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Posted by: ginnyTN, Monday, December 23, 2013, 11:38pm
I've been following the standard BTD very successfully for almost 6 years.  I am off of all prescription meds, no aches and pains (till lately), blood work really good each 6 months, lost 30 pounds and kept it off (till lately), etc.

However, the past couple of months I've begun to gain weight (3 pounds - for me that is disastrous), my fibromyalgia pains have come back and my cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides are inching up again.  Yes, I've added a few things to my diet that I didn't eat for at least 4 years, but it doesn't seem that those few things should be causing all these problems because they are neutrals for nonnies.    

I bought the Genotype Diet book but don't feel it is the right answer to solve my problems.  I can't place myself even semi-firmly in either of the 3 genotypes.  

Part of the problem may be lack of fingerprinting. Part may be that there are more detailed questions (from what I can see so far) in the Swami on line. AND all of the diets in the book are so different from my present A nonnie diet that it concerns me.  Example:  Some beneficials on the A nonnie BTD are permanent avoids in the GTD book food lists, and there is no "secretor" and "nonnie" breakdown as there was in the Live Right book.  

So, I think it is time for Swami.  But I have a few questions:

1.  The process for taking measurements is different in the video on this web site from what is described in the Genotype book.  Do I assume correctly that I follow the measurement process as described in the Swami literature?

2.  If I order the Swami XPress package, does that INCLUDE the fingerprint kit and the taste strips?  - Or do I have to purchase that kit separately?

3.  Is there a way to sign up for the Swami XPress and pay on line?  OR do you have to order the kit?

Being an archtypical A:  I want to do it ALL & I want to do it all NOW!!! - I would greatly appreciate quick answers to my questions.  This is a LOT to ask with Christmas being right here and now, but you all are a wonderful group of people, so I'm asking for your help even though it is a holiday for many of us.

Thanks to all.  






Posted by: C_Sharp, Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 12:26am; Reply: 1
Quoted from ginnyTN

1.  The process for taking measurements is different in the video on this web site from what is described in the Genotype book.  Do I assume correctly that I follow the measurement process as described in the Swami literature?

2.  If I order the Swami XPress package, does that INCLUDE the fingerprint kit and the taste strips?  - Or do I have to purchase that kit separately?

3.  Is there a way to sign up for the Swami XPress and pay on line?  OR do you have to order the kit?



1) Follow the directions in the SWAMI literature it is more recent and has been refined to reduce errors.

2) Taste stips and fingerprint material are in the GenoType kit, but are not included in the SWAMI kit.

3) SWAMI XP version 2 is expected to be distributed electronically, the current release can be purchased online but you have to wait for a kit be mailed to you. (SWAMI XP users will be upgraded automatically for free to SWAMI XP2 when the new version is released)
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 1:11am; Reply: 2
the video is very helpful and accurate

http://www.youtube.com/v/x3_5ZM7F5Y4?fs=1&autoplay=1&rel=0
Posted by: ginnyTN, Friday, December 27, 2013, 5:07am; Reply: 3
Well, it is on order.  I have a friend who is active in helping people learn about BTD (Lola knows her) who will come and help me do the measurements correctly.  

Now I'm getting nervous.  After almost 6 years of knowing my food list like my own name, I may have to unlearn and relearn a whole bunch.........but que sera, sera.    
Posted by: ABJoe, Friday, December 27, 2013, 6:12am; Reply: 4
Quoted from ginnyTN
Now I'm getting nervous.  After almost 6 years of knowing my food list like my own name, I may have to unlearn and relearn a whole bunch.........but que sera, sera.    

Yes, it is likely that the food lists may change, but it should be for the better.
Posted by: ginnyTN, Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 3:00am; Reply: 5
Hip, hip, hooray - I'm on my way!!!!   (woot)(clap)(dance)

My friend Donna came over yesterday and helped me do all the measurements.  The biggest challenge was the fingerprints because I have so many white lines that all of my prints are almost unreadable, but she's had experience in doing Swami tests with people so between us we did the "best guess" process.  I'm hoping that in a few weeks some of the white lines will go away and I can do the fingerprints again and see what they really are.

After inputting all my data last night, my Swami report shows I am 44% Explorer.  My food list specifies that it is a combination of Explorer GT plus BTD - and with few exceptions I really LIKE IT!

Yes, I have to make changes.  Yes, I have to be creative with replacing some things that I've been eating and finding new beneficials that taste/feel as good to me - but by and large I am quite happy with my COMBINATION SWAMI report.  

NOW I have to finish printing out my food lists (not printing the entire brochure because I can read it on my computer any time and I have a real "thing" about saving trees) and also print out a refrigerator check off list.  

I made refrigerator check off lists (lists each category plus number of servings per week and you put a check mark when you consume whatever) for BTD so all I have to do is modify the number of servings and can print it out.

I used check off lists 28 years ago when I went to weight watchers, and made the lists for myself again when I started ER.  To me this is the only effective way of knowing that I am being compliant with portions and servings.  

I am not sure I can do the exercise regimen that I know is essential for regaining full health, but am starting with the new food list and will go from there.

THANKS to those who answered my initial questions.

My only question now is:  Why didn't I do this sooner??????? ??)
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Wednesday, January 1, 2014, 6:42pm; Reply: 6
If the exercise recommendations are too much, then slowly work up to them. You may have to see it as a "long-range goal"  rather than "instructions to follow immediately."
Posted by: ginnyTN, Wednesday, January 1, 2014, 10:12pm; Reply: 7
Thanks, Ruth.

As an unmitigated A, if I can't do the whole ball of wax right now I tend to think I can't do it at all.........sometimes I almost wish I were an O so I would be more geared to making changes slowly.  (Except then I'd have to eat all that yucky red meat   :-/)

I've never done "New Year Resolutions" before, but since this Swami X process happened in my life at the end of the year, I think I'll view it as a New Year Resolution and maybe - just maybe - I can start on a modest exercise program and stick to it!  I need to start with physical therapy stretches and core building exercises and I have pages and pages of those from former "incidents" in my life when I had to go to therapy.  

As an aside, I always enjoy reading your posts and admire your spirit and tenacity in sticking to a "growing healthier lifestyle" with all of the major demands you have in your life.  Ruthiegirl, you are an inspiration!

  
  
Posted by: SquarePeg, Thursday, January 2, 2014, 12:53am; Reply: 8
I didn't so well on the Explorer GTD as on the BTD, either.  SWAMI was the right choice for me.
Posted by: Amazone I., Sunday, January 5, 2014, 8:00pm; Reply: 9
btw...this were my thoughts while reading your questions;) welcome in the explorer club :D...and don't worry some changes in our diets wouldn't harm @ all  ;D 8)(clap)(ok)(dance)(cool)

SPeg... my recommendations on Swami are + - the same as in lr4yt :D..are you also an
*aprooved nonnie*??) by tests..? and then I don't feel you as a true infp...sorry... merely perhaps 3-4 ok or 3-2 in the enneagram...??)... hmmm...(think)....
no 3 in the enneagram is the typical *A-shapement for all O's * ;) ;D....sorry for my
pretenders....(blush)(pick_nose)(grin)(shrug)
Posted by: SquarePeg, Monday, January 6, 2014, 8:21pm; Reply: 10
Amazone, I haven't had my secretor status tested.  But my SWAMI diet doesn't seem to change much either way.

Myers-Briggs isn't based on blood tests, is it?  Why should my secretor status disqualify me for iNfP?  Perhaps I've misunderstood?
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