At least I hope I’ve found my personal fountain of youth.
My mom has struggled all my life with her weight. Probably most of her life but, for obvious reasons, I don’t know exactly how long. I can remember all the diets and fads she tried. Grapefruit, Weight Watchers, High Carb, Low Carb, No Sugar. You name it and my mom probably tried it. So when she told me she found a book at the library and was going to try a new diet, I was originally thinking “Now what?”
She recommended I read the book as well, because she thought some of my problems might also be the result of my diet. I went to my local library (my home away from home) and picked up a copy of Eat Right for Your Type as well as another one by the same doctor called Live Right for Your Type. Oh my word! Right from the get go, things started making more sense than they ever had before.
All people are one of 4 blood types. I am A+ which boils down to just being A type, because the pluses and minuses don’t mean that much when food is in the picture. Dr. D’Adamo lays out which foods each blood type should eat based on body chemistry and how the food interacts with your blood. Some foods are actual poisons to my body. I shouldn’t eat red meat (that one was VERY hard to read), dairy (again, knife to the gut), and I should switch from whole wheat to rice, oats or corn. I’ll give you a minute to come the same conclusion I came too……yes, I need to become a vegetarian.
At first, I was in classic denial. There was NO WAY I was giving up meat and cheese. These were two staples in my diet. And whole wheat was bad? Why was whole wheat bad? I won’t go into the medical reasons here but suffice it to say, I eventually came to grips with the fact that I would rather be alive eating healthy foods then dying early from a stroke or cancer or some other terrible disease from eating unhealthy foods for my body.
It’s only been a couple of days but I can already tell a difference. I’m nowhere near vegetarian yet. Chicken and turkey are two white meats I can still eat but not every day like I was and I need to eat a lot more vegetables, fruits and nuts than I am but it’s a start and I feel better already. Fortunately, I already discovered I love soy beans and have been eating them on and off for the past 5 or 6 months but I need to add more soy and tofu to my diet.
Live Right for Your Type is, in my opinion, the better of the two because it is newer and the food lists are better arranged but both books have a lot of the same information. I found out I have a higher likelihood of developing the various cancers, which helped explain why I’m always terrified of anything that can cause cancer. Just ask my boyfriend. I’m always telling him everything is going to give him cancer. Type A’s are also more high-strung than the other types because we naturally produce more cortisol. Not a good thing, because too much cortisol causes all kinds of problems, but I know now better ways to control it through relaxing exercises and diet.
I highly, HIGHLY recommend any of Dr. D’Adamo’s books to everyone who reads this. When you give your body the right kind of fuel it works better but it’s important to know exactly what is good and bad. Just like you can’t put diesel fuel in a car or unleaded gas in a semi, you can’t put toxic food in your body. It just doesn’t work.