Many of us probably have heard that a healthy diet is essential for good health and weight control. Many of us have tried diets that failed over and over again. What if that was because we were doing it all wrong? Naturopath Peter J. D'Adamo has suggested that we should eat according to our blood type – and that is the way to finding and maintaining good health.
How does this work? D'Adamo explains that it has to do with the chemicals in your body and the foods you eat. The chemicals react favorably when you eat certain foods that are designated for your blood type. This can lead to weight loss, more energy and disease prevention.
When you know your blood type, you can know what foods to eat and what to avoid. There are also some pretty clear character traits that pop up with every blood type, and it can be fun to realize that you really do seem to be like the descriptions say you are. Here's what to expect from the most common blood types:
Here's more detail about how to eat right for your blood type:
Here are more suggestions on how to eat right for your blood type and your lifestyle. According to the theory of Dr. Peter D'Adamo, you can adjust some of your life habits.
Besides eating right and exercising, type O people should make lifestyle changes gradually, as trying to tackle everything at once can lead to frustration. To that end, develop clear plans and tasks that will be done by a certain date. Make a point of slowing down, including chewing slowly, and eating all meals while seated at a table.
When you get stressed, you might make bad decisions. Avoid making those decisions or spending money – go get some vigorous exercise instead. Get physical activities instead of turning to things like alcohol, tobacco or sugar.
Type A people should strive to have creativity, but they should also have a consistent schedule to make sure that creativity stays at its peak. Sleep for eight hours or more, and when the alarm goes off, get moving! Take at least two breaks during the day to stretch, take a walk, or just take deep breaths.
When it comes to food, don't skip meals, try not to eat when you are anxious, and have more protein at the start of the day. Smaller, frequent meals are best, and so is regular exercise. To make sure you are staying healthy, go for regular heart screenings.
Embrace your unconventional side. Visualize what you want and how you want it, especially during meditation throughout the day. Put your complete attention into your tasks and watch them get done faster. Sleep for eight hours or more to maintain your circadian rhythm.
Be spontaneous, enjoy your community and tap into your natural-born networking skills. Head off memory loss by doing things like crossword puzzles, or take classes to learn a new language.
Be kind to yourself. Avoid competitive situations, ritualistic thinking and quick lifestyle changes. Have a clear plan for goals, including deadlines. Use visualization to understand what you want, spend time with your community, but also find time to spend on your own. When it comes to exercise, you need a lot of it, but choose some easy ones – stretching and yoga are great.
Remember that while you should eat right for your blood type, you should never cut out entire groups of foods unless directed to do so by your doctor. Unbalanced nutrition is never good, no matter what your blood type is. Speak to your doctor about whether the blood type diet is right for you. Though the diet is based on scientific principles, you might have other issues going on that require a different type of diet. The best thing to do is jump onto the diet for a trial period after the okay from your physician, and make sure it is right for you.