In my Seattle weight loss hypnosis and Bainbridge weight loss hypnosis offices I do occasionally get asked about the Eat Right For Your Blood Type Diet. I try not to role my eyes -but I have always been told that I shouldn’t play poker. Thank goodness this diet fad has faded. I never understood the blood type diet – it just doesn’t make sense to me. The presumption that each blood types will thrive on certain foods but not others just doesn’t work for me. How did the human race evolve over all these centuries if each person had to know their blood type in order to eat? Did God really create eating to be that challenging? I don’t think so. People were eating whole grains, vegetables and fruit (starch based eating) long before they even knew what blood was, let alone had the skills and equipment to determine its type. Health experts like John McDougall, M.D., Neal Barnard, M.D., biochemist T. Colin Campbell, Registered Dietitian Jeff Novick and a host of other scholars have repeatedly shown that a starch diet (plant based diet) is the healthy way to live. If you are ready to improve your health and lose weight with a healthy diet, I’m happy to offer you a free weight loss consultation.
Eat Right! For Your Blood Type?
According to a 2013 review published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, there is no scientific evidence for any of these recommendations. Perhaps even more disconcerting is the author’s recommendations for excluding a long list of grains, fruits, and vegetables for various blood types—foods that are proven to protect against common diseases including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Other red flags include discouraging exercise and encouraging meat product consumption. Dairy products are encouraged for type B blood types, a blood type more common among Asians and African-Americans, compared with Caucasians. Ironically, Asians and African-Americans have very high rates of lactose intolerance.
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Starchy foods are a good source of energy and the main source of a range of nutrients in our diet. Some people still think that starchy foods are fattening, but gram for gram they contain fewer than half the calories of fat. Just watch out for the added fats used when you cook and serve them: this is what increases the calorie content. It’s not the potato that makes you fat – it is the butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon and animal fat gravy that kills you so don’t blame the potato!
If you are ready to lose weight and/or improve your health, mindfulness medical meditation can help you make the life-long diet and lifestyle changes that promote health and weight loss.
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