Below is an email that I recently received from John who uses the site too. I thought it was a great email and he gave me permission to post it for others to read. I think it will be helpful for some of you too.
My name is John. I’ve had UC since 2007 (at work, and it was BAD). I didn’t tell anyone (including my wife) until early this year, when I discovered your blog. I had already studied Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type by Dr. D’Adamo for years, but never committed, but decided to make a complete commitment. After two months, I took it farther and read The GenoType Diet by Dr. D’Adamo and figured out my genotype (it turns out that while I’m type B and my wife and kids are AB, we all happen to be Nomads). I’ve been 100% compliant with BTD and then GTD since January. Not only have I lost nearly 100 lbs, but I have not had a single flare up all year (not even a single cramp)! Nice side effect is that my wife has lost just as much weight as me, and is almost off of Metformin for type 2 diabetes. The beautiful thing about the Blood Type and Genotype Diet is that it takes into account that each person is different. What works for me wouldn’t necessarily work for you because we have different genetic needs. I would LOVE to encourage others suffering with UC to investigate Dr. D’Adamo’s work (actually both father and son).
A little additional information about my current eating habits:
I now eat so that I will be hungry at a given time, rather than eating in response to being hungry. I have even gone three days without food because of a business trip where I could not get quality food, and had no problem with the trip. I don’t eat when I’m feeling stressed either. Most days, I only have 6-12 raw almonds at a time to snack on throughout the day. Evening meals are always before 7PM, and include some mixture of whole eggs, turkey, cod, salmon, tuna, scallops, asparagus, cucumber, celery, eggplant, cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, zucchini, squash, basil, ginger, cilantro, thyme, parsley, extra virgin olive oil, virgin coconut oil, and sea salt. Once in a while, I’ll add in other vegetables that are appropriate for my genotype (Nomad) and blood type (B), and I’ll occasionally make almond butter with roasted almonds and some sea salt (though it’s almost become an addiction and I’m cutting that out for a while). My daughter was still on bottles as we made the switch to this diet, so we’ve had no trouble with her eating correctly with us. My son is a different story. He gave us a lot of trouble for a few months, but my wife’s idea about using “sauces” to get him to eat worked like a charm. I just started putting chopped cilantro, lime juice, and extra virgin olive oil on just about everything. Now we all eat very well together. We drink pure water 98% of the time, and decaffeinated green tea the rest of the time. The difference it has made is unbelievable.
Now, having said all of that, I want to thank you for your blog, because the stress of keeping it secret from my friends and family was adding to my problem. Once I read your blog, I let go of it, and I have never felt that level of stress again. In fact, I actually find it difficult to get angry at all any more (and find I have to put on a little bit of a show when I want to get a reaction out of someone, which actually frustrates me that I think I have to do that when I’m not actually angry any more). I love helping others, and I really support what you are doing, so if I can ever be of help on the blog, to help you inspire hope in others, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Thank you so much John for your email and allowing it to be published for others to read. Wishing you and your family the best with good health in 2015 and beyond!
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For me, it was a very rough start with severe symptoms. Getting bounced from medication to medication was not easy or too helpful. But, I did meet another UC’er, changes several parts of my diet, and of course the rest is history.
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