|96. I have gradually worked my way into this diet. Before I began, I was an overweight, fatigued vegetarian, and constantly coming down with various illnesses. After hearing and reading a bit about the diet, I began eating meats (particularly lean reds and fish), and modified my other eating habits according to the plan. Over the past year and one half (when I began modifying my diet), I have had no significant illnesses, I've lost weight, I have constant energy, and I have a better sense of well being. I have even felt a greater hormonal drive. My life has really taken a 360 degree turn since I began the diet.|
-- From The Blood Type Diet Results Database
Lesson Four: Compliance, cooking and meal
Now that you know your ABO blood type
and are reading Eat Right 4 Your Type, we'll need to address a few
potential roadblocks and how to get around them.
First, let's look at some basic issues
that can influence your compliance:
Overall health/medical conditions:
If you have any unusual or severe health problems, make sure that you
continue consulting with a qualified health professional regarding
Going cold turkey versus gradual:
Unless your health is very bad and every minute counts, you probably
don't need to go cold turkey. You've been eating a lot of the
'avoid' foods all your life and they haven't killed you yet, so a
few months of tapering off won't likely kill you, either. Gradually switching over can also make this process feel more like a lifestyle change and less like a prison sentence. Start by removing the worst foods (the 'red flags' for your type) as they do the most harm, and trying to eat more of the beneficial foods, and then slowly incorporate the rest of the changes.
Strictness of adherence: This
seems to be of greater significance for folks with severe medical
conditions. Note that in the book, 70% adherence is sufficient for most of us. Strict avoidance of the 'avoids' and eating mostly only 'beneficials' is all but impossible for most people. Try to get extra helpings of the
beneficial foods and try to minimize the ones to be avoided. An
occasional slip up or a small amount of an 'avoid' in a recipe
is nothing to panic over. Eating a small piece of Aunt Gertie's
birthday cake isn't either and it will keep Aunt Gertie happy.
Food substitutes - This is
where you'll get a lot of help from the people on this web site.
They can suggest all kinds of good substitutes for the 'avoids'
that you eat the most, thus making the transition easier. For
example, rice milk and/or soy milk instead of cow's milk,
Ezekiel and Spelt bread instead of white/wheat bread, sweet potatoes
instead of white potatoes, rice cereal instead of wheat/corn cereal,
maple syrup and molasses instead of corn syrup, arrowroot instead of
corn starch, depending upon your ABO type.
Cooking and meal preparation can be a
major challenge when changing your diet. Although some folks are just
plain imaginative and have a flair for meal planning, you would not be
the first person to look at the food lists for their blood type and gasp
'how can I cook anything?'
Well, we've gathered a few resources to
help you out.
here to open the RECIbase database.
Key Point: Many visitors have left very imaginative
recipes that can help you follow the diet effectively, especially in
those household which have members with different blood types, in RECIbase, an online Blood Type Diet recipe database that is organized by blood type. When using
any recipe, always check it for avoids. The BTD food lists changed somewhat a
few years ago and recipes in the following resources may not reflect
RESOURCE: Cook Right 4 Your Type
Key Point: Dr.
D'Adamo has written a cookbook for the Blood Type Diet called Cook
Right 4 Your Type (CR4YT). It contains road maps and charts for each of
the four blood types, detailing which foods and beverages to consume and
which to avoid, tips for starting and sticking with the diet and
matching your menu to your blood type and a thirty-day meal plan for
each type to help you stay healthy, live longer, and achieve your ideal
weight. It features more than 200 easy, healthy recipes keyed to
blood type. Cook Right 4 Your Type is available at
all major bookstores and through the online NAP website.
Click here to find out more about the Cook Right 4 Your Type (CR4YT) book.