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hi its me again I am (A+). my dad is (A+) my mom is (O+). I have tried many times the vegetarian diet & failed. does My (O) ancestry have any influence? brian
Most type As do better with small quantities of fish and fowl in the diet ~ relatively few folks truly thrive on a vegetarian diet. Don't feel you failed! What you did is learn something about your own body's needs, which is what we're all about here! :-D
Hi heidi , Iam type A , and I have read on the Peter.J.D'Adamo's book that it's not good for me to eat meet of beef,pig,mutton .But I am not sure to understand the summary table where we find the number of meet-portions that I can eat by day or week ..Do this mean that I really can eat meet during the week ? Or is it totally inadvisable for me to eat that sort of meet ? I am sorry for my bad english . Thank you for your attention , cordially , philippe .
Bonjour, Philippe! Never worry over your English here, as it's just barely better than my French and moreoever certainly got your question across (which is all that matters! :-)) Yes, you can eat that number of "meat portions" -- because that table includes chicken, turkey, etc. You can have that many portions of the neutral items on that list. Hope that clears it up for you! :-)
I have 2 questions about the type A diet. First, I have a sweet tooth, and I was wondering if it is alright to use Splenda as a sweetener instead of Nutrasweet or Stevia. I have read that Nutrasweet is not good for you, and I have tried Stevia and find that it is bitter. Second, a glass of red wine is reccomended every day. As hard as I try, I just can't drink wine. I can't stand the taste! I do like "Harvey's Bristol Cream" sherry though. Is this a wine product and will I get the same benefits from drinking this instead? Thank you! Karen
Hi there, Karen ~ Rather than splenda, please look into vegetable glycerine. It will fill all your sweetening needs, and it's actually good for you! If you scroll to the bottom of this page, and enter the search term "glycerine," you'll find all the columns I've written on it, along with my rather dim view of splenda. :-) Sherry is a fortified product made from wine and brandy (a distilled liquor), so it's not recommended for As as a daily drink. The herb Hawthorne, however, along with the dark-colored fruits in your diet, will provide plenty of heart-protective substances ~ so don't sweat the wine! thanks, dear! :-)
I'm type A2 and wanted to know what about whey makes it an avoid although other dairy foods like farmer's cheese, feta cheese, goat's milk, mozarella cheese, yogurt and ricotta cheese are neutral. Whey as a protein source seems like it's everywhere, being touted as a great food, so how different is whey protein from the other neutral dairy foods type As can eat? Also, would whey from goat's millk be acceptable for As? Personally, I eat no dairy whatsoever but just wanted to know the rationale behind this as other type A family members have asked me why they can't have whey and I'm clueless.... Thanks Maddy
Hi, Maddy ~ it's nice to hear from you! Whey must be understood in two ways; first, that cheesemaking removes it partially or entirely from the cheese, and second, that as a supplement it is delivered in great quantity. Whey is a very watery substance in nature, and the "whey protein powders" sold as protein supps are highly concentrated forms of it. Some people tolerate the amount of whey in goat's or sheep's milk quite readily, but many do not digest even that amount without trouble ~ and whether something is highly touted makes no difference at all to what truly works in an individual's diet (that might be the first thing I'd mention to family members! ;-D). For A nonsecretors, for example, even cow's milk whey is a "neutral."
There is a subsidiary issue here which is usually forgotten when we discuss supplements and "food products:" the fact is, each person is able to eat only so much in a given day. Our hope is that one's "only so much" be spent upon the best whole foods by blood type. We all are tempted by convenience foods, sometimes to the point where they almost entirely take over the space that whole foods were meant to fill. Know how many times I've overheard someone at the gym say, "Oh, I'm fine cuz I got 300% of my total nutritional needs in my XYZ-brand diet-powder smoothie this morning" ?! In my opinion, there are relatively very few people for whom protein powders truly have a place in the diet. For performance athletes and others daily pushing their physical ability-envelopes, and for whom the time simply isn't there to prepare and eat enough food to keep them going, I first recommend smoothies with plenty of nutbutter, and/or hard-boiled egg, and/or strong meat broth, with the addition of organic nutritional yeast -- second, I OK egg (all types) or soy (A/AB/O secretors, A nons) or whey protein (A nons (marginal)/B/A powders, depending upon blood type and secretor status.
Whew! I went on about that one for a bit! ;-> I hope it clarifies our approach for you & your family! :-D
Hi Heidi: I'm an "A" and understand that eating snails (escargo) can help possibly avoid breast cancer. Does this include any type of snails sold commercially or served in restaurants? When buying canned snails in the grocery store, should I look for any particular brand or labelling? Thank you. Lorraine
The Helix pomatia ("Roman," "escargot," or "large Burgundy") snail is a common item in specialty stores and French cuisine, and the basis of the Helix Plus supplement sold in our Store. If you can find them in your regular grocery store, that's great! Any brand will do, just keep a close eye on anything added by various brands, and stick with the brands whose ingredients are good for you. thanks for writing, Lorraine! :-D
Dear Heidi, Your correspondant was asking about secretor test in Canada; I have also wondered about their availability in Australia, but decided to take the empirical way out, and carefully listed all the differences between A Secretor and A non-secretor. Having been assiduously on the A Secretor diet (from the Encyclopedia)for two months, with excellent results to my digestion, after two days on the Non-secretor alternatives I certainly know what I am, and hotfooteded it back to home territory! Best wishes, Jenny
There's a girl after my own heart! LOL! :-> Good job, Jenny, and thanks for illustrating just how powerful one's home science experiments can be! In the end, the first best authority on the best diet is one's own body. a note well appreciated, dear! :-D
A recent study in England suggests that daily consumption of any form of alcohol including red wine can lead to breast cancer. Because I am a type A, I drink 1/2 cup of red wine every evening because the blood type diet said it would be good for my heart, but type A's are suceptible to breast cancer as well. Should I stop the red wine? Carol
Hi, Carol ~ If you are a nonsecretor, I'd say definitely stick with the wine -- if you're a secretor (likely, since around 85% of people are secretors) I would say that you can take it or leave it as you like. A daily dose of hawthorne, along with the rest of the A-secretor diet which is heart-protective in a variety of ways, can certainly cover all of what red wine does. That said, the study you referenced is refuted by others, and I think you'll fare better to ignore most of what appears on the mainstream news! These news items show up in cycles -- first vegetarianism is the doctor's advice, then a high-protein diet, then wine is good, then wine is bad, and so on -- apparently designed to keep people worried and uncertain, and primed for that next "supercure" product! In brief: wine, for you, is a nonissue in my opinion, and whatever you decide will be fine for you! :-D
I am a type A and I am wondering if I can eat Textured Vegetable Protien (TVP). I havnt seen anything about it in any of the reading. thank you Aimee
Hello, Aimee ~ Generally speaking, I have two things to say: first, try not to depend upon a highly-processed product like TVP for your protein. Instead, make whole foods your diet's "backbone." Second, take a careful survey of the product's ingredients for comparison with your food list. If there are no avoids in the mix, it is technically OK to eat, but I'd like to emphasize that "whole foods" thing once again! :-) Choose whole beans, fish, eggs, nuts and seeds first ~ and products like TVP second, OK? :-D
Hi! I would know if home made soy yogourt made with calcium added "soy milk" is O.K. for type A nonsecretor and it's O.K. to eat it each day for breakfast? Thank you for your answer. Christine
Hello, Christine! For nonsecretors, the frequency for bean products is 3-5 servings per week. That yogurt (soy is neutral for nons, but the culturing boosts it a bit) is taking up seven servings of beans in the week! and which might be divided among some other beneficial beans as well. So maybe switch up the yogurt with a lentil or pinto bean paste on toast, or a dollop of miso in warm broth, instead? Nice work on the homemade yogurt, by the way! Want to post a recipe? :-) thanks, Christine!
Hi Heidi I am a A+ and on the diet since 7 August 2002. I lost about 10 kg. I still have a sinus problem and get severe headaches which I presume is because of the sinus. I do not eat any wheat products. What can you suggest? Thanks eurika
Hello, Eurika! First thing in the morning, a nice cup of hot water with the juice of half a lemon added. Eliminate dairy entirely from your diet, as it is the premiere culprit in sinus trouble. The supplements collinsonia canadensis (stoneroot) and quercetin can alleviate the swelling and inflammation. Finally, use Polyflora-A, ARA6 and green tea to speed/detoxify the digestion -- and yoga daily for toning the digestive system and relieving immune system stress. You'll be feeling better in no time! thanks for writing, dear!
Hi Heidi, I am 33 and blood type A who wants to be in good physical shape. Since Yoga and Tai Chi are recommended for type A's, does that mean I do not have to weightlift to have muscle tone, especially into my 60's and 70's? I do not like to weight lift and I was wondering if Yoga or Tai Chi is enough to prevent sarcopenia in the latter years? Also, can I do Power Yoga instead of Hatha Yoga and achieve the same benefits? Bryan
:-) Yes, absolutely! And power yoga, or ashtanga yoga, is quite a workout. After a few months of regular yoga or martial arts practice, you'll have a good idea as to whether you want to add other kinds of exercise in order to be in the shape you want to achieve. Also... see below!
Hi Heidi, What is your take on this new "Hot Yoga" by Bikram. I think that is how you say it. I'm an "A" secretor and my wife is an "O" secretor. Thank you for such an imformative page and we love your multi Q&A pages. Carl
The Yoga for Health and Fitness website contains vast resources on yoga, and I highly recommend it ~ no matter what blood type! I don't have any experience with "hot yoga," but the website noted above does contain some warnings for pregnant women working out at those high temperatures. Give it a read, and you'll soon know more than I do!! thanks for bringing it to my attention, and enjoy that site! :-D