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March is Here by Barbara Siminovich-Blok, ND, LAc, MIFHI
Blood Groups, Genetics, Exercise, and Stress by Peter J. D'Adamo, ND, MIFHI
Depression, Stress, and Your Blood Type by Ginger Nash, ND, MIFHI
Managing Mild Anxiety Attacks by Ann Quasarano
Video Clip: Interview with Chef Kristin O'Connor at NBC CT Studios
Spotlight: Lisa Colasurdo - My Journey from Beans to Beef
Recipes: Dinner Right For Your Type®
Personalized Living Using the Blood Type Diet® e-cookbooks on Amazon Hot List!
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We also have news here at the Brooklyn D’Adamo Personalized Nutrition
center! I have been appointed Health Services Manager and I am very happy
to seize this opportunity to help our center grow, provide more services and
expand our operation. I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce
myself and encourage you to stop in and allow me to get to know you personally.
Spring is just around the corner and with that,
the promise of warmer and longer days providing us with good opportunities
to clean and organize our homes, re-evaluate our health, shake those
unwanted winter blues (or pounds) and maybe even do a soft “spring
First, a little about my background - professionally, I am a Naturopathic
Doctor and I am also a Licensed Acupuncturist in the States of CT and NY. I
have an extensive background in scientific research (Biochemistry) and have
been teaching clinical and basic sciences for many years. What does this
mean for you? I’ll be giving seminars addressing different nutritional
and lifestyle issues to educate the community, and will be happy to discuss
your health and diet concerns.
I have been fortunate to have worked with Dr. D’Adamo for several years. I
was a senior medical resident at the University of Bridgeport and Griffin Hospital
in Connecticut, when he started the Personalized Nutrition Shift. I was
lucky enough to witness the shift grow and learn more deeply about the blood
type and genotype diets. From there, the obvious professional step for
me was to join the team at the Center for Personalized Medicine in Wilton,
Although I will continue to see patients in Connecticut, I am looking forward
to serving the Williamsburg community! Now we can provide Acupuncture
and Chinese Medicine as well at the D’Adamo Personalized Nutrition center,
which compliments your diet and nutrition pathway to health. It also
helps with pain management and many other conditions (stay tuned, I will explain
more about that in the next newsletter).
During the month of March, we are featuring specials on some great products
to manage stress and energy levels (Catechol™, Cortiguard™, Tranquility
Base™, and Phyto
D 2000™) and we will be organizing a Blood
Type Diet support group and some other community events. Like us on Facebook
(D’Adamo Nutrition Williamsburg) to keep up to date with all our upcoming
Have any ideas? Any topic you want to explore? Want to bring a group of friends/family
and have a tailored seminar? Please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and
I’ll be happy to work with you. Or just stop by for a small chat
and a cup of tea. I’ll be here most days, and as you know, Dr. Levi is
also here, and our staff will be always happy to help and hear your ideas.
Be healthy and let’s celebrate spring together!
Dr. Barbara Siminovich-Blok
Exercise and Stress
||In its most simplified sense, stress is what you
feel when the demands on your life exceed your ability to meet those demands.
Your blood type is a critical component in the determination of your ability
to meet the demands.
Exercise is a mixed blessing when it comes to stress. A high level of physical
fitness will definitely allow the nervous system to recover more rapidly from
stress. A moderate amount of physical activity on a consistent basis will also
tend to reduce the overall stress response. Because of this, exercise is often
described as a panacea when it comes to moderating against stress or helping
to de-stress. However, this is not always the case.
Everyone has an envelope of tolerance for exercise.
Train within the envelope and exercise is a great method for managing or releasing
stress. It acts as a safety valve to let off extra steam. Consistently pushing
the limit of this envelope is where the most progress occurs when trying to
improve performance. But what happens if you consistently push beyond this
envelope, exceeding your tolerance levels and your ability to adapt? The classic
manner to describe this is over-training. When you are over trained your performance
declines. Does this sound familiar? It should because over training acts just
like stress on your internal balance. Let's take a look at two imaginary people
and their exercise routine to get a better understanding.
||Are individuals of certain blood types more
susceptible to different types of depression or anxiety? What causes
One's blood type can certainly predispose an individual to different ways
of responding to stress and balancing mood. This is because the gene that
codes for ABO blood type also affects other genes in close proximity that
control things like dopamine metabolism, cortisol levels, and other processes
that will affect the entire nervous system's coordination.
For example, Type B needs additional nitrogen rich
foods and supplements because their bodies lack the ability to produce a compound
called nitric oxide to the extent that the other blood types do. Nitric oxide
helps coordinate the nervous system, immune system and cardiovascular system.
We know that when you are stressed all three of these systems are put under
Another important factor is the stress hormone cortisol.
Type O produces the least amount and Type A produces the most amount of cortisol.
When cortisol is continually over-produced it can cause adrenal exhaustion
and the corresponding symptoms of depression and fatigue. Type O’s reaction
to stress can cause an overproduction of adrenaline which can make them more
susceptible to anxiety when stressed. But again, long-term imbalances can create
more depression from burn out of the nervous system as well.
What role does everyday stress play in depression?
Certainly Type A, with their naturally higher levels of cortisol, are particularly
prone to problems from "everyday" stress. As the adrenal glands pump
out more and more cortisol they eventually tire out, causing the person to
have a quicker response to minor stressors. Type O’s are more prone to
problems that arise from an inability to clear stress hormones from their system
quickly; it takes more to get a Type O stressed but it takes more to de-stress
them as well. That's why they require more vigorous exercise, whereas Type
A can do a lot with yoga and Tai Chi for cortisol balance.
What suggestions do you have for individuals of each blood type to alleviate
stress and/or depression?
So as I just mentioned Type A does better with activities that clear cortisol
from their systems, like yoga and Tai Chi. Type O does better with more vigorous
exercise that clears a class of stress hormones called catecholamines from
their bodies. Type B can also benefit from more calming exercises especially
if they are prone to depression in the family. AB’s benefit from routine
and anything that keeps their immune system functioning properly like eating
and going to bed at the same time, routine cleansing, and avoiding extremes
in terms of lifestyle.
Are there any foods that may have mood enhancing benefits? What about supplements?
Foods that are rich in essential fatty acids have shown benefit in people struggling
with depression -fatty fish would be a good source of DHA and EPA. Also, many
nuts and seeds that are beneficials in your diet are rich in essential fatty
acids. Things like walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and almonds. Foods rich in Vitamin
B12 and folic acid, in addition to supplementation, are also beneficial. Brewer's
yeast, brown rice, oats and animal proteins that are good for your genotype
would be recommended. Some studies have shown a benefit from regular dark chocolate
consumption on mood. This is probably due to their flavonoid content. Green
tea is also rich in beneficial flavonoids that have benefits for many reasons,
but among them is mood as well. In addition, green tea is rich in a naturally
occurring amino acid, L-Theanine, which has calming effects on the nervous
system. So green tea is good for depression and anxiety, which often go hand
||By the time we reach adulthood, we’ve most
likely experienced a panic attack or anxiety attack. Lots of things can
trigger mild anxiety; public speaking, worries over a test or work project
or concern over a friend or family member’s health or well-being.
Just like our tolerance for certain foods, our tolerance for stress is
different based on our blood type and yet, even among blood types, each
individual responds very differently based upon our personal experience
My good friend, also a blood type A, experiences acute anxiety attacks
and has been in the emergency room on more than one occasion, convinced
that she was having a heart attack, while my response typically involves
obsessive thinking about the subject of my anxiety – frequently
at 3 o’clock in the morning. While there is almost no way to
completely stop occasional mild anxiety, we are, after all, human,
there are ways to reduce the severity of an attack and calm ourselves
Breathing – Simple deep
breaths can help you to center yourself and calm down. With your eyes
closed, take a deep breath in through your nose and out through your
mouth. Try to fill your lungs and belly when you breathe in and empty
them when you let your breath out. Repeat this at least 10 times. Another
helpful technique involves breath counting. For this exercise, breathe
as you normally would, the first time you exhale, count “one” to
yourself, the second time, count “two” to yourself – continue
counting until you get to ten and then repeat the process. Focusing on
the breathing and counting will focus your mind and control anxiety provoking
Meditation - In the past, when I’ve suggested meditation, people
have told me that they “don’t know how to meditate.” In
my opinion there is no “right” or “wrong” way
to meditate - I believe there are as many types of meditation as there
are people! So don’t add to your anxiety by being concerned that
you are not meditating correctly. The focus in meditation is to be in
the present moment and concentrating on your breathing. If you can, lay
down in a comfortable spot, for the first minute, focus solely on your
breathing – in through your nose, out through your mouth. Beginning
with your feet, focus on each part of your body, slowly moving up from
your feet to the top of your head. As you do this, mentally visualize
the body part and focus on intentionally relaxing that area of the body, “my
feet are relaxed, my muscles are relaxed, I am relaxed. My ankles are
relaxed, my muscles are relaxed, I am relaxed.” Do this all the
way to the top of your head – be warned, you may fall asleep before
you get to your knees!
Guided Imagery – This is one of my favorites for preventing anxiety
from taking over your thinking and calming your body. Guided imagery
allows you to use your imagination to go to a safe place and let the
anxiety pass. Sit in a quiet place, close your eyes and focus on a place
that makes you feel happy and visualize it with all of your senses. Perhaps
you love being on the beach – picture the ocean before you and
the waves rolling in and out in sync with the rhythm of your long, deep
breaths. Feel the warmth of the sun on your skin, see the sunlight dance
and sparkle on the water, smell the salty air, imagine the rough, golden
sand beneath you, hear the cry of the gulls as they soar above your head,
carrying away all your troubles. Focus on the moment and enjoy being
there – it’s almost as refreshing as a vacation!
While these methods may not completely eliminate your anxiety, it
may reduce both the frequency and intensity of the attacks. For those
times when you need a little extra help,Cortiguard for
blood type A and AB and Catechol for
blood types O and B, contain herbs that have a calming effect. Tranquility
Base is also a good tonic (take it before bed to relax). Low
levels of Vitamin
D have also been found in people suffering from mild and seasonal
depression, so make sure that your levels are up to par by taking a
On February 15, Kristin
appeared on our local NBC News CT station promoting the Personalized
Living Using the Blood Type Diet® cookbooks. She whips up a
homemade dressing and kale salad with caramelized onions (see the recipe
While there were a few signs that physically my body was not functioning optimally,
it was the loss of mental clarity and the inability to experience joyful feelings
for any length of time that were my main demons. Hoping someday to find a solution
to this “mess in my head,” I continued my routine of exercising and
eating a whole foods organic diet. I did anything else I could think of that
might help in the process. I meditated daily, eliminated wheat to remove any
possibility of celiac disease, eliminated toxins, pleaded with a Higher Power,
had a visit with a Naturopathic Doctor and still was experiencing no improvement.
At times I had difficulty putting thoughts together. Each year I seemed to be
Unlike most folks who adopt a diet to lose weight or address a physical
concern like heart disease or diabetes, I came to this way of life suffering
from brain fog, lethargy, and overall feelings of despair. Once full of
energy and vitality, I now spent my days hoping to discover why a physically
fit person following an organic, whole foods diet packed with vegetable
protein could be so mentally unwell. I had everything to live for and yet
my emotional well being was in a continued downward spiral and my ability
to think clearly was decreasing.
I began the Blood
Type Diet in December of 2008 but before I discovered it, I confided
in my mother that I wanted no part of Christmas. I didn’t want a tree,
decorations, or to cook a meal. I just wanted it all to go away. I struggled
that year to put on my happy face and get a turkey on the table for Thanksgiving.
During this period I was a Personal Chef with a holistic nutritional certification.
I held the experience and credentials to guide my clients to improved health
while ironically, I couldn’t even help myself. As my energy waned, so did
Having what I would later refer to as the “Hunter Intensity” (from
Dr. D’Adamo’s Genotype
Diet), my spirit was never completely broken and I eventually stumbled into
the Dallas Wellness Center. When I explained my current diet to Debra Dallas,
her first question was “What’s your blood type?” I responded “Type
O”, to which she explained I should be eating beef at least 3 times a week.
I could not remember the last time I ate a piece of beef. As a child, it was
my most hated food and usually ended up half chewed in my napkin.
I now contemplated the unintended assault on my body, and a wave of terror ran
through me like a lightning bolt. A long buried memory surfaced. There I was,
in a bookstore, reading the jacket of Dr. D’Adamo’s, Eat
Right for Your Type, quickly dismissing the idea that a diet high in
protein could ever work for me. I was in a panic at the possibility that I had
been so unknowingly cruel to the body I tried so desperately to balance.
I left Debra’s office that day hopefully confused. It had never occurred
to me that my diet could have such tremendous influence on my ability to think
and feel positive emotions, particularly since I believed I was eating healthy.
I drove directly from her office to a local beef farmer and purchased several
cuts of meat, hoping her recommendations were correct. I hurried home and cooked
a large steak. Stuffing myself with an oversized T-bone probably wasn’t
the best strategy but as I adapted a kinder, gentler way to introduce the meat
I had long abandoned, my mood lifted and clear thinking returned. A turning point
was when I found myself singing out loud and realized I hadn’t done that
I learned from reading Dr. D’Adamo’s, Live
Right for Your Type, that a compound found in red meat, (L-tyrosine)
increases the neurochemical dopamine in type O’s. As dopamine contributes
to feelings of well-being and mood stability, my emotional slump and depressed
feelings had a perfectly logical explanation. The addition of beef to my diet
had nearly immediate positive effects on my emotional and mental state.
Over the next few weeks I experienced physical improvements in digestion and
energy levels. As time went on, there were even a few surprises, like improved
eyesight, gray hairs returning to brown and stronger finger nails. At 51 years
of age, I am clearly in the best health of my entire life, including my sickly
My journey did not end with the Blood Type Diet but progressed to the Genotype
Diet and Swami.
I became consumed and passionate about this new way of living. I was inspired
to study all the material I could find, become active on the BTD forums (aka
wholefoodie) and attend the 2011
Institute for Human Individuality Conference, earning a fellowship credential.
In an exciting combination of passions, I am currently enjoying educating the
public through workshops, and counseling individual clients to optimize their
health, all in accordance with their blood type. Life is good!
This delicious dinner is excerpted from Personalized Living Using
the Blood Type Diet® e-cookbooks.
Raw Kale Salad With Zesty Lime Dressing
- 1 bunch of kale
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 large white onion, sliced
- ½ cup raisins
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- 2 heads of endive
How to Make it:
- Wash kale and dry on kitchen towels. Strip kale off the woody stems by
holding the stem with one hand and wrapping finger and thumb of the other
hand around the stem and pulling quickly down. Discard stems and tear leaves
into bite-sized pieces. Place in a large bowl and set aside.
- In a skillet over medium heat, add onions and sauté with 2 teaspoons
olive oil for 3-4 minutes. Add raisins and continue cooking for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and toss with raw kale.
- In a small bowl, whisk dressing ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil, lime
juice, garlic, cumin, and salt. Drizzle over kale salad and toss to coat.
- Serve with leftover or chilled baked salmon, roasted chicken or beans for
Lemon Ginger Salmon
How to Make it:
- 1 lb wild salmon
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 lemon, zest and juice
- 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Rub 1 teaspoon olive oil on salmon and season with sea salt.
- In a small bowl, mix the zest of 1 lemon, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon
olive oil, ginger and honey until combined. Brush evenly over the top of
- Bake for 10-12 minutes.
One reviewer said...
The Personalized Living Using the Blood Type Diet® cookbooks
made their debut on Amazon on February 14, and that same week hit the Amazon “Hot
List” at number seven! And it’s no wonder – people love
“I am fairly new to the entire concept of eating right for
one's blood type, but I would be skeptical if anyone told me there existed
a more perfect and applicable introduction for me and others like me. This
book starts with basic concepts and education, takes us through how to start/
reset our palates and pantries, and then (as if all that weren't more than
enough) throws in over a 100 delicious recipes on top of that! I've tried a
bunch, and am looking forward to the rest. Really a thorough and extremely
helpful book—one of a collection that I would recommend to anyone interested
even in healthful eating in general.”
The books are a great value at only $9.95 each and can be read on any Kindle
product, web browser, PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, or Android phone—and
good news for the technophobes out there—due to overwhelming requests,
we will be publishing soft-cover versions of the cookbooks by early summer 2012!
Visit Kristin’s blog to keep on top of what's happening and to get new
recipe ideas at:
Using the Blood Type Diet.
The Blood Type Diet® App available now for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Just $3.99. Note from a very, happy app user:
This is the most incredible, informative diet app I have ever
seen! I love it! Thanks so much and please keep updating it! An app to help
me better my life is priceless!
Sent from my iPhone
The college will soon be able to expand its training and provide more naturopathic
health services to the greater Bridgeport community with the development
of its new Center
for Excellence in Generative Medicine, which is slated to open
in late March or early April. The center will be located in a grand, white
former Victorian across the street from UB's Health Sciences Center,
where many naturopathic students are currently trained.
The Center for Excellence will build on the work of its new director, Dr. Peter
D'Adamo, supervising physician of the personalized medicine shift at the
Health Sciences Center. D'Adamo is perhaps best known for writing the best-selling
1996 book "Eat Right 4 Your Type," which advocates the theory
that your blood type is a genetic marker that dictates which types of foods
are best for you.
| Kate Upton's Trainer Reveals Her
SI Swimsuit Cover Fitness Routine
Describing the newest Sports Illustrated
Swimsuit cover model as “very spunky, a real go-getter,” Justin
Gelband had only the best things to say about Kate Upton when we spoke
this afternoon. The 19-year-old is making a splash this week in a barely-there
string bikini on her first Swimsuit Issue cover, just a year after earning
the Rookie of the Year title from the publication.
The creator of a workout method he calls Model Fit says he customizes
every workout and nutrition plan for each client, whether a Victoria’s
Secret model, swimsuit model, or the moms he trains in his New York studio.
He told us it’s important to “functionalize your program
to work for yourself,” going back to his advisement to do what’s
best for you and not the model on a magazine. It’s that focus on
customized workouts that suit the whole of a person’s needs (from
weight management to their day job as a model or a sitting at a desk)
that makes his “model fit” methods work. Couple that with
his use of the Blood Type Diet and you’ve got some keys to his
and his clients’, success. “[The Blood Type Diet] allows
your food to digest better,” said Justin. “Then the blood
generates more cells and energy.” The program, created by Dr. Peter
D’Adamo, identifies the best nutritional plan based on your unique
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