Monday, June 16, 2008

Eating for Blood Type O

I've recently learned about another way of diet that I believe God led me to. It is taken from a book called, "Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type. I'm going to get the book this weekend. In the meantime I found a webpage that had a lot of good informations. Here is the one for Blood Type O. It does not matter if you are O+ or O-. They only go by the letter. : )


Eating for Blood Type O

Type Os thrive on intense physical exercise and animal protein. Unlike the other blood types, Type Os muscle tissue should be slightly on the acid side. Type Os can efficiently digest and metabolize meat because they tend to have high stomach-acid content. The success of the Type O Diet depends on the use of lean, chemical-free meats, poultry, and fish. Type Os don't find dairy products and grains quite as user friendly as do most of the other blood types.

The initial weight loss on the Type O Diet is by restricting consumption of grains, breads, legumes, and beans. The leading factor in weight gain for Type Os is the gluten found in wheat germ and whole wheat products, which interferes with insulin efficiency and slow down metabolic rate. Another factor that contribute to weight gain is certain beans and legumes (lentils and kidney beans) contain lectins that deposit in the muscle tissues making them less "charged" for physical activity. The third factor in Type O weight gain is that Type Os have a tendency to have low levels of thyroid hormone or unstable thyroid functions, which also cause metabolic problems. Therefore it is good to avoid food that inhibits thyroid hormone (cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, mustard green) but increase hormone production (kelp, seafood, iodized salt).

Several classes of vegetables can cause big problems for Type Os, such as the Brassica family (cabbage, cauliflower, etc.) can inhibit the thyroid function. Eat more vegetables that are high in Vitamin K, which helps the clotting factor which is weak in Type Os. The nightshade vegetables can cause lectin deposit in the tissue surrounding the joints.

Because of the high acidity stomach, Type Os should eat fruits of alkaline nature such as berries (with a few exceptions) and plums..

Type Os should severely restrict the use of dairy products. Their system is not designed for the proper metabolism. If you are a Type O of African ancestry, you should eliminate dairy foods and eggs altogether.

Characteristics of
Type O
Best on High Protein Diet

Thrive on intense physical exercise and animal proteins

Do not do well with dairy and grain products

Hardy digestive tract

The leading factor in weight gain for Type Os is the gluten found in wheat germ and whole wheat products.

Type O have a tendency to have low levels of thyroid hormone and unstable thyroid functions, which cause metabolic problems and weight gain.

Type O have high stomach-acid content, can digest meat easily.

Comments Most Beneficial Food allowed Food not allowed

The more stressful your job or demanding your exercise program, the higher the grade of protein you should eat Beef, Lam, Mutton, Veal, Venison

Protein Type Os can efficiently digest and metabolize meats
Any meat except for those listed not allowed Bacon, Ham, Goose, Pork

Cold-water fish are excellent for Type Os. Many seafoods are also excellent sources of iodine, which regulates the thyroid function. Cod, herring, Mackerel Any fish or seafood except for those listed not allowed Barracuda, Pickled herring, Catfish, Smoked salmon, Caviar, Octopus, Conch

Dairy Type Os need to severely restrict the use of dairy products and eggs

Acceptable for type o's: Butter, Farmer, Feta, Mozzarella, Goat cheese. Avoid All other dairy products and yogurts!

Type Os respond well to oils Most beneficial: Olive Oil, Flaxseed oil; Acceptable: Canola oil, Sesame Oil
Avoid: Corn oil, Peanut oil, Cottonseed oil, Safflower oil

Nuts - These foods should in no way take the place of high-protein meats, and they are high in fat especially if you are overweight. Beneficial nuts: Pumpkin seeds, Walnuts All kinds except those listed not allowed...

Avoid: Brazil, Cashew, Peanut, Pistachios, Poppy Seeds

Beans Type Os don't utilize beans particularly well. They tend to make muscle tissue slightly less acidic and inhibit the metabolism of other nutrients. Beneficial beans for type o: Aduke beans, Azuki beans, Pinto beans, Black-eyed peas All kinds except those listed not allowed

Avoid these Beans - copper, kidney, navy, tamarine. Lentils - domestic, green, red.

Grains Type Os do not tolerate whole wheat products at all. Most beneficial: Essene Bread, Ezekiel Bread. Acceptable: Amaranth, Barley, Buckwheat, Rice, Kamut, Kasha, Millet, Spelt.

Type o should avoid: Corn, Gluten, Graham, Wheat (Bulgur, Durum, Sprouted, white and whole, Germ and Bran) farina, Oat, Seven-grains, or any products such as flour, bread and noodles made with these grain products

Vegetables These vegetables inhibit the thyroid function for Type Os...
Therefore type o should Avoid Brassica family: Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, mustard greens

These vegetables help blood clot, Type Os lack several clotting fractors and need vitamin K to assist in the process. Type o should eat plenty of Kale, collard greens, romaine lettuce, broccoli, spinach

These vegetables irritate the digestive tract and the high mold count can aggravate Type O hypersensitivity problems.
Avoid Alfalfa sprouts, shiitake mushrooms, fermented olives

These vegetables can cause arthritic conditions in Type Os
Avoid Nightshades: eggplant, potatoes

This vegetable affect the production of insulin, often lead to obesity and diabetes for the Type Os.

This fruit agglutinate all blood types but Type Os.
Tomatoes are beneficial to type o

Beneficial vegetables to eat for type O:
Artichoke, Chicory, Dandelion, Garlic, Horseradish, Kale, Leek, Okra, Onions, Parsley, Parsnips, Red Peppers, Sweet potatoes, Pumpkin, seaweed, turnips All kinds except those listed. Not allowed are avocados!

Fruits Dark red, blue and purple fruits tend to cause an alkaline reaction the digestive tract, and therefore balance the high acidity of the Type Os digestive tract to reduce ulcers and irritations of the stomach lining. Type O should eat plenty of Plums, prunes, figs

These fruits contain high mold counts which can aggravate Type Os hypersensitivity problems (allergies)
Avoid: Melons, cantaloupe, honeydew

These fruits are high in acid content which may irritate the acidic stomach of Type Os.
Type O should avoid:
Grapefruit, most berries, Oranges, tangerines and strawberries, blackberries, Rhubarb

Fruits are not only an important source of fiber, minerals and vitamins, but they can be an excellent alternative to bread and pasta for Type Os
All kinds except those listed not allowed

Type Os are extremely sensitive to this fruit.
coconut and coconut-containing products

Spices Rich source of Iodine are beneficial to regulate the thyroid gland Kelp-based seasonings, iodized salt

Soothing to the digestive tracts of Type Os Parsley, curry, cayenne pepper

Irritants to the Type O stomach
White and black pepper, vinegar, capers, cinnamon, Cornstarch, Corn syrup, Nutmeg, Vanilla

Condiments to avoid:
Ketchup, pickles, mayonnaise, relish

Beverages that are beneficial for type o:
Seltzer water, Club soda and green tea

Beverages that type o should Avoid:
Coffee, Distilled liquor, Black Tea



The Gilley Family said...

OH my! I am type O- and have wondered about the relationship to what I eat and the cleanliness of my blood. Lately I have been craving Romaine lettuce, turnip greens, spinach, fish... I just go with it. Turns out those are exactly the foods I need. I DO need to lay off potatoes... I have some form of them almost every night. That and rice are such good staples. I have to get inventive. I need to pick up this book. Thanks, Jenn! I love you! Danette

Jenn said...

Yes, I am definitely a type 0! I can tell when I eat more wheat, flour and white potatoes I feel more sluggish and my condition worsens. So, I think there is something to it. Also, a lot of foods that are listed as foods to avoid, I naturally do not like them as well. Such as melons...honey dew and watermelon...never been a big fan of melons. Also, cinnamon and wheat..while I love...tears my stomach up! Including coffee! However, I DO adore a good cup of coffee...Mocha made with soy...mmmmmmmmm! : )

love you girl!