2012-03-23

Blood Type Diet


Dr. D'Adamo 
HOW BLOOD TYPE DETERMINES YOUR HEALTH
One of the hallmarks of alternative medicine is the recognition of the biochemical uniqueness of each individual and the need to tailor treatments and prescriptions to match that individual variability. While a person's genetic code, ultimately, is the basis of this individuality, basing treatments on genetic factors is too broad an approach and not consistent with alternative medicine.

According to naturopath Peter J. D'Adamo, N.D., in his book Eat Right 4 Your Type, the missing link might be the four basic blood types: O, A, B, and AB. "There had to be a reason why there were so many paradoxes in dietary studies and disease survival," why some people lose weight and others do not on the same diet or why some people keep their vitality as they age, and others do not, says Dr. D'Adamo. 
So you need to plan your diet according to your blood type.

A blood type diet is a nutrition plan based around your blood type. This kind of diet became popular with the release of Peter D’Adamo’s book Eat Right 4 Your Type. D’Adamo claims that the diet will not only bring about weight loss — but can assist with allergy and infection resistance, and will achieve overall good health.

Most of the population has blood type O. Here the prescribed diet is low-carbohydrate, high in proteins (such as meat and fish), and low in dairy products. The author suggests specific foods to avoid; such as avocados, brazil nuts, and oranges. Type O should also engage in lots of exercise.

Blood Type A should avoid red meat, eat plenty of fish and vegetables, with a low dairy intake. Light exercise only.

Blood Type B should avoid chicken and bacon, eat plenty of meat and dairy, some fish, and plenty of fruit and vegetables.
Blood Type AB combines the A and B diets.

The author claims that much of the recommendations are based on scientific evidence – but perhaps it is too early to make this claim. Metabolism and/or sugar/insulin sensitivity are probably key factors in deciding diet – not blood type.

Two people can have very different metabolisms and have the same blood type. One could be sensitive to carbohydrates or sugar, whilst the other needs a high carbohydrate diet.

Weight loss and other health improvements may occur on this diet – not so much because of blood type combinations, but because of a healthier diet! The author encourages people to cut down on processed and refined foods. Good advice for anyone regardless of blood type.

The book also includes low calorie diets that will probably bring about weight loss in anyone (once again, regardless of blood type).

Sample Meal Plans for the Blood Type Diet
Type B Menu
Breakfast
Fluidizer cocktail
Rice bran cereal with banana and skim milk
Grape juice
Lunch
Sandwich – thin slice of cheese, thin slice of turkey breast, two slices of bread, mustard or mayonnaise
Green salad
Herbal tea
Snack
Fruit juice sweetened yogurt
Herbal tea
Dinner
Broiled Fish with steamed vegetables
Fresh fruit
Herbal tea or coffee
Type O Menu
Breakfast
2 slices toasted Ezekiel bread with butter
6 ounces vegetable juice
Banana
Herbal tea
Lunch
Organic Roast Beef, 6 ounces
Spinach Salad
Apple or pineapple slices
Water
Snack
1 slice of gluten free cake
Herbal tea
Dinner
Lamb and asparagus stew, steamed broccoli, sweet potato.
Mixed fresh fruit
Herbal tea (beer or wine allowed)
Type A Menu
Breakfast
Water with lemon
Oatmeal with soy milk and maple syrup
Grapefruit juice
Coffee or herbal tea
Lunch
Greek salad
Apple
1 slice sprouted wheat bread
Herbal tea
Snack
2 rice cakes with peanut butter
2 plums
Green tea or water
Dinner
Tofu Pesto Lasagna, Broccoli,
Frozen yogurt
Coffee or herbal tea (red wine if desired)
Type AB Menu
Breakfast
Water with lemon, 8 ounces diluted grapefruit juice, 2 slices Ezekiel bread, Yogurt-Herb Cheese, Coffee
Lunch
4 ounces sliced turkey breast, 2 slices rye bread
Caesar salad
2 plums
Herbal tea
Snack
Tofu Cheesecake
Iced herbal tea
Dinner
Tofu Omelet
Stir-fried vegetables
Mixed-fruit salad
Decaffeinated coffee (red wine if desired)

Many have reported dramatic results after they have begun eating according to their blood type. However, this could largely be attributed to the fact people are giving up refined and processed foods, which is recommended for all types.

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