Eat Right 4 Your Type: The Individualized Diet Solution

Eat Right 4 Your Type: The Individualized Diet Solution

by Peter J. D'Adamo, Catherine Whitney


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In this New York Times bestselling diet phenomenon, Dr. Peter D'Adamo and Catherine Whitney reveal the simple secret to healthy, vigorous, and disease-free living: basing your diet on your blood type.

If you've ever suspected that not everyone should eat the same thing or do the same exercise, you're right. In fact, what foods we absorb well and how our bodies handle stress differ with each blood type. Your blood type reflects your internal chemistry. It is the key that unlocks the mysteries of disease, longevity, fitness, and emotional strength. It determines your susceptibility to illness, the foods you should eat, and ways to avoid the most troubling health problems.

In Eat Right 4 Your Type, Dr. D'Adamo draws on over fifteen years of research to reveal:

• Which foods, spices, teas, and condiments help maintain optimal health and ideal weight
• Which vitamins and supplements to emphasize or avoid
• Whether your stress is relieved better through aerobics or meditation
• Whether you should walk, swim or play tennis or golf as your mode of exercise
• How knowing your blood type can help you avoid many common viruses and infections and fight back against life-threatening diseases
• How to slow down the aging process by avoiding factors that cause rapid cell deterioration

Whether your blood type is O, A, B, or AB, Eat Right 4 Your Type will help you design a total health program that's perfect for you.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399142550
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/1997
Series: Eat Right 4 Your Type Series
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo is an internationally acclaimed naturopathic physician, researcher, and lecturer, as well as the author of the New York Times bestselling Eat Right 4 Your Type series. 

Catherine Whitney is the coauthor of numerous bestselling books on health and wellness.

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Check out these blood type facts!

If your blood type is O:

  • Eat meat (high protein, low carbohydrate).
  • Cut out wheat and most other grains.
  • Engage in vigorous aerobic exercise.
  • Your risk factors for ulcers and inflammatory diseases such as arthritis increase if you eat incorrectly for your type.
  • If your blood type is A:
    • You should be a vegetarian (high carbohydrate, low fat).
    • Engage in gentle exercise such as yoga or golf.
    • Meditate to deal with stress.
    • Your risk factors for cancer and heart disease increase if you eat incorrectly for your type.
  • If your blood type is B:
    • You should have the most varied diet of all the blood types, one including meat; yours is the only blood type that does well with dairy products.
    • Engage in exercise such as moderate swimming or walking.
    • Your risk for slow-growing viruses that attack the nervous system increases if you eat incorrectly for your type.
  • If your blood type is AB:
    • You have most of the benefits and intolerances of types A and B.
    • Engage in calming exercises and relaxation techniques.
    • You have the friendliest immune system of all the blood types.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I: Your Blood Type Identity
    Part II: Your Blood Type Plan
    Part III: Your Blood Type Health
    Epilogue: A Wrinkle of Earth
    Afterword: A Medical Breakthrough for the Ages by Joseph Pizzorno, President, Bastyr University
    Appendix A: Blood Type Charts
    Appendix B: Common Questions
    Appendix C: Glossary of Terms
    Appendix D: Notes on the Anthropology of Blood Type
    Appendix E: The Blood Type Subgroups
    Appendix F: Resources: Getting Help
    Appendix G: References
    Appendix H: Survey: Be a Part of the Blood Type Revolution


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    Eat Right 4 Your Type: The Individualized Diet Solution 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 130 reviews.
    MelindaG More than 1 year ago
    I had been struggling for years with my diet. I'd crave protein and nuts which would completely blow my conventional diet but I found this was due to eating the wrong foods for my blood type. Moving to the O blood type diet I dropped 10 pounds in the first 15 days and it was right from my stomach and back BUT the most important thing is my memory came back!!! I am post surgical menopause and I have been in a fog for years. I had chalked it up to be over 45 and had come to terms that this was now my life, NOT SO! My head is clear and I am recalling things at a snap. It has renewed my life and well worth the price of the book.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    Only two weeks after purchasing this book and the encyclopedia, starting the first week by omitting the avoid foods 50%;second week getting serious, I am here to report the results are truly amazing. I am AB and my husband and his twin boys are O. They came into my life 8 years ago.I am the pleaser, so I proceeded to cook all the good stuff for them! They longed for Meat and they got it and so did I. Only to wind up with cholesterol level at 319 a year ago! My doctor put me on synthroid, six weeks later I was down to 235. But my good cholesterol was twice as high. So no more concerns on part of my doctor. I was still sluggish and had to endure the aches and stiff joints associated with a malajusted thyroid. Thanks to this diet I have no pains, stiffness after only two weeks. I can not wait for my next blood test in 10 weeks! I wish more health professionals where open to the possibilitys of this plan for a healtier being. My eating habbits before this new family of mine almost coincided with doctor D'Adamos diet. I grew up in northern germany, where my diet concisted of 6 days fish and one day meat! Later I lived in hawaii, my best girl friends husband being a commercial fisherman supplying me with ample amounts of fish! Fresh vegetables from the chinese market rounded my diet! Bottom line, I am turning into the energetic, happy woman my husband and the twins met 8 years ago! I dont have much weight to loose, but the health benefits are enormous for me. Thanks Dr. D'Adamo!
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    This book was recommended to me because of a discussion about how I like some foods BUT some foods don't like me. (My reaction to those foods were extreme.) I started reading this book and couldn't put it down. Now... I know why my system reacts the way it does. I am type O, and I stopped eating wheat products,cheese & changed to pineapple juice instead of O.J.: What a difference!! By altering my diet, I feel so much better. Very glad I took the time to read this book.
    debryanne More than 1 year ago
    Loved this book, and am telling all my friends about it. I've been following the diet pretty faithfully, and have lost 9.5 pounds in 15 days! It gives a lot of variety in each blood type plan.
    Sugar-n-Spice More than 1 year ago
    I am overweight and that is the main reason I purchased this book. After I started reading it, and doing what it says...I began to FEEL better. I tend to have stomach upsets very frequently and I had decided that it was something I was just going to have to live with, but I haven't had one since I have been using the guidelines in this book. Feeling better has lead me to having the energy to workout more, and although this is not a "weight loss" book, it does give advice about foods for your blood type that are good for weight loss as well as exercises that are best suited for your blood type and how often you should engage in them. It is not a diet you do for a few weeks, it is a lifestyle change. If you are looking for a typical diet where you only drink lemon juice for a week, this is not the book for you. If you want to change your life, even if you are not overweight, but if you have a general unhealthy demeanor this is the book for you. The only down side is you should expect to have to cut out some foods you like, I'm sure there will be some...there certainly are for me, but I had reached a point where I felt horrible all the time and my weight was becoming a problem. Following the guidelines has even helped my asthma. The pros outweigh the cons by a long shot for me. Being able to go hiking with my husband, (who played college football) and actually keeping up is fantastic! If you are tired of feeling bad all the time or being overweight I highly recommend this book. I hope it works as well for you as it has thus far for me.
    serviceKP More than 1 year ago
    This book starts with a fascinating history and overview about how blood types evolved and the culture related to blood types around the world. I found that all blood types have their strengths and challenges and there are amazing tendencies on food sensitivities that can make a big difference on over all fitness. Making chances to read other authors and cross references points of view, helps me find what works for me.

    I was surprised that in the past many have looked down on my blood type, O which is common on both sides of the family and quite rare and ironically otherwise, many of my characteristics are more modern. It clearly explained the difference between evolved characteristics as opposed to genetic innovations. I'm O+ and that explained a lot about why some of my challenges show up as they do. I knew before I read the book that I would break out if I ate about a half dozen chocolate oatmeal cookies, and one of the first things that jumped out at me was peanuts can be trouble for people with O blood. This boosts my interest to study more about nutritional healing, and it's fun to find healthy ways to satisfy my sweet tooth and enjoy the rest of the balance of my diet, too.
    Instyl More than 1 year ago
    This book is great! It all makes sense now. A lot of the food that I was eating and weren't going well with my digestive system are all the foods noted that are not beneficial for my body. I have been following this diet for a month and two weeks. As a result, I have no more migraines or headaches that last three days, my allergies have significantly subsided and I have lost more than seven pounds (although I wasn't trying). I get compliments on my skin and I am more alert. I do cheat from time to time but pay the consequences afterward by either getting sick or breaking out in hives. Moderation is key but it's worth it. It changed my life for the better.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    Tremendous - struck just the right cord for me. Felt benefits from diet within 1 week. Lost 20 lbs in 4 months, lowered cholesterol 30 points. Bad numbers went down about 1/3, good numbers up about 10%. My Doctor was amazed at the improvement in blood work up, took me off Zocor Rx and asked for the name of the diet. I have kept the weight loss off for an additional 6 weeks.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    My husband had terrible allergies and stomach problems and had tried all sorts of medicines. Nothing worked. In addition to homeopathic remedies, we have adopted the eating plans this book describes. What a difference it has made!!! I never thought my husband could do this diet (he is a big football player kind of guy) but he has found new things to eat and has given up some of his old eating habits. Now, we both find that if we 'splurge' for foods not recommended for us, we notice it! We feel so much better now that we're following these eating guidelines. Give it a try! You'll be amazed!!
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    I thought the idea of this diet was a bunch a baloney when I heard about it, but after suffering with IBS, Acid Reflux, and having my gallbladder removed, all before I was thirty, I was willing to try it! I've been told by Dr's to increase fiber, eat more cereals, more H20, take stimulants like Fibercon and Milk of Magnesia, and YUCK, none of it worked. I tried the Atkins diet and felt as if I might die! I've tried a series of digestive enzymes and still, no help. I was at a loss. I already had a restricted diet due to my allergies of MSG, Caffeine, alcohol, dairy and others that make me feel ill. Low and behold, then I read the food list for type O and almost all the foods that irritate me were foods that O types should not eat! After 1 week on the diet I lost 5 lbs. lost the bloating, my synthroid levels had gotten better and where is the IBS? GONE! I don't know how much of the science behind this book can be proven, but I do know it worked for me and I'm eating HEALTHY. I would recommend anyone to give this book a try!
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    My mother got me started on the Eat Right 4 Your Type Lifestyle. It is not just a diet.... it's a way of life. My mother has lupus. This 'diet' helped her get off of all the medications she was on. Eating right and taking the right supplements was all she needed to manage her illness. My son developed diabetes about a year ago. It was hard to control his sugar levels being as he was only 16 months old at diagnosis. He also had continous ear infections. When the doctor suggested tubes Mom suggested I check into changing his diet. So I did....And it has worked wonders. I think everyone should educate themselves about bloodtypes and allergies. Get off all the antibiotics and such! If they really worked....would you have to keep taking them??? Just check it out!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    What a life changer this book has been for me. Since my teens I had been dealing with IBS. Instead of finding the cause of the problem every doctor that I have been to prescribed medications and told me to eat a diet rich with grains. Isn't this ironic? As a type O I have an intolerance to wheat and most grains, so instead of feeling better it just made my situation worse. When I eliminated those items listed as avoid for my blood type, all my health problems disappeared. No more yo-yo dieting, no more calorie counting, I'm not hungry all the time, and I now have lean muscle mass.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I have been on this type of diet for about 3 weeks now. Have lost 8.5 lbs!!! More important is the fact that my stomach doesn't hurt anymore! Feel so much better eating what I should and not all the other things that were hurting me
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I am very intrigued by this form of health maintinience. I WONT SAY DIET because I find that this book is not all about that; its about Optimal Health overall. I expect to see more changes as alot of the not too eat foods r the ones that i notice make me feel out of sorts even before reading this so this book to me is nothing but a confirmation & valuable addition on my personal health journey. My blood type is A positive btw. Good luck & happy readings :-)
    StarBrightSR More than 1 year ago
    In early 2010 I began to look at what I was eating and started to look at the gluten and grains in my diet. I lost over 40 pounds in a very short time. Just a couple of months ago I read an article on this "idea" of eating for your blood types in some health magazine (can't remember the name now) and decided to pick up this book. With very few exceptions I was amazed that I was literally following the diet for the type "O"! A friend of mine who is a Type A decided to follow the guidelines in book and she was swept away by the amount of weight that she too has lost following the recommendatons. This is an intelligent read and well worth having in your reference library. You will refer to it again and again.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    After a friend recommended this book, it took a while for the theory to soak through my wheat, gluten and sugar addled brain. Once I started following the type O plan, I basically melted. Only when I relapse and revert to bad eating habits does weight gain, brain fog, and generally bad health return. What sold me was the number of avoids and goods listed for my type that were already known to me for various reasons. I developed a strong sensitivity to raw citrus in my 30's after years of craving it. No citrus, no uncontrollable sleep reaction, burning or sores. Amazing! Little to no pasta and cheese, little to no offensive gas and the associated pain. Only sorry I didn't know about this when there may still have been a chance to avoid many of the problems that led to infertility and pain that ended up with a medically necessary hysterectomy at 42, after nearly bleeding to death! My siblings, both parents and many relatives are type II diabetics and suffer from other weight and health problems. I haven't avoided all of them, because I didn't start this life change until my 40's, but at 58, still have no sign of developing diabetes and great cholesterol levels, as well as clarity of thought unless I over-indulge in glutens and sugars. Truly a life saver for me!
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    Dr. D'Adamo is a genius!! I would like to thank both him and his father. There are so many things I love about his book. Though Dr. D'Adamo is Type A, he is unsparingly honest about the dangers faced by Type A people, and that intrigued me enough to try it. I threw it aside in disgust, though because he said that Type B (myself and half my family) shouldn't have Chicken/Pork/Shellfish/Tomatoes/Wheat/Corn (The staples of my entire eating life!) I got back on Atkins, and lost for a while, but ran into a brick wall. In despair, I picked up Eat right 4/for your Type, and in THREE DAYS THE AGONIZING PAINS I ENDURED FOR TEN YEARS WERE GONE. Amazing!! I've taken off 77 lbs and everyone I know is begging for my secret. What I like is that the Blood type diet is 4 lifestyles in one, and it cleared up so many mysteries, like why I like golf, and swimming, and hate contact sports with a passion. I went out for volleyball and basketball in school and failed dismally, leaving emotional scars. Who would have thought one book would clear up so many questions. Check out his books on diabetes, arthritis, and cancer, and his hilarious emails on his website.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I've had great success with this eating approach...FOLLOWING SOMEBODY ELSE'S BLOOD TYPE! I'm a type A positive and I felt sick and terrible following the advice from my chapter. I don't tolerate gluten well, it cut out nearly all meat and dairy, and advised me against what had always been superfoods for me like bananas. When I decided to try eating for the type O positive diet, just to see what would happen, it was like somebody flipped a switch in me and I immediately felt like superman! I had amazing energy, my weight started dropping so fast it actually scared me enough to make a quick appointment with my primary care doctor to make sure there wasn't something wrong with me. I told her about the diet and she did a quick blood type test along with the other things she'd ordered and, sure enough, I really am A positive. I guess my digestive system thinks I'm an O! I'm sticking with one of the diets from the book, just not the one the doctor who wrote it recommended for me. I gave it three stars for this reason, it works but not the way the doc says it should! At least in my case. If you try it and it's not working for you, maybe try shopping around to the other blood types??? I'm just glad I found something that works so well, I don't really care how or why or what it took to get there. :)
    Tarsha' Hamilton More than 1 year ago
    I own the actual paperback and was very happy to see i can travel with my book now.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    When I was offered this book I did not make a big deal of it. When I was done with the book however I felt empowered with a new set of tools that gave me a chance to choose. The best feeling of it all was that I knew what I was eating and why.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    I ordered this book after my doctor requested me to do so. I have read it completely and will try to follow everything it requires regarding my diet. It was well written with useful research about the success and failures of some diets and why and useful, easy to understand diet plans. The book has made me so glad that I didn't try any of the fad diets of the past because this book is all I need. This is a challenge I look forward to.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    I began the program two weeks ago. I did see a drop in weight and inches. I am not restricted in any way on this program because the foods recommended for my type are the foods that I desire to eat. Along with my shrinking waistline is my grocery bill. It has decreased since I no longer buy the foods that I did not want to buy, but did so because they were 'good' for me. This book is quite a contribution to our society.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    I bought this book at my health foods store. It helped me plan healthy diets for the people I take care of. If you want to lose weight this book can help.
    crazybatcow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    This is an interesting take on food choices. It details the foods that one should or should not eat, based on their blood type. D'Adamo believes that our digestion/calorie usage is based on evolution and the dietary choices available as blood types evolved - so, for example, if you're an O blood type, your genetics are 10s of thousands of years old, so your diet should be bases on the food-types that would have been available at the time of O's evolution.It's all very logical. As you read it, it'll make great sense.But... there is no evidence/proof of his hypotheses. He sounds completely sensible (and maybe he is), but there is no body of proof from any other sources that support his conclusions.