Monday, June 25, 2012

Healthy Fasting for Blood Type O

For various reasons, including the good old-fashioned sacrifice of it all, I have struggled with fasting since I first started trying to do it as a non-denom charismatic. I didn't have a good understanding of the spirituality of it (which I don't believe is all that complicated). However, the biggest obstacle for me to overcome was my natural penchant when it comes to food. Some people will eat when stressed; I tend to starve myself when stressed. So, I couldn't get passed the notion that fasting was all about beating myself up and treating myself terribly because God somehow delighted in that.

Ok, that's weird.

And it isn't at all God's intention.

I'm sure those with far more experience than myself could wax eloquent on the spirituality of fasting, but to me it suffices that Jesus says that some spiritual pathways are only cleared up by prayer and fasting.

Enough said.

In more recent times, I've learned that, yes, fasting produces powerful results. I've also learned that I have to find a way to fast that is healthy. I have a sort of hyper-sensitive chemical make up, it seems, and while I have no problems while I am fasting, and often feel really good physically, when I come off of a fast I can experience a few days of brain-chemistry mishmash. Which is a euphemism for saying I go a bit loopy in my head. I hate it when that happens. It's not a good scene.

I checked this out with my Naturopathic doctor, who explained that starving the adrenal glands of protein makes them overwork to maintain blood sugar levels, and makes for an unpleasant crash. He suggested an approach that is more healthy than, say, fasting just on veggies or just on bread. This approach integrates the work of Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo and the Blood Type diet, which is research showing that different foods are digested differently by different folks with differing blood type categories. (Which is why, for example, people say that eating less red meat helps people avoid heart disease. Blood type A people tend to have a higher rate of heart disease, and also tend to do better not eating red meat. The opposite is true, however, of blood type O.)

This is actually the first week of a 28-day regimen that my doctor sent me. He also recommended a protein shake called Vital Clear and 64 ounces of water every day.

While this might not seem like fasting in a traditional sense, eliminating whole groups of foods can be challenging and require just as much discipline as not eating at all.

I should note that this is designed just for Type O people. I have the others as well if you are interested. Or contact Ohio Naturopathic.

Blood Type O Dietary Guidelines (The "Yes, Eat" list)
• Vegetables: fresh vegetables are preferred but frozen are acceptable. Avoid canned or creamed
vegetables. Focus on: artichoke, broccoli, beet, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, kale, romaine,
spinach, Swiss chard
• Lean Animal Protein: beef/buffalo/lamb/venison/poultry, cod/halibut/wild salmon/sardines/
• Vegetarian Protein: black, garbanzo bean (chickpea)
• Fresh Fruit: apples, berries, cherries, lemon, pineapple
• Gluten-Free Grains: brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, millet, amaranth, chickpea, arrowroot, and
• Non-dairy alternatives: almond, hemp, rice milk
• Nuts/seeds: almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds, walnuts

Avoid Foods (The "No, Don't Eat" list)
• All avoids on Blood Type Diet
• Gluten: wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut, and triticale
• Dairy: milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, butter, whey, casein
• Eggs: yolks or whites, commonly allergenic
• Peanuts/Peanut Butter: commonly allergenic and high in mold
• Corn: high glycemic index and not well tolerated
• Soy: commonly allergenic
• Alcohol: beer, wine, hard alcohol
• Caffeine: coffee, soda, tea, energy drinks; can drink green tea throughout the day, will help with
caffeine withdrawal
• Refined Sugar: candy, cakes, jam/jelly, syrups, canned fruits, soda
• Processed Meats: pork, sausage, hot dogs, cold cuts
• Nightshade Vegetables: tomato, eggplant, bell pepper, potato

1 comment:

mhikl said...

Sorry to point out, but Brussels sprouts are a no-no for O bloods, according to Dr D’Adamo.
I’ve followed his diet since around ’98 and find it beneficial. Previously I used Atkins which was high in animal protein and fat and short on carbs.
I have now modified my D’Adamo diet including high fat (gee and beef fat, home rendered lard—lard is supposed to not be appropriate). My protein is moderate based mostly on heart, liver and tongue. The liver is lightly cooked, raw in the middle, some of the heart is raw and mixed with cooked meat and veg. I do use one piece of fruit a day, apple, banana, blue or raspberries, mango. And I now do not use any fish where once I used it regularly—See Brian Peskin who’s studies show that the omegas 3 and 6 need to be appropriately made in our bodies from a mixture of certain seeds and vegetables. I use hemp seeds and oil which has the proper mixture of PEOs, Parent Essential Oils that will make the appropriate forms for the body.
The other addition I have taken to is the use of a TBSP of Xylitol a day (more and I get the trots) and about 1/8-1/4 tsp Borax; the two of which seem to have given me ‘Extremely strong bones’ which is what a dentist kept exclaiming when I was in for review for a root canal. The next appointment I was brave enough to venture before he got down to work was to ask if he had meant I had strong bones for my age, I was 63. He exclaimed, ‘No! For any age’. I might add that I have never been one much for exercise. I had a wheat problem which prevented much activity, running or walking until I went on the Eat Right O Blood diet which excluded wheat and most grains. (Google Walter Last’s article: The Borax Conspiracy.)
I am quite determined in following rules and have not wavered from the O Blood diet, except that I do occasionally use cream to make my cup of Coco. I have very good health save a bad hip that I tore something in when I was working in Sarawak in the early 80s and, being a typical male, failed to seek out medical help. I will have to have a hip replacement. I wonder how difficult it will be for the doctors to saw through my bones.
Namaste and care,