The Blood Type Diet…It may be exactly what you were looking for!

“Has anyone here ever heard of the blood type diet?” this was the question I posed to my cycle classes this week right after our ride. The room was silent. I went on to explain what the blood type diet actually was…”This was the first diet put out into the world that considered bio-individuality. Meaning that no ONE diet works for everyone. One man’s food could be anothers poison. Yes, even good old kale. I first learned about this diet and became interested right away back in March 2017. It was written by a guy named D’Adamo in 1996 and promotes aligning your diet with your specific blood type (A, B, AB or O) for optimal health. This diet favors whole foods, reduces processed foods and encourages physical activity.”  I was sitting in a sauna back in March after first learning about this diet. I was talking with a friend about nutrition. Another girl sitting in the sauna chimed in on the conversation…”I’m a dietitian” she said. “Have you ever heard of the blood type diet?” Well of course I got all excited and told her that I had and it sounds very interesting. She went on, “Whenever my clients are trying to lose those last 10 lbs, I put them on this diet and just like that (she snapped her fingers) they lose the weight”. Interesting I thought. She proceeded to tell me about this app called “Eat Right 4 Your Type”. “Best $5 investment” she said. And it was! 
This particular app tells you what foods you can and cannot eat according to your blood type. So if I am grocery shopping, I can pull that app out and really get down to the nitty gritty about what vegetables are beneficial for my body and which ones are not. By the way, there is a  whole list of foods on this list I’ve been eating and should NOT have been eating due to the nature of my specific blood type. Coming from a Paleo diet, it was a hard pill to swallow that I should NOT be eating chicken, beef or pork! The only real beneficial meats for my body are lamb, mutton, rabbit and turkey (Thank goodness Thanksgiving is still on!!). But where do I buy rabbit? That’s not easily displayed in the grocery store. I’ve checked Amazon but at $17.99 a lb, that’s not a meat I’ll be eating often unless I raise it myself I suppose. Or find something local. Otherwise, looks like I’m back to being a Vegetarian/Vegan (which I will report that my tummy flattened out and I felt great on a vegan diet…but I still love meat) 
I will list below each blood type and give you specifics of each. See if any of this rings true for you. I would definitely read Dr. D’Adamo’s books and check out his website for recipes specific to your type. If you don’t know your blood type, you can order a blood type kit for $9.95 and find out right in the comfort of your home within 5 min. 

BLOOD TYPE A:
Strengths: Adapts well to changes in diet and environment, little need for animal foods, immune system preserves and metabolizes nutrients more easily. 
Weaknesses: Sensitive digestive tract, vulnerable immune system, and open to microbial invasion.
Health Risks: Heart disease, cancer, anemia, liver and gallbladder disorders, and type 1 diabetes.
Diet Profile: Classic Vegan/Vegetarian: Vegetables, tofu, seafood, grains, beans, legumes, and fruit
Weight Loss: Reduce: Meat, dairy, kidney beans, Lima beans and wheat. Increase: Vegetable Oil, soy foods, vegetables and pineapple. (I’m not liking that vegetable oil one. I think research is clear nowadays that you shouldn’t have vegetable oil at all, but it’s up to you)
Supplements: Vitamin B12 (for vegans), folic acid, vitamin C, Vitamin E, hawthorn, and echinacea
Exercise: Calming and centering exercises, such as yoga and tai chi.  
BLOOD TYPE B:
Strengths: Strong immune system, versatile adaptation to changes in diet and environment, strong nervous system, and tolerates chaos.
Weaknesses: No natural weaknesses but has a tendency toward autoimmune breakdowns and rare viruses
Health Risks: Type 1 diabetes and chronic fatigue syndrome, autoimmune disorders (Lou Gehrig’s disease, lupus, and multiple sclerosis)
Diet Profile: Omnivore: Meat (No chicken), dairy, grains, beans, legumes, vegetables, and fruit
Weight Loss: Reduce: Corn, lentils, peanuts, sesame seeds, buckwheat, and wheat. Increase: Greens, eggs, venison, liver, and licorice tea
Supplements: Magnesium, licorice, ginkgo, and lecithin
Exercise: Moderate physical activity with mental balance, such as hiking, biking, tennis, and swimming. 
BLOOD TYPE AB:
Strengths: Adapts well to modern life, has a rugged immune system, combined benefits of Type A and Type B, most adaptable, can morph into anything, and can process information quickly.
Weaknesses: Sensitive digestive tract, tendency for over-tolerant immune system that allows for microbial invasion, and has trouble feeling understood by society
Health Risks: Heart disease, cancer, and anemia
Diet Profile: Mixed diet in moderation: Meat, seafood, dairy, tofu, beans, legumes, grains, vegetables, and fruit.
Weight Loss: Reduce: red meat, kidney beans, Lima beans, seeds, corn, and buckwheat. Increase: Tofu, seafood, good quality dairy, greens, kelp and pineapple. 
Supplements: Vitamin C, hawthorn, echinacea, Valerian, quercetin, and milk thistle. 
Exercise: Calming, centering exercises, such as yoga or tai chi, combined with moderate physical exercises, such as hiking, cycling, and tennis.  
BLOOD TYPE O:
Strengths: Hardy digestive tract, strong immune system, natural defenses against infections, efficient metabolism, shorter small intestines, and less chance for cancer
Weaknesses: Low tolerance for new diets and new environments, immune system can be overactive and attack itself, and baked goods may cause a tired and foggy feeling. 
Health Risks: Low thyroid, inflammation, arthritis, blood-clotting disorders, and ulcers (since they get overly acidic)
Diet Profile: Red Meat, strong enzymes to digest meat, high protein, vegetables, and fruit.
Weight Loss: Reduce: Wheat/Corn, baked goods, kidney beans, lentils, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower. Increase: Kelp, seafood, salt, liver/red meat, kale spinach, broccoli, and pineapple. 
Supplements: Vitamin A, vitamin K, calcium, iodine, licorice, help, and coleus forskohlii (an herb for type O’s who want to be vegetarian but crave meat).
Exercise: Intense physical exercise, such as running, aerobics, contact sports, martial arts, and power yoga. 
To get really specific on what foods in each category you can and cannot eat, you’ll want to download that app: Eat Right 4 Your Type

And be sure to ready specifically about YOUR unique blood type HERE!

Having said all of this, I believe it gets even more bio-individual. You may eliminate many foods on your profile list, clean out your system, then re-introduce some of those foods and see how your body reacts to it. Instead of calming exercises only (Type A), you may find you enjoy rigorous strength training activities. Just play around with it and really learn to be in-tune with your body and how it feels on a daily basis. I feel like I myself am constantly changing. One day I like something, the next, I hate it. I really just listen to how I feel and go by that. Same for exercise….One day I want to lift heavy and another day I just want yoga. But this information was very helpful for me. I have the rarest of blood types (AB+). Less than 5% off the population share my blood type and I want to really be careful if I am susceptible to certain diseases and cancer. I want to eat the way my body wants me to, and live in a way that creates balance and harmony. We only have this one life (mortality) and this One body. Let’s start taking care of it the best we can.
Have you tried the Blood Type diet yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
💗 Health Coach Heather

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