There is a Blood Type diet that is made for especially anyone in particular uniquely.
Fad diets are modern and hip but they come and go. But, if you stick to a plan for more years it is a regime, not really a short time diet.
The blood type diet or BTD was made in 1996 and also published by Peter J. D’Adamo, ND. Eat right for your type: the individualized diet solution for staying healthy, living longer & also achieving your ideal weight (Putnam, 1996). After 14 years of this publication, this is still number one on Amazon. But, is it really good?
When I was a kid, I disliked meat. While other kids enjoyed burgers, I ate PB and J or stir fry and also whole wheat. I was vegetarian. I was special and unique because of this regime.
As I aged I got deeper in those philosophies and at college I became vegan. I stopped altogether with the dairy and eggs and started to eat only seeds, nuts, oils, beans, grains and produce. I felt good, my body didn’t. And I had problems like hand rash, or hip pain, congestion, aches in joints, dandruff and dry skin. Also eczema, pimples and all this made me sleep less at night.
I started to learn more about medicine. Two dermatologists said I had dermatitis and gave me steroid creams. I disliked this and I wanted to know deeper and more on this issue.
A naturopath said I had candida in the intestines and said I should eat less sugars, pickled foods, yeast foods and fermented food. Even the sight of cake made me feel bad.
Then, at last I got in touch with Gina T. Ogorzaly, DC, chiropractor and cofounder of Diamondback Wellness Center, New Mexico Albuquerque.
I told her my blood type right away, O positive and I got confused. She already knew what to do.
Than she nodded and handed a 0-precise chart with 3 food categories: beneficial, neutral and bad.
She said I need to eat veggies and red meats mostly and avoid the grains and wheat. The type 0 Is a hunter, a meat eater.
I was stunned. Meat? Me? No way! Even if she was right, what now? I would more likely suffer, than eat meat!
But that was a no-no situation. I was not a martyr and I needed to keep my health. And so I started to eat that way.
The diet for specific blood type – explained
Which is actually the right diet, she asked me. We cannot pinpoint it really. It is already predestined for us, as our hair color let’s say.
D’Adamo also is pro ABO blood predestined designation as best sign for health regimes and weight balance. There is no one right diet, every type is special. The type 0 is a carnivore and likes red meats and fish, seafood is neutral and pork/goose is a NO. the type A are vegetarians, B is omnivore, and AB is mixed between A and B.
In the, say, conventional regimes, nutrition Is divided into macros, fibers, calories and fat/protein percentages. Food is fuel. But also a great philosophy. It can be both good and bad depending what and how we eat.
The food reactions are referring to antibodies and how they contact the food. Every type of blood has special antibodies that chase off many germs and other foreign cells, but some antibodies attack the food and are known as lectins. If the lectins react in such ways with blood, like for me with the 0 type, proteins make a chaos in the body.
Opposed to this, was also added that our bodies can handle the lectins. The type 0 has more than average stomach acids for animal proteins, and type A the vegetarians have it lower.
Anthropology is crucial too. In the book of D’Adamo’s, Type 0 the Hunter, it is said that the 0 are carnivores. The A is Cultivator, since they are more into agricultures. The B or Nomad were into herding, and AB as the Enigma are a mix of B and A.
My carnivore path
For me this was too much to handle. I started to abandon all my favorite foods, coconut, lentils, avocado, peanuts, beans, kidney, wheat and I ate beef, bison, venison and other meats, also artichokes, walnuts, adzuki beans and chard.
So I was shocked. In my fridge there was 25 lbs of Colorado grass fed beef. It was all new to me. I never ate and had meat before, so I made many mistakes. Defrosted the wrong way, trimmed bad, also spices all wrong, cooking zero. The whole process was disgusting for me. And holding of the meat too. But, who knows…
As I got further more, I adjusted slowly. I had energy, skin was not dry, I also had no more rash! Even the hip pain was gone and I had decent sleep. Finally, the body thanked me.
You & your diet
D’Adamo said 3 of 4 patients improved their health this way.
If you are type 0 and like bread, and everything is pink and perfect in life, do not bother to buy the book. This is for people who know and also sense something is wrong.
I also wanted second opinion and I talked to RD, Beth Reardon, director of the integrative nutrition of Duke Integrative Med. She doesn’t follow this principle, and when I mentioned the positive 75% cases she claimed considering the bad regimes of Americans, this is beneficial. Is this due to the type of blood diet or more about the healthier foods?
I think is the BTD. When I think back of my liked foods, I already feel physically ill.
Am I out of the average? Totally. D’Adamo stated clearly that I can once in a while indulge in such foods, just to taste them again. After all you are a human!
When I am out, I can indulge, and when I am at home and I cook- I stick to the rules.
What to eat…
Eat: lamb, beef, venison, bluefish, salmon, cod, sardines, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, adzuki, pinto beans, spinach, chard, kale, artichoke, turnip, broccoli, plums, figs, prunes.
NO: pork, goose, lox, caviar, cheese, octopus, kidney beans, lentils, navy beans, peanuts, flour, pistachios, wheat, eggplant, avocado, potato, corn, cabbage, blackberry, orange, coconut, strawberry.
Eat: cod, salmon, sardine, soy milk, pumpkin seed, peanuts, black beans, lentils, rice, oats, rye flour, artichoke, onion, carrot, tofu, pumpkin, spinach, cranberry and blueberry, cherry, pineapple.
NO: pork, red meat, duck, goose, cheese, bison, pheasant, cashews, brazil nuts, lima and kidney beans, garbanzo, four, cabbage, wheat, eggplant, potato, peppers, yams, bananas, coconut, orange and cantaloupe.
Eat: rabbit, lamb, cod, venison, founder, halibut, mahimahi, cottage cheese, feta, kidney beans, millet, navy beans, rice bran, rice flour, oats, broccoli, beets, carrot, eggplant, pepper, yam, banana, grape, orange, plum, pineapple.
NO: chicken, pork, quail, clam, duck, lobster, crab, blue cheese, sea bass, ice cream, cashews, pistachio, peanuts, sesame, lentils, black beans, garbanzo, amaranth, wild rice, cornmeal, rye, wheat, artichoke, avocado, corn, pumpkin, olives, tofu, tomato, pomegranate, coconut and rhubarb.
Eat: rabbit, lamb, tuna, turkey, trout, mahimahi, sardines, cod, mozzarella, feta, ricotta, peanuts, green lentils, walnuts, navy beans, rice, millet, wheat flour, oats, beets, broccoli, alfalfa sprouts, kale, eggplant, yam, tofu, grapes, cherries, cranberries, kiwi, lemon, grapefruit.
NO: chicken, pork, beef, goose, lamb, flounder, haddock, lobster, butter, parmesan, ice cream, provolone, blue cheese, seeds, adzuki, kidney and black beans, buckwheat, artichoke, cornmeal, corn, avocado, pepper, radish, coconut, banana and orange.
Type a spicy tofu with almond and apricot
- 2tbsp tamari sauce
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- add 1 tbsp fresh parsley
- 1 tbsp fresh chives
- 1 tbsp turbinado sugar
- 2 tsp curry
- 1 tsp sesame
- 1 cake tofu, cut
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 small onion, sliced
- 3 carrots
- 2 cloves garlic
- ½ cup sliced apricot
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds
Mix the marinade items in a bowl, then add the tofu and let sit for an hour. Heat up some oil on medium heat and also add onions and sauté. Then add carrots, garlic and cook 2 minutes more. Drain the tofu of the marinade. Add it to the pan and cook more. Also add the apricots and almonds and cook 3 min more. Serve with basmati. Nutrition: 292 calories, 19 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 15 g protein, 22 g carbs, 3 g fibers, 506 mg sodium
Type B lima beans and goat cheese with scallions
- 1 pack frozen lima beans
- 2 cups lima beans
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 scallions sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 4 oz goat cheese
- 3 tbsp parsley
- Salad dressing
Defrost the lima beans. In a pan, heat some oil to medium heat. Add the scallions and sauté 2 min. add the garlic until it gets color. Remove from heat and next put 3 tbsp dressing on the bean mix, also add crumbled goat cheese and parsley on top. Nutrition: 254 calories, 15 g fat, 8 g saturated fat, 29 mg cholesterol, 14 g protein, 17 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 209 mg sodium
Type AB spelt berry and rice salad
- 1 cup cooked berries
- 2 cups cooked rice
- 1 cup sautéed maitake mushrooms
- 3 tbsp parsley chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil
Mix everything well. Serve on room temperature and you can also add scallions and spices like coriander and cumin. You can refrigerate maximum 4 days. Nutrition: 215 calories, 11.5 g fat, 1.6 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 3.9 g protein, 29.5 g carbs, 3.5 g fibers, 5.5 mg sodium
Type 0 flank steak
- 2 tbsp garlic minced
- 2 tbsp cumin ground
- 1 tbsp cayenne powder
- 1 tbsp coriander ground
- ½ tsp cloves
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 and ½ lbs organic steak
Mix the spices, garlic and salt over the steak. Grill it over medium heat for 10 minutes. Remove off heat and let it cool 5 min. Then slice it. Serve with veggies, steamed like broccoli, artichoke, collard greens, chard, red onion, sweet potato and also turnip. Nutrition: 197.2 calories, 9.4 g fat, 3.7 g saturated fat, 56.7 mg cholesterol, 24 g protein, 3.6 g carbs, 0.9 g fibers and 670 mg sodium.
Recipes from Cook Right For Your Type (Berkley Trade, 2000), Peter J. D’Adamo, ND.
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