It's not a lie ~ We Are What We Eat! - Cliffnotes for your HEALTH!
Right for Your Type

An important factor in our health is realizing that we all have different nutritional needs. Everyone needs the basic nutrients of fats, protein and carbohydrates, but the ratio of these will vary from person to person based on their personal biochemistry. There is no one-size-fits-all diet—even if you're only eating healthy foods.
 
There are a few different programs that address your ‘type’. I have addressed what I feel are the top three: 1) Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo – Eat Right for Your Type, 2) Dr. Mercola - Nutritional Typing, and 3) Eric Berg, DC - The 7 Principles of Fat Burning. Have fun exploring and creating your mind, body and soul into the masterpiece it was meant to be.
 
Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo – Eat Right for Your Type
The blood type diet is advocated by Peter D'Adamo, a naturopathic physician, and outlined in his book “Eat Right 4 Your Type”. D'Adamo's claim is that blood type is the most important factor in determining a healthy diet, and he promotes distinct diets for people with O, A, B, and AB blood types.

The evolutionary theory of blood groups, which is also used by D'Adamo, stems from work by William C. Boyd, an immunochemist and blood type anthropologist. In his book Genetics and the races of man, Boyd describes how by genetic analysis of blood groups, human races are populations that differ according to their alleles (one of two or more forms of a gene). On this basis, Boyd divided the world population into 13 geographically distinct races with slightly different frequency distributions of blood group genes.

D'Adamo groups those thirteen races together by ABO blood group, each type within this group having unique dietary recommendations:

  • Blood group O is believed to be the hunter, the earliest human blood group. The diet recommends that this blood group eat a higher protein diet. D'Adamo bases this on the belief that O blood type was the first blood type, originating 30,000 years ago.
  • Blood group A is called the agrarian or cultivator, believed to be a more recently evolved blood type, dating back from the dawn of agriculture, 20,000 years ago. The diet recommends that individuals of blood group A eat a diet emphasizing vegetables and free of red meat, a more vegetarian food intake.
  • Blood group B is the nomad, associated with a strong immune system and a flexible digestive system. The blood type diet claims that people of blood type B are the only ones who can thrive on dairy products and estimates blood type B arrived 10,000 years ago.
  • Blood group AB, titled the enigma, the most recently evolved type, arriving less than 1,000 years ago. In terms of dietary needs, his blood type diet treats this group as an intermediate between blood types A and B.

A single drop of blood contains a biochemical make-up as unique as your fingerprint. Your blood type is a key to unlocking the secrets to your biochemical individuality. Foods and supplements contain lectins that interact with your cells depending on your blood type. This explains why some nutrients which are beneficial to one blood type, may be harmful to the cells of another.

Dr. Mercola - Nutritional Typing
Dr. Joseph Mercola, like many Americans had terrible nutrition as a child. After studying medicine at the University of Illinois, he began to explore the importance of nutrition. No matter how disciplined he was in following the published guidelines (Government diet pyramid, etc.) they worsened his health because they were not designed for his unique genetics and specific biochemistry, otherwise known nutritional type.

While Fit for Life, Pritikin, the South Beach Diet, Atkins, the Zone Diet and the myriad of other nutritional programs available today may help some people some of the time, the reality is the one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition and dieting is not only wrong - it's dangerous.

After realizing this Dr. Mercola invested many hours in researching nutritional typing. Through his breakthrough he has developed a (free) nutritional typing analysis program.

A simple way to ascertain how well-suited your diet is for your constitution is to evaluate how you feel after eating. If you feel hungry, irritable, sleepy or sluggish after you eat, it's a sign that you're likely not giving your body the fuel that it needs to do its job properly.
 
Take a fresh salad, for instance. On the surface, this is a healthy meal. Yet, the same salad is not ideal for everyone. Your body may do best with some chicken, olive oil and onions added. Or you may feel better by adding some grass-fed steak, and using spinach instead of lettuce. While vegetables have potent medicinal qualities, the amount and type of vegetables you should eat daily will depend on your nutritional type.
 
Your nutritional type is primarily determined by your genetically inherited ability to metabolize various foods into the energy and building blocks your body needs to be healthy. There are three basic types:

  • Protein Types
  • Carbohydrate Types
  • Mixed Types

While there can be significant variations within each one of these three basic types, everyone on this planet, at any given time, will have a Protein, Carb or Mixed Type metabolism. Once you know which foods your body needs (and which you do better without), you will truly be on the road to increased energy, an upbeat mood, and a decreased risk of chronic disease. In short, you'll be on your way to reaching optimal health.
 
Dr. Mercola provides the entire online nutritional typing program for free to everyone. Click here to start your nutritional typing.
 
Eric Berg, DC - The 7 Principles of Fat Burning
Take a look around and you'll notice something interesting about people's bodies - most of them fall into 4 shapes. Many people think that the shape of the body is purely genetic and there is nothing that can be done about it. Thank goodness that is not true!

Dr. Eric Berg is the author of the best-selling book, “The 7 Principles of Fat Burning”. This book explodes many common weight loss myths while simplifying the basic principles of fat burning. The first step is knowing what your body type is.

Hormones are chemical messages produced by glands. You have 6 fat burning and 3 fat making hormones, and each is triggered by different things. You have probably been told that weight gain or obesity is caused by “consuming more calories than are burned” and the way to lose weight is to eat fewer calories. But how do we explain the skinny guy who eats like a horse yet doesn’t gain an ounce? And what about the overweight person who looks at food across the table and gains five pounds?

The real problem lies more in metabolism and the hormones that control it. Hormones look at food calories differently. Without having a good understanding of hormones, it might appear that all calories are the same and if you eat less you will of course weight less.

First take the quiz to determine your body type. Then chose the matching program to create a healthy body. You’ll discover the reasons other diets have failed you.Did you know that:

  • 95 percent of your fat is burned at night?
  • Or that all six fat burning hormones are nullified by just a small amount of insulin-triggering food?
  • Or that eating the wrong food after exercise will cancel all the benefits of your hard work?

Dr. Eric Berg's book takes you beyond calorie counting and the concepts of eating less and exercising more. Discover the real underlying reasons for stubborn belly fat and body shapes. In easily explained steps, you’ll learn how to trigger all six fat burning hormones. It’s not “lose weight to get healthy.” It’s “Get healthy to lose weight.”

In Closing…
As I have stated before- you are your best advocate and physician. Experiment with blood typing, nutritional typing and hormone typing. Listen to your body- it will tell you what you want to know (maybe not what you want to hear {smile}). It is essential to research the above information, because although scientifically based evidence says they are ‘all correct’- we are much too unique to fit into just one category or diet type.

For myself- the three types work in synergy. I am an O blood type, a Protein Nutritional Type and Thyroid Type. All three align with the same advice and diet strategies.
 
Regarding any change to your health- this is not a short term goal, rather a lifestyle that you adapt for a lifetime of health and well being. There is no doubt that there is a connection between the mind, the body and your soul. The knowledge that we can do something to change our genetic destiny is powerful. SEEK UNION!

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Disclaimer:
Please remember that the content on this website is for reference purposes only. The information is a conglomeration of many sources as well as my own experience. It is not intended to be a substitute for advice given by a physician, pharmacist, or other licensed healthcare professional. Use or dosage recommendations have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. Those with health problems, pregnancy or who are nursing are specifically advised that they should consult their physician before trying a new regimen or taking any nutritional supplement.

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