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Posted by: cat2, Thursday, August 1, 2013, 9:54am
Hi,

Do any of the blood types deviate slightly from their type.  I am an O and according the book we tend to suffer hypothyroidism and gain weight.  I have previously suffered hyperthyroidism and lost weight has anyone else experienced this?
Posted by: Tom Martens, Thursday, August 1, 2013, 11:42am; Reply: 1
Lots of wheat lectins attacking your thyroid can have unpredictable results. We are individuals so varying responses to foods are to be expected.
Posted by: cat2, Thursday, August 1, 2013, 12:42pm; Reply: 2
Thanks Tom, I went on medication and my thyroid became stable, but it did make me wonder.  I do eat a lot of bread/wheat cereals and I also have 2 aunties with hypo- and 1 with hyper-thryroidism so I guess some is genes.  I am just starting to change my diet and trying to cut down on wheat in any case as I'm sure it's not good for me all round.
Posted by: Jane, Thursday, August 1, 2013, 1:22pm; Reply: 3
Try cutting out the wheat altogether and maybe other gluten grains as well.  Not good for the thyroid.  Have you read the books?
Posted by: Goldie, Thursday, August 1, 2013, 11:06pm; Reply: 4
As you convince your self to let go off grains all together, may I give you permission to eat more meat and vegetables and peas as they feel like bread things... In place of the grains .. on which you always add things for flavor.. like butter, jam, cheese, sauces, and all else.. JustT eat those things by the spoon full with out the grains.guiltfree  Giving up grains will be easier.



  
Posted by: DoS, Friday, August 2, 2013, 12:53am; Reply: 5
They hypo BT-O don't tend to notice it much. The hyper, well you know for sure something is up!

It's very "normal". I've met many BT-O's with hyper, but it's a burden on their life so they don't enjoy it and try to do something about it. BTD is a great way to fight it.
Posted by: cat2, Friday, August 2, 2013, 8:10am; Reply: 6
Quoted from Jane
Try cutting out the wheat altogether and maybe other gluten grains as well.  Not good for the thyroid.  Have you read the books?


Hi Jane,

Yes I 've got the 3 'for your type' books, and just ordered the genotype book.  I know I need to cut out grains so I'm going to do it gradually.  I don't want to lost weight though so need some good replacements.
Posted by: cat2, Friday, August 2, 2013, 8:12am; Reply: 7
Quoted from Goldie
As you convince your self to let go off grains all together, may I give you permission to eat more meat and vegetables and peas as they feel like bread things... In place of the grains .. on which you always add things for flavor.. like butter, jam, cheese, sauces, and all else.. JustT eat those things by the spoon full with out the grains.guiltfree  Giving up grains will be easier.



  


I don't think any cheeses are good for me as a non-secreter, I love cheese too  :( the other suggestions sound good.  I wonder why it's ok to have butter but not milk though?
Posted by: Munchkin76, Friday, August 2, 2013, 9:33am; Reply: 8
Hi Cat2

Sounds like you're being sensible and easing yourself off the 'evil' wheat. It really is our (type O's) nemisis, but I completely understand the difficulty. Pasta and bread were my life pre BTD - literally! I have a high metabolism (possibly slight hyperthyroidism) and the carbs helped in many ways. I had to completely get off them for a time to let my body heal. Nowadays, I can have a slice of home-made spelt toast for breakfast with home-made almond butter with no problems (luckily spelt is an allowable grain on my Swami). I'm quite lucky in that I get loads of grain options as bennies and diamonds on my Swami. Unusual for an O type/Hunter, but it feels so right and shows how wonderful Swami is at understanding our individuality. My partner is exactly the same blood type and genotype, but on Swami our food lists are quite different.

Sorry, I digress.

I just wanted to say well done on starting the wheat cut-down. We've all been there and know how hard this is. You'll find it easier and easier as you go and will find you crave it less as your body heals and adapts. Also, there are many 'on diet' alternatives out there to sate your needs.

Keep it up!

Andy
Posted by: Goldie, Friday, August 2, 2013, 10:51am; Reply: 9
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Yes I 've got the 3 'for your type' books, and just ordered the genotype book.  I know I need to cut out grains so I'm going to do it gradually.  I don't want to lost weight though so need some good replacements.


It actually matters which books.. Eat right was the first.. The best is Live right, its the biggest explanation and affords a great basic understanding...
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I don't think any cheeses are good for me as a non-secreter, I love cheese too   the other suggestions sound good.  I wonder why it's ok to have butter but not milk though?


Yes you can have *butter, and if you do not need to lose weight, then have it by all means and even extra light olive oil every day, it helps with bathroom issues after some weeks.  O foods can be constipating. * have you tried Ghee?  You can make your own or buy it.  its better for you, but it can be for the future chaoices.  You are unusual for here, most came here to drop weight - good for you not to need it!!!

If you already gave up all dairy, that is great.. there are however those who still crave some and find giving up grains and dairy at once hard. As non secr I was thrilled to do so.... .. and now I we do not have to do it in 100% .  ....

...If you can do it, more power to you.. The great feeling you get from avoiding avoids is PHANTASTIC.. try it.

But, if it is hard for you to accomplish both at once- here are some items you can have .. a sprinkle of parmesan, (and fresh ones were added later in the Swami programs).. so just in cae, there are some options.  To wash out the body of all grains and dairy was wonderful... I wish Ii could go there again, all fresh and new.. but for me now its old hat to eat this way.  Good luck and enjoy.  
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Friday, August 2, 2013, 7:05pm; Reply: 10
You don't need to cut out grains altogether. You do need to cut out the "avoid" grains, and you likely need to eat fewer servings than you used to, but there's usually no need to completely cut them out of your diet, especially since you don't want to lose weight.

Focus on the foods you should be eating-mostly meats and  veggies, plus more modest portions of nuts, beans, and grains. You may not need to worry about portions so much since you need to maintain or gain weight. You'll feel hungry and likely lose weight if you  cut down your carbs too much. Try substituting rice and/or beans in meals when you used to eat wheat, and also eat starchy vegetables such as carrots and sweet potatoes along with eating plenty of greens.

You certainly don't need to limit your intake of healthy fats such as olive oil, butter, and ghee.
Posted by: Dmccullo, Friday, August 2, 2013, 9:13pm; Reply: 11
Thanks ruthiegirl. I have been suffering over the loss of bread and pasta.  My favorites :-/
I like the suggested Ezekiel bread. Is it Ok in moderation.  And crackers....don't get me started...I try to find one that has no wheat but then it has corn that is not good for me.   ??)
Posted by: C_Sharp, Friday, August 2, 2013, 10:53pm; Reply: 12
Crackers:

I use rice crackers. That are fairly readily available, but the most common brands have avoid ingredients. $2 to $4 for a 3.5 ounce package. The other commercial options below are more expensive.

Mary's Gone Crackers work for some

Flax crackers (I need to make my own to not have avoid ingredients, but you avoids would be different than mine).

Some Go Raw Chip and cookie(small disk more like crackers than cookies) products may work for you.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=bl_sr_grocery?_encoding=UTF8&field-brandtextbin=Go%20Raw&node=16310101

Don't have the ingredients, but Tate's Gluten-Free Ginger Zingers might work for some.
Posted by: ABJoe, Friday, August 2, 2013, 11:07pm; Reply: 13
Another cracker is Blue Diamond Nut Thins...  My DD likes the Almond.  They are mostly rice flour with almonds.  Check all ingredients for compliance to your diet.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Friday, August 2, 2013, 11:13pm; Reply: 14
The blue diamond nut thins have potato starch. Not ideal for Os, but it may be tolerated by some individuals. I like the Mary's Gone Crackers (even though I'm not supposed to have the wheat-free tamari in them, according to my personalized SWAMI food list.) They're 100% compliant for O secretors.

I also like rice cakes, and use them much of the time. There are many different brands- some of the thin ones are more cracker-like than the bigger puffy ones.

For pasta, I sometimes buy pasta made with rice flour. Other times I just use cooked rice in place of cooked pasta in recipes. I do that more often because it's less expensive, even though it is more boring. I've found that the basmati rice is a better pasta substitute than regular rice is.
Posted by: cat2, Saturday, August 3, 2013, 1:28pm; Reply: 15
Thanks everyone, I am reading all your replies and they are very encouraging.  Wheat will be harder than dairy I think I have halved my dairy now so that's a start.  I do love my bread so that will be harder.  I actually switched to low fat milk and margarine (from butter) recently as my cholesterol was getting a bit high so the nurse recommended that, trouble is I started to lose weight! so I am going to buy lots of nuts and seeds with my weekly shop this week to increase on the good fats (plus they are good for my type) and go back to butter seeing as I am cutting milk out I won't be having as much saturated fats there.  I haven't tried ghee but I will look out for that  :)
I have been reading the Live For Your Type book this morning and noting down all things I should be eating.  However, I am confused about a few things in the book so I'll start a new thread for those.  
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, August 4, 2013, 1:28am; Reply: 16
Quoted from cat2
I actually switched to low fat milk and margarine (from butter) recently as my cholesterol was getting a bit high so the nurse recommended that, trouble is I started to lose weight! so I am going to buy lots of nuts and seeds with my weekly shop this week to increase on the good fats (plus they are good for my type) and go back to butter seeing as I am cutting milk out I won't be having as much saturated fats there.  I haven't tried ghee but I will look out for that  :)


Dr. D has said that for type O's excess carbs can be more of a cardiovascular risk than animal fats.  Look into ghee, and it's really easy to make your own.  It provides pure butter oil without the milk solids.

Margarine doesn't offer much to health.  It can have all kinds of junk in it, plus polyunsaturated fats, which can throw off your fatty acid balance.  
Posted by: cat2, Sunday, August 4, 2013, 9:06am; Reply: 17
Quoted from Victoria


Dr. D has said that for type O's excess carbs can be more of a cardiovascular risk than animal fats.  Look into ghee, and it's really easy to make your own.  It provides pure butter oil without the milk solids.

Margarine doesn't offer much to health.  It can have all kinds of junk in it, plus polyunsaturated fats, which can throw off your fatty acid balance.  


Yes I do remember reading about the carbs-cardio link over animal fats in one of Dr. D's books, and I totally agree with you regarding the margarine, on the one hand they say it's preferable to animal fats but it's the other things they add which I'm not happy about.

eta: ooh I've just noticed, early spring, awareness and desire has been added to my avatar  8)  but what does it mean?  



Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, August 4, 2013, 4:20pm; Reply: 18
Quoted from cat2


Yes I do remember reading about the carbs-cardio link over animal fats in one of Dr. D's books, and I totally agree with you regarding the margarine, on the one hand they say it's preferable to animal fats but it's the other things they add which I'm not happy about.

eta: ooh I've just noticed, early spring, awareness and desire has been added to my avatar  8)  but what does it mean?  


The Early Spring appears because you have a certain number of posts.  As you continue to post on the Forum, your status will change to show your (hopefully) growing levels of understanding and mastery of this way of eating.  ;)

If "they" tell you margarine is preferable to animal fats, please consider who it is that is telling you this.  It is an example of a "One Size Fits All" kind of mentality that doesn't take into account that different blood types respond differently to different foods.  Type A's for example, don't have the necessary secretions to digest meat well and they can endanger their cardiovascular health with a high meat diet.  Type O's, on the other hand, are a different type of creature.  Your type thrives on meat - lean, grass-fed.  Grass-fed meat is high in omega 3's which makes it similar to eating fish.  Grain-fed meat is high in omega 6, which can be pro-inflammatory and is indeed, not as healthy.  Knowledge is power.  ;)
Posted by: cat2, Sunday, August 4, 2013, 4:48pm; Reply: 19
Quoted from Victoria


The Early Spring appears because you have a certain number of posts.  As you continue to post on the Forum, your status will change to show your (hopefully) growing levels of understanding and mastery of this way of eating.  ;)


Grain-fed meat is high in omega 6, which can be pro-inflammatory and is indeed, not as healthy.  Knowledge is power.  ;)


Ah yes, thanks, I did wonder afterwards when I used my noggin a bit, I moderate on a Cat forum and that changes too  :)


How would I know whether it's grass or grain fed ? I don't think they state in the UK on the package.

Posted by: deblynn3, Sunday, August 4, 2013, 5:44pm; Reply: 20
Might want to check out Beanitos chips made with black beans

made with black beans, and rice. has some guar bean gum. Other than that not to bad.
Posted by: cat2, Sunday, August 4, 2013, 6:50pm; Reply: 21
They look great but I don't think I can buy them in the UK  :-/
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