AN IMPORTANT NOTE: This information is supported by several conducted studies, doctors, and dietitians but is not intended as a substitute for medical recommendations of physicians or other health care providers. Rather, it is intended to offer information to help individuals cooperate with health professionals in a mutual quest for optimum well-being.
Eat Right for your Type – What is it?
Blood types: O, A, B, AB – your blood type is a powerful genetic fingerprint that identifies you just as your DNA does. When you begin to understand the individualized characteristics of your blood type and use that as a guide for eating and living, you will be healthier, you will naturally reach your ideal weight, and you will slow the process of aging.
“Your blood type is a more reliable measure of your identity than race, culture, or geography. It is a genetic blueprint for who you are, a guide to how you can live most healthfully.” – Dr. D’Adamo
What does each type mean?
Each blood type is different in what they can tolerate due to specific changes across time.
O is for OLD: Type O is the oldest dating back to 40,000 B.C. Type O’s thrive on intense physical exercise and animal protein. Animal protein is often discouraged today because the saturated fats have proven to be a risk factor for certain diseases and well most of meat consumed today is shot through with fat and tainted by the use of hormones and antibiotics. Fortunately, organic and free-range meats are a good option. For someone like me who is mostly plant based I have found fish or venison to be a great substitute for all other meats! Type O’s were skillful and fierce hunters – they were the most dangerous predators on earth at the time… because of this they began to have no fear of their animal rivals and with no natural predators other than themselves, the population exploded encouraging competition, war, and further migration. This is where Type A developed.
A is for AGRARIAN: Type A evolved with agrarian society which initially appeared somewhere in Asia or the Middle East between 25,000 and 15,000 B.C. During this Neolithic period the people settled into farming communities where the planting of grains and livestock changed everything – this radically different lifestyle resulted in entirely different digestive tracts and immune systems and helped people to better tolerate grains and agricultural products but also eventually made it very difficult to digest carnivorous kind of diet. Type A’s flourish on vegetarian diets and are strongly suggested to follow the diet plan of their ancestors due to being more susceptible to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
B is for BALANCE: Type B developed sometime between 10,000 and 15,000 B.C. emerged as humans migrated north into colder, harsher territories – the Himalayas. Out of all the blood types, Type B shows the clearest geographic distribution and has a killer immune system! Type B is the most balanced when it comes to food – Type B handles dairy well, which is rare to see, but should refrain from grains. The variety of what can be consumed in a Type B diet is fairly large and flexible. “The best of the animal and vegetable kingdoms.”
AB is for MODERN: Type AB blood is rare. AB formed from the combination of Type A (Caucasians) and Type B (Mongolians), it is found in less than 5% of the population and is labeled as modern due to it being the newest of blood types. Type AB inherits tolerance of both Type A and Type B therefor their immune systems have an enhanced ability to produce more antibodies to infections – minimizing their chances of being prone to allergies, and other autoimmune diseases. Although Type AB sounds awesome so far they also have a downside just like the other types… Type AB acts and responds A-like or B-like “self”, with that being said there is a greater predisposition to certain cancers and other diseases. “Type AB presents the perfect metaphor for modern life: complex and unsettled.”
My Blood Type:
I’m Type O which made me nervous at first because I very rarely eat meat now and that’s not ideal for Type O’s. I started my plant based diet almost a year ago: New Years day 2018 – but still would eat fish and/or venison about once a month. I noticed I was becoming sluggish towards the summer and instantly knew it had to do with my diet. Once I began reading Eat Right for your Type it answered all my low energy problems and also helped clarify so many other issues I have faced with my digestive system in the past. All I kept thinking to myself was I wish I had read this book sooner. I wasn’t really sure how to work through the “high-protein” diet at first because I thoroughly enjoy being mostly plant based so I ended up just incorporating more fish and venison into my diet, which are both highly beneficial foods for Type O’s and this has helped me immensely!
Type O Diet Plan – What it consists of:
- high protein diet
- restricting the consumption on grains, breads, legumes, and beans.
- restricting the use of all dairy products
- Type O’s produce a high amount of stomach acid (to break down meat) so it’s important to avoid vinegary or acidic bases
There are foods/drinks labeled as highly beneficial, neutral, and avoid. The highly beneficial foods act as medicine; the foods to avoid act as poison and the neutral foods simply act as foods. The neutral foods may not have the special health benefits of some other foods but they’re certainly good for you in the sense that they contain many nutrients that your body needs.
My Type O Diet Diary:
Week 1: Started off with super low energy the first few days and had a very hard time resisting cold brew or caffeine in general. After the third day my caffeine headache subsided and I felt incredible – I typically crash around 2/3pm but my energy was through the roof and it stayed that way! I also began to get a handle on what I could make – at first I really struggled forming meals for myself, I quickly noticed how often I ate foods that Type O’s should avoid such as peanut butter, strawberries, apple cider vinegar, coffee, ketchup, pickles, beans, avocado.
Week 2: Not craving caffeine nearly as much as last week. My energy was good, I was sleeping good (rare for me), and my mind was SO clear. My stomach will often turn or bloat after at least one meal – during this strict diet plan it didn’t happen once – this book was extremely eye opening in the aspect of what vegetables and fruits were beneficial for me – many of us just assume all vegetables and fruits are “good” for us. I followed along as best as I could and the results were so impressive!
I am not one to try cleanses, diets, or follow along with the most recent fads – but this book really struck me and highlighted everything I so restlessly tried to find answers to for the past 4 years about my body and why it reacts to certain foods the way it does. Eat Right for your Type is an incredible guidepost for us to obtain our healthiest state of being, I strongly feel it could benefit everyone. Naturally, I researched a TON before I started this Type O Diet. If you starting a new diet, cleanse, or anything you are unfamiliar with It’s important to understand what you’re doing and understanding the background of it. I’m looking forward to adjusting my diet to this 24/7 but I know it’ll take time to cancel out certain items (such as coffee, haha).
Eat Right for your Type highlights more than just foods – this book explains each blood types history, the best method for weight-loss, exercise guidelines, and personality. There is so much incredible information in this book but I wanted to concentrate solely on the food. Below I have linked my favorite Type O dishes and where you can buy the book to take a deeper look!
My Favorite Type O Dishes:
click on link to get the recipe
Type O Freestyle
Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl
Sweet Potato Toasts
Banana Baked Oats
D’Adamo & Whitney – Century – 1996
Link to find book: Eat Right for your Type
Talk to your physician before you begin, find out your blood type if you don’t already know it, and try your blood type diet for at least two weeks to see best results.