You can type in the words "blood type diet" into google and you will find tons of different articles about the blood type diet and how it can help you lose weight and be healthier.
Every book and article you read will talk about the 4 different blood types, A, AB, B, and O. They will talk about the foods they shouldn't have and the foods that are extremely beneficial. Most of the books I have come across express that eating for your blood type helps you reach your optimal weight, while that is a plus, I personally think that it is more important to eat foods that will help you reach the best version of yourself. Be healthy inside and out. Weight shouldn't matter as much as people make it. Being truly healthy has nothing to do with the defining lines on your abdominal wall (although they might look nice) or the smallest size jeans you can squeeze yourself into. There is about 15-20 years of your life that you will want to look "skinny" and "thin" and "muscular" the rest of the time you might find that feeling healthy means a whole lot more to you than looking healthy. This statement might be true for some and might not be true for others... this is just a general thought process that I've witnessed.
So eating according to your blood type is a really amazing thing that many people have found works well for them! I can't stress enough that although eating for your blood type is great, it is not the only factor to consider when figuring out which foods will nourish your body the best. There are many other factors that should be taken into account, such as: metabolic type, sympathetic or parasympathetic dominant, pregnancy & breastfeeding, etc.
When clients come to me and ask me which foods they should start their child on and why, I usually ask what the wee one's blood type is. This often throws parents for a loop, some parents might know while others do not.
Many parents think cereal or baby oatmeal (which is still cereal) is the first food they should give their child. Heather Dexter of Like Minded Mamas, explains why cereal isn't the crunchy thing to do. Her article has gotten quite a bit of attention over the last year & it is one of the articles I share the most.
In my opinion, nutritionally speaking, a child should not be given solid foods until they can sit up unassisted, have lost their tongue thrust reflex, and is showing extreme interest in solid foods. This usually happens somewhere between 6-8 months. Some babies will show interest but when you try to give them food, it will come right back out, meaning the tongue thrust reflex isn't gone.
When you are starting to think about which foods to give your child, PLEASE consider finding out their blood type!
The first foods I recommend giving, and giving them SLOWLY are the following:
*As long as the baby isn't blood type O.
A little bit about blood type....
You might be interested in learning about eating for your blood type and you either don't have children or that time has long since passed. Eating for your blood type is benefical at any age! There are some really great books out there such as, Eat Right Four Your Type, that are amazing at helpful when learning about your blood type and which foods to avoid & which to consider. Back in the day, before it was easy to get different types of foods at the supermarket, and before traveling to countries other than the country of our origin was so common, people ate whatever they could find. There were the hunter/gatherers, the hunters, the farmers, etc. Below I will explain a bit about each blood type and things you should look into or consider.
~~Now before you read some of what is below, you might be thinking to yourself.. I eat whatever I want and have no issues. That could be the case or you may not be aware that food has a direct link to how you are feeling and how your body runs. Certain foods may nourish your husband better than they will nourish you. I will challenge you to eat for your blood type for 2 weeks and then come back and tell me how you are feeling!!~~
Type A blood types are naturally vegetarians, but they can hand some forms of meat such as chicken, turkey, and fish. Often times they are turned off by the smell, taste, and texture of red meat-- possibly even the "approved" meats. They are usually a romantic person, romantic about the beginnings and ending of things. They are "romantic" so to speak about the animals and hate the fact that some die in order for them to eat. They are often times even a Type A personality, so they have a tendency to be stiff and rigid.
They should do exercise like yoga and pilates, although often times they want to do cardio, lift weights, and try the latest dance class. They might think that they have the stamina to do cardio, weight training, and dance, but they often times will find themselves extremely sore, irritable, and fighting adrenal fatigue.
Here are some foods they should try to avoid:
Pork, Beef, Rabbit, Cheese (Dairy), Sesame Oil, Peanut Oil, Pistachios, Kidney, Lima, and Garbanzo Beans, Wheat, Egg Plant, Cabbages, Mushrooms, Potatoess, and Bananas.
~~Again, this is based on blood type- not metabolic type. You might be an A blood type and do amazing with garbanzo beans, wheat, and cabbage. NO DIET is a one size fits all-- EVER.
B Blood Type
B blood types are usually very intelligent people. As children they are the kids that ask the teacher why, how, what, where, and when did something happen. They want to see how things work and want things to make sense to them. They can do exercise, only if it makes sense. They often times have a strong immune system and respond well to stress. They aren't very emotional, unlike A & AB blood types. They are more prone to nervous disorders.
They do best on a diet that is rich in lamb, goat, rabbit, fruits, and veggies. Lamb being the most beneficial meat there is for them.
There are 5 foods that the B Blood Types should not eat... big No No foods.. I actually have had clients that are allergic to all 5! I've had one client who had severe fibro and once he started eating for his blood type and avoiding these foods he was much happier and his pain completely went away.
My son is B positive. His first foods are going to be lamb liver, lamb bone broth, beets, cauliflower, and bananas. Guava juice is also very beneficial for them & he will be having that when I can get organic guavas!
AB Blood Types
I have a special place in my heart for the AB blood types. I should have been AB! This is known as the "newest" blood type. It is said to be the merging of the A and B blood types due to the body's evolving need.
The AB blood types are often very spiritual, they see the world and planet much differently than the other 3 blood types. They often times want to be a vegetarian due to the spiritual aspect of it but then find themselves not feeling well and craving the meat. They often feel misunderstood as well. They have a sensitive immune system, so they can spend a lot of time working to build their immune system.
They should avoid chicken just like the B blood type. They must have lamb, tomatoes, and rosemary, they are the best foods for that blood type! Cottage Cheese, Goat Cheese, and Yogurt are often very beneficial to them.
They should avoid beef, venison, and pork. Often times they might find themselves sensitive to common grains like wheat.
These are the meat eaters, the people who can't even understand why someone would eat raw veggies all day!
The pattern has shown that they do best on RED meat and cooked vegetables. They should stay away from grains and dairy, only having them once in a while. They can do strenuous workouts and still feel great after.
They should say away from pork, but chicken is a neutral meat for them. Pumpkin seeds and walnuts are extremely beneficial for them along with sweet potatoes, turnips, and red peppers.
They should avoid avocados, cabbages, cauliflower, and white potatoes.
These people do great on stews! If they are sick-- give them beef stew not chicken noodle soup !
I hope this article is helpful! I have had many clients try the 2 week, eat for your blood type challenge and they have felt amazing afterwards! If you are interested in finding out your metabolic type, whether you run hot or cold, and if you are sympathetic or parasympathetic dominant please look into finding a qualified chiropractor or naturopath in your area!
When someone in the family gets a cold or the flu.. usually everyone in the family ends up with it!
Keep your defense system strong!! Here are some of the best tips I have for staying healthy this school year (and during what will soon be cold/flu season).
Whether you choose to do all of these or only some of them-- try them out & hopefully illness won't strike your family this season!! One of my favorites is to include thieves hand sanitizer in my husbands lunch box & thieves lozenges! We literally never get sick! We take elderberry syrup daily, our supplements, and eat a whole food diet rich in nutrient dense foods! We aren't perfect but we do our best! Our son even takes elderberry concentrate and probiotics!
Until next time!
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It has been said that money is the root of all evil. That might be the case, but I am starting to think that inflammation is the root of all evil. I've been seeing clients for about four years now and almost every single client I see is battling with some form of inflammation.
Let me break inflammation down for you-- as simply as possible..
--There is the type of inflammation that happens when you injure a muscle, organ, or break a bone. That is the body's way of "protecting" that area. White blood cells rush to the area, your body pulls from your mineral reserves, and the healing process begins.
--Then there is the type of inflammation that causes chronic illness. This comes from leaky gut. Leaky gut comes from many many different things, but it is basically micro tears in the gut lining. The problem with the micro tears is that our foods and waste will escape through those tears.When food and waste get into the blood stream, the body reacts by trying to get rid of those things that aren't supposed to be there. Leaky gut has been associated with allergies, autoimmune diseases, random muscle pain and weakness, depression, anxiety and SO MUCH MORE.
*It is believed that every disease in Western medicine can be traced back to inflammation* link , link, link, link, link, link, link, link, link
There are foods that can help you on your journey to healing your leaky gut such as bone broth, organic fats (coconut oil, grass fed butter, ghee, avocado oil, good olive oil, lard, tallow, etc), eating for your blood type, and many other foods!
Healing the gut can take a long time, in general, healing does not happen overnight. So what are you supposed to do in the mean time?
*Matcha Powder Tablets
*Turmeric Root Tablets
*Coconut Water (proper hydration)
*Magnesium (Epsom Salt Baths, magnesium spray, oral magnesium)
*Potassium & Calcium
Often times I will encapsulate matcha and turmeric root for my clients!
Matcha & Turmeric are my FAVORITE things to use to treat inflammation (among other things) and let me tell you some facts about each:
Other things I like to tell people who are suffering from chronic inflammation is to try the GAPS diet.. if you are up to it. You can also try going grain free & dairy free for a month and see how your body feels!
Chiropractic care is also another avenue you might want to explore!
For sometime now, people have been asking me to write a blog post about what I eat on a daily basis or to show them a peek inside my life for a day. I am one of those people that do not agree with the "health standards" that Americans seem to live by. I do not agree with "fat free" or "low fat" anything. If it is labeled that.. we don't buy it or use it. I rarely eat processed foods, but I don't deprive myself!
So below I will explain what I eat on a daily basis, along with some photos! If you follow me on instagram, you will see daily posts about food and all sorts of fun stuff (plus pictures of my sweet little boy!)
Please take note that I am currently breastfeeding, so I eat more than "normal" at this point. I also drink as much water as possible. :)
Fenugreek bar from Mrs Patel's. I eat these to help boost my milk supply. Also some fresh raspberries and some homemade apple cider.
Pasture raised chicken over a large bed of greens. In this salad I also have some munch crunch, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds. I do not usually do dressings, just a personal preference because I like to taste the food I'm eating.
Chipotle Stuffed Sweet Potatoes!
For some people who follow the paleo, gluten free, dairy free type of diet these are amazing! They were filling and tasty! Sweet potatoes give me energy but I don't have a crash like I would with normal white potatoes. In the mixture here is also some pasture raised chicken, organic kale, organic shaved brussle sprouts, and homemade salsa.
Click the link above for the recipe.
Midnight-pumping session snack/meal
I actually take all of these products shown. In the morning I add solstic energy to my first bottle of water. It is full of b vitamins and is safe for a nursing mom.
For my midnight snack/meal I often will have a love & peas protein shake. It is gluten free, dairy free, allergen free, and 100% vegan. It is a great way to add some extra protein !
Super Supplemental is my favorite supplement! It is full of vitamins and minerals but also is coated in chlorophyll!
I happen to be one of the few blessed individuals that gets to say that I am a birth worker. I get to be present as a life comes into this world, as a child takes their first breath.I get to see the look on the mom's face when she hears her child's first cry. I also get to see a look between a mother and a father who have longed for this beautiful child for sometime. I get to watch as time stands still. I am a doula. Many people ask me what a doula is and my response is simple, a woman supporting another woman who is about to become a mother, whether its the first time or the third time. Then I also go about my little speech about how having a doula present can give you a much safer birth-- here are some facts:
-Women who receive continuous support from a birth doula were found to have shorter labors (by at least 40 minutes) and their babies were less likely to have low Apgar scores.
-31% decrease in the use of pitocen
-28% decrease risk of cesearn section
-34% decrease risk of being unhappy with their birth experience.
... that is just to name a few facts about how having a doula present has been shown to be safer!
At this point, I happen to be blessed to mostly work with military families. I have a special love for the mom's who's spouse is active duty and my active duty mamas! Many of us do not live in the same state as our immediate family and we only have our spouse and a couple friends for support during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum. When I gave birth to my son, it was just my husband and myself. I did not hire a doula (the doula I wanted to hire is actually a good friend of mine-- her daughter was born 3 days prior to my son), and at times I wish I would have.
During my birth, my husband was an amazing support system, but we both have looked back and wished that we would have hired a doula.
Here are some of the reasons we wished we had hired a doula:
-I had terrible back labor and had to have counter pressure or rubbing on my back pretty much constantly for the 4 hours I was in labor.
-It was very difficult to keep our family updated (it wasn't #1 on our list of things to do, but it would have been nice)
-We have 1 picture from when my son was born and it was a picture my husband took. (to the right)
-There were times my husband, being a man, did not understand what I wanted or needed. Doulas are trained to understand and be able to communicate with their clients often times without speaking.
-I delivered in a slightly reclined position, when it was not what I wanted or what was best for my body or my son.
My most recent birth, was actually an active duty mom. Her and the father of the baby are not really in contact, and he was not going to be there to support her. Her family lived out of town, 17 hours away to be exact. As soon as my client's water broke (9:20am) she phoned her mother, who was on the interstate within a half hour. She delivered her beautiful daughter at 9:15pm-- her mother was still about 6 hours away.
I was her only support system. Once her labor became active, she was no longer able to talk on the phone or send text messages. She handled labor beautifully, if I might add. There were also nurses and her doctor that tried to push her around and hook her up to pitocen (she had only been in labor 6 hours and it was progressing well, there was no need for pitocen). She found strength in the fact that another woman, another woman who had had an unmedicated birth, present.
When a contract hit, we would breathe and moan together. I would hold her hand, put cool wash cloths on her forehead, and feed her ice chips. When she felt the urge to push, we had her mother on speaker phone. It was a beautiful experience, but not ideal.
Here are some reasons you should consider having a doula become part of your birth plan if you are attached to the military:
-Often times, at military hospitals, women have had a less than desirable birth.
-It is a known fact, that delivering at certain military hospitals increases your risk of contracting an infection during or after birth.
-It is possible that your husband/so might not be able to accompany you to the birth-- especially if he is deployed.
-Often times who you would choose to be your main support system (mom, grandmother) live in a different state and are unable to attend.
-Your doula, often times has more than one certification under her belt. She might also be a postpartum doula (someone who comes to your home and helps you out during the postpartum period), a placenta encapsulation specialist, and/or a breastfeeding educator-- or knows someone who is. This makes the postpartum period much better for you! She can help with breastfeeding and help you adjust to motherhood!
If you are a military spouse or active duty, please look into doulas in your area! They are an amazing asset to have during your journey of becoming a mother!
Who am I?
My name is Jessica Kellaway! I am the earth loving, natural parenting, Jesus loving weirdo your mama might have warned you about!