Dr. Sarah Collins, one of the main characters in the True Justice series is a Doctor of Chiropractic with an extensive background in nutrition and getting sick people well.
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Dr. Collins is fanatical about health and doesn’t miss a chance to offer health enhancing tips to her friends and just about everyone she meets. It’s one of the quirks that make the characters in the books of the True Justice series so memorable.
Writing a series of novels is fun.
Suffering from health-related ailments is not fun at all.
In the novels I write, Dr. Collins always looks toward diet and what people are eating (or neglecting to eat) that may be at the root of their health problems.
This makes perfect sense because it is well known that many health problems originate with the diet.
In this context, we are not talking about a weight-loss diet, but rather, we are using the term “diet” as it pertains to the foods people eat.
The Typical American Diet as outlined and discussed by Dr. Lisa R. Young in her epic book Finally Full, Finally Slim: 30 Days to Permanent Weight Loss One Portion at a Time . As Dr. Young points out, diet has been implicated in fostering quite a few nasty conditions ranging from heart disease to Type 2 diabetes, arterial disease, obesity, and various cancers.
Whether through intuition or study, many people have begun eating a regimented diet to avoid the pitfalls caused by the foods commonly found in the Typical American Diet.
Many people have adopted a Ketogenic diet by reading Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners , a paleo diet by reading Paleo Diet for Beginners , a Vegan diet by reading the Vegan Survival Guide, a vegetarian diet by reading Living Vegetarian for Dummies, or any one of the numerous diets and their variations that abound in today’s world.
These are all fine, if they fit your needs, but all of them are not right for everyone.
It is common to find people jumping from one diet to the next because some aspect of the eating style they are experimenting with just doesn’t work for them.
It may be that they crave meat while on a vegan or vegetarian style diet such as Living Vegan for Dummies , or they may hunger for starchy vegetables if they are on a ketogenic diet such as Keto Clarity by Jimmy Moore .
Maybe, a certain aspect of one of these diets doesn’t set well with them. It is not unheard of that one person may do exceptionally well with most foods on one of these diets, but they just don’t work for other folks.
In other words, there is something missing, causing a gap for them, in each of these dietary regimens.
In today’s discussion, we won’t bother looking at what foods commonly found in the Typical American Diet are particularly harmful because, as you will soon see, it doesn’t really matter.
Nor will we delve into each of the diets mentioned so far.
Instead, we’ll concentrate our efforts on trying to establish the proper way of eating for you as an individual.
And what can be more individualized than your blood type?
Dr. Peter D’Adamo has written an interesting book entitled Eat Right 4 Your Type. It is this tome and the information in it that we will be examining.
In addition to discussing how this book may be of great benefit to you, we will outline a process so you can determine if this diet is helping to alleviate some, or maybe even all, of your health issues.
Why should you be concerned about consuming a diet based upon your blood type?
Because it is somewhat individualized for you, which the other diets listed above are not.
Dr. Adamo has also written the Eat Right 4 Your Type Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia that has nearly 1,000 entries on treating symptoms and illness according to blood type.
This book will give you keys to unlocking the secrets to the health and well-being of yourself and your family.
Eat Right 4 Your Type Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia is the essential desk reference to answer all your questions and is the first book to draw on the thousands of medical studies proving the connection between blood type and disease.
It is the ultimate blood type guide and covers why your blood type makes you more susceptible to certain diseases, allergic responses, and chronic pain.
Eat Right 4 Your Type Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia discusses digestive health and why it affects fatigue, your immune system, sleep, memory, and the ability to keep a thought in your head without having it flit away into nowhere. It helps you maintain healthy skin and specifies what exercise or nutritional supplements to take based upon your individual blood type.
If you’ve been having problems consuming some of the foods found on the other diets, it may be because that diet contains a food that should be avoided based upon your blood type. By following the steps I will outline below you will be able to prove or disprove each theory as to what types of foods are good or bad for you as an individual.
For instance, consuming dairy or fatty foods from meat, major constituents of the ketogenic diet, may not agree with you if you are eating a ketogenic-type diet and your blood is Type A.
Dairy and red meats are taboo for people with blood type A, and that’s why those foods may be causing you trouble.
People with Type O blood tend to do well on the Ketogenic diet like the one found in The Keto Diet: The Complete Guide to a High-Fat Diet, with More Than 125 Delectable Recipes and 5 Meal Plans to Shed Weight, Heal Your Body, and Regain Confidence because they can digest dairy and red meats, which is a large portion of the ketogenic diet.
However, even when people who have blood type O are eating correctly on the ketogenic diet, and following the clean eating regimen as found in helpful books like Clean Keto Lifestyle: The Complete Guide to Transforming Your Life and Health, they may still have some issues with certain foods like coconut oil because it is a food that should be avoided because they have Type O blood.
Do you see how the blood type diet can help you narrow down the foods that you should eat and those that must be avoided?
Now let’s get into how you can monitor your health to assure that the blood type diet is the best one for you as an individual.
First, you’ll have to make a list of all the ailments you suffer from.
Don’t only include the big, major ailments on your list. Make sure that you list ALL your ailments.
It may be hard to remember, or even recognize, those small ailments.
To catch all the small, relatively insignificant ailments that may be caused by the foods you are eating, think about that you have that other people don’t.
This list may include minor things such as a strange little itch that occurs in a specific spot on your body.
It may include a vague pain or something as innocuous as stiffness when you get up from bed in the morning (no, it's not all just "old age" causing this).
An easy way to visualize what your various ailments are is to begin at your head and work your way down to your toes.
Do you have healthy hair or is it falling out very quickly and thinning out?
Do you have headaches?
Do your eyes hurt, itch, or are blurry?
How about your throat? Heart? Lungs? Stomach? Do you have a hard, bulging abdomen? Genitalia (is it itchy or just not working the way it used to?). Are your bowels working normally and not constipated or having diarrhea all the time?
Work your way all the way down your body one level at a time until you reach your toenails.
Do your toenails have fungus? If so, write it down!
Aren't limber anymore and can't bend down? Write it down!
After you make your list of ailments, make two or three photocopies of your list. You will use these copies to make comparisons later so you can chart how well you are doing on this diet.
If you are more comfortable using an Excel spreadsheet than a pencil and paper, make a few copies of the spreadsheet so you have a blank copy to use later when your test whether you are making progress with this diet or not.
Using one copy of your ailment list, put a number between 1 (mild) to 10 (terrible pain or aggravation) beside each ailment on your list, then put that copy away in a safe place and ignore it until it's time to compare it to a new list.
Since inflammation is a large component of eating the wrong foods (you will learn about this when you read the book Eat Right 4 Your Type, you will want to take some measurements of various parts of your body.
You didn’t know that what you thought was fat is actually inflammation, did you?
Well, using this method, you can prove it to yourself.
While we are not discussing using the Eat Right 4 Your Type diet to lose weight, one study I found about it noted that everyone who followed it did lose weight. That’s a pretty significant statement to be made in a medically oriented scientific journal so it’s worth paying attention to.
While losing weight may be high on your list, I’m more interested in the health benefits associated with that weight loss. The less fat and inflammation your heart must pump blood through will lower blood pressure and take some stress off your heart.
In today’s world, that’s important.
Do you now see how this is all tied together in helping you obtain and maintain better overall health?
Let’s look at exactly how you can accurately take measurements of your body so they will be repeatable and give you good, dependable data you can use to evaluate your progress with your new eating regimen.
First, you should take measurements of any body parts that you aren’t happy with.
Don’t like your chubby thighs?
Using a flexible cloth tape measure like tailors use to fit clothing to people, measure up a specific distance above or below a hard, bony prominence that won’t change as your body composition changes, and then take the measurement you’re interested in recording and comparing at a later date.
In this instance, you can measure up from the top of your kneecap to your thigh area and take your thigh measurement there. Record how high above your kneecap you measured and what the actual measurement was. That way you know you are measuring the same place each time you measure it.
If you want to measure both thighs together, take your measurement around the bony prominence of your hip joint.
For your upper arm, take a circumferential measurement the same distance above a bony prominence like your elbow.
You get the idea.
Just make sure to record (write down on paper or on your computer) where you took the measurement and what the measurement was on any body part you are evaluating.
That way, you can go back every month or so to take another measurement at the same place and see if there are additional changes taking place.
Read Dr. D’Adamo’s book, Eat Right 4 Your Type, and see if it makes sense to you.
I’ll bet it does, and you’ll be wondering why you haven’t started taking better care of yourself years ago.
We’ll be discussing a lot more tips and techniques that will help point you in the right direction to restore, improve, or maintain your health so check back regularly.
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Until next time,
Dale (aka: D. E. Heil)
This blog will cover the various topics found in the True Justice series of novels by D. E. Heil.