Probably one of the weirdest questions I ask my clients and prospective clients if I get the nudge to is, “do you know what your blood type is?”. Most people don’t know, but most of the time I can make an educated guess. Sometimes we find out their blood type and I’m right and sometimes we never find out. So, why do I ask this strange question? I mentioned last week in my post about the Blood Type Diet. While there isn’t much scientific evidence to support that specific foods can help or hurt people who have particular blood types, I do find that oftentimes, there is a correlation between the blood types of people and their cravings and/or ability to efficiently digest certain types of foods.
You might feel like this article will be useless to you unless you know your blood type. I beg to differ. Pay attention to the types of foods you crave and what foods make you feel sick or bloated or the foods you have no interest in consuming. That may give you some clues into what your blood type is.
I didn’t know what my blood type was for the longest time. I don’t ever remember being typed, but my parents have been and by the magic of Punnett Squares (high school Biology anyone?!), we figured out what we might be. I think later on, I found a document from when I donated blood that told me what type I am and I was right. Anyway, the point is, my whole life I have hated cheese and milk (other than ice cream). I wasn’t even keen on whipped cream. I feel like I’m the only weirdo who hates cheese. Later, when I found out I was O+, it made perfect sense. Type O people don’t do well with dairy. Somewhere deep inside me, biologically, my body knew that it didn’t tolerate dairy and therefore I had a natural distaste for it. Now, that said, Type O also doesn’t do well with grains, but I loved bread and rice. I just knew that it didn’t sit well with me. So it’s not always about the things you don’t like, it’s also about how you feel when you consume different foods.
Like I said before, there’s not enough scientific evidence to support the Blood Type Diet, and ultimately, I’m a huge believer in observing your body and then making determinations of what’s working and what isn’t. There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to nutrients and food intake. Each individual is so unique. It’s really quite amazing considering there are over 7 billion people on this planet!
I also want to add that while this is called a “diet”, it’s not about weight loss. Well, at least I don’t think of it that way. I’m thinking of it in terms of inflammation. Is your body reacting in a negative way? If so, you might be creating unnecessary inflammation in your system. Inflammation can lead to weight gain of course, but it can also lead to things like hypertension, diabetes, gout, cancer, bloating, acne, brain disorders, and more. Fixing your weight problem is a start, but it’s not the end goal. The focus must always be on your health. Finding what is causing inflammation in your body versus just losing weight is the difference between sticking a band-aid on a bullet wound and actually extracting the bullet and stitching you up.
Here’s a quick rundown of the different blood types and what foods are supposed to inflame and agree with you.
O Blood Group:
· Does well with intense exercise
· Does not tolerate grains or dairy products
· Efficiently digests meats and fats
· Tends to gain weight with the consumption of gluten and/or whole wheat products
· Tends to have low levels of thyroid hormone or unstable thyroid function
Find out what foods work best for O Types here.
A Blood Group:
· Thrive on vegetarian diets
· Are more prone to heart disease, diabetes, and cancer
· Do well with beans, legumes, and tofu (organic only)
· Don’t do well with most dairy products, but can tolerate some fermented or cultured dairy products
· Need plenty of fresh, organic, and pure vegetables and fruits
· Can typically tolerate most kinds of grains
Find out what foods work best for A Types here.
B Blood Group:
· Don’t tolerate wheat, corn, buckwheat, lentils, peanuts, and sesame seeds well
· Are more prone to immune system disorders such as MS, Lupus, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
· Thrive on most deep-ocean fish
· Is the only blood type that can enjoy a variety of dairy foods
· Don’t tolerate most nuts and seeds well
· Effectively digest most fruits and vegetables well and should eat them in abundance
Find out what foods work best for B Types here.
AB Blood Group:
· Tend not to digest meat well and should control portion sizes of meat
· They do well with more alkaline systems – so an emphasis on more vegetables and fruits is encouraged
· Generally tolerate dairy foods, but if there is an excess of mucus production as a result of dairy consumption, it should be stopped
· Tend to suffer from a weakened immune system so fruits and vegetables are very important for them
· Can consume most non-gluten grains
Find out what foods work best for AB Types here.
To understand more about your blood type and the personality traits associated with it, click on the links below:
Again, I just want to reiterate that this isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Each person is so different. While I can eat meat and fat all day (I don’t, but I could), my sister doesn’t crave meat at all and her stomach can’t handle too much fat. We’re both O Types. I have no problem with avocado and coconut even though the Blood Type Diet says O Types should avoid them. This is a good guide to get you started on the path to a healthier lifestyle and help you develop an awareness around what is inflammatory for you and what isn’t.
As always, if you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to reach out to me either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can always set up a free Wellness Consultation with me by scheduling directly on my calendar.