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Hello, Marilyn ~ Our complete food lists can be found in the book Live Right 4 Your Type, including all the beneficial beans. Yellow-eye beans were not tested, so they may be considered an "unknown." We do try to ferret out connections between the rated items and the unknowns, but generally speaking, unlisted individual foods may be considered neutral for people with no extra weight or other health complaints. That said, I suspect your yellow eye bean may be a neutral: Here on the Cook's Thesaurus site is a picture of "Steuben yellow eye beans" ~ is that the kind you're thinking of? It's closely related to other A-neutral beans, and beans/legumes represent a generally benign food category for As, so if that's a pic of your bean, I'd say eat hearty! :-)
I just started the diet along with other family members. We are all type A and had been big meat eaters. We felt like we did good on a high protein diet. Would like to continue high protein only now from a vegtable source. My question is how many grams of protein is there in a cup of cooked beans? I have a hard time figuring out what is a complete protein. Also is soy protein powder mixed with soy milk a good thing to drink a couple times a day, it has about 30 grams of protein per drink? My nephew is adhd and needs alot of protein, they were giving him meat protein until they put him on the type A diet, now I'm concerned he's going to go back to high carb eating which was a problem before. Thank you very much for any help. Linda
Hi, Linda! For your family, and this is especially important for your nephew, use the portion/frequency tables in Live Right 4 Your Type. They are designed to deliver each kind of food in the right amounts, and will save you a load of calculation and fuss which no busy person needs! :-) It's not surprising you felt OK on a high-protein/fat diet -- especially if you tend toward hypoglycemia -- but in the long run it would have turned out far less than satisfactory for you. Take full advantage of the neutral fowl and fish choices, and do not lean too heavily on any one food. The wide "bottom of the pyramid" of all four blood type diets is composed of vegetables and fruit, and type As also tend to thrive on a little *whole* grain every day or two, so don't fear the changes. They will prove life-giving for you. Just patiently go along with it for a few weeks, and let the adjustments occur at their own speed. Do not hesitate to eliminate wheat (except 100% sprouted) and dairy of all kinds from your nephew's diet, as these are not beneficial for anyone and are implicated in ADHD and many other disorders. Do include a tablespoon or two of flax oil for him every day, in a smoothie or as salad dressing or drizzled on warm food (never heat flax oil). Also, the benefits of yoga and meditation for As cannot be overstated ~ they are potent healers for you.
I do hope this helps, and my heartfelt good wishes go out to you and your family! :-)
Hi Heidi...enjoy your column because I always learn something I didn't know before. I'm 53, A+ non-secretor and have been on the diet 5+ yrs. now, although I only learned my secretor status 4 months ago. Just want to reinforce to your readers how important secretor status is. I really feel fine-tuned now.
Many of your readers talk about bloating and gas, and for me the answer came under "Herbs, Spices & Condiments" in LR4YT where Dr.D. stresses brewer's yeast as beneficial for A non-secretors to enhance glucose metabolism and help keep intestinal flora in balance. I take a teaspoon of brewer's yeast powder mixed with a small amount of lukewarm water with every meal, and have found the bloating and gas to no longer be an issue.
I also take one Polyflora A capsule at the beginning of each each day on an empty stomach. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think keeping a healthy floral balance is the key to staying healthy when so many are suffering bacterial and viral infections & flu this time of year.
Also, I didn't know I had a problem with insulin resistance until I tweeked my diet per secretor status and discovered what an incredible change came over me when I did so. I always had this feeling about myself I could never describe to anyone in a way that would make sense, and now I understand that what I was feeling was the insulin resistence. When I look back, I can see that many of the struggles I had as a child in school were directly linked to this probably because I was always fed a high-carb. bkfst.
Now to get to my question: You mention vegetable glycerine often in your column but not exactly how to use it. Is it meant to be a sweetener only for drinks, or can it be used in place of sugar in recipes, and in what amount compared to sugar? Or would fructose be a better choice for baking? Also, can you address the issue of fructose, a neutral for me. Evidently it is derived from different sources, because one store sells pure crystaline and another sells a fructose derived from corn syrup (an avoid). Buyer beware! Sorry for the length, and many thanks. Joyce
Hey there, Joyce ! what a great report! I do encourage everyone to write in with their tips & discoveries about what works well in their diet. It's enormously helpful for others reading who may have similar trouble they've not yet figured out. For instance, taking the probiotic in the morning is something I hadn't thought of, and it may be a good strategy for others as well.
Now, to your answer! :-) I have a number of columns on veg gly, and the best suggestion I can make is to enter the search term "glycerine" in the form at the bottom of this page, and read through each one that comes up. It can be used in place of sugar in any application, and the amount you'll use will depend on your taste ~ but there are a few tips in those columns about baking and proportions. It even adds leavening to baked goods! hooray! :-D Fructose is a neutral for As, and even B secretors ~ the source of the fructose itself is not so much the issue in rating it, as they're all 'fructose' molecules, but rather the sweet punch a substance delivers ~ but the other allowed sweeteners (including veg gly) are usually cheaper and just as easy to use. And with the wealth of sweeteners you As get, even you nonsecretors (ah, do you hear that jealousy kicking in again? time for me to go meditate! LOL!), I'd think it best to focus on the very natural varieties like honey, maple syrup, even stretching it to blackstrap molasses ~ and use veg gly as a medicine for any sugar metabolism issues. That said, I would upgrade it to "house sweetener" if you find it is the only one that works well for you.
Thank you so much for writing, Joyce! Please keep in touch! :-D
I am Type A and followed the Type A diet for about 4 weeks. The first week and 1/2 I felt so much better, digestion was great! I never felt bloated after eating and my allergies were almost non-exsistant. Then I started going downhill fast. I was striving to eat balanced meals from the appropriate foods but I became very lethargic with insufficient energy to walk from one room to the next without needing to rest. I was recently diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. Since Hashimoto's is an Auto Immune Disease, I was wondering since my immune system was getting stronger from my new diet, if it was working harder against my thyroid? Any suggestions? Jan
Hi, Jan! The diet improves autoimmune diseases, by limiting the food substances which overstimulate your natural antibody response. Hashimoto's takes many years to develop, but the good news is, it will take far less time to resolve it.
Do get hold of the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia and use the protocols recommended for Hashimoto's. In the meanwhile, order a saliva secretor test from this site, or arrange to get your Lewis (blood) type established. Use your secretor status to refine the diet/exercise/supplement strategies in Live Right 4 Your Type. Balanced meals in the traditional sense are not nearly so important for any of us as is following the recommended type A portions and frequencies for each food group. I want to insert a plug for yoga and meditation here: they are such powerful tools for healing, and confer unlooked-for benefits!! Stick with it, dear, and you will see excellent results. Do let me know how you are getting along, and thank you for your question! :-)
My mother is a A and follow the diet with me. She would however like to STOP LOSING WEIGHT, but the scale keeps dropping. She is generally very healthy. What can you suggest for her to stay put at her current weight. Thanks for your time and effort you put into answering everybody. I am ever greatful for all the research that was done on this blood group diet because I never achieved such EASY success before with enything else. The scale just keeps dropping and I just keep feeling better!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Eurika
Hello, Eurika ~ Please get your Mom to begin a yoga practice, and engage in daily walks and calming activities. This will allow her body to build active tissue mass and step down out of "fight or flight," which keeps the weight on some folks and dissolves it off others at too rapid a pace. She will get to a good balance this way. Also, as she increases her activity, it's a good idea to increase her protein intake ~ especially the beneficial fish and beans ~ and do some mild strengthening calisthenics like those on the 5BX site I'm always going on about. I'm sure she'll be happy with it! And I am so pleased to hear of your continuing success, dear. It means a great deal to me. :-D
"Any physical ailment is symbolic of an inner reality or statement. Your entire life is a statement in physical terms, written upon time as you understand it." -- Seth