Saturday, February 28, 2009

Wrap up on your blood type concerns

Many of my wonderful readers have been asking me how to find out their blood type so they can figure out what diet to follow. First, I’d love to let you know that this process is super simple (unless you hate needles). Just mosey on over to the doctors or give some blood and they should be able to tell you what blood type you are. You should know what blood type you are or your parents should know but if they don’t…follow the advice above. Like I said before, I’m blood type O and I’ve known this for a while now. I’m what some may call, “The Universal Blood Donor”; ironically…I’ve never been able to give blood. Blood types are very unique in their own manner. Giving blood with type O to any other blood type is fine, but receiving blood is completely different. Only one with blood type O can give another person with the same blood type blood.

Just like giving blood can be tricky, so can matching your diet with your individual blood type. Throughout the recent posts, you’ve probably been asking questions like why does this matter and where is the connection?

If you can remember back to post one on eating right for your blood type, I said the study was based on patients who followed the diet based on a research from our ancestor’s blood types and diets. Numerous naturopaths have researched this study for many years. It has been effective on thousands of people including, myself. Amazingly, our blood type and diet connection still relates to those of our ancestors from literally AGES ago.

Your blood type controls the influence of viruses, bacteria, infections, chemicals and stress. The diet connection all lies within something called lectins. Lectins are abundant and diverse proteins found in all food. There is a chemical reaction when you put food into your body. Food affects each blood type differently. This diet supports your blood type for a diet that balances with your blood type instead of irritating it. According to the book I’ve been referencing to for the past four posts, “Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type”, just like our gender and blood type our diets too, are something already chosen for us.

Once you figure out your blood type, I DARE YOU to try this diet instead of any pills or crazy ideas you have up your sleeve. Depriving your body of its nutrients if you aren’t getting the right supplements is not a healthy way of loosing weight. This diet works! Try it out for two weeks and let me know how it works for you. You should feel increased energy, weight loss, a lessening of digestive complaints and improvement of chronic problems such as asthma, headaches, and heartburn.

I live by this diet. But, I actually have had the reverse effects. I have been eating what is highly beneficial for my body according to the book and gained around 10 pounds. The only thing I don’t follow is the meat section because I just started eating meat and will never think something like lamb/heart/buffalo/veal is at all appetizing. The reason why I gained weight from this diet is because my body is now receiving the nutrients it needs and therefore, I’m now a healthy weight instead of underweight. I couldn’t be happier! I was a vegetarian for close to two straight years and I was way too lazy to take any pills to substitute for the nutrients I didn’t get from meat, poultry and seafood so I lost way too much weight and was tired CONSTANTLY. According to my blood type, these are the most important foods for my body. The HIGHLY BENEFICIAL section of each post is a type of food that acts like a medicine to our body…and instead I was eating way too much food from the AVOID section, which typically acts as a poison against my blood type. So now that I am eating chicken, seafood and sometimes beef…. I feel a lot more awake and healthy.

As for now, I encourage all of you to go purchase the book, email me, or heck… go to chapters and read the book yourself. Learn more about blood type and it’s connection to disease, exercise, stress and so much more. Read about your ancestor’s and what your blood type really means.

Most importantly, make your BODY happy,

Amber

Monday, February 23, 2009

Part D: Blood Type B

Finally, I've reached the last blood type of the book which is blood type B. Blood type B has only a few restrictions in their diet but I suppose I'll let the summary and listing speak for itself...

The “NOMAD”:
“Balanced, strong immune system, tolerant digestive system, most flexible dietary choices, dairy eater, responds best to stress with creativity, requires a balance between physical and mental activity to stay lean and sharp”

Scan on,

Meats and Poultry:
Lean red meats: women and children: 2-5oz weekly, men 4-6 oz weeklyAfrican: 3-4 times a week, Caucasian 2-3 times a week, Asian 2-3 times a week

Poultry: women and children 2-5oz a week, men, 4-6 oz a weekAfrican: 0-2 times a week, Caucasian: 0-3 times a week, Asian: 0-2 times a week

Highly beneficial: lamb, rabbit, venison, mutton

Avoid: bacon, chicken, ham, heart, duck, goose, pork, quail

All Seafood:
4-6 oz:
African: 4-6 times a week, Caucasian: 3-5 times a week, Asian: 3-5imes a week

Highly beneficial: cod flounder, grouper, hake, pike, salmon, sardine, sea trout, sturgeon

Avoid: anchovy, beluga, clam, crab, crayfish, eel, frog, lobster, mussels, octopus, shrimp, snail, turtle

Dairy and Eggs:
1 Egg:
African: 3-4 times a week, Caucasian: 3-4 times a week, Asian: 5-6 times a week

2 oz. of cheeses:
African: 3-4 times a week, Caucasian: 3-5 times a week, Asian: 2-3 times a week

4-6 oz. of yogurt:
African: 0-4 times a week, Caucasian: 2-4 times a week, Asian: 1-3 times a week

4-6 oz. of milk: African: 0-3 times a week, Caucasian: 4-5 times a week, Asian: 2-3 times a week

Highly Beneficial: Cottage cheese, farmer feta, goat cheese, goat milk, mozzarella, ricotta, sour cream and yogurt

Avoid: American cheese, blue cheese, ice cream, string cheese

Vegetables:
Raw: 1 cup, prepared 3-5 times a week
Cooked or steams: 1 cup 3-5 times a week

Highly beneficial: beet leaves, beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, garlic, kale, mustard, parsley, potatoes, sprouts, peppers, yams, potatoes, brussels sprouts, jalapeno, mushrooms, lima beans

Avoid: artichoke, avocado, corn, olives, radishes, tofu

Fruit and Juice:
3-5 oz, 3-4 times a week 8 oz, 2-3 times a week

Highly beneficial:
Fruit: bananas, cranberries, grapes, papaya, pineapple, plums
Juice: cabbage, carrot, cranberry, pineapple, grape, papaya

Avoid:
Fruit: coconuts, pomegranates, rhubarb, star fruit
Juice: tomato

Others:

Highly beneficial: olive oil, “most nuts and seeds are not advised for type Bs because they contain lectins that interfere with type B insulin production”, kidney beans, lima beans, red soy beans, navy beans, millet, oatmeal, oat bran, rice bran, spelt, brown rice, essene bread, Ezekiel, fin crisp, rye crisps, rice cakes, soy flour, wasa bread, oat and rice flour

Avoid: corn oil, sunflower oil, kidney and lima beans, aduke beans, black beans, peas, lentils barley, seven-grain, rye, cornmeal, shredded wheat, cornmeal, cornflakes, cream of wheat, corn muffins, bagels multi-grain bread, rye crisp, wheat bran muffins, whole wheat bread, buckwheat, pasta

Look next for a wrap up of all blood types I’ve covered and why you should try this all natural diet,

Amber

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Part C: Blood type AB

Biologically complex, less than a thousand years old…and quite rare! Type blood type AB is by far the most important diet to follow, because it is extremely particular.

Type AB is called the, “Enigma”:
“Modern Merging of A and B, Chameleon’s response to changing environmental and dietary conditions, sensitive digestive tract, overly tolerant immune system, responds best to stress spiritually with physical verve and creative energy and an evolutionary MYSTERY.”

So, scan away folks…

Meats and Poultry:

Lean red meats: women and children: 2-5oz weekly, men 4-6 oz weekly
African: 1-3 times a week, Caucasian 1-3 times a week, Asian 1-3 times a week

Poultry: women and children 2-5oz a week, men, 4-6 oz a week
African: 0-2 times a week, Caucasian: 0-2 times a week, Asian: 0-2 times a week

Highly beneficial: lamb, rabbit, turkey, mutton

Avoid: bacon, beef, buffalo, chicken, ham, heart, duck, goose, pork, veal, quail

All Seafood

4-6 oz:
African: 3-5 times a week, Caucasian: 3-5 times a week, Asian: 4-6 times a week

Highly beneficial: tuna, cod, grouper, hake, monkfish, ocean perch, pike, red snapper, sailfish, salmon, sardine, sea trout, shad snail, sturgeon

Avoid: anchovy, barracuda, beluga, clam, conch, crab, eel, frog, lobster, octopus, oysters, sea bass, shrimp, turtle

Dairy and Eggs:

1 Egg:
African: 3-5 times a week, Caucasian: 3-4 times a week, Asian: 2-3 times a week

2 oz. of cheeses:African: 2-3 times a week, Caucasian: 3-4 times a week, Asian: 3-4 times a week
4-6 oz. of yogurt:African: 2-3 times a week, Caucasian: 3-4 times a week, Asian: 1-3 times a week

4-6 oz. of milk:African: 1-6 times a week, Caucasian: 3-6 times a week, Asian: 2-5 times a week

Highly Beneficial: Cottage cheese, farmer feata, goat cheese, goat milk, mozzarella, ricotta, sour cream and yogurt

Avoid: American cheese, blue cheese, brie, butter, buttermilk, ice cream, parmesan, provolone, sherbet, whole milk

Vegetables:

Raw: 1 cup, prepared 3-5 times a week

Cooked or steams: 1 cup 3-5 times a week

Highly beneficial: beet leaves, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, dandelion, eggplant, garlic, kale, mustard, parsley, potatoes, sprouts, tofu

Avoid: artichoke, avocado, corn, olives, mushroom, peppers, radishes

Fruit and Juice:
3-5 oz, 3-4 times a week8 oz, 2-3 times a week

Highly beneficial:
Fruit: cherries, cranberries, grapes, figs, gooseberries, kiwi, lemons, grapefruit, pineapples, plums

Juice: cabbage, carrot, celery, cherry, cranberry, grape, papaya

Avoid:
Fruit: bananas, oranges, rhubarb, star fruit, pomegranates, mangoes

Juice: orange

Others:

Highly beneficial: olive oil, nuts, peanuts, peanut butter, walnuts, beans(navy, pinto, red, red soy), green lentils, millet, oatmeal, oat bran, rice bran, spelt, brown rice, essene bread, Ezekiel, fin crisp, rye crisps, rice cakes, soy flour, wasa bread

Avoid: corn oil, sunflower oil, poppy seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower butter and seeds, kidney and lima beans, aduke beans, black beans, buckwheat, cornmeal, cornflakes, cream of wheat, corn muffins

Fun tip: apparently, Jesus Chris had blood type AB(evidence coming from the Shroud of Turin)…but so did Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy so choose your pick. Type AB’s are considered the most captivating and interesting of all the blood types!

Happy dieting,
Amber

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Part B: Blood type A

Back to the book for round two…for anyone who believes they’ve got a little cultivator in them, you’re reading the right blog. Blood type A is considered to be the first vegetarian of any our ancestors and is more frequently known as the “Cultivator”:

“Reaps what he sows, sensitive digestive tract, tolerant immune system, adapts well to settled dietary and environmental conditions, responds best to stress with calming action, requires agrarian diet to stay lean and productive.”
Meats and Poultry:
Lean red meats: women and children: 2-5oz weekly, men 4-6 oz weekly

African: 0-1 times a week, Caucasian 0 times a week, Asian 0-1 times a week

Poultry: women and children 2-5oz a week, men, 4-6 oz a week

African: 0-3 times a week, Caucasian: 0-3 times a week, Asian: 1-4 times a week
Highly beneficial: there is no type of meat that is considered highly beneficial for any person who has the blood type A.

Avoid: any pork, lamb, pheasant, rabbit, veal, buffalo, beef


All Seafood 4-6 oz:

African: 0-3 times a week, Caucasian: 1-4 times a week, Asian: 1-4 times a week

Highly beneficial: Carp, cod, silver perch, snail, whitefish, perch, salmon, monkfish

Avoid: anchovy, bluefish, barracuda, beluga, catfish, caviar, clam, conch


Dairy and Eggs: Type A’s can only tolerate fermented dairy products and should avoid whole milk and limit egg consumption. It is important to purchase organically grown eggs. Goat or soy milk is a great substitute for whole milk. Most dairy products aren’t digestible for Type As because the blood creates antibodies that reject ‘Type B’ antigen that is created by the sugar that is in whole milk.


Vegetables:
Raw: 1 cup, prepared
African: 3-6 times a week, Caucasian: 2-5 times a week, Asian: 2-5 times a week
Cooked or steamed: 1 cup
African: 1-4 times a week, Caucasian: 3-6 times a week, Asian: 3-6 times a week

Soy Products: 6-8 ouncesAfrican: 4-6 times a week, Caucasian 4-6 times a week, Asian 5-7 times a week

Highly beneficial: artichoke, beet leaves, broccoli, carrots, lettuce, leek, garlic, onions, parsley, parsnips, pumpkin ,spinach, tofu, turnips, escarole

Avoid: cabbage, eggplant, lima beans, mushroom, olives, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes


Fruit and Juice: 3-5 oz, 3-4 times a week8 oz, 2-3 times a week

Highly beneficial:Fruit: figs, plums, prunes, grapefruit, pineapple, cherries, cranberries, blueberries, blackberries, apricots, plums, raisins Juice: apricot, grapefruit, carrot, celery, black cherry

Avoid:Fruit: melon, oranges, rhubarb, bananas, coconut Juice: orange, papaya, tomato


Others: Highly beneficial: linseed oil, olive oil, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, peanut butter, beans(aduke, azuke, black, green, pinto, red soy), lentils, peas, buckwheat, kasha, essene bread, rice cakes, soya flour, sprouted wheat bread, Ezekiel breadAvoid: kidney and lima beans, cream of wheat, granola, grape nuts, familia, farina, seven grain, shredded wheat, wheat germ and bran, English muffins, wheat bran muffins, pumpernickel, multi grain bread

Coming soon…. a little research on Blood type AB and B!

For anyone who is proud to be considered the first vegetarian and have blood type A flowing through their lovely veins…

with ENVY,

Amber

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A, Ab, B……O? What’s your blood type?

If you’ve never heard of the book, “Eat Right 4 Your Type” then you are in for a wake up call. Get rid of those diet pills or silly plans, eating right and feeling good are two simple answers to all your diet plans.When I started eating healthy in grade twelve, my mom gave me a book that would help me out with changing my diet. There are certain vegetables, fruit, grains and poultry/meat that can benefit your body and also some to avoid, so here is something to consider...

Today, I’ll be talking about a food plan for anyone who has blood type O but make sure you keep your eyes glued to the screen for the next week as I’ll tackle all blood types.

Blood type O is considered to be “the hunter”….and I am blood type O, so when I gave vegetarianism a trial run for a few years I was quite discouraged by this book. But if you are a vegetarian, no worries, do not become discouraged…there are enough things to keep you healthy in this book.

The Hunter summary:
“Meat eater, hardy digestive tract, overactive immune system, intolerant to dietary and environmental adaptations, responds best to stress with intense physical activity, requires an efficient metabolism to stay lean and energetic.”

Meats and Poultry:
Lean red meats: women and children: 2-5oz weekly, men 4-6 oz weekly
African: 5-7 times a week, Caucasian 4-6 times a week, Asian 3-5 times a week

Poultry: women and children 2-5oz a week, men, 4-6 oz a week
African: 1-2 times a week, Caucasian: 2-3 times a week, Asian: 3-4 times a week

Highly beneficial: Beef, Beef ground, lamb, mutton, liver….

Avoid: Bacon, Ham, Goose, Pork

Type O’s can digest and metabolize meat due to their high stomach-acid content. It is important however, to balance this with vegetables and fruits to avoid over-acidification.

Seafood:
All Seafood 4-6 oz
African: 1-4 times a week, Caucasian: 3-5 times a week, Asian: 4-6 times a week

Highly beneficial: cod, halibut, herring, pike, rainbow trout, salmon, stripped bass, white perch….
Avoid: Barracuda, cat fish, herring(pickled), octopus, conch, caviar

Type O’s should eat seafood recommended amount because most seafood’s are an excellent source of iodine which regulates the thyroid function.

Dairy and Eggs:
Type O’s should restrict their use of dairy products. All dairy products including, eggs, cheese, yogurt and milk all suggest no more then 4 servings a week. Soy products are excellent and high-protein alternatives to consider.

Vegetables:
Raw: 1 cup, prepared 3-5 times a week
Cooked or steams: 1 cup, prepared 3-5 times a week

Highly beneficial: artichoke, beet leaves, broccoli, garlic, romaine lettuce, onions, horseradish, dandelion, leek, parsley, peppers, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, seaweed, spinach, turnips

Avoid: avocado, eggplant, mushroom, olives, red and white potatoes, corn, cauliflower

Fruit and Juice:
3-5 oz, 3-4 times a week
8 oz, 2-3 times a week

Highly beneficial:
Fruit: figs, plums, prunes,
Juice: black cherry, pineapple, prune

Avoid:
Fruit: blackberries, melon, oranges, strawberries, rhubarb
Juice: Apple, cabbage, orange

Others:
Highly beneficial: linseed oil, olive oil, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, beans-pinto, peas, black-eyes, Ezekiel bread, essene bread

Avoid: peanut butter, peanuts, cashew, poppy seeds, kidney beans, red lentils, green lentils, cream of wheat, shredded wheat, cornflakes, pumpernickel, wheat bread, high-protein bread

As I said at the beginning of this post, this is something to consider….certainly not something to live by if it doesn’t work for you. If the food you were looking for isn’t in a category of either highly beneficial or avoid, most likely it is neutral to your body.

All of these suggestions are based on a study done of our ancestors and their diets. It was successful with many patients who were willing to try this diet for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and weight. I don’t eat much meat but chicken and very occasionally beef and I am in love with cheese and yet I am quite healthy so there are ways to work around things that you don‘t enjoy or enjoy way too much. Organic is also important because really, can chemicals be good for ANYONE? I highly doubt it.

If you’re interested in knowing more and don’t feel like purchasing the book, email me at amber.m.pinsonneault@gmail.com and I’d be glad to answer any questions/concerns you have.

Keep reading,
Amber

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Down? Get up!

It is normal for your mood to change as the seasons do. A nice sunny day can alter how you feel and bring out the happiness we all desire. Some people resort to drugs to lift their spirits and help them through things like seasonal depression. These pills can have an effect on you once you get off them however, can also have a negative effect on you while taking the pill . A pill like Prozac has multiple side effects. It’s quite ironic how some of the side effects are quite possibly the reason you are taking them…but who really cares to reason this anyway? I and many others fortunately do. Seasonal depression, or any depression for that matter is a serious issue. I can understand as there are many people in my family who suffer from depression. All I’m asking is to try something that you can depend on, without the side effects.

There are multiple ways to prevent depression which can be as simple as being positive but it’s not always this easy.
Your diet can control how you feel due to what different types of food does for your body. If you’re constantly eating foods packed with carbohydrates you might end up gaining weight and feeling tired. Being tired is a symptom of being depressed and it is easy to feel this way if you sleep more than the recommended 8 hours a day. If you consume red meat or egg yolks more than once a week it can lead to a chemical imbalance that is linked with depression. It is important to balance all your food so that you have the energy you need to. If you don’t feel bad about what your eating because you know it is benefiting you, you will feel happy. Being happy with yourself is one of the first steps and in order to do so you must feel and look good in YOUR eyes!

If you are looking for something that helps with your anxiety/depression…the most natural way would be St John’s Wort. This lowers the levels of the brain chemical Monoamine oxidase MAO. High levels of MAO have been linked to depression. MAO inhibitors have food restrictions however, ST. John’s Wort does not. You can purchase St. John’s Wort at the Nutrition House in the Devonshire Mall. B vitamins can also benefit in preventing anxiety/depression put the two together? Fabbbbbulous. B vitamins reverse mood-related nutritional deficiencies and maintain emotional balance. Many people who are grieving either from someone passing away or anything that can severely alter your emotional balance take a few B vitamins a day. On a normal basis, one B vitamin a day is effective.

Smile. Dance. Sing. Listen. Talk. Write. Feel. Exercise. Relax. Sit.

Love and happiness to all you beautiful people,
Amber

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

You like fruit, don't you?

Today, I've been feeling a tad bit ran-down, like I can't get enough sleep and like my eyes are going to fall out of their sockets. Sexy, I know. So what on earth in my fabulous diet isn't giving me the quality alertness I need to get through an average day?

Well, I reviewed my now 13 hour day and I know I got in my 8 hours of sleep, I had a nice black coffee in the afternoon......and then realized the problem, I ate pretty much nothing all day. I was a tad bit busy, so I didn't get a chance to make a meal so all I had was a fruit smoothie, some bolthouse farm juice, a banana and a honey sandwich. I went to Yoga, came home and started reading and then found myself, an hour and a half later in now, a dark room, bummed and on the same page. Like one of my fine readers pointed out, moderation is key. So, I’m here to inform you in all things healthy, including fruit, you need to maintain some balance within your daily diet.

Fruit is very high in sugar so on an average day you are supposed to intake 2-4 servings of fruit to maintain a healthy balance in your diet. If you over-do this amount without balancing sources of protein in your day, you may end up feeling really tired because the sugar from the fruit will start to decrease in your system.

It’s also important to buy organic fruit because it is the most healthy for your body. Some of the fruit that is grown today has a higher amount of sugar than the fruit that is grown in a natural environment.

Refer to the food triangle to maintain a healthy balance throughout your day!

Eat good, feel good…
-Amber

Sunday, February 1, 2009

How to prevent blowing chunks…mid-sentence

First things first, if you feel as though you are getting the flu or are hanging out with someone who has it, eat LOTS of garlic. Garlic can be used for more than just averting vampires and witches, it can be used to increase your T-helper cells which builds your immune system and fights off most virus’. One clove of garlic in a meal a day can help prevent you from ever getting sick, it also can prevent you from having a significant other but what’s more important, really. If you’re not particularly fond of garlic in your meals, consider taking a garlic pill a day. These do exist and I know some people who use them and they work in the same manner.

If you’re really against the idea of garlic… try eating fruits, vegetables and yogurt on a daily basis and they should protect you from catching the flu. Also, alfalfa is a tonic for your entire body and also protects you as it stabilizes the strength of your immune system.

If it’s too late and you have caught the flu I have a few ways you can get better fast. It is important to not eat too much so your body can focus on healing as you try including these natural virus killers:

1) Kelp pills are known to activate your immune system and fight against virus
2) Ginger, cinnamon and peppermint tea soothes your stomach
3) Broths, soups with lots of onions, spices, garlic and cayenne or hot sauce will relieve congestion
4) Vitamin C enhances the activity of white blood cells
5) Water will clear out your system
4)Lomatium dissectum is a plant used by Native Americans to stimulate white blood cell activity 5) Elderberry can also stimulate the immune system

If you’re having a hard time finding some of these ingredients that are more natural, the following website provides a list of all the health food stores in Windsor: http://www.florahealth.com/flora/home/canada/stores/_SearchResults.htm?vProvtxt=Ontario&vCitytxt=Windsor&vCountryIDtxt=1
Nutrition house in the Devonshire mall provides a lot of knowledge about their products and can order products in if they don’t have them. I would recommend trying this store.

Stay healthy,
Amber