When I was 37, a health crisis hit me like a lightning bolt. I remember sitting in the gynecologist’s office. The look of concern on the doctor’s face unnerved me. She was going on and on about a gigantic fibroid sitting in my uterus. My mind drew a blank.
“What?” I thought. “How could that be? I had an annual check-up just a year ago and received a clean bill. What has happened to my body?”
I was in shock. My head dropped and I covered my face with my sweaty palms. Tears started dropping and I could not believe what I just heard. I said to myself: “I don’t need another bad news in my life right now!”
My father was dying from cancer on the other side of the world. I was devastated when this bad news dropped.
“Oh no! I don’t want to go to the hospital!” I was scared. I witnessed how my father was butchered in the hospital during his long treatment period. I never imagined that I might end up with the same fate.
“No! I’m not going to let that happen.” I decided to take things into my own hands. “I don’t want to die! I don’t want to die!” became my mantra lurking behind every single move.
So I started reading books upon books on how to heal our body with natural methods. With each book that I read, I tried out the suggestions. Juicing, fasting, detoxing, and eventually, I went all out with a raw vegan diet.
After being on this diet for over half a year, I hit a brick! I woke up feeling like the sky was spinning and my world was literally upside down. “Isn’t this diet supposed to make me feel great?” The dizziness didn’t go away until two full hours later.
At that point, I knew in my gut that something was very wrong with my body. I mean, how come it felt like climbing a mountain when I was walking up a flight of stairs? How come my hair was falling out en masse and my skin was dry like a desert? And worst of all, I developed the worst acid reflux I had ever had, so much so that eating and sleeping became a problem. “No way,” I told myself. “Time to call it quits!”
One day, when reading a book about 100 superfoods for longevity, I came upon the concept of eating according to your blood type. I became intrigued. At the same time, I was tired of trying 100 different types of foods to make myself feel better. I mean, come on! How on earth can you manage to stuff down so many foods, each claimed to be a superfood? This was too overwhelming and confusing.
So, I picked up the recommended book that talked about how to eat right for your blood type, “Eat Right 4 Your Type” by Dr. Peter D’Adamo. Then, everything just started to make sense!
Once I learned how to eat the right foods for my unique body type, and avoided those foods that made me sick, my health turned around 180 degrees. Since then, for over 10 years, I have kept myself in good shape. I gained so much energy and felt better than ever.
Surprisingly, my painful menstrual cramps, along with all those PMS symptoms like headaches, acne, swollen and painful breasts all went away silently. In fact, all the cysts in my breasts that I had since my puberty also disappeared. I was shocked. For the first time in my life, I didn’t dread being a woman with all those irritating and sometimes miserable monthly inconveniences. I was able to go to dance classes without any issues.
Fast forward 12 years, I am in menopause, but I hardly have any symptoms and complaints like hot flashes, night sweats or mood swings. This is thanks to radical diet and lifestyle changes I made a decade ago. And the bonus of that is, I have been able to maintain a healthy weight and shape without depriving myself of delicious food.
Because of how amazing I feel, I decided to share what I learned with women who are going through perimenopause. I hope that these women can feel great once again like I do, and look forward to sailing through their menopause and enjoying the second half of their precious lives. This is why I’m doing what I’m doing, and I love every minute of it.
What about those fibroids? Well, it’s a long story. But the gist of it is, they had already grown too big before I started to turn my health around using natural ways. So eventually I had them removed surgically. But luckily I did not let fear overcome me and rushed into the operating room for a hysterectomy, which 9 out of the 10 doctors I saw suggested. I waited five years until I found a surgeon who was willing to preserve my uterus, and the operation was a success. The strange thing was, during those five years, my fibroids didn’t grow at the rate the doctors had expected, and I had absolutely no excess bleeding issues or pain. After the surgery, my recovery was phenomenal thanks to years of eating anti-inflammatory and healing foods. Since then, I have shifted my focus from managing disease to maintaining health. It has been an awesome journey!
On August 12, 2009, my father passed away from a horrible disease — acute myeloid leukemia. His untimely death at the age of 75 sent a shock wave to my entire being. This probably was the beginning of my “midlife crisis” yet I was unaware of it at the time. It took me well over a decade to fully grieve from losing him. At the same time, a strong desire was born inside me to go on a health journey.
Along the path, I became so passionate about using natural, non-pharmaceutical means to turn around chronic conditions and optimize my health that I became motivated to become a health coach.
I had a calling to help others prevent chronic diseases and live their life to the fullest with the support of optimal health and well-being.
On my father’s death bed, he told me to create something unique bearing my own signature. Well, Dad, I’m not sure if I have succeeded… yet. But I surely am working at it by sharing my knowledge and experience with my audience, and working in greater depths with my private clients.
I made a video to commemorate my father on the 8th anniversary of his death. Please take a moment to watch the short video below, which explains why I do what I do today.
In addition to honoring my father, I’d also like to honor my paternal grandmother, who was known as a healer in her village in Indonesia. Even though I had never met her, I believe her gift of healing has been passed onto me, fueling my desire to heal both myself and help others heal.
My grandmother used herbs and plants to make natural medicine for whoever fell ill in her community. She also gave food to those in need. Funny I never saw the connection until I discovered my calling in mid-life.
As I celebrate my father and grandmother’s legacy for me, I appreciate the opportunity to share with you the gift that they have left me.
Hi, this is Louisa today with a heavy heart. I’m sharing something with you that, it’s a difficult topic, but it is what makes me who I am today. So two days ago, it was the eighth anniversary of my father’s passing away. His death, marked a watershed in my life in that he woke me up to the reality of how our health is so important and how it’s related to our food and our lifestyle, as well as our emotional well-being.
And so this awakening. Initially took the form of me, looking into the possibilities of making sure that I and my other family members were healthy. What happened was that my dad died of leukemia. And shortly after that, I was diagnosed with benign tumors in my uterus, as well as some cysts in my ovaries.
I was beyond shocked because I have seen my dad go through a grueling treatment process at the hospital. I developed a mistrust for the healthcare system based on Western medicine. So to deal with my own health problems, I decided to look at unconventional ways, which led me to reading a ton of books on natural medicine and healthy diets.
Fast-forward without going into too much detail, that led me into a mission of becoming healthy and helping everyone else to be healthy through natural means. So, that’s what made me who I am today. I’m not all that I do, but I do care so much and feel passionate about what I do, which is to help people like you to achieve optimal health with natural means. I’m passionate about holistic health.
So, that’s what I’ve chosen to do. I feel like it’s a calling or perhaps it’s something that has chosen me. Either way, it has been an amazing journey and I just want to thank my father for this special gift. It’s a legacy from him besides his other gifts for me, including, his appreciation and talent for art, which will always be with me.
So, I conclude this video with blessings for my father’s soul. And, I just want to let you know that his soul lives on in me, and it will be a privilege for me to inspire anyone to go on a health journey and to find beauty and healing in their lives. See you next time.
For those of you who would rather read text, here is a summary of what I mentioned in the video and podcast:
As I mentioned in my last video, “First Steps to Take to be Compliant with the Blood Type Diet,” I have made the switch to incorporate high-quality animal protein, lots of vegetables and eliminated a whole bunch of food that’s harmful to me, such as wheat, dairy, soy, corn and sugar.
As a result of adjusting my diet to what my body truly needs and can assimilate, I experienced a series of amazing health benefits:
I wake up feeling truly refreshed. No more brain fog. No more need to drink coffee to wake up. No more midday drowsiness.
I used to have mucous, cold sores and sore throat regularly. And every day, after breakfast, which consisted of wheat bread, cheese and a cup of coffee with milk and sugar, I would always have diarrhea. Not anymore!
Acid reflux, stomach aches or constipation were “normal occurrences.” Not anymore! No even farting–the foul-smelling type!
No more “random” vomits and passing out at restaurants because I know I can’t eat cheese or other dairy products while pairing them with white wine or beer. These are all “avoids” for my type.
No more frequent headaches and migraines.
My skin clears up. I seldom get breakouts. When they do appear, I would be able to trace back to what I have eaten.
No more cold hands and feet, because my thyroid has become healthier.
No more allergy. That’s a big one. I used to have such bad seasonal allergies that I wasn’t able to function normally for at least two months out of the year.
I have much fewer colds and flus.
I thought switching to beef would be difficult but actually my body started craving for it and other types of red meat. The fact is that I didn’t like beef because I was eating conventionally raised, feed-lot beef, which has an awful taste and smell. Grassfed beef turns out to be a totally different animal!
And that leads to another pleasant surprise! I realized that eating grassfed beef actually helps me to lose weight. I have been able to burn fat effortlessly and maintain a healthy weight thanks to that. If you want to know more about how that is even possible, check out my Open Box video on Butcher Box.
There were some surprises about the food that I ate a lot during my raw vegan period. I learned that certain foods that are considered “super foods” by the healthy eating community are actually “avoids” for most other blood types. They include avocados, coconut oil, cashews and Brazil nuts.
The most pleasant surprise of all is that, for a sweet tooth like me, I can still have some wonderful desserts without gaining weight, such as a little bit of dark chocolate and some other gluten-free and dairy-free desserts, provided they are made with ingredients that are beneficial for my type. But since I have started to eat more meat and vegetables, I actually have less craving for sweet and starchy food.
Another pleasant surprise is, I used to think that alcohol and I just don’t belong to each other because, like most Asian people, my liver doesn’t have the enzyme to process it–or so I thought. However, it turns out that red wine is neutral for me. And after following the Blood Type Diet for a while, my liver got cleaned up and I started to be able to drink a small glass of red wine without feeling any discomfort, even though I still have a bit of that Asian flush.
These are some of the most prominent changes that I have noticed in my physical health. But eating right has also improved my mental and emotional well-being. I find that my mood is much more stable than before. In the past, I got cranky very easily as soon as I got hungry and my blood sugar level dropped quickly. I would feed myself with cookies, biscuits or cakes, which in turn spiked my blood sugar and gave me a sugar crash quickly afterwards. When I fill my plate with beneficial meat, fish and vegetables instead, my blood sugar level evens out, and I feel satiated for a much longer time. That way, I don’t have those sugar crashes and so I don’t get cranky so easily.
Of course, there are many things that contribute to emotional health, but those are beyond the scope of this video. I will talk more about them in the future.
Have you tried the Blood Type Diet? What are some of the health benefits you have experienced? I’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.
Next time, I’ll talk about the obstacles I had to overcome in order to be compliant to my diet. Stay tuned.
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Many vegans have adopted a diet free from ingesting animals and animal byproducts for humanitarian and ethical reasons. Others have sought to lose weight or recover from eating disorder through veganism. I had once been a vegan for six months because I wanted to cure myself from tumors without going to the hospital. The experiment started out with amazing changes to my body and even shrank my tumors, but eventually failed as a host of ailments started to pop up. Eventually, I opted out of veganism for the sake of my overall health and found a different way of eating that suits my individual conditions way better. Below is the story of how I ventured into veganism and what I have found during the journey.
A Bomb Dropped from Heaven
In the summer of 2009, I was diagnosed with two large uterine fibroids and an ovarian cyst after visiting my cancer-ridden father and taking care of him for a few months.
I was shell-shocked upon hearing the diagnoses. Luckily, the fibroids and cyst were benign, meaning, no cancer! Having been on the battlefield with my dad when he struggled with acute leukemia at the hospital, my greatest fear was to get cancer myself.
When the initial shock faded, I went to see a few specialists to get their opinions. All of them suggested surgery. One of them promised he would do a good job using minimally invasive technique, but he would charge an arm and a leg for the surgical fee. Another one said due to the fact that the larger of the two tumors was stuck to the back of my uterine wall, there could be excessive blood loss during an open abdominal surgery. He recommended a few shots of lupron, a synthetic female hormone that would put my body into sudden menopause and make me very depressed. The reason for this shot is to shrink the fibroids somewhat so as to minimize the possibility of blood loss. Now, this was the last straw that broke the camel’s back. Having suffered from clinical depression in my 20’s, the prospect of an artificially induced menopause and depression was absolutely frightening!
Searching for Answers
Since then, I started researching alternative ways of treating fibroids. There turned out to be tons of materials on the Web and numerous books have been written on the subject, including “What Your Doctor Did NOT Tell You about Premenopause.” I started learning all about the possible contributors to uterine fibroids, including eating too much estrogenic food and being exposed to environmental toxins that are known as “xenoestrogens,” etc.
I read about how dairy products, refined carbohydrates, especially wheat flour and sugar, the lack of Vitamin D/sunshine, all contributed to my condition. Sure enough, my diet during the years prior to my diagnosis was mainly made up of these foods, and I sorely lacked sunshine all year round.
The connection between fibroids and nutrition (or the lack thereof) reminded me of a book that I got as a gift from a former classmate. It is a book about the acid/alkaline diet, “The pH Miracle,” which I never read. Suddenly I got interested and devoured it in one setting. Boy oh boy, I was in another round of shock! The content made me so depressed, as it seemed like everything I ate up until then was highly acidic. How would I be able to make sure I get the perfect acid-alkaline balance? After that book I read at least two more books on the subject and looked up numerous sources online, only to find countless conflicts in whether a food is considered acid- or alkaline-forming. The only way, of course, was to find out by eating the food and see how each type made me feel. I was told that white cheeses are alkaline, so I tried a different type of white cheese every week. All this made me sicker in the stomach. I was also told that yogurt is alkaline-forming. So I ate that together with some oat granola for breakfast. I got a stomach ache every time I ate this, but somehow I kept this “wholesome” habit for months!
After the acid-alkaline episode, which got me into a dead end, I started reading other books on the relationship between food and health.
My best friend gave me a Chinese book written by a Taiwanese author, Dr. Tom Wu, who wrote about phytonutrients from fruits and veggies and how all kinds of diseases, including cancer, can be cured by blending juices and drinking several glasses all day long. In fact, he tells the story of how he cured himself of lung cancer using this method. I followed his instructions closely and spent at least an hour every morning preparing vegetables and fruits for blending. I also added psyllium husk to help “sweep toxins down the colon.” My bowel movements were not a pretty sight, I can tell you that!
But after some time, I read about the scam surrounding this so-called doctor, as revealed by his own son. Apparently this doctor has a very small practice in California and has faked all his naturopathic doctor qualifications. All he has been trying to sell, besides his book, is the Vitamix blender! Oh well, so much for medical integrity! This story gives me a lesson: Not all people with the “Dr.” title can be trusted.
Taking a Plunge to Veganism
After that juicing episode, I got myself into the vegetarian and later, the vegan diet. Among the many books I read at that time was the infamous “China Study” by Colin Campbell, who proposes a plant-based diet as the panacea of all ills (Campbell’s conclusions were later debunked). It was not easy at first, having been an omnivore my whole life. It was a little disconcerting to read about Campbell’s findings that the predominant way of eating in China is the vegetarian diet, because my entire existence as a Chinese up until this point was based on a “balanced diet” that my mom and ancestors had always taught me—one that included a blend of meat, animal organs, fish and seafood, vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts and herbs. Somehow, it was more convincing to hear from this American guy with a phD title after his name, what kind of diet that “most” Chinese people actually follow!
Gradually, I “deleted” all the fish and meat from my meals. It wasn’t difficult with the fish part, as I hadn’t been eating much fish for years at that point. And as for dairy, it wasn’t too difficult, because all the materials and books I had read about fibroids pointed to the same idea that that dairy products would fuel the growth of such tumors. Reflecting on how much dairy I had consumed since I left Hong Kong and pursued my studies and career in the West, I realized that it isn’t particularly suited to my body and may have led to toxic accumulation inside my body. So I just took it out of my diet “cold turkey.” But when it comes to meat, it took me a little while to get used to not eating it. Regardless, as someone who was super determined to shrink my tumors in a natural way, sheer will power did it.
At about the same time, I also read a whole bunch of online material and books on the raw food movement, including “The Raw Food Detox Diet,” “Raw Food Life Force Energy“—both by Natalia Rose, a forefront public figure on detoxing through raw food. I was really into the idea of detoxing my body, and the raw food paradigm seemed to make a lot of sense to me.
Initially, the raw food vegan diet made me feel light. I gained tremendous energy from it. My skin cleared up and started to glow. I lost a lot of weight and looked slimmer than ever. This boosted my confidence (or should I say, vanity?) as a super skinny figure is considered ideal in the ballet world—and I was pretty crazy about ballet at that time, having started to learn it quite late in my adulthood. I loved the new flat tummy, which I stopped having since my 20’s. All of these convinced me, at first, that I was on the right track. Better still, an ultrasound scan found that my fibroids had shrunk one-third in size! Needless to say, I felt proud of my “alternative” choice, and vindicated even, as almost everybody I knew advised me to opt for surgery.
So I went on with the diet, rubbing off of the self-righteous aura in the raw and vegan communities (mostly online, and in America, as this type of diet was almost unheard of in Hong Kong, where I was living, back in 2009). I felt I was in the vanguard of a new health movement, something that my fellow Chinese had no idea of, and was proud of it.
But gradually, I started to face resistance. Eating out became a pain. Even vegetarian restaurants were still a rarity at that time, let alone raw and vegan! So I resorted to not eating during social occasions. I felt rather anti-social and people gave me weird looks. And then physically, I started to feel something strange. I was cold and shivering all the time. I remember coming home from work totally exhausted, so much so that I hardly had any energy to walk up the stairs. My hair started to fall out and my nails became brittle. My skin got very dry. The skin on my legs was so dry that it looked like the scales on a snake. I lost a lot of muscle mass and I weighed barely 100 pounds. My period became light. I was almost always still hungry after each meal, but I got extra hungry at bed time. So I would munch on a lot of nuts before I went to bed. Worse, I developed a terrible acid reflux, so much so that not only the waking hours became extremely uncomfortable, but I even had trouble going to bed, as my throat would always feel “stuck.” The discomfort became stronger and stronger as the days went by.
One day, I suddenly had a dizzy spell. It lasted for two hours straight, and it felt like the sky was about to collapse on me. I had to take a sick leave from work, which I seldom did, because it was so bad I couldn’t do a darn thing! This happened one more time before I realized something very, very wrong was going on in my body. It was not until later that I realize I had anemia.
My Light-Bulb Moment
The decline in my health kept me searching in other directions. I continued to devour books on health, and in the midst of reading “50 Secrets of the World’s Longest Living People” by Sally Beare, I stumbled across the Blood Type Diet by a naturopathic doctor, Peter D’Adamo. I was instantly intrigued. Wait a minute, I thought, hadn’t I heard about the connection between food and blood type before? Sure, it was in that book by the Taiwanese “doctor” where I first read about the connection. That “doctor” probably stole the information from Dr. D’Adamo. In any case, I got curious. “Perhaps there is something to it,” I thought. Reading half way through the “50 Secrets,” I was ready to give up, as each culture the book mentions seems to thrive on different kinds of food. To me, the book simply presented too many food choices, so many that it made me feel like I had to eat all those foods suggested in order to achieve longevity—an impossible proposition. It just didn’t make sense to me. I didn’t want to spend all my waking hours looking for and ingesting all these so-called “power foods”!
The concept of a diet based on different blood types, on the other hand, really “clicked” with me. It sounded more “selective.” I immediately purchased “Eat Right 4 Your Type” and finished it in one “gulp”! How interesting to read about the anthropological background of the four blood types and to find out that I, being a Type O, have hunters and gatherers as ancestors!
The part about the right kind of diet for my blood type was right on, as I recognized how the foods in the “Avoid” category affected me physically, making me feel ill one way or another. For example, I’m not supposed to have dairy products—no wonder the yogurt in my breakfast, which my then naturopathic doctor said was “excellent”—gave me stomach aches. And the book made me realize that my severe pollen and later dust allergy in the past was a result of having consumed a massive amount of dairy products, after moving to the States and living in Wisconsin, the “Dairy State,” of all places!
Later on I also found out that I’m not supposed to have oat. The combination of oat granola and yogurt, touted as an ideal kind of breakfast in the vegan and raw food community, was therefore a big no-no for me! There are a number of other details, such as alfalfa, cashew and brazil nuts being “Avoids.” These were new foods in my diet during the raw-vegan period, and I was eating quite a lot of them and spending a lot of time in sprouting! In fact, I was eating all organic, raw and vegan, and paid a ton of money for what was supposed to be good for me. But it became clear that what sounded good in theory might not necessarily “sit well” with our individual body.
On the other hand, when I started to eat high-quality, grass-fed red meat, such as beef and lamb, my body literally started to wake up and sing in joy! My energy level soared immediately. My frail body started to feel warmer, more alive, and best of all, my stomach felt cozy and satisfied. No more bloating, no more drowsiness after meals. Everything was digested properly and I had so much more energy than before—solid energy that lasted throughout the whole day. My metabolism had never worked this well since I was a teenager. Within a week’s time, my terrible acid reflux disappeared entirely! How amazing is that? The acid/alkaline diet would have said “No” to this as red meat is highly acidic! But, according to the Blood Type Diet, O’s have a high level of stomach acid, and red meat paradoxically helps control that. It also turned my anemia around completely. I soon learned that grass-fed beef and lamb can actually aid digestion, burn fat and improve metabolism in Type O individuals. They also provide a lot of important nutrients such as iron and Vitamin B12, which I sorely lacked during my vegan period, and which directly caused my anemia.
I was also overjoyed to find that I could eat up to six eggs a week. The first time I went back to eating eggs, my body felt a great sense of relief and satisfaction. It was just what it needed—and craved!
Gradually, I introduced many beneficial items like ghee (clarified butter) and deep-sea fatty fish like salmon, cod and tuna. The increase in animal protein really made a big difference in how I felt. I was finally able to feel more “solid” on my feet, no more light-headedness and constant hunger, my muscle tones improved a great deal and I didn’t become fat from “all that meat”!
What My Body Told Me
The lesson I have learned here is to listen to my own body, which contains all the wisdom that I need in order to heal. Theories are nice and if they turn out to fit your life, so much the better. But ultimately, the body is the final judge, and it is so important to listen and follow the signals it is giving us.
The more I learn about how to eat according to my blood type, the more in tune I become with what my body really needs. The more this diet cleanses my body in a slow and steady way, the more I can connect a particular ailment or reaction to a particular kind of food. Over time, I have learned to avoid eating all those foods that make me feel bad or uncomfortable.
Eventually, I no longer use the paradigm of “good vs. bad food” when I eat. The choice for foods that are beneficial for me based on my bio-individuality is a conscious one, for when I choose foods that do not suit my own body, I would very soon experience unpleasant side effects. It is really fun to be able to put two and two together this way, almost like playing a detective game! So, refraining from certain types of foods doesn’t feel like a “restriction” to me anymore—a feeling that oftentimes is associated with diets that aim at losing weight and which play a role in eating disorders. It is merely a pro-active choice to prevent diseases.
Some May Benefit from Vegan Diet but Others May Not
While the raw food and vegan movements have been popular among a certain population in pursuit of maximum health and longevity while hoping to contribute to environmental sustainability and animal welfare, I suspect that only a certain percentage of the population could actually benefit from it. These are mostly Type A’s, whose health would benefit greatly from cutting out red meat and eating mainly a vegetable-based diet due to the fact that they generally have a low level of stomach acid and intestinal alkaline phosphatase, which are necessary in the proper digestion and assimilation of animal protein. Even so, from a nutritional viewpoint, they would only achieve optimum health in the long run by supplementing a predominantly plant-based diet with some fish, poultry, eggs and certain dairy products such as Greek yogurt and some white cheeses. If not, they would need nutritional supplements for certain nutrients that can only be derived from animals, such as Vitamin B12. Even so, there are certain vitamins that can only be derived from animal food, such as the fat-soluble vitamins A, D3 and K2.
In my nutrition course, we did an informal survey of people who have been on a vegan diet. The longer the length of time, the fewer vegans left in the audience. There is practically zero vegan who has been on this diet for over 50 years. Compare that with the way human beings have been eating–as omnivores–for hundreds of thousands of years.
The reason you don’t hear much about the struggles of those who have problems with veganism is that their belief in this ethical way of eating and living supersedes their suffering. I would venture to say that most of those who are struggling with various ailments, such as those I have suffered from during my vegan period, are either Type O or B people, who have a much higher level of stomach acid and intestinal alkaline phosphatase than the other two blood types, and would thrive with a diet of a higher proportion in animal protein. Unfortunately, many struggling vegans are ashamed to tell the truth openly for fear of being chastised by their community or for being condemned as “losers” who can’t stick with the principal. If you are a vegan or a raw vegan and are struggling but want to improve your health, please contact me through the comment section or leave a private message through the contact page. I would love to hear from you.
Please also check out my video on YouTube that talks about my experience and how I have regained my health after switching to a personalized diet based on my blood type and genetic attributes: http://bit.ly/erc_veganism2