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What's the straight scoop on dried fruit? On the one hand I read how good it is for you and on the other hand that you should stay away from it. I am a type A who lives in a part of country with long cold winters, and not much access to good, fresh fruit for much of the year. It's complicated by the fact that in the smaller urban communities there is even less access to good fruit in the winter than there might be in the larger cities. I had hoped that dried fruit would help meet my daily requirements (3 fruits a day per Dr. D'adamo's first book). Please help. Chris from Illinois.
Hello, Chris ~ must be getting chilly up there at the moment, eh? :-) The dried fruit to avoid is sulphured, sugared, preservative'd, or pesticide'd. If you use certified-organic dried fruit with no additives, you'll do perfectly fine. For millennia, our ancestors have dried fruit and other foods for use when those foods were out of season. The latter-day health-conscious objections to it revolve largely around those additives that our ancestors didn't use. Enjoy!!
Hello, I'm a Type A who is just getting started on the Blood Type diet, and I need some guidance as I navigate my way back to health. 1. Dr. D'Adamo's "Live Right 4 Your Type" states that Type A's should consume 3-4 servings of fruit and fruit juice per week. Should this be 3-4 servings per day? Also, I was thinking about consuming a ratio of 3 servings of fruit to 1 serving of fruit juice. Does this sound appropriate? Cheers, Andrew
, also linked at the end of the "Library" section on our home page! :-)
Where can I get diet updates. I bought the book quite a while ago and am sure that addtional foods have been added or deleted since I've purchased the book. I've been on the website that is suppose to have them but cannot locate them. Thanks, John
food database. Between the two, you'll be right up to date with the best!
Even though a number of supplements have been noted in Dr. D'Adamo's books as being more beneficial for a particular blood type (or for a subgrouping of blood types), is it safe to say that all supplements can be beneficial to all blood types? Or, are there centain supplements which should be avoided by one type over all others? Since I am new to this (as an A+ blood type), I want to be sure that I am not taking any supplements (herbals, vitamins nor minerals) which can be toxic for my type. Andrew
as a reference.
Since I have not been able to find any reference to this in any database nor book, is heavy whipping cream (from cow's milk) acceptable for a type A+ blood type? If not, would such cream from goat's milk be acceptable, since goat's milk is neutral for type A? Andrew
Heavy cream is indeed an avoid for type A. Goat's milk cream? that sounds great! Because of the fat content, I conjecture it would not rate better than "near neutral" for you, but until we have a decision on it from "on High," it is technically neutral! Let me know how it tastes! :-)
Hi Heidi, I am an A+ secretor & a great fan of Japanese & macrobiotic food. Most times I can eat this sort of food but have a query as to whether I can eat umeboshi plums (pickled plums) and kuzu (thickener made from the roots of the kuzu plant). Umeboshi plums seem great for digestive problems so was wondering whether I could include them in my diet. You are doing a great job. Thanks Helen
Thank you, Helen ~ :-D Kuzu or "kudzu" root I have no listing for, so it may be considered a neutral food. Ume plums, in small amount, should be OK for you... again, it is by lack of any rating that we can use it as a neutral. I do recall that this is not a particularly vinegary preparation ~ they are very salty, but one does not get the mouthful of vinegar that a big bite of a Kosher dill pickle, for example, will produce. Do enjoy them... in moderation, OK?
1) Can you please explain why shellfish such as shrimp, crab, scallops, etc. are "avoids" for type A? What effects do they have if consumed? 2) Have you had or heard of many successes treating Fibroid Tumors with the ERFYT plan? Any information would be appreciated - it is not for me, but for someone I am trying to "convert". Thank you for your time! Michele
snails, is just as powerful... but O Happy Day, it happens to act beneficially on the type A immune response to certain cancers. It's not a shellfish per se, but fills in admirably! Oh, and if you are a nonsecretor A, scallops are neutral... a little good news, perhaps?
Regarding your fibroid tumor question: If you mean uterine fibroids, yes, and for general health including disease aversion, she would be very wise to begin her ABO plan as soon as possible. Not knowing her type or age, there is little I can offer specifically at this time. I can tell you that the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia mentions that uterine fibroids are most common in types A and AB, and it lists protocols for treatment. Get hold of it for your friend, I am sure it will help her!! :-)
I am a type A and have been on the diet for nearly a year I have lost a little weight but am struggling although I do appropriate exercise 4 times a week, avoid all avoids and eat plenty of HBs especially fruit and veggies ( lots of pineapple and pumpkin seeds especially). I have been reading more on the site and am starting to understand that it maybe that I am producing too much insulin due to eating certain foods eg carbs. I understand that foods such as wheat can cause this and have reduced my wheat intake. However on a list in the NAP seciton of the site it says soy can cause this, I thought this was a HB for As and have been trying to eat lots of tofu so I am rather confused that this coudl be the cause of why I cannot loose the weight. Please oculd you explain and perhaps suggest the foods I should avoid due to this reason. Is there anythign I can do to reverse the affect of increasing the insulin production except take A type deflectors which I already do. Thank you so much I am desperate to loose weight as it is really affecting my well being mentally as well as physically. Kind Regards Eleanor
Hello, Eleanor! Soy and grain are good foods for type A ~ but there are portions and frequency to consider. If you are an A2 subtype, and/or a nonsecretor, you would do best on less soy & grain, and more fish & poultry, than your A1 secretor ABO-mates. If it would be difficult for you to obtain the Saliva Secretor test from this site, you can go right ahead and just limit all grains to 5 servings per week, all beans to 3 servings per week, and eliminate any sugars or refined flour. Add a tablespoon of olive or flax oil to your diet, per day. And try eating turkey or chicken 3 times per week and fish up to 5 times per week. Have an egg or two every other day. And fill up on beneficial vegetables, especially dark leafy greens, onions, turnips, parsnips, and celery. Give it a week or two and see how you are doing! (Then drop me a note on your progress!)
I'm a fan of the blood type diet but one thing worries me. Dr. D'Adamo says each blood type evolved thousands of years ago to digest a particular diet and I believe him, but isn't evolution an ongoing process? If a person shields their body from any food that it finds stressful isn't that going to deprive it of the chance to adapt and evolve to a wider diet? From what Dr. D'Adamo has written, it sounds as though blood-type A people adapted rapidly to a diet of mainly grains after aeons in which human beings got their protein from meat. Surely if generations of type A's ate shellfish, for example, type A's would start being born who did fine with shellfish? I'm thinking of food that occurrs naturally in nature here, not man-made pollutants like chemical pesticides etc. which I don't think anyone could adapt to. Also what do 'secretory insufficiency' and 'flocculates serum proteins or precipitates something else' mean? Congratulations on your wonderful column! Olympia
Thank you, Olympia! There's no need to fear that lack of stress will stunt our evolution, we have plenty (;-)) but rather that too much stress lays the foundation for disease and shortens our lives. Actually, he theorizes that the earliest peoples were predominantly type O ~ but type A and B were present, if in smaller numbers. As large land animals were hunted out and agriculture developed, the idea goes, those who could better handle a diet of grains, vegetables and little meat flourished. A nomadic herding existence in high altitudes suited other types better than lowland farming. Environment did not create type, it only limited or abetted its population growth. Yes, people swiftly learned to depend upon agriculture for a steady food supply, but that is not to say every type prospered upon such a diet. I can tell you personally that here we are in the 21st Century, yet I never adapted to grains! When I stopped eating them (especially wheat), and started eating red meat, my health improved greatly. Some foods stimulate antibodies by virtue of their "alien blood type" qualities, and shellfish is one of those foods for As. "Secretory insufficiency" refers to lower levels of protein-digestive or other secretions ~ therefore that food is not recommended for that time. Flocculation and precipitation are when the red blood cells clump up together in response to a substance toxic to the cells. Hope this helps, and thank you again for your kind remarks!
I have been having allergy for 8 years. I finished just about all allerry medication now nothing is working . Finally last 2 weeks I have been following blood type " O " diate from your book and I am doing much batter. The question I have is in your diats amount of water for week 4-7 serving 8 oz per week that is 8 oz maximum per day. Is this correct. Please advise me on this matter. I will be very glad. Thank you very much. Anwar
Great news, Anwar!! That text should read, 4-7 servings per day, not per week. Thank you for writing! :-)
i was wondering if there is any relationship between potatoes and taros? as an O type, i can eat sweet potatoes (with no concern), but was wondering about the taro. is this okay? thank you.....and btw...i love the diet and the book.... jake
Glad you are enjoying the diet, Jake. Use the
Hello I am taking the Polyflora 'O' professional probiotic, the polyvite 'O' professional multivitamin and the phytocal 'O' mineral formula. I also follow the type O blood diet. I would like to know if I could safely use the harmonia ABO friendly green drink as a breakfast drink on top of what I do currently? Also can I use the deflect 'O' lectin blocker as a sort of an "after the fact pill" that will heal my body if I occasionally eat an avoid type food? Silvia
Sure, absolutely. Yes to both! Deflect-O® will help by luring away lectins that would otherwise have attached to your tissues. It does help heal by scrubbing old, lectin-damaged cells over time. :-)
we've found out we're 0 negative. What relevance does +ve & -ve have in the d'adamo scheme? mossey
For Rh-negative Os and Bs, it means a bit more meat and a bit less grain than the Rh-positives of either type. The difference is around one serving per week for each category.
I"m brazilian. I"m not sure about the classification of my ancestries, because my ancestries came from Italy, Portugal and Brazil. Are they classified as africans, caucasians or asiatics? I hope your answer. Thanks a lot. Hilson
Hello, Hilson ~ That's hard to say. One way to determine this is to do a little family research, and see how far back your various European ancestries can be traced. Without knowing your family history, it sounds as if Caucasian is probably your predominant bloodline, so go with that one if nothing else presents itself definitively. It is not a major consideration with the diet, just a refining guideline. If you're still unsure but feel that Caucasian does not fit, drop me another line with more details! :-)
and many thanks to ALL for writing!!
We're all indeed individuals. However, bear in mind: it's easy to spot a personal avoid on the Beneficial or Neutral lists if problematic symptoms show themselves. On the other hand, it's impossible to tell if a listed Avoid is actually OK for you, because so many of them give no immediate signals of damage. Peter did specific testing in this regard, to create the "red flags" and Tier II avoids listed for each type in Live Right 4 Your Type
. The instructions on how to interpret this information is here!
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Hello, J! About choosing among avoids, please see the answer to Top's question, above ~ and a column I wrote a while back, linked here! I would add that at most parties, you'd be welcome to bring a dish or a snack that's OK for you. And I promise, we won't put you on a mailing list. Thanks for your Q!
I saw on the news where a new study shows eating right for your blood type can help you lose weight. Like the lady they showed on the study I have also tried every diet their is but I still can not lose weight and kept it off.I have gainned 50lbs in 3 years and I can not get it off...
Tina, it has worked for thousands of people. The latest success rate is around 85-90%, far higher than any other weight loss plan. Your goal would be to start out slowly and work toward 100% "beneficial" foods. As your weight normalizes, your health will bloom as well. Give it a good go, and let me know how you're doing!
I have the book- cookbok for your type. I have the book living for your type. I am unclear and can not find in either, where
How nice to hear from another farm girl!! :-) There is a listing for "popcorn" on page 263 of Live Right 4 Your Type ~ between "millet" and "rice." It's an avoid, I'm sorry to say. All varieties of corn contain the lectin that harms type Bs. As a popcorn substitute, try some puffed rice heated in a heavy pan with a touch of butter and sea salt ~ very tasty, and a satisfyingly popcorn-like crunch!
I am a Type B vegetarian. I participate in weight training and need to increase my protein. What about
They're fine for your type, Kim. In Live Right 4 Your Type's food lists, whey is graded Neutral for secretors, and Beneficial for nonsecretors. Now, make me happy by using only "organic" whey ~~ Note: "organic" is a shorthand term, widely used, which in this case refers to whey from milk from cows not treated with hormones or antibiotics and fed only certified-organic or verifiably-organic feed (no pesticides). ... and 'All That' is why I use the shorthand term, "organic." :-) Hopefully you'll even be able to find whey powder produced from ranged (sometimes called "free-range," in other words, not barn-restricted, cows) -- and best of all, even 100% grassfed cows. It's worth doing an Internet search for the best possible products you can put in your body, and talking to your local supp shoppe/organic grocer if you find a great product they don't carry. :-D
I am a type B and have been told (via my endocrinologist) that I have positive antibodies for
With your immune system in a hyperstimulated mode, the first strategy is to remove all avoid foods from your diet, and to use the type B stress-relief techniques in Live Right 4 Your Type to signal the endocrine system to stand down from "red alert," and take you back to heal/repair mode from the current condition of constant fight-or-flight. Rather than bladderwrack, try the following from the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia: watermelon seed, 300 mg: 1-2 capsules twice per day -- ginger root, 500 mg: 1-2 capsules with meals -- and fenugreek, 500 mg defatted seeds: 1-2 capsules, twice daily -- Deflect-B, two capsules with meals. Since you've just started the diet, you'll be happy to know there are many improvements to look forward to! It's great you're not on medication ~ it's highly likely now that you'll never need it. Keep with your beneficial exercise and foods, and start a good stress-relief program, and keep me posted!!
Greetings, Pam! One of the lovely things about the B diet is that you do benefit from certain red meats, but you need eat them only in small portions and infrequently. The frequency table in Live Right 4 Your Type gives minimums of 2 servings per week for B Asians & Caucasians, up to 4 servings minimum per week for nonsecretors ~ if you are Rh negative you'd add 1 serving to those minimums. These need not be all red meat: the neutral fowl turkey, ostrich and pheasant are incorporated therein as well. Does fish suit you better? Almost all of the commonest fishes are either Beneficial or Neutral for you, and those minimum frequencies run to only 3 or 4 times per week. The alternatives of beans, seeds and nuts for protein are least suited to your type -- the marked sensitivity of Bs to so many of the legume/seed plant lectins would severely limit your choices, and the protein assimilation from these foods in Bs is far from ideal. Yes, they'd keep you alive, but I hope you're more interested in optimal health, and healing of your conditions, than mere survival.
I have to comment upon your ob/gyn's recommendation: it is the classic one-type-fits-all approach. It applies beautifully to nearly 90% of the population (Os and As), but was never fine-tuned to the requirements of ABO-mediated biochemistry. I urge you to study the type B chapters in Live Right 4 Your Type and decide whether the advice your medical practitioners have given you in regard to diet (a discipline in which most of them have received less than 10 hours' of instruction) is based in actual knowledge of what will help YOU, or if it is mere hearsay based upon studies in which your unique makeup was not represented.
The Membrane Fluidizer Cocktail (MFC) is a tablespoon of flax oil, a tablespoon of lecithin, and eight ounces of the fruit juice of your choice, shaken or blended. It works so well for Peter's patients that he noted it in Eat Right 4 Your Type and Live Right 4 Your Type. The best way to see if it helps you is to try it. I suspect you'll notice some pleasant surprises!
Pam, I hope these thoughts will help guide your way a bit. Let me know if you have more questions! :-)
Hey there, Sharon ~ thanks for the big hug! Right back atcha, girl. ~:-D
If 5-HTP works well for you, it may be because you're a nonsecretor. Works wonders for us. You can up it to 150 mg twice daily, and see how your snooze project progresses! Tryptophan is so abundant in turkey (a goodie for Bs) that I'm sure you can supplement it without harm, and probably with excellent results. Don't forget to include a little real turkey now and again... especially homemade turkey soup with its broth, blah blah blah, you know my views on this!! ;->
I fully empathize with your squeamishness over ingesting hormones -- believe me, I've no love of such things. However, Peter recommends the melatonin for type B insomnia, and so I shall as well. You see, this is not forever. Menopause is not a permanent condition! LOL, thank God!! :-D So if you need it, do it, and no worries there.
Here's another tiny tip: add some MethylB12 (available in our online store), first thing when you rise in the morning -- an hour before eating. Try one cap, and slowly up it to three if needed. It helps regulate your cortisol "clock" in the morning, to encourage sound sleep at night.
Welcome to the BTD, Pam! I do envy you one-type households! :-)
1. Avocadoes are an avoid for type O secretors due to a lectin.
2. Ginseng, gingko and St. John's Wort are popular herbs which work far better for types A and AB than they do for Os. If you're using them for their anti-aging, cognitive enhancement and mood stablization properties, may I suggest the potent adaptogen Rhodiola Rosea (Russian Rhodiola, or Arctic Root), supplementary thiamine hydrochloride (vitamin B1) and L-tyrosine instead? St. John's Wort in particular isn't recommended for Os ~ it is an MAO inhibitor, and we have the lowest levels of MAO of all the blood types to begin with. Your husband may also benefit from a supp called 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), especially if he is a nonsecretor. In the Store on this site, you can purchase Catechol, which is ideal for mood elevation in type Os, and contains several of the separate compounds noted above. I have to put in my classic plug for strenuous exercise here: it's unmatched for balancing type O mood swings, and is fully 50% of our health plan for very good reason. Those workouts not only build muscle, melt fat and pep up our digestion ~ they boost functioning of every organ system, including the endocrine (stress relief) and neurosystem (for that happy brain). end of lecture! now grab yer sneaks & GO! :-D
3. The main reason why pickles are a no-no is that cucumbers are an O avoid (one of the changes in the food lists since BTD). Check the TYPEbase 3® online database (also linked on our homepage) for food changes... and keep an eye on the Updates Page for any future additions or modifications.
4. Hominy/grits is a corn product ~ nix on that one! :-}
5. Cilantro is listed as "coriander" in your book (separately in Live Right 4 Your Type), and is neutral for nearly everyone (beneficial for A nonsecretors).
Once you and your husband have adjusted to your new diet and activities, I doubt you'll miss those old avoids much. There's plenty of great food on our Beneficial and Neutral lists, so the key (here, as in so many things) is to form new habits to crowd out the ones we formed before. Drop me a line on how it's going for you two ~~ and thanks for writing, Pamela!!
Jacquelyne in the UK is working on a cookbook along BTD principles. She gently reminded me today that she’s had a handful of questions outstanding for some time now... :-} I know we have a multitude of readers from the UK, as well as fish, liver, curry & cheese fans either side the Pond, so, here we go!
Can I count sheep's cheese, yogurt, fromage fraiche, etc the same as for goat's cheese?
Certainly. Goat milk, sheep milk ~ the differences are so minor as to be insignificant when encountered by the human digestive tract.
Calve's liver appears in your lists but why has lambs' liver and that old favourite chicken liver been neglected. Should we all avoid? Also when you speak of curry powder are we talking about garam masala? And what are the ingredients. Over in the UK curry powder (I believe unknown in India) can consist of a whole variety of things. Please help!
If an animal’s muscle meat is neutral or beneficial for a given type, the organ meats thereof rate neutral or better ~~ due to the concentration of vitamins and other nutrients in that "fifth quarter" of the animal.
"Curry" has a place in the food lists because it is a spice combination found in every U.S. supermarket spice rack. The components tend to vary little from brand to brand, so the rating was based upon the standard ingredient list on the average product found in the supermarket. There is wiggle room, as you can see in the Live Right 4 Your Type lists, since some blood groups who do great with turmeric (the largest ingredient in most store-bought "curry powder") do far less well with some of the other ingredients, and vice versa. Yes, we are technically talking about garam masala, but truly a mild and middle-of-the-road commercial variety most commonly composed of turmeric, ginger, coriander, cumin, fenugreek, pepper, clove, cinnamon and garlic ~ and although you didn't ask this, we certainly do not mean "curry leaf" which I’ve seen in the UK but never here.
Can I assume that the listing for shrimp would also apply to prawns?
Sure. Shrimp, prawns... or "scampi" in Italy. All those little shrimp-similar crustaceans.
Me again, sorry! Does skate (order Rajiformes) or ray (order Myliobatiformes) feature in your testing? Or is this a fish only found in British waters? Can it be classified? Many thanks!
I’ve eaten skate in the U.S. (delicious!!), from New York to Florida. There are 20+ species swimming in our coastal waters, all loosely called "skate," most indeed belonging to the genus Raja. I’m sorry to report we have no listing for skate or rays, and I would not conjecture about them at this time as is sometimes my wont. Until they are tested and rated, they may be technically considered "neutral," and goodie for me cuz I adore them.
We have a fish in the UK called red mullet (or goatfish or surmullet), is this any relation to your red snapper? Then there is also grey mullet - is this what you call mullet in the Encyclopaedia?
Our "mullet" is Mullus auratus, also your "red mullet," "goatfish," and "surmullet." Same fishy. We, too, call it "red mullet," and that is what we most commonly see on our fishmonger’s ice-pile: plump little red-silver guys, perhaps five to seven inches in length. Your "gray mullet" is Mugil cephalus, a slightly larger and stouter creature (a bit rough-hewn round the head) sometimes called "striped mullet," and not as readily available here on the Eastern Seaboard – but any of the Mullus and Mugil genus can be considered identical to our "mullet" for rating purposes. Our red snapper is a much larger fish, genus Lutjanus ~ and several species applicable, depending upon which State one fishes from: the far western islands of Hawaii, the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, the coast of North Carolina. They’re all red snapper to us!
Here’s a nice portrait, with measurements, of the fish I see everywhere here in the Northeast: ~ Lutjanus campechanus, on every NYC menu!
I thought that porgy (neutral A/O and beneficial B/A was the same as scup (neurtral O/B/AB and avoid A) according to various websites and yet there are different in the Encyclopeadia. The name Stenotomus chrysops seems to point to both. But my real question is - is this fish (or one of them) any relation to the UK Bream as I have never seen porgy or scup over here? Many thanks
"PorGEE, I’ze your woman now... I is, I is, and....".. whoops, slipped into a Gershwin moment there. Here’s our humble "porgy:" Chrysophrys auratus which our government would like us to call "squirefish" and which everyone calls "porgy" anyway. It is, for us, a Pacific catch, reaching so far west in its range that it has managed to pick up the nomen Australia Red Seabream ~ but has not, I fear, reached so far as your eastern shores! Never eaten one, sorry to say, and from its demeanor I'd wager we're neither of us missing much. Now, your S. chrysops IS our "scup" ~ wish I had another attractive pic for your comparison, but it is not such a large-scale food fish here (where all these delightful food ratings were born) that the FDA site would waste bandwidth on its image. :-> I strongly suspect your "bream" is our "Atlantic pomfret" (or just "pomfret" or "bream") ~ Brama brama ~ sounds like bull but it ain't. Oh ~ and we’re so special over here in the Colonies that we have a "Pacific pomfret" as well: Brama japonica. Whole lotta fishin’ goin’ on! But of course all this is of little help to you, since I’ve no snazzy pic to offer nor any rating for B. spp. Another neutral international fish for the record, and who can say we might not benefit from a bit more neutrality in this tumultuous world of ours? :-D
Jacquelyne, thank you for your questions... and the reminder! :-> Best of luck in your work, and DO keep in touch!! :-D
Several readers have expressed an interest in home-cultured foods and have requested references on how-to and what-to-do-what-to, etc. ;-)
One approach is the use of kefir-grains. I suggest a thorough reading of "Dom's Kefir In-Site" pages, linked here and here. The process sounds quite complex at first glance, but is quite understandable and doable after a few passes through the text and a couple of test batches at home.
In the beginning of January, 2001, "Marlese" posted to the old message board some tips on cultured nuts/seeds she'd picked up in Natalie Cederquist and James Levin's book, Vibrant Living. I would also suggest taking a look at the book, since she mentions there are a number of different kinds of foods used in their recipes. I've reproduced her post in full here below:
Cultured Live Food Recipes: LONG
Posted By: Marlese O+
Date: Wednesday, 3 January 2001
Claire West asked for these, but I thought other people might be interested, so I’m posting here. I’m going to post the original recipe, and then each blood type can feel free to substitute avoids with HBs and neutrals. Cultured live foods have living enzymes, airborne lactobacillus, and lots of other good stuff. It’s also good for people who have difficulties digesting nuts because the culturing process breaks down some of the proteins and fats and pre-digests the food to a degree. I’m very allergic to nuts, but have absolutely no problems eating them this way. Except that they’re still fattening. Very fattening. It’s easy to overeat them in this form, but they do have nice milky feel which us O’s can miss sometimes.
I got all of the recipes from Vibrant Living by Natalie Cederquist and James Levin. When I was eating raw, I would use recipes from this book when I started getting bored. As an O, I simply couldn’t thrive on a vegan diet, and wasn’t willing to eat raw meat (except for ground beef, of course). But the raw movement has come up with lots of nice ways to eat seaweeds, fruits and veggies without destroying their benefits by cooking them. I’d recommend the book to anyone and am grateful to Claire for making me dust it off. I had forgotten some of this great stuff.
Basic Sun Almond Seed Cheese
½ c raw sunflowers (if subbing, use lean seed like pumpkin)
1 c raw almonds (if subbing, use richer nut like pine or filbert)
2 c clean (spring or filtered) water, or Rejuvelac (recipe below)
1 teaspoon(t) white miso
1. Grind the nuts into a powder (I use Vitamixer but blender might work), toss in water and miso and blend till mixed.
2. Pour mixture into a glass jar, cover with a towel, and let it sit on your kitchen counter for 8-20 hours. The longer it sits, the more of a sour flavor it gets. I like 10 hours.
3. If you used a regular blender, there will be "whey" on the bottom and "cheese" on top. Just scoop off the cheese and store in fridge (to make it even thicker, line a mesh colander with cheese cloth and let sit draining over a bowl in your fridge for a day). If you used a Vitamixer, the whole thing will be a softer sort of cheese.
Dream de la Cream (holy cow, does this live up to its name)
1/3 c raw macadamia
2/3 c cashews
½ c almonds
1 c clean water or Rejuvelac
Same as steps 1-3 above, only don’t let it sit more than 8-12 hours. This is a more delicate mix, probably because of the higher fat content, which will spoil if left out too long. But it’s delicious.
Seasoned Nut Cheese
1 c almonds
1 Tablespoon(T) nut butter
1 T Golden or white miso
¼ c chopped onion
1 chopped garlic clove
2 t umeboshi plum (I’m not sure if this is OK for O’s, but I don’t add anymore. Can substitute a pinch of sea salt)
optional: herbs like basil, oregano, cumin, dill, dulse etc. Fresh is best, but in a pinch, can grind dried herbs in mortar and pestle first to release flavor.
1. In glass jar or bowl, cover almonds with water and let soak overnight (8-12 hours) on your counter.
2. Drain almonds and toss into blender or Vitamixer with the rest of the ingredients.
3. Pour into glass container, cover with towel, and let sit on your counter for 6-10 hours.
REJUVELAC—stinky and hard to get right, but it has tons of B vitamins, enzymes, lactobacillus and lots of good stuff. Some people even claim to like the taste. Weirdos. I think it’s good mixed with other stuff like cold soups or juices. If you use it to make seed cheese, they culture a lot faster.
½ c wheat berries
6 c clean water
optional: ¾ c raisins
1. Soak the wheat berries for 24 hours.
2. Sprout the wheat berries for 2 days.
3. Toss sprouts in blender with 1 cup water and chop to break them up. If you’re using a Vitamixer, resist the temptation to blend; CHOP ONLY. If you’re going to add the raisins, now’s the time to do it. The sugar helps the taste and fermentation process. Add another cup water and blend a bit more.
4. Pour the mixture and 4 cups water into a large enough glass jar, like an iced tea jar, cover with a towel, and let the whole thing sit on your counter for 3 days. Stir it twice each day.
5. At the end of the third day, it should smell sour like lemons and sauerkraut. If it smells bad, DO NOT DRINK IT. That means that the unfriendly bacteria have taken over. This is what makes it difficult to make. There are so many variables over a three day period that it’s hard to control each batch. I spoiled my first few batches, so don’t be discouraged. I think everybody did. If the batch is good, it helps you detox and aids in food digestion. Start with 1 cup a day and work up slowly from there (don’t rush because you’ll detox too hard).
6. Strain off liquid and store in fridge for up to 2 weeks. There are lots of recipes for using this stuff, like blending it with fruit into smoothies. It’s kind of bubbly and mixes well.
7. If you want, you can take the strainings from the last batch, add 6 more cups of water, and let it ferment for 3 days, stirring twice a day like before. The second batch is lighter in taste.
I hope these suggestions get the home-cultured-foodies off to a great start! and, thanks, Marlese!! :-)
I get a few cards & letters each week, from every corner of the world, requesting information on where to go to get a secretor status test.
There are two ways of determining one's secretor "type." The "gold standard" is the salivary inhibition, or SALIVA SECRETOR TEST ~ its accuracy closely approaches 100%.
This test procedure was developed in conjunction with Great Smokies Diagnostics Laboratories here in the eastern United States, and is not generally available worldwide. While North American Pharmacal can send you the test in the U.S., it is advisable to follow the recommended collection and shipment procedures to the letter if you are sending your sample during warm weather or from very far away (Hawaii, for example). There are some exceptions as to whence NAP can accept these orders: namely, New York State and Canada, due to laws in force that prohibit the shipment of saliva across those borders. To order the saliva secretor test from NAP, click here!
CANADA: Francoise Ouellet has been facilitating secretor test orders for Canadians for over a year now. She lives quite near the U.S. border, and has legal means of requesting, delivering and shipping the tests. Her French BTD mirror site can be found at www.abovie.com, and her email address is email@example.com. Yes, she speaks English! :-) She is a devoted friend, and this service is only one of the many she has performed over the years for our BTD family.
GREAT BRITAIN and EUROPE: NAP products, including the saliva test, are distributed in all EEC countries by Stacktheme Ltd., the official NAP European distributor. Continental customers may wish to contact Stacktheme Europe for expedited customer service and delivery.
SOUTH AFRICA: Contact the "Western Cape Blood Transfusion Service" at (021) 507 6300 and ask for the Serology Department. They perform both the saliva test and the Lewis test.
The second way to find one's place in the secretor/ nonsecretor universe is to request your "LEWIS TYPE." This is a blood test, and laboratories around the world are equipped to do it on the request of your doctor or clinic. You may well find that your physician or clinic lab head has never heard of it. Don't let that deter you. Contact the lab who usually performs tests for your physician, and ask them to explain it to your ol’ doc there. The labs will know what Lewis typing is.
Over a year ago, I heard from two Australians who had tracked down the LEWIS test at labs near them. Analytical Reference Laboratories in Melbourne (phone 03 9328 3586, contact name Colm Benson) had plans at that time (February 2001) to offer the saliva test sometime in the future, and now just might be that future. :-) For now, ARL do offer the Lewis test and can coach one’s GP in its significance and interpretation.
General Diagnostic Laboratories, also in Melbourne. Their address is 68 Burwood Highway, Burwood -- consult the local telephone directory for their phone number.
Western Diagnostic Pathology, 74 McCoy St in Myaree WA 6154 (contact Tracey Dickson, 08 9317 0864) is another Australian lab familiar with Lewis typing (and with the Blood Type Diets).
Now, once you’ve obtained your Lewis test result, here is the key to its interpretation:
Le a- b+ This is a Secretor!
Le a+ b- This is a Nonsecretor!
Le a- b- (rare) This is a Lewis Negative person, who may be either a secretor or nonsecretor ~ saliva testing necessary to be sure. Peter recommends these folks use the nonsecretor diet, since their particular health concerns tend to coincide with those of nonsecretors.
Le a+ b+ (VERY rare) Like the Lewis Negative, the Lewis Positive (double positive?) person would need the saliva test to determine secretor status conclusively.
OK! Wherever in the world you are, there is probably a laboratory within hailing distance to help you discover your place in the secretor/nonsecretor yin & yang. Do a bit of "continuing education" on your doctor, contact labs direct if need be, and Good Hunting to you! :-)
Hello, Anna! I'm pleased to hear your immunity is up!! But don't be puzzled by what the drugs are doing (or not doing): treatment of Candidiasis through medication almost always leads to a relapse. Drugs cannot address the cause, of course, and that's our byword here ~ but most significantly, it worsens the situation by killing a bunch of beneficial, protective critters along with the overgrown Candida albicans organisms (who are present in healthy people as a normal state of affairs, but at far lower numbers). Then you're right back where you started, with the stage set for those feisty C. albicans to take over once again. The motto of "anti-candida" drug therapy is: Kill Them All ~ Let God Sort Them Out. It's as if you've put down the insurrection by overpowering all the rioters, along with all your own guards and the rest of the innocent populace! Guess who's going to get up first, brush themselves off and start growing faster than ever?? As Peter wrote so succinctly in the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia, "Ironically, one of the primary factors in recurrent yeast infections is long-term overuse of antibiotics." Let's explore the life-enhancing (naturopathic) approach.
The key to re-establishing a happy colony for your colon (and farther up) is to provide, and feed, the good guys who are struggling right now in a toxic environment. You see, it is they whose job it is to maintain your intestinal "balance of power." :-) Not to mention digest your food and ensure a strong immune system. Cultivate them and feed them right, and everybody's gonna be smiling.
To do so: yes, I would eliminate all wheat except for 100% sprouted grains or breads. If you're serious about getting things back to normal in a hurry, ditch all grains for a month or two. There's nothing in them nutritionally that you require for a perfect diet, and you can add them gradually later on when the yeast uprising has been put down. Second, emphasize those cultured dairy products, like goat yogurt, kefir, and sheep's milk feta and other goat & sheep-based cheeses. They contain protein, calcium and gut-organism boosters for you. Third, make your own fiber-rich "pesto" from a few tablespoons each of raw walnuts & flax seeds, a couple of handfuls of cilantro (the leaves of the coriander plant), three or four cloves of garlic, some olive oil, and a touch of sea salt to taste. Whiz it up in your blender, and take a tablespoon every day ~ it also makes a lovely dressing for salads or hot dishes when stirred into enough oil & lemon to produce the desired consistency. I'd make sure to get an abundance of dark green leafy vegetables every day, along with the beneficial meats and oils (include some walnut oil in salad dressings) and make use of warming spices ~ peppers, turmeric, local horseradishes, ginger.
Since you're in Malaysia, I'm sure you'll have to adjust these suggestions somewhat due to foods unavailable to you there ~ just do your best!
On the supplement side, the following are of great help: ARA6 powder, two tablespoons per day (reduce to one after a month, if desired), and the PolyFlora-B probiotic, both available from our site. If it's not practical for you to obtain these, try the following for 4 weeks ~ take a two-week break, then start again if things still haven't settled down: Elecampane (Inula helenium), 500 mg: 1 capsule with meals; Coriander seed (Coriandrum sativum) tincture: 2-3 drops, twice daily; oregano (Origanum vulgare) tincture: 4-7 drops, twice daily. And use a good commercial probiotic ~ type Bs do fine with most of them.
About the polycystic ovarian syndrome: Peter wrote this Ask Dr. D. response to a type O woman with PCOS, and as it happens, his explanation of the condition and advice on how to resolve it is perfectly applicable to type B (all types, actually), as well. His first suggestion is to follow that B diet, as you are doing! An excerpt:
Now to durian: we have no rating for it at this time ~ until we do, it may be considered "neutral," but if one is attempting to resolve any health issue, unlisted foods are probably better left alone for the time being!
thank you for writing, and I hope to hear soon that you're on the mend!!
Dear Dr D'Adamo, I am a registered dietitian and in reference to your "as I see it" piece, I cannot agree with you more. There are many RDs who feel as I do and we are trying to be heard. I have used your diet to help dozens of people. I work with an oncology dept of a hospital (and the general public as well) and we are encouraged to design and run studies. I would love to figure out a way to show my oncologists the legitimacy of the blood type diet. Do you have copies of your studies at Bastyr or can you tell me how to get them? I went to hear you speak in Ridgewood NJ several months ago. Many thanks, Stephanie
You said it, Stephanie! :-) What good news that the word is spreading among RDs... that is music to my ears. I'm posting your entry here to alert Peter to your praise, and your request! THANKS!
hi heidi, do you know if peter is considering having the stearates removed from his nutritional products. I feel this would make his products unsurpassed in the health field. Stearates and fillers can cause difficulties in sensitive people like myself and others I've spoken with. Would appreciate if you would pass this along to Peter as well as giving him my best. thank you. Regards, Robert C.
Hi, Robert ~ it's always so good to hear from you! I remember you're type O... I've had similar comments from only two type As, but there must be a small percentage (a good handful in terms of numbers) of people who are sensitive enough to have some untoward reactions to the fillers, so I thought I'd put your suggestion up here so that Peter & Martha may evaluate it for further study. I have seen first-hand over the years how deeply committed they are to excellence in all they do. Keep in touch! and thanks for your thoughtful note!!
Heidi, You recommended the book Meditation as Medicine again today in your response. I got curious and looked at it on Amazon.com then called the local bookstore and plan to go buy the book tonight or tomorrow. While I am there I might look for the book Jerky that you mentioned some time ago too. I am interested in trying to make jerky since I haven't found any free from avoids in the local stores. I was wondering if there are any other books that you or Dr. D'Adamo recommend. Winter is coming and I need things to read while I am curled up under a blanket in front of the fireplace ;-) Thanks, Don
Gee, thanks for the casual mention of your fireplace, Don. Now I can curl up in front of my sooty-flaky heating pipes here in NYC and imagine you there with a roaring fire. Wow. I thought you were my friend!!! ~~;-D Well, it's dangerous to ask me about recommended cozy winter reading. Do you like poetry? How about Seamus Heaney's The Spirit Level? Certainly the finest living poet, and far & above most of the dead guys. You might even start with his first tiny chapbook, Death of a Naturalist and work your way along. Pure joy! Next: Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, by Ayn Rand. Revelations in pure reason, one upon another. Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer, Kenneth R. Pelletier, Ph.D., which goes nicely with the CLASSIC: Hans Selye's The Stress of Life ~ not that stress will be weighing much on your mind, all cozy by the hearth there! :->
Have had a lot of pennies drop since reading LR4YT confirming conclusions drawn over a long period of trial and erring. Thanks for developing and sharing this information. Is there a source for a secretor test in Canada? Thanks, Bruce
Hi, Bruce ~~ I'm very pleased that you've found the best health plan of the 20th AND 21st centuries! Thank you for your kind words!! I'm not sure at this time where the situation stands with secretor tests in Canada, so I'm posting your query here. When I have an answer, I'll forward it to you... thanks again, and may you prosper! :-)
Dr. D. Hello, First I wanted to personally thank for you saving my life. I was diagnosed with RA 6 years ago (suffering for 10 years, since I was 21) I was unable to walk, my doctors gave up on me and told me to get a wheelchair and go on Chemotherapy. I told them to "buzz off". Finally after searching the Internet for years on end trying thousands of products - I found out I was O type and was allergic to all wheat products. After 1 week on the diet I was Pain Free! I took lots of Omega 3/6 with my Ultra Clear shakes. Now I'm eating lots of red meat and probably too much protein and not enough fruits/veggies and fiber. What do you recommend for constipation? I bought a vita-mix blender to help make veggie/fruit shakes to get more fiber. Do I need more flora? Thank you for any help. I prayed to god to take my life or find me health from the pain I went through - thank god for Dr. D and his family's research. --Take Care-- (On the O type diet for 1 year.) Kevin
Kevin, your spirit is so powerful, it jumps off the page! I'm in awe of your accomplishments. The fruit & veg smoothies/juices will probably take care of the constipation, but you can certainly add a tablespoon or two of freshly ground flaxseed (soaked for 15-20 minutes in enough water to cover) -- it's great not only for the EFAs, but for the fiber. Get some raw vegetables into yourself every day, and consider adding some prunes -- you can juice them yourself if you like. Two supplements that may speed your progress are the PolyFlora-O probiotic, and ARA6 which is a food for the critters and a fiber for the bowel, as well as a great anti-oxidant. THANK YOU for your great praise of Peter & family (I feel the same way! :-)), and I'm posting your message here to make sure they see it!!
Dear Martha and Peter, my life has been so enriched by your many kindnesses so inspired by your accomplishments, and so enlivened by your friendship and your trust... well, words just don't do the job. I'm grateful I am alive on this earth while you are. It has been a stupendous blessing to me and to countless others ~ who keep telling me about it. ;-) love, ^heidi^
Encyclopedia errata? Page 472: Arthritis Protocol Type B calls for Glucosamine sulfate. Page 565: Glucosamine sulfate listed for type O only. Glucosamine, N-acetyl listed for type B. Which is correct? Nancy
Both N-acetyl glucosamine (lectin-binding) and glucosamine sulfate (anti-inflammatory) may be used by type Os and Bs. Thanks for your note, Nancy. :-)
I am a female, 58 years old, AB, non-secretor. I have been on the diet for 3 months, and just within the past few days found out my secretor status. I have been eating a lot of salmon, but last night as I was reading the blood type encyclopedia, I read that salmon has lectins which would make it not a good choice for me. However, salmon is listed as a beneficial food in the seafood list. I am really confused at this point. There are a few other foods that this is true for also. Can I not rely on the food lists? Also, I have been adhering to the food lists pretty rigidly and have not lost weight although my general health and feeling of well being has improved tremendously. Any hints for weight loss for me? Karen
Karen, the food lists are correct. Please see this link to my June 6 column, where your question about the A & B lectin paragraphs is answered. To spur your weight loss, aim for a diet comprised of 100% beneficial foods. And do your strenuous exercise interspersed with yoga, meditation, or tai chi. :-)
Dr. D'Adamo is not currently accepting questions and has diverted all questions this way. My question is simple. In both "Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type" and the new "Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia" he says that salmon, apples and beets are either beneficial or neutral for blood type b but on p.349 in the encyclopedia, in the chapter on lectins in a small paragraph, he states that blood type b's should avoid salmon, beets and apples. I'm trying to figure out whats what. I live in Washington State. Salmon and apples are a main staple up here and I would like to know whether are not to avoid them. A reply of some sort would be appreciable. Thanks David
Hi, David! Washington State is a great place to live... a little envy here! Please see this link to my June 6 column, where your question is answered.
Different books from Dr. D'Adamato show foods in different categories. Which list should I follow? eg. in one book maynnaise is neutral for O's and in another it is to be avoided. In one book kiwi is neutral in another it is to be avoided. There are many examples of this type of movement from the 1996 book to the encyclopedia book. Help, which is correct? Balakhovsky
Greetings! New techniques, new discoveries and wider research have resulted in the several value changes and item additions found in the later books. Please see the bottom of the page of this link to my August 12 column, where your question is answered. :-)
I currently have the "EAT RIGHT 4 YOUR TYPE" book and the "EAT RIGHT 4 YOUR TYPE" Encyclopedia. I am type O blood and I noticed some contraditions. 1. The book says "Cabbage-like" foods are bad for type O and the encyclopedia lists thems as nuetral. 2. The Enclopeda classifies bananas as highly beneficial for type O, the book does not. Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks for your help. TS
Tom, please see the bottom of the page of this link to my August 12 column, where your question is answered. Let me know if anything else comes up. :-)
Why aren't Tier 1 & Tier 2 indicators in the Blood Type Encyclopedia? Dear Heidi, I've discovered some errata between Live Right 4 Your Type and the Encyclopedia. Is the Encyclopedia "The Word" now? If so, why is there no mention of "Tier 1" and "Tier 2" in the Encyclopedia? Is the "Tier 1"/"Tier 2" distinction still inportant? If so, why is it missing from the encyclopedia? Also, is there a place to check whether the errata has been reported before, or should I email you the errata? Chris
The Encyclopedia is designed as a reference guide to therapies, and includes the food lists only as an addendum. Live Right is devoted to specific food ratings, the secretor system, and in-depth lifestyle guidelines -- with supplements mentioned in passing. The two books work hand-in-hand in that respect. For checking whether a discrepancy has already been addressed here, see the bottom of the page of this link to my August 12 column. :-)
Re: Pinto Beans: I've reviewed the Eat Right, Cook Right, and Supplement for Type "O" books and need more info regarding Pinto Beans. In the Eat Right and Cook Right book, pinto beans are NUETRAL. However, in the Supplement booklet it is listed as AVOID. Please tell me which is most accurate? If they are an AVOID for Type O, can you tell me what has changed as it relates to Type O's? Regards Peggy
Hi, Peggy! Please see the bottom of the page of this link to my August 12 column, where your question is answered. :-)
Dear Ms. Merritt, I'm wondering if there's possibly an error on page 269 of "Live Right 4 Your Type." On that page the guidelines for eating fruits are given as "Times per week," but shouldn't they be "Times per day"? Otherwise, this disagrees with advice on page 191 to "Eat lots of beneficial fruits and vegetables" and also with "Blood Type A Food, Beverage and Supplement Lists" guidelines, page 35. I'm pretty sure page 269 is a typo, but I look forward to your definitely clearing up the discrepancy. Thank you so much! Regards, Will, a very satisfied user of the wonderful Blood Type Diet!
I'm happy that you're happy, Will! Go to our LR4YT change log here (it is also linked on our main page and many of my columns) and scan down the page for "Corrections." The exact line begins, "Under FRUITS, and under VEGETABLES...." Your question is answered there. :-)
CONFLICT between COOK RIGHT 4 YOUR TYPE and BLOOD TYPE 0 FOOD, BEVERAGE AND SUPPLEMENT LISTS -- Pinto beans listed as "highly beneficial" for type O in former and "avoid" in latter. Which one is correct? Mij
Please see the bottom of the page of this link to my August 12 column, where your question is answered. :-)
thank you for your notes, everyone ~ your contributions mean more information for everyone!! :-)
a HAPPY VETERAN'S DAY to all ~ and
Of course I remember you, Joyce! :-) Rice, oats, barley, quinoa and millet come to mind ~ along with spelt, which makes a more recognizable sandwich-y bread dough than rice or millet alone. If you enjoy making breads at home, try mixing a number of flours, including oat flour ~ a flour mill to grind the grain fresh is a nice gadget ~ and experiment with the yeast quantity, liquid, and rising times until you have a good feel for how these flours work. There are also commercial rice, spelt, millet and quinoa breads as well as the sprouted grain varieties. If you are trying to eliminate wheat, sprouted wheat flour or bread is fine, as is spelt ~ but you may find you make better progress resolving the bloat and ovarian troubles if you set grains (and sugars) aside for a few weeks. It will certainly do you no harm, and the hiatus in grain eating will allow you to add one grain at a time later on and see exactly what your reactions are. Good luck, Joyce, and drop me a note to tell me how it's going!
Type B and PMS My wife (B age 39, and me (O) age 36, have been following the BT lifestyle for 4 months now, with great improvements in helth, energy and weight loss. Anyhow my wife is the cutest, nicest and most lovable woman in the world, 3 weeks every month. BUT, the last 3 days before she gets her period, and the following days, she turns in to a "monster". Aggressive, no tolerance and generally in a bad mood. We both follow Dr. D's plan very strictly. Is there anything you recommend to reduce the "hormone-party" in my wifes body? Geir
Oh, dear, you're having fun, eh? Well, how are her calcium and magnesium levels? Lots of dark green leafy veg, almonds, allowed dairy products? Does she get adequate protein? Additional time on the diet, along with the recommended B-group stress-relief practices such as visualization, meditation, even a nice rousing martial arts class around that time of the month, may be the keys to balancing those hormones. If the problem persists despite the diet and stress-relief regime, she might try the following supplements. I doubt you have access to the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia there in Norway yet, so I'll transcribe here the suggestions for raging type B PMS: FOR EIGHT WEEKS: Cordyceps sinensis, 500 mg: 1-2 caps 2x/day, GABA (gamma amino butyric acid) 500 mg: 1 cap 1x/day, Inositol, 500 mg: 1-2 caps 2x/day; Schizandra (or "Wu-Wei-Zi") herbal tincture: 15-25 drops 2x/day. FOR FOUR WEEKS (can be concurrent with the above): Chaste Berry (Vitex agnus-castus), 400 mg standardized extract: 1 cap 2x/day, Raspberry leaf (Rubus spp.) tincture: 15-20 drops, twice daily, Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) tincture: 10-15 drops 1x/day; black currant seed oil, 500 mg: 2-3 caps 1x/day. Let me know what you choose & how things proceed! :-)
Heidi, two of my children have very high cholestrol levels at a very young age. My son was 10 and my daughter was 4 when they were routinely tested and were found to have cholesterol levels near 400, and their HDL/LDL's were not very good. They are otherwise extremely healthy, thin, muscular, active, good students, etc. They are now 11 and 17 years old. My pediatrician keeps trying to get me to go to specialists for the last 7 years but my husband and I don't want them put through all kinds of tests and live the "patient" life from appointment to appointment, test to test, blah blah...especially when there is so much contradicting advise, medications, etc. which brought me to BTD in the first place. I have always suspected that it was something with their diet and their heredity so in the past I struggled to find out what would help them until 2 years ago I found ER4Yt. I have been on the diet since Feb./01 and have been feeding my kids right as best as I can, my daughter is very compliant, but my 17 year old son cheats every chance he can get even though he has seen positive results in the way he feels, and acne clearing up, and athletic performance levels when he eats right. My daughter is type 0 and my son is type B. I have stopped trying to discuss any of this with the MD, since they don't agree with the diet and think I should persue consultants and specialists and possible put them on lipid lowering drugs. I haven't had them retested since I don't want to involve MD in this any more. My concern is should I be doing more for them ? Is there any way to monitor their progress or lack of progress ? I just don't know what to do and I am sort of burring my head in the sand and just hoping and praying that the diet will do it's job and just pretend that I never found out that their cholesterol was so high in the first place. ( we never even knew about such things 20 years ago anyway). Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated . Thank you. Suzanna
Hi, Suzanna ~ hey, you're in a stressful situation there, and I understand how scary it can be when you're so worried about your kids you don't want to THINK about it anymore! :-} Let me suggest an approach that might take the mental pressure off you without making your children live-ins at the MD. If the cholesterol levels started out that high, I'd test them twice per year (then forget about it until next time). I suspect this may just be a condition that runs in the family, but don't despair! There is a SAFE natural alternative to the specialists and the drugs called Red Yeast Rice. Before you run out and purchase a bottle from the HFS, I'd like to recommend that you get the best RYR available -- highest levels of cholesterol-lowering compounds, and government-certified against any harmful elements. That brand is from Jingxin ~ here is their webpage and the phone number to call in the U.S. is 732-257-8844 -- it's in New Jersey. Each batch comes with its own chemical assay and certification. "Michael" is the person I spoke to when I ordered my kilo (2.2 pounds) package. The prices vary, and when I purchased it they did not offer capsules - only bulk - but it can be stored in the fridge for a year and used in smoothies or stirred into pineapple or carrot juice for the kids. A teaspoon a day will do it! It works within weeks, rather spectacularly. If you have any questions about this, please write again. Take charge of the situation, and you'll sleep better at night, dear! Take care!! Let me know how this works out!
Thank you all for writing!!!
Diane, I think you're doing just fine. My cholesterol is low, too -- around 160 -- but the HDL/LDL ratios are spectacular (as I suspect yours are) and it appears this is something we can thank our genetic heritage for ~ it's been associated with good health and long life, as long as we're getting ENOUGH good fats! Feel free to add the flax oil back into your routine -- it will help, not hurt, your weight loss plans. And a little more ghee is a good idea, too. Keeps the intestinal walls smooth and the flora & fauna joyous. :-)
For Type As, I have some questions related to the BTD: (1) Is cactus (any variety) a suitable vegetable? (2) Why are peanuts beneficial but not peanut oil? (3) Can scrod be included as a beneficial or neutral fish? (4) Artichoke pasta is allowed but I cannot find it in health food stores. Help! (5) Are blueberry juice and aloe vera juice highly beneficial? Should blueberry juice be diluted with water? (6) Is meat tenderizer (unseasoned) a beneficial or neutral spice? (7) Do you have specific suggestions for someone who is immune compromised? I had Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 1997 and my spleen and adominal lymph nodes were removed. (FYI: I was always very healthy, rarely got sick, skipped most childhood diseases, have my tonsils, adenoids and appendix and went 2-1/2 yrs. without a cold between 1994 and 1997. Oncologists say this cancer is brought on by a virus, hits most people in their 40s and is the fastest rising cancer within the U.S.) Since 1998, I have taken numerous nutraceuticals, eaten a clean diet (before I discovered BTD) and take AM/PM probiotics with FOS. Mira
Whoo! Mira, I'll take these questions in order:
(1) Prickly pear is the only cactus, other than aloe (a succulent) listed in our databases. Aloe is beneficial for secretors, neutral for nons... and prickly pear is neutral for all As. Unlisted cactuses ("unknowns") may be considered neutral for folks who are not overweight or trying to resolve other health issues.
(2) Peanuts vs. peanut oil: see Peter's Ask Dr. D'Adamo column entitled Peanut Oil Versus Peanuts for the answer!
(3) Scrod's been added to the lists since BTD! In late 2000, as a matter of fact. See the TYPEbase3 reference database on our site, remember to use the "search" button (hitting the 'enter' key don't do it), and have fun!!
(4) Once upon a time, there was a brand of 100% artichoke pasta... it tasted so spooky, few customers bought it twice, and the product was discontinued. Use one of the many great organic rice pastas instead!
(5) Blueberries are a low-sugar fruit, but I'm from the tradition of "dilute all fruit juices 1/2-1/2 with spring or mineral water." Unless you're using them in combination with other fruits in a juice, I'd say you could get away trying it at full strength... but if it boinks your sugar metabolism at all, go back to diluting, OK? :-)
(6) Meat tenderizer... hmm... You mean the chop-headed mallet I pound things with? Fine for all types! ;-) I hope you don't mean that MSG-stuffed chemical substance sold as a powder in supermarkets? Yikes! Get it away, get it gone!! Not OK for any type, especially not for As, most especially not for As with health challenges. By the way, what kind of meat are you eating that you'd be putting tenderizer on it? For fish or fowl, use a quick trip to the fridge in marinade (olive oil, lemon juice, salt is the basic recipe - 20 minutes for fish filets, 2 hours for the birdies) instead of the powdery unpronounceably-ingrediented chemical product.
(7) Yes. (a) Get hold of Live Right 4 Your Type AND the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia from this site or any major bookstore or health food emporium. (b) Check your nutraceuticals against the lists for possible avoids, and (c) consider using the PolyFlora-O product sold here along with ARA6, a truly astonshing flora-food and antioxidant.
You sound like a woman with determination and energy, and robust natural health & healing abilities ~ and I know you will prevail over any challenges you face. Keep in touch!! :-)
I am already 10 months on ERFYT diet,O+ (non secretor). First period went rapidly wery wel, I lost 4 kilos overweight (after pregnancy) but the most importent of all I do not have migraine attacs any more (until now). But there is one thing I cant clarify, my weight goes up and down in periods, between 58 and 60 kilos. Some times obviously water retantion. Also a swelling of the stomac/belly area. But I dont know why?? Because I strictly eat according the diet. I decided to register every thing I eat, may be in this way I can find an answer. I love eating fruit all from the list beneficials/neutrals dry or fresh. I replaced bread with rice cracers and rarly kamut bread. I know that non secretors more sencetive for insuline/water retantion.Should I reduce even more the amount of fruit or grains. could you please advice about more factors may be I am not aware of. Thanks! Lisya
Lisya! Writing down everything you eat and how you feel & digest afterwards is the BEST way to track down inscrutable symptoms. Smart thing to do! And I'm really happy the migraines are gone. What terrible things they are. I'd suggest going grain-free and fruit-free for one week. Also, no sugar or sweeteners except for vegetable glycerine. The next week, add one grain or fruit item - eat it at the same time each day, and see if your bloating returns after any of those meals. If you do get a reaction to a food, mark it as a temporary avoid and stop eating it - and if you eat nuts, watch carefully for a reaction there as well. The week after, choose a different item to add, and proceed that way until you've tested all the fruits & grains you usually eat. There are plenty of simple meals you can make from fish or meat and vegetables ~ eat small amounts at four daily meals, if possible, to simplify the job for your digestive processes. Let me know how this is working for you!
type A, curently have Limes with hives, BIG ones. tried to stay away from staroyds untel diffaculty with breathing. This tretment worked imiteley, today infact was the first dose. My concern is, the last time ( ten years ago ) I was not able to get OFF staroyds. I would get down to 5mg. and flar up again. When this happens the welts are Large,I'm weak, cold, garthing thought is difacult, light headed... This went on for nine mo's. then I colapsed.(braking three toes) The only thing that worked was the drug SELDINE, (since taken off the market),. ONE if the ingrents in Saldine stoped the rebound sydrum. Am now taking Doxyccline 100mg.x2 and Prednisone 10mg.starting at 5 tabs 2x day. Each day decresing one with each dayly dose. I looked in your three books for info. Hives connected to same? Is there any thing I might do drefernt at this point? I am 67 years NEW,200lbs,5.5 1/2 atteng Weight Witches). Just so you get a better idia of the " Witch " your dealing with... I coulden't resist... patricia
:-) Hi, Patricia! ~ Lyme infection is nasty, eh? let's try to steer you a course toward improvements. First, follow the type A diet strictly, and get going with your yoga -- either a class (preferable!) or tapes you can do at home. You really need to remove the food burden from your immune system, and to drop your cortisol levels through the yoga in order to get the hives under control. I'd also like you to keep a journal of everything you eat, and when, and note if a hives attack or any other negative reaction follows soon after. At least keep a very close eye on what your body thinks of what you eat! In your present state, the food could be an avoid, neutral, or even beneficial -- but eliminate it if it triggers the hives or gives any discomfort. Once you've gotten rid of food irritations and excess cortisol, you're going to see great improvements, and your medication can be reduced further (under your doctor's supervision, of course) and eventually eliminated. Hey - watch those Witches, and make sure they don't influence you to alter your diet from All A, All The Time. Get the support at your meetings, they're great for that -- but "fly alone" on your food choices, OK? You have a great spirit, and you'll have great success! Keep me posted on how you're doing!!
hi there! have been recommended your book & diet by a friend & wish to start soon. have just spent approx. 1 hour on your website & found very interesting - but- did not find the answer to my questions. i am type o with lebanese parents. the type o chart is divided into african, caucasian & asian.eg: milk & yogurt are 0 for african & up to 2-3 for asian. which category do I use with my lebanese background? also i am approx. 10kg overweight, underactive thyroid not picked up by doctor but by the naturopath, have 2nd recurrent ovarian cysts (last time pathology showed benign but low grade cancer potential),have had sinus & pimples & acne mainly on back, chest & back almost all my life (i'am almost 40), now have hyperpigmentation as well.any further hints/suggestions to help with all of this? looking foreward with thanks. rose
Welcome, Rose!! You're a Caucasian ~ use those charts. Since you have something brewing there in your ovaries, I suggest (1) you eliminate all dairy completely for the time being, and (2) you obtain your secretor status. Ask your naturopath (and may I say, you are EXTREMELY fortunate to have one in your area!!) to give you a saliva secretor test (if available) or to direct you to a laboratory that tests for Lewis subtype (it's a blood test), which corresponds exactly to secretor type (with some rare exceptions). Try to get hold of the newer book, Live Right 4 Your Type, and follow the protocol just as closely as you can. Emphasize the clean meats and fish, and the beneficial vegetables, have some eggs a few times per week, take a tablespoon or two of nutritional yeast every day (my favorite brand is KAL, and it tastes great in salad dressing, meat sauce, even fruit smoothies -- and disappears when added to tuna with oil & lemon), and include either VERY FRESH flax oil or some fresh-ground flax meal soaked for 20 minutes in a bit of water, every day for now. The O plan of diet and exercise will do the lion's share of the work, but if you're motivated to use these tips, you'll speed your progress. At any rate, you've come to the right place for the last diet you'll ever need!! Please keep in touch and let us know how it's going for you!
Hello, George! The type O diet is the place to start. Modify it as follows for one month: eat no refined sugars, no grains, no fried foods and no nightshade vegetables (tomatoes or peppers of any kind). We want to eliminate anything that might be worsening the psoriasis, so if you notice any food that seems to make things worse, give it the boot. Every day, grind up (in a clean coffee-grinder or with a mortar & pestle) a tablespoon of brown or gold flaxseed. Cover with a little water for 20 minutes, and slurp it down. Follow it with a teaspoon of good, fresh fish oil. Eat as many raw and lightly-steamed beneficial vegetables as you can stuff into yourself. Have your organic meat and one serving of fish every day. Get an (organic) egg or two per day. Drink near three quarts of pure water every day (NOT distilled, but spring or filtered water), and a quart of high-solids mineral water such as Gerolsteiner. Take the PolyFlora-O and ARA6 supps from this site if possible ~ they will speed your healing.
Check EVERY SINGLE INGREDIENT of every product that goes in your mouth. It’s a lot safer to make your own salad dressing in a blender, using oil, lemon juice, salt, and anything else you like to add, than to risk any storebought brand which may contain bad oils or corn sweeteners. Same goes for ketchup & mayonnaise… although there are some decent ketchup brands such as Muir Glen. I plan to post basic recipes for common condiments here soon. They are simple to make, take about 5 minutes, keep just as long as the commercial stuff, and are much tastier when you make them at home.
If you are now taking any drugs, or have been on courses of antibiotics and/or corticosteroids, I cannot tell you to stop taking them ~ but these drugs do slow the course of your healing. They impair your immune functions, which reside primarily in the health and activity of beneficial flora and fauna in your digestive system. Psoriasis is a symptom of autoimmune dysfunction. These drugs are given because conventional medicine doesn’t know how to treat the causes of your condition – they’re doing the best they can to limit your symptoms, but such treatments are counterproductive in the case of most health troubles, including yours. As your condition improves, consult with your doctor about very gradually lowering the dosages of the psoriasis medications, if any, that you’re on.
The last thing you’re enthusiastic about right now is exercise, right? ;-) I want to strongly encourage you to begin an exercise plan. Its benefits are far above and beyond the effort it takes to get started and stick with it. Every aspect of your life will thank you for pursuing a solid type O exercise regime ~ including, most swiftly and notably, your largest organ: your skin. And consider a deep stress-relief practice such as Transcendental Meditation or Medical Meditation ~ the book Meditation as Medicine is available at most general bookstores and from online sellers like amazon.com and is a treasure in a package. Lower your stored stresses, and allow your body’s natural healing to take over from the fight-or-flight mode which lies at the root of autoimmune disorders.
Folks, if you have psoriasis, just follow these instructions based on your own ABO diet and activity plan. And please, give me your feedback on your experiences with psoriasis. This is a disabling disease that strikes children, adults of childbearing age, the elderly... let's work together to make it as rare as hens' teeth! My ears are wide open over here! :-)
Hello, Cheryl! Good question! Barley malt (the sweetener; that’s its common name), is the avoid. Whole barley and sprouted barley or ‘malted barley’ (the whole grains or flours) are neutral for ABs. On product ingredient lists, the sweetener will appear as “barley malt” and the OK stuff will show up as “sprouted barley” or “malted barley,” or the flours made thereof. Sorry for the confusion! :-}
The best grapeseed oil available is expeller-pressed. If you find an organic brand, please let me know and I’ll publish it here ~ I’ve yet to find either grapeseed or rice bran oil, domestic or imported, from an organic producer, and those are the oils whose high smoke-points make them safer choices for high-heat cooking. Organic wine makers would be the logical place to start to find organic grapeseed oil, but I suspect their output is not yet large enough to support a commercial oil-pressing endeavour. Same for organic rice farms, but check into it for yourself if possible. There’s no ABO rating for grapeseed oil at the moment, so it may be considered neutral for all types for now. A note: if your walnut oil is unrefined (a few high-end companies like Flora offer it), it should be used only in low- or no-heat applications ~ salad dressings, or a drizzle on already-cooked food. Same goes for all nut oils, like macadamia or almond, and seed oils such as safflower or flax. By the way, sesame oil has a smoke-point near that of olive oil (325 F or lower), and is an avoid for ABs, so make me happy and stay away from that one? After all, you’ve got peanut oil, you lucky devil! Even better, look into soy oil ~ it has the highest smoke-point of any oil on your neutral & beneficial list. :-) I’m going on a bit long here, so let me refer you to a basic reference for oil composition and great details: the CYB Edible Oils Site. Enjoy!
Well, Shani, the more listed avoids you’ve been eating regularly, the more spectacular your progress will be when you get fully on the AB diet! So I want to hear you thank that chicken for how great it makes you feel when you stop eating it. :-D The food lectins for specified items do not change from location to location ~ however, named foods (beans and fish especially) may be confusing due to the U.S. terminology we use, or missing altogether from the lists because of the item’s rarity or general unavailability here in the States. This problem shouldn’t arise as much for you in Canada as it does for folks in – say, China, for example ~ but if you find unlisted foods common in your area, drop me a note and we’ll stumble through it together! I’m batting a pretty high average for fish, and our readers haul me up on the bean issue when I need it. Keep in touch!!
Oh, drat. This is a complex issue, on which I’m truly not professionally equipped to comment and as well severely prejudiced in favor of abolishing inoculations altogether except in cases of specific and extreme risk. Let me set aside my personal feelings and relate to you what our Blood Type Encyclopedia (page 454) has to say: “Blood group AB has a relatively [compared with the other ABO types] poor ability to generate antibodies against any of the influenza viruses.” So I have to say, if you decide you are at risk, do get that flu shot. If you do so, plan ahead to embark upon a program of taking Probiotic-AB and ARA6 every single day thereafter; the toxins and potential digestive imbalances created by the action of the influenza vaccination should be dealt with immediately for your greatest health and comfort. As my personal opinion only: if you are solidly on the AB diet and in good health right now, get a bottle of ProBerry3 from our store here and take it according to the package directions, every day till Spring is sprung. Include ARA6 to motivate your intestinal health and feed those vital flora and fauna, and eat your beneficials all winter long ~ with special emphasis on hardy greens, turkey, coldwater fish, eggs, oils, yams, and tempeh. Immunity resides in your gut, and we want those wonderful creatures to be happy, happy, happy. If you’re in the U.S., visit www.heallix.com and spring for this expensive but nearly miraculous compound. A little goes a long way, and nothing’s nicer than knowing you’re safe from viral and bacterial infection. Good health and a flu-free winter to you, Karen!
I'll paraphrase my column from August 12: The coffee status is an update ~ a refinement to the original ratings, based on new research and made possible by further work on secretor and nonsecretor reactions as well as other recent developments in this field. Peter decided that when considering all the new data together, coffee’s known detriments to your type have now been judged to outweigh the benefits – thus, the rating was adjusted. This is still a rather new science, but we expect more additions to the lists than changes from here on in. Thanks for your patience, and take a look at all the marvelous coffee substitutes on the health-food market that you can have & I can’t! Kaffree Roma and Teechino in all its varieties come immediately to mind, along with Raja’s Cup (a potent cup of antioxidants that we ALL can use). Your wide choice of grains means nearly every coffee sub you see will be OK for your type, and don’t forget roasted dandelion root ~ it’s lovely made into a tea that does yeoman service as a coffee-ish drink. Read the labels and pick a tasty one that will help enhance your health!!! _
Hi, Pamela ~ I can’t recommend coral calcium, for reasons I went into in the column on October 22. Your AB diet is “secretly” supporting an ideal acid/alkaline balance in your body, so stick with it. The Phytocal-AB product sold here on this site is the one type of calcium supplement I can wholeheartedly endorse, not only for the care taken in gathering its elements, and the high absorption factor of its ingredients, but most of all for the crafting of the supplement to suit AB biochemistry – including their generally rather low comparative stomach acid levels. A friend of mine credits the addition of Phytocal-AB to his diet for the remission of his intractable prostate cancer ~ I can’t say for certain that this happened as he described it, but it’s worth a mention here if only as an anecdote. I hear a lot of them, and the general trend leads me to believe that any AB concerned about their calcium intake will be well served by the supp Peter made just for YOU.
Type ABs ~ Want to see more columns about youse guys? WRITE IN!! :-) I’m running mighty low on AB questions! I'm sure there are plenty of ideas you have on topics of interest to those rare birds among us! Gimme ‘em.
Is grapeseed oil acceptable to use on an O Type diet? Dianne
The nice thing about grapeseed oil (and rice bran oil) is the high smoke point. It is better for high-heat cooking than olive oil. However, both products undergo far more processing to extract the oil than olives, nuts and seeds (all higher in oil) and this fact is a concern for whole-food advocates. In terms of ABO reactivity, we have no test results for either of them ~ they may be considered "neutral" until proven otherwise. :-)
Hi Heidi, This may be more a doc Bron query, but: I am type O on the diet for over a year, do the high protein, high raw version but have recently encountered a strange problem: I now have dark discoloration at the outside corner of each eye, the same as the typical circles under the eyes, which I don't have a problem with. I once read somewhere that discoloration of the skin around the eyes related to kidney or oxygen uptake issues, which I hope isn't happening to me. What could cause/cure this condition? thanks. jc
J, you've taken a shot in the dark by offering me this Q, and I've little other than the same to shoot back: Is this a pinkish-brown or a bluish discoloration? Do you spend most of your waking hours in front of a video monitor? I'd say if it is pinkish rather than blue, it may be cause for adding at least a liter per day of mineral water to your diet as well as some really fresh flax oil or meal. If it is bluish, it may be simply the result of a sharp reduction in your skin fat layer ~ or the result of eyestrain. Bilberry? Cheap and worth a shot! ;->
Hi, Heidi, I'm not going to give you time to respond to my previous question before asking again because this has been "bugging" me since I got the Blood Type Encyclopedia this summer. I have been an advocate of natural remedies for decades, and was surprised to see how some of them were classified. I am a type B secretor, and have been taking, among others, garlic, hawthorne and bilberry for their supportive effects. I take others, but those three are interesting because they are not listed as being beneficial to type Bs for their usual support (cholesterol, cardiac and eye health respectively). They aren't listed as avoid either, but it makes me wonder if they do any good for a type B, as they are listed with those benefits or as part of the protocols for one or two other blood types such as O or O and A. Herb
Herb, since you have the Encyclopedia, I'd suggest you use your experience and knowledge of your own body's reactions to design your own protocol. Some herbs/supps/compounds work wonders in one type while they're rather limp noodles for others, even though they do no active harm. The issue is bang for the buck. Using the Encyclopedia's recommendations means you can take advantage of this research in order to maximize your results per dollar.
I want to suggest that a map location of the dadamo clinic be posted on this site because I live in san diego , CA & I have an appointment at his clinic on dec /11/2002 thanx
I notice that some listed avoid foods make energize me & some beneficial foods sicken me,?what can be determined about that?
the Encyclopedia says Caviar is avoid 4 type(A): ?Is that all species of fish eggs even beneficial fish?-Happy holidays:-)
I forgot to mention that I put a little squeeze of fresh lemon in the hot filtered water with Cortiguard pills. bhop
Bhop, if you go to www.yahoo.com, you'll see a tiny link to "Maps." Just enter the address listed on our site for the clinic, and a map will be created before your very eyes. :-) If any of the beneficial foods give you trouble, put them aside for a month. Test small amounts at that time, and give it another month's break if they still don't sit right. As to the avoids, I must say that whole wheat and sugar energize me, too ~ then they drop me like a rock, all the while urging me to eat more, more, more.... many avoids act as drugs, and although the initial effect may seem positive, they do nothing but harm and entail a withdrawal period which we all face if we're committed to better health. "Caviar" means Beluga, Sevruga and Osetra caviar. Salmon roe is listed separately. Others (unlisted) are unknowns, to be treated as neutrals unless you are trying to resolve a health problem. About the lemon water & cortiguard ~ interesting, thanks!!
I just started on the blood type diet. I am type O. Under cereals in the book, kasha is listed as neutral. I'm not sure what that is, and have not found it in a store. However, I found a cereal by the name of Kashi at the Whole Foods store. Is that the same thing, or if not, is it still allowable for type O? It does have Whole Hard Red Winter Wheat listed as the first ingredient, and I didn't know if that was different than the whole wheat that is on the Avoid List. (This kashi cereal also contains whole long grain brown rice, honey, evaporated cane juice, whole oats, whole barley, whole triticale, whole rye, whole buckwheat, sesame seeds.) Thanks very much! Joan
Hi, Joan ~ Kasha is ... well, I'll let the folks at AgInnovation News explain it:
"A whole buckwheat seed looks like a tiny black pyramid with a round base. About 16 seeds fit on a thumbnail. The seed's hull is black and fibrous, but not that difficult to crack. Inside lays the light and sweet groat, which some say tastes like honey and nuts. Cracked buckwheat groats are sold as buckwheat grits. Roasted buckwheat groats or grits are known as kasha.
Kashi, on the other hand, is only a company name, and as you so astutely pointed out, the ingredients list is "where it's at" when deciding whether to purchase a product. Good work!! :-)
thanks again, everyone!! :-D
:-D Well, with all four blood types in your family, my opinion is that if your husband and kids get up in the morning, get dressed, get fed and go about their daily business, you're doing a spectacular job! You've got the basics down cold, and what can I say? Whew! Have a seat for a moment or two, and let's put our heads together on making that job a bit easier.
There are a few basic meals that work for everyone. I compiled these originally for dinner party menu planning, since I don't always know everyone's blood type ~ that situation rarely continues past the appetizer course (:-D) but if I don't get the chance to sneak up behind the "unknown types," yell "SURPRISE!!" and prick their finger, at least I know I haven't fed them avoids. tee hee!
I. Fish/green veg or salad/rice. Bullhead, carp, chub, cod, croaker, cusk, drum, halfmoon fish, mackerel, mahi-mahi, monkfish, mullet, perch of all kinds, pickerel, pike, porgy, red snapper, rosefish, sailfish, salmon, sardines, scrod, shark, smelt, sturgeon, sucker, sunfish, swordfish, tilapia, tuna, weakfish and whitefish are all OK for all types. Many of them are cheap and readily available in most seasons. Cod, mullet, snapper, salmon and others do well with a touch of lemon, butter and salt and a quick jaunt under the broiler. Your daughter & husband will appreciate a bit of OK cheese sprinkled on their half of the filet. Canned Alaskan salmon and sardines are amazingly inexpensive and beneficial for nearly all of us. A "fishloaf" made from mashed canned salmon (with the bones and skin), dried Ezekiel bread crumbs, egg, sea salt and minced onions & green herbs is simple and fast to make. Try the www.foodtv.com site for Mario Batali's recipes for oily fish like sardines and mackerel. The kids will like them, trust me!
II. Turkey/green or orange veg (and/or salad)/rice. Good quality organically-fed birds are more and more commonly found in large supermarkets these days, and year-round. If you buy a 15-pound bird, it can be roasted (unstuffed) very simply on a bed of carrots, celery and onions, and will provide a meat course for 4 for a few days. We carve the turkey immediately after roasting, and make stock from the bones and roasted vegetables. Frozen in pint containers, this is a great base for a quick soup of any kind later on. There's a vast number of veggies which work for all types. Also: ask your butcher for ground dark meat turkey. It makes great burgers for everyone.
III. OSTRICH in a rich stew with vegetables (carrots, celery, turnips or parsnips, cremini or portobello mushrooms, onions, parsley, garlic, kale sauteed separately with onions & salt, and some warm sweet spices like ginger and clove -- you can really stuff the veggies into them this way!!) with some red wine or marsala for richness (the alcohol boils away). If you live in an area of the world where ostrich is inexpensive, by all means make use of it. Just sear the chunked meat in a bit of oil, add the veg and broth, wine if desired, and sea salt, pepper & spices to taste. Cook until the ostrich begins to show a "looser" texture, but not so long that it begins to shred. It does have a flavor reminiscent of venison (a touch liver-y) which virtually disappears after storing the stew in the fridge for a day. At that point it will fool everyone into thinking it's beef. Reassure your son & husband that it's OK!
IV. Two-Pot Stir-Fry: A little olive oil and water in each pan. Onions, carrots, celery, mushrooms, curly kale, broccoli, summer or winter squash, ~ asparagus & spinach in the spring ~ In the type O & B pot, put slices of the beef, lamb, liver, venison, turkey, or others, and in the A & AB pot, sizzle up some sliced tofu or tempeh... or turkey.
V. The Spanish Tortilla: It's a huge, thick omelette, primarily made up of vegetables -- onions, garlic, greens, shredded squashes, you name it. Saute it all in a heavy pan with olive oild, cover with beaten egg salted & peppered & herbed (if desired). Scatter some ground meat on one half, some diced tofu or tempeh on the other. Bake it until toasty-gold on top and cooked through. This can be sliced pizza-style and eaten hot, room temperature or cold. Grated cheese is a nice touch for the cheese-eaters. Tomato & sweet or hot pepper fans can have their portions sprinkled accordingly. A fresh salad goes superbly with it.
VI. Little Green Mystery Bundles: Boil a pot of salted water and add whole kale or collard leaves, with the stems snipped off. Leave them for a minute then plunge them into ice water, drain and set out on a pan. For the stuffing, some steamed rice for the hubby & kids, some tofu seasoned with tamari for hubby & son, sliced leftover meat for you & daughter, and any leftover cooked veggies for everyone. A little grated horseradish in each packet, roll up the leaves over the stuffing, secure with a toothpick, pour a cup of broth over the whole thing and bake for 30 minutes at 350 or so. Mark each one with a piece of veg, or different-colored toothpicks, so you'll know which is which! :-)
I know Denise isn't the only head cook of a four-type family out there. Got strategies of your own? Send them in, and we'll publish them for the benefit of all the readers. Denise, I hope these offerings stimulate your creativity and reduce your workload!! You are already doing a superb job of feeding your family. We'll do our best to support you!! My sincerest admiration goes out to you, and congratulations on your devotion to your family's health and well-being. Prosper, my dear!
Yes, it is perfectly OK to avoid the higher-carb foods for now, and to introduce them very slowly as your body's balance re-asserts itself. Most of the beneficial vegetables in the O diet are dark greens, very low-carb. The pork and dairy products as well as the avoid fats, vegetables and fruits approved under the Atkins plan are contributing to the toxicity (skin healing trouble) and high blood pressure. You will certainly see an improvement if you follow the Live Right 4 Your Type food list, with an emphasis on the beneficial meats, vegetables and fats. You can still have a serving (or two) per day of low-sugar berries -- you need those proanthocyanadins for skin health and antioxidant effects.
I'm sure that if the Atkins plan helped somewhat, this one will work wonders for you. It incorporates all the basic theories behind that system, but protects you from the deleterious effects of pork, bad fats and dairy. Consult the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia for specific protocols to boost your thyroid functioning.
Keep in touch about your progress, and thanks for writing, Sophie! :-)
Darn it, Lee, it bothers me no end to tell someone that a favorite element of their local cuisine is a baddie for their type. Here's Peter's column on Blood Groups, Nitrates and Nitrites. I don't have a definitive answer on whether home-smoked = restaurant-smoked = commercially-packaged smoked. What I can tell you are two things: (1) sodium nitrate and/or potassium nitrate ("saltpeter" to you old-timers) are the real bugaboos, and you will find them listed as additives to some commercial sausage and jerky products (they produce the desired red color). Ask the chefs at your eating places if any sauce they use contains sodium or potassium nitrate -- if they do, donchu eat it. (2) Get a nice whopping dose of vitamin C (acerola cherry or rosehip-based only, please) before heading for a dish of kalua-style food. It will help short-circuit any lurking nitrosamines. Enjoy!!
Not a thing as far as I remember, Ann. I'm sure that if Peter felt salt were an issue to be addressed, he'd a' done it. So, I'd suggest moderate use of good sea salt, drink pure water, add some high-solids mineral water now and again to optimize electrolytes, and not to worry. :-)
Hanna, do the best you can! That's what we all do. Tangerine, plaintain, orange, papaya, mango, honeydew, coconut and banana are the only avoids for type A out of the whole fruit list, so keep an eye peeled for any fresh fruits in your local markets now and again, OK? But the tinned ones are fine! Spelt flour is the closest to wheat for making baked goods, although it has a more delicate gluten than wheat so it tends to require a little more leaven and bake up better with only one rising rather than two. You could mix white flour in with the spelt, and add some oat or soy flour for body. The only avoids in the grain department for type A secretors are teff, wheat germ, wheat bran and whole wheat, so search around and see what kinds of flour you can find and keep experimenting! The Gluten-Free site has thousands of recipes. Check the ingredients against the TYPEbase3 database and go to town! :-)
Kevan, write back and tell me your blood type and I'll do my best to help!
Hi, Melanie! Follow your own diet (assuming you're the Mom?). It will ensure your optimal health and the best supply of milk, along with the usual lovely 'surprise' side-effects -- all good! If you notice that the baby is discomfited when you eat certain foods, just limit them somewhat. Every nursing experience is different, and with attention and responsive effort, Mom gets the hang of the little details soon enough. I always get a bit of a thrill when I hear about nursing mothers following the BTD. What a great way to experience this wonderful thing -- and what a fabulous start for the kidling! :-D
Many thanks for this chance to learn so much and share with all of you ~~ and, ^
I'm a type A (secretor status unknown) and would like to know about the following foods: 1. Ansazi, cranberry and Flageolet beans 2. coconut oil 3. tomatillos 4. yucca root 5. taro root 6. hempseed butter Thank you!!! Carol
Anasazi, cranberry & flageolet beans can all be considered Neutral since they are unlisted at this time. A note added later: some readers identify these beans as young kidney beans because of their genus and species -- however, Phaseolus vulgaris encompasses nearly every true bean in the food list. It's a very populous species of plants, including beneficial, neutral and avoid varieties. :-) Coconut oil, yucca and taro root can all be found in the TYPEbase3 database on our home page. Hemp products are unlisted, although Peter issued some warnings in this Ask Dr. D'Adamo column.
Iam blood type A. I would like to know when it says whey in the book does that mean whey protein and if it does could you suggest me some other protein drinks I could take. Thank you ~ roberto
Yes, it refers to the milk component, whey, where most of the proteins reside. Rice protein would be a better choice for A's. Read those ingredients carefully, OK? :-)
Does the irradiation of the mail to stop Anthrax have any impact on the PolyFlora sent out to customers? If not, how does this work? Wouldn't this even effect our food ship through the mail? Phillip
NAP offers shipment via UPS, who don't irradiate their packages. The best solution is to use UPS or another courier service for shipments of your comestibles, rather than having them sent through the U.S. Mails.
Bovine Colostrum and type A, B and O blood types? Thank YOU Very Much. Roger.
It is unlikely to do type Bs harm, and it is recommended to Os in the Encyclopedia intestinal health protocols. For other types, I have no data ~ thanks for your Q!
I'm a 58 year old type O negative and have been having extreme hair loss the last six months. I had a hysterectomy ten years ago, so that cannot be the cause of this current problem. I take an occasional Vicodin and an occasional Librium, but most of the time take Glucosamine, MSM, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin B complex, Soy/Lecithin, Selenium. I have changed my shampoo and hair products to Nioxin. Can there be a problem in my diet--would the hair test determine if there is poison in my system causing this? Also, is there any difference in O negative and O positive in the diet? Thanks. Linda
There are minor differences in O+ and O- diets, mostly along the lines of a bit more meat and a bit less grain. These can be found in Live Right 4 Your Type. Not knowing your diet, it is difficult to say what might be causing hair loss ~ yes, I would get the hair test to start with. I'd also use nutritional yeast in place of the B complex, and add a horsetail supplement for silica. Not familiar with Nioxin, but Aubrey makes several avoid-free shampoos. I'm also not schooled in the potential side effects of drugs such as Vicodin or Librium, but the package inserts may mention hair loss? Darned things are in tiny type and a mile long, but it's worth a look! :-)
I am a type O secretor and avoid dairy products. Butter is listed as a neutral food. Can I assume that since butter is made from whold crem, that whole or whipping cream is a neutral food. Kathleen
Buttermaking begins with cream, but the churning process separates the butterfat (neutral) from the buttermilk (avoid). Whole cream is an avoid, like milk and half-and-half (half cream, half milk). Here's a great site from the University of Guelph, all about butter! for those who are interested!
I AM AN O BLOOD TYPE AND HAVE BEEN ON THE DIET APPROXIMATELY 1 WEEK. I AM USING A PRODUCT CALLED PARKAY BUTTER SPRAY, 0 CALORIES. THE MAIN INGREDIENTS ARE WATER,SOYBEAN OIL,BUTTERMILK,SALT,ETC. MY MAIN CONCERN WAS THE BUTTERMILK WHICH IS NOT ACCEPTABLE--WOULD THIS SMALL AMOUNT BE SIGNIFICANT. PLEASE REPLY. THANK YOU. SYLVIA
Hello, Sylvia ~ I'd be happier if you used a bit of plain butter or good olive oil in your pan. The essential fatty acids in good, fresh olive oil are active health-builders, and will actually help your weight loss far more than highly processed products such as this one. Soybean oil and buttermilk are avoids for Os, and the "etc." part worries me a bunch... I can just imagine what-all that is! :-}
I have a couple of questions. I found a discrepency in the books and website over whole wheat for blood type A. The list book says it is neutral but the encyclopedia says it is avoid and the Eat Right book does not mention it at all. Can you clarify? No where do the food lists mention sour dough french bread. Where does it fall for a blood type A? In the cook right book it has a receipe for sweet or regular french bread and lists it as beneficial for type A. Also, there is much mention of Ezekiel and Essene breads but no receipe for them that I can find anywhere. Can you provide a source for the receipes? Thanks much for your help, Katie
Whole wheat is an avoid for type A -- see the TYPEbase3 database (on the homepage, www.dadamo.com). If a baked product is not listed, check the individual ingredients to determine if it's OK for you. Here's the page I wrote on recipes for essene and Ezekiel breads. Hope this helps, Katie!
thanks for your questions, everyone! (and for your patience!!!) :-)
Hi Heidi I have just recently started the BTD and have a few questions which I hope you can help with... 5-htp - how much of this (mg) should be taken and at what time of the day. Should it be between meals or with meals or before sleep? I am taking it more to reduce my cravings and control appetite than for insomnia or depression. Vegetable glycerin - I believe you mention this is a good sugar substitute - but is this the same glycerin used to make soaps or something else? Also, is it okay for all blood types? And how much should be taken daily? Hayfever - what supplement does Dr D recommend to alleviate the symptoms of hayfever such as itchy eyes and constant sneezing? I'm a type o and would really value your feedback. Thanks! Shalinee
As an appetite regulator, 50 mg of 5HTP with 5 mg of B6, one cap, 20 minutes before meals should do the trick. L-glutamine is also a good cravings controller ~ take as directed on the bottle. Vegetable glycerine is a food-grade product made from coconut or palm oil, and is OK for all types -- especially helpful for people with sugar metabolism imbalances.
The blood type diet slowly removes the straws from the camel's back which add up to allergic response. The supplement quercetin (a few grams per day is fine) is an inexpensive and effective way to raise the allergic threshold, so that common allergies are reduced or resolved altogether. It is nontoxic at high dosages, and should work within a couple of weeks. As the causes of your allergies (food/chemical stress, emotional stress) are removed, the symptoms will subside. I don't know of any naturopathic remedy which deals directly with the symptoms -- sorry! :-}
Hi Heidi My 22-month old son (type o) has been diagnosed with Leaky Gut Syndrome. He has multiple food allergies and had thrush for a short time at around 3 months of age. I hear all these conditions are connected to one another. I was wondering what I could give him, as a type o, which would help to heal his gut lining. He is fully dairy free already because of his allergies and occasionally has wheat although I have been substituting spelt whenever possible....but is the BTD okay to start on someone so young? Thanks! Shalinee
The BTD is the best possible thing to start your son on. YES! Since he is not yet in school, it's much easier to make sure his diet is absolutely avoid-free. He needs careful evaluation and control of his diet, which should be based upon meat and vegetables, especially dark greens, seaweeds and okra, and some nutbutters and fresh fruit (the lowest-sugar kinds, blueberries, grapefruit, etc. -- although if he tolerates pineapple well, this is a great anti-inflammatory fruit). I would limit the grains to whole rice only, and only a few times per week, just in case he is a very sensitive tiny nonsecretor! :-) Nutritional yeast blended into a smoothie with a bit of nutbutter, a teaspoon of flax oil and a little fruit will help his immune system stabilize, as long as these ingredients aren't on his no-go list. (NOTE: of course, eliminate anything that you know triggers his allergies). Use ghee instead of butter, it is a great gut healer.
Ask his doctor about caprylic acid (a mild anti-candida supp), Peter's Polyflora O, and ARA6. I wouldn't load him up with supplements, but these few are very gentle and could help a great deal -- but such a young child with these difficulties is best treated hands-on by a knowledgeable N.D. or BTD nutritionist.
I hope this helps!! take care, and let me know how you and your tyke are doing. :-D
A few days ago, I posted a column here in response to Elaine's questions on how this diet could work for Interstitial Cystitis.
Several readers offered their own experience and advice:
Great stuff, ladies ~ I'm so grateful to you for sharing your knowledge here. With this kind of cooperative effort, we'll leave no disease uncured!! Many thanks, and keep reading AND writing!! :-D
I am a 50 yr old woman with interstitial cystitis. Because of my condition I am limited as far as what I can eat. Do you know any way to tailor the type O diet so that I can participate, also? Now, I am stuck with beef, almond butter, blueberries, and a few other things. I would really like to expand my selection, but so many things cause me pain ... Elaine
Interstitial cystitis is a devastatingly painful condition that until recently had little or no medical recognition or targeted therapy. Because the best of mainstream medicine offers only drugs, surgery, and the avoidance of acid or salty foods and alcohol, none of which has proven widely successful, I will wade in here with our best shot.
Elaine, for now I will try to give recommendations that will work to reduce inflammation generally and heal the bladder specifically. Please correspond with me through email and let me know your views and reactions to these notes.
It would be well worth your while to order the secretor test from this site. The kind of aggressive inflammatory response and membrane-permeation you are experiencing is far more common among nonsecretors, whose digestive-system linings do not produce antigenetic substances to protect us from avid alien organisms as secretors' do. While you may have tested negative for bacteria (many IC patients do), your inflammatory response may be so high that any "non-self-like substance" in your diet can inspire havoc. I would also make absolutely sure of your blood type, since this is necessary in order to receive valid results from the secretor test.
Here is the type O Urinary Tract Health protocol from The BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia, to be used for four weeks (then "mail me in the morning" :-)):
Bromelain caps (500 mg), 1-2 caps twice daily;
Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) (150-250 mg), 1-2 caps twice daily;
Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) (500 mg), 1 cap twice daily;
Vitamin C (from Acerola Cherry or rose hips), 250 mg), 1 cap twice daily;
Polyflora-O available here, taken as directed on the bottle.
If you find you're a nonsecretor, add:
Vitamin A (10,000 IU), 1 cap daily;
Deflect-O available here, taken as directed on the bottle.
For once I'm not going to push the exercise thing. (hope that gives you a chuckle!) I am going to push the rest and calming activities thing. :-) Anything that makes you feel good IS good. Meditation, yoga, massage, a fantasy novel followed by a nap.
I MOST ESPECIALLY encourage you to get hold of a copy of Meditation as Medicine by Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa and Cameron Stauth from your local bookseller or Amazon online, whether new or used, and read it. If you've no energy to wade through all of it at the moment, just skip to page 193: Special Meditation for the Second Chakra. It is designed to heal the bladder, takes two minutes and will astound you.
Additionally ~ can you tolerate...
yellow onions? they contain a multitude of urinary tract healers. Quercetin is the anti-inflammatory found in yellow onions and available cheaply in supplement form. No known interactions or overdose, so if they give you no trouble you can pop 'em all day long. ;-)
beets? they possess potent cleansing/healing properties due to their plant dyes and sugars. Great cooked, or juiced with larger quantities of carrots and celery.
broth made from bones left over from roasted beef, turkey, or fish? It is chock full of collagens, minerals and proteins in solution ~ just the thing for an ailing bladder, as long as you can eat it pain-free.
mineral water? Explore the mineral water site. If you are following a low-salt diet, your electrolyte balance may be suffering. Mineral water is a possible way to begin addressing the deficit.
A health care professional who is willing to work with you along holistic lines would be your best asset at this time. Do browse our Practitioner Registry, use a good search engine like www.alltheweb.com/advanced, and your local phone book to discover candidates in your locality if you do not have a responsive doctor right now.
Elaine, I regret it's taken me so long to respond to your question! I look forward to hearing your replies. Anyone out there with IC who is using complementary means to resolve it, please sing out! I'll make sure there's an update posted here. Best wishes for healing to all!!
Hi, Carmelin ~ you've certainly had your hands full with your little guy's troubles. Couple of things: muscle testing can work for the meal he's about to eat, but you may find the results change even during a single day. I encourage you to get the secretor test for him, just because he's had a hard time and school will add to his stress levels. Use his home meals to get those Beneficials into him. Folic acid, MethylB12, Cortiguard and the full range of type A supplements (Phytocal, Polyflora and Polyvite) may help him, but I'm loath to fill little kids full of supps. Live Right 4 Your Type, pp. 183-189, has all the specific advice I'd feel safe giving you, with an emphasis on stress-reduction. Asthma has its roots in high stress levels, and it's also serious enough that you can get a doctor-ordered diet put in place for him at school. Find a health practitioner who will do this for you. My best wishes to you, and I hope your boy prospers!
I have asked many times, Please help. I am AB and would like to know the Nutritional information for the D'ADAMO AB BAR. Claories, Protein, carb and fat per bar is all I want. I assume there is only one kind of bar for the AB if there are many then just as a rough idea if someone can give me the count for one of them. I have asked the doctor who refered me her and I have aked this question many many times including the sales people over the phone no one is giving me the info. I would assume that this is basic and that this info should be available. Thanking you, Ahmad.
Hi, Ahmad! I don't have that information, either. Let's do this:
ANYONE WHO HAS ONE OF THE AB, A, B OR O BARS IN THEIR POSSESSION, PLEASE WRITE TO ME WITH THE CAL/PROTEIN/CARB/FAT STATS FROM THE LABEL?
I'll report what our readers write in, and if we don't find out that way, I'll order all the bars meself. Either way, I'll be back atcha! ;-)
. . . [I]n the latter book (Lists) on pages 26 & 27, Barley is listed as a "neutral" AND a "to avoid" food for type B's. Why so many typo's? Magie
I'm sorry, Magie! I haven't caught more than a couple typos in the Little Books. FYI, Barley is Neutral for everyone except type Os. :-}
Do you know of any stores that sell organic foods in Mexico City? John
No, but try a websearch for "ORGANIC" using the search term "Mexico City" (as a phrase) and "Retail." I'll bet you'll find a number of candidates.
My question is for a person who is a type A that wants to lose weight on about a 1000 cal diet, what should the percentages be for protein, carbs and fat? Dr. D'Adamo says high carbohydrate but doesn't really explain the amount. Thanks Carol
This is a good question, although it's an uncertain endeavour to put p/c/f percentages into practice since most foods have some of each. 35/45/20 is a decent guideline... but that said, it's the KIND of protein (light on the flesh foods except fish, and not red meat), the KIND of carb (lots of veg and very little grain for weight loss), the KIND of fat (olive, flax, walnut -- not commercial mayonnaise or trans-fats), that these diets emphasize in their type-designed proportions, which do the job. BTW, I think weight loss will come along in a less painful fashion by combining appropriate exercise, water intake, and the portion/frequency tables in Live Right 4 Your Type, than by counting calories... but if it works, do it! :-)
I know the TYPEbase 3 says that Vinegar (Balsamic/White/Red/Rice) is an avoid for Os and that apple cider vinegar is neutral. I just saw a hot sauce product at the store that use cane vinegar. Do you know if cane vinegar is OK for Os? Don
Hi, Don ~ Cane vinegar is an unknown, so technically it's neutral (especially in tiny quantities -- but your hot sauce probably has a bunch in it). Common sense, though, prompts me to note that of the five kinds of vinegar specifically mentioned in our food lists, one is neutral (and only for secretors). That weights the chances against cane vinegar being OK. When even rice vinegar is a no-no, I have little hope that cane vinegar would do better. :-} but keep searching for those compliant products, you've been doing a great job so far!
I was recomended your book as I have M.S. I am type O. I have not eaten meat for 20 yrs and feel physically sick just reading the meat list. I do eat fish and Quorn a Myco-protein meat substitute we have in England. Ingredients listed-Myco-protein,rehydrated egg white, flavourings, No artificial colours or preservatives. Can I continue to eat this? I was amazed how everything droped into place as I was reading your book. Today is the first day of hopefully a healthier life. Thank you. jacqui
Jacqui, I have reservations about recommending quorn. I don't know what kinds of mushrooms are used (some types are avoids) or whether they are organically raised. If your product does not say "organic" or "biologique," and the manufacturer cannot tell you what species of mushrooms are in it, I think you'd do better without it. Further, harmful additives can hide behind the term "flavourings." I, too, was pretty gobsmacked when I first saw the meat list. If it's possible for you, try to add some turkey and a little ground lamb or beef occasionally ~ your tastes may change as your intellect guides your diet. Good luck, and let me know how you're doing!
I have been trying for a while to improve my diet and your database has been a savoir to me as trial and error is quite difficult on my own. In the food list for Type O you have listed litchi as a nut or seed. It is really a fruit. The spelling is correct but are we talking about the same fruit? The litchi I know is white and fleshy,with a thin red-yellow shell and a large pit. Thanks in advance for your time in this matter. Sincerely Esar
Yep, that's the one we're both talking about. :-)
I am type O but don't know if I'm a secretor or non-secretor. I have only been on the diet for 6 days, but I feel horrible. I have no energy, I'm depressed because I can't quickly get something to eat. I don't feel like I want to this anymore, but I'm tired of being overweight. I'm not seeing or feeling any good results. Maybe it's too soon but feeling so tired and having no energy to even go to the store to get food is really frustrating. I don't know if I'm doing the right thing. Help!! Chesha
Dear Chesha ~ It can be very hard at first! Your body's in the thick of its adjustment toward protein-digestion and away from grain-addiction. This is a good thing that feels pretty crappy! Here are a few tips: Choose three avoids (wheat, potatoes and milk, perhaps -- or two of them, or one!) and eliminate them, only. After a couple of weeks, choose another avoid to eliminate (or more, if you feel up to it), and so on. Taking it slowly rather than all at once will minimize the detox symptoms. Second, do whatever exercise you can as soon as you get up in the morning (right after a big glass of water). It will brighten your entire day. Third, it's normal to sleep more and need more water in this transition phase. If you're feeling really down, drink a big glass of water or take a nap. Time will do the rest!
I'm Type O, obviously breads and such are avoids. I found a web site that sells bread mix that is wheat free and gluten free. The problem is that it contains "potato starch". I know potatoes are on the avoid, (I even feel silly asking this question) does this include potato starch? I finally got my husband to start the diet with me and it's very hard to please him, and I don't want him to quit. But finding stuff that he can eat, especially on the run, or quickly, (his job doesn't give him much time,if any)is very difficult. I hope you can answer my question soon. Thank you. Rachel
Oh dear... yes, the potato avoid includes potato starch. Cornstarch, same thing. Diamond Organics has a nice selection of organic sprouted breads, and Food for Life's page has a product list on the left ("Natural Food Mill") and a link to retailers on the right. I suggest these two because they offer excellent products, but if you can find 100% rye bread or a local baker who makes spelt or sprouted breads, you're set. Good hunting!
Thank you for all the wonderful information...it has been very useful for me. I have a difficult time with breakfast...I have about 20 lbs. to lose and it has been a killer to drop...I try to eat a low carb, low grain diet...and if I do eat grains...I choose wisely... but at times I get cravings. Just wanted to know, how beneficial in a rice protein powder for Type O+ ?(I don't know my sector yet). Please advise. Thanks once again! Rose
Organic rice protein powder is Neutral, like whole rice. Cravings mean you're extremely sensitive to the food you crave, and may be best off without it until you reach your weight goals and can slowly add back those neutral "craved" foods. Have you tried using nutbutter or hard-boiled egg for your smoothies' protein element? Easier on your system, and will certainly help ease the cravings! Nutritional yeast, too, contains proteins and B vitamins to keep the cravings beast at bay. Best of health to you, Rose!
...and thank you, everyone, for your wonderful questions!