Have you ever considered eating for your blood type? What does it mean to eat for your blood type, exactly?
Have you ever suspected that not everyone should eat the same thing or do the same exercise?
The connection between blood type and diet may sound radical, but is it?
That was a topic of discussion this week in my nutrition course at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where we are studying all the major dietary theories.
Since blood type is one of the key factors that differentiates us, might it help explain why some people do well on one diet and others on another? Why do some people thrive as vegetarians while others do better eating meat? Does our blood type play a role in determining our dietary needs?
Dr. James D’Adamo, a naturopath, introduced the concept of blood type diets in his book, One Man’s Food, is Someone Else’s Poison, which proposed the theory that different people react to food differently based on their blood type.
He observed that patients who were Blood Type A seemed to do poorly on high protein diets that included lots of meat, but did very well on vegetable proteins such as soy and tofu. On the other hand, Blood Type O patients thrived on high-protein diets. And while Blood Type O patients were energized by vigorous exercise, it seemed to drain the energy of Blood Type A patients.
His son, Dr. Peter D’Adamo, has continued to explore and research the correlation between human blood groups and nutrition. His most popular and best-known book, Eat Right 4 Your Type, was a New York Times best-seller, and has been translated into 50 different languages.
In Eat Right 4 Your Type, Dr. D’Adamo proposes that your blood type is the key that explains the mysteries of health, disease, longevity, physical vitality and emotional strength. Your blood type determines your susceptibility to illness, which food you should eat, and how you should exercise. He believes that there is no right or wrong diet or lifestyle, there are only right or wrong choices based on our individual genetic codes that are linked to our blood type.
There seems to be a lot of anecdotal evidence to support this. Just check out the more than 500 comments on Amazon , if you are curious to learn about people’s experiences.
My naturopath concurs that the blood type diet theory works for many of his patients and has even found it to be true for himself (Blood Type O) and his wife (Blood Type A). (He struggled with his health during the years that he lived in Central America on a more vegetarian based diet. Now his wife struggles with her weight and health here in the US where a meat based diet is more common.)
If you are struggling with your health and weight and at a loss for where to begin, Eat Right for Your Type may be worth a closer look. I am convinced that learning to eat to maximize your health requires experimentation to find what works, since we each have our own unique biochemical individuality to understand, and this may shed some light for you.
It’s not a weight loss diet. It’s designed to be a way of eating and living to support optimal health.
So what does Eat Right for Your Type recommend for the various blood types? Here is a quick synopsis.
If you are Blood type O:
Cut out wheat and most other grains.
Engage in vigorous aerobic exercise.
Your risk factors for ulcers and inflammatory disease such as arthritis increase if you eat incorrectly for your type.
If you are Blood Type A:
Engage in gentle exercise such as yoga or golf.
Meditate to deal with stress.
Your risk factors for cancer and heart disease increase if you eat incorrectly for your type.
If you are Blood Type B:
You can tolerate the most varied diet that includes meat and dairy.
Engage in moderate exercise such as walking and swimming.
Your risk for slow-growing viruses that attack your nervous system increases if you eat incorrectly for your type.
If your are Blood Type AB:
You are a combination of Type A and Type B
Engage in calming exercises and relaxation techniques.
Your have the friendliest immune system of all the blood types.
The following foods are mostly consistent for all 4 types:
Broccoli, kale, collards-most dark green vegetables
I am testing out the Eat Right 4 Your Type Diet at the moment, eliminating gluten and experimenting with eating less dairy and a bit more red meat. I haven’t been willing to give-up my morning cup of coffee, as I have never really had a problem with excessive acid and I enjoy it so much.
If you have experience with eating for your blood type I would love to hear from you. Did it work?
If you would like some support with your health, weight or dietary goals, I am here to help with coaching that focused on the whole you – body, mind and soul.