1.07.2010

Blood Type Diet

I was pondering whether to post this here or on my Beauty Essentials blog (http://jedasbeautyessentials.blogspot.com). Since I determined it's not really beauty-oriented, here we are.

The Blood Type Diet, have you heard about it before? It's been around for ages. If I'm not mistaken it reached it's height of popularity between the 80s and the 90s. It specifies that depending on your blood type, there are good and bad foods (weight gain, illness) that will directly impact your longevity, health, and quality of life. Feel sluggish? Get breakouts and intestinal problems? Wonder why you're always bloated?

The Dr. Lam website (http://www.drlam.com) has great summaries for the various blood types and their (preferred) nutritional needs. Here's a rundown of what's approved for the Type B diet (but click here for the entire spreadsheet with no-nos as well):

Protein and Fats:
· Lamb, mutton, Venison, Rabbit (notice the wild game theme? Always healthier because it's not processed)
· Cod (moderate mercury), Salmon, Flounder, Halibut (moderate mercury), Sole, Trout (all of these are deep sea/cold water fish)
· Cottage cheese, Farmer, Feta, Goat cheese and milk, Kefir, Mozzarella, Ricotta, Milk, Yogurt (strong goat presence, not as processed as other dairy and sometimes better for lactose intolerant individuals)
· Olive oil (everyone recommends switching to oo for cooking--it must be for a reason!)

Grains:
· Millet, Oatmeal (Bran, flour), Puffed Rice, Rice (bran, flour), Spelt
· Bread (Brown rice, Essence, Ezekiel, WASA), Fin Crisp, Millet, Rice cakes (notice the tendency towards sprouted breads and nutty textures?)

Produce:
· Green leafy vegetables (everyone always recommends an increase in dark leafies, outside of your nutritionally devoid salad greens)
· Pineapples, Bananas, Cranberries, Grapes, Papaya, Plums (from what I understand, pineapple and papaya enzymes assist digestion. Cranberries and grapes have excellent health benefits, urinary tract and otherwise)

Spices:
· Ginger, horseradish, curry, cayenne pepper (warming spices...I wonder if wasabi is included?)
· Teas/Tisanes: Ginger, Peppermint, Raspberry leaf, Rose hips, Sage, Green Teas, Ginseng, Licorice (simple, non-caf options that are good for your system)