A few questions -- I am a very healthy woman, high-energy, lean, muscular build -- who happened to pick up the Eat Right for you Blood Type book at a friend's house and realized that as a Type O, I ate almost exactly what the diet recommended. Before reading the book, I had learned to not eat what made me feel bad -- dairy, soy proteins, corn, coffee and I eat a lot of lean meats and spinach and broccoli -- but what I am unsure of is...I bloat with rice and corn -- and while I don't eat a ton of wheat, wheat has never bloated me like corn and rice -- nor have potatoes. Now, I decided to try the diet for a few weeks, but I am on day 4 and I am a runner and have no energy to run -- that and the proteins without starches leave me constantly hungry. My first slice of Ezekial sent me running to the bathroom -- but I think that is from the soy protein -- soy protein and chicory don't seem to work for me. I found some wheat free buckwheat and rye that seem to work for me.
What do other type O runners eat to get their energy? I could have sworn hummus and couscous were my super foods?
And I used to only drink a little white wine, but now it tastes like vinegar -- why? And why does the book recommend a beer instead -- knowing beer tends to have wheat in it?
The recommended seltzer water and tomatoes make my face break out within a day. I know my body tends towards acidic and I had to take some lysine the first few days, because my body went hard core acidic when I started following the recommended foods. I kind of feel that wheat minimized the acidity in my system and helped me to sleep at night.
I sure would like to hear from any other type O runners out there or type O's that don't have the bloat from wheat. But I do wonder if I have just grown tolerant to the wheat and maybe don't realize the bad effects it has on me; but overall I feel great, except when I start eating too much sugar.
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Location: Chicago, Illinois
There are other grains like quinoa, teff, etc. that I don't have a lot of experience with, but others here do. If you are near a health food store or a Whole Foods type place, I'm sure you will get help from them in trying new grains/starches. How about more nuts in your diet for those extra calories?
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sprouted wheat if not gluten intolerant or celliac, yes
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I've never heard that O's could have beer. Actually it's usually red wine, isn't it. Also since the original book was written, Ezekiel bread often has been changed. It used to be all sprouted and now I believe there's "wheat gluten" in it. There are alternatives. Sounds like you are a Hunter and perhaps you would benefit from reading Dr. D's later book on Genotypes or the personalized approach of a SWAMI.
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What book are you looking at that suggests beer for Os? If you can find the exact edition and page number, we can help you figure out if you mis-read the book or if there's a typo somewhere.
The first thing I'm wondering is whether you're 100% sure that you're an O. Tolerating wheat and doing horribly on tomatoes could mean that you're actually a B. Or, it could mean that you're an O who can't tolerate tomatoes or rice and only has subtle reactions to wheat. But if you overall do poorly on the O diet, then I really think you need to double-check your blood type. If you verify that you're and O, yet still do poorly on BTD, then I'd suggest that you check out the Genotype Diet (GTD)- the softcover version is called "Change your genetic destiny".
I have some type O friends who don't tolerate rice- it just leads to cravings, blood sugar swings, and overeating. They do fine on quinoa, starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes, and compliant beans.
Not every O has obvious reactions to wheat. My younger daughter and I get very strong reactions to wheat, but my older daughter does not. On her personalized SWAMI (computer program that computes a personalized diet) she gets wheat as a "black dot" meaning it's something she can eat occasionally in small amounts. It leads to weight gain if she overindulges, but no direct health problems and certainly no indigestion.
My younger daughter had a dramatic improvement in her moods and overall health when she stopped eating wheat and replaced it with spelt, even before she'd made any further changes to her diet. She switched from wheat to spelt and still ate potatoes, corn, and various dairy products, and had a HUGE positive response.
If your only problem is being "overly acidic" then you may just need to look at portion sizes. Are you eating too much meat/fish/poultry and not enough vegetables? Are you eating too few carbs for your activity level? Would more fruit and beans be as satisfying as wheat?
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Interesting how different people respond to different foods. With rice, I find white basmati rice, or short-brown rice fine. I try and have rice as part of last meal of the day (evening), or another starch with cooked vegetables, usually steamed or stir-fried. These rices are complex carbs so should be fine if eaten with veg ie 70% vegetables with some type of fat, I choose mostly ghee or butter now in winter for more of a yang/stronger effect in winter(most yin season) and in spring or summer, I may use a little more olive oil, olives beng a fruit, for the yang season of summer. Rice may give some problems if combined with an animal type protein if some organs are becoming sluggish, such as pancreas as different enzymes are needed to digest starch and proteins. For me, I like eggs, sardines or lamb chops with vegetables for breakfast, maybe poultry with veg for lunch and a starch with veg for dinner. I received back my hair mineral/heavy metal analysis results back this week, and now need to increase my vegetable intake - 70% veg at every meal, plus some supplements soon - am working with a practitioner now. Not sure if Dr D provides or recommends hair mineral analysis. For me, I feel it has been the right decision as I can now make necessary changes to change all the mineral deficiencies/imbalances I have plus the heavy metals, which I don't want to keep accumulating in my body, esp the brain! I also found out I am slow oxidizer type, not a fast ox....., so I wrongly assumed and apologise if I confused anyone. If anyone in Australia wants to know who my practitioner in Australia (Qld) is, feel free to send me a private message.
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Location: East Coast
I avoid both, rice puts me to sleep, wheat blows me up.
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