I have exercised, tried to go on different diet, tried to eat fresh and healthy. Whole grains, count calories. Beat myself up over exercising, trying to do as much as I could. Then I went to the doctor and they told me I had gained over 20 additional pounds. I couldn’t believe this. I even would cut down on my food because my ex’s mom suggested maybe my food portions were too large, which I’m sure they were, so I even tried cutting those in half. I tried drinking more fluids, cutting out soda, juice and only drinking water or crystal light (mainly water). But still with little efforts I did not have a change in my weight.
I did not have a weight “problem” until after I divorced from Chris, Samara’s biological father aka sperm donor number 1. From then I slowly gained weight. I went from 175 to 200. Then I injured myself and managed to get a slipt disc in one of my lower vertabrae in my spinal cord/cavity. I gained an additonal 20 or 30 lbs from my 9 months to almost a year of hardly no mobility. After I reached past 230 I tried different diets and exercising that did not work. I went on the low carb, low calorie, south beach, liquid diet, nutrisystem, and just a whole grains fresh food healthy “diet” or lifestyle of eating. But I just kept gaining and gaining.
I spent money on workout equipment and exercise dvd’s that did not help me lose weight. I spent almost 1K on a treadmill a few years ago then a couple years ago I invested in an eliptical machine spending a couple hundred dollars off of Craigslist.
There is a book that was released that has recently within the past few years called “Eating Right for Your Blood Type”, and it is very interested what it says for my blood type. I will copy and paste part of what it says about my blood type. Basically a summary for my blood type with is A-.
What Makes a ‘Type A’ an Individual?
What makes Me Me and You You?
This is the question that is at the heart of the genetic puzzle. It is also central to our exploration of blood types. The key is genetic heritage – the story line of your life. Even though you are living in the 21st century, you share a common bond with your ancestors. The genetic information that resulted in their particular characteristics has been passed on to you.
People who are A blood type have a different set of characteristics than people who are Type O – they are susceptible to different diseases, they should eat different foods and exercise in a completely different manner. Some believe that personality is influenced by blood type! Dr. D’Adamo, author of the best selling books Eat Right for Your Type and Live Right for Your Type, among others, gives us a blueprint for living in his books. Read on to learn more about the Type A individual.
Type A History
The Type A emerges into the 21st century with many more complex challenges than their ancestors could have imagined. The key factor in the development of Type A can be traced to the struggle for survival long ago, when there was a rapidly dwindling supply of hunting game stock. Having exhausted the great game herds of Africa, humans pushed farther out from their ancestral home into Europe and Asia. The cultivation of grains and livestock changed everything. For the first time, people were able to forego the hand to mouth lifestyle of the hunter/gatherer and establish stable communities. Over time the adaptations that produced Blood Type A were based on the need to fully utilize nutrients from carbohydrate sources. These biological adaptations can still be observed today in Type A’s digestive structure. Low levels of hydrochloric acid in the stomach and high intestinal disaccharide digestive enzyme levels permit the more efficient digestion of carbohydrates. According to Dr. D’Adamo, these are also the very factors, along with low levels of intestinal alkaline phosphatase, that make it difficult for Type As to digest and metabolize animal protein and fat.
What Makes Type A Unique
Many neurochemical factors in the Type A genetic disposition favor a structured, rhythmic, harmonious life, surrounded by a positive, supportive community. The harried pace and increased sense of isolation experienced by so many in today’s society often make these needs difficult to achieve. Type A best exemplifies the powerful interconnections between mind and body. This was vital to the shift away from hunting and procurement to building and growing. However, Type A’s more internalized relationship to stress, which served your ancestors well, can be a challenge for the modern Type A. The Blood Type Diet’s proactive mix of lifestyle strategies, hormonal equalizers, gentle exercise and specialized dietary guidelines will maximize your overall health; decrease your natural risk factors for cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The result: high performance, mental clarity, greater vitality and increased longevity.
Type A Diet
“When we discuss ‘diet,’ we are not talking necessarily about a weight loss plan, that’s a side benefit to following this plan. We are actually discussing diet in the more traditional sense, meaning a way to eat,” explains, Dr. D’Adamo. Type As flourish on a vegetarian diet – if you are accustomed to eating meat, you will lose weight and have more energy once you eliminate the toxic foods from your diet. Many people find it difficult to move away from the typical meat and potato fare to soy proteins, grains and vegetables. But it is particularly important for sensitive Type As to eat their foods in as natural a state as possible: pure, fresh and organic. “I can’t emphasize enough how this critical dietary adjustment can be to the sensitive immune system of Type A. With this diet you can supercharge your immune system and potentially short circuit the development of life threatening diseases.”
In this busy, ever changing world, it’s almost impossible to avoid every day stress. Type As have a naturally high level of the stress hormone cortisol and produce more in response to stressful situations. Cortisol is released in 24-hour patterns, typically in the early morning between six and eight A.M. with a gradual decrease during the day. It helps to cue the body’s other cyclical rhythms. Due to the naturally elevated cortisol in type As, additional stress often manifests in several ways; disrupted sleep patterns, daytime brain fog, increased blood viscosity (thickening), and promotes muscle loss and fat gain. In extreme cases in Type As, stress can manifest in more serious ways, causing obsessive-compulsive disorder, insulin resistance and hypothyroidism. To help balance cortisol levels, Dr. D’Adamo recommends that you limit sugar, caffeine and alcohol. Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast; eating smaller, more frequent meals will also help to stabilize blood sugar levels. He also points out that the following factors are known to increase cortisol levels and increase mental exhaustion for Type As – be aware and limit your exposure when possible:
- Crowds of people
- Loud noise
- Negative emotions
- Strong smells or perfumes
- Too much sugar and starch
- Violent TV and movies
- Lack of sleep
- Extreme weather conditions (hot or cold)
Calming Exercise – The Critical Component for Health and Well Being
Heightened cortisol levels make it harder for Type As to recover from stress. Research has demonstrated that overall cortisol levels can be lowered through a regular program of exercises that provide focus and calming effects. Make these activities a regular – and life saving – part of your lifestyle. Dr. D’Adamo recommends, Hatha Yoga, Tai Chi and Meditation and Deep Breathing Exercises. Meditation has been studied for its effects on stress hormones. It was found that after meditation, serum cortisol levels were significantly reduced. Writes Dr. D’Adamo, “While it’s fine for Type As to participate in more intense physical activity when healthy and in good condition, be aware that these forms of exercise do not act as safety valves for stress in your blood type. I have seen Type As excel at weight lifting and aerobic activities, but you have to be careful about not overtraining, as that will actually raise cortisol levels.”
The Personality Connection
Blood Type is a marker of individuality – and perhaps of personality as well. In Japan, it has long been believed that Blood Type is an indicator of personality – in fact, you are likely to be asked your blood type in a job interview or while out on a date with a potential mate! In a study conducted by Dr. D’Adamo in 1999, he found some interesting connections between blood type and personality. Type As most often described themselves in ways related to the following characteristics: sensitive to the needs of others, good listeners, detail oriented, analytical, creative and inventive.
In addition to exercise, stress management and eating the right foods, here are some key lifestyle strategies for Type A individuals.
- Cultivate creativity and expression in your life
- Establish a consistent daily schedule
- Go to bed no later than 11:00 PM and sleep for eight hours or more. Don’t linger in bed, as soon as you get up, get going!
- Take at least two breaks of twenty minutes each during the work day. Stretch, take a walk, do deep breathing exercises or meditate.
- Don’t skip meals
- Eat more protein at the start of the day, less at the end
- Don’t eat when you are anxious
- Eat smaller, more frequent meals.
- Engage in thirty to forty five minutes of calming exercise at least three times a week.
- Plan regular screening for heart disease and cancer prevention.
Always chew food thoroughly to enhance digestion. Low stomach acid makes digestion more difficult.
To credit where I am using this information the website is at: http://www.dadamo.com/bloodtype_A.htm
I just copy and pasted the information since I am talking about my health problems and the book at the moment. I found all the information very interesting, and later I found the information to be more key then I thought. Many months ago, I had blood work done. The initial blood work came back and they said the main stuff was good there was nothing wrong with my thyroids and other medical problems they can initially check for. They did additional blood work that took longer, but to be honest it took so long that I forgot they took the extra blood of mine to do further more extensive testing.
So I’m still gaining weight. I got to the point that I was at 230, then for a little while I just gave up hope about losing weight. I didn’t benge with eating or anything of that manner but I just came to terms with the fact that I was going to be fat or “BBW” forever and probably die at an earlier age than I wanted. This went on for about a year until I got the motivation and tried again, but all I did was gain and gain and gain and I didn’t know why. I was eating healthy home cooked meals for the most part, I rarely ate out, I didn’t eat fast food (except in rare, once in a while cases), so I don’t actually know how much I weigh but I am guessing it is somewhere between 260-280. I had to go onto diabetes medication called Metformin, that is for people with type 2 diabetes and also for people that are borderline type 2 diabetes, it is supposed to help the onset of type 2 diabetes.
So I get a call from my doctor about a few days ago to almost a week ago concluding that my research of my problem was correct and that maybe I should be on a vegetarian diet. Both doctors at the facility were in agreement with the blood work. They found out through the blood work that the problem is that my body is not properly breaking down the food. The digestive enzymes are not working with the protein in meat to work for my body and everytime I consume meat it is workind against my body. I’m sure they could of said it in more technical terms like it says in the quoted above details, but it lined exactly with what the book for the blood type diets was telling me. So my doctors stressed the importance of starting and staying on a vegetarian diet and how crucial it was to make this a life long choice and healthy decision. They explained that I couldn’t eat as much potatoe products as well and that switching to soy alternatives would benefit me in my health. They also explained that I am lucky that I was concerned enough to take control of my health and seek out answers. That they let me know within a 5 year period I would of because a full blown diabetic.
I don’t want to be this heavy for the rest of my life. I’m tired of feeling like a fat cow. I don’t feel attractive, and I feel like everything I do that I know is healthy is doing nothing for me. I’m embarrassed to get into a bathing suit. I feel like everything I put on still makes me look gross. I feel like everytime somebody sees me they are looking at me because of my weight not because I’m pretty or other reasons. So I’m glad to finally get some answers, so I can move in the right direction. Because a lot of my dietary intake is meat. I eat a lot of meat and not a lot of sides. I would eat a lot of vegetables and some grains and dairy products but mostly meats. Physical health can really impact and influence your depression and I know I would feel a lot better if I lost some weight and started to see some results. I don’t want to look like a super model, I would like to at least get back down to 170, my pre pregnancy weight. or even 200 would be an enjoyable weight at the moment to see. Seeing that I am almost, uncomfortably getting close to 300lbs, which I do not want to see happening. Ultimately I would like to be around 150-160, that is my wish to be that weight and I would be very happy with that weight. But I have a long way to go before reaching that goal. So I am hoping with the new lifestyle change in my eating, switching to a vegetarian diet that I will soon start to see some results. I want to be there for my kids, and grand kids and maybe great grand children. I want to be healthy and full the plans I have in my heart and the plans and vision God has for me as an individual and as a child and daughter of God.