I never gave much thought to my blood type until I was pregnant then suddenly “O positive” was like the Rosetta Stone of my genetic connection to my child. My discovery that O type blood is the oldest Human blood type walking this wonderful planet gave me a new tilt and center of gravity. “I am ancient” I thought, in the best possible way. Now what do I need to do to preserve the health of this ancient being that is me?
For starters, Type O can donate blood to all other blood types but can only accept blood from another Type O. I now understand that “O” is the survivor at the top of the food chain with an innately strong immune system. “O” is the Cro-Magnon hunter gatherer diet eating fish, herd animals, berries, nuts and roots along the migratory journey migrating from Africa into Europe and Asia when the northern freeze began to melt away. With that in mind, you can treat yourself to a heaping serving of blackberry crumble after a helping of tender juicy grilled lamb with rosemary drizzle and a side of sweet potato hash. Or if you prefer fish, take your pick of Omega-3 varieties: grilled ginger honey salmon with enoki or chantrell mushrooms and a side carrot salad with walnuts and cranberries. Sorry, pork and goose, I know your favorites right, are to be avoided by the O blood type! Sadly, cinnamon is an off the chart spice for the “O” diet.
The Agrarian peoples who domesticated animals and supported their diet on agriculture were the original A blood types. The seat of civilization Mesopotamia, is where the original “A’s” sprung from. Type A morphed directly from “O” and has the immune system built that battled the first urban plagues. People of this blood type are found mostly in Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean and Japan. If you are an “A” you get to feast of the wide variety of all foods cultivated and domesticated-the farmer’s diet. Warning: dairy and meat aren’t easily digested by A’s because of your low stomach-acid content. For lunch or dinner try a grilled wild caught rainbow trout with a side of warm fig butter for dipping. Then add sautéed organic kale, swiss chard, red onion in garlic olive oil for a balanced healthy “A” meal.
Balance is where I find my daughter who is B blood type. The “B’s” trekked from Eastern Africa to the Highlands of the Himalayas. Southern Asian diet is where you will find the origin of this blood type at its healthiest, with very little dairy if any. As it turns out, dairy is actually beneficial to Type B’s. You can happily indulge in a variety of cheeses and dairy: goat milk cheese and provolone, muensters, goudas and brie! Kefir, yogurts, feta and cottage cheese are highly beneficial foods if you are of B type blood. Broil up some Mahimahi, the ultimate fish for a healthy B, with sweet chili white wine and butter. Your body will love you for the navy bean and beet salad drenched in a bath olive oil. Mutton stew with carrots, red pepper, and potatoes would have been the meal of the original healthiest B people. Of course you have to remember what foods to avoid for optimal health. I hate to break the bad news: ice cream, artichokes, white corn, olives, tomatoes and tofu are some of the absolute no-no foods for “B’s.”
AB is the modern and rarest blood type-merging Type A Caucasian and Type B Mongolian blood. Less than 5 percent of the world’s population has this blood type. So you are a rare gem if “B” is your type. Magically you appeared between 10 or twelve centuries ago. You have the advantage of being less prone to allergies, arthritis, lupus and inflammation! A chunky turkey burger with mozzarella, a side of baked garlic yam frites, and with a large glass of organic raspberry Kefir is the modern AB’s healthy lunch. Afterward pile on a yummy fruit salad of pineapple, kiwi, grapefruit and cherries for alkalines to balance the acids in muscle tissue. Just a few “AB” food no-no’s: bananas, coconuts, orange, avocado, pepper.