Before I bought Eat Right For Your Type, I read a few different reviews written on it. Based on the reviews I understood that my blood type O requires plenty of red meat. While I would rather stay away from red meat based on the saturated fat, antibiotics and hormones that commercial beef contains, I went ahead and purchased organic hamburger meat. Eating beef daily, I did in fact notice a big difference in my acid reflux -- the flare-ups were greatly minimized! Now I couldn’t wait for my copy of Eat Right For Your Type to arrive so that I could see what else I should or should not be including in my diet plan.
Finally, it arrived. When I opened this surprisingly thick hardcover, I found that Eat Right For Your Type was not only a guide on the right foods for your overall health and ideal weight, but also where you store your stress, what kinds of exercise is right for you, what vitamins and supplements you will need and more. Naturally, I went right for the type O section. As soon as I started reading it my eyes widened and I found myself nodding my head in recognition. I had been eating mostly all of the wrong things. I had previously heard that a lot of people cannot tolerate the night shade family and I had tried eliminating them from my diet. Another step toward fewer and less intense flare-ups had begun, and lo and behold, there it was in the book. No night shades for O’s.
According to Dr. D’Adamo, type O is the oldest blood type on earth because it dates back to the original humans. Because the diet of our earliest ancestors was rich in meat, O’s tend to have high stomach acid. Because I had previously researched stomach acid and had found that high stomach acid was exceptionally rare, I did raise an eyebrow at this one. But I then had to match it up with the fact that I do get flare-ups often if I miss a meal or ignore my snack-time hunger. I am also much more likely to get reflux if I eat a meal that is meatless. I realized at this point that I had been taking PPI’s (proton pump inhibitors) for years, trying to reduce my stomach acid so that I could eat all of the wrong things! Then I thought, “No wonder it has been so difficult to get off of these meds! I have been conditioning my system to fight against its true nature -- to eat small amounts, to include plenty of meat and fish and the correct fruits and veggies and to stay away from condiments.” I was happy to see lots of menu plans and delicious looking recipes to try as well.
If you are type O and have constant issues with acid reflux and other GI conditions, I highly recommend that you read Eat Right For Your Type. I have barely scratched the surface here of all of the “Ah-ha” moments that I had and continue to have as I re-read sections and pick up on even more. You also may be fighting against your chemistry without even realizing it and causing yourself a lot of frustration and discomfort. All in all this book is one more lesson in trusting the wisdom of your body and honoring it by listening.
*Please know that I am not a medical doctor or a health practitioner. I cannot diagnose your stomach problems nor can I guarantee a cure. I am here to share my knowledge, which applications have worked for me and to offer suggestions of where you may go physically, emotionally and spiritually for healing and self-empowerment. If you choose to explore alternative medicine, do not independently stop taking your prescribed medications. Always consult with your current doctor as well as your new practitioner when changing your medical program.