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Posted by: 50199 (Guest), Friday, September 13, 2013, 9:00pm
Found out I'm gatherer, using the genotype book. But now some avoids and beneficial foods have changed from what the eat right type O non- secretor list tells me. OMG, not sure which to follow. Need help.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Friday, September 13, 2013, 9:14pm; Reply: 1
Pick one list and follow it. You can't combine them by yourself. I tried, and ended up with the "What foods Ruth likes best from both diets no matter how they react in her body" diet.

I would suggest that you either stick with BTD or invest in a SWAMI. That's a computer program that will take into account all kinds of information about you (including blood type, secretor status, medical history, and the measurements used to determine genotype) and figure out how each food rates for you personally. It's by far the *best* diet out there- but, like all things, it's not perfect. Some people find that SWAMI needs a little tweaking- but generally it needs less tweaking than any of the "book diets" out there.

My experience has been that non-secretors tend to do better on BTD than  GTD, when following a "book diet." That experience is gleamed from my own personal experience and from stories that others have shared on the internet. Of course, we're all unique individuals, and you may find that you do  better on the Gatherer diet than on the O nonnie diet.

But, you need to pick one. Even if you decide to order SWAMI in the next 5 minutes, you still need to follow something while SWAMI is being mailed out to you. I personally suggest that you stick with BTD.
Posted by: Victoria, Friday, September 13, 2013, 10:29pm; Reply: 2
The Blood Type diet and the Genotype diet are different approaches, both leading to improved health by improving your diet.

The BTD helps your body make the most of your own genes.
The GTD helps you make your genes work to your benefit by turning down or silencing the negative traits you've inherited;  and activating or turning on the positive traits that will change your body for the better.

In most cases, a personalized SWAMI will combine the two, to some extent, giving you a food list that is much closer to your own 'ideal' diet.

One good thing about knowing that you have Gatherer traits (even if you stick with the BTD) is that it gives you more knowledge about your body.  Read as much as you can about what it means to be a Gatherer.  They have specific traits that can be to your advantage or your detriment, depending on how you approach food.  This is true of all genotypes, which have strengths and weaknesses.

Knowing that Gatherers are prone to gain weight because of 'thrifty' genes is good to know.  Reading what Dr. D has written in the book and here on this site will give you better understanding of how to live a long, healthy life.

http://www.4yourtype.com/gatherer.asp

Also, a bit more on the Gatherer:

As D’Adamo writes, “If you need to survive a famine —and many of our ancestors did—[Gatherer] is designed to get you through it. Gatherers have thrifty genes whose primary goal is to hang on to every ingested calorie for dear life—literally.” While this may have been helpful at one point, for Gatherers in present-day America, having genes that hoard calories means a tendency toward obesity, diabetes and a generally slow metabolism. Gatherers, then, are endomorphic, meaning they have more body fat no matter how hard they work on diet and exercise (think Oprah). They usually have O or B blood type. Because they have high estrogen, they can tend toward hormonal cancers. They also suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure and low thyroid activity. But the Gatherer will have an excellent capacity for mental endurance, are highly fertile and great family people, and are often “early adopters” of new ideas.
Posted by: C_Sharp, Saturday, September 14, 2013, 4:21pm; Reply: 3
Quoted from 50199
Found out I'm gatherer, using the genotype book. But now some avoids and beneficial foods have changed from what the eat right type O non- secretor list tells me. OMG, not sure which to follow. Need help.


To figure out which diet would work better for you take this online quiz:

http://www.dadamo.com/which_diet_is_right.htm
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, September 14, 2013, 6:10pm; Reply: 4
amy, no worries
we have all gone through this stage! :)

what I would recommend is getting a swami and letting the software compute your genotype for you instead


foodlists will be personalized to boot and you ll be in for a few very welcomed surprises!!

at least that is how it was for me
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Thursday, September 19, 2013, 5:29pm; Reply: 5
SWAMI decided that a hybrid of the GTD and BTD is best for me.  I tend to go with the GTD book when I'm on the fence about a food, only because I guessed at my fingerprint patterns in SWAMI, just by eyeballing them (NOT the way to go--do as I say, not as I do  ;) ), so I don't know how accurate my SWAMI is, as it is only as accurate as the data you put into it.  I'm not sure how much weight the fingerprint patterns have on the results, but they (the fingerprint patterns) are a required entry into the SWAMI, not an optional one.  One of these days, I will get the fingerprint kit and get accurate SWAMI results, and then I will definitely go with SWAMI.  As Ruthie says, it is the most customized, individualized, finely-tuned D'Adamo diet out there.

As it is, I consider myself a GTDer who is heavily influenced by my BTD knowledge and experience, too.  Cinnamon is an avoid on the BTD, but a superfood for me as a Gatherer, so I happily consume cinnamon (which I love--yay!).  It just feels right to me on a gut/intuitive level that cinnamon is a superfood, whereas it never "felt right" that it was an avoid on the BTD.  I could list several foods like that, which were avoids on the BTD yet are okay or superfoods for me on the GTD, and as soon as I saw that, I was like:  YESSSSSSSSSSSS.  I always say that the BTD was (is) right for me, but the GTD is even righter.   :)  No, that isn't good English, but that's the best way I know to put it.

They two diets are different whole systems, even though the GTD is greatly influenced and informed by the BTD factors, so don't worry that there are conflicting recommendations.  Dr. D. knows what he is doing and either system is good, though you will probably find that one or the other is a better fit for you.  The BTD is very anti-inflamatory, which people with issues such as fibro really need.  The GTD takes more factors about you into consideration, which makes it more customized to you as an individual, which is great for many people.  For me, the GTD is great because of that latter point but also because, as a Gatherer who struggled with obesity my entire adult life, it seemed to provide the last few pieces of the puzzle that I needed to get into "the zone" of perfect biochemical balance in which, though I could get there with the BTD, it was harder for me to stay there.  On the GTD, I am so strong in the center of that place of balance, I honestly never have the food cravings that used to rule my life before the BTD and that still reared up periodically on the BTD.  The GTD is right for me.  You know something is right when you are steady, cravings-free, and, in my case, you finally get and keep the weight off.  Other symptoms I was having there for a while before getting onto the GTD, when I was struggling and couldn't find my way back to that place of biochemical balance, cleared up, too.  I will NEVER go off this diet--unless I finally get my fingerprints figured out and go onto SWAMI *lol*.  But, seriously, I will never go out of the D'Adamo Diet Zone.  It's my happy place.  ;D
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Thursday, September 19, 2013, 5:38pm; Reply: 6
Quoted from ruthiegirl
My experience has been that non-secretors tend to do better on BTD than  GTD, when following a "book diet." That experience is gleamed from my own personal experience and from stories that others have shared on the internet. Of course, we're all unique individuals, and you may find that you do  better on the Gatherer diet than on the O nonnie diet.

Well, as I just posted above, I do better on the GTD and I'm a nonnie.  Just saying.

There used to be a little computerized calculator thingie* on this site somewhere, into which you could enter certain information and it would then recommend to you which diet you would likely do best on.  I'll try to see if it is still around, and provide a link.  Off I go then.

* edited to add:  Oh, I see that wonderful C-Sharp already posted a link to this--you go, C!(dance)

further edited to add:  Wow, I just took the little calculator/test again, just to see if the results are different now that some of my answers are different, due to being healthier from already being on the GTD since Nov. 2008.  Result?  "Your responses to the quiz clearly indicate that The GenoType Diet would be a very good fit for you.", quote unquote.  Knew it, feel it, know it right down deep into my DNA!  And the "power points" were a LONG line for GTD and a little bitty one for my beloved ole' BTD.  Love ya, BTD, yet the GTD is the one for me.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, September 23, 2013, 9:25pm; Reply: 7
Yeah, and that quiz tells me the same thing, yet my personal experience was just the opposite.
Posted by: C_Sharp, Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 2:55am; Reply: 8
Quiz is here:

http://www.dadamo.com/which_diet_is_right.htm
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