Blood Type B: The Nomad
- Strong immune system
- Tolerant digestive system
- Dairy eater
- Responds best to stress with creativity
- Requires a balance between physical and mental activity to stay healthy
The Type B Diet – Overview
The Type B diet is balanced and wholesome and includes a wide variety of foods. It represents a blending of several different cultures, and provides you with the choice of the best from the animal and vegetable kingdoms. The sturdy and alert Type B’s are usually able to resist many of the most severe diseases common to modern life, such as heart disease and cancer. Even if they do contract these diseases, they seem more likely to survive them. Due to the particular construction of their immune system, they are prone however to chronic viral infections and slow growing viruses, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Lupus.
Foods below are presented under their broad headings as either beneficial, neutral or avoid. Try to eat as many of the beneficial foods as possible, the neutral foods to fill out your diet and avoid the rest as often as possible. Following the diet accurately will lead to benefits within 1-2 weeks of greater energy, reduction in symptoms of illness and fat loss (should that be necessary for your body).
Stress is a highly personal experience, and what is incredibly stressful for one person may not create any problems for another. How we deal with stress is more important than the absolute level of stressful events that occur in our lives. Your blood type influences how you deal with stress and should guide your stress management techniques.
Type B’s response to stressful life events represents a balance between the intellectualising of the event and a physically aggressive response to a challenge. They are able to respond to different stresses in different ways, depending on what is required at the time. This represents an evolutionary adaptation to the needs of the people at the time, who required both the aggression and stamina to fight and conquer new lands, with the creativity and sensitivity to cultivate and develop these new lands into civilizations.
Type B’s should aim to exercise regularly, and participate in activities that balance the physical demands against mental diversion. They are often most comfortable performing exercises of moderate intensity, in the company of other people. Some suggestions would be group bushwalking, tennis, aerobics classes, group cycling and less aggressive martial arts. You will tend to be less effective and get less enjoyment from fiercely competitive sports such as rugby or boxing.
Type B’s should exercise at least 3-4 times per week to get the best results.
|Exercise||Duration (minutes)||Frequency per week|
The single largest factors for weight gain in Type B’s are corn, buckwheat, lentils, peanuts and sesame seeds. Each of these foods contain a lectin which will interfere with your insulin levels, leading to fatigue and possibly hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar levels). If you are trying to lose weight, wheat should also be avoided. It will slow the metabolism and cause more food to be stored as fat rather than burned for energy. Most Type B’s who stay on the diet will achieve a normal weight easily, all that is required is that you stick with the program. Because the type B diet allows dairy foods, if you are trying to lose weight you should only consume these in moderation. They are actually beneficial for your metabolism, but only if consumed in moderation.
Foods increasing Fat Loss
|Foods interfering with Fat Loss|
Meat, Offal, Poultry and Game
Whilst Type B’s have a good choice of meats, there are several that should definitely be avoided to maximise your health. Perhaps the hardest for most Type B’s to give up is chicken, which contains a lectin that strongly affects your system. If you are accustomed to eating chicken, you may swap to turkey or pheasant, neither of which have the dangerous lectin. If stressed or fatigued, you will cope much better by eating only those meats in the beneficial column, and minimising those that are neutral until you are back in balance.
|Mutton||Liver – calf, chicken, pig||Chicken||Partridge|
Type B’s thrive on seafood, especially cold water fish like cod, salmon and tuna, which are high in beneficial omega-3 oils. White fish such as cod, halibut and sole are excellent choices as well. You will need to avoid all crustaceans (crabs, lobsters, prawns, mussells, oysters etc) as they contain harmful lectins for the Type B system.
|Sea trout||Sea bass|
Dairy Food and Eggs
Type B is the only blood type that can fully enjoy a variety of dairy foods. The primary blood cell marker (D-galactosamine) is the same sugar that is present in milk. Dairy was first introduced into the human diet at the height of blood Type B development, along with the domestication of animals. Type B’s of Asian descent may be unaccustomed to eating dairy, as there has been a long cultural distaste for dairy foods. Dairy was first introduced to Asia with the Mongolian hordes, and it has long been seen as the food of the barbarian. This is unfortunate, as there are a large number of Type B’s in Asia whose soy-based diets are damaging their health.
Similarly, Type B’s of African descent may have difficulty with dairy, as many are lactose intolerant. This is not an immune reaction, it is a digestive intolerance which can often be overcome by slowly adding dairy to the diet. Digestive enzymes can be beneficial to reduce any discomfort that people may experience from consuming dairy foods in the early stages.
Hens eggs are beneficial on the Type B diet, as they are a good source of nutrients, and do not contain the damaging lectin found in chicken.
|Cottage cheese||Brie||Jarlsburg cheese||Blue cheese|
|Goat’s cheese||Buttermilk||Munster cheese|
|Goat’s milk||Camembert||Nufachatel cheese|
|Skim milk||Edam cheese||Parmesan cheese|
|Mozzarella cheese||Emmenthal cheese||Provolone cheese|
|Ricotta cheese||Fromage frais||Soy milk|
Oils and Fats
You will benefit from introducing olive oil to your diet. You can use one tablespoon every second day in cooking or salad dressing. Ghee (clarified butter) can also be used as a cooking oil. Avoid using sesame, sunflower or corn oils which are harmful to your digestive tract.
|Olive oil||Cod liver oil||Canola||Safflower oil|
|Ghee||Corn oil||Sunflower oil|
|Linseed (flaxseed) oil||Cottonseed oil||Sesame oil|
Nuts and Seeds
There are no highly beneficial nuts and seeds for the Type B diet. Peanuts, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds contain lectins interfering with insulin regulation.
|None||Almonds||Cashew nuts||Poppy seeds|
|Brazil nuts||Hazelnuts||Sesame seeds|
|Hickory nuts||Peanut butter||Tahini|
Beans and Pulses
Type B’s may eat some beans, but need to avoid lentils, chickpeas, pinto beans and others, which contain lectins that interfere with insulin regulation. If you are of Asian descent you may cope better with beans and pulses than others, as you will be more culturally accustomed to eating them. Even so, you should limit your exposure to these foods.
|Kidney beans||Broad beans||Aduki beans|
|Lima beans||Cannellini beans||Black beans|
|Navy beans||Green beans||Black-eyed beans|
|Peas – green, sugar snap||Lentils – green, brown, red|
|Red soya beans|
When Type B is in balance – following the basic principles of the diet – wheat may not be a problem. However, wheat is not tolerated well by most Type B’s as the gluten contains a lectin that will deposit in the muscle tissues and interfere with metabolic efficiency. Food that is not burned for energy will generally be stored as fat, so wheat can be a factor in Type B weight gain. It has also been found that Rye can cause blood vessel problems for Type B’s and is best avoided. The key is balance – try to eat a variety of grains, especially rice and oats.
|Millet||Cream of rice||Amaranth|
Bread, Crispbread and Muffins
The recommendations here are the same as for cereals – avoid wheat, corn, buckwheat and rye. That leaves a small range of breads that you can choose from if you wish.
|Brown rice bread||Gluten-free bread||Bagels|
|Fin crisps||Oat-bran muffins||Cornbread|
|Millet bread||Pumpernickel bread||Corn muffins|
|Rice cakes||Spelt bread||Durum wheat bread|
|Wasa bread||Soya flour bread||Multi-grain bread|
|100% rye bread|
|Wheat bran muffins|
Grains and Pastas
The recommendations here are consistent with the cereal and bread recommendations. It is wise to moderate your intake of pasta and rice, as there is otherwise a risk of consuming more of these foods and less of the beneficial meats, seafoods and dairy foods
|Oat flour||Graham flour||Self-raising flour||Barley flour|
|Rice flour||Plain flour||Semolina pasta||Buckwheat flour|
|Quinoa||Spelt flour||Bulgar wheat flour|
|Durum wheat flour|
Vegetables, Sprouts, Soya Products and Fresh Herbs
There are many high-quality, nutitious, Type B-friendly vegetables – so take advantage with 3-5 servings per day. There are only a few vegetables that you should avoid, especially sweetcorn, which interferes with insulin regulation, and tomatoes, which are likely to irritate your digestive system.
|Aubergine (eggplant)||Alfalfa sprouts||Lettuce (all)||Avocado|
|Beetroot leaves||Bamboo shoots||Mushrooms:||Globe artichokes|
|Broad beans||Bok choy||– abalone||Mung bean sprouts|
|Brussel’s sprouts||Celery||– chantarelles||Olives (all)|
|Cabbage – chinese, red, white||Chervil||– cultivated- enoki||Pumpkin|
|Carrots||Chilli pepper, jalapeno||– portobello||Radish sprouts|
|Cauliflower||Coriander||– tree oyster||Sweetcorn|
|Mushroom – shiitake||Daikons||Potatoes||Tomatoes|
|Mustard greens||Dandelion greens||Radicchio|
|Jicama beans||Swiss chard|
There are few fruits that you should avoid, and you probably won’t miss things like Prickly pear or pomegranate anyway. Pineapple is a good choice, especially if you are susceptible to bloating from the dairy etc, as it contains Bromelain, which is an enzyme that will assist digestion. Try to consume at least 1-2 pieces of fruit per day.
|Grapes (all)||Blackberries||– canang||Pomegranates|
|Papaya||Blackcurrants||– cantaloupe||Prickly pears|
|Plums (all)||Boysenberries||– crenshaw||Star fruit|
|Figs – dried, fresh||– spanish|
Juices and Other Fluids
As you would expect, most fruit and vegetable juices are acceptable on the Type B diet.
|Cabbage juice||Apple cider||Tomato juice|
|Cranberry juice||Apple juice|
|Grape juice||Apricot juice|
|Papaya juice||Black cherry juice|
|Pineapple juice||Carrot juice|
|Other vegetables in list|
|Water (with lemon juice)|
Spices, Dried Herbs and Flavourings
You will do best if you focus on warming herbs and spices, such as ginger, horseradish, chilli and curry spices. The exceptions to this are white and black pepper which contain problematical lectins. Avoid barley malt sweeteners, cornflour and cinnamon as they may irritate the stomach. Sugar and chocolate can be consumed in moderation.
|Curry powder||Agar||Cream of tartar||Pimento|
|Brown rice syrup||Marjoram||Seaweed|
|Caraway seeds||Miso||Soy sauce|
|Carob||Mustard – dry||Tamarind|
These are not recommended for any blood type, but Type B in particular needs to be careful of condiments with tomato in them, such as ketchup or other sauces.
|None||Jam (acceptable fruits)||Relish||Ketchup|
|Mayonnaise||Salad dressing||Barbecue sauce|
|Mustard||Worcestershire sauce||Tomato sauce|
You will not reap enourmous benefits from most herbal teas, but neither are there many that are harmful to your system. Ginseng is highly recommended and has a positive effect on the nervous system. Licourice can also be used for it’s anti-viral and energy boosting properties.
|Peppermint||Chamomile||St John’s Wort||Gentian|
|Raspberry leaf||Chickweed||Strawberry leaf||Golden seal|
* licourice can have effects on blood pressure and certain medications in high doses. Discuss this with your physician before using.
You will do best if you limit your beverages to herbal tea, water and juice. Although coffee, tea and wine do no harm, the goal of the blood type diet is to maximise performance, not just keep you in neutral.
|Green tea||Coffee – decaf, regular||Distilled spirits|
|Tea – decaf, regular||Soda water|
|Wine – red, white|
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