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Hello Heidi. Let me start by thanking you for the great job you are doing here. The first thing I read on the net every day, is your column ;-) Now for the question: In a week or so, my wife and I are going to have a baby. At first the baby will be getting milk from my wife. I am wondering what to do when it gets the age, at which it will need some normal food. Here in Denmark the official recommendation is to make porridge out of milk and some grains. Of course it is also recommended to include veggies and fruit, but the diet seems to be very grain-orientated. Since my wife an A and I´m an O, the kid will be A or O, but my question seems relevant to all parents. What does a Btd-expert recommend, when it comes to cooking right for your baby/small child? John
I'm from Denmark and in my family we (five adults) are eating A and O food since the 10th of September 2001. We have used two of D’Adamo’s books: BTD (the Danish version) and ER4YT, Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia. The blood type diet has been a success for all of us, no doubt of that. Thank you for the new organization of the homepage with the two new columns, On the Diet and Ask Dr. Bron. They are really worth reading. From the homepage I know that D’Adamo took a break from answering questions for the month of April, as he was approaching deadline on his next book 'Eat Right 4 Your Baby'. We look forward to read this book and my question is: When will it be possible to buy 'Eat Right 4 Your Baby'? Best Regards from Kirsten
Hello, John and Kirsten ~~
It bodes well for the health of the next generation that I've received so many queries about the forthcoming baby book. Just this morning, I learned that it is slated for release in the U.S. next Spring (2003). I haven't had a look at it yet, but the title will be Eat Right 4 Your Baby! I'm hoping to see the near-final draft in the next couple of months.
Starting young children on their blood type plans is a simple matter, in theory (especially for me, since I have no kids! :-}): with a blender or food processor, and a juicer, a varied diet of organic baby foods can be prepared at home. Granted, the time and commitment to doing so can seem prohibitive when you've been chasing the little angel around all day long. If your toddler is in day care, the complications mount, but food can be prepared the night before -- or the other parents might like the idea and be willing to cooperate to change the menu served at your center. Think of it as insurance. It is the golden opportunity to shape your kid's lifelong eating habits, not to mention minimizing childhood illnesses and maximizing the sleep you'll get at night. As in every situation, just do your best and realize it's far better than the mainstream alternative!
Mothers of my acquaintance tell me that babies do well with mashed fruit in the morning. Banana blended with plum is a big favorite -- not for all types, naturally, but the list for each type offers lots of possibilities. Juice made from a sweet or tart fruit and a dark-colored berry (such as pineapple and black cherry, grapefruit and strawberry, apple and blueberry) provide a tasty way to load up on vitamins and antioxidants. Just remember to dilute all fruit juices half-and-half with water. The exception is melons, including watermelon: use one kind at a time, alone, and without dilution.
Later in the day, it's better to switch to a vegetable juice. Carrot juice should be halved with celery juice, to minimize the sugar content. A very small amount (no more than 1/8 of the mix) of dark greens and small amounts of other (juiceable) beneficial vegetables can be added. Os (and other types) might also enjoy some homemade broth. As and ABs can benefit from soy milk, ABs and Bs could have fresh or cultured dairy, etc.
Fresh pieces of meat, fowl or fish can be simmered in a little broth or water and mashed or blended for a main course. The bottom of the "baby food pyramid" for every type should be fresh vegetables ~ raw or steamed and blended, or juiced. And the bottom of the "baby food juice pyramid" is pure water, in plenty.
These are just the basics, of course. Vary the diet, try a new food from the list now and again, and once you've gotten a month or two of practice you'll be an expert in feeding your little one (and enjoying the results). Live Right 4 Your Type, by the way, has excellent advice on lifestyle strategies for the young and toddling! in much more detail than I could summarize here.
My heartfelt thanks to the BTD parents and parents-to-be for their interest. Stay tuned! :-)