Getting Started on the Eat Right for Your Type Diet for a Healthier Life
Beginning the Journey
Why We Started to Eat Right for Our Blood Types
Toward the end of June we had dinner with old friends and one of them, whom I'll call J, had been suffering with excruciating migraine headaches for a few years now. He was also trying to lose weight. At some time since we saw him on Christmas Eve, he got hold of the Eat Right for Your Type book by Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo and started to apply what he read. He is a blood type O, the same as my husband. While his wife and I were out walking in the Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks, he was telling my husband that the diet really impressed him and he not only had lost weight, but the frequency and intensity of his headaches had also decreased, giving him more of his life back. He copied a couple of pages of the Type O diet for my husband and we looked it over.
My husband really liked the idea at first, since we had been trying to avoid a lot of red meat, which he felt he needed. According to D'Adamo, blood Type O does need more red meat and fish than he had been eating. I'm a Type A. I'm supposed to avoid the red meat, so the thought of embarking on this journey did not excite the cook in me. It would be a challenge to feed each of us the optimal foods for our individual blood types.
Before jumping in with both feet, we checked our local library for D'Adamo's books. We found two of them: Live Right for Your Type and Cook Right for Your Type. I checked them out last week and my husband started reading them to see what research supported the value of making this dietary change. After all, one doesn't give up a lot of what one is used to eating unless one sees a good reason for it.
The Basic Information You Need
This is the first book and lays out the reasoning for this type of diet that encourages you to eat according to your blood type.
Do You Plan Your Meals by Blood Type?
Have you started your journey of eating according to your blood type yet?
How to Start Eating for Your Blood Type
First you will need information to see if you really want to make the commitment. You can do as we did, and try the library first. Then if you think you want to try this, you will want to own some of the books listed above. I just bought all of them and a few more. There are several resources that will be suggested if you click through on any of the above titles. We found some of the books used. We also bought the small books for each of our blood types that will fit in my purse to refer to when shopping. But before buying the books, you will want to know whether you are willing to try this, because it may change your diet drastically.
Before you can do much else, you will need to know your blood type. If you don't know it, you can find out what it is for free if you donate blood. That's what I did. If for some reason donating blood isn't right for you, you can buy the inexpensive self-test kit from Amazon. It's in the Amazon list of resources above. You will need to know the blood type of everyone in your family who chooses to embark on this new eating adventure.
I want to stress that this is not just about losing weight. It's about eating for optimal health, both physical and mental. Many conditions people suffer from may improve with the right diet for their blood types because body chemistry for each type is different and digests the same types of foods differently.
As when you embark on any journey, your past experiences and your present attitude will influence what's ahead. Traveling to a different country requires adjustments and a willingness to try new foods. So does beginning to eat by blood type. Example: Wheat is only beneficial for Type AB. All other types should avoid it. That means my husband and I are both supposed to avoid one of our favorite foods -- something found in most commercial breads, crackers, and baked good, as well as hidden in many processed foods, such as most soy sauce. Fortunately there are two commercial breads we can both still eat -- Ezekiel Bread -- and we can buy it at Trader Joe's. The cookbook has several "legal" breads, muffins, and baked desserts for those who have time to bake. Cook Right for Your Type
Many of our favorite foods also include kidney beans -- another food we are both to avoid, even though I'm supposed to eat a lot of legumes. I don't have to avoid peanut butter, but my husband is supposed to, and he is used to eating it several times a week. Fortunately, neither of us has to avoid chocolate or sugar completely. I am able to continue to eat avocados, but my husband is supposed to avoid them. I can eat yogurt, but he should avoid all dairy products. Both of us are encouraged to eat a lot of green leafy vegetables, but neither of us is supposed to eat salad dressings containing mayonaise or vinegar. You may have to make similar adjustments. (Or cheat a bit.) D'Adamo does say we should aim at 80% to 90% compliance if possible. That gives you some leeway if you have to eat out, as we did yesterday, and there are few choices, all of which are on the avoid list.
Dr. D'Adamo suggests that instead of going all out from the beginning, we ease into our new way of eating gradually. He suggests we beginning eating more foods on our beneficial lists that we already enjoy, and begin avoiding some of the foods on the list our type should avoid. You may not be surprised to learn that some foods you've never liked are to be avoided, as well as some foods you may be allergic to. Although I enjoy an occasional banana, I don't really miss them now that I see they are on my avoid list. My husband continues to enjoy them. Both of us are supposed to avoid oranges and orange juice, and I really will miss that, since I like to have an orange with my Quinoa Chicken Salad with Vegetables or with anything that contains fish -- something I'm supposed to eat a lot of. My husband won't have to give up Quick Italian Cube Steaks, but I will, since I'm not supposed to eat beef. Both of us will be able to continue eating Barb's Power Breakfast Cereal, but he will have to substitute pineapple or some beneficial or neutral juice for orange juice. I can continue to use goats' milk with mine. You get the idea. You will still be able to eat some of your favorite foods, but you may have to modify them a bit.
I'll be using lots of lemons.
Mapping Your Journey
Once you have committed yourself to eat for your type, check you shelves and refrigerator and see what you need to stock. We already had some of the recommended foods. I went to Trader Joe's to see what they had I wanted to stock. I bought Ezekiel bread, cucumbers, vanilla yogurt for me, almond butter for Hubby, tofu for both of us, and more carrots. At Costco I bought some more of our favorite fruit and nut mix to snack on, since we can both eat it,and more olive oil. I also bought more organic ground beef at Costco for my husband. I still need to start buying fresh fish, since I normally use frozen salmon. Frozen fish is not recommended. At Farmers Market I stocked up on lemons, since I'm using lemon juice to replace vinegar in salad dressings.
Next week I will be looking for spelt flour, amaranth, buckwheat flour, more lentils (just for me) and compatible beans (also for me ) at a natural foods store. I'm making a list of some of the other specialized things I might want to try.
As we continue on this new eating adventure, I'll be reporting back here on how it goes. I'll also be creating and adding new recipes Types O and A can eat and linking to them. When I'm tempted to eat the foods I should avoid, I read the health benefits again to motivate me to keep on. I can see that I have health problems that may have been caused by eating wheat and dairy products made with cows' milk, and I'd like to eliminate them if I can. I know a positive state of mind will be important in this journey as in any other, so I will look at this as a new opportunity to improve the quality of my life and health.