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Heidi, I am a type O with hypothyroidism. I am doing my best to follow the diet, but with a type AB husband it gets tough, and I admit that I am not as vigilant as I could be. One problem I face is timing my medications and supplements. First thing in the morning, I take my thyroid medication on an empty stomach, and wait at least an hour to eat. I also take a multivitamin, calcium, iron, fucus, l-tyrosine, and for allergies, claritin. I want to get the most out of each of these, butI know that some are better on an empty stomach and some with food, and perhaps even best taken during different parts of the day. Therefore, I am having the darndest time trying to schedule my supplementation. I was hoping you might be more familiar with this, and give me some guidelines. I appreciate any help you can give me. Devoted Reader, Lois
Hey there, Lois ~ On all the supplements, the best thing I can offer is to follow the instructions on the bottles. Formulations of multis vary, so the label should let you know whether that particular one should be taken away from food or with food -- and whether the dosage is such that you'll take several caps per day or only one. Calcium is usually best taken with a meal, but check the label of your product. Tyrosine can be taken with food, but depending on the reason you're taking it, another time of day could be better... write back and tell me more? The others should have specific directions, so I'd figure out the number of each I need to take, whether I'd take them before, during, or after eating, or between meals, and make up a chart to stick on the fridge. Wish I could do more for you there, dear, but with a magnifying glass for the tiny print on some of those labels (>:-E), I'm sure you'll succeed in setting up a doable supp schedule. Let me know how you work this out! :-D
HEY! THIS JUST IN: Jane, who has experience in these matters, wrote: "Her endocrinologist or pharmacist should have told her to be careful when she takes calcium if she's taking thyroid meds. Ideally you shouldn't take calcium for 4 hours after taking the thyroid meds. It interferes with the update of the thyroid drugs. I take my thyroid pill first thing in the morning, an hour before eating." Thanks so much for writing in to help us along on this subject, Jane! Much appreciated! :-D
Heidi, How much soy milk would be equivalent to a serving portion of beans and legumes? Don
Hmmm... tricky question! It's not a direct proportion. Plain mature cooked soy beans contain roughly 8 times as much protein as plain, unfortified soy milk ~ but 50 times as much calcium. The dilution necessary to make a milk-like consistency plays a role here, but the water solubility of the various elements in the bean is what makes it impossible to multiply the soy milk quantity by a number to get the bean's nutritional equivalent. Single aminos, fats, each has its own particular solubility to factor in. And if we begin comparing soy milk to other beans, we will have different proportions altogether. So... soy milk's nutrition-to-portion concentration is not nearly as high as the whole, cooked beans ~ somewhere between 1/6th and 1/10th the potency. Still, it's a great cows' milk replacement for you O secretors. ;-)
Heidi, For O type, all but apple cider vinegar is an avoid, but what about a tablespoon of balsamic or red wine vinegar used in a marinate for meats? Is the amount small enough, and does most of it burn off in cooking? Thanks! Amber
Hi, Amber! A tablespoon in a cup of marinade probably won't trouble you much, as long as you don't end up eating the cooked marinade as a sauce. The acid does remain, but it should be well diluted by the time your steak hits the plate. :-D
Dear Heidi, Which is the safest oil for cooking with? At the moment I use ghee but many of the recipes in CR4YT include olive oil. And other people say you mustn't heat olive oil and it's better to use rapeseed oil. Take care, Olympia.
Hello, Olympia! Many highly-intelligent Italian chefs cook almost exclusively in extra-virgin olive oil, including deep-frying, without burning the oil. That said, a little water or broth added to a stir-fry or sear using olive oil will keep the temperature a bit lower. If the oil is fresh and not smoking in the pan, it hasn't reached its breakdown stage. Personally, I never use rapeseed (canola) oil -- for high-heat applications such as curing my iron pans, I use grapeseed or rice bran oil, both of which have very high smoke points. The caveat with these two is the near-impossibility of finding organic versions. All told, I'd say you're best off doing your daily cooking with organic extra-virgin olive oil! :-D
I recently bought the Blood Type Encyclopedia as I wanted to improve my health and was very puzzled to read the section on Lectins, specifically Page 348 (Group O-specific lectins). As a group O I am now supposed to avoid, among other foods, WALNUTS. I thought these were beneficial and have made an effort to eat them. Are these harmful for me? The same thing for BLUEBERRIES and BANANAS and PAPAYAS. The first two are supposed to be beneficial so why are they avoids for Type O RH-positives. This is the opposite of what is listed elsewhere. We pick blueberries in the wild and I eat a lot of them. Should I now avoid them? As an O non-secretor my list of favourite foods is getting shortened even more. Help! Sharon
I am striving to stay on the type O diet but have run into a contradiction in BTD. On pages 521-522--black walnuts and english walnuts are listed as highly beneficial. However, on page 348 it says type O's should avoid walnuts. then on page 545 it says walnut oil is neutral for type O's. I love the results I have received form following the type O diet and I don't want to eat something I should avoid. Thanks, Janet
Hi there, ladies! The answer is right here! :-)
Hi, I am a female type O and 40 years old. However, I have sufferred from Adult acne for many years..... a small amount, but enough to be irritating. I have only just ordered my secretor test kit so I am unable to tell you my category in this regard. I am following the diet recommendations contained in your BTD, but would like to know if there are any specific No-Nos that I should pay particular regard to in order to reduce the skin problems I have and/or should I take any supplements to my diet. Many thanks, Audre
Hello, Audre! Right now, the best thing you can do is follow your plan to a T. The worst no-nos would be corn in all its forms, bad oils (including fried foods, as well as oils in processed foods), milk & cheese, and any amount of wheat in any form. However, be sure to get a tablespoon of fresh extra virgin olive or (better) flax oil every day, as it is essential for healing your skin and balancing your entire system. Supplements? Aside from PolyFlora-O (the probiotic) to get your digestion in order, I'd say the best supplement is strenuous exercise, at least every other day. Really work up a sweat! It directly cleanses your skin, but what you can't see is what it does to work the liver (thereby processing hormones and fats more effectively) and clear the bowels (eliminating sluggishness and its ensuing toxicity), which is where acne most often originates. Try to find the absolutely freshest fruits and vegetables you can get ~ you need their elemental sulphur component.
I expect you'll see improvements within a week or two! Please keep me posted, OK? :-D
Hi Heidi, I recently purchased the book "eat right 4 your type" as it is so highly reccommended here in South Africa. I am 35 and type O positive. I suffer from Gout, and get bad attacks about 3 times a year and light attacks (very mild) about once every two months. I am not over weight, I do not drink, and I eat mostly white meat like fish, chicken, pork, and red meat about twice to three times a week. Now I read that I need to eat more red meat for my type, and fruit I was told to stay away from.... I am confused, and hopping you can help! My daily eating habbits are as follows: Breakfast: kellogs rice crispies/ cornflaks with milk 10h00: toasted bacon and egg or ham and cheese sandwich. Lunch: Chicken mayonaise roll Dinner: Fish or chicken or beef with brown rice cooked carotts, peas, beatroot (always with vegies not always the same) 21h00: snack Kellogs rice crispies with milk. Please help me to eat correctly according to the book for my type O and the gout issue. Ps My gout is apparently hereditary. Daniel
Hi, Daniel! Pork is an avoid, but most meat, fowl and fish items are fine for type Os. No need to stay away from fruit. In fact, a couple of tablespoons of black cherry juice taken every day is a wonderful therapy for gout! The troublesome things I see in your diet right now are: the rice crispies and cornflakes, the milk, the bread, the cheese, the bacon and the ham. Gout, like so many other health conditions, is often seen as hereditary merely because it follows along the "traditional diet lines" from one generation to the next. People tend to eat the foods they learned to eat in their families -- thus, they tend to develop the health problems their parents had from eating an unhealthy diet.
Hello Heidi, I'm an o-non. I'm having difficulty finding some of the recommended foods, even though I'm in the NJ/ NY area. I want to enjoy as many of the recommended food as possible! Walnuts. I can only seem to find black walnuts, not english walnuts. Where can I get organic green tea in bulk? The only stuff I've found is $44 dollars a pound! is this a fair price? Where can I buy some of the fish? I would love to try some of them, but they're never in the stores. Sturgeon, yellowtail, pike, fresh herring, I never see these available. And squab, partridge, sweetbreads? Can you recommend an online source, vendors or stores in the NY area? Is dried fruit ok? or is it too high in sugars. I've found nice organic mangos, pineapple, etc . but I'm not sure how much of it to have... many thanks! I love this diet. emme
Hey, Emme! Shopping troubles, eh? I live in Manhattan, so it's the old story that you can get anything here, for a (high enough) price. I'd say $44 for a pound of organic green tea is pretty reasonable. A pound is a LOT of tea! I haven't bought it in bulk around here recently, but Mr. Itaru's green tea & brown rice combo comes in 200 gram packages - about 7 ounces in weight - and it takes me weeks to get through one of those. It would cost far more than $44 the pound. Have you tried Angelica's? in the East Village? I'd give them a call, just to check.
English walnuts are the commonest kind -- pale, with pale, smooth, rigid shells -- and they're everywhere ~ black walnuts come in deep black, nearly impenetrable shells. Are you sure you've found black walnuts in plenty? if so, please let me know where you found them -- shelled, of course! ;-) They're both beneficial, but the black ones are REALLY tasty!
For the fish: it's a toughie. Do you have a local fishmonger (who speaks English)? (No cultural slams intended here folks, believe me! where emme & I live, it is the norm that business owners may have only a rudimentary grasp of English, and not because they speak Italian, French, German, Spanish, Irish Gaelic or Indonesian (all of which I could muddle through on) -- rather, it's usually one of the many Asian languages AND I HAVE NO MAINLAND ASIAN LANGUAGES, dang it!!) *phew*! thanks for listening!! I mean, you should have heard me trying to describe the difference between wild salmon and farm-raised to MY nearby fishmonger. Pretty funny, now that I look back on it. Oh lordy. I still don't even know where they're from, they won't tell me. Probably illegal, OH, never mind. Even my Bangladeshi is better than my North Korean, OK? It's a problem. *sigh.* My problem, I suppose. ;-}
Back to the point: SEARCH your nabe for a good fishmonger with whom it is possible to converse. Tell him or her your needs. See if they will bring in some fresh herring for you. Pike might be more difficult, but read on. For my rarer-than-salmon needs, I high-tail it to Grand Street & Elizabeth and choose between the many spectacular Asian fish markets in that neighborhood. Not much conversation needed -- they know the price and the English name of the fish (which is good, since the signs are all in Chinese or Korean) and that's all you need. And boy, have they got the goods, at rock-bottom prices. Huge selection. Check 'em out. They've got everything! along with things you've never heard of. OR, go straight to the Fishmarket, where all the retailers buy on a daily basis. It's a bit overwhelming, it requires being there at around 4 in the morning, and it's in the Bronx at the moment, but with persistence (and a car) you can make the trip often enough to forge relationships with the fishermen of your choice.
Next thing you need is a great local butcher, which is a commoner item in the neighborhoods than a dependable fishmonger. If your butcher has contacts with organic producers (which is almost the norm these days), it's a snap to get acceptable sweetbreads. Thymus, pancreas, either one will do. Seasonal game birds in our area are available frozen much of the year, through the wild game provisioner D'Artagnan. Alternately, call Ottomanelli's in the Village, on Bleecker Street. Ask them what fresh birds they have coming in. Get 'em in season. Yes, there's also Balducci's and Dean & DeLuca, and the Chelsea food markets, but Ottomanelli's is a small shop with a full crew of smart family members who have about 200 years of butchering experience between them. Their prices are not cheap, but neither do they approach the lofty heights of Balducci's ~ besides, they pay attention to you and what you want & need. And they're really sweet guys! ;-)
Dried fruit is absolutely fine, but scrutinize the ingredients and check out the producer. Make SURE it's organic, it's unsulphured, and it's unsweetened. If the label is unforthcoming and the produce manager goes blank about it, don't risk it.
OK! I've blabbered a bit over the time limit, even for me! but I hope it's of use to folks in the NY/NJ area ~ there are certainly a lot of us! take care, emme, and good hunting!! :-D
I am a blood type O and have found that Indian Food causes me extreme fatigue. My Indian meal choice is always exactly the same: Saag Paneer (Spinach with Goat Cheese), Shrimp Curry and Rice. I indulge myself in this--my favorite meal--at least twice a month, and each time it takes me at least 3 days to get back to my normal level of energy. Any idea what could be causing this extreme fatigue? Dee
What's causing it? those Indian meals! ;-> guess you've found that out already. ;-D If you're asking if I can pin down the exact ingredients doing the harm, well ~ highly unlikely, as I've learned through long trials! but I'll take a stab at it. In Saag Paneer, could be the oil they use, or the spices, but I plump for the oil. Same with the curry. Ask if they use ghee, or oil -- and if so, what kind? Hey! It could be the goat cheese... you might not do well with cheeses. Do you know your secretor status?
When you have your meal, do you eat the papadam, the dal, the raita, the chutneys... maybe some Indian beer... see where I'm going with this? Just as an exercise, let's take the chickpeas in the papadam, the beans (other than lentils) in the dal, the cucumber & yogurt in the raita, and the sugar in the chutney... if you're a nonsecretor, this combination would fair hammer you. If it's lentil in the dal, even a secretor might take a beating.
I was a huge fan of Indian food, but I've had to phase it out of my diet for the most part. To isolate the exact culprits in my beloved dishes, from aloo paratha to shrimp saag to anything-vindaloo, (other than wheat & potatoes -- that's a given) was a full-time job, so if the option arises now, I stick to tandoori. I still dream of one restaurant's lemon chutney and pickled mangoes. But without the poori or chapati or nan and rice and papadam and raita... and that magnificent smoky Golden Eagle beer... the thrill is kinda gone. ;-} Dee, I've little comfort to offer in this area, for which I apologize! but it seems you're body is telling you more than anything specific I could explain for you. Follow that advice, you won't regret it... much! ;-D
With sheep milk readily available I make my own cottage cheese from it. The process leaves me with whey when I separate the curds. I take it that this whey product which is not a powder is OK for O's as it is for A's? There are some wonderful soup recipes using this pure whey. Regards - Kasia
Greetings, Kasia! The whey is the part that is Not OK for Os ~ it's an avoid. The whey powders are worse, as they are concentrated whey. But fresh whey is the thing that cheeses don't have, which makes some cheeses OK for you. Hope this helps, dear! :-D
Hello and thanks so much for all the wonderful information you provide. I am a rebellious O+ (took 2 years to "really" give up the wheat)but for the most part I really love the foods that are particularly for me. In the last 2 years, I believe being on the diet has eliminated many alergeric reactions I used to suffer. Aches and pains, yucky sinus problems, breathing difficulties and edema. BUT, one of the things that I have been eating is goat cheese and goat milk on a fairly regular basis, I am Danish and no cheese or cream at all was "too severe" , that rebel again. A few days ago in reading my Live Right book I noticed that goat cheese is neutral while goat milk is an avoid. Help, why would these 2 items fall in different categories. Thanks again for your column. I look forward to hearing from you, Dianne
Hey there, Dianne! Even we rebels come round when it's worth it, eh? :-) The difference between cheese and milk is, in a word, "whey." Milk's got it, cheese hasn't. Thus, goat cheese is neutral and the milk is to be avoided.
You're doing a marvelous job of steering your exuberant nature toward a healthy plan ~ enjoy it, and write again! :-D