Eat Right For Your Type

Alister Bredee

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Graham Rowe is the General Manager and resident naturopath at The Health Oasis Resort on the ‘paradise’ island of Koh Samui. He has recently returned after a four-year absence to take up his current post. He trained in his native Australia and explains what ‘eat right for your type means’.

“Basically what we are saying is that one size doesn’t fit all. We need to base our diet on blood type. This is because the different blood groups profoundly effect body chemistry. There is an interaction between body chemistry and food. ”

This idea is not Graham’s, it comes from work done by Dr. Peter D’Adamo who wrote a bestseller called “Eat Right for Your Type” which first hit the bookshops some ten years ago. Dr D’Adamo explains that because of the differences in blood chemistry, which is determined by blood group, some foods will be beneficial to some and harmful to others.

Graham maintains that this theory rings true in spite of a myriad differing diet progammes out there, because so many of the approaches simply do not work. He has found that eating according to blood type does perform successfully and what’s more unlike some other systems it has been thoroughly researched. “I am very impressed with the in depth peer review of this eating system and that the evidence supports the theory’, says Graham. “It appears to be the most rigorously scientifically evaluated diet of them all. ”

“What’s more” he goes on to say, ”it works!”

Dr. D’Adamo tells us that it is perfectly OK for somebody of blood group O to eat like a carnivore and enjoy steaks and cuts of red meat. This, however, is simply not the case for those of Group A for instance, because they thrive better on a more vegetarian type eating style. I fall into this latter category and know full well that although enjoying a nice thick steak, I feel bloated and sluggish afterwards.

The trick is to know your blood group as many people don’t know this important piece of information. Graham says since taking over at Health Oasis he has been keen to bring a more credible approach to everything the Health Resort does. One of those measures is to offer clients a self-test that determines their blood group. The result is indicated on a laminated card, which the individual can carry with them at all times. The second facet is to teach the health conscious clientele about “eating right for their type”. It seems this has proved a popular addition to the agenda and people have received the information enthusiastically.

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