Heidi, I enjoy reading your column and appreciate getting answers to some of my questions by reading your answers to other's questions. I am a 43 yr old female, O+ and have been on the diet and exercising for 2 months. It has been a BIG change for me because I previously had a grain(mostly wheat and corn) based diet and a lot of dairy as well. I have been quite strict about avoids, and tried to eat as many beneficials as possible. However, because of financial reasons, I have not been able to buy organic vegetables & fruits and free range beef and fresh fish. I'm doing good to afford frozen fish and regular produce from the grocery store. Thankfully, greens are inexpensive
I have lost about 10 lbs, which makes me very happy, but have a few concerns. I have asthma and allergies and was hoping that I could eventually quit taking the 3 prescriptions I take daily. I tried cutting back a little on my medications after 6 weeks on the diet, and my symptoms got worse, so I went back to normal doses. That was a little discouraging to me, after reading results others have had.
Another question I have is about supplements. I'm not familiar with herbs and haven't taken any, I'm especially worried about calcium since I've stopped drinking milk. I've read about and would love to get the calcium supplement for o's sold on your site, but can't afford to at this time. I guess what I'm wondering is: since I can't get the perfect foods and afford the supplements, how beneficial is it for me to continue on the diet at this time? Am I doing more damage than good by eating more produce (with pesticides) & more beef (with antibiotics & hormones)? Thanks for your help and comments. M.N.
Hi, M.N.! You're doing a wonderful job! New diet, new exercise plan, and you're working to learn more ~ what a great attitude, dear! Your approach will accomplish your goals far more quickly than if you were rich as Croesus but uncommitted to this plan. You absolutely do not have to take supplements -- For calcium, use Peter's Calcium from Almonds list ~ make broth from the bones of roasted chicken, turkey, beef, etc. ~ and pick up a bottle of Gerolsteiner mineral water (or whatever brand you can find locally) once or twice per week.
You are certainly not doing more damage than good by eating more of the foods that are good for you ~ just think, the foods you used to eat are just as heavy with pesticides as the greens, veg, and meat you are eating now. I have a suggestion for getting clean meat at a lower cost than your local retail source: www.eatwild.com has a huge listing of various producers who sell direct and will ship to you. Take a look at it and see if it would meet your needs. There might be someone listed who's near where you are -- in which case, you could drive out and pick up your supply (no shipping cost) and freeze it at home. Investigate greenmarkets or farmer's markets in your area, too: you get a lower price and better food, and the farmer gets all the money ~ no middleman.
Don't be too rushed to get off the meds (I say that, but I totally understand your desire to be rid of them!) ~ as your body heals, the time will come when you don't need the meds. Just let it happen at its own pace, and it WILL happen.
thanks for writing, M.N., and I know you're succeeding right now! :-D
I'm an "O-." I have been using RevivalSoy products to alleviate menopausal symptoms. Their products deliver the equivalent of 6 cups of soymilk (providing 16 grams of soy protein and 160 milligrams of soy isoflavones. Their new low carb shakes and bars contain "sugar alcohols" as the primary sweeteners. Their literature states that sugar alcohols are categorized as sugar replacers because they replace sugar sweeteners. Sugar alcohols taste very similar to regular sugar, but they are not absorbed very well by the intestines, thus they add very few calories or carbohydrates to products. As an added benefit, they do not produce substantial rises in blood glucose levels (i.e. they are low glycemic index sweeteners). Can I, as an O, safely use these products? Thanks, Claudia
OK: Here is my message to people who are sending questions to my column in order to promote RevivalSoy:
INGREDIENTS of one of their drinks:
Revival® Doctor-formulated Soy Protein Isolate, Fructose, Sucrose, Cocoa, Calcium Phosphate, Maltodextrin, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Artificial Flavor, Carrageenan, Carboxymethylcellulose and Xanthan Gum.
Then they have the nerve to say:
EXCHANGE: 2 very lean meats + 2 1/4 starches
If anyone here thinks soy isolate and a whacking load of corn-based sweeteners and gums and carrageenan and chemicals is somehow OK for ANYONE, let alone type Os (!!), let ALONE as an "exchange" for two meats and two "starches," then all I can say is, I wish you well ~ but these products are not BTD-friendly. I could say lots more, but I am driving on. *phew.* Thanks for listening! :-D
The diet recommends the use of "seltzer water". Is this the same as club soda or tonic water? If not, is seltzer water commonly sold in grocery stores? Brenda
Hello, Brenda ~ Seltzer commonly refers to salt-free club soda. Seltzer, club soda, doesn't really matter for purposes of the diet; both are found everywhere, so they're easy to find. Tonic water is seltzer with quinine and a bit of sweetener -- but I have not found a single brand of tonic water without corn-based sweetener, so watch those labels (and write in to tell me if you find something WITHOUT that corny stuff! :-)). And here I'll put in a plug for the King Of Fizzy: high-solids mineral water! Study 'em up and pick a favorite at www.mineralwaters.org ! :-)
Hi Heidi I have just started the diet a few weeks ago and LR4YT has become my bible! In such a short time I no longer suffer from bloating, gas or constipation. I also have no cravings at all for sweets. However, I do still suffer from fatigue. I still need almost 10 hours sleep to recharge my batteries fully and if I don't get this then feel really tired in the early to late afternoon. What can I do to feel more energised in the afternoons? I am a type o (secretor status unknown). I already take a vit B supplement but it doesn't really help. I have completely eliminated wheat, potatoes, corn and beans from my diet. I still have one cup of coffee a day (usually during the afternoon which helps to wake me up somewhat!). Any ideas? Thanks for your great work. Shalinee from down under...
Hummm, hmmm... This could be due to a number of things, but I'll list 'em all ~ just pick and choose among them depending on your circumstances.
Try using green tea instead of coffee in the afternoon ~ it's a great mental brightener, and beneficial for most folks (without the shakiness coffee can produce, along with its other deleterious effects).
Do you get plenty of calcium? If you're unsure, see the calcium part of my reply to M.N., above. A calcium deficiency can certainly produce lagging energy.
There are rhythms of energy through the day, and we all experience "up" and "down" parts of the cycles at various times. Mid-to-late afternoon is a natural time for a nap ~ unfortunately, most work schedules don't accommodate natural energy slumps.
It's possible you need *less* sleep than you're getting, as more than six or seven hours at a stretch is actually harder on the body than two sleep periods of two to five hours separated by an hour or two awake. So, let's say you sleep from ten to two, get up for an hour, then sleep again from three to five (or six). Or, eleven to five with a two-hour nap in the early evening. Play with this and see if it helps you.
It's quite common to experience sleep changes in your early phase of the diet. They usually resolve themselves within a month or two, so it may simply be a matter of time. Hang in there, and see how you're doing in a while - let me know, too, OK? :-D
Dear 'on the diet' I am blood type o+, 33yrs old female. I have had history of low blood sugar. For a number of yrs i have experienced alot of distress regarding food that i ate. After eating certain food i would feel worse that before! I eliminated wheat and realised that this was giving me reactions to my adrenal grands that make me feel so so so stressed. Yesterday i realised that this is also occuring whenever i eat grains. Even rice and especiall modified maize starch, which sends adrenals and my stress response crazy ( Just like hypoglacemic reactions). I have noticed that this is especially so lik yesterday when i accidently ate rice and something with modified maize starch in it. I spend a long time trying to relieve these symptoms of stress and it took another day to do so. I have read the live right book and it helps alot. I understand that grains are not good for type o. But i would like to ask for any advise around this reaction that i suffer from. I am a very sensitive person which may be be the reason why my body reacts so strongly. If you have any insights into this that you feel would be helpful to me i would very much appreciate this. Also any advise for what i can do to counteract this reaction, that is very stressful and help to remedy this situation, would be helpful. Yours sincerly, May you be happy. Sarah
Thanks for your kind wishes, Sarah! This is a simple problem to solve: no corn for you. It's a serious avoid. Anything with "corn" or "maize" is to be shunned like horrors. If you stay away from it, I promise those reactions will soon be just bad memories! take care, dear!! :-)
Can a "patch" worn on the arm containing "FUCUS VESICULOSUS and GARCINIA CAMBOGIA" be harmful or beneficial to curb appetite for O's? PLEASE ADVISE ASAP. THANKS!! Pennie
Hi, Pennie ~ A patch, eh? What will they think of next to market to people desirous of weight loss? I opine that it will do nothing to curb your appetite, but will certainly lighten your wallet. Truly, you'll have much better results (and more expendable funds) following the diet, taking l-glutamine for cravings until they subside with time on the diet, use encapsulated fucus, and skip the garcinia altogether ~ Peter tested it some time back, with no significant results.
I hope this helps, dear! :-)
HELLO, I am a type O positive and have been using this diet for the past few months. I have trouble sticking closely to the diet even though I have some troublesome health issues like an auto-immune thyroid problem and seem to be developing "asthma". Cake and cookies lure me as well as other wheat based snacks, especially at other people's houses. I'm good about the dairy and pretty good about the corn products, although eating mexican food is a weakness too. Do you have any advice on increasing will-power? Also, do you have a recipe for ghee? I'd like to make it at home. Thanks so much, Marian
Hi, Marian ~ Will power is a result of desire, although most folks think of it as soldiering through some painful process. What looks like will power from the outside is often well-founded and pleasurable commitment based on experience, on the inside. The contrast between having asthma attacks and not having them motivates many people to choose the good foods over the old standbys. Seeing the weight come off, or the cholesterol drop, or the thyroid meds stepped down... or the skin improve, or the arthritis disappear... one's values change, and the world changes with them. The tempting treat literally becomes "that poison that makes my joints swell and burn." So, each of us finds a way to handle hunger that doesn't involve eating poisons. Planning ahead, bringing a snack, offering a dish or two for the potluck, etc. ~ your preferred lifestyle will guide you as to what measures to take!
About the ghee, I *can* help you there! :-D Take one pound of butter (my favorite is organic cultured sweet-cream), melt it in a deep pan over medium-low heat (NO stirring at all, in this process), then raise the heat to medium-high and keep it at a medium/high simmer until the foam subsides. Skim off the thick stuff that comes to the top with a slotted spoon. When that's gone, dip a strip of paper into it and light it (over the sink). If the paper sputters, the ghee's not done yet. Test it again in a few minutes. When the paper burns without sputtering, take the ghee off the heat to cool for ten minutes ~ then pour it into a heavy glass jar with a close-fitting top (leave it loosely closed until cool), and let it cool completely. That's it! Some folks like to strain it through cheesecloth, but I've not found it necessary. And everyone has their own tips & tricks, so you'll probably come up with some of your own, as well. Enjoy! It's lovely stuff! :-D
As a Type B person, I've been following Dr D'Adamo's directives with the Membrane Fluidizer Cocktail most mornings for several years. I recently purchased the Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia, and was surprised to see under the listing for Lecithin(p.518) that type B's should AVOID it! Is this something new? Now I'm confused! Lesesne
Hello, Lesesne ~ That is my own personal error in the Encyclopedia, for which I fully expect to pay life-long! ;-)
Lecithin is OK for ALL types! So enjoy your MFC, and my apologies for the scare! :-D
In Dr. Dadamo's book "Eat Right 4 For Your Type" on Page 318, 2nd paragraph, last sentence, it states that a type B person can can eat soy products but it is uncertain if it has the same benefits as a type A person for cancer treatment etc.. This seems to be in direct conflict with the type B diet whcih lists soy products of al types on the avoid list. Should this maybe reference a type "O" person? If so, then this would in essence be in itself a type"O". Kidding. I hope that you will e able to help me with my confusion. Thanks in advance, Jim
Hiya, Jim! ... hey, lay off the TYPO jokes, OK? I'm a little sensitive on that count (see the answer to Lesesne, above!) ~ ;-D
The real answer to your question is that when BTD was written, the newer research on soy & Bs had not yet been done -- so in that book's food lists, you'll see soy listed as a beneficial legume. The avoid values you're referring to are from that more recent research, and reflected in the food lists in Live Right, the Encyclopedia, the Food, Beverage & Supp Lists and in TYPEbase 3. thanks for your note!! :-)
There is a lot of concern, particularly among Afro-Caribbean males about prostate health. However, some of the foods that are supposed to be beneficial to the prostate - eg. tomatoes and pumpkin, are on the avoid list for type B. What advice do you have on this? Are there other foods that contain lycopene that can be substituted for these foods? Jaine
Yes indeed! Peter's column page entitled Lycopene Without the Tomatoes has a lovely list! A couple of those items, I noted, are beneficial for Bs, and the rest are solidly neutral! I hope this helps, Jaine!
I want to know about some apparant inconsistencies in the book. As a type B, I sould not eat olives, yet olive oil is the best thing for me. As a type B I should not eat Wheat flour, which is in everything including most all beef wienners, yet white flour is on my list as acceptable. Is white (bleached) flour somehow better than whole wheat flour. The book said wasa bread was OK to eat yet they have all kinds including rye and wheat, which I should not have. I also found quaker rice chips and they contain corn, however the ingredients list says that the kernel is removed. Does that make a difference? I am finding cornstarch in most processed meats, including butterball turkey bacon, which is one thing that my daughter loves. I am overweight, I am trying very hard to follow the diet and have been for almost two months, though I have not lost any weight. My daughter is the same blood type as me, she is also 100 lbs overweight, I know she needs to concentrate on the fruits and vegtables, but if she is at least not eating most of what is not good on the diet, should she begin to loose weight. How badly can she sabatoge the process by deviating from the diet? I have more questions but will quit here for now. Thank you very much, Donna.
Hello, Donna ~ good questions. Corn and wheat are in just about all processed foods, and we who follow this diet do a lot of research around our neighborhoods and on the Net to find better products. They ARE out there. Applegate Farms is one producer of wonderful turkey bacon & sausage products that are corn & wheat free.
It is especially important for type Bs to avoid the corn, corn sweeteners, corn products of all kinds (even with the kernel removed), as it can truly sabotage your efforts.
It is most important to (1) get those fruits & veg, and (2) start a very mild exercise program like walking, or the 5BX Plan -- either program can be done at your own level and speed of progress, and will most certainly help you get the weight off. But DO fill up on veg & fruits (after all, you have the most marvelous fruit list of all 4 types, so enjoy it!! :-)) There is NOTHING like these foods for providing vitamins & minerals, antioxidants, and pure water all in one package.
You're at the most difficult stage right now ~ trying to make the transition, and reading all the labels & finding out how bad most of your old diet's foods were. OK! That's past! Do your best to make these changes at your own speed, and drink plenty of pure water between meals. Use the TYPEbase 3 database to check any food you're uncertainof. I'm sure you'll have good results in the weeks to come ~ keep in touch, OK? :-)
Hi, your column is great. Do you have any recommendations for a type B with chronic infections (klebsiella/blastocystis) and recently discovered celiac. P.S. Thanks for mentioning in a prior column that "b" and soy don't mix. I was already avoiding it per concerns noted in Live Right for Your Type and a recent "accident" made the problem painfully clear. Thanks. elene
Hi, elene ~ I can offer some suggestions you can put to work yourself, but I want to make sure you are under a knowledgeable physician's care... you are, right? If not, you should be, and this should be someone who understands the value of the B diet for you, OK?
Do get hold of the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia ~ it is an invaluable resource, and I will quote some of the recommendations here:
You should definitely use PolyFlora-B, ARA6 (larch arabinogalactan) (both available in the Store on this site), and 500 mg of rose-hip or acerola-cherry Vitamin C every day. The "B" protocols are: Coriolus versicolor mushroom, 300 mg: 1-2 caps daily; Schizandra chinensis, 250 mg: 1-2 caps daily; Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) 500 mg: 1-2 caps daily ~ For 3 Weeks. AND alpha lipoic acid, 100 mg: 2 caps daily; Baptisia tinctoris (homeopathic 6c): 2-3 pellets, twice daily ~ For 4 weeks, concurrent.
Then, go to the bottom of this page and search for "blasto" ~ you'll come up with two column pages, please read them both. Melissa's treatment might be of help to you, if you substitute turkey for the chicken she used.
Elene, my thoughts are with you, and please write back and tell me how you're doing! take good care, dear!! :-)
Heidi, I heard on the news recently of a study that claimed that browning meats (by grilling, baking at high heat, etc.) caused a significant increase in deposits (plaque, maybe? can't exactly remember) that would lead to heart disease. They were suggesting to (gag) boil or steam almost all meats. If this is true, do you think it might be one of those things that skews along blood type lines? In other words, it happens to Type A (for instance) and everyone else is getting lumped in? (Can you see this Type B and Type O crossing our fingers?) We actually do usually boil or steam or saute meats like chicken and rabbit, and we never deep-fry anything, but we certainly cook red meat on our countertop grill (no charring, at least, from burning fats or anything), and we do prefer some brown edges. Are we heading toward an early demise? Thanks! Kathy
~:-D Yeah, they're really out to get the meat eaters scared to death, one way or another. I wrote something on this issue just in the past few days, which you've probably already read, come to think of it! :-} Oh well, here it is again, and there ain't NO way you & me are going to start boiling our steaks.
Know what those ol' h-g's and nomads did to cook their meat? Put it on a stick and stuck it in the fire. Hi! the cancer rate was nil. I don't know what else (if anything) they fed those lab animals who didn't do well on blackened meat, but I suggest you and I use only organic meats (if at all poss), use common sense in cooking it, keep eating all the massive food & veg quantities demanded! by the diet, do our exercise and just go our merry carnivorous way rejoicing. Boiled lamb chops, yummy!! Pfooie. Wonder what they'll come up with next? stay tuned! :-D Thanks for that note, Kathy! ~:-D
Hello, dot! The only cactus in the food lists currently is "prickly pear" which covers the entire Opuntia genus of cacti, comprising approximately one dozen different species. Both the fruit and the branches (the fat cactus-y looking "pads," sometimes sold under the name Nopalito) are edible, but all are avoids for type B secretors and nonsecretors. If you find an edible cactus which is not a member of the Opuntia genus, we would consider it "unknown," and therefore neutral for purposes of the BTD ~ but be wary of untoward reactions, OK? :-)
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I am type B and would like to know about these foods from India. 1) Black gram (Urad) 2)Pompano and King fish 3) Moringa Oleifera also called as drum sticks 4)Cutlass Bean 5)Red gram 6) gourds like snake gourd, bitter gourd 7) Sorghum 8) cluster beans 9) Colocasia Kindly tell us about these foods. If you don't have the info,can you test these foods? I will appreciate your input. Thanks, Smita
Hello, Smita ~ We have no values for most of the foods you mentioned, meaning they have not been tested. They can be considered "neutral" if you are in good health and do not need to lose weight, but use them very sparingly if you are trying to resolve a heath condition.
Pompano and sorghum can be found in TYPEbase 3® ~ just type in the food name, and remember to hit the search button, not the "enter" key. :-)
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the doc says in his eat right 4 your blood type, for B+, don't use club soda. it seems to work for me. any specific reason? thanx. blessings, dennis
Hi, Dennis ~ In the updated books, type B secretors are to avoid it, and it's neutral for B nonsecretors. In the TYPEbase 3® database, club soda is listed. The remarks for B secretors: "Inhibits proper gastric function or blocks assimilation." ;-)
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i am female 60 years old and type b+ blood i was under the impression that i could eat ordinary potatoes ie! white or red etc!in your book page 268 live right for your type that as a non secretor potatoes are an avoid for me please tell me it is an error as i have always eaten potatoes and to my knowledge they have not done me any harm i love them!!!! with thanks MMcC
Hi, Mary! sorry for the shock... The new books are an update & improvement over BTD from 1996, and I wish I could say it's an error, but it is the correct new listing. Good news... tomatoes moved to neutral for you... ? :-)
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I am blood type B and my husband is blood type A. Ezekiel bread and Essene bread are on both of our highly beneficial foods. I just looked up the ingredients in these two breads and noticed several ingredients were in these breads that are on our avoid list. Can you please explain why we can eat these breads if there are ingredients, such as barley, kidney beans, pinto beans, lentils, buttermilk, wheat flour, which are foods that we are to avoid. We are adhereing to the diet solutions according to Dr. Peter D'Adamo in his book Eat Right 4 Your Type. JoAnn
Hello, JoAnn ~ It is paramount for all of us to read the labels of products before we buy them, as you have discovered! The Ezekiel 4:9 bread in the food lists refers to a 100% sprouted, yeasted bread with no dairy, whole bean or wheat flour. Food for Life makes a fine one. Essene bread, again, is a 100% sprouted grain bread which may include fruit or nuts, or be only sprouted grain & water. Good hunting!
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Thanks for all the positive info on vegetable glycerine! Now, how do we convert recipes, i.e., 1/2cup of honey equals how much glycerine? One cup of sugar equals how much glycerine? Happy Holidays to everyone! carolyn(0+)sec
Two questions about Vegetable Glycerine. Apparently it is not a carbohydrate, but instead an alcohol. Does this mean it has no calories? Or for calorie-sake is it essentially counted as a carbohydrate? What is the equivalency for using in recipes? In other words how many tablespoons of it equals some comparable amount of sugar? I'm very excited about this because it gives me something sweet, which is rare besides fruit and because it is available in a variety of sizes at my local Whole Foods Market. I get the largest size! I have added a dash of it to my smoothies and it really does help. Tom Tom Type O-Non Secretor
You might add to your Glycerine discussion that Whole Foods and others may not stock it next to the sweeteners, but rather in the skin-care section. S.
Hi, veg-gly fans! Yes, I've always found it in the skin-care "oils" section. Calories? No idea! Certainly far less than sugar, if it is susceptible to the "calorie" scale at all. I've no idea how to convert it for recipes calling for sugar, except to test the taste of sugar in water to an equal quantity of vegetable glycerine. Use the amount that makes best taste-sense to you, since the flavor does not change when cooked. It's not a delicate or difficult-to-handle ingredient. Do a little experimenting, and enjoy! :-D
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-- it's the lowest retail price I've seen for that item. enjoy!
Note Added: VegGly Fans suggest Azure Standard's product instead, for both price and taste! :-) *Help...STAT!In one of your responses to an O woman whose GI tract had been ravaged by erythromycin, you listed a protocol from a German using rice, blueberries & mineral water. Later in the same article, you suggested the use of vegetable glycerine, but not how or how much. Can you clarify with a quick answer? Thanks much. You're all doing a great job. Joyce
Yes, sprouts are fine (and often step up to Beneficial!) if made from beans & pulses ~ but as you probably know, not from root vegetables. Carrot greens are toxic, as are the sprouts of many other roots, corms and tubers. Green veg like broccoli (brocc sprouts, my favorite!) can make great edible sprouts as well. Sprouts are certainly action-packed, and a great fresh food for kitchen gardeners ~~ enjoy!!
On a blood type A diet would tofu dogs and tofu lunchmeats as you would find at the health food stores be beneficial?? donna
Only if all the ingredients are OK for you! :-)
Since several liquid vitamin preps contain aloe vera juice as a base, must I avoid these as a Type B? Anita
Yes ~ any ingestible form of aloe is a no-no, although most people use aloe in topical preparations such as skin and hair-care products with no problem.
Iam blood type B and hypothyroid .I would like to know if USP Armour (porvine ) thyroid pills contradicts with my blood type B? As we already know that pork shouldnt be consumed by any blood type. Tina
Hi, Tina ~ I answered a similar question in a column on 3 October ~ Armour presents no lectin problem for any type. :-)
I would like to order the secretor test but I see it is not available in Canada. I live in midwestern Ontario. is there anyone or another way to get this done? thanks jayne
Hello, Jayne ~ Here is a column that will help! Thanks for your note!!
In Germany, as alternative for wheat allergies the "German wheat" (Dinkel)("epeautre" en Francais) is widely offered in almost all bakeries. It is a primitive form of wheat. I'd like to know if it is acceptable as a wheat ersatz for my blood type O. Thanks. Regards. Claude
Greetings, Claude ~ "Dinkel" and "épeautre" both refer to what we English speakers call "spelt," a healthy alternative to wheat for most people. For Os, it is neutral for secretors and an avoid for nonsecretors ~ if you're unsure of your secretor status but are in good health -- and you don't overdo it by eating spelt every day -- it is fine for you. :-)
If a person is type O can they have vegetable oil? I have read the book and cannot find any information on this. Thank you Theresa
Hi Heidi This is the second time I have requested information and would like to say how helpful the last reply was. I am type O and need to know if I can use the following products: vegetable oil rapeseed oil ( unsure if you have another name for this in the USA. sunflower oil. I would also like to know if Pak Choi is the same as Bok Choy as I am unsure if Pak Choi are Chinese greens which I am not allowed. Many thanks for your help in this. Sue
Hello, ladies! Can't help you with "vegetable oil" because I can't see what the label on your product says. I strongly suspect you will see "corn" in the ingredient list, but just check each ingredient against your food list. Pak Choi, Bak Choi, Bok Choi ~ all are the same item. The Chinese language, which uses ideograms in writing, does not transliterate directly into English letters. The different spellings you may see are the result of each greengrocer writing the name of an item in English letters based upon how it sounds. :-)
Your melange of questions from Scotland: There is a good UK based site which exists to provide translations of foods from BTD lists into British terminology - eg, chickpeas = garbanzos etc., and to list UK stockists for products, and recipes in UK style measurements. It has a link to your site. It also has a message board. It is provided by Tom Greenfield whom youmay remember from yur old message board. The address is: http://groups.msn.com/er4ytUK/_homepage.msnw?pgmarket=en-gb ~ Sarah
Ah, Sarah! Thank you so much for that reminder!! :-D
FOUND CONTRADICTIONS between the various books' food lists?
Here's the scoop:
* IF YOU DO NOT KNOW YOUR SECRETOR STATUS: The Food, Beverage & Supplement Lists should be used. *
* IF YOU KNOW YOUR SECRETOR STATUS: The food lists in Live Right 4 Your Type and the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia should be used. ALSO check the official change log at http://www.dadamo.com/lr4yter.html for the most recent updates -- at a later date, an update area for other books will be created. *
The TYPEbase 3 database at http://www.dadamo.com/typebase/typebase.cgi contains ALL latest updated food values by secretor status. :-)
Hi I'm a type O, in her early twenties. I am wondering if food intolerances or indigestion often cause fainting. I have fainted a couple of times, both when I felt nausea. I have seen doctors but they could give me no concrete answers. The most recent fainting spell was a day ago. I've had terrible pain at the base of my skull since then (I didn't hit me head though)and have found it really hard to function normally (basically I've slept for about 24 hrs!)In the morning before I fainted I felt fine and energetic. I ate a nutrition bar about 10 minutes before I fainted. I checked for avoids and the only one I could see is barley flour (But I used to eat barley as a child and never had major problems). Apparently my Mom faints whenever she drinks coffee. I don't have that particular problem but I'm wondering if something else might be causing it. Also, the doctor checked my blood sugar levels and said that they were fine. Thanks for your help :-) Mikyla
Whoo, that is a worrisome thing to deal with. First, has your doctor been advised about the pain at the base of your skull? That should be checked out immediately. Please do that first, OK?
Remember that the intestinal ganglia, or "gut brain," can react strongly to foods you eat long before they are fully digested. That nutrition bar contained no milk/whey stuff, corn syrup or other corn derivatives at all? rare bird, if so! It sounds like both you and your Mom are highly sensitive to foods that are no good for you ~ and this extreme intolerance was built up over time, so even though barley gave you no trouble when you were a child, it might cause significant trouble now. It also is possible that one or both of you are on the edge of adrenal exhaustion.
The first thing (after getting that head pain thoroughly researched) would be to get your secretor status, either from the saliva test available through this site, or by getting your Lewis (blood) type through a local lab. Once you have your result, get a food diary. Follow the diet 4 your type/secretor status carefully, do the recommended exercise, and write down everything you eat, and any reactions you have. If you experience a fainting spell, eliminate all the foods you had immediately previous to that spell, and go on from there. The exceptions would be red meats, especially lamb (no galectin and very low allergy provocation); beneficial veg, and beneficial fruit. If the last meal you ate before a faint contained one or more of those items, then test those items singly, first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, and as soon as possible. You want to make absolutely sure, in the case of foods which are major components of your diet.
Eventually, you should be able to add the eliminated foods in, singly, and see how you do ~ but for now, I'd study the ingredients in that food bar and avoid everything on the label, as a start.
I would also get some 30mg pregnenolone from the supp shop, and take four of them per day. If you are now eating or drinking anything that contains caffeine (except green tea), discontinue it. If your fainting is related to adrenal stress, this will help you rebuild that area.
Mikyla, please drop me a note on how you're doing, OK? take good care, dear!! :-)
Hi Heidi, Thanks for the great site! It's on my daily site-check list & I glean lots of helpful info. I'm a 57 y/o female, O+ non-secretor.My husband & I have been following the diet for a while now but not stringently. We have both seen radical improvements in our health since starting the diet. (At this time I will be stringently following the diet.) We are just starting to use the 4 your type supplements along with the diet. Since we work construction we contact a lot of people with multiple problems related to wrong diets,so everybody gets to hear about the diet and so many of them have begun following it. Some questions: 1. I'm starting to follow the cancer prevention and the chronic illness recovery protocols listed in the encyclopedia. Do I run these protocols concurrently or alternately? 2. Where can I get Tarragon 100 mg. in caps.? I've found everything else on the list. 3. Under the cancer prevention protocol there is a recommendation for typhoid vaccine. What's the connection there? Thanks for your time. I'll be looking forward to your response. Jan
Hi, Jan! I'm glad you're seeing wonderful results, and passing the word along! :-) You can use two protocols concurrently, but I wouldn't do more than two at the same time. Tarragon capsules. Yeah. Hmmm. Tell you what: Buy the dried tarragon in the spice section of your local HFS (organic if at all possible), and grind a bit of it to a powder in a clean coffee grinder or with a mortar & pestle. It's the same thing that would be in the capsules, and 100mg is a very small amount ~ basically, 1/24th of a teaspoon ~ so 1/8th of a teaspoon is equivalent to three of those tarragon capsules. Sprinkle it on your salad! If you can find fresh tarragon (again, organic, pleeze! ;-)), just hang it to dry in your kitchen and take bits of it off to grind up for your daily tarragon powder. The typhoid vaccine recommended is the closest thing we can get to the Springer T/TN vaccine. Another tip: ask your doctor for a pneumovax (pneumococcus vaccine) shot at your next checkup. It is wonderful for boosting immunity to the A-like cancers. [Note Added: Pneumovax is no longer considered effective for this purpose... it still protects against pneumonia, but that's not relevant here! :-}] thanks for writing, Jan, it's good to hear from you! :-)
i HAVE HAD ECZEMA FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS. IT HAS GOTTEN WORSE WITH EACH PASSING YEAR. I STARTED THE BTD DIET 3 WEEKS AGO IN HOPES TO CLEAR UP MY SKIN. I AM TYPE O. CAN ANYONE SHED SOME LIGHT ON THEIR EXPERIENCE WITH THE DIET AND ECZEMA. THANKS. Joyce
I think you will see results soon, Joyce. Eliminating "avoid" grains, getting enough protein from appropriate sources, and including beneficial oils seems to be the common protocol for eczema, and it works well. Give it some time, and keep us posted. I've heard from several people who have been successful in healing their eczema with this plan, and perhaps a few more will write in with their experiences! thanks, dear!
Hi Heidi, It's me again ;-) I was reading about goitrogenic foods on the Internet and comparing them against the type O diet. There are several foods that are listed as goitrogenic and are listed as highly beneficial or neutral for type Os, such as kale, millett, soy (isoflavones), etc. Since I am having some hypothyroid problems, are there any foods that I should additionally avoid or limit consumption of or should I just make sure I am getting plenty of iodine rich foods such as seaweeds to compensate? Also the information I read said that it's thought that the enzymes involved in the formation of goitrogenic materials in plants can be destroyed by cooking, so thorough cooking may minimize goitrogenic potential. Is this true or are there foods listed as highly beneficial or neutral for type Os that I can eat cooked but that I shouldn't eat raw? For instance, I frequently enjoy broccoli/carrot/cabbage coleslaw on my salads. Is the raw broccoli and cabbage OK to eat? Thanks! Don
Hi, Don! Yes, I'd stack up on the seaweeds and I do not believe that small amounts of your homemade coleslaw will harm you. You can, if you like, work from the list of goitrogenic foods and eliminate those that are only neutral for you. There are no hard and fast rules there, but sometimes it helps to *feel* better about one's choices, so that's why I suggest sticking to the beneficials from that list if you find you're more comfortable with them. What I would like to emphasize is a really good stress-relief program, for alleviation of the thyroid difficulties. Try that Meditation as Medicine book I'm always on about! :-) and let me know your thoughts on it! :-)
Hello, I am type "O" positive snd have Hashimotos Thyroiditis. I have been taking Synthroid or Levothyroxine since age 12. I am curruntly taking .88 mg Synthroid daily. As a youth I never noticed any symptoms, but for the past 2 years I have been experiencing discomfort in my neck and lately the pressure seems to cause lightheadedness and I get a little anxious. I am usually a patient and calm person, so this doesn't feel like "me". I get worried because the doctor I see doesn't have an answer, he told me to try malox for possible acid reflux. That didn't help. The specialist I saw last year said it was inflammation and told me to take ibuprofen for 6 weeks. I did that and it may have felt a bit better, but it was no real help. I have no real leads to a cure except this diet as well as prayer, attitude improvements and excercise changes. I am not good at following the diet precisely but I have been trying for the past 4 months. When I am very strict with the diet my sinuses, which are usually slightly stuffy, are clearer that ever, so I know it is working. I have also been diagnosed with slight asthma that occured within the last 6 months and had an allergy blood test that showed a dust allergy. Have you ever known any case like mine and do you have any recommendations for relief for the pressure in my neck. Some days it feels better that others but I can't find a pattern. I am only 27 years old and I don't want to live with this problem for much longer. I am hoping and praying for a complete cure, but will be happy with any improvement. I've read about healix, do you think it would help? Thanks for your time and the care and concern you show in your column. Sincerely, Marian from California
Hi, Marian! Take a peek at what I just wrote to Don, above. I suspect you are a nonsecretor, and I suggest you pick up the book Live Right 4 Your Type and follow the nonsecretor diet and exercise plan very strictly for one month. While you are doing this, see your doctor at the beginning and end of that month, because you may find your synthroid dosages need adjustment. Any chance of finding a naturopath ~ maybe in Oregon, you're not prohibitively far from there? I would like someone with solid professional experience in complementary medicine to advise you, because I get the impression your physician is not as up-to-the-minute with such things as I would like. The O plan, including diet, exercise and stress-relief, WILL make major improvements in your condition! but because you're on synthroid, those dosages need to be monitored and adjusted downward while you improve! and perhaps switched over to Armour, instead? :-) Heallix is good for many things ~ if there is any bacterial or viral involvement, it would certainly help with the short-term neck discomfort, but do pursue the long-term diet plan, and get a copy of the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia for specific supplementation protocols you might follow once you're solidly on the diet. My prayers go out to you, dear! You will surely heal, and every little improvement along the way will make all your troubles and all your efforts to help yourself well worthwhile. Keep in touch! thanks, dear!! :-)
Dear Heidi, I hope you can advise. Last mid-Dec.2001, my front upper gums started to feel funny. Over Christmas I noticed they were shrinking. I got into my dentist after NY and he said they looked fine, actually better or firmer than my last check-up, Aug.2001. Since then they have been receding, they do not bleed but at times they ache. I am a mouth breather at night and find if I eat too much wheat during the day I am stuffy at night. I also have TMJ on my right jaw. I am Type 0+ and have been following blood type diet for about 3 years. I take Quest B complex, at the moment NOW bone calcium (although I have taken Quest calcium and Floradix liquid cal-mag). In the morning I make a shake of Transform (from Greens+)1 Tbsp of flax oil, 1 Tbsp.of molasses. I have read Peter's question about receding gums and took 1 bottle of Coq10. I did the folic acid capsule rinse for a while and then just finished the bottle orally. I usually have about 6 stewed prunes every morning, and I was eating 1/2 grapefruit through the winter most mornings. I find if I eat too many eggs in the week my gums seem to ache. I had the Natural healing Encyclopedia from the library and just reviewed what it said about proper brushing. I think I get enough Vit.c and calcium but worry with not drinking milk any more that maybe I'm not absorbing properly. My mother did have gingivitis in her early 20's and has had dentures for ages. I don't want to go that route, since i've always looked after my teeth. thanks for your help if you can give me any other possible suggestions. (I am thinking about finding another dentist for one!)jayne
Hey there, Jayne ~ don't worry about not drinking milk, as we Os are ill-suited to absorb the calcium in it. You're not missing anything there. Hey, a different dentist might be all you need! :-) In the meantime, this just in:
Hi, Heidi, The blood type diet has been absolutely wonderful for me. I am an O+ secretor. Thought you might want to let the woman from India know that selenium does wonders for teeth and gums. After 3 or 4 years of avoiding wheat, corn, and potatoes and also taking selenium, I have totally reversed my gum problems (at the age of 64!!!!) Keep up your great work. Dorothy
How about that for a timely message? Try supplementing with selenium. Peter's Phytocal-O contains 20 mcg. At high doses (around 800 to 1,000 micrograms per day), selenium can cause tissue damage, so look at all your supps and make sure your total intake per day doesn't go above 200-300 mcg. When your gum troubles are alleviated, slowly reduce the selenium dosages until you have found a good maintenance level for yourself. Thanks for writing, Jayne, and let me know how you do! :-)
Heidi, You referred someone to the LR4YT updates page recently and it states that if you are on Tier One diet that anything listed as avoid in Tier Two can be considered neutral. Tier Two avoids for type O include Goose egg, Whey, Poppy seeds, Plantain, Potatoes, Evening Primrose oil, Tea etc. Does this mean that if I am happy with the Tier One diet I can include these? Keep up the good work. Regards, William.
You bet, William! If you're hale & hearty on the Tier One list, dig right into Tier Two as neutrals. Hey, don't eat them all at one meal, OK? and if you notice any trouble cropping up (like creaky knees from those potatoes), just pop that back off the list. enjoy! and thanks for your encouragement! :-D
on the 'O' diet I noticed some contradicting info in the big book as compared to the paperback, individual 'O' 'Eat Right 4 Your Type' diet book. In the big book, it showed mustard as neutral, strawberries and cinnamon as avoid. While in the small, individual food list it showed mustard as avoid and strawberries and cinnamon as avoid. I know the individual book was printed later. Had the info been reinvestigated and reinterpreted at the later date? Should I go by the later dated small book info or the original big book info? Which is correct?! Also, in the individual, small book on page 28 it showed pumpkin as being a beneficial food and then showed squash, pumpkin as an avoid food. Can you clarify? Do you have any suggestions for an 'O' type like myself for acne treatment. I am 50 years old and still suffer from it since adolescence. I still have oily skin and breakout easily even with cysts. Iodine (seafood, sea salt, etc.) and oil ingestion seem to play a role in outbreaks. Thanks so much, in advance, for your input. wendy
I previously incorrectly submitted my question, so I will now rephrase it, about a contradiction in the encyclopedia which listed for my 'O' type diet that mustard was neutral and strawberries and cinnamon are avoids. While in the small, individual food list which was printed at a later date, it showed mustard as avoid and strawberries and cinnamon as neutral. Which is correct?
Hi, Wendy! About which book to follow: just check the bottom of this page, your answers are there! Note: in the little O-book, both dry mustard (under spices) and prepared mustard (under condiments) are neutrals. On page 31, where the vegetable avoids are, I don't see "squash, pumpkin" -- Does your book say something different? Please let me know, OK? This may be a case where your book is faulty and should be returned for a new one! I hope this helps, and thanks for writing, Wendy! :-)
Hi there I am a vegetarian with a blood type O. I am finding it hard to modify my diet as O's are the meat eaters HELP -- Thanx Estelle
Hi there, Estelle! Take it at your own pace. Start by using all the beneficial foods in the categories you are willing to eat, and avoiding the "avoid" foods. Take a daily dose of coleus forskohlii. Then, give it time and see how things go. Read over the "Newbies" link at the top of the home page (www.dadamo.com). Enter the search term "vegetarian" at the bottom of this page, and read through a column or two of those hits at your leisure. If you find, somewhere down the line, that you are ready to add fish, go ahead and do so. Let the diet come to you, and give yourself space to allow your body to advise you on how to proceed. Drop me a note on your findings, and I hope to hear from you soon! :-)
Dear Heidi, I would like to thank you so much for this column, I read it first thing in the morning everyday!!!it's great, very valuable information for me, I have benefited alot! On October 7/02 your responded to a woman who is TYPE A and would like to lose weight, you suggested a Chicken soup, a smoothie for breakfast and salad dressing recipies. Would these suggested recipies benefit TYPE O, please advise. Thank you once again for all your hard work and valuable information. Rose
Sure would! I'd say turkey, beneficial fish or red meat prepared similarly would be even better for us, but that soup recipe is a good place to start, and using chicken is fine, too! Here's that column for quick reference, and I'm glad you liked it, Rose! and thank you for your sweetness!! ~:-D
My D.O. recommends the blood type diet highly. He believes that for type Os, "saturated fat is our fuel." Do you believe that this is correct? He also says that the high saturated fat content is the main reason to eat red meat, and I wonder if you think he is correct about that also. (It can't be the amino acid content. Does it involve better mineral absorption from red meat?) I know that coconut oil, palm oil, palm kernal oil and cocoa butter are high in saturated fat. Type Os don't do well with coconut, though. Would palm oil, palm kernal oil and/or cocoa butter (chocolate is neutral for Type Os) be good for, or neutral for Type Os? Thanks very much! Laura
Well, you're fortunate in your D.O.! Mind posting his name? :-) Red meat contains lots of beneficial things for type Os, but a high saturated fat content is not foremost among them. On the other hand, a balance of the fats and proteins is probably what makes it so readily digestible for us. One of the great effects of our higher protein diet is its stimulation of our mineral-absorption enzymes.
We don't have a rating for cocoa butter. Palm kernel oil was considered an avoid when this diet first got started, so I'd leave that one there ~ palm oil was discussed in Peter's Ask Dr. D'Adamo column and in one of mine (search either page for the term "palm"), and while the jury's out, I personally will stick with the beneficial and neutral oils that are listed. I hope this info helps, and thank you for writing, Laura! :-)
New type O dieter, following food plan mainly for weight loss. Am following diet to the 'T' EXCEPT for 2 morning cups of coffee with 1/2 & 1/2 added. Would this alone prevent me from losing weight? Expected to see immediate weight loss with this plan. None in 2 1/2 weeks. Thanks Jane
Hey there, Jane! I don't think that amount of coffee and dairy would preclude weight loss, but is it possible your diet proportions are leaning a little heavily on the grain/bean/dairy side and a little light on the meat/veg/fruit/nut/seeds? The portion/frequency tables in LR4YT contain all the info you need. Also, how is the exercise (fully 1/2 of the plan for weight loss) going? Not knowing more, I'm not sure how I can help further ~ so write back with more details, and we'll give it a go! :-)
1. What is the value of knowing whether you are a secretor or not? I can't find out why it would effect my food selections. 2. I am a type O and it says in the BTD to avoid oatmeal, but the recipe book uses it in a Granola recipe which says it is OK for O's? Why? The food list says it is neutral in the condensed booklet and avoid in the ER4YT (or vice versa). What do I do? 3. Barley is neutral in ER4YT, but the booklet, food, bev & Suppl list for Blook Type O (2000) say barley is an avoid? Which do I believe? Thank s for you help with this. Also what do we do about foods that are from other cultures, chinese herbs, etc. How do I know what is beneficial or neutral for O and what is an avoid? Marion
Hello, Marion! Look to the left on this page. You'll see a link called "Knowledge Base." Click on that, and you'll see a list of links ~ choose "Secretors and Nonsecretors." Live Right 4 Your Type has loads of ways in which to benefit from knowing your status, including separate food lists for each type, divided along secretor lines. Ah, oatmeal... ;-) and barley. Use the latest book for food values (look at the next paragraph). You'll run into lots of foods for which we have no listing. They can be considered neutral, unless you are trying to lose weight or resolve a health complaint. thanks for writing, Marion! and I hope you enjoy the diet! :-)
Hello there again Heidi My wife and me have very successfully followed The Diet since May this year. Substantial weightlosses and tons of energy are the results so far. My wife (39 years, B non-secretor) and me (37 years, O secretor) just started IVF treatment in order for her to become pregnant. We need IVF because my wifes Fallopian Tubes are clogged. Our past IVF history is 3 attempts: first - successful - a wonderful boy, second - not pregnant, third - pregnant but aborted after a few weeks. In all three attempts she has produced lots of high quality egg cells which all have been fertilized. In every attemt 2 fertilized egg cells have been put back. Today she took her first shot of Gonal-F. Is there anything special in the way of things to eat/drink/supplements you suggest to take or to avoid? Best regards from Norway ~ Geir
Hey there, Geir ~ I wish I could offer more specific help, but just sticking to her diet and exercise plan is the best thing I can tell her. I've mentioned maca root in the past ~ it's from a South American plant, and does great things for hormonal difficulties of all kinds (and both sexes). If you can get it there, let her take two tablespoons per day in juice or a smoothie. Is she getting plenty of soaked, ground flaxseed? and other good-oil foods? and dark green veg? and beneficial meats & dairy? In a month or so, the new ER4YBaby books should be out, and I may have more recommendations for you then ~ dear Geir, I do wish you both the best of luck, and hope to hear y'all are pregnant soon! :-D
I have been on a high protein and complex carb diet for 3 years. I have been on the blood type diet for 2 months(b+)..I still suffer from a severe drop in energy after meals, especially lunch..Licorice tea is recommended after meals in the book..I have been doing this but I still have very low enegy(could fall asleep anywhere)after lunch..I have eliminated practically all sugars and it still persists do you have any suggestions thank you -- michael
Hi, michael ~ Hey, how's your stress level? The best cure for low energy levels is regular, appropriate exercise ~ it "evens out" everything, and does great work in promoting a healthy metabolism. The reason you're tired after lunch may be you need a better balance of protein, carbs and fat in that meal. Experiment with it ~ see if your usual midday meal is a little carb-heavy or contains no carbs at all. Either one could compromise your get-up-and-go. And do get a tablespoon or two of fats with the meal.
Peter has talked about the benefits of vegetable glycerine as a sweetener (or a medical treatment!) for hypoglycemia, especially for nonsecretors. The great thing about it is, it helps keep the sugar metabolism balancing itself. And I hope you're getting plenty of protein at breakfast ~ it's really needed there, and effects of a small, poor, or no-breakfast can show up immediately after lunch. Let me know how you do, OK? :-)
I am having trouble understand what kind of flour I can have and what I can not have. I am a Type B and I wanted to know if I can have basic white flour that you buy at the store. On the flour package it states that it is wheat flour that is bleach, and whole wheat flour, bulgar wheat and Durum wheat flour is out for B's, but White flour is in my Neutral foods. Please help me know which one is right. Thanks Brandi
Hello, Brandi! Just go to the front page (www.dadamo.com), scroll down the center column, and click on "TYPEbase 3." In the search box, type "wheat" and hit the search button (the enter key does not work on this page). You'll see a list of all the wheat products we have listed, and the updated status for each one. Hope this makes shopping a little easier! :-)
Hi! I read your column almost daily and find it highly informative. My question is regarding the NAP products versus New Chapter's "D'Adamo 4 Your Type" products. Is one to be preferred over the other? I have been using the New Chapter products for my multiple, daily herbs and probiotics (and like them a lot). However, would I expect to get BETTER results from the North American Pharmacal products? By the way I am type B and have been finding the Cortiguard to be most helpful with my generalized anxiety disorder. I have also been using Nitricycle hoping it will help with some brain fog problems. Is this a correct use for this product? Thank you--Wendy
Hi, Wendy! The New Chapter products were great! but the revamped NAP products here are a bit better in a number of ways. They are designed for secretors AND nonsecretors, for one thing. I think Cortiguard is a brilliant compound, and I'm glad you're happy with the results there. Nitricycle should do good things for the brain fog, too. By the way, the types of exercise recommended for Bs, especially those based on the martial arts such as Qigong and Tai Chi, do remarkable things for mental clarity ~ so that's my customary pitch for exercise! Without it, we miss out on the quality of experience it fosters in us... so I hope you can keep a regular schedule of activity going, for all the benefits it confers! :-)
I am type B and am getting very interested in following diet. i had some hair loss plus also weight increase some years ago. do you think that my over consumption of bread pasta rice and potatoes is not helping the situation? also i eat no meat, or fish and very littl e chicken.what do you suggest ??thanks carol
Greetings, carol! Live Right 4 Your Type would be a huge help to you right now, since it contains food lists AND recommended portions and frequencies for each food group. Not to mention all the lifestyle tips & tricks found absolutely nowhere else! Get a start on it, and write back if you have more questions about the diet! One of the most frequent reports I get from people is, "I started this plan to lose weight ~ then, I noticed my hair growing in, and my skin tags disappearing, and my eyesight improving! What's going on??!" ~;-D Sorry! you've got to take the good with the good, with these plans :-) Seriously, carol, I think you'll be pleased with your results ~ some of which you might not even be seeking right now! :-D
I am a B+ blood group member. I'm trying to find a site, or something, which will list the foods that I should avoid. I was told by a former gym instructor of mine some foods to avoid (including wheat and peanuts). When I did this, my body fat reduced, and I felt less bloated, but I want a more complete list. I also want to find out which foods will increase my motabolism (I know that red meat and green vegetables are good for this), and which foods will help with weight training ie, to help put lean mass on. I hope to hear from you soon if you can help. Danny, Australia
Hi, Danny ~ To find all your avoids, use the book Live Right 4 Your Type, then read the Updates Page and make note of those changes in your book. TYPEbase 3 is a great reference for questions on single food items! Red meat and green vegetables for boosting metabolism ~ yes! but not all kinds of red meat and veg are good for you, and that's where the blood type diets make a big difference. To give you a head start: along with wheat and peanuts, corn, chicken and tomatoes are three biggie avoids for Bs. Hope your training is successful! and thanks for writing!! :-)
Hi there! Thank you for having this forum. I'm new to the diet. And am devoted to giving this 100% effort for a few months to see what kind of results I'll have. I'm B+ . 3 years ago, after my 3rd child, I was diagnosed with Hashimotos. I gained 30 lbs. I'm being treated, though right now the levels are unstable. I'm also anemic. I've been anemic most of the last 15 years(I'm a whole 29 years now). I was doing fine this past year, but this summer had extreme blood loss due to a late miscarriage, and the battle commences once again. And then a second miscarriage this October. Recently my brother passed away due to complications with MS, and as a sibling, I'm concerned for myself as well. I want to get my 3 kids typed, but the Dr. isn't receptive to doing it. I figured finding out what my husband is would be simple, his monther is O- but is father is AB+ . I'm hoping this change of eating styles will help me. But am wondering if there is something more I should be doing. Thank you Noella
Hey there, Noella ~ The diet will indeed get the healing process moving along for you. First, let's start some blood building by including those beneficial meats and dark green leaf vegetables in your diet every day. They are potent medicine for you! Second, increase your greens intake with some wheat grass or barley grass in a drink or smoothie, daily. Third, get a magnesium supplement and take it daily. Every week, up the dosage. Once you notice your bowels loosening, cut back on the magnesium and keep it at that level for a few months ~ as time goes on, you should be able to get adequate magnesium from the greens and seaweeds on the diet alone. Next, pick up the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia, online here or at your local bookstore. It has specific protocols for Hashimoto's thyroiditis, and I am sure they will help you get off the medications. And order some blood typing kits ~ they're simple to use, highly reliable, and a whole lot cheaper than asking your doctor to do it. The hospital where they were born should have their blood type on their records, so you could look into that option before purchasing the testing kits. Your husband will either turn out type A or type B ~ I hope for the latter, just because cooking's so much easier with at least two of the same type in the house! :-) Hey! 100% effort ALWAYS pays off, so I'm really looking forward to hearing your progress report in a little while! thanks so much for writing, Noella!! :-D
Hello from a fellow opera singer! I am confused by Dr D'Adamo's words from the FAQ "I am aware that many practitioners use food combining as part of their dietary recommendations. I do not, simply because the blood type diets do specifically what food combining attempts to do non-specifically." This contradicts a passage in the Type A prescription (p. 181 UK edition, LR4YT) where he says: "In addition, be attentive to food combining. You'll digest and metabolise foods more efficiently if you avoid eating starches and proteins at the same meal." I am just starting the diet for the second time. My first attempt was two years ago, and although I was committed and thoroughly enjoyed the diet, I believe I added too many neutral foods, certainly did not use food combining, and failed to lose weight! I developed a severe bout of bronchitis and asthma, which sapped my motivation, and I gave up the diet while travelling. Now I wish I had persevered, having read that results can take anything from 6 months to a year. I am certainly a hardened case, as far as former mistreatment of my body is concerned!! I am now trying the Tier Two Diet with more or less exclusively HB foods. The food-combining question worries me because beans are a natural mis-combination as would be a meal of tofu, vegetables and rice noodles, for example. I have also started a severe chest cold after the first three days of only eating HB foods. Is there any way I could be releasing "toxins"? I FEEL right eating in this way. But I need to be free from respiratory tract infections too!
I have another, more specific question.....I'm living in Switzerland (though from Devon in England) and can't find all the A-friendly beans. There are "Borlotti" beans in their millions, however. Could these be, hopefully, Highly Beneficial, as well as Highly Obtainable?? Thanks! Dawn
Hi there, Dawn ~
Hey, I'm sorry you've had a little setback on the diet ~ don't worry a bit, you can be back on it tomorrow! I definitely believe that what you're going through is mucus release! Get religious about your morning cup of hot water with the juice of half a lemon; it does a great job of getting rid of the gunk, and can get the voice going even in less than optimal circumstances. I'd pack quercetin and green tea on all your trips ~ quercetin staved off more than one major bronchitis episode for me (eat it like candy if you feel something coming on), and green tea not only boosts immunity, but aids in weight loss as well. The classical singer's profession is extraordinarily demanding, but maintaining your voice in peak form through all the travelling and the performance demands will be made FAR easier through a strict adherence to your diet. Just what you wanted to hear for the 1000th time in your life: "discipline," eh? :->
The first thing I'll say about the food combining issue is: because you desire weight loss, stick to the Beneficial foods in the proportions and frequencies outlined in Live Right 4 Your Type. Fill up on bennie veggies and fruits at every opportunity. Rice, buckwheat, oats, rye, sprouted flour products and amaranth should be your only grains ~ and limit them to one serving per day.
From there, food combining (or "food separation") becomes a breeze. Eat fish, fowl, beans, nuts and eggs with vegetables only - no grain. Eat the beneficial grains with vegetables only ~ no high-protein sources. Specifically, string beans can count as a veg, but the other beans (the pulses/legumes normally dried before packaging) should be mentally placed in the high-protein category. Have fruit by itself, as a snack or morning meal. Flax oil, olive oil and walnut oil are the beneficials in the fats category ~ one serving per day. If you use this simple version of food combining, and eat four to six small meals per day instead of two or three big ones, you'll soon see the weight coming off!
I'm sure I don't need to mention the importance of water to a singer, so I'll omit that piece of advice. :-D But one major hazard you face that most folks don't is the eating-late-at-night business. If you are like me, you probably have little appetite during the day, then you relax and eat the house down after the performance ~ at 10:30 or 11:00 at night. Hoo, boy. If you do have this common pattern of eating, it's a hard one to break ~ unless you use that small meals rule, which truly will help enormously. It is very useful to the weight-loss seeker to eat more in the morning, less from noon to six, and little after that time. If you can, have a good breakfast, and snack intermittently as your appetite permits. When you come offstage for the last time in the evening, dig into some fruit salad. It is great for soothing the system, and will fill your need for food without tipping the day's meal proportions too heavily, too close to bedtime.
I hope these tips help, Dawn ~ and I'd love to hear you sing someday! Please keep in touch, OK? :-D
I have been on and off the type A diet for over a year and have experienced many great changes. I have only one majore problem, I can not eat made from soya. I'm 55 and would like to enjoy the benifits of soya with out the bloating and digestive problems. I have experimented with digestive enzymes and only have experienced miner results when I have eaten soya. Could I be allergic to soya or is there something else I could do? Jann
Hello, Jann! Did you try some gentian ~ say, 20 drops in a small glass of warm water before meals? Test this with very small amounts of soy, and do so for a full week. If at the end of that time, you are still experiencing bloating, I'd do the same experiment with other forms of soy, like tempeh or miso ~ again, in very small amounts. In the period of a week or two, you should see your digestion of soy improve to the point where the bloating no longer occurs. If it continues, I'd continue with the diet but eliminate soy for six months, then do the same test again. The A diet has multiple levels of health-enhancing elements, so don't feel you are missing the benefits if it turns out soy is not the food for you! Please write back and let me know how you do with this! :-)
Heidi, I am type A and have emailed you recently. You used my question in your daily letters. It really helped me a lot and gave me great suggestions about The Pain Control book, and I did purchase both of his books. They will help so much I am sure as soon as I can get started using his information. I also told you I had stopped diet cokes. Well, today has been 2 weeks!!!! and not even a sip!! I drink green tea sweetened with stevia. My question is how much green tea is too much, and also how much Ezekiel bread a day is too much if I am trying to lose weight? Are there any of the beneficial foods that I should also limit for optimum weight loss, ot should I just follow the portion guides? For many health reasons, and for many other reasons, I am desperate to lose 50 more pounds. I am 4'11" and now weigh 180. My body fat percent is 42. I have tiny bones, and was a 6 month baby with a twin that did not live. That was 51 years ago and for me to even survive was a miracle. I have fibromyalgia, lupus, bi-polar, hypothyroidism, and had pancreatitis twice in the last year. I have been a very sick puppy! I am determined not to give up. I help manage my mothers health food store, and am RN, but do not nurse anymore. I have access to lots of herbs and supplements, but am trying to be careful about what is safe for lupus, etc. Any extra info you have would be greatly appreciated. I purchased the Cook Right, Live right, Encyclopedia and am ordering the eat right book also. I am very serious about this and am so glad my friend told ms about this diet. Thanks again. Annie
Hi, Annie! Hey, you're doing GREAT with kicking the diet cokes!!! For green tea, I'd say three cups per day is about the limit. In Live Right, you'll see a total grains daily frequency of about once per day ~ and if you can stick to the beneficial foods in every category, while following those portion/frequency guides AND the mild exercise (Especially Yoga!!) recommended, you'll see wonderful results in no time. The Encyclopedia has great information on how to heal from the difficulties you've been through. Hang in there, dear, and be VERY, VERY kind to yourself, OK? I want a big report from you on the First of March. I'll be looking for it! thanks for writing, Annie!! :-D
My husband has blood type A. He loves humus, made with chick peas. I did not find this particular bean in the Eat Right For Your Type book. Can you please tell me if it's good for him? Thank you in advance. Roza
Hello, Roza! It is listed in Eat Right as "beans, garbanzo," and I'm sorry to say it is an avoid for him. When in doubt, remember to check the front page of this website (www.dadamo.com) for the TYPEbase3 link. There, you can search for any single food ~ just hit the "search" button, as the enter key does not work on that page. If you make your own hummus at home, just substitute a neutral or beneficial bean for chickpeas ~ black beans make wonderful hummus! Thanks for writing! :-D
Hello! I have been surching the database for facts about Chronic Fatigue Syndrom and blood type A (A Rh+), without success though (everything concerning CFS seams to relate to blood type . Do you have any suggestions concerning the diet or vitamin- and mineral supplements? I read in dr D'Adamos book about his idea of a liver disfunction. Have tried several cures for the liver, but without success. For years I have been following the diet for type A, even before reading the book about blood types (with the exception of potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and chickpeas which now are excluded!). I would be very grateful! Best wishes, Ariann
Hello, Ariann ~ I'm sorry you're struggling with CFS! The basic type A diet is the first step. If you can, get your secretor status either through the saliva test available in our online Store here, or through a test for Lewis type (a blood test), which closely correlates with secretor status ~ and use the diet and lifestyle recommendations in Live Right 4 Your Type. One of those recommendations is to use a powerful meditation practice ~ I've talked a lot about Transcendental Meditation, which has reams of research supporting its effectiveness, and I highly recommend the book Meditation as Medicine by Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa and Cameron Stauth ~ deep stress relief is a potent healer of CFS. Third, there are protocols for supplementation in the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia ~ designed specifically for each type, with or without secretor status. Please let me know if you need help understanding or following any of this, and I will try my best to make the process easier! Best to you, Ariann! :-)
I am Blood type A. I am also a vegetarian and teach weightlifting classes and yoga. I recently started taking MCT oil for energy which does give me good energy, but I think the source is coconut... Is this still okay to take. Also is avocado okay for type A? Linda
Hi, Linda ~ Avocado is listed in TYPEbase3, but I'm not familiar with MCT oil. Could you tell me more about it? I'd usually suggest using something like black currant seed oil, flaxseed and olive oils for energy instead. Probably quite a bit cheaper in the long run, as well. Sounds like you're in great shape and enjoying your work! thanks for your note, dear!
I am blood type A and following the diet - however I am totally confused about whether or not I can eat bread and if so what kind!! The book says that type A generally does well on cereals and grains and suggests whole grains. However, it does say to avoid plain flour and self raising flour etc and also wholewheat flour - can I therefore eat malted bread or wholemeal bread? There are so many different types of bread around that I get mixed up!! I presume that plain white bread is out of the question but I am confused!!! Can you clarify for me please!!! And also I do not know what durum wheat/flour is? Many thanks Julie
Sure, you can eat bread! You type As do better on grains than without them! (I'm kinda jealous, but I'll get over it. :-)) But the kinds of grain and the portions do count. Plain white bread is not the best for your colon health, and it has little in the way of nutrition. Whole grains are best: RYE is wonderful, as is rice bread, oat, amaranth, and lots of others in the beneficial and neutral categories. Durum wheat is the hard wheat used in most wheat breads, whether wholemeal or plain. Try to limit yourself to one serving of grain per day ~ inclusive of all grain ~ for instance: whatever rice or other whole grain you might have in the day, pasta, and the bread. Do an internet search for bread recipes ~ you'll find them in the thousands. Sourdough bread is a great variety. The MOST important part of the A diet is VEGETABLES, of course, and one of the big challenges is to include more veg and fruit in the meal plan ~ but it certainly makes it easier when limiting oneself to that one serving of grain. I hope this helps!! :-)
Howdy Heidi, I'm another A with arthritis pain. I tried making that marvelous chicken broth with dissolved bones you wrote about. I have a nice broth, but I'm not sure I got bone minerals in it. When I took the chicken out of the oven after 3 hours, all of the joints weren't completely released. Maybe that's where I goofed; I could have left the chicken in for another hour maybe. Except the onions were starting to brown. As it was, even after cooking it in a pot for ages the bones never really got to a crumbly stage. My main question is, assuming I cook the chicken long enough in the over for all the joints to be loose, can I use a pressure cooker for the next step, instead of having a pot on the stove for several hours? love the column, blue
Hi, blue! A small roaster (three to five pounds) takes only about five hours in the broth-making part of the process. I add a bit of lemon juice for the last hour, which dissolves the bones further, but you don't need to do that to get the benefits. The joints don't need to be totally falling off ~ by then, the bird may be overcooked ~ Your broth was perfectly good! For a larger bird, I leave it brewing on the stove for about eight hours. I've never used a pressure cooker for this purpose ~ hmmm, I'd advise using a stock-pot on simmer instead. You can put the bones in the freezer until you're ready to make stock ~ then just leave it on all day, or put it on just before bedtime and let it simmer overnight. Whether you add lemon in the last hour or not, you'll get a marvelous broth that should help with that arthritis! Thanks for your kind words, and keep cooking! :-D