Well, folks…I’m stumped.
For several years, I’ve been vaguely familiar with the Blood Type Diet introduced by Dr. Peter D’Adamo. I have type O blood and so does the rest of my family, so I’ve taken note of some of the foods that, according to Dr. D’Adamo, we should/shouldn’t eat. The bad-for-us list includes wheat products, dairy (except for mild cheeses such as feta and goat’s milk), coffee, and oranges, among others. The good-for-us list includes lean meats, poultry, several types of fish, the occasional egg, blueberries, broccoli, and kale, among others (just to give you an idea). I’ve never delved very far into the world of Eat Right for Your Type, but I have a small abridged version of the book called Blood Type O Food, Beverage and Supplement Lists from Eat Right for Your Type (wow…long name, eh?). I read through it today, and let me just say that I am very, very unsure of myself right now.
As you know, I’ve given up a lot in the last couple of weeks. After my third serious gallbladder attack a little while go, I realized that I needed to take this health issue very seriously. I thought I could skim by eating just a little bit of the “forbidden foods” (for someone who suffers from gallstones) but I found that it wasn’t working. I’d lived the past 6 months or so in constant slight discomfort anyway, not to mention constant fear that I’d experience that back-breaking pain again. I decided I was ready to get serious. Everywhere I turned, experts were recommending the elimination of all animal protiens from the diet. I realized that the only diet I could turn to would be a vegan diet – where I would consume virtually no cholesterol. Since then, I’ve done really well. I haven’t so much as eaten a sliver of cheese or a tiny piece of meat. I have had egg whites, but the egg yolk is what holds the cholesterol, anyway. I’ve learned to make some awesome dishes and I have even started making meals that incorporate tofu.
Today is where I got stuck. I was prepping some items for a yard sale and my mom found the little Blood Type book in one of my bags in the garage. I decided to look at it, and well, I’m just not sure what to do anymore. Basically, Dr. D’Adamo explains that type O’s thrive on animal protein. They must have meat. They can get very sick without it. He calls them the hunter-gatherers. Type O blood originated in Africa, where the people ate lots of meat and very little carbohydrates, and they also exercised very intensely, usually while hunting. The Blood Type Diet is just pulling from our genetic make-up and what our type has eaten from the very beginning (so he says).
While our friend Karin was visiting, she explained to me that her doctor talked her through the very same thing. He told her that she must eat meat because her blood type needed it. The problem is, for Karin, she just can’t stomach meat. She hasn’t been able to since she was a little girl. Eating meat simply isn’t an option for her. Instead of choosing to eat meat, she is very careful to incorporate large amounts of protein in her diet. She drinks “smoothies” made with hemp protein powder once and sometimes twice a day and I think she said she’s careful to incorporate lots of high-protein vegetables. I, however, thought I shouldn’t eat it because of my gallstones. I don’t have a deep longing for meat, really – I’d rather have all the dairy in the world and quit eating meat, just for the heck of it.
I’m sure you can see my dilemma. I have no way of obtaining a doctor’s opinion right now (that is, except for Dr. D’Adamo’s, of course). The truth is, most doctors I’ve spoken with in the past just want to take my gallbladder out! I’m keepin’ it! I’m just not sure where to go from here. I could get really serious about the protein and start drinking smoothies and eating lots of kale and collards and lentils. Or, maybe I ought to just eat the meats like the book says.
Honestly, all details and confusion aside…I think I just need prayer. I need clarity. I want to take care of my body. I’ve been learning so many new, amazing things about health and nutrition. I love it. I’m excited because as a result, Ryan and Jack are eating so well. We feel good and we have confidence in our food choices. Now, though, I feel like I’m at a fork in the road. Where do I go from here?