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Most likely at some point in your pregnancy you will be told your blood type. If not then you can take a test at home to determine "your type." After reading this post on GOOP and hearing a lot about The Blood Type diet I thought it would be interesting to investigate and share my findings. Sometimes really small changes in our diets can make a huge difference in how we feel. The theory, developed by Peter D'Adamo, is that we all have a different genetic makeup and through personalized nutrition based on blood type we can naturally fight disease and feel as great as possible! The blood type diet is also supposed to boost fertility and help you have an even healthier pregnancy. For lots more info you can check out Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type here.

For Type A, a vegetarian diet is recommended.

  • Diet mainly consists of vegetables, fruits, soy proteins, beans, seafood, grains.
  • Foods to avoid are: red meat, dairy, wheat, kidney beans, lima beans.
  • Beneficial Foods: vegetables, vegetables oils, pineapple.
  • Exercise: Type A's thrive on exercise that reduces stress, even gardening can be a great outlet. Yoga, martial arts, activities that require focus.

    For Type AB, enjoy a mixed diet in moderation.

  • Diet mainly consists of meat, seafood, dairy, beans, legumes, grains, fruits and vegetables.
  • Foods to avoid are: red meat, kidney beans, lima beans, seeds, corn, buckwheat.
  • Beneficial Foods: tofu, seafood, dairy, greens, kelp, pineapple.
  • Exercise: Type AB is the rarest blood type and just like their diet, a mixed exercise routine works well. Cardio and strength training one day, yoga the next, etc.

    For Type B, a balanced omnivore diet is best.

  • Diet mainly consists of meat (no chicken), dairy, grains, beans, legumes, vegetables, fruits.
  • Foods to avoid are: corn, lentils, peanuts, sesame, seeds, buckwheat, wheat.
  • Beneficial Foods: greens, eggs, venison, liver, tea.
  • Exercise: Type B's enjoy long bike rides, activities that keep them centered but that are also fun!

    For Type O, a high protein, meat eater diet is preferred.

  • Diet mainly consists of meat, vegetables, fruit, fish, in moderation some grains, beans, and legumes.
  • Foods to avoid are: wheat, corn, kidney beans, navy beans, lentils, cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, mustard greens.
  • Beneficial Foods: kelp, seafood, salt, liver, red meat, kale, spinach, broccoli.
  • Exercise: Type O's need to burn a lot of energy, so high impact aerobics, circuit training, activities that get their heart rate going with quick bursts of energy are really effective.

    Does any of this ring true for you? Do you recognize certain foods that don't sit well with you on the "avoid" list? I think it's really interesting. I'm Type O and it makes sense that I thrive on a low carb, high vegetable/protein diet. I think that wheat should be avoided for most diets and that dairy should be eaten in moderation, but I think it would be a neat experiment to change things up a little bit to get in line with your blood type and see how you feel!


    1. I'm type O and after being a veggie/vegan drop out, i can deal with this :)

    2. MY sister eats for her blood type, but I never really knew what the diet was for my blood until you did this post! Thanks for posting this! I am O as well, and it TOTALLY makes sense. When I eat a ton of breads and carbs (which I absolutely love) I feel sluggish and tired. When I eat higher protein and veggies, and less carbs, I feel fantastic! So interesting that this is because of my blood type!

    3. So interesting! I've never heard of this before!

    4. This is crazy!! I'm O- and all this makes sense. In fact, I actually dislike the majority of foods listed on the "to avoid" list, oddly enough. Thanks for info!

    5. Hmmm.... I don't know... I'm a bit skeptical of this, I have to admit! I'm type O and, for the most part, I don't like the way eating meat makes me feel. And brussel sprouts are one of my favorite vegetables!

      1. i love brussel sprouts too! i have noticed though that my stomach hurts afterwards. i think i have a hard time digesting them. as far as eating meat goes... you have to do what feels good. i certainly don't like to eat a TON of meat and what kind of meat you eat makes a huge difference! you want to stick to organic chicken and grass-fed beef in particular.

    6. This is so interesting! I want to find my donor card so I can see how I need to be eating!

    7. Great info! Now, how do I change my blood type? : )

    8. I'm intrigued by this diet and evolutionary biochemistry in general, but I don't know either, I am O+ and I feel sluggish after eating red meat and do not seem to have a wheat sensitivity. I practically live on legumes and veg!

      1. i think the main thing is to really listen to your body. just thought the info was really interesting and read true for me personally, but you have to take some and leave some with everything. :)

      2. Totally agree about listening to your body and being honest about how it reacts to certain foods. I'm loving these healthy pregnancy posts!

    9. I am type A and mostly disagree! We live on a hog and cattle farm and eat LOTS of meat (and other meats too though).
      According to the 'plan':
      Diet mainly consists of vegetables, fruits, soy proteins, beans, seafood, grains.
      Foods to avoid are: red meat, dairy, wheat, kidney beans, lima beans.

      EVERYTHING in the foods to avoid are something I/we love and only some of what is in the 'diet consists of'-I love veggies and any beans and grain, fruits I can go without-they are not my favorite and seafood-ummm not so much!

      BUT we live in the middle of the country so I think that has a bunch to do with your diet-the seafood here is just-well-not great-there is nothing fresh for obvious reasons-I don't mind some good lobster when on the east coast-but lobster from anywhere then fresh just doesn't do it for me! same goes with fruit-we have SOME fruit but not a lot so naturally I don't want it (we used to live in MI and there are LOTS of fruits there and I ate MUCH more fruit when we lived there as it was fresh and delicious! store bought is just not the same!) Interesting topic-thanks!

    10. Its an okay reference, however it doesn't take in to consideration cultural and hereditary traits that can effect what we eat.

      1. there are obviously a ton of factors that play a part in our health. i just think it's an interesting study and worth taking a look at.

    11. I thought this was very interesting and most of it rings true for me! Thank you for sharing!!


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