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09-14-2005, 11:44 AM
Do any of you combine the blood type diet principle (per the '4 Your Type' books by Dr. D'Adamo) with your raw diet? I think some of the problems I've read about people having with their raw diet might be remedied by using the guidelines presented by D'Adamo. It shows that some foods that are typical raw food staples may be detrimental to those with a particular blood type. In that case, you would just avoid those particular foods and eat the ones that are beneficial or neutral. One person's antidote may be another's poison. Just curious if anyone does this...
09-14-2005, 12:19 PM
No. Many of those programs have meat and dairy, correct? I doubt I'll EVER put raw meat in my mouth and I've done dairy and not found it beneficial as it is food for the babies of the mothers producing it.
Gabriel Cousens writes about this in "Rainbow
Green Live Food Cuisine". He says that it
doesn't matter what your blood type is, raw
vegan is always the best. He has an in-depth
discussion of the blood type book and explains
I think the book recommends a meat based
diet for blood type O. Cousens, David Wolfe,
and Brian Clement are all type O and are
doing great on raw vegan.
09-14-2005, 01:09 PM
Thank you for pointing out that reference. I just finished reading it. I assume the books Cousens is lambasting are the D'Adamo books. I'm not a proponent of that approach, but I did find it interesting. Cousens pretty much says the books are based on inadequate research and poor assumptions, but he does suggest vegans having an awareness of lectin sensitivities in relation to their blood type.
09-14-2005, 06:51 PM
All of the literature that I have read concerning D'Adamo and his books have criticized him for the fact none of his work is scientifically based. He doesn't have any footnotes and no one else in the scientific community has stood up and offered evidence that he is right.
09-14-2005, 08:06 PM
Even taking D'Adamo out of the equation, it seems there is still merit to understanding the lectin/blood type sensitivities as well as other individual factors (fast/slow oxidizer, etc) to optimize each individual raw diet and avoid potential problems. The book Mike cited in this thread is excellent, and Cousens mentions that in another of his books, "Conscious Eating", he details the lectin/blood type sensitivities and gives lists of foods to avoid for each type. The bottom line is that even within the raw vegan diet, it is important to become educated on tailoring your diet to your body to avoid problems. I am not an expert, but thought it worthwhile to point this out. Peace.
09-15-2005, 05:25 AM
Chris, I've read alittle on the blood type diet, and I would say I have to see some truth to it. NOT that I would taylor my WHOLE diet to what he says, but being someone who suffers from CANDIDA, I am STILL learning which foods I am sensitive to. I personally contribute this to something in my blood type....or genetics, or body chemistry, or something......so yes, I believe that while RAW VEGAN is the best lifestyle for me, there are going to be foods that my body is sensitive to, and I have to limit or avoid. I see your point.
09-15-2005, 01:23 PM
I have O- blood. According to blood type theory I should be a big time carnivore. Even my naturopath used this blood type business to try and convince me not to be vegan. Well, finally, I'm raw and thriving, and my blood just doesn't seem to mind at all.
Sharon in Colorado
09-15-2005, 01:42 PM
I think diets should be more based on region. Eat what's available and in season. Perhaps the Creator had something in mind with all our different blood types, but on the other hand we're out of Africa now and spread out all over the world. He knew this and imo it's why we have our own local produce available to us. We also are fortunate to get certain produce shipped to us that can withstand it, I believe this is all in the plan.
09-15-2005, 11:04 PM
Shadymonk, YES I subscribe to the blood type diet also. Being a type A secretor, the raw diet turns out to be perfect for me.
But, it's because of the blood type diet that I cut out red meat..then all meat. It's because of the blood type diet that I also cut out dairy, sugar and wheat. My problem is that since going raw, I followed Alissa's advice and didn't worry about what I ate as long as it was raw. However, I'm not suppose to have bananas, cashews, tomatoes, etc. according to the BTD. I slacked off the BTD guidelines for my first several months raw (because I didn't want to feel so limited in my food choices) however I am now getting back to sticking with the BTD guidelines because the above mentioned things make me feel bloated, gross, etc.
I am now trying to just use more agave in the a.m. to sweeten my green smoothie instead of bananas, leave the cashew nuts for my son (type O) and make the "non tomato tomato sauce" I found on the BTD site instead. :D
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