Now this is less of why eating for your blood type doesn’t work and more of why it didn’t work financially for me.
Okay, so those close to me know what I’ve been dealing with for close to two months now. Randomly, my insides decided that it was time for me to experience adult acne on top of skin irritation all at the same time. I broke out in an insidious rash on my left check and I’ve tried everything to cure it (See pics here and I found a cure!). It’s still here. But that’s not what we’re here to talk about.
I don’t eat necessarily unhealthy, but I’m no organic-crazed controlled dieter either. I pretty much go with the flow. Fast-food every once and a drunk night, I drink water daily and I eat a good serving of fruits and vegetables. My mom’s doing mostly, because that’s the diet I’ve had since I was younger. Over the last 2 years I’ve tried to develop more holistic habits when it comes to diet, health and hygiene. So naturally, when the cluster of ugliness appeared I sought several natural ways to cure it, one of those approaches was eating by blood type.
I visited a local herb store where I met one of the coolest women ever, now this is not to discredit her because I’m sure that eating for your blood type works for some people. However, when you’re one year out of college, working like a slave and can barely afford wheat bread as it is, eating for your blood type might not be a reasonable option for you.
My blood type happens to be o+, which seems like the most difficult one. Here’s what you can and can’t eat:
- Veggies: Artichokes, Broccoli, Collard Greens, Lettuce, Okra, Pumpkin, Spinach, Sweet potatoes, Seaweed
- Fruits: Banana, Blueberry, Cherry, Fig, Plum, Prune, Mango
- Grains: Essene and Ezekiel bread
- Dairy: Soy milk, cheese, yogurt/Goat cheese, milk, yogurt
- Nuts: Pumpkin seeds, Walnuts, Flax
- Beans: Aduke, Azuki, Black-eyed peas
- Meat & Fish: Beef, Lamb, Veal, Venison, Buffalo, Cod, Salmon, Halibut
- Spices: Curry, Cayenne, Tumeric, Carob
- Veggies: Avacado, Cauliflower, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Mushrooms, Potatoes (red & white)
- Fruit: Blackberries, Coconuts, Melons, Oranges, Plantains, Strawberries, Tangerines, Apple Juice, Kiwi
- Grains: Barley, Oats, Wheat, Corn, Couscous
- Oils: Corn, Peanut
- Cheese: American, Blue, Cheddar, Cottage, Cream, Monterrey Jack, Provolone, Parmesan, Ricotta, Swiss
- Dairy: Ice cream, Milk, Buttermilk, Yogurt
- Nuts & Seeds: Cashews, Sunflower, Peanuts, Pistachio
- Beans: Kidney, Navy, Copper, Lentils, Pinto
- Meat & Fish: Pork, Goose, Catfish, Caviar, Squid
- Spices: Cinnamon, Vinegar, Ketchup, Pickles, Nutmeg, Corn Syrup, Relish
The hardest part about the transition, aside from not knowing where to even purchase half of it, was that there wasn’t any “ease into it” options. I searched tirelessly on “easy” eating by blood type diets and it seems like most people were just able to make the transition immediately or at least made it seem like it.
What I’ve decided to do instead of jumping into a complete lifestyle change is to cut out certain things one at a time. The first to go was strawberries and now I’m working on dairy.
So um basically I need to be rich and go Beyoncé vegan. Too bad my wallet doesn’t agree.