I was recomended your book as I have M.S. I am type O. I have not eaten meat for 20 yrs and feel physically sick just reading the meat list. I do eat fish and Quorn a Myco-protein meat substitute we have in England. Ingredients listed-Myco-protein,rehydrated egg white, flavourings, No artificial colours or preservatives. Can I continue to eat this? I was amazed how everything droped into place as I was reading your book. Today is the first day of hopefully a healthier life. Thank you. jacqui
Jacqui, I have reservations about recommending quorn. I don't know what kinds of mushrooms are used (some types are avoids) or whether they are organically raised. If your product does not say "organic" or "biologique," and the manufacturer cannot tell you what species of mushrooms are in it, I think you'd do better without it. Further, harmful additives can hide behind the term "flavourings." I, too, was pretty gobsmacked when I first saw the meat list. If it's possible for you, try to add some turkey and a little ground lamb or beef occasionally ~ your tastes may change as your intellect guides your diet. Good luck, and let me know how you're doing!
I have been trying for a while to improve my diet and your database has been a savoir to me as trial and error is quite difficult on my own. In the food list for Type O you have listed litchi as a nut or seed. It is really a fruit. The spelling is correct but are we talking about the same fruit? The litchi I know is white and fleshy,with a thin red-yellow shell and a large pit. Thanks in advance for your time in this matter. Sincerely Esar
Yep, that's the one we're both talking about. :-)
I am type O but don't know if I'm a secretor or non-secretor. I have only been on the diet for 6 days, but I feel horrible. I have no energy, I'm depressed because I can't quickly get something to eat. I don't feel like I want to this anymore, but I'm tired of being overweight. I'm not seeing or feeling any good results. Maybe it's too soon but feeling so tired and having no energy to even go to the store to get food is really frustrating. I don't know if I'm doing the right thing. Help!! Chesha
Dear Chesha ~ It can be very hard at first! Your body's in the thick of its adjustment toward protein-digestion and away from grain-addiction. This is a good thing that feels pretty crappy! Here are a few tips: Choose three avoids (wheat, potatoes and milk, perhaps -- or two of them, or one!) and eliminate them, only. After a couple of weeks, choose another avoid to eliminate (or more, if you feel up to it), and so on. Taking it slowly rather than all at once will minimize the detox symptoms. Second, do whatever exercise you can as soon as you get up in the morning (right after a big glass of water). It will brighten your entire day. Third, it's normal to sleep more and need more water in this transition phase. If you're feeling really down, drink a big glass of water or take a nap. Time will do the rest!
I'm Type O, obviously breads and such are avoids. I found a web site that sells bread mix that is wheat free and gluten free. The problem is that it contains "potato starch". I know potatoes are on the avoid, (I even feel silly asking this question) does this include potato starch? I finally got my husband to start the diet with me and it's very hard to please him, and I don't want him to quit. But finding stuff that he can eat, especially on the run, or quickly, (his job doesn't give him much time,if any)is very difficult. I hope you can answer my question soon. Thank you. Rachel
Oh dear... yes, the potato avoid includes potato starch. Cornstarch, same thing. Diamond Organics has a nice selection of organic sprouted breads, and Food for Life's page has a product list on the left ("Natural Food Mill") and a link to retailers on the right. I suggest these two because they offer excellent products, but if you can find 100% rye bread or a local baker who makes spelt or sprouted breads, you're set. Good hunting!
Thank you for all the wonderful information...it has been very useful for me. I have a difficult time with breakfast...I have about 20 lbs. to lose and it has been a killer to drop...I try to eat a low carb, low grain diet...and if I do eat grains...I choose wisely... but at times I get cravings. Just wanted to know, how beneficial in a rice protein powder for Type O+ ?(I don't know my sector yet). Please advise. Thanks once again! Rose
Organic rice protein powder is Neutral, like whole rice. Cravings mean you're extremely sensitive to the food you crave, and may be best off without it until you reach your weight goals and can slowly add back those neutral "craved" foods. Have you tried using nutbutter or hard-boiled egg for your smoothies' protein element? Easier on your system, and will certainly help ease the cravings! Nutritional yeast, too, contains proteins and B vitamins to keep the cravings beast at bay. Best of health to you, Rose!
...and thank you, everyone, for your wonderful questions!
Hi I have submitted various questions to Heidi but have never received a reply or answer to these. I am not sure why - is it a technical problem or perhaps my questions are stupid!! Either way, if this email is getting through to you could you please let me know so that at least I can rule out the technical error! We can work on the other one later. I must admit I really miss the message board as there was always really good feedback to questions. I am a real fan of this diet but the questions I need to ask are almost gagging me! Please help! Shalinee
Shalinee, I’m sorry for your frustration. You’re not the only one who has not yet had a personal answer to their question. Let me explain the situation a bit so that perhaps you will understand the reason for the delay.
In this past week, I received 67 questions. Some weeks there are 50 or 60, sometimes 70+. Over the roughly 5½ months, or 170 days, I’ve been writing On The Diet, I’ve received nearly 1800 questions... not including the half-dozen or so emails I get daily. Some of the queries are in foreign languages. I do try to post multiple Q&A’s as frequently as possible ~ but as you can see by using the "list previous topics" button at the bottom of this page, I didn’t realize the need to do so until early June. I always expected there would be fewer entries, rather than more, as time went by. I was wrong. :-}
Some of the questions need their own column due to length, topic or complexity, and others have been answered with only one or two others because they so clearly fit together. Writing projects of this kind are always a bit of a balancing act between readability and information quality -- quite different from a message board, where the quality of information can fluctuate wildly. With two doctors "on staff" here, as well as many knowledgeable friends who write in to help, there is far less chance that what I tell you will be in utter error and dangerous for you to follow. We all have more time and emotional energy to focus on the information itself now.
It is my great regret that I haven’t yet responded to each and every question personally. It is true that I continually receive questions on subjects I have addressed in the past, so I urge everyone who has posted a question, or is thinking about posting one, to use the search function at the bottom of this page to discover if your question has already been answered one or more times. Enter the primary term for what you’re seeking: oatmeal... glycerine... hypoglycemia... chickpea... errata... blueberry... beet.... My mission is to get you your information as quickly as possible, and there’s nothing quicker than finding what you need with a simple search.
The On the Diet column is the work of a volunteer -- it is my choice, and my great pleasure, to do it -- but since I’m not a genius by any means, what value I can offer to you involves taking significant time to research and write replies to your concerns, to the best of my ability. There are some questions that are beyond my scope because they truly require the services of a skilled, local physician – I’m also going through a few of those every day and responding via email.
Shalinee, I have the two questions you posted in the last few weeks, and will answer those with tomorrow's column. I certainly do not want you to gag on your questions. I hope that you and others have a better grasp now of the mechanics of getting replies to everyone, and that you will concurrently seek help from your local health care practitioners, Peter's many books, and by reading everything our site has to offer -- I wish you all the very best!!
Greetings, Paula! While we have no rating for reindeer or tysk elk, I feel quite confident recommending them as "Neutral" for your type -- and I suspect this rating will apply to all members of the "Bambi" family you may encounter there in the Finnish woodlands! :-D
About wild duck, I am less sanguine. Duck, goose, grouse, partridge and quail are all avoids for Bs, which tells me that unlisted birdies are better considered "avoids" in your case. Pheasant, however, is fine for you, albeit rarer than ducks of all kinds, sorry to say!
Vaccinium vitis idaea (lingonberry) shares its small family Ericacea and genus Vaccinium with blueberries (including bilberries and whortleberries) and cranberries. My opinion is: eat them with gusto! Considering their relatives, they are likely Neutral for you, and might even be Beneficial.
Well, frankly, I had no idea rowan tree berries were edible at all... shame on me, and thank you for improving my education! I've always found the tree magnificently beautiful, and as it turns out, Sorbus aucuparia (European mountain ash, or "rowan") bears tasty fruit. You type Bs have much to be envied for, but for the moment I'll single out your magnificent fruit list. Rowan belongs to a huge family of plants (Rosaceae) of which not one is an avoid for you... so as to rowan berries, be my guest and call 'em "Neutral!" Hey - how do they taste? :->
Thanks for writing!!
The blood-thinning effects of that much vitamin E could potentiate other problems, and I don't suggest it for the symptoms you are experiencing.
Instead, consider the Congnitive Improvement Protocol in the Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia: Rhodiola rosea, 250 mg: 1-2 caps 2x daily; Thiamine hydrochloride (vit. B1), 50 mg: 1 cap 2x daily; Amla (Indian goooseberry): 250 mg: 1-2 caps 2x daily; and folic acid, 400mcg: 2 tablets daily. Phosphatidylserine is also an option, potentially highly effective but also quite expensive. The average dosage is two 100 mg caps daily.
Please let me know your results! take care, Jennifer! :-)
Hi, Judy! I'm sorry you're suffering!!
I think I can point you in the right direction, but I'd feel better if you could find a good BTD practitioner to work with you in person. Take a look at the Practitioner Registry and try your local health food stores and phone book for a lead.
First, you can design your own plan based on the nonsecretor diet. You know the bread, beans and soymilk shoot your sugar levels up. Get rid of them -- you don't need any of them to get all the nutrition you need. The soy (an avoid for nonsecretor Os) may be part of the cause of your cramping, as well. Cranberries, plums/prunes, blueberries or grapefruit should be the only fruits or juices you have, and very rarely for now. Monitor your reaction to them, and eliminate them if they pose trouble ~~ it won't be forever!
See if using vegetable glycerine (a tablespoon per day) will lower your sugar levels. Include a beneficial meat or fish at each meal -- three meals per day -- as well as a beneficial vegetable, especially the dark greens, pumpkin, carrots, winter squash (the neutral exception here), seaweeds, onions, garlic, hot peppers, and okra. Snack on walnuts and pumpkin seeds. Although flax is only neutral for us, the meal and the oil in combination with a bit of fish oil taken with meals can be of great help in regulating how you metabolize your food.
Eat dandelion greens and take the Taraxacum supp (250 mg, 2x per day), Bladderwrack (200 mg, 2x per day) and Deflect-O (2 caps with meals). Have some green tea to boost your antioxidant levels, if you can tolerate it. And if possible, include some nutritional yeast for B vitamins, and Phytocal-O to boost your mineral intake.
Judy, I sincerely believe you can use these guidelines to resolve your condition. It will be hard going for a while, as you'll need to be a little strict about focusing only on medicinal foods, but it will get easier as your body heals. Do take up your exercise program again, but gently! don't overburden or bore yourself with too-frequent repetitious strenuous workouts -- mix it up, take a walk today and lift weights tomorrow, then maybe a jog the day after, then a session on the rowing machine. Drink plenty of pure water. And let me know how you're faring! I COMMEND you for your efforts, and I know they'll pay off!!
Hello, Jan ~~ It's not uncommon to have to make small adjustments to the blood type diet guidelines, especially if one has a history of hypoglycemia as you do. It's also possible that you are a nonsecretor, in which case you would do better on a bit more meat and a bit less grain and sweet food than type B secretors.
Your breakfast indeed contained quite a bit of sugar, between the raspberries, jam, and rice syrup -- and eggs may not have the protein punch you need to balance out the bread carbs and the sugars.
I'd suggest using one of the lower-sugar fruits which are beneficial for either secretors or nonsecretors, such as grapefruit, plum/prune, blueberry or cranberry instead of raspberry in your MFC. Half an hour later, have your eggs with a little ground lamb or turkey burger, or a leftover piece of meat from dinner.
Get some vegetable glycerine (NOW and Heritage are two common brands) to use as sweetener in your tea. It is remarkable in that it tastes like liquid sugar, but actively helps stabilize blood sugar levels. It is fine for all types!
Have you tried your licorice tea alone, away from food? Sensitive folks have reported they do get a bit headachy from it. See if it affects you in that way, and use another herbal tea instead for a month or two if it does.
Hope this helps! and thank you so much for writing to me!
Hello, Eva! Sorry you had to wait so long.... but could you help me? I searched for any other questions from you, and came up with only one, below:
If you have others, please re-post them as they're not in my database. thanks!
Prepared foods like sausage are OK for us if all the ingredients are neutral or beneficial. If they are commercially packaged sausages, there is a risk that the meats used are not of the highest quality. Perhaps your butcher can make whatever sausage you want, from fresh cuts of meat and organic spices you provide? My butcher does this for me if I want cased sausage. I make my own sausage patties at home with fresh-ground meats and a few spices (sea salt, freshly ground pepper, thyme, paprika, garlic, fennel seed, cayenne). It is quick and can be adapted for any kind of meat or flavorings you'd like!
Calcium supplementation is not absolutely necessary, but it is advisable if you don't eat plenty of calcium-rich foods. Fucus is a helpful addition for weight loss and energy, but again not necessary. Do try to incorporate edible seaweeds like dulse, arame, wakame, hijiki, etc. into your diet. They provide beneficial polysaccharides, protein, and minerals (including calcium).
For the spider veins and couperose (also known as rosacea), strengthen the capillary walls with mineral-rich foods -- adding butcher's broom (Ruscus aculeatus), gotu kola (Centella asiatica) and horse chestnut extract(Aesculus hippocastus, the extract is "escin") in liquid or capsule form is highly effective for many people -- and avoid foods known for their inflammatory effects in type Os: wheat, coffee, alcoholic liquors, -- add to that list anything that you've discovered makes the condition worse for you. I also suggest taking quercetin, an inexpensive supplement usually derived from yellow onions. It is a great anti-inflammatory.
About chlorella ~ it is fine for all types, to my knowledge. It's simply a concentrated chlorophyll supplement. One of the food-based home remedies for heavy metal exposure is just a basic pesto sauce made with cilantro (coriander leaf), pumpkin seeds and garlic & olive oil. Pound them or put them in a blender together and adjust the proportions to your taste. :-) Add fresh basil if you like. LOTS of chlorophyll in this recipe!
Thank you for writing, Eva, and I hope this helps! My best to you and your husband!
I am trying to follow the ERFYT guidelines, due to two sisters dying in early fifties and I am 52 (female also; mother, father, and another brother died at 60). My blood pressure is slightly elevated but controled on 37.5 mg of Atenolol. I am 15 pounds overweight. I am exercising regularly, weight resistance and aerobic, but have a real hard time with food. Am trying to stay with the program but have a very hard time in the afternoon!
I have gone from 4 tablespoons of sugar in a single coffee to stevia in one cup each morning (decaf) campared to 6 cups a day with all that sugar x 6. I TEND TO HAVE ANXIETY THAT HAS COME ON AS MENOPAUSE HIT. WHAT CAN I EAT THAT IS NATURAL FOR A CALMING EFFECT ON MY SYSTEM? THANK YOU. ~ Pennie
Hi there, Pennie! You're having a real hard time with food, eh? It sounds like you've had a major victory with coffee, a terrible stumbling block for lots of Os!! In my humble opinion, you're doing beautifully, and deserve loud praise and a hearty pat on the back. Hey... maybe you're hungry in the afternoon because of all that exercise? Add a protein meal when the 3 or 4:00 blahs hit -- like a half portion of beef stew you've made & frozen. Or a couple of hard-boiled eggs with a drizzle of olive oil and a spray of fresh-ground pepper. I keep a couple of fish filets in a bit of olive oil and spice rub in bags in the fridge (replaced constantly, never more than one day old). If your workplace has a fridge and a microwave, it's better than most things you'd snack on in a sugar-pinch. If you're at home, just dump one in a pan, and grab a little salad. Instant protein gratification!
I understand that there's a lot of persuasive talk on the Net about supplements, especially calcium. Here's my view: How many of our ancient forbears munched on coral? It sounds silly to our modern minds, but the whole idea behind this diet plan and the supplements created to augment it is: food shall be your medicine. Peter's Phytocal products are based upon seaweeds that people have eaten for millennia, and will continue to eat. These are plants that re-grow at a speedy rate. Their harvesting does not reduce the potential supply, nor does it interfere with ocean ecosystems. And to address your specific concern, the absorption rate for these food-based mineral supplements is as high as any you will find. We are designed to eat sea vegetables. We are not coral-eating creatures. Using sea salt, seaweeds, and high-solids mineral water, along with foods high in calcium, will move you a long way toward optimal intake all by themselves.
The marketers of coral calcium supps would have you believe that vacuuming a reef involves no destruction of these delicate underwater ecosystems. I ask you: when you vacuum your rug, does your vacuum pick and choose what it will suck into the bag? Can it inhale the dirt, but spare the spider, so to speak? If you were vacuuming a reef, would your whoosher manage to pick up those heavy calcium droppings without also removing and destroying the much lighter organisms who inhabit and/or form the reef?
I urge anyone who cares about the health of this Earth and our own, to use sustainable food sources of calcium. :-}
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Now, a couple of things that came to mind when you mentioned BTD -- I think you're in the U.S., so I just wanted to alert you that Live Right 4 Your Type and the ER4YT Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia have effective recommendations for stabilizing blood pressure and ensuring a smooth menopause transition. Maca root has a long history of levelling out hormonal surges, and is available from www.pennherb.com (my favorite) among other sites. I also wanted to mention the sweetener "vegetable glycerine" made by two companies I'm aware of, Heritage and NOW. This may prove more effective than stevia to curb your sweet tooth -- it actually helps normalize blood sugar levels, rather than throw them high and plunge them down, and it has an absolutely neutral "sugar" taste.
Don't be concerned for your lifespan because of how your family has fared. This is a different time, a different life, yours, and you are doing your utmost to prosper -- with tools they did not have. You will live a long time, dear. Do good, and do well ~ and share the joy. :-)