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Posted by: Adopted4, Thursday, May 23, 2013, 7:11pm
Are there other people whose older or young adult children follow the BTD with a fairly high degree of compliance?

It was cool seeing my older teenage sons defend the blood type diet to my 10 year old daughter who one day asked if we could "take a week off" of the blood type diet to eat whatever we wanted or the way we used to. It prompted quite a discussion to say the least. My older daughter is very intelligent and has spent a great deal of time making detailed lists from the typebase for her type O diet, so I was taken aback that she would make such a statement. We reminded her that when we travel or visit family (which is more frequent than many families) our level of compliance decreases and we just simply try to do the best we can to eat healthy food when it is possible.

We have a saying in our family "live and learn" and just that exact thing happened to her this past weekend. My husband and daughters and I went out to eat and we let my 10 year old choose what she wanted from the menu. She chose the least complaint or "risky" dinner of the 4 of us, and then we also shared 2 milkshakes between the four of us, and let me tell you she felt quite ill the next couple days with a stomach ache and headache (but no vomiting or diarrhea thankfully). I didn't want to say "I told you so" but yes actions sometimes have immediate negative consequences, especially when it comes to eating the wrong foods. This certainly wasn't the first time she had eaten spaghetti or had a milkshake, but perhaps the combination was too much for her.

Maybe it's just me, but sometimes I find it hard to balance compliance to my kids individual diets with just allowing them to eat what they want occasionally.

Posted by: ABJoe, Thursday, May 23, 2013, 7:26pm; Reply: 1
Quoted from Adopted4
Are there other people whose older or young adult children follow the BTD with a fairly high degree of compliance?

DD has her personal SWAMI because following either BTD or GTD per the books didn't solve her problems...  She is quite happy to follow it as she spent years dealing with major muscle spasms from avoid foods and is finally able to control them.  It has become pretty easy to look back on what she ate and determine what the problem was if she has a problem now.
Posted by: Spring, Thursday, May 23, 2013, 7:50pm; Reply: 2
Our sons know a great deal about the diet and follow to some degree, but the main thing at this point is that they know where to run if there is even a sign of a health problem! They are very fortunate to be blessed with good health up to this point. They know what sugar could do to them. They know that it runs in my family to have a problem with it, they avoid bad fats, they totally love salads and vegetables, they take select supplements, they get plenty of exercise, and they encourage other people, including their wives and children to do likewise.
Posted by: Chloe, Thursday, May 23, 2013, 9:02pm; Reply: 3
I have a 48 year old who has a professional SWAMI and he's doing the Teacher's diet.....his 14 year old son  due to asthma is following a modified BTD avoiding dairy, gluten, processed foods and sugar, and most known A toxins however he does eat occasional portions of veal/grass fed beef and potatoes.  His asthma is 100% under control.   He does well on tomatoes so it's likely he's a nonnie like his mom.  His mother follows a Teacher's SWAMI but probably not as well as our son does.  Our
granddaughter although she's health conscious and type A isn't following anything in particular.  She
knows about the A diet....goes to a nutritionist who can do a professional SWAMI but wasn't interested
in being asked to call anything "toxic".  She does have issues with dairy which she avoids on her own
and is allergic to soy.  Her acne is much better just being off dairy and a lot of animal foods. She's
16 and lately is very into eating fruits and vegetables.....but that's probably because girls her age
don't want to gain weight.  She's a dancer and how she looks in clothes is very important to her.
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Thursday, May 23, 2013, 9:15pm; Reply: 4
My DD has Swami, for several years now, even though she is very young, now just turned 7,
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, May 23, 2013, 9:26pm; Reply: 5
Often the best we can do is just provide an excellent role model with our own progress. Give them time.....always have compliant food in the house.....junk, they can get on their own if need be
Posted by: jaff77, Friday, May 24, 2013, 6:34am; Reply: 6
Quoted from Lola
Often the best we can do is just provide an excellent role model with our own progress. Give them time.....always have compliant food in the house.....junk, they can get on their own if need be

I haven't tried with my children, yet. First, I need to involve my wife, so step by step.

But I think it would be difficult: children eat so much wheat and dairy! breakfast cereal, bread, pasta, cookies, yogurt, milk, ... It needs a big change
Posted by: Amazone I., Friday, May 24, 2013, 7:13am; Reply: 7
a lot of my kiddies are on BTD, almost A's O's and a little of B's but no AB ;) :D 8)
and their mums do a phantastic job in helping them being compliant....(smarty)(ok)(woot)(hehe)(clap)(cool)
Posted by: jeanb, Friday, May 24, 2013, 12:48pm; Reply: 8
My kids have been on it since they were 5 and 1 year.  When the oldest one moved out he went straight to the fast food  & wheat cupboard!!!  He said he felt sick and tired all of the time, so he decided come back to the O diet.  It took about 6 months of bad food and bad decisions to make him change his ways.

The younger one is apprenticing now and struggling with too much money and easy food.  He has had a sore throat for about 2 weeks now and his older brother is telling him he has to stop eating grains.  I am curious when the younger one will listen to his brother (I have to stay silent on this topic with the younger one)
Posted by: Jane, Friday, May 24, 2013, 3:14pm; Reply: 9
I didn't find the BTD until my kids were grown so they aren't followers.  However, I have seen them become more aware of what they are eating, paying more attention to organics, etc. For the most part though, they just think their mom turned into "one of those people."  All kidding aside, they did see me struggle with some health issues and do like my cooking.  They are both As so what I eat isn't always appropriate for them.
Posted by: Adopted4, Saturday, May 25, 2013, 12:31am; Reply: 10
I think, overall, I set a pretty good example for my children, as well as my dh also. Many parents, like myself, feel however that sometimes kids have to learn a lesson the hard way and often it's the natural consequences, not parental correction, that leave a more lasting impression than anything we can come up with.

A funny thing happened tonight. My dh and I went out on a "lunch date" today while the older kids took care of the younger kids. At the dinner table one of my sons asked me where we went to eat. I couldn't remember the name of the restaurant as it was the first time I had been there. My dh answered and said it was called "Cheeseburger in Paradise" which was named after an old Jimmy Buffet song. Anyway, my son gave me such a shocked and disgusted look and I immediately concluded that he thought I ate a cheeseburger for lunch (which I didn't). It totally cracked me up!
Posted by: jaff77, Saturday, May 25, 2013, 6:03am; Reply: 11
And what do you give them for breakfast and snack?
I think is the most difficult part (without wheat and dairy)
Posted by: Amazone I., Saturday, May 25, 2013, 6:56am; Reply: 12
great jeanb that you let go your boys for their own choices... this is one of the best manners to come along with nutrition to feel themselfs bad when cheating ;) ;D(smarty)(clap)(ok)(woot)

I do have so much of overprotective mums but they needed also to learn to let go their kiddies doing their own experiences... but the endresults are the one which are counting  and yup...nothing but gorgeous ...... :D(smarty)(clap)(ok)(dance)
Posted by: ABJoe, Saturday, May 25, 2013, 9:17pm; Reply: 13
Quoted from jaff77
And what do you give them for breakfast and snack?
I think is the most difficult part (without wheat and dairy)

Without knowing their types, I am going to guess at "A", but by no means am I giving advice specifically for your children...

There is quite a bit of information about breakfast meals in both the Fresh Start and Breakfast for B's threads...  There are also recipes in the recipe center that you can draw on.

Breakfast can take the form of a standard breakfast or of any other meal...

Cereal can be replaced with cooked rice / fruit combinations, pancakes or muffins using good flours, etc...

Eggs and veggies, tofu and veggies, beans, etc. make good breakfasts...
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Saturday, May 25, 2013, 11:07pm; Reply: 14
I have two adult children who where raised with the btd-- my daughter 24 has a boyfriend who loves to eat out and strays a great deal from her A Warrior diet-- lucky he eats tofu and takes her to loads of Asian restaurants where she can get better food for her type.  

My son who is 20 lives at home while going to college and hardly ever eats out he feels best on his Hunter diet and is pretty strict with himself.
Posted by: Adopted4, Saturday, May 25, 2013, 11:38pm; Reply: 15
Quoted from jaff77
And what do you give them for breakfast and snack?
I think is the most difficult part (without wheat and dairy)

I apologize in advance for not specifically mentioning my children's blood types. I have done so in past posts but sometimes I forget or take for granted that everyone remembers that my boys are type B and my girls are type O (as well as my dh). I am the only A in the family so I improvise quite often at mealtime, though we try to find foods that many of us can eat.

We have learned to be very flexible and sometimes eat atypical breakfasts.
(1) Eggs 3 non-consecutive times a week; scrambled with veggies such as kale, collard greens, onions, or crimini mushrooms; or fried eggs in olive oil with either turkey bacon/sausage,muffin, GF bagel, or fruit such as banana, papaya, grapes, or pineapple.

(2) Teff is good for O's and Explorers, but problematic for B's. I cook my teff on the stove and then add carob or cocoa powder, as well as agave nectar or honey. Since I make homemade walnut milk, I save the leftover walnut meal and add it to cooked cereals such as teff, amaranth, or cream of
rice. Amaranth also works well for O's, A's, and nonnie B's (one of my twins is a confirmed nonnie, the other is probably a secretor).

(3) Cream of rice works well for everybody so we eat that a couple times a week, prepared the way I described above.

(4) My B sons enjoy lamb and veggies for breakfast occasionally when my girls and I are eating teff.

(5) I have slowly been reintroducing oatmeal into our diets, though in small occasional amounts since we all still have white lines in our fingerprints.

(6) Rice Krispies cereal (or a generic version) as an alternative to a noncompliant food.

(7) Sometimes my sons will eat plain yogurt or cottage cheese with honey or agave.

(8) Homemade gluten free pancakes or waffles are a tradition for Saturday morning brunch after 3 of my kids come home from Tae Kwon Do practice around 11 A.M.

Since there isn't much time between breakfast and lunch, snacks are generally in the afternoon, especially when my 3 oldest have Tae Kwon Do practice late in the afternoon during the week.

Snacks can also be traditional or nontraditional.

(1) Compliant fruit with walnut milk
(2) Muffins
(3) Heated frozen peas with ghee and sometimes an herb or spice (this is my 10 year olds favorite)
(3) Heated leftover compliant beans with ghee for my type B sons (northern or lima beans)
(4) Leftover dessert such as a cookie or bar
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Sunday, May 26, 2013, 7:09pm; Reply: 16
I encourage my kids to follow BTD, but none of them follow 100%. I let them eat "junk food" and "non compliant meals" when away from home in social settings- which has been happening quite regularly for my daughters since we started on BTD but is fairly new for my 11yo son.  They also occasionally eat non-compliant foods in the house- such as my B son eating some organic ketchup I bought for my O daughter, or my O daughters drinking the milk I bought for the B. Hannah and Jack also requested "corn on the cob" for a BBQ, so I decided that I'll buy corn ONCE this summer, at the farmer's market when it's in season, and it will be a special treat.

I really don't insist on my daughters' compliance, as they're both old enough to make their own choices about foods. I do set limits on what my son is allowed to eat, as he's only 11 and doesn't yet have the maturity to always make  good choices (and then we all suffer when he gets a behavioral reaction to something.) Right now he's got stitches on his knee, so I told him "more careful compliance, no sugar" until his knee is healed.

If I had toddlers, they would eat 100% compliantly and wouldn't have any choice in the matter. Older kids need to take an active role in their diets and healthy lifestyle choices. Part of that "active role" includes the freedom to choose "bad foods" and suffer the consequences.
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Monday, May 27, 2013, 5:02am; Reply: 17
My 18 yo old O has been on a fairly strict BTD from age 5-15 ( 80-90 %)
The last 3 years she has chosen to loosen it bit- she is still basically eating a O diet most days
-but she does eat more dairy especially cheese and butter than she ought( no known sideeeffects)
.She is 100% wheat, corn and soy free and almost sugar free.
Eats lots of veggies - with a few minor avoids like cauliflower and leeks.
Posted by: Chloe, Monday, May 27, 2013, 5:04pm; Reply: 18
I wanted to add that my 14 year old type A granddaughter who heard me talk about the BTD when she
was a little girl, lives in FL (and I'm in NY)  I have no influence whatsoever on what she eats, but on her
own and based on her specific food preferences, used money she got for her last birthday and bought
herself a juicer.  She juices fresh fruits and veggies every day, doesn't eat red meat (because she finds
it in her words "icky", does eat some poultry, but mostly fish, veggies and does like brown rice and
doesn't eat much wheat.  She's been given a lot of healthy foods when she comes to visit us and then
goes back home and shops with her mom and picks out her new healthier options...  She's
a salad lover, a tofu lover and likes to make stir fried dishes and encourages her mom to take her
to a health food store so she can find organic produce. She drinks rice milk and almond milk
instead of dairy and rice cheese and soy cheese over real cheese. She's learned how to cook watching the Food network and is very focused on eating healthy foods.  So although she's not officially following a type A diet, I think she's about 80% compliant without trying to be.....and without knowing she's doing it.  She'll be coming to visit the end of I'll see how much of the same foods we
can enjoy together.  She's be much happier eating what I'm eating than her type O brother who can
practically ingest a side of beef at one sitting.  He's 17 and 6'5"  These are two of the healthiest kids
I've ever seen.  They instinctively eat for their blood types.
Posted by: Adopted4, Thursday, May 30, 2013, 12:04am; Reply: 19
Thanks for all who wrote in on the subject of kids following their blood type/genotype diets. It is more than just a diet but a lifestyle choice and it shouldn't be difficult for kids to follow in their parents footsteps when they see them following their diet plan diligently.
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