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Since I've read the book "Eat Right 4 Your Type" I'm very concerned about this issue: I'm blood goup O and I'm vegetarian. I want to follow the correct diet according my blood type but I don't want to eat meat, fish or animal protein. How I can to do it? The are any problem if I'm vegetarian and my blood type is O? There are some cases about vegetarian people following the Type O's diet? Thanks in advance. Eva
Hello, Eva! and welcome! :-)
Here are three links to get you started:
Read through them, and write back if more questions arise! thanks, dear!!
I've been on the O diet for a couple of months and because I was getting such good results I could pretty easily handle changing from a vegetarian diet to meat eating, substituting spelt for wheat, stevia for sugars and only having certain cheeses but now I've discovered I'm a nonsecretor and feel completely adrift!! I'm looking at a huge lifestyle change and I don't even know what to eat at any meal anymore! I would love a meal plan for non-secretors or some sort of support system online but I don't know where to turn. Do you have any ideas? Thanks so much, Laura OH! Also, not eating any sweets is really getting to me, nothing to sweeten my tea, etc. It's pretty difficult. Any ideas? Laura
Hi, Laura! ;-> I remember that jaw-dropping experience pretty vividly ~ don't worry, you'll soon be in the "new" swing of things, and the shock of the discovery will fade... although you'll never quite forget it! :-D I wrote a column on the O nonsecretor pyramid: Here. You can pretty quickly put together your own meal plan that way ~ we did! :-) And for sweetening that tea, try the All About Vegetable Glycerine column ~ and there are many more to be found by going to the bottom of this page and using the search term "glycerine."
Right now, the changes look a little daunting to you, but they're actually not as drastic as they seem. What we lose is primarily in the grains, dairy and sweetener departments, which means that we who got used to using spelt and various cheeses as substitutes for what we previously ate are left with few or no subs at all, and the removal of all but molasses is a new challenge in that category as well (veg gly fills the bill beautifully). Thus, it's now impossible to use the basic structure of our pre-ER diet and simply plug in acceptable foods for the unacceptable ones.
I think it was wonderfully kind of Peter to let us all get stable with the Classic O diet in BTD before springing the rest of it on us, don't you agree? LOL! Anyway, grains and dairy and sweetstuff were clearly presented as the poor cousins in our diet, right from the beginning, so we should have seen the writing on the wall there. It makes sense that the O nonnies -- on the far end of the spectrum from the A secretors -- would end up with what might be characterized as a "paleolithic" diet framework bearing no relation whatsoever to the S.A.D. so beloved in our childhoods. On the other hand, I really think of it as the diet of a caveman with advanced degrees in biochemistry ~ we're not "going backward" to find the nonsecretor plan, but using our physiological history in concert with current research to go forward.
In a way, because our diet is weighted more heavily toward just a few food groups (veg, fruit, meat/fish/poultry, eggs, nuts/seeds), it becomes a simpler path to follow once you're on it ~ it just looks complicated when you're wondering how to get there! :-)
I'm not sure if I'm eating the right balance and right frequenciesof foods. I'm an O non-secretor. You're an 0 nonsecretor, right? and you often refer to your own diet in your replies, so I was wondering if you would be willing track what you eat and post it so I can follow it as a model? Alternatively, could I track my eating plan for a week or more and send it to you for a critique on what I could do better? Michelle
Hi, Michelle! First, take a look at my answer for Laura, above. If you'd like to give me a rundown of your week's eating plan, sure! I'll be happy to help! :-)
Heidi my daughter in law's mom who is type O has dangerously high cholesterol, about 300, she said. And she's in her early 70s. Gets lots of exercise and otherwise is healthy. She's been on meds but wants to find a way to lower it naturally. She eats healthfully, but there must be something she can add or omit to lower the total number. Any suggestions would be sincerely appreciated. Maddy
Hello there, Maddy ~ Not knowing her diet, I'll make some general suggestions:
First, Phil's Oatmeal Therapy! ~ and search for "phil" in the search form at the bottom of this page ~ there's more to read!
For intractable high cholesterol, see these notes on red yeast rice, and also see an earlier RYR column, Here!
Let me know how she does, dear! :-)
First of all, I'd like to say that of all the nutrition research and science that I've read, this one seems to make the most sense-common sense. Next, and the reason I'm writing, is that I live in Canada and the Secretor Status kit is unavailable here. Also, I can't seem to get the ABO-friendly Physician Registry page to load, so I don't know who else to turn to. I am an insulin-dependent, type O diabetic and I want to follow the correct diet based on secretor type, but I don't know what I need to do to have my secretor status determined. Can you offer any suggestions as to how a canadian can go about having their secretor status determined? I believe that the human body is always trying to return to normal functioning and I am motivated to help my body do exactly that. Please help me help myself. I appreciate any response that you may have to give. Very sincerely, Glen
Hi, Glen! This column has the information you need to get the saliva secretor test in Canada, or to obtain your Lewis (blood) type which closely correlates to secretor status. On the Practitioner Registry page, first put "canada" (without the "s) in the "search for" box. Then click the arrow next to the "search by" menu, and scroll down to "country." Then (gotta do this, doesn't work without it), Hit the Search Button. I see several practitioners listed! Thanks for writing, Glen, and I must say you have a very life-enhancing belief which will serve you well in ALL areas!! good luck, and keep me posted! :-D
Hello Heidi! Both me (type O) and my husband (type have lots of ancestors who was farmers and fishermen in the archipelago on the Swedish east cost (in the Baltic sea). They have certainly been eating lots of fish, especially perch, pike, cod, herring, eel and flounder. I believe that those kinds of fish, which was a staple for our grandparents, should be very healthy food for me and my husband. (Maybe the eel isn't so good, though.) Perch (Perca fluviatilis) is my favourite fish. It is very common in the Baltic sea and in lakes here in Sweden. As a little girl I sometimes was fishing for perch together with my dad who also likes that fish. To get good fishing-luck, we used to shout: "Pork - ugh! Perch is best!" Dad told me they used to shuot like that when he was a little boy fishing together with his dad... Among my and my husbands relatives, all four bloodtypes are represented. As there are several kinds of fish which are OK for all types, fish could be suitable to eat on a family gathering. But I have a few questions: 1) In BTD, LR4YT and in the typebase i've found ABO-ratings for white, yellow and silver perch. Which one of them is "Perca fluviatilis"? 2) Do you know anything about the ratings for a fish called tench (Tinca tinca)? The only thing I know about it is that it's fun to catch and delicious to eat. 3) How about pike-perch (Stizostedion lucioperca)? Same ratings as for pike or perch? Thank you so much for your column! //Ylva.
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Ylva, thank you for sharing your wonderful family report and fishing techniques! :-D OK: here I go with your fishies:
Perca fluviatilis ~ European or Eurasian Perch (the Latin fluviatilis makes me wonder... ~ "river perch"?)
Stizostedion lucioperca ~ Zander, or Pikeperch
Tinca tinca ~ Tench, or Green Tench
The perch bunch are tough to parse for purposes of this diet. Take a look at this link and you'll see what we're up against. :-} Since our "yellow perch" is Perca flavescens, I thought we might be able to associate your "unknown" percas with our listed ones... HOWEVER: our "ocean perches" are all Sebastes spp., the "silver perch" is Bairdiella chrysoura and the white is Morone americana ~ no help there, except to describe perfectly how I feel right about now. ;-)
The zander is a member of one of the pike families... but not the U.S. kind (Northern pike, or Esox lucius), otherwise I'd be quite comfortable saying "use the Pike rating 4YT" (Beneficial, in your case! :-)). Alas!
As to your tench, we haven't rated him either cuz he's an exclusively European resident. I must say he's certainly a handsome fishie, and wish I could offer a food value on that basis alone ~ but Alas Again!
So: in sum, while I can't give a definitive view on these guys, I will leave you with the usual "considered neutral for all folks with no health difficulties" advice! so enjoy them, and keep those fish stories coming my way! :-D
1 - I am a type O and was wondering about glucose and agar. 2 - Romano cheese should be a no no for type O's but I see it used in some of the recipes. Why? Thanks, By the way: This diet is wonderful. I am losing just a bit of weight but I eat to my heart's content and I feel great with increased energy and less pain in my joints (especially the knees.) Sheldon
Hello, Sheldon ~ glad you're prospering! The recipes are a bit loose with ingredients used in very small amounts. Feel free to adapt them to your own level of compliance/strictness. Agar can be found in the TYPEbase3 search. Not sure what your Q is regarding glucose ... could you clarify whether you're wondering about an additive? a sweetener? or something in a whole food? thanks, dear! I'm really pleased you're enjoying this diet! :-)
Dear Heidi, I love the program and have had great results. I sent in a question awhile back concerning CONJUGATED Linoleic Acid.(CLA) I want to know if it is ok for all blood types. My son is A and I am an O. I started it about 6 weeks ago and don't want to continue taking it if it is going to mess up the good results that I have had so far. I know you probably get lots of questions, but I would really like to know if you got my message. Thanks for all the good work. Connie in Ohio.
Hello, Connie! CLA is present most notably in GRASS-FED cattle, both the meat and the dairy. I have no data on its use as a supplement, although I suspect it would do you no harm in small quantities.
The following is an excerpt from the Journal of Chemical Education site (http://jchemed.chem.wisc.edu/Journal/Issues/1996/Dec/absA302.html):
So: whether you continue with the supplementation, I'd also suggest free-range clean turkey for your son, and grass-fed beef, buffalo, lamb, etc. for you. The levels of CLA in those foods are far higher than in grain-forced animals. Do take a look at the website, www.eatwild.com ~ well worth reading and supporting with your food dollars!! Hope this is of interest! and thanks for writing!! :-)
Hi Heidi, Can you tell me.. Will Dr. D'Adamo be coming out with an herbal compendium of sorts any time soon? I know he has some more common culinary herbs listed in the diet and some more in the Encyclopedia. It would really be a big help to us herbal preparation users. ie. such ones as black cohosh, cleavers,yarrow, valerian, etc. My husband and I are so impressed with the results that we've seen on the diet that we buy the lr4yt book to give those who have a genuine interest in trying it.Without fail, everyone who tries it can't believe the changes in their general health. I check your column daily because I pick up so many tips that I can pass on to others even if they're not applicable to our type. (both O's - 1 secretor & 1 non-secretor) Thanks, Jan
Hello, Jan! Thanks so much for your kind words and great support!! I am very, very pleased to be of assistance! :-) An herbal compendium is a great idea... think I'll whisper that one to Peter as soon as he comes up from under all the other work he has going right now! great suggestion! :-)
Hi. I have two questions. One: Are type O's (nonsecretor)more prone to prostate problems, either cancerous or benign? I couldn't find it anywhere. And two: I must be doing something wrong because when I do a search for topic at the bottom of your page it gives me nothing but the same page and has "(ignored)" typed next to the question. Any clue? Thank you... Kristy
:-) The search page accepts only one word at a time. Numbers, extra spaces or "a, and" etc. may give you the "ignored" message. Just try one word, I'm sure it will work for you! Os have no predisposition toward prostate trouble ~ but if someone you know is concerned about the issue, do use the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia as a reference for explanations and protocols. thanks for your note, Kristy!
Hello Heidi. I enjoy this web site, especially your column. I am O+, secretor status unknown. I've been dealing with heartburn most of my life. I feel good when eating by the blood type diet. However, about an hour after eating a meal, I often experience heartburn. It's not immediate, but like "clockwork", it begins later. I carry weight around my middle (only), a distented belly, and I am a "high strung" person who tends to overeat. I was tested for H.Pylori (blood test) and found negative for the antibody. I accepted that my excess weight in the belly area was the cause of this after meals hearburn. But recently I discovered something interesting. While wanting to lose weight by trying the induction phase of the Atkins diet, I was surprised to discover that my heartburn disappeared. When I deviate from a high protein diet and introduce fruits, my symptoms come back. Seems like I'm sensitive to surgar, even from acceptable fruits for my blood type. Is this enough information to determine if there is something wrong other than my being overweight? How does one know if they have Candida? Could you suggest a typical meal plan for a type O (combinations and amounts). I appreciate any suggestions you may have. Thank you. Greg
Hello, Greg! What you discovered is that (1) you need to eat smaller meals, more frequently, to try to wean yourself from overstuffing (very uncomfortable, and a known cause of reflux/heartburn!); (2) exercise for stress-relief would do you a world of good in the digestive department; (3) food combining/separation (eating fruit separately, not mixing grain and meat in one meal) will let your tummy focus on one task at a time and relieve the after-meal pain. The high-protein diet appeared to work, because you ate no grains or fruit. Separate those foods and use smaller meals, use some of the LR4YT stress-reduction suggestions, and let me know your results! :-)
Hello Heidi, greetings from South Africa. Your column is absolutely great! I am learning so much. The diet has done wonders for myself and my family and we're sticking to it as rigidly as possible. My hubby and I are both type O, but he's doing better than me as he seems OK with oats, rice, rye, etc. I however seem to be intolerant of all grains and my chest and sinuses always feel congested when I eat them (it starts with sneezing and then difficulty to breathe). I realise that in my case it is imperative to know my secretor status, but would you believe, in a country that transplanted the first heart, no lab is able to help me with this test, and I've made extensive enquiries. I would also be prepared to order from and courier to the UK if this is the closest source. Could you please supply me with any info on how to get this test done? God bless and keep well. Thanks, Amanda.
Hello, Amanda! Here are some general tips on how to obtain your secretor status. If you're of an experimenting turn of mind, then try two weeks on the nonsecretor diet. The following two weeks, use the secretor diet. Compare your results. It's surprising how many people find a sharp difference between them ~ and if getting your secretor type turns out to be a major hassle, then this technique may give the answer you're looking for! good luck dear, and thanks for writing!!
Antibiotics and Coricidin D with Type O positive Secretor Blood: Everytime I take ANY pills and then recover for cold or infections I get SEVERE cramps and bloating for about 3 weeks to restore my digestive health.I take Acidophilus Pills 9 a day to try to get healed and olive oil..Pure extra Virgin..Could I have Candidas provoked by the lining of my stomach being stripped?I have been laying here miserable for 4 days now. It feels like my whole stomach is a HUGE toothache. This result has predictably happened for the last 15 years of my life and after a few weeks of acidophilus I can digest food again.My three week sinus cold is gone. HELP!!!! I need your advice so bad on this. I was scoped and tested and everything is just fine. I believe the doctors create a treadmill of antibiotics that cause ulcer type symptoms so they can keep the money machine going. MONEY MONEY MONEY. Betty
Hi, Betty! I can't argue with what you've discovered about your body, or about the pharmaceutical business.
How about (1) preventing the colds/infections in the first place, and (2) using healing strategies that don't involve antibiotics?
(1) Follow the O secretor diet, take your PolyFlora-O and Pro-Berry3 daily, and use Heallix if you feel anything "coming on." You will never even come close to needing those antibiotics again, so
(2) swear off them completely. Just say NO! They have enormous health-destructive capability, and are overused to the point that our water supply is poisoned with them and new strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria are springing up every day! Once upon a time, doctors prescribed liquids and bed rest for colds/flu ~ but no, we can't be persuaded to stop our frenetic activity for even an hour these days, hence the antibiotic mill keeps churning. Take your dollars away from pharmaceuticals and put them in food and simple, healing compounds. HooRah! this is one of THE most powerful things we "little folks" can do for ourselves and this precious planet. :-)