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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Eating With Your Proper Blood Type, What Do You Think?
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Renegade    4

I eat the same thing every day with barely any modifications and I was thinking that to maximize the results of going Gluten-Free I should combine this with eating right for my blood type but it seems as doing this while avoiding gluten is just incredibly challenging. Some stuff going as far as coconut oil being bad for anyone but some things really make sense. I am of type O and it warn a lot about avoiding glutens and grains even corn. Now I though I was going good with cereal and bread being gluten-free but with this it's like all I can eat is meat and more meat and some fruits.

 

Pretty boring, gotta avoid coffee too, that one thing that actually make me feel really good.

 

I can eat almonds but I have to avoid peanuts? Makes no sense to me nuts are nuts and it says to avoid nightshade yet tomatoes are ok. Gets me confused a lot, what do you guys think?

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kareng    1,992

We have had this discussion before and everyone with Celiac has different blood types and needs to avoid gluten. Not just the ones with whichever blood type it is.

There is no scientific evidence for this blood type eating.

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alesusy    6

I've been told by a homoepatic doctor to eat following my blood type. While I'm willing to give it a try in my own home for several reasons that I'm explaining in another post, I'm not going to subject to new difficulties all my patient friends who had to learn how to feed me gluten free. Nor will I skip meals in restaurants for this. I mean: I'm B and I'm supposed to keep free of buckwheat AND corn, apart from peanuts and walnuts and mussels AND chicken AND tomatoes AND anything coming from cow milk. I can deal with the rest, but baking without corn bread and buckwheat is going to be a real challenge. Especially since they apparently do NOT trouble me at all. Life is difficult enough already. I'm cutting out on these red flags foods for a couple of months and I'll see how it goes but no way I can tell my friends "uh, apart from no milk and no gluten I'll give you a NEW list of prohibited foods because I know how you love a challenge..." :-D

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cyclinglady    717

My doc suggested I try this diet years ago when the book was first published.  He loved to have his patients try things out and report back to him.  He also like prescribing two different meds for the same issue within our family to see which one worked best. 

 

But I didn't do it.  Instead, I went on a candida and food allergy/intolerance rotational diet that really helped.  Basically, the "Eat Right for Your Blood Type" is like other diets.  Eat simple foods (fruit, veggies and proteins) and cut out junk food.  Also, don't eat the same old things day in and day out!  Hit the Eastern Markets and try some new veggies! 

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