caught up to me too-  with a thyroid/adrenal meltdown.  It had taken me years to figure it all out-  finally narrowing it down to a combination of Dr. Mark Hyman's
"Ultrametabolism" diet, later to be fine-tuned with Dr D'Adamo's Bloodtype/Genotype Diet.
Ultrametabolism is very Blood Type A compatable, which is why I have had so much success with it.  You may want to check out the book for the information provided on many conditions, incl leaky gut and liver issues.  You may also want to take an IgG test for food allergies, if you haven't already done so.  Trust us-  you will feel better !! : )
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 12:04am; Reply: 49
If you can swing it, get the secretor test done ASAP. In the meantime, you may want to stay away from the foods that are avoids for A secretors and A non-secretors, while making sure to eat plenty of beneficial foods (if it's beneficial for nonnies OR secretors, and neutral for the other one, consider it a "beneficial food" for now.)

It's important that you eat enough total food, or your body won't have the fuel it needs for healing. It's more important to nourish yourself than it is to starve the candida, if you're given a choice between the two.

How do you feel when you eat beans or nuts? Does that protein bother you? Do the carbs from that bother you? The A diet should be very heavily focused on beans and veggies- a salad with beans in it, or a soup with lots of veggies plus beans, is a very complete meal for you. If you're worried about starchy veggies messing up the candida, then emphasize green veggies and lower the portions of the starchier ones.

Are you actually having symptoms recur when you eat starchy foods like carrots, or are you just afraid that those foods will set off the candida again? You may not actually have a problem with many of the "foods you think you're supposed to avoid on the anti-candida diet". This is especially likely to be true for "beneficial" foods for your blood type; when you fully digest something, there's less left over to feed microbes.

It's likely that you have gut damage right now, and you may need supplements to heal that. Diet can do an awful lot for healing and it's wonderful for prevention and long-term maintenance, but it isn't always enough to fully heal deep problems.
Posted by: cajun, Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 12:28am; Reply: 50
CoachAng,
I like what Ruthie told you above. ;)
I just want to add, as I have experienced this, completely cutting out grains is not a good idea for at least a few reasons. For me anyway, I need brown rice, quinoa,  oatmeal, or rice pasta to keep me from feeling hungry...along with good fats such as avacado,olive oil, ghee, almond or peanut butter, and or some fish or lentils, pinto beans, peas or white beans.
My hair became thinner when I tried to cut out grains! As I gradually added them back I saw an improvement. Genoma Derma from NAP is supposed to help with skin but I swear it has helped my hair tremendously! ;)
Balance; completely avoiding a nutritious food group knocks you off balance.
Again, just my 2 cents. As a fellow A I thought it may help you. :)
Please keep us posted as you hopefully feel better.
Posted by: Spring, Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 12:38am; Reply: 51
Well, if Coach isn't confused by now she is one smart gal! If she is as sick as I was when I first started on the regimen to get well, the arguing going on here would have had me scampering away as fast as possible! :-) My brain was already nearly wiped out from simply taking probiotics and the die-off that followed. The least hassle about trying to eat right and figure things out, the better it was for me. I'm living proof that it worked. In reality, a miracle.
Posted by: bluejay, Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 6:38pm; Reply: 52
Welcome, Angie! I have a similar story to yours. I sent you a private message in regards to what has worked for me. It is not showing in my sent messages folder so let me know if you have received it or not.  If not, I'll try again. :)
Posted by: CoachAng, Monday, January 28, 2013, 1:27pm; Reply: 53
Hi!  

I will be honest, I am SO overwhelmed I do not know where to start!  I have been eating mostly veggies, but I can tell not eating grains/beans, etc is affecting my thyroid.  I feel so much better eating them.  HOWEVER, because of my natural doc putting me on that Gaps diet a few mos ago, I seem intolerant to all starches now.  I get this jittery feeling in my veins if that makes sense.  I have never had blood sugar issues in my life, but I am beginning to think this Gaps diet messed up my metabolic rate.  

When I eat protein, my heart races.  When I eat starches, I get this 'under the skin' redness.  When I have reactions to foods, my liver and kidneys hurt.  I think it is from trying to rid me of an overload of toxins.  I started pureeing my veggies to give my digestion a break.  I am at a point I am afraid to eat anything for fear of further damage to my gut and/or feeding potential candida.  I bloat VERY easily, which could be from poor digestion, lack of probiotics, etc.  My body is getting very used to the same foods over and over.  When I eat outside of those few foods, my urinary tract burns.  Could be from the acids in some foods,too (chicken, beef, etc).

I do not want to further damage my gut and all the reading I have done says grains are rough on the digestive system, so I have been living off of green veggies and a few carrots.  That is about all - and it is pureed.  I feel like I am starving at times with no 'substance' in my diet.  I know I might have to retrain my intestines to digest these foods since it has been so long since I've consumed them regularly (my restricted diet began Aug 2, 2012).  I have tried adding them back in to only react to them (was able to eat them freely before Aug 2).  

Yes, overwhelmed completely!  Still trying to stay strong!
Posted by: CoachAng, Monday, January 28, 2013, 1:32pm; Reply: 54
BlueJay, thank you for the warm welcome!   I just responded to your message. :)
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, January 28, 2013, 5:49pm; Reply: 55
Could you possibly go in to see a naturopath who can run a SWAMI and give you some specific pointers on what to eat, what supplements to take, etc?

Some amount of digestive discomfort (gas and bloating) is part of the healing process and isn't a bad thing. The problem is that it can be very hard to tell, all by yourself, what's "uncomfortable healing" and what's "a sign that this food is bad for me."

You do need adequate protein and calories to heal, along with the nutrition from a varied diet. But you may need to increase beneficial foods slowly so that the detox symptoms don't get severe enough to cause other problems. That's where the professional supervision comes in handy.

The GAPS diet may work well for an O, but it's unhealthy in the long term for an A. You need beans and nuts in your diet, along with modest amounts of grains, poultry, and fish. You probably need digestive enzymes along with some gut-healing supplements to get your GI system working again, so you can eat the foods your body needs and digest them.
Posted by: Spring, Monday, January 28, 2013, 6:00pm; Reply: 56
Ruthie, I had the same thought as you about Coach seeing someone to get the help that is so desperately needed right now. When I had Candida there was not a Naturopath within a hundred miles of me, and I didn't know anything about them then anyway. It was only after several months of treatment that I became more aware of the fact that they were very good at treating Candida. Coach needs someone to lead her through this mess. You are so right about that.
Posted by: NancyEllen, Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 12:33am; Reply: 57
Coach Ang, what are you doing for your thyroid symptoms and/or adrenal fatigue?  Those are the two things that I would be most concerned about improving.
Posted by: 30032 (Guest), Monday, February 18, 2013, 10:11pm; Reply: 58
Hi, My husband & I are new to the ER4YT diet.  I have manage to find some of the things for us, some by mail.  We live in a small town in Minnesota and have a hard time finding some of things.  I am wondering if anyone knows of an alternative to margarine w/ canola oil.  My husband is an O and can have butter, I however can not, and I am unable to find this particular item. I find it with olive oil, but the canola oil I find out here is in light butter. I want to try and stick to this diet as close as I can living in a small town. Does anybody have any suggestions?
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, February 18, 2013, 10:16pm; Reply: 59
Hi Heather,  :)

Buy the butter and make your own ghee.  It's easy and healthy.

http://www.dadamo.com/typebase4/depictor5.pl?52
Posted by: Serenity, Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 5:53am; Reply: 60
Keep a small glass container full of just pure olive oil in the coldest part of your fridge.  The oil will solidify & still be easy to spread. Diamond for both types up to a tablespoon a day & yuumm!!!!  (can add garlic or other herbs too ;D
Posted by: Averno, Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 11:02am; Reply: 61
Quoted from Serenity
Keep a small glass container full of just pure olive oil in the coldest part of your fridge.  The oil will solidify & still be easy to spread...


Why didn't I think of that! All these years I've been doing the "fridge to hot tap to counter" method. AARGGHH!   ::)

Decant into a widemouth jar and spoon it out solidified. For measurement, better than pouring as well.
Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 8:05pm; Reply: 62
Quoted from Serenity
Keep a small glass container full of just pure olive oil in the coldest part of your fridge.  The oil will solidify & still be easy to spread. Diamond for both types up to a tablespoon a day & yuumm!!!!  (can add garlic or other herbs too ;D


Great idea, Serenity!  A small wide-mouth jar would make it so easy.
Posted by: 30032 (Guest), Friday, February 22, 2013, 6:02pm; Reply: 63
Thank you Victoria.  I'll give it a try.
Posted by: Adopted4, Friday, February 22, 2013, 7:44pm; Reply: 64
Heather,

Try Amazon's gourmet grocery section. You'll find lots of products to choose from that will be delivered right to your door. If you get Prime membership, you'll get 2-day free shipping on select items. About a quarter of my total grocery budget is spent on Amazon products.

I grew up in southeast Minnesota. We just moved from the twin cities last fall, and we still own and rent out our home there.  
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