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The Blood Type Diet

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So recently people in my immediate vicinity have been raving about how much better they feel and how much weight they’ve lost (inadvertently, I might add…no effort involved at all!) since starting a diet based on their blood type.

I’m embarrassed to say I don’t even know the blood type I have coursing through my veins, nor that of my two precious sons, nor even my lovely husband. However, the Blood Type Diet does sound incredibly intriguing; so much so that I have decided I may just have to find out our blood types and give it a whirl in the next few months. Not sure, but suspiciously curious.

Here’s what the diet consists of in a nutshell:

A naturopathic doctor named Peter D’Adamo created a diet aimed at specifically targeting health issues and digestion issues for your specific blood type. The diet is based on intensive research about how each blood type developed and how the anthropological origins of each caused specific antibodies to develop, making digestion difficult for certain foods and food groups.

There are four specific blood types. These are: A, B, AB and O. According to D’Adamo, health problems arise when specific proteins, called lectins, which are found in all foods, enter the blood stream and bind to red blood cells. The process is known as agglutination. A whole host of health problems such as headaches, diarrhea, liver disease, kidney problems, stomach pains and so on can be traced to this condition.

In order to avoid agglutination, people need to stick to the types of foods, that is, meat, vegetables, grains, dairy and so on, that react best with their blood type. The research is based on the evolution of blood types; for example, Type O is the oldest and was developed in largely meat eating people. Type A came next, and at this point, humans had begun to be agriculturalists and were consuming many more vegetables. Type B was later and included more dairy products and type AB, still rare today, is a complex blood type combining many different types of dietary needs.

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I am very familiar with the Blood Type Diet and followed it at one point in my life. It makes perfect sense when you read about how Mother Nature takes care of its own and provides what we need when we need it.
I am Type A, and am the only Blood Type that can be a true vegetarian, and I followed the diet for about 6 months pretty much to the tea. I lost weight at once, without trying. I had more energy, felt better and all around felt more energized.
Makes sense based on the fact that your body does not digest properly certain foods that do not agree with your Blood Type. Its like having an allergy, so if you eat foods that your blood body type does not need or require to survive, your body slows down like an allergy and you feel tired and your body does not respond as well. So storing weight seems to be the sluggish way it deals with it.
It is hard to do for some, but does make perfect sense, and does work well.
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April 19, 2012 - 10:52pm
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Good Luck, Aimee - from your friends at D'Adamo Personalized Nutrition! We are in Wilton, Connecticut! Stop by our D'Adamo Personalized Nutrition store on Danbury Road!

April 6, 2011 - 9:25am
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