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My family is type O and we are transitioning to follow your diet. I am confused about the Breads recommended, Essene and Ezekiel. The ones I find have sprouted wheat included; however, I understand this is a wheat free diet. I appreciate your advise and direction in advance. Kay
Lucky you, with one blood type in the house! :-) The Essene and Ezekiel breads we recommend are made from 100% sprouted grains, which is an entirely different thing from whole grain. Sprouting destroys the lectin in wheat that is such a major avoid for type O. Enjoy!!
Hello! I have been on the blood type diet for some time and have a question about artichoke pasta. Is it ok if it has #1 semolina and artichoke flour? If not, do you know of any companies that make a "pure" artichoke pasta suited for me? I am an O. I still love my occasional pasta and would love to know. Thanks so much! Cathryn
Hi, Cathryn ~ Nope, semolina doesn't make the grade on our food list. There once was a 100% artichoke pasta, but the taste didn't inspire sales and it was a commercial failure. The best pasta, in many wheat-free folks' opinion, is DeBoles Organic line of rice pastas, and Pastariso's organic rice pastas. Try those, they're quite wonderful! :-)
I just got the book by Dr. D'Adamo "Blood Type O" (food, beverage and suplement list). Which I think is great and makes a lots of sence to me. And Iam planning to fallow the deit. The only problem I have is that portions to eat are all based only on African, Caucasian, and Asian. But Iam Mexican. How would I know about portions and how often to eat in a weekly bases. I would appraciate your help very much. Thank you. Sincerely Maximiliano.
Greetings, Maximiliano! Unless you have African or Asian parents or grandparents, you are definitely Caucasian! That's the one to use. Let me know how you do on the diet! :-D
Hye there, I've been on your blood type diet for a few months now and so far so good but its a little tough adjusting. Im an underweight type O and Im having a tough time gaining weight on the type O diet. Iam 19 years of age, 5"09 I weigh 130 lbs and I want to get to 160. Are there any type O foods that promote weight/muscle gain? Any advice will be greatly appreciated, thank you for your time. Max
Hey, don't worry! You've probably just recently finished your upward growth! Gaining healthy weight means building muscle. The O diet on its own will do this for you if your routine includes progressive weight lifting two or three times per week, working the upper body in one session and the lower body in the next. However, my personal favorite is superslow exercise, which gives maximum development for minimal time in the gym -- once a week, in fact. It requires serious concentration and determination, but you will love the results. Here's a link to the articles page on the superslow website. Give it a good read, and let me know how it goes for you! :-D
I'am on ABO diet for 6 weeks, I am O+, I lost 20pounds, feel great , no more snoring, no more heartburns, etc... I still have tendon ache at both elbows and arthritis atleft ankle that annoys me when jogging. Any solution or comments? Thanx for having given me a better life, I am your promotor in France!. Philippe in MARSEILLE
Merci, Philippe! Your progress has been lightning-fast! The arthritis will resolve in time, and I suggest a bit of rest for those elbows. Include some seaweeds (dulse, kelp, hijiki, any others you have access to) in your diet, and see if you can get hold of a supplement called N-acetyl glucosamine. These will help the old lectin damage to be swept away. Remember your olive oil, and strong homemade broth (beef or fish is best) with a little fat left in. I am so happy to hear this plan is doing great things for you! and thank you for your championship of the BTD! :-D
I have suffered from eczema for most of my life. Recently a friend has suggested that starting to eat red meat again and cutting out wheat(I have been a vegetarian for the last 4 years and am healthy in all other respects) would help clear the eczema as I am blood type O. I have started to eat red meat again but find it sits heavily in my digestive system - can you explain how the red meat helps and also is there something else I could eat because I still have profound misgivings about an animal needing to be killed just so I can eat. There must be something that nature provides naturally that would help. I would be extremely grateful for any advice you are able to give. Regards, Andrew.
Hi, Andrew ~ Listen, I understand where you're coming from. I came from "there," too. ;-} For type Os, meat is actually the healing "thing that nature provides naturally," although this represents a difficult mental adjustment for many ethical vegetarians to make. Believe me that there is order in all this, and a rightness you will discover from within yourself! On the digestive side, it is not surprising that the meat feels a bit heavy to you. It is a concentrated food, and if you've been used to filling up on vegetables, beans and grain, you're probably unused to feeling "full" with a smaller portion of food. I do suggest taking pancreatic enzymes before meat meals, for a few weeks. After that point, your body should be producing its own. The other vital element in healing the eczema is a good supply of EFAs (essential fatty acids), from fish, flaxseed, organic eggs, and olive & walnut oils. Your healing will be the proof of what is right for you ~ and you may discover many other unexpected benefits as well. Keep in touch!
I've been reading mainstream literature (Earl Mindell, James Balch, etc.) about the absorbability of different types of calcium. There's a consistent thread that people who eat a lot of meat are less able to absorb calcium. Is this an accurate observation within the context of the BTD? (I'm an O, so I fall into the category of eating a lot of meat.) Lisa
Well... we're advised to eat a sufficient quantity of meat, although the recommended vegetable and fruit portions kind of blow away the quantities of meat and fish on this diet (see below!) I'm bemused that mainstream health authors still opine that meat eating reduces calcium absorption. The reality is quite the opposite. In fact, meat stimulates the production of intestinal alkaline phosphatase, which increases calcium absorption. Hope this helps, Lisa! and thanks for your note!!
I'm wondering why NS O's can only have 0-3 portions of manna bread per week even though it is a beneficial food. If we can have that little bit and be okay can't we have more and still be okay? Thanks. Amber
Hey there, Amber! Proportion is important. Manna bread is beneficial among the grain products ~ but it is not an ideal centerpiece for the O diet. The portion and frequency guidelines for grains keep them in right relationship to the entire diet. Just as an example, let's use the maximum frequencies for each food group to figure out the O-Non Pyramid:
Of course, if one is Rh negative, fish jumps to 7 and meat/poultry to 14 servings ~ and grain drops to 2. ;-)
At any rate: once you've stuffed down those massive quantities of vegetables, fruits, meat, poultry, some nutbutter, the eggs, fish and oils... even if you're using the minimums rather than the maxxes like I did here... heck, I don't know how anyone finds room for the pointy part of the pyramid!! But that's as it should be. The 0-3 grain frequency leaves it lagging along as a now & again kind of thing, along with beans and dairy products. That's the beauty of the design, and it works spectacularly. This is probably a lot more than you bargained for with your question, but I hope it helps explain why the beneficial beans & grains have such a quiet presence in our diet. Thanks for asking, dear!!