My Health Journey (Part 2): The ‘Right’ Food as Medicine

I realized it has been almost a year since I wrote my last blog! How did the year go by? Well, I’m glad to say it didn’t pass by in vain. I have made tremendous self-discovery since my birthday in January, both in terms of the spiritual and physical aspects of my health.

First of all, let me back up a little. In my last entry on my health journey, I mentioned the Blood Type Diet. For me, getting on the BTD train is like hitting the jackpot, as it has resolved most of my ailments since I was a teenager, particularly digestive problems and allergies.

Seeing that it worked so well, I went deeper into finding out my Secretor status. In the majority of the world’s population, blood type characteristics (antigens) not only show up in the blood cells but also in bodily secretions such as saliva and sweat. This actually partly serves to protect the body against certain infectious diseases. There is a minority population who does not have this natural protection and they are known as “non-secretors.” I found out, through a simple saliva test sent to a lab in America, that I am a non-secretor, or “nonnie.” This shed new light on my hyper sensitivity to certain food and environmental irritants.

According to Dr. Peter D’Adamo, who discovered the importance of the secretor status in relation to our health: “Your secretor status drastically alters the carbohydrates present in your body fluids and secretions in addition to several important aspects of your metabolism and resistance. These factors include the activity of an enzyme called intestinal alkaline phosphatase, the overall composition of bacteria in your intestinal ecosystem, your propensities toward blood clotting, your level of carbohydrate tolerance, and your resistance to certain parasites and yeast.

In addition to allowing important diet refinements, knowing your secretor status can help you use nutritional supplements more effectively and intelligently and add to your awareness of illness and metabolic dysfunction you may be prone to because of your secretor genetics.”

Knowing my status, I was thus able to fine-tune my food intake based on the latest database of food values here:
Blood Type Diet/ Nutrient Value Encyclopedia

My body started to feel better and better, especially in the digestion department. Then I went from knowing my secretor status to understanding my Genotype. Genotype is a different approach to find out how your particular genetic make-up influences your health, and how by eating and exercising according to what is best for your type, you can effectively switch on the “good” genes and switch off the “bad” ones.

Reading “Change Your Genetic Destiny” , I found out that I am a “Hunter.” I am most suitable to eat very lean animal protein, do rigorous exercises frequently and minimize my carb intake. As I am also close to being an “Explorer,” I am most sensitive to environmental toxins such as chemicals. I used a software called “SWAMI” to help me come up with a personalized diet plan that includes “Superfoods” (divided into “Diamonds” and “Beneficials”), which, when eaten frequently, would help to cure diseases and strengthen my immune defense; “Neutral” foods, which I can enjoy occasionally but would not act like medicine; and “Avoids,” which are like toxins to my body. Within the “Avoids” category, there are “Black Dots,” which are foods I should avoid for six months’ “washout period.”

The pleasant surprise was that I got a few food items back, which were “forbidden” in the Blood Type Diet. Among them are certain hard cheeses—Manchego (sheep’s milk cheese) and Romano. I also get butter and ghee (clarified butter) as “Beneficials”.

As type O’s should strictly avoid all dairy products, these “Bennies” give me great delight. In fact, these dairy products help to “correct digestive imbalance by restricting the carbohydrates available to intestinal bacteria and yeast. Only the carbohydrates that are well absorbed are included so that intestinal bacteria have nothing to feed on. This helps to correct the bacterial overgrowth and the related mucus and toxin production.”

Most of the foods on this personalized diet plan are “right on.” What I mean is that when I consume the “Diamonds” and “Beneficials,” my body feels so good. But when I eat the “Avoids,” I get problems, either in the form of poor digestion, mucous/sinus problems, skin rashes or weight gain–not to mention the hidden damages that don’t show up immediately. And amazingly, the list confirms the suspicions I had for those foods that had always given me troubles in the past.

Seeing how amazing the SWAMI diet is, I have been faithfully following it for more than three years now. About a year ago I even got a professional version of SWAMI through Dr. Ginger Nash, a naturopathic doctor who is well familiar with Dr. D’Adamo’s diet principles. She has helped guide me to further fine-tune my diet and prescribed homeopathic combination solutions for my hormonal imbalances. I have seen good results by following her advice.

I have so much more to share in terms of health discoveries, and I hope I’ll have the time and inspiration to write a few more entries before the end of the year 😉

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    • Hi there Square Peg Guy! I’m glad you feel inspired to get tested on your secretor status. I found it worth every penny and effort to do so. It has made a big difference in my health–and besides, knowing that I’m a nonnie, I finally made peace with my “weirdness”, LOL!!!

  1. I am just beginning to research the Blood Type Diet, and that’s how I stumbled across your blog post. At this point, I don’t even know my blood type. I tried to decipher it based on how I thought my body handled different foods, but that wasn’t as obvious as I thought it would be. Guess I will be donating blood soon and inquiring.

    I have completed a Whole30 program (that has become a Whole90, minus Thanksgiving (U.S. holiday) week’s visit with family). That diet has proven to be a great choice to learn more about my body and it’s preferences. The Whole30 program involves eating real food – meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruit and good fats and eliminating – grains, dairy, beans, added sugars/sweeteners and alcohol.

    Your writing of your food journey is very, very helpful! I blogged about my Whole30 experience and I will be blogging about my BTD experience next year. I really think we can all learn so much from each other. While there is no one size fits all solution, the BTD does seem to be a great possibility for many.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • I’m curious about the whole 30diet…I have bad gi, autoimmune, dysbiosis, and nutritional/biochemical imbalances. Would swami help… A local ND does it and she’s the only one in the state who does. I just fear fallinFor another false promise. Your results are great tho… can u write a follow up on what a typical days diet looks like for u?

      • For now, here’s a typical day for me:
        Breakfast- 2 egg omelette w/ spinach, black olives and tomatoes and topped w/ avocado bits; herb tea w/ coconut milk
        Lunch- Spinach salad w/ London Broil, sweet peppers, grape halves and citrus dressing (lemon juice, orange juice and olive oil); water
        Snack: Macadamia nuts
        Dinner- Ground beef, tomatoes, onions, garlic, herbs over spaghetti squash; roasted zucchini; water

        And here’s a link to a blog where she posts her food daily:

        Hope this gives you a better idea.

  2. Thanks a lot for sharing your experiences with us! They reminded me so much of my own journey through all the food suggestions, since I try out everything, too. 🙂
    I’ve got one question concerning your SWAMI report: Have there been (massive) changes between the normal SWAMI and the extended one you got from the professional? I could get the professional one in about two months from now but I’d prefer to start right away and I really wanna finally know which foods are good for me. I am an Explorer (from the genotyp book) but I have the feeling that I’d be doing better with more a Hunter’s diet. And I wonder whether the normal SWAMI will give me the right information on that.. Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Bianca,
      Thanks for your comment. My SWAMI professional was not very different from the consumer version. I remember getting bigger portions and a few different food values, but overall it is similar to my original report. That’s because in both reports I am still predominantly a Hunter. If you change from an Explorer to a Hunter then there would be quite a lot of differences. I would say that either way, SWAMI would give you a much more precise food list than the Genotype book.

  3. Hello there, thanks a lot for your answer! I finally decided to give it a go and guess what… ALL of my favorite foods came back to the list (like salmon, eggs, avocado, banana, grape juice) and some of them are even beneficial now instead of “forbidden”. I’m sooo glad, I got my very own plan! I’m still an Explorer but the foods on my SWAMI are more those of a Hunter with no grain at all (not even spelt and rye that I used to eat instead of wheat – now I understand why I didn’t feel much better) and basically no dairy except for ghee, buffalo milk and quark cheese. Maybe it’s because I’m a nonnie, too (an LDN). But whatever the reason, with this list I’m much happier and I’m pretty sure that I will soon be feeling better as well!

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