Eat Right for Your Type

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Axia College of University of PhoenixEating right for your type is one of the most personal diets. People have been using the “Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type” diet for many years now; however, some have not used it consecutively over these years. Blood type determines how a person should eat to be healthy. Participants were introduced to this diet through studies conducted by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo. According to Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo’s website, “A second generation naturopathic doctor, Dr. D'Adamo has been practicing naturopathic medicine for over 20 years. Best known for his research on human blood groups and nutrition, Dr. D'Adamo is also a well-respected researcher in the field of natural products” (http://www.dadamo.com). One of the rare blood types is a type O or the hunter as the book “Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type” refers to. Reading about the blood types and their differences is very interesting.

There are many specifics to each diet, not only affecting what food people normally eat but what exercise and supplements are best for each individual. This diet is not really a diet; it is more like a lifestyle. It does not promise quick results but is something that over time will balance out a persons’ body and provide the health people desire. The diet even goes into personality differences between the blood types and the evolutionary benefits. The diet also lists disease risks that a particular blood type could encounter in his or her life. It is interesting that type O’s tend to have low thyroid production, this can lead to many metabolic problems. The diet therefore lists foods that block thyroid absorption and informs people to stay away from them. This can be used as an advantage in strengthening a thyroid. Once the thyroid is strengthened, improvements in the metabolism can be noticed.

Most people that start this diet and practice a strict regimen have experienced weight loss of fifty pounds or more within a year. Some participant’s are not completely satisfied with the weight lost but do notice a change. A big difference between type O’s and the other more “civilized” types is that they are meat eaters. Type O’s, as they were first in line in the evolutionary chain of mankind are the most primitive types, eating red meat and fruits and vegetables. In other words type O’s do best on a high protein diet. This is by no means an excuse to overload oneself on meat. A real hunter knows that food is not always plentiful. What type O’s are not allowed to have is of course all of the things one may love, wheat products, dairy and just about anything made by man. Type O’s digestive systems can handle very little, which for most, have had digestive issues since they were infants. Some type O’s have a gluten sensitivity which coincides with the diet’s rule of not eating wheat products. Milk and cheese also disagree with type O, so as implausible as this may seem; it fits with the profile. Type O’s thrive best with intense physical exercise such as running and figure skating, which are listed in the book as some of the best workouts for type O’s.

Each type is unique and is to follow each specific plan; Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo posted this information regarding type A on his website (http://www.dadamo.com): "When we discuss 'diet,' we are not talking necessarily about a weight loss plan, that's a side benefit to following this plan. We are actually discussing diet in the more traditional sense, meaning a way to eat," explains, Dr. D'Adamo. Type As flourish on a vegetarian diet - if you are accustomed to eating meat, you will lose weight and have more energy once you eliminate the toxic foods from your diet. Many people find it difficult to move away from the typical meat and potato fare to soy proteins, grains and vegetables. But it is particularly important for sensitive Type As to eat their foods in as natural a state as possible: pure, fresh and organic. "I can't emphasize enough how this critical dietary adjustment can be to the sensitive immune system of Type A. With this diet you can supercharge your immune system and potentially short circuit the development of life threatening diseases." This information is regarding type B: “For Type Bs the biggest factors in weight gain are corn, wheat, buckwheat, lentils, tomatoes, peanuts and sesame seeds. Each of these foods affect the efficiency of your metabolic process, resulting in fatigue, fluid retention, and hypoglycemia - a severe drop in blood sugar after eating a meal. When you eliminate these foods and begin eating a diet that is right for your type, you blood sugar levels should remain normal after meals. Another very common food that Type Bs should avoid is chicken. Chicken contains a Blood Type B agglutinating lectin in its muscle tissue. Although chicken is a lean meat, the issue is the power of an agglutinating lectin attacking your bloodstream and the potential for it to lead to strokes and immune disorders. Dr. D'Adamo suggests that you wean yourself away from chicken and replace them with highly beneficial foods such as goat, lamb, mutton, rabbit and venison. Other foods that encourage weight loss are green vegetables, eggs, beneficial meats, and low fat dairy. When the toxic foods are avoided and replaced with beneficial foods, Blood Type Bs are very successful in controlling their weight.” This information was posted regarding type AB: “Type AB should avoid caffeine and alcohol, especially when you’re in stressful situations. Dr. D’Adamo recommends that Type AB focus on foods such as tofu, seafood, dairy and green vegetables if you are trying to lose weight. “Avoid all smoked or cured meats. These foods can cause stomach cancer in people with low levels of stomach acid,” recommends Dr. D’Adamo. There is a wide variety of seafood for Type AB, and it is an excellent source of protein for Type AB. A few highly beneficial fish are mahi-mahi, red snapper, salmon, sardines, and tuna. Some dairy is also beneficial for Type AB – especially cultured dairy such as Yogurt and kefir.”This diet can really make a difference in one’s life. As for thyroid problems, most participants blood tests now come out normal and they feel emotionally and physically altered compared to a few years prior. As long as they keep the supplements going, many are listed in the “Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type” book, and continue to see results. These supplements consist of double doses of daily multi-vitamins. Most see a doctor frequently and keep an objective mentality to change if necessary for one’s health. So far this diet has been used as a guideline for most of its participants; they believe in this diet so much that they have begun large community forums to talk about the results and recommend it to others. People who try this diet often notice results, not only in weight loss but in energy and general well being. There are of course health risks any time a person attempts to change their lifestyle. For instance; a concern for someone just reading about the “hunter” diet would publicly expresses one’s reservation towards eating red meat. Colon cancer is listed in the diet as a disease someone could be susceptible to; however as stated before it does not say eat as much meat as one wants, red meat is limited to two or three times a week and the portions are reduced. Most type O’s on this diet don’t eat that much red meat, as colon cancer may run in ones family, so there is a fine line that requires balance. Much of which is common sense and all of the blood type diets offer the same advice: eat mainly fruits and vegetables, workout and manage stress. If someone wants to be healthy, full of energy, fit and stress-free, the “Eat Right 4 Your Type” diet is an effective means to obtain that goal.

In conclusion, this diet can benefit a person through his or her blood type. One must keep in mind that any diet may not be the perfect diet for that individual. This diet is designed to be a proprietary diet for each person based on their specific needs. The studies that Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo has conducted have given people a unique insight as well as a different approach to how one should diet. There are many diets available in the world today and one may need to experiment to find the correct one. Based on the information above this is a great diet to start out with; many have succeeded and will continue to succeed on the “Eat Right 4 Your Type” diet. This is a unique diet that concentrates on a person’s specific needs and will provide information on what to do and what to avoid while on the diet. If a person can manage stress, exercise and eat right for their type, the weight loss goal can be achieved.

ReferencesHoop-A-Joop LLC and Epigenetic Archetypes LLC (2009) Eat Right 4 Your Type.

Website: http://www.dadamo.comThe D’ Adamo Clinic (2009) The New England Center For Personal Medicine.

Website: http://www.dadamo.com/clinic