i've been reading the 4 books available on the blood diet from dr. d'adamo and my husband and i began the diet monday.....through our reading and then looking at information on his website it sounds like my type a blood and the recommended diet is resistant to losing weight. this is one of the major reasons i wanted to try the diet. am i missing something? or is this really the way it is for my blood type.....is there anything to do to help increase my weight loss...or am i to just to get used to carrying all my extra pounds.... sincerely, brenda
Hi, Brenda! It is definitely the diet for you, the best one for health and the weight loss that is a beneficial side effect of a diet that works on many levels. Some As do have a longer wait for the fat loss to occur, but that goes for some people of any blood type. You may or may not see weight loss right away, depending on your general health right now, but it WILL HAPPEN, and you will never have to “diet” again. The A plan is health-enhancing in so many ways, weight loss being only one of them. Take a look at Peter's Getting Started page... Remember that yoga is an integral part of re-tuning your metabolism ~ and keep me posted on your progress! Thanks for writing! :-)
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I am a type A, 15 years old and I used struggled with migraines.Although they have cleared up Ihave been getting cramp in my legs,I am losing weight which is great but I have no idea what recipes I can cook!! I HATE tofu and I love quorn(meat substitute),am I allowed to ear Quorn? it is made of mushrooms. I think I have a deficiency in calcium, zinc and vitamin C what supplemments do you suggest? I gave up drinking milk(for the calcium) 5 years ago because my sinuses were always blocked up,I live on soya milk and pineapple juice.I do excercise every day usually belly dancing for one hour followed by one hour fast dancing,what could I do to speed up my weight loss? so far I have lost 5 pounds in 2 weeks. many thanks Hanna
Hanna, five pounds in two weeks is great! HEY! Congratulations!! Just keep at it! And the disappearance of the migraines is wonderful news. I hope that was just a turn of phrase when you said you’re living on two food items… but if that’s really the case, I’m not surprised you have some mineral deficiencies. There are about 200 foods available to you to choose from. Take another look at your food list, especially the greens part of the vegetable category. Almonds are a good calcium source, as is your soy milk -- and why not try tempeh instead of tofu? Simple recipes can be made up from just a few ingredients – for instance, a stir fry with tempeh chunks, onions, garlic, and diced squash. What about fish? Chicken? Turkey? There are lots of foods on the A diet you didn’t mention, and they can make great quick meals. Take a look at the main page here and investigate the RECIbase link. Vitamin C is abundant in fruits and vegetables! Zinc is plentiful in pumpkin seeds! If there is one supplement I’d recommend, it would be the Phytocal-A calcium supp sold here ~~ Two hours of exercise a day may be raising your cortisol levels rather than lowering them – would you consider doing an hour of yoga instead of the fast dancing? Helps with weight loss more than the frenetic activity, for As! :-) About quorn… please see below, and let me know how your progress goes, dear!
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Dear Peter d'Adamo, A friend of mine who's name is Ann H. is an 'applied kinesiologist'. Through your recommendations about a diet adapted to one person's blood-group she already helped a lot of people . Often spectacular results were attained in many cases, for all different kinds of blood-groups and she wants to express her gratitude to you by means of this mail. To clarify some uncertainties she has a number of questions on which you have probably a proper answer: 1) do you mean by 'yellow, red and green peppers' the big variaty (more or less round shaped about 5 to 10cm diameter) which do not taste spicy and are eaten as vegetables? 2) there is also a small variaty, I think you call it 'chilli-peppers' (finger shaped about 1cm diameter), which are added to other food as a spice and which are quite spicy. The question is can these be consumed by a blood-group A, and if not which spicy spices are allowed? 3) for vegetarians there is a certain food called 'quorn' that is supposed to replace meat. It is rather tasteless and has a pale colour. It is derived from a plant which belongs to the species of mushrooms. Is this suitable for the blood-group A? 4) is lime juice suited for the blood-group A diet? We would appreciate if find some time to answer these questions and many thanks for sharing your knowledge by means of your book. Kind regards, Ann H. and Eddy M.
Hi, Eddy ~ All peppers of whatever size, color or spiciness are avoids for type A secretors (with the exception of the elusive “pimiento,”) and neutrals for A nonsecretors. Lime juice? Neutral, like limes! Any other questions about food status can be answered by visiting the TYPEbase 3 database~ any item not found there is unlisted, therefore “neutral” for people in good health. Hottish-tasting spices for As include mustard, cumin, hot paprika, and horseradish of all kinds... including the tear-inducing japanese wasabe. It's a different cuisine without the nightshades, I know ~ but it is a very satisfying one, once the transition is accomplished and new habits formed. :-}
Quorn is a commercially manufactured substance, one which is entirely new to the human digestive system and which has a significant record of stimulating allergic response. It is not made from mushrooms, nor any other plant. Rather, it is created by propagating a fungus present in soil in a glucose medium, and forming the resultant goo into edible-looking products. Its manufacturers in Europe have received a government edict to stop advertising it as a mushroom derivative, and health warnings have been issued in several quarters. It has only recently been marketed in North America, and until its safety and some idea of its nutritional value, if any, have been established, I strongly suggest eating real food instead. :->
Many thanks for your kind commendations, and I’m very happy Peter’s work has benefited Ann’s clients! Happy New Year to you, my friends!!
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Eight years ago I was blood type A then I underwent a bone marrow transplant and now I am blood type O I am a vegetarian and rely on echinacea throughout the winter to combat colds and chest infections that I am prone to. Which diet type should I follow? Many thanks Deb
Greetings, Deb! You should follow the diet for your original blood type -- in this case, type A. The blood type alteration occurring as a result of bone marrow transplant is a "pseudo" change, and does not affect your choice of diet 4 your type. :-) ... and... may I suggest a combination of quercetin, PolyFlora-A and ARA6 to boost your immune system? ProBerry3, in liquid (tasty!) or capsules, is also a potent winter illness buster. :-D
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I have been on the diet 9 months now and am doing really well. I am an A and the diet has cured my digestive and conspitation problems like nothing else ever did in the past. I really love the vegeterian foods. My son is smoking his own salmon using his own wood which is from gum trees. Would this be okay for me to eat as nothing else is added to it. Rosemary
:-D I'm happy you're happy, Rosemary! :-D I usually recommend that As and ABs avoid smoked food, but a once- or twice-a-month serving of home-smoked fish shouldn't do you any harm. Enjoy! and thanks for your report! :-D
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Hello, I have several questions re information in the book Eat Right for Your Blood Type. My husband & I both are type A --we live in France. Is there another name for aduki beans? Cannot find it in the dicitonary nor in the health food stores. Black-eyed beans: is it the same as black-eyed peas? Broad beans appear in both neutral (beans...) and avoid (vegetables...). Please explain. Durum wheat bread appears in both avoid (breads...) and neutral (grains...). Please explain. Gluten-free appears in neutral (breads...) & gluten appears in neutral (grains...) very confusing. Please clarify. Cabbage appears in avoid (vegetables...) & cabbage juice appears in neutral (juices...) Please clarify. Also: Why is coconut in avoid (fruit...)? I've been eating fresh (only) coconut, is this adverse to Type A's in the long run? I'm quite impressed with Dr D'Adamo's research--my husband & I started following this diet 2 days ago. If it works for us, we will complete the form at the end of the book. Thank you very much. Thandiwe & Joël
Hmmm... aduki beans in France. Well, other names are adzuki and azuki, sometimes spelled aduke, adzuke or azuke. Here is a site with descriptions & pictures. They're really little beans, as small as .5 cm across. Eden brand has carried aduki beans, both dry and canned, for years. Can you find that brand in France? Black-eyed peas & black-eyed beans are the same thing. The broad bean problem was resolved in Live Right 4 Your Type -- use TYPEbase3 to check the updated status of individual foods -- and remember to use the "search" button there rather than your keyboard "enter" key. Breads and flours have been much expanded and simplified in the later works, as well. Cabbage juice has rather different properties from the whole vegetable, hence that rating. Coconut is an avoid for As because of its lectin activity -- you'll see that note in TYPEbase3 as well. I hope the diets do all you are seeking, and more! Thanks for writing!! :-D
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I have been following the A diet for about a year with certain definite results such as much less mucus. Two questions: In our family we also a type O. I want to prepare Pinto beans but I am confused because "Cook Right" says Pinto beans highly beneficial for type O (page 82) but "Live Right" says avoid (page 145) I have been eating Cape Whiting fish but got a shock when I found out it is also known as hake (Merluccius Capensis). Can I eat this fish? Oscar
Hi, Oscar! Live Right has the correct rating, and the Updates Page has more information on food status changes. I'm sorry for the eternal fish confusion... While I would wish that we had the resources to specify exact food names for every nationality on earth, it would be an impossible task given the local and regional differences and the changing market names ... particularly among those fishies!!
Now for the good news: your Cape Whiting is what we would call Whiting (a market name, in other words -- one of the local names is "cape hake"). :-) Our "hake" is Urophycis tenuis, a totally different fish. So eat your Cape Whiting in confidence and good health! ~:-D
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Your column has inspired me to value organic foods more than ever. On February 13, 2003, a bill was passed that undermines our National Organic Standards. Perhaps some of your other USA readers would like to know we have a brief opportunity -- until February 24 -- to ask our senators and representatives to protect our National Organic Standards. Get the scoop from Whole Foods -- HERE IS THE LINK.
The Whole Foods page even provides links to phone numbers for members of Congress. It took only a few minutes to phone my 2 senators and 1 representative. Sorry this gives such short notice! But I found I could leave my voice messages even during off hours! [ For my senators, this required calling local offices rather than DC. Found local numbers in old-fashioned phone-book--“Government Listings” section-- “United States Government”—“Congress.” Or, of course, can find on internet by clicking around a little ] Good luck everyone who is interested! Last but not least, thank you Heidi! Eva
Hey, thank YOU for the announcement, Eva! I hope many of our U.S. readers will take a few minutes to read the Whole Foods page and express their opinions to their representatives ~ costs nothing, means a lot!! I've emailed my reps, and will follow up with phone calls. This is truly an outrageous back-room move to undermine TRUE organic farmers and ranchers. Everyone ~ please lend a hand to protect them -- our access to clean foods depends on them! we're all in this together!! :-)
Bonne Annee from France! I have been putting off writing this, as it has taken me awhile to get used to my new "status." I had the NAP Secretor test done while I was visiting my Dad back in the USA, and got the results 3 weeks ago.... I'm now officially an O non-secretor, like you. Boy, was I ever bummed out!!! No more wonderful French goat and sheep cheeses, or Italian buffalo mozzerella! No more stevia, soy milk, cinnamon, vanilla, etc. Only good news was that the 1/2 bottle of red wine that I drink each night is beneficial! (Yeah, maybe I should cut that down. but I AM in France!)
Now that I'm used to the idea, I wanted to write to encourage everyone on the diet to check their secretor status. Here I was thinking I was only "cheating" occassionally, when I was doing so daily. I had finally quit coffee (for the 2nd time) Oct. 1st, but drank my green tea with soy milk and stevia. I ate "neutral" cheeses 3 to 5 times a week with a salad for lunch. Since moving to France a little over 2 years ago and enjoying "neutral" cheeses that I never ate in Los Angeles, I had put on 5 pounds (all on my thighs and rear end...) which I had attributed to becoming menopausal. (I'm now 5'6'' at 127 pounds, and thin on the top half...)
So, now that I'm off the cheese, etc., I'm hoping the excess pounds on my hips will eventually melt away. Do you think the cheeses (and very, very seldom a little fabulous French bread) could have caused these pounds? I never had obvious symptoms from eating the foods that I now find out are "avoids," so I was sure that I must be a secretor! I can only imagine that there are others like moi who might be consuming a great number of avoids unintentionally...
Now (enfin) to some questions:
1. Do you know anything about maltitol as a sweetener? I have found it in chocolates in Europe. I did a search on it and it is some sort of a alcohol sugar (like glycerine?). If it is to be considered neutral, I suppose I could eat it now and then - just not often??
2. Any knowledge of "agave syrop" as a sweetener? It comes from a cactus, not unlike prickly pear (which is beneficial), but it is not in the same family. Also a neutral, so not often??
3. Another unknown sweetener in France is chicory extract. It is taken from the root of chicory plants, which are beneficial. Any thoughts?
4. Is chondroitin still an avoid as a non-secretor?? I have 2 large bottles of a very expensive glucosamine/chondroitin supplement. Would it be damaging to take 1 capsule (containing 400mg chondroitin) daily untill I run out of them? I also have a bottle of 1000mg glucosamine only, which I would take as well. I have a rather badly arthritic neck (cervical disc disease from a severe whiplash 22 years ago), and do my best to avoid anti-inflammatory drugs. Have not had luck with quercitin and bromelain... I did manage to find vegetable glycerine, so am using that in my tea, but would like any imput on the other sweeteners mentioned above. Thanks you Heidi, for your wonderful column, and again, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! Abby in France
And a joyous New Year to you, too, Abby! Speeding by already, ain't it? :-}
Congratulations on plunging into your nonsecretor diet! It does sound like cheese was the key to the extra poundage, since it's the only thing that you didn't eat regularly in LA but had quite a bit of in France. The other part of the equation is exercise, which will speed the fat-off/tone-up process. ;-) and just think: partridge, pheasant, squab, all beneficial for us! And those beautiful little quail eggs are Neutral! :-D
On to your Qs:
1. Have a look at this page on maltitol and see if it's something you'd like to put into yer body. This abstract from the University of Vigo in Ourense, Spain describes maltitol as one of the polyalcohols obtained by catalytic hydrogenation of monosaccharides. Its only warning on the product is that excessive intake may have a laxative effect. We have no ABO rating for it... proceed with caution. :-)
2. Agave syrup ~ I found lots of fascinating reading on the agave plant. It is actually not a cactus, but a succulent, one of the many members of the grand lily (Liliaciae) family. Blue agave (Agave tequilana weber azul) is the species of agave from which the agave syrup for tequila is made. This is the source of the sweeteners I've seen on the market -- the syrup is distributed to tequila manufacturers and for bottling as a sweetener (its sweetness comes from its high concentration of fructose). The only member of the Liliaciae family in the food lists is aloe vera, an avoid for everyone except type As (partly due to the action of anthraquinones on us'ns, namely an extreme laxative effect (when taken internally)). Again, we have no rating for it, but from here it doesn't seem likely that agave syrup will make it to the O-non "neutral" list. :-}
3. Chicory extract should be fine for you, depending on how it is extracted (water or chemicals) and whether it retains any residues if chemical extraction is used. Inulooligosaccharides are the sweety-parts of chicory, and would present no problem to O-nons as far as I can figger it. I believe LeRoux in France is the main producer -- their sales contact number is +33 (0) 3 64 48 00 ~ you might give them a call and ask about the chem residue issue. Might also find out if it's organic/"biologique"... :-)
4. Chondroitin ~ that one's an avoid for Os, since as Peter wrote in his column, chondroitin is made up of long chains of n-acetyl galactosamine (the blood group A antigen). As he so eloquently put it: "Thus by consuming large amounts of chondroitin, type O's are inadvertently provoking their immune system with constant doses of what amounts to an incorrect blood transfusion!" Unsurprisingly, the Encyclopedia lists chondroitin as useful for As and ABs only. Sadly, I think it would certainly be best to chuck the chondroitin rather than use it up -- and stick to the glucosamine-only supp! :-}
thanks for your qs, dear! and enjoy that wine! :-D
I am a type 0 secretor and follow this diet and the living/raw foods diet in the Ann Wigmore tradition, meaning lots of fermented and sprouted raw foods (I eat my meat raw following the primal diet by Aajonus Vonderplanitz). Eating raw made a dramatic change in my health and energy. The BTD had helped with my sinus and allergy problems, but eating raw gives me a turbo charge. One thing I really enjoy is taking young green coconuts, and turning both the meat and the water into kefir. First, does culturing avoids such as coconut make them beneficial or neutral, or do they remain an avoid, and if so, how bad is that for me? Second, many of the raw food recipes contain avocado for its consistency, flavor, and fat content. Can you think of a decent substitute for this mainstay of the raw diet and type 0 avoid? (I read you every day. Thanks!) Hope
Greetings, Hope! It would be best to culture only the foods on the beneficial and neutral list for you. There are hundreds to choose from. Coconut is particularly troublesome for type Os, and I have no information on whether culturing would have any affect on the lectin-enhancing and digestive-system hazards of fresh coconut. If avocado is a mainstay of the raw diet... you might experiment with oyster mushroom blended with a raw, mild nutbutter of some kind (walnut, perhaps) for the consistency and fat content, but I can't think of any single raw food which would exactly replace the consistency, let alone the *flavor* of avocado. :-)
I am looking for a good, up-to-date cookbook on meat. I am an O and have been looking for a good cookbook that will teach me how to cook meat. As a vegetarian or mostly vegetarian for years, I never really learned - and as the organic meat is so expensive - I do not want to waste it! It seems that meat is such a politically incorrect topic these days, no one wants to write about it. Thanks -- melinda
Don't worry, melinda ~ it's getting a little politically correcter every day. ;-) In many parts of the world, and certainly most of the great restaurants, the issue has never arisen, so for most folks it's more business as usual than a switch to vegetarianism and back again. :-) That's true of the best cookbooks as well.
You might look at The New Basics Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins. It's a big one, and deals with cooking game and fish as well as beef and hundreds of other foods. The nice thing about it is the detailed information ~ they assume every reader might be a novice in the kitchen, and give instructions accordingly. Another possibility are the Two Fat Ladies cookbook collection. ;-) Inspect it before purchasing, as this is more of an advanced-cookery book. The main hazards you'll run into are the copious use of pork products and potatoes... but "Beef with Chestnuts, Pears, and Almonds" sounds great, doesn't it? There is always Joy of Cooking, and I'm sure lots of readers have their basic 5-pound cookbook which has instructed and delighted over the years. If they write in with suggestions, I'll pass them on! Good luck, melinda, and don't worry! It's not rocket science, thank Heaven -- learning the whole vegetarian deal is far more complex! -- and you'll soon have the knack of an expert! :-D
I am "O-" and have been using the diet for about three months now, and after getting over the hell of the 1st two weeks of it and doing fine on it, have twice as much stamina as before, losing excess fat, etc.. I'm searching diligently for replacements for foods that I can no longer eat, and have a question about SOY BASED CHEESE. Most of them seem to contain MILK PROTEIN (casein in one form or another). My vegetarian freinds (who know about these things) tell me that there are such "non-dairy" cheese substitutes out there that do NOT contain this milk protein, but they're low-quality products. While milk products are OUT, is this "milk protein" OK or not? I really like cheese sometimes but don't want to "cheat". Duncan
Hey there, Duncan! You have a number of choices on the "neutral" cheese list, so there's no need to seek out the soy stuff. Soy "replacement food products" are highly processed, and as long as you stick with the allowed cheeses within the portion/frequency guidelines in Live Right, I think you'll be better off. (Casein additives are not recommended for Os, last I checked.) Farmer cheese, feta cheese, goat cheese and mozzarella are all OK. The first and last refer to cows'-milk products, although the traditional mozzarella di bufala is fine as well. There you are! :-D
Please, please can you help me with problems I've been having over the last few months. I'm an 'O' secretor, female aged 57 and the problems are: overweight (by 28 lbs), osteoporosis, lichen planus and alopecia ariata. There is also an upset in gallbladder and pancreas which is being medically investigated at the moment. After being on the BTD for 6 weeks, I felt much better and more stable but over Christmas I went a bit astray...so back to square one. Any suggestions would be really appreciated. Best wishes for 2003 Margo
Hi, Margo ~ hey, I'm sorry you slipped off the BTDwagon over the holidays! That's OK, the best thing is to hop right back on. You already know it does you so much good! and it did it in only 6 weeks!! Three sources to boost your healing powers right now: there are protocols in the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia for osteoporosis, pancreas disorders and general immune system health. Second, the Lichen Planus Treatment Site offers homeopathic treatment specific to this condition. Their site is worth a good read, and they do have a U.S. contact for further information. Third, Julia Chang's marvelous health site has saved thousands of people from gallbladder surgery. I'm quite familiar with her techniques, and they have worked for me and many others I know. She lists her own email address and telephone number for personalized counseling.
I hope these suggestions are of help in getting you back on track toward vibrant health, Margo ~ keep in touch and let me know how it goes! :-)
I will begin my Type O diet now but would like to order proper supplements from your store. Problem is, I have had numerous problems with most drugs and vitamins - obviously I appear to have a chemical sensitivity. Anything you can recommend? bobbi
Hello, bobbi! Look at the info page for each supp you're interested in. They all list the ingredients, so you can check them against any of the components in other vitamins you've found you're sensitive to. And of course, there are no drugs in these supps. :-) thanks for writing, dear! :-D<
Heidi, I love your column and read it daily. I asked a question some months ago that perhaps got lost in the shuffle. I am an O non secretor. You know that territory! My question is on what grains, vegies and so on are "made ok" for us by sprouting, and which are not. I know that wheatgrass juice is ok, and I see barley grass in the NAP green drink, so that seems to be made friendly by sprouting as well. But, as far as I know, sunflower sprouts still remain an avoid. Soy also? Is there a rule, or is it individual, case by case? I suppose it depends on why the item is an avoid, and whether sprouting takes care of that. Alfalfa sprouts don't work for us, and who ever eats alfalfa in any other form? Can you clarify this? I also want to give a resource to everyone: the Grain and Salt Society (www.celticseasalt.com) has lots of the unusual grains, like amaranth and kamut and, well, you name it! They also have unsweetened organic cocoa powder, so we who can't use most sweeteners can use our own glycerine or molasses and still have chocolate! Each type can use its ideal sweetener. They offer stevia and quite a few other sweeteners, plus lots of other stuff. Their salt is the best kind, the French high end stuff. Thanks again for your wonderful spirit. Cyndi
Hi, Cyndi! thanks for you kindness!! I've talked a bit about the foods made OK by sprouting, and as far as I know they are few. Wheat... barley... perhaps some legumes and not others, but we have nothing definite on those quite yet. Wish I could offer more! :-} I love the Grain and Salt society, and I'm happy you are, too! thanks for mentioning them, and for your lovely note!! :-D
Hi Heidi, Greetings from Dublin Ireland. Thanks for all the great information you and your fellow columnists give us. The best of luck and health to you all in the New Year and future. I'm an O neg secretor male 34 yrs, on the diet for the past 15 months and have found it great. I have all the books Eat, Live, Cook and the Encyclopaedia. As a hobby I run competitively and try to train from 50 to 70+ miles a week. A brief history of my health problems. About 5 to 6 years ago I started to feel very fatigued, bloated and easily breaking down in training with colds/flu's and viruses. At different times and seeing different doctors, I was put on antibiotics, steroids, had blood tests and chest x-rays but all to no avail really. Then about 3.5 yrs ago I went for an allergy test, which showed that my body was full of toxins and a virus that was not letting go due to the weakness of my immune system and I had candida. From this allergy test I was to stay off dairy and yeast. I also got herbal drops for the candida and I started to feel a good bit better. Then with a bit of luck (or faith) I was introduced to the eat right for your type book at a Bed and Breakfast my wife and I stayed in one night. I found it so interesting I went ahead the next day and bought our own copy.
Having been off dairy (taking calcium enriched soy milk instead) and yeast as it was I started following the blood type diet and was amazed how much better I felt leaving out the wheat, corn and then the 'spuds'. The diet I feel has helped me to train harder, recover quicker and in 2002 just gone I got personal bests over 4 miles (19min 52sec) and 10k (31min 48sec). This is the first time in about nearly 10 yrs I got pb's and it wasn't for the want of trying!! I stick rigidly to the diet but with all the training I must admit I don't watch the portions of beneficials or neutrals I eat. I also feel that my candida has reduced, as I seem to be able to eat more dried fruit now even though I still try to avoid most yeasts. I have a couple of questions that you may be able to help me out on if you get the time please.
1. I feel I need to take an iron supplement (Quest chelated iron) to keep my blood count up with all the running I do. Is this a good thing or would you suggest any other iron supplement? Note: I have tried to take the POLYVITE 'O' PROFESSIONAL MULTIVITAMIN but found that after a week or so on them I started to feel tired. Instead I reverted back to taking the Quest multivitamin or Solgar multivitamin tablets. I also tried taking the POLYFLORA 'O' PROFESSIONAL PROBIOTIC but found that I was waking up every morning very tired. I don’t take any probiotic at present.
2. What supplements would you suggest with the activity I do? 3. Over Nov and early Dec just gone I noticed that some of the joints on my fingers swelled up a little and were sore to touch. Could this be a sign of something lacking or too much of in my diet? Since then they have returned back to normal. Thanks again for all the great information, Kind Regards, James.
Hi, James ~ lovely to hear from Ireland!! Well, you're doing a great job just as you are. If you're using the full spectrum of protein foods in Live Right 4 Your Type, including meats, dark leafy greens and nuts & seeds, blackstrap molasses if you can get it, you may find your need for an iron supp will fall by the wayside. The swelling and disappearance of same -- did they occur within a month or two after you began the diet? or during a period of eating a bit of certain avoids? It sounds like a common detox reaction in the joints, as the tatie lectins rose up and cleared away. I had a similar reaction, but in my toes ~ and it never came back.
Nutritional yeast is a food that no athlete should be without. It actively supports intestinal balance, and will not aggravate any candidiasis you may have experienced in the past. The ingredients are important, so I encourage you to find an outlet for the KAL brand, which is grown on beets. It's a potent source of protein, B vitamins, selenium, zinc, and a nice 4% of daily iron needs per scoop. That's the only thing I'd hope you'll add. The food will do the rest!! That's how these diet plans were designed. ;-)
I congratulate you most heartily on your personal best! and look forward to hearing more in future! thanks so much for writing, James!! :-D
Hi, there! With reference to your column of January 3, can you tell me (all of us!): * One or more brand names for rice and egg protein powder * A basic smoothie recipe (for Os) that uses walnut, almond, or pecan butter and nutritional yeast * Is nutritional yeast okay for Os? (I guess, because of recurring candida, I have a fear of yeast.) What is its value? Thanks for all your effort! (Do you get to have a life beyond your column???) Shay
Hi, Shay! ;-) OK: here is one organic rice protein powder; lots of them on the market. I personally would use two or three organic hard-boiled eggs in a smoothie instead of the powders. There are plenty of egg protein powders around, but most contain a slew of chemical "vitamins," additives, bee pollen and the lot, and none are organic that I've found.
A simple smoothie recipe is five ounces of blueberries or black cherries, (fresh or frozen) or a combination; two tablespoons of nutbutter; two tablespoons of nutritional yeast (I use 4); a couple of handfuls of ice, and fill up with five to eight ounces of mineral water (or plain water, or juice). Whiz it up. (That's pretty much what I do, and you'll notice I don't use the powders.) My old blender requires this be done in 1/4 batches, but it eventually gets the job done. :-D Add and adjust ingredients to your liking! It's a great hiding-place for supps. ;->
Ah ~ Nutritional yeast is MARVELOUS for Os! Technically, it is neutral for all secretors and beneficial for all nonsecretors (of which your humble correspondent is one). It's in TYPEbase 3 just that way. And it will not feed candida at all... it's actually great for re-establishing a healthy intestinal balance. As to my life balance, well... yes, I do have one aside from the fun work here but it's more online than off these days! WHOO, am I looking forward to SPRING! ~:-D take care, my dear! :-D
Hello Heidi! I've been enjoying your column very much. Can you tell me whether vegetable glycerine needs to be refrigerated? Thanks, and take care! jane
Hi, Jane! Nope ~ it does fine in a room-temperature cupboard in my house. I'd keep it out of direct light, but that's just me. Glad you like your new sweetener! :-D
I just recently started on the blood type program. I am type O and an avid exerciser and weightlifter. Whey protein has been a staple of my diet for years now and I am struggling to find a replacement. As you well know, high protein intake is very important in building muscle and sometimes it's not that easy to get a hold of animal protien. Almost all of the products on the market now contain whey, or milk protein. I would like to supplement my diet with some type of protein in order to take in the proper daily amount. However, it must be something other than the whey which I just learned to avoid. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you. Kenneth
Sure! I talked a little on this issue in the Type O Roundup #9 ~ "For all you folks, the best supplement to lose weight and gain muscle mass is the Type O Diet/Exercise Guidelines. Requires no drugs, no surgery ~ in fact, can be accomplished with one book, a pair of sneakers and a plan. :-) The full story can be found in Live Right 4 Your Type, and if you'd like to fix a protein shake, here are some suggestions for the protein part of it: a hard-boiled egg or two, a scoop of nutritional yeast, rice protein, egg protein, soy protein (for secretors), walnut or almond butter, or some combination of the above -- some of our intrepid hunter-gatherers find that a few chunks of meat whiz up well in the blender, too!
So ... WHEY is the Only No-No ~ there are so many other choices!
First rule of protein powders: read the label and check for avoids. Second rule of protein powders: see first rule.
Live strong, last long! ~~:-D "
thanks for writing, Kenneth, and all the best to your weightlifting goals!!
I'm type A with a weight problem. I can't seem to lose weight following the Blood Type system. Atkins is the only program I can use effectively for weight loss. Any thoughts or suggestions? Helen
Welcome, Helen! In order to give you useful suggestions, I'd like to hear more about how much time you spent on the type A plan (including portions/frequencies and appropriate exercise), how much weight you wish to lose, and how long you've been trying to lose it. If you could give me a general idea of your age, that would be relevant as well. Also: are you interested in long-term health? or is weight loss your only concern? Do you attain your desired weight, gain the extra back then go on Atkins to take it off again, repeatedly?
There is extensive information for type As contained in Live Right 4 Your Type, including the effects of high-protein/fat diets, insulin resistance and what it means for weight loss, yoga and cortisol levels, and the importance of a vegetable- and fruit-based diet for A secretors above all. It would be a very lengthy dissertation if I were to attempt to describe all these aspects in a general manner. Take a look through it again, and please feel free to write to me again if you have specific info and questions for me. Thanks so much, Helen! :-)
I am from Bulgaria and have bought the bulgarian edition of the book "Eat right for your type". But I have some doubts concerning the accuracy of the translation - some names of foods speak to me nothing and there are contradictions in the list. For my type A peanut butter is listed as beneficial and also to avoid. Would you please send me the list of foods - I am interested especially in the latin names of fruits and vegetables in order to check them in the encyclopedia. best regards, Diana
Welcome, Diana! :-) Peanuts and peanut butter is beneficial for you. Peanut oil is an avoid ~ that may be where the confusion lies. While we do not send out food lists, we do maintain a searchable database of foods ~ the TYPEbase 3 database. If you do not know your secretor status, the pocket-sized book Blood Type A Food, Beverage and Supplement Lists is the best reference -- but if that is unavailable in Bulgaria, it is OK to use the secretor column of TYPEbase 3 as your basis. A great site for English food names and their Latin genus/species equivalents is www.foodlexicon.net ~ it gives the common names in seven languages. thanks for writing, Diana! :-)
I'm A+ and try to maintain the diet. I train in Kickboxing and No Holds Barred Events. I take a Prenatal Vitamin since I use try to eat close to what the diet recommends. Being a man taking prenatal vitamins, I'm curious if it will harm me. My Dr. believes that since I train hard that it would help. Also, going by the meat intake on the chart I'm woundering your suggestion as to how much i should ingest since I work my muscles constantly. I train a low impact wrestling moves and stretching in the morning for est.45 min.; then at night I work high impact cardio workout for 45 min. I do this 5 days a week. What would you suggest as a good "A" diet based on this information? Thank you for your time, Sam
Hello, Sam ~ Prenatal vitamins won't harm you, but you may be getting the incorrect balance and composition of nutrients for your particular needs -- thereby wasting some of your vitamin investment. Your musculature will benefit from using the proportions of protein foods (poultry, fish, beans, eggs, nuts/seeds) advised in Live Right 4 Your Type. You will also discover that for type As, it's better for muscle growth and nervous/immune system health to do daily meditation or yoga practice -- especially since you spend a great portion of your exercise time in strenuous and highly competitive sports. Good health to you, dear! :-)
I'm starting to read the Cook 4 your type book and would like to know if taking whey protein is 4 type A? Or other bodybuilding supplement, ie creatine, thermogenic formula? Kevin
Hey there, Kevin! Dr. D'Adamo has not recommended creatine for any type. I wrote a bit on bodybuilding powders in a column last month ~ let me copy that portion here:
"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."
I hope this gives a clearer idea of the BTD perspective ~ and thanks for your note! :-)
IM A TYPE A MALE AND AM CONCERNED ABOUT TAKING SOY. IVE READ ABOUT THE MANY HEALTH DANGERS THAT ARE ATTRIBUTTED TO TAKING SOY PRODUCTS WHICH HAVE APPEARED EVERYWHERE. WHAT SHOULD I DO? JERRY
Hi, Jerry ~ Just follow this link, enter the term SOY and see what Peter has written about all the soy-scares! Lots of links and great reading ~ I'm sure you'll enjoy it! :-)
HI I'M A TYPE A THAT WAS LIVING IN VALLARTA MEXICO I STARTED TO DO THE DIET WITH WONDERFUL RESULTS BUT I HAD TO MOVE TO MEXICO CITY FOR A FEW MONTHS TO WORK AND I'M HAVING A LOT OF PROBLEMS HERE I THINK BECAUSE OF THE POLLUTION IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN HAVE TO STOP THIS ALLERGY CAUSE MY EYES ITCH MY NOSE ITCHES AND I'M HAVING A HARD TIME AND I WOULDN'T LIKE TO HAVE ANY VACCINES AGAIN I'M WILLING TO TRY AN ABO TYPE APROCH TO HELP MY ALLERGY TO THE POLLUTION THANKS MICHELLE
Hello, Michelle ~ Most of what we recommend here is aimed at removing the cause of illness. In your case, living in a highly polluted area is the cause of the trouble, and the best advice I can offer is: stay strictly on your diet (to reduce the irritant load), drink plenty of pure water (bottled), and get a good quercetin supplement and take it every few hours. In a week or two, the symptoms will diminish ~ but my preference of course is that you will soon find a way to move elsewhere! :-> take care, dear!! :-D
Goodmorning! I'm an A from the Netherlands and I'm a bit confused about Quorn. A Dutch doctor, Dr. Hoffman, has written some books on BTD. According to him Quorn is a neutral. But on this site you tell us to avoid Quorn. Who should I believe? Anne-Marie
Good question, Anne-Marie! The answer lies in how one makes decisions. Some people will make this one on the basis of who has the better credentials. On that basis, Dr. Hoffman wins hands down! ;-> Others will make it on the basis of the actual information given by each source, and will explore all the facts surrounding that information to come to their own conclusion. By this method, all information is judged carefully on its own merits ~ and that is the method I use. Feel free to write again & let me know how you've worked this out! and thanks for your message!! :-D
Hi Heidi, My blood type is "A" positive, Secretor Status is "DOUBLE LEWIS NEGATIVE"(LeA-,LeB-), A1/A2 Status is A/1, and M,N type is M,N. My father(deceased) was "O" Positive, and mother is "A" Positive. I am a white male, age 46, 5'10" tall and lost 12 lbs.(190lbs.-178lbs.). I am trying to lose another 10-15 lbs.. I have also enrolled in the local Y.M.C.A. to do some cardiovascular work (mostly treadmill) and resistance training (mostly with small free weights) to build up some muscle tone as well as bone density, and health resistance as well. I myself am healthy, as shown on my last physical, there is a family history of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes; on both sides. For the last 6 weeks, I have been trying to follow the Blood Type "A" Diet to the best of my ability. These are the foods that I generally have been eating: Oatmeal cereal with soy milk,100% Shredded Wheat cereal with soy milk, crociferous vegetables as brocolli and cauliflower, other vegetables as carrots, celery, lettuce, raddishes, snow peas, onions, etc., NOT all of them in one sitting. The fruits that I have been eating are: golden delicious apples, red Texas grapefruits, lemons, oranges, and tangerines, bananas, NOT all in one sitting. I do try to eat the "minimum" servings of each; for instance, supermarkets will sell bags of vegetables with broccolli, caulliflower, and carrots in them. I may have one of them for lunch or dinner. When I go out to eat, I will order "GRILLED" chicken or fish, NOT THE FRIED FOODS. I also make it a point to load up on salads from the salad bar, MINUS the dressings and other "GOOEY" ingredients. For dessert, I have the fruit plate, which has a variety of FRESH fruits. I have also eliminated sodas, sweets(as cakes, Pastries, chocolates/candies, cookies, donuts, ice cream, etc.), "PROCESSED" grain foods as pizza, pastas(spaghetti, lasagna, ziti, vermicelli, manacotti, noodles, etc.),and the bags of chips. I do not smoke at all. This has been an excercise in both willpower and self discipline. There have been some occasions, (NOT A LOT), that I have backtracked. I have also started taking vitamin and mineral supplements: "B" Complex, C&E, omega-3 oils, Calcium, magnesium, Vitamin "D", Lecithin, CoQ10, Milk Thistle, Bilberry, and a multi-mineral supplement that contains these ingredients: Iodine, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, maganese, chromium, molyodenuium, Boron, Vanadium, Inland Sea Mineral Concentrate, Green Food Complex, along with these extra extracts (same supplement): black pepper, cayenne, ginger, rosemary, and tumeric. My question is this: What improvements do I still need to make? I do feel A LOT better than I did in the past. I really am trying to both get on and stay on the right track, as well as overcome heridity as much as possible. Please advise. Thank you. Marshal
Marshal, I think you're doing fabulously! Congratulations!! :-) The only thing I'd mention is to check every product, including supp compounds, against the food list ~ and make sure you are not getting more than 50 mg total daily zinc from the combination of foods and different supplements you use. Honestly, you're doing just a wonderful job and I believe the best thing now would be to settle comfortably into your plan and enjoy the improvements in your health. :-D
Is there any way that you know of to increase the levels of alkaline phosphotase in those of us who have low levels?? Thanks, Lise
Hello, Lise~ Intestinal and serum alkaline phosphatase levels can be normalized through adequate protein intake 4 Your Type. :-D
Hi, I am just starting to hear about your blood type diets. Can you please tell me if you can purchase bread anywhere other then a health food store? Thanks so much. I look forward to hearing from you. Jeri
Sure! You can order it online... or bake it at home... or purchase it at a specialty bakery... or buy it anywhere you find it, really. The KEY is to read those ingredients! It's usually far easier to find *organic* and wheat-free grain products at health food stores, but they are slowly making inroads to neighborhood grocers and supermarkets as well. :-)
Hi On 'On the Diet' Nov 12 there is a letter from a Kevin that says he was told he had RA..... What is RA?.... that doesn't ring any bells to me right now but both my sister and I have a crippling effect when we eat wheat products of any type... thanks Trudy
Hello, Trudy ~ "RA" in this case is rheumatoid arthritis. :-}
Hi Heidi! I read your column about Adukibeans just now! Want to advise a dutch website to you: giving translations in 7 languages including Latin! It is www.foodlexicon.net and the emailadress is: firstname.lastname@example.org Hope 2003 will be peaceful. Enjoy yourself and take care!! Cocky
AH! thanks so much, Cocky, I've bookmarked it!! :-D
Is it possible to get your column via email? A simple text transmittal would be great. It coud include links back to the site when helpful (store, other columns, etc.). I find coming to the website time consuming and I forget as well. If I had your address I could forward you a copy of another newsletter I receive daily that I love (totally unrelated topic). Sharon
Hi, Sharon! We've no plans to set up an email list for this column ~ however, if you set this as your homepage, you'll see it right away when you log in. In Internet Explorer, under Tools > Options, enter this page's URL, or click the "Use Current" button if you're now viewing this page. Feel free to write back here with the URL of that newsletter's signup page ~ I'd love to see it. thanks for your interest!!
Do you have any Practicioners and / or Retailors in Australia? Also, is vegemite (yeast extract popular in Australia), okay for O or B blood groups? Joanne
Hello there, Joanne! There are several listed in the Practitioner Registry on our main page. On the search page, choose to list by country, and enter the term australia. And right here's my column on vegemite! ;-) take good care, dear!
that goes for the rest of you, as well! :-D
Hej I would like to know which bloodtype accept the macrobiotic product kuzu. I use it to make gelly in fruit-sauce and for binder in other dishes. Thank for your wonderful pages! Sina (from Denmark)
Hallo, Sina!! So far, we have no rating for kuzu, or "kudzu." If you are in good health and don't see any untoward reaction from eating it, then it may be considered "neutral." enjoy!
For whom is rooibos tea ok? Nice site, but I couldn't find the tea info. Thanks. Marie
Hi, Marie ~~ Here is your answer! :-)
I have recently been studying the Blood Type diet and the power of Wheat Grass Juice. I would really like to know which blood types wheat grass juice is highly beneficial, neutral, or toxic for. I have not found it in the Eat 4 Your Blood Type book. Thank You very much, Michelle
Hi, Michelle ~~ Here is your answer! :-) Note: if at any time you find that link does not work, just scroll to the bottom of the Ask Dr. D page, and enter the search term "wheatgrass." You'll find it! :-D
Interested in breast cancer results for group tested in the Eat Right for Your Blood Type chapter on cancer. Was the test a success and what do you recommend for the problem? Thanks. Also thank you for your work effort and books. diane
Hey there, Diane ~ That research is now proceeding long-term, and if I hear of any new status on it, I'll put up a note here. Following one's blood type plan is the first line of defense against cancer, and there are multiple protocols in the Cancer section of the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia. Thank you for your interest! and I hope this is of help to you!! :-)
Hallo what is the basic idea of the dadamo diet? why is one thing good and the other not? what about things that are not mentioned in the book? greetings, Ernst
Hallo, We all learned that beside the bloodtype also the rhesusfactor was very important. Is there any implication for the diete? Paul
Before being introduced to the Blood Type Diet, I started taking fruit & vegetable pills from Juice Plus. There are 2 fruits & 2 vegtables on my avoid list. I'm told by Juice Plus that their product is ok for me since those items do not produce lectins. Obviously you sell your own product, but I was hoping you would comment on this to help me better understand the distinctions. thank you. Emily
Welcome, Ernst, Paul & Emily! Lectins and their effects are only one aspect of these plans. Polyamine stimulation, digestive secretion, neurochemical production, disease resistance patterns and numerous other factors were taken into account when this diet/exercise/stress reduction system was designed. For instance, Emily, if orange is in your supplement, that is a polyamine issue. If blackberry, a lectin issue. Many fruits and vegetables contain lectins, and if Juice Plus told you it's fine to take their product, I'd first go direct to LECster® to check those foods (look under "Lectins" in the SCIENCE section of our homepage) -- and second, I would never take a non-BTD manufacturer's word that I should ingest avoids, anyway. :-) The Rhesus factor has a minor impact on the grain and flesh-protein parts of the diet. Please see Live Right 4 Your Type for full details, and for a comprehensive explication of BTD science! :-D
thanks again, everyone!! :-D
Dear Heidi, I'm still adjusting to being an O+ Non Secretor (just found out the secretor status a month ago), and now I'm really confused. You showed the O NS maximum frequency food pyramid in your column a few days ago, and it listed 1 cheese and 2 milk/yogurt. After finding my NS status, I checked every food I had been eating on this web site, and found that all cheeses/milk/yogurts are avoids for O NS people. So, why are they on the pyramid??? Also, I eat manna wheat or rye bread with almond or hazelnut butter, along with a couple of dried figs or prunes for breakfast every morning. It would appear that the nut butter and fruits are okay, but how bad of a thing is it to have the manna bread daily? I love it and it keeps me satisfied for hours. Since I eat my weekly eggs at lunch meals with veggies or salad, I don't want them for breakfast. Also, I do not eat any beans, as I do not like them. As to 5 oils.....I use olive oil daily lunch and dinner (on salads, steamed vegetables, and when I cook chicken or veal). I'm a few pounds over my favorite weight, but hardly overweight (I'm considered very Vata...). If I followed the O NS pyramid, I would probably be underweight. Can you please advise me as to the dairy on the pyramid, and as to the importance of adhering to the pyramid? Like I said, I'm really confused! Thanks, and as before, I really enjoy and appreciate your column. Abby
Hi, Abby ~ the confusion is partly because the frequency table in the dairy section is divided by item group rather than by secretor status, so it applies to both secretors & nonsecretors. The other food groups have separate frequencies by secretor status. So, after getting your note, I re-worked that column just a bit. Butter and ghee are the only dairy products allowed for O-NSs, so the three dairy servings for us would be butter ~ I simply add ghee to the oils section, since technically it contains none of the milk proteins or sugars that make "dairy" dairy. :-) I hope that helps. If you are indeed a few pounds over the weight you feel is ideal, it may be due simply to having that manna bread 7 days instead of 3. An additional bit of exercise may tip the scales in the right direction. I wouldn't sweat the oils unless you have gallbladder concerns, and the beans are not a requisite part of your diet. And the importance of adhering to the pyramid? Well, that's just my interpolation of the frequencies outlined in Live Right, which are guidelines ~ not immutable laws. :-) I hope this gives a better view of things, Abby, and thanks for your post!!
P.P.S. to "BTD Moms:"
Hi Heidi, First, a political correctness issue ;-) It is not just BTD moms that are dealing with BTD issues for their children. In some cases, it is BTD dads that are trying to nourish and educate their children how to shop, cook, and eat. I know I try! I only take care of my children every other week, but I believe that I have had some success in changing their viewpoint about food, or at least making them aware of the issues. For instance, when we sit down to eat my 10 year old son will frequently review with me which foods are beneficial versus neutral ;-) Or if I buy something new like a processed food product he may ask if it has any avoids in it.
Yes, like just about any parent I do struggle with getting my children to eat all of their vegetables ;-(. I try to serve the veggies they like a little more often, but I still serve and make them eat some of the veggies they don’t like. I hope that over time their taste buds will adjust to accept or maybe even enjoy them.
It also bothers me that I cannot monitor or adjust what they eat when they are not with me, such as when they are at school or at their mother’s house. And yes, I cringe every time they have pizza, and all its wheat, at every social function that comes along. However, I accept that I can’t do anything about it so I just try to do a good job educating them when they are with me so that hopefully they will make the best choices they can about what they eat when they aren’t with me.
I will say that I did inform their mother about the BTD and have encouraged her as much as I can to follow the BTD for the children. She has made some changes to their diet so it was worth the effort. Now if the food industry would take note of the BTD the children and the rest of us would have a much easier time being successful! Take care, Don
Heehee, I thought the "moms" titles would get a response from you, Don! I'd almost given up hope when I finallly saw your response this morning. *whew!* What took you so long? No, being a bit laid up with a cold is no excuse. ~:-D thank you for those excellent observations, and I salute your daily mission of promoting the BTD with those kids! awesome, actually. ;-D
“I will persist until I succeed. Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one small step at a time is not too difficult… I know that small steps, repeated, will complete any undertaking.” - Og Mandino
Hello Heidi- Love your stuff!!! I read your column all the time and find tons of info here. I go back to the index often to re-read as well, so I hope that I am not wasting you time asking a question that you have answered before. I am type A+, non-secretor and I am pregnant! My family and I have been on the btd for almost a year now. In addition to being on the diet I have cut out all chemicals, perservatives, additives, flavorings (unless I know exactly what they are), colorings, and even sugar in any form (organic, cane juice, milled). I don't eat anything that is genetically modified either. This also includes the products that we use on our bodies. AND if it isn't organic it isn't going in or on our bodies!!!
It's taken some time to get where we are today, it certainly wasn't overnight. Lots of patience! So to all of you out there struggling a bit or a lot ~~~ keep trying, and don't give up.
Anyway--here is my dilemma-- I am craving everything, all over the board. From steak and potatoes with butter and sour cream (eeekk!) to cheesecake, steak and eggs with salsa to chocolate donuts, and, if not the worst, CHOCOLATE~~~DARK, LOVELY, LUCIOUS, CHOCOLATE! I even want to eat at the Red Lobster! I want sea-food, clam chowder, shrimp sauce, but only from the Red Lobster....AND I don't eat at those places! I want cookies, and cake. I want oranges,(yummmmm, one sound really good right now!), corn chips and salsa, tacos with beef! And so, so, so much more!!!!!!!
How bad would it be to slide off the btd for the next 7 months. How difficult will this be for my body to recover from? I have given in to most of my cravings (forgive me, I am pregnant with no will power)going as far as to make an organic cheesecake (and it was great!) Even with all of these weird cravings I will not compromise my organic standards! Before my pregnancy I never had these cravings. I was very strict in following the btd and enjoyed the feeling of health and wholeness that had become a part of my life. Now, I am feeling a little guilty about my lack of will-power, probably because I am worried about the damage I am doing after being "clean" for so long..... I do hope you can help. And please--don't tell me what I want to hear, tell me what I need to hear. Brutal honesty Heidi, that's what I need! Also, can you recommend some herbal teas that are really great and highly remcommended for expecting moms. And any extra info/insight you might be able to offer that can help me along my way to a very healthy pregnancy would be greatly appreciated!! Keep up your wonderful and caring work. I know so many of us really do appreciate this efforts you put into this. Warmly- Erin*
LOL!! Ah, well, OK, here's brutal honesty: Erin, you're just fine. ;-D And the cravings won't last seven months ~ in fact, they're probably tapering off right about now. (Yep, that was it for me being brutal. :->)
While the cause of cravings during pregnancy is still a mystery, the best strategy is to keep a variety of food in the house. Try to grab something similar to what you're craving, and fill up on it. Then do a little exercise, go for a walk, write in your journal, make plans, talk to a friend... engage your mind and body in some way to disconnect from the appetite. I know the urge to eat can be overwhelming. Just make that attempt to short-circuit the trip to the ice cream shop! :-)
Carob is not chocolate, but if you keep some carob chips or pudding around, by the time you've had some, the chocolate craving will lose its edge. Most important thing? Getting plenty of those beneficial foods, and keeping up with your exercise. Raspberry, dandelion, rose hip, chamomile, and slippery elm teas are wonderful, as are linden, elderberry, and spearmint or peppermint. I think you'll have a great pregnancy and a joyous birth, Erin! Keep us posted, OK? Love to hear from you! :-D
I am type A. The book says Salmon, cod, and certain other fish are highly beneficial. Is the ultimate goal to have a diet that allows these fish because they are highly beneficial or to have an all vegetarian diet? I am confused about this point. Terry
Hello, Terry! We do encourage type As to eat fish -- three or four times per week, if possible. Many type As do prosper as vegetarians, but not all. Protein needs vary between individuals. So experiment on yourself, to see if your energy level, skin, and mental processes are improved by eating fish. If you find you're well off without it (including a full variety of beans, nuts, seeds and oils), then you have your answer! The ultimate goal of all the diets is to support vibrant health! and there are many possible paths within each. Discover your own, and my best to you! :-D
I am blood type 'A' and am currently doing the right 4 your type diet. The book states that I should be a vegetarian, which is fine as I actually really like the food, but! I have bought pinto, aduki and blackeyed beans and also alot of fish. Now i have gone to all my recipe books and they all include tomato, what should i do as i am struggling to find recipes to cook. I hope you can be of help. yours in anticipation. Joanne
Hey there, Joanne ~ Cook Right 4 Your Type has a number of great tomato-free recipes for all kinds of food. You can order it here, from Amazon, or find it in most large bookstores and in health food shops that carry books. I found that in many standard recipes, I could just eliminate the tomato. With others, I used a little pureed sweet potato and beets, with lemon juice & salt. Look for bean casseroles, poached or baked or steam-prepared fish, and check out Asian cookbooks ~ a multitude of recipes right there! Most vegetarian cookbooks have plenty of recipes which would suit you. It's a struggle at first, but once your "new staples" are in place, it's a breeze. Thanks for your Q, and keep up the good work! :-)
Heidi, a quick question about your chicken soup recipe. Just what I was looking for. However, what about the chicken fat? With the skin and fat at the bottom of the roaster, that adds up to a lot of fat. Thanks, Blaine
Ah, but that's the GOOD part!! ;-) Seriously, if desired, it's easy to remove the fat once the containers of broth are cool. After a night in the fridge, the fat on the broth rises to the top in a firm, white layer, and can be lifted out like wax floating on water. The skin can also be removed from the chicken before eating the meat, if you wish. Remember that this kind of fat, from a clean-fed and ranged animal, is indeed good for you, but I understand if it might be a little much for some tastes! and too much of even such a good thing is still too much! So experiment and find the right balance for you & your family. thanks for writing, dear!! :-D
"Calling all moms!" My comment to everyone who is trying to provide the healthiest diet possible for their kids: I found that the most important point of all is to be relaxed and have fun. Every mom I know who got very serious and punitive over eating correct foods (no matter what dietary system was being used) and who was very restrictive when the child was out at parties or visiting other families, had kids who rebelled either at once or later. One such kid, a type O, now eats almost nothing but wheat bread and sugar. Oh yes, and cofee and alcohol whenever possible. Another earnest mom's two kids grew up to smoke and eat mostly donuts.
I've been there, doing it wrong and recovering. So I admire the moms who are taking the trouble to ensure the best health for their kids, but I must urge above all that we use a light touch! Make it fun and and take it slow if need be, and don't make the kid feel weird at restaurants and parties. If the kid eats the wrong stuff and feels sick, don't rub it in! He or she will live, and learn, without our making a big point of it! In the long run, our children will be much healthier if we are as serene as possible about their health and diet--while still doing the best we know how to get them the right stuff! Good luck to everyone, and may you all avoid the errors I made! Cyndi
Great points, Cyndi, and thanks for sharing your experiences. It's a pleasure to publish views from BTD moms ~ and it's thrilling to see so many more of them all the time! Whoo! what a change from 1997, when it seemed there were so few -- online, at least! Seeing the numbers shoot up is, to me, a truly heartening thing. thanks again, dear!!
My boyfriend (Type O) and I (Type A) have recently started on your program and have a couple questions that we have not been able to find answers for: 1. Is there any guidelines for total carb, calorie, fiber or fat intake for the Type A and Type O to loose weight? 2. After reviewing the books and different websites, we are wondering if there are more up-to-date food lists available? And what happens when seemingly common foods are not on the lists? Thanks for your assistance, Steph
Hello, Steph ~ The proportions and frequency/serving size are built in to the plans. Both the A and O diets are based upon vegetables and fruit, and from there they part ways, but each is designed to deliver the correct protein/carb/fat/fiber in the right balance to enhance health and move you toward your ideal weight. The most up-to-date food reference is TYPEbase 3, and an unlisted food (with very few exceptions) is to be treated as "neutral" unless you are ill or overweight. Thanks for writing!! :-)
Im living in Denmark and fucus vesiculosus is not availible cause the healht care is not sure how if its good for you because of the high amount of iodine. But i found one shop who sold it to me anyway. But i dont know how much i can take and put in my meal? its the real stuf,dry.. Nobody in denmark tell me.. please help me, i know its so good for me and my bloodtype. (im o positive) im hoping you can help me. lullu
Greetings and welcome, lullu! Well, you've got the real stuff, I'm sure, but I'd advise you put it in a strong-flavored dish because it tastes awful! :-) Or make a tea of it and add some highly-flavored herbal tea to it. If you can get half a teaspoon into you each day, that will be great. Good for you in finding it!! :-)
I was interested to read your comments on the diets of women in todays western world. I have lived on a diet of primarily carbos avioding protien and fat where possible. I now find myself obese (+ 42 kg)with insulin issues and trying desperately to stick to a high protein diet that also follows the restrictions by my blood group (o). I must say after 6 days I am etremely tried and struggling to hold on to the program. Any tips or motivation would be greatly appreciated. Sally
Hi, Sally ~ I'm not sure what high-protein diet you are following, but if very few vegetables are allowed, it is going to be difficult for you until you adjust to ketosis -- which usually takes from seven to ten days. This is an extreme measure for you, and I would be much happier if you would follow the type O diet as written, and for the time being eat no grain, dairy or beans. I think you'll find your weight loss will proceed at a good pace, without sapping your energy or endangering your health. Do remember to drink plenty of water, and get adequate healthy fats in your daily diet. I'm sure you will succeed! Let me know how your progress goes! :-D
Dear "on the diet", Impressed as I am with "Eat Right 4 Your Type Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia", I would like to know how to find out about foods not listed. Particularly, I'd like to find out about sucralose (brand name "Splenda"), an artificial sweetener. I'd be willing to cheat a bit, if it were just an "avoid", but I would really like to know whether it's another metabolic inhibitor. I'm very well behaved about not having those. That's a lot of metabolic inhibitions for a type O. Thank you, Lynn Marie
Hello, Lynn Marie! Here is your answer on Splenda! Have a bright and beautiful day!! ~:-)
Dear Heidi My husband is A+ and secretor. I am O+ and secretor. My son is O negative and non secretor. In On the Diet Topic for 6 January 2003 you wrote: Le a-b+ is the secretor type; Le a+b- is the non secretor type; Le a-b- is "double negative," We all had a saliva test at NAP from DK. My question is: How can two secretors (a+b-) get a non secretor child (a+b-)? Thanks for all your answers. It is a pleasure to read them. We eat according to our bloodtype with good results. But the blood type diet is not that easy to adapt as we thought when we started in September 2001. Especially our son has a lot of problems and we are inspired of your advice to try new ways. Kind regards from Kirsten
I'm so pleased you're finding help here, Kirsten! You are doing the very best for your son, and I admire all parents who follow this plan with their children. In regard to the Lewis testing -- Lewis is an entirely different "blood type," one of many we possess, which happens to correspond with certain secretor status results depending on the Lewis type. So, what I described was not the actual "secretor gene" at work, but another "blood type" involving the presence or absence of Lewis factors which can then be used to indicate secretor status. Does that make sense?? Drop me a note if this was clear as mud!! :-D
Help! I have 3 girls who are mostly all darn picky eaters! 2 are type Os like me, and one is type B like my husband. Ae there any other mothers in the same situation that can give me some great recipes or meal tips?? My huge problems are: the milk issue and bread issues!! I almost wish I didn't know about this whole ERFYT diet! Thanks for your attention, Maria
OK, folks, you're on. Maria needs some tips from BTD moms ~ the lines are open!! thanks, everyone!! ~~;-D
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