When I speak to a yoga class, or the runners at Lucky Road, they're often blood type A or AB. But cross fitters are overwhelmingly O. There are some A’s, B’s and AB’s sprinkled in but for the part, I am talking to an O crowd.
Crazy, right? That your blood type could predict what type of exercise you choose? While not a perfect system, the Blood Type Diet is one that I rely on when I coach. When I was in school, I learned about over 150 different dietary practices, and the Blood Type Diet is one that not only fascinated me, but also held true client after client. Again, it’s not perfect! I have those who do not do well with the suggestions and we go a different route, but frequently it answers many questions for those who are open to learning about it.
The Blood Type Diet can be as simple or as complicated as you wish it to be. I love to keep things simple, so for my O’s, I recommend finding a balance between strenuous workouts like CrossFit (which they love) and calming exercise like restorative yoga, breathing exercises, and meditation, (which is often incredibly challenging). I always warn my O’s not to turn yoga into a workout, but rather use it to calm the body and mind.
O’s do very well on a paleo or whole 30 type meal plan, if there’s no cholesterol issue. When A’s begin to do Cross Fit and try the paleo or whole30 way of eating, they are usually frustrated with the results of weight gain, unhealthy labs from the doctor, and feeling sluggish. That’s because their bodies are not designed to eat the same was as an O.
Would you like to learn more? Next month in The Garden, my new online learning community, we will be talking more about The Blood Type Diet, focusing on a type each week. We will talk about food, personality, exercise and stress in the various blood types. If you are interested in signing up, please see me at RARE, or email me and I will get you registered and in the group today! At only $25 a month, and no commitment, there is no better way to get the nutrition information that you can trust and rely on to help you reach your goals.
Jen Miller, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
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