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Eating for Your Blood Type

Guest blogger, Vicki L. VanArsdale is a freelance writer, certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. By adopting a healthy and active lifestyle, she has lost 100 pounds. Her mission is to motivate and inspire people through her actions and words. “Get healthy from the inside out” is her motto. Learn more on Vicki’s blog.

I got really sick July 4 weekend, which prompted me to scrutinize my diet and see how I could make some changes. I reread “Eat Right 4 Your Type” by Peter J. Adamo and realized what he said about my blood type made total sense.

I have type “A” blood, and according to Adamo, those with blood type “A” do much better on a vegetarian diet. We have low stomach acid and trouble digesting animal protein.This explained a lot of digestive issues I’ve been having the past few years. I had my gallbladder taken out in early 2008 and have been taking digestive enzymes since late 2009. I never thought I could change the way I eat to combat some of the problems. I thought I was eating healthy. After all, I had lost 100 pounds by changing my eating habits and exercising.

I’ve been following Adam’s recommendations for four weeks now. I thought I’d look or feel better by now. I thought I’d lose weight by now. So far I haven’t noticed any changes. Apparently it can take anywhere from two weeks to six months for the changes to be noticeable. I look forward to the day when I feel lighter, when I have detoxed and have more energy.

I had a close encounter with meat a few times, but generally I am not craving it at all. I love vegetables, fruits, whole grains and soy products, so I’m enjoying my new meals. I still eat omega-3 eggs, nonfat plain Greek yogurt and certain fish. I have cut wheat from my diet, hoping it would help with the bloated feeling. Not sure I’ve noticed any difference yet. But I am not giving up!

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August 22nd, 2010

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