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!
Who am I?
My name is Jes! I am the earth loving, natural parenting, Jesus loving weirdo your mama might have warned you about! I am the owner of an organic, chemical free skin care product line, called HBC Organics.