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Trying the Blood Type Dietposted @12:45pm ET on January 11, 2012
I have been successfully maintaining my weight for several years now, but within the past year I've had some medical issues and am on my seventh medication. When it first came up, my parents blamed my vegetarian diet and Crystal Light(chemicals). I thought they were crazy.
So, for Christmas, my mom got me the Blood Type Diet book (Eat Right For Your Type). I had heard of it before and thought it was a strange idea. The book is based on 30 years of research and the scientific information takes up the first several chapters. I read it and understood what Dr. D'Adamo was saying about blood having different receptors. I took enough Biology to understand that, but I am still suspicious of how well it works. It is not meant as a weight loss diet, but as a way to improve your health.
So, I read about my blood type. D'Adamo says type A thrives on a vegetarian diet. Great, I already have that down. But then he lists a whole bunch of things not to eat. And I think, "What? I could never follow this." Dairy, fruits, and vegetables that I commonly eat are on the avoid list. He writes that you/I won't need a multivitamin on his diet, but I find it hard to believe since healthy produce is being removed from my diet.
But, I've been trying to follow his plan this week. Last night, feeling deprived, I broke down and drank orange juice and soda. Now, I don't usually drink soda, but OJ is a staple for me. I understand why no one should really drink soda, but will cutting out orange juice really help?
This morning, I woke up and decided to try again. I had a half grapefruit instead of orange juice. I had a little bit of yogurt (dairy is supposed to be limited). At lunch, I had an apple instead of a banana. I don't know what I'll have for dinner yet, but I'll try to avoid certain vegetables.
I think it will be a challenge for me to sustain this, though. Like last night, I will crave my favorite foods and cave into them. I'm wondering how long I have to follow it and how strictly I should adhere to it before I notice health changes--if I ever will!
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