Recently a girlfriend emailed me for some food-related advice. She wanted to know my opinion on ‘eating too much’ meat. When I asked her why, she said her personal trainer had her on an eating plan that included meat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
That’s a lot of meat.
Her trainer also had her doing hard-core training with weights and boot-camp type activities. No doubt she would need more protein than your average sedentary office worker. But still, she was uncomfortable with the amount of meat her trainer was suggesting for her to eat.
So I also asked her about her blood type.
She said it’s A positive.
Now I understood where she was coming from.
According to the Blood Type Diet, those who are type A tend to veer towards a vegetarian diet. While these individuals may not be vegetarian, they usually don’t feel the need to eat as much meat as, say, those who are blood type O.
I have come across this time and time again. Those who have told me they can’t do without their meat have been type O — all of them. (I’ve yet to meet a vegetarian type O, but I’m sure you’re out there!)
The premise behind this is that type O is the original blood type — the type of our original ancestors, the hunter–gatherer. The belief is that these individuals would generally do better on a meat-based diet, such as the Paleolithic (Paleo) diet. Whereas blood type A evolved during the advent of agriculture — when the body had to adapt to digesting and assimilating grains.
I first became aware of the blood type diet when a friend bought me Cook Right for your Type cookbook. That was about 10 years ago. And back then, while I thought it was an interesting concept, I didn’t hold much regard for it.
There are still a lot of elements that I question — it’s quiet restrictive. For each of the four blood types (O, A, B & AB) there’s are a long list of foods that is divided into beneficial, neutral and avoid categories. Besides, there’s more to consider than one’s blood type when it comes to food and health in my opinion.
Interestingly, the blood type of the majority of students studying health coaching with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition is type A, including me. Which explains my love for grains and legumes (but that could be because I’m Indian too!).
How about you? What blood type are you? Do you ‘feel’ the need eat meat? Please share in the comments below.
To health & happiness,