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Posted by: Easy E, Sunday, April 28, 2013, 11:17pm
I have hypoglycemic feelings after eating certain things, but especially and mainly after drinking coffee (which i started drinking a lot of at work again :P) or occassionaly after a high carb meal or sometimes something else. Where could i get some info on hypoglycemia from a blood type or genotype standpoint?

When i was a kid i got it after eating power bars!

It effects my energy level and most noticeable i get irritable and i also think it was behind a lot of anxiety i used to have, as well as the acid reflux i used to have so bad (which is now much better and i use no meds for).  

I know caffeine does this for sure, but wondered if other explorers have experienced reactive hypoglycemia and what types of things trigger this.  My dad and sis also have it, but i know my dad is an AB nomad and my sis i don't know what she is.

Could this also be an explorer sensitivity of some type?

  
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Sunday, April 28, 2013, 11:40pm; Reply: 1
Stop ALL wheat to start with.
Posted by: Lola, Monday, April 29, 2013, 12:21am; Reply: 2
http://www.4yourtype.com/prodinfo.asp?number=ED066S
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, April 29, 2013, 1:06am; Reply: 3
Is the problem caffeine or coffee in particular? Does caffeinated green tea cause the same problems? What about decaf coffee?

It's probably a reaction to "avoid" foods, and/or too many carbs at once. Those "power bars" may have contained avoids, or just too much sugar- especially if they didn't have any fiber or complex carbs, and most of the carb content was  from sugar.

Ideal would  be for you to get a SWAMI, so you can see which foods to emphasize and which ones to avoid. If that's not an option right now, listen to your body carefully. Maybe keep a food diary to see which foods (or combinations of foods) cause the most problems.
Posted by: BCgal, Monday, April 29, 2013, 2:19am; Reply: 4
Not sure if this is the type of thing you're referring to, Easy E, but when I eat sweet potatoes for supper, they make me very sleepy.  They are a beneficial for me and I always have them with one of my proteins and olive oil.  They also tend to cause an addictive reaction, cause I can eat  more than I should.  I usually roast them with some spices.  Consequently, I tend to not have them too often.
Posted by: Amazone I., Monday, April 29, 2013, 8:10am; Reply: 5
might be merely due to a beginning of  *adrenal fatigue* ??)
Posted by: Spring, Monday, April 29, 2013, 1:32pm; Reply: 6
My life changed more after I found out my secretor status than after getting SWAMI, almost!
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Monday, April 29, 2013, 1:51pm; Reply: 7
Is it the coffee? or are you adding sweeteners and milk to it?
Posted by: Averno, Monday, April 29, 2013, 2:27pm; Reply: 8
Quoted from Amazone I.
might be merely due to a beginning of  *adrenal fatigue* ??)


For which... The previous quote from BCgal about sweet potatoes, or Easy E's original question about hypo-glycemic reactions.

I've had hypo-glycemic reactions since early childhood when I'd awaken shortly after bedtime with the shakes. All I knew then was that I craved Cheerios with lots of sugar. But these were crisis moments-- keeping steady and level was a lifelong issue until BTD. Whether the fix came from eliminating sugar or wheat or both, I don't know. I will say that a little wheat now and then no longer has a profound effect, but any sugar can send me into a tailspin.
Posted by: Amazone I., Monday, April 29, 2013, 4:12pm; Reply: 9
aaarrrggghhh yuppers you are right complete of mine, dearest Averno ...forgot our nonniehood... :o :-/ :B :B(goofy) and yep at the age of mid 30ties...adrtenal fatigue
a bit young here (huh)(huh)(worried)(ondrugs)(shrug)but remember adrenals also have something to do with glucose management!!! :D so far... perhaps merely a sort of imbalance ??)..........
Posted by: Goldie, Monday, April 29, 2013, 7:27pm; Reply: 10
I have found recently that a spoon of oil took away my jittery-ness in-between meals.. I take it one hour away from food on both sides - for weightloss in place of snacks.. but you can take it with food to add calories- or to oprevent the empty feeling.... A's have issues with oils so try just a little at first..  

I am some amount of Explorer.. and Gatherer.. for me that also means diabetes in old age.. I feel that hypoglycemia is the pre-curser to diabetes later in life for some..

how are you otherwise.. any muscle issues especially in the evening?  
Posted by: SquarePeg, Monday, April 29, 2013, 7:36pm; Reply: 11
Yes, Explorers tend to be caffeine sensitive.  Doesn't the GTD list coffee as an avoid?  It's an avoid on my Explorer SWAMI.
Posted by: Easy E, Monday, April 29, 2013, 10:47pm; Reply: 12
Thanks for the replies!

I sure hope it isn't a pre diabetes condition, because that is scary!  I worked with a guy who has diabetes and became aware of the sugar i consume.  

Caffeine in coffee esp. seems to cause this crash, esp. in black coffee with nothing in it to provide sugar.  I drank decaf today and it wasn't so bad.  Also, tea does not seem to do this the same way.  Coke Zero does give me hypoglycemia feelings though.

It could be some adrenal stress hormone issues, and coffee really amps these up.

Diabetes is non exisitant on either side of my family.  My dad who is AB nomad and my sis get the same type of thing.

I get no muscle issues, but an energy crash that makes me cranky and makes it hard to get up and go until i get moving, then it goes away.  It is not a sleepy type of energy crash, just a blah, tingly, weak, hungry energy crash.  Some simple fast burning carbs can do this to me too to a lesser extent.

As a kid i would get hungry playing basketball and running around all day with friends, and those power bars would not really give me power, but they tasted good!  I got a similar feeling even back then after eating those.  I seem to need substantial foods for lasting energy and fullness.

Explorers have good carbs available to them that give good fuel, i need to invest in those!  I may have some issue with some other things, i will keep track of what different things do after i eat them.


  
Posted by: Easy E, Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 10:31pm; Reply: 13
I drank a few cups of reg. coffee today at work and the coffee is def. the culprit.  It has prob built up in my system the past few weeks since relocating.  I was drinking up to 5 8 oz. cups a day, black with a pinch of sugar.

I am able to read blood sugar at my job and it was 72.  My adrenaline system is probably on the edge of pushed to its limit like Amazone said.  I ate some red meat and lettuce for lunch and i picked up, with some sprite, and i felt sharp and on the ball for the afternoon, moving much faster.  For me, coffee, reg or decaf, is a real addictive poison.  I also drank coffee milk on weekend mornings as a kid.  I am an odd system and need to take what the gtd recommends seriously, because it is real.  For one reason or another, coffee is extra bad for me and will be a rare treat if at all.

My cortisol is prob elevated from thinking about it so much too!  It used to not do this, it sucks having limits and not being able to consume whatever i want whenever i want and have no ill effects whatsoever!!!  Thanks for all who read this post, which is still the same issue i have struggled with since i got on here!
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 2:29am; Reply: 14
I started getting hypoglycemic symptoms at about your age.
Getting rid of sugar (& many other things as we keep learning) is important. Any white flour/rice food is bad. I also find that pantothenic acid(vitamin B5) helps me. I need a big dose like 250-500mg, rather than the 10 that is the RDA. Take a good multi. I also take chromium to help with blood sugar. That certainly wasn't known about to the general public 30 years ago. I take a good dose with other minerals. Don't forget to exercise(walking is easiest & best) & get out in the sun.
As you get compliant, you may need fewer supps. I used to take more.
Our needs change with age & diet.
You probably won't get diabetes if you keep this under control. I don't fear getting it, but I never say never!
It's a little late, so my mind is not too clear, but I hope I shared some good ideas. There may be more supps. Keep looking & checking with the BTD forum & you will get help!
Posted by: Easy E, Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 7:29pm; Reply: 15
Thanks for all the suggestions. I will keep them all in mind!

I exercise almost every day and this helps me all around.  I am pretty mindful of the sugar i take in, and don't really crave it usually.  I want to try some specialized supps from dr. d. I have only used drugstore supps like milk thistle, which seems to help with chemical sensitivty a little.

I don't think caffeine and i were meant to be together.  I seem to be hyper sensitive to caffeine and the chemical aftereffects that occur in my body.  I am sensitive to a lot of chemicals and things and prob sensitive to my own insulin and stress chemicals.  A little goes a long way for me!
Posted by: Lin, Saturday, May 4, 2013, 12:34am; Reply: 16
Easy E, I was around your age when we were going through a lot of change and redundancies at work. I got very stressed out and started having symptoms that fit hypoglycemia and adrenal issues, heart palpitations, feeling faint etc.  Honestly did not understand all this stuff back then, but a good friend referred me to her Holistic Doctor who told me to cut out all caffeine and sugar. I had not realised I was stressed but that was a big part of the problem.  He also gave me other food advice which in hindsight was similar to diets that are recommended for candida.    Don't know if any of this is helpful, but I would work on your adrenals as that may be a factor which is typical of us type A's.
Lin
Posted by: Goldie, Saturday, May 4, 2013, 11:29am; Reply: 17
if no one had diabetes then it may just be a transitory issue.. happy for you..

Pantothenic acid helps greatly !!!  it protects the cell walls..

Have you tried a spoon of extra light olive oil in place of snacks?.. I was surprised how soon I feel much calmer..    
Posted by: Averno, Saturday, May 4, 2013, 12:00pm; Reply: 18

Important points from Amazone and Lin about the adrenal connection. Chronic stress will put me on a roller coaster, and acute stress (such as from sudden physical output-- I tend to pace myself rather fitfully) will result in a crash. I had to give up caffein, too, because my adrenals react to it and I go right down the rabbit hole.

BTW: Cortiguard helps me tremendously in keeping my energy on an even keel.
Posted by: Easy E, Sunday, May 5, 2013, 12:11am; Reply: 19
I think  caffeine itself induces a stress response in me, it used to give a lot of anxiety sometimes and over time drinking it on a daily basis, i got somewhat more used to it (i tried to force myself to get used to it, so i could drink it like all these other people i see lol)!

Exercising really seems to cancel out the negative effects, if i don't drink it for a period of time it will give me euphoria when i do again, then keep drinking it, it becomes anxiety and irritability, then exercising negates this and feels like it cleans out and resets me.  I feel calm when i drink it the next day, but then a few hours later i get an energy crash, regardless of sugar or no sugar (i drink it black). I get tingly and hungry, and have to push myself to get moving, and eating something helps.  Then it continues if i drink coffee again soon after.  Decaf does this less.  I need to drink tea and herbal tea instead, i started doing this (again).  Sugar does not seem as bad to do this, unless it is a lot in a short period (a 20 oz non caf soda, depending on timing).

I am fortunate and blessed that on both sides of my family, there is no diabetes at all.  Doesn't make me immune to it, but my family has neuro cognitive degeneration on both sides in older age and autoimmune, a spot of heart disease, and rare cancer on my moms side.  Hypoglycemia is in my dad, who is a nomad AB, and my sis, who i believe is a nomad B.

Hypoglyecemia is a health risk for nomads.

I am thinking about giving my sister a gtd book she has bad hypoglycemia and anxiety attacks and energy levels way below what i feel they could be.  I feel i am was a hair from a nomad but ended up with an A and was made an explorer.  My energy level is quite high and i am or can be active even when i feel fatigued and crappy, and the movement actually helps me feel better, esp. if i can sweat (something i had even realized before reading the gtd!)  I can also relax well too and need it to be healthy.  I am aware of when i need to relax and listen.

I literally just realized that hypoglyecemia can cause anxiety, irritability, fatigue,  hunger, and is related to adrenline levels, cortisol levels, and stress which caffeine can mimic, esp for sensitive folks.  I think i am sensitive to chemicals and my sister is for slightly different, but very similar reasons.  Nomads and explorers seem very similar to me, except i have a lot more physical endurance and can perhaps take more punishment physically (outside, sweating, heat, cold, exhertion, exploring without maps or plans:), etc.) than anyone else in my family.

I will try all those suggestions
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, May 5, 2013, 2:57am; Reply: 20
Easy E, is coffee rated a Toxin/Avoid for you?
Posted by: Easy E, Sunday, May 5, 2013, 3:27pm; Reply: 21
It is in the book, but since i am A, i thought maybe i could have it and it would be more medicinal and healing as opposed to a non A explorer.  Also figured it couldn't hurt in case i am another A genotype like a teacher or warrior.  But it seems to not be beneficial and it becomes addictive.  I would say for me, it is a toxin.  It was tricky, because at first it does seem beneficial and i have a lot of energy, but then i crash and have to use more effort to do things and feel heavy.

Caffeine is also a toxin for explorers, and is not for any other type.  It really seems to accumulate over time if i consume it too frequently.  I am well off to use the book superfoods and avoids, coffee and caffeine are very available and very common toxins to me.  My wife bought me herbal teas and some green tea, which has actually helped my system clean itself out, so i have not felt this hypoglycemic type feeling in a good few days.

It scared me because it lasted for like a week and like i could not get enough food, but looking back, i had drank coffee after coffee since starting a new job location several weeks ago. The job itself is not stressful and i do not move at a hurried pace (i have a more type B personality overall, not in blood type terms but psych terms).
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, May 5, 2013, 6:10pm; Reply: 22
Coffee affects me in a similar way to what you have described.  My body obviously is telling me that it is poison to my system and that is what it feels like.  As much as I loved coffee all my life, I know it would be counterproductive to my efforts at being healthy.

And, no surprise, Dr. D lists it as a toxin for me as well.  ;)

However, Caffeine in moderate amounts (as in green tea) do not affect me adversely.  So caffeine is not the Avoid, but coffee.  Coffee also has many alkaloids and acids that make it a different creature than caffeine in other forms.
Posted by: Averno, Sunday, May 5, 2013, 11:23pm; Reply: 23

Quoted from Easy E
...the job itself is not stressful and i do not move at a hurried pace (i have a more type B personality overall, not in blood type terms but psych terms).


Hence the moniker, yes? Good to have this kind of self awareness. As an AB I'm constantly refining where I'm most comfortable (or critical) with A vs B- ness.

Posted by: cajun, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 4:51pm; Reply: 24
Easy,
I hope you have found an answer to this condition. :-/ I feel for you.
Glad I read this now because I have questions?! ??)

Lin,
Please tell me more about the heart palpitations, etc.Just curious when you felt them as I can get them whenever...many times when going to sleep or waking up..heart seems to beat irregularly, also. ::)
Like Easy, I feel the cortisol rise inside but I am fine with coffee, black and herbal teas. I only drink coffee about 3 times a week, one cup of black tea each morning and green and herbals all day. I have felt I could be hypoglycemic in the past, before BTD, but my bloodwork is all good. Maybe it is the "A" thing...we tend to get sort of worked up/excited/ anxious when experiencing new or stressful situations. :-/ I can get this way from having interesting or passionate discussions/conversations. ;D
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 5:15pm; Reply: 25
Quoted from cajun
. . heart palpitations, etc.Just curious when you felt them as I can get them whenever...many times when going to sleep or waking up..heart seems to beat irregularly, also. ::)
. . I am fine with coffee, black and herbal teas. I only drink coffee about 3 times a week, one cup of black tea each morning and green and herbals all day. I have felt I could be hypoglycemic in the past, before BTD, but my bloodwork is all good. Maybe it is the "A" thing...we tend to get sort of worked up/excited/ anxious when experiencing new or stressful situations. :-/ I can get this way from having interesting or passionate discussions/conversations. ;D


Cajun, is it possible you might be getting just a little too much caffeine, since you have black tea in the a.m. and then some green tea throughout the day?  Even if caffeine is not a problem, high amounts could potentially cause palpitations.
Posted by: Easy E, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 11:08pm; Reply: 26
Interestingly, tea, even black tea which is an avoid for explorers in the book, does not seem to do this really.  Maybe since there is less caffeine in tea than in coffee.  Or tea is just a different thing altogether with different things in it.  Maybe something in the coffee itself causes this.

I did drink a decaf coffee today with like 15 percent caffeineated coffee, and i felt a mild hypoglycemic effect.  Eating two glazed donuts, which are diamonds for me;) helped me get out of it.  Decaf itself does not seem to really do this and i read it actually helps with hypoglycemia!

I do much better with caffeine in teas, but even too much tea has had bad effects on me in the past.  Just a little caffeine for me probably does what a cup or two of coffee does for someone else.  I feel much more pleasant and have more energy staying with decaf coffee and having a little tea instead.
Posted by: Tom Martens, Thursday, May 9, 2013, 2:03am; Reply: 27
Quoted from Easy E


Eating two glazed donuts, which are diamonds for me;)


Is that a wink at the end or not.  I hope so... :)

Posted by: cajun, Thursday, May 9, 2013, 11:57pm; Reply: 28
Victoria,
Oh my gosh,
I should have thought of that! ::) ;) I will start tomorrow by cutting back on caffeine (probably drink plain water all day) and see what happens!
Posted by: yaeli, Friday, May 10, 2013, 5:50am; Reply: 29
Quoted from cajun
Victoria,
Oh my gosh,
I should have thought of that! ::) ;) I will start tomorrow by cutting back on caffeine (probably drink plain water all day) and see what happens!
:) :K)

Posted by: Stela, Friday, May 10, 2013, 12:18pm; Reply: 30
I'm confused.
I think coffee was good for type A.
I'm anxious, I feel headache, dizziness, depression, anxiety, fear.
Some days I am great, happy and active. But some days no.
I use few sugar, bread, coffee, soy milk.
Some days my hands are very sweaty. This occurs since childhood.
Somebody can help me?
Posted by: Spring, Friday, May 10, 2013, 12:54pm; Reply: 31
If I ate two glazed donuts I would have hypoglycemic problems for a week!!!!  :o :o :o :o  ::) ::) ::) Besides a lot of other nasty problems.
Posted by: Easy E, Friday, May 10, 2013, 6:51pm; Reply: 32
I don't have issues with sugary foods, that is what is weird.  It is actually caffeine that can cause hypoglycemia in some people i am finding out.  It is a toxin listed in toxins for explorers, and i measure up as an explorer and fit the profile, so it makes sense.  Of course, i don't usually crave sweet foods so much, but do on occassion.

Yep, that was a wink!  They usually have those types of food provided at work for free, plus free coffee made here in louisiana available all day!  Good thing they have decaf, which does not give me hypoglycemia.  I stay with decaf now and bring teas.

It is good for A's overall, but for A's who are explorers, this may not be true.  It can be a toxin.  Explorers generally don't do well with stimulants but they are idiosyncratic so what works for one may not for another.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Friday, May 10, 2013, 9:00pm; Reply: 33
Quoted from Stela
I'm confused.
I think coffee was good for type A.
I'm anxious, I feel headache, dizziness, depression, anxiety, fear.
Some days I am great, happy and active. But some days no.
I use few sugar, bread, coffee, soy milk.
Some days my hands are very sweaty. This occurs since childhood.
Somebody can help me?


Yes, coffee is fine for As on the general type A diet. But BTD isn't perfect, because we're more complicated than just our blood types. If you feel poorly after eating a food, you should avoid it.

Dr D has done a lot more nutritional research since writing the Blood Type Diet. His next project was The Genotype Diet (GTD),the softcover version is called "Change Your Genetic Destiny." In that system, he created/discovered 6 "Genetic Types" based on several factors- including blood type, but also other measurements. Type As can be Explorers, and coffee is an "avoid" on the Explorer diet. This gives a more scientific answer to "why some A's don't do well on coffee".

His latest research is the SWAMI software. You input some medical history and the measurements used to determine your genotype, and it computes a diet just for you- which is going to vary from somebody else's SWAMI and it's going to vary from any of the "book diets."

If you're not ready to move beyond BTD right now, that's OK. Just listen to your body and apply some common sense. Stay away from the foods that make you feel unwell.
Posted by: Stela, Friday, May 10, 2013, 9:50pm; Reply: 34
ruthiegirl and Easy E, thanks for informations.

Really, I don't know if sugar or coffee are bad for me.
I need note my body and the effects of any food.
The only thing that I know is I'm A+.
I don't know if I am secretor or no. Here in my city I think that don't have this blood test.
How is the SWAMI? My English isn't very good, and I have some difficult in the site, but I keep trying.....
What the symptoms of Hypogylcemia? This is the low blood sugar? This happens if I don't eat sugar, no? Why this happens if you eat donuts?
Sorry, I don't understand this very well.
Posted by: Stela, Friday, May 10, 2013, 10:02pm; Reply: 35
I again...
In the moment, I'm reading the books "Right 4 Your Type" and other about Right 4 Your Type and Menopause. I note some differences in the food lists.
Then, I search in the site (typebase) the updates.
Do you think this is the best option to me, in this moment?
Where can I learn more?
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Friday, May 10, 2013, 10:19pm; Reply: 36
Hypoglycemia means low blood sugar.

When you eat sugary foods, your blood sugar goes up. That makes your body secrete insulin, which takes sugar out of your blood and stores it as fat. Then your blood sugar gets too low, because the insulin is still in your blood, but the sugar was used up.  This low blood sugar makes you feel hungry, and can also make some people feel weak and shaky too.

When you eat foods that are high in fiber, fat, and/or protein, sugar is released more slowly. Less sugar is dumped into the blood at once, so less insulin is released. As the insulin does its work, a little more sugar releases into the blood. This keeps blood sugar stable and you don't get hypoglycemia symptoms.

The different books have slightly different food lists for a reason. Some foods are good for As in general, but aren't such a good choice for As dealing with menopause. Similarly, there are some foods that are not good for As usually, but help with menopause symptoms.

The typebase online does not include the special food values for menopause, fatigue, diabetes, etc- just the regular food lists. If you're in menopause right now, then follow the values in the menopause book rather than the website. If you're not in menopause, then follow the food lists online. Those are more up-to-date than the ones in the Eat Right 4 Your Type book.
Posted by: Easy E, Saturday, May 11, 2013, 12:30am; Reply: 37
There are actually different reasons for it i have learned.  A more chronic low blood sugar could be early onset diabetes where insulin action is delayed after eating sugars.  In others it could be what is called a non diabetic reactive hypoglycemia where the person does not have markers for diabetes, but certain things cause an over production of insulin.

There is also a hypoglycemia that nomads can get that is chronic and related to some other mechanism.

Caffeine can cause it because of an adrenal response that can lower blood sugar for some reason.  It can also cause heart palpitations, anxiety, mimicing a stress response to an actual threat in the exact same way.  Stress hormones can actually have a strong effect on blood sugar, and caffeine triggers a stress response in some people.  A splash of regular coffee for some equals a whole cup for someone else.
Posted by: Stela, Saturday, May 11, 2013, 1:20pm; Reply: 38
Thanks again.
I'm learning always.
I will observe my body, and what is good or bad for me.

Until another day.
Posted by: Stela, Saturday, May 11, 2013, 1:36pm; Reply: 39
I see in the posts the terms Nomads, explorers, gatherers, warriors.
What it means? I don't understand it.
Posted by: aussielady582, Monday, May 13, 2013, 5:09am; Reply: 40
the hidden epidemic, coffee, cocoa, carob, sugar, tropical nuts and fruits, yin/weakening to cells/organs of the body - happens very slowly over many years, many people these days way too yin - as Dr Lawrence Martin mentions on his site, diet for fast oxidizers / maybe similar to GT 'hunter'.  for me, mostly cooked vegetables, proteins - sardines, etc, animal fats as I wish to be a nice healthy strong type O, 'hunter' again one day! hooray for ghee, butter too.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, May 13, 2013, 1:21pm; Reply: 41
Quoted from Stela
I see in the posts the terms Nomads, explorers, gatherers, warriors.
What it means? I don't understand it.


First, Dr D wrote The Blood Type Diet. He worked on that for many years, refining it and publishing many books on the subject, including some for special health issues.

Then he discovered that some of his patients didn't get well on BTD, so he looked further to see what would work for other people. This extra research led him to the Genotype Diet.

When he put together the information he discovered, he found 6 different "Genetic Archetypes" that he called "genotypes." He gave each of these different Genotypes names: Hunter (only type O), Gatherer (type O or B), Explorer( A,B,O, or AB), Nomad (type B or AB), Teacher (Type A or AB), and Warrior (type A or AB).

In the Genotype Book (softcover is titled Change Your Genetic Destiny) he describes each of those 6 types and lists the foods each type should eat. In the SWAMI software, a special diet is computed for each user. These diets combine values from Blood Type Diet and Genotype Diet, and the diets will vary from any of the diets in his published books. However, each SWAMI will assign a Genotype label to the diet. My Gatherer SWAMI diet is different from somebody else's Gatherer SWAMI diet, but probably even more different than somebody else's Explorer SWAMI diet.
Posted by: Easy E, Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 3:45am; Reply: 42
Quoted from aussielady582
the hidden epidemic, coffee, cocoa, carob, sugar, tropical nuts and fruits, yin/weakening to cells/organs of the body - happens very slowly over many years, many people these days way too yin - as Dr Lawrence Martin mentions on his site, diet for fast oxidizers / maybe similar to GT 'hunter'.  for me, mostly cooked vegetables, proteins - sardines, etc, animal fats as I wish to be a nice healthy strong type O, 'hunter' again one day! hooray for ghee, butter too.


I've been sipping on peppermint/spearmint/rosehip/hibiscus tea and it is very soothing.  I also have one with this and also has chamomile.  And one made of pure peppermint all by itself.

If i drank this every day, i think my insides would thank me!!



Posted by: Lin, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 12:55am; Reply: 43
Cajun,
I would wake up in the night with my heart pounding as though it would come out of my chest, really felt like I would die and of course that increases the anxiety and makes it worse.  Since then I've gone through a period when I would feel like my pulse/heart was going slow and like my system was just really going to stop, and my poor husband would take my pulse and reassure me.  And then off and on I've had times where I feel my heart skip.  I've worn a heart monitor and been reassured my heart is fine.  From talking to different doctors I've concluded it is adrenals/hormones and food allergies, the allergies or sensitivies cause the skipping. Used to happen in the evenings.  I can now do a little coffee and the odd black tea, but I often will feel a big jump in energy, a bit hyper.  Green tea/herbals don't cause any of this.  I also thought I was hypoglycemic in my 30's. I've read that you can have have a harder time keeping stable blood sugar which is not necessarily hypoglycemia.  And I think cortisol/sugar are connected.  Sugar is stored in liver, and caffiene makes it come out and so I think you are on to likely connections.  I agree I do think a lot is probably related to being A blood type. And yes I too can get  excited/ anxious easily.  People who know me well tell me they can tell.  Yup, including passionate discussions/conversations. I've been working on this past 8 years or more with some success.
Lin
Posted by: cajun, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 1:04am; Reply: 44
Thanks Lin!
Oh my gosh...OK, I am not alone then... :)
I am now drinking my one morning cup of black tea mixed with green. ;)
I only drink coffee (always a small cup with a bit of soy milk)about 2-3 times a week.
I have been taking more cortiguard and my yoga helps alot!
But.....I cannot change who "I" am internally. I will still get excited easily and respond to excess noise, etc. with stress. :-/
So, how do you work on that?  
Posted by: Lin, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 1:09am; Reply: 45
Cajun,
Good to have company :)  Glad you finding how to manage the caffiene.  Yoga is very good, I keep meaning to get back to that.  Holy Basil is good for when things are stressful, and magnesium.
There is a book called The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron.  And possibly most people who fit this are blood type A given what we know from Dr. D.  The book gives pointers on how to protect yourself from too much stimulation.  It's an interesting book.  
I found Mindfulness Meditation helped a good bit, but it isn't a cure, just noticing and being aware of what is going on when I'm anxious and thinking calm thoughts and taking deeper breaths, stuff like that.
Lin
Posted by: Easy E, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 2:40am; Reply: 46
The sensitivity is good though, i find a little splash of reg coffee in decaf does not cause any issues at all.  My focus is much better than if i drank a whole cup of reg. coffee and im much more relaxed. It gives me just enough boost to feel good and energizing with no crash.

I really thought that caffeine as a toxin was not that big of a deal, but caffeine in amounts that i see "all those other people" take in brings way too much tension to me, and it comes out in different ways mentally and physically.
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