Hippi- Since you're going to be doing some researching, I wanted to tell you I also have had some positive results with the EAT RIGHT FOR YOUR TYPE diet by D'Adamo. It's based on individual blood types pre-disposing your body to various positives and negatives that result from the foods you eat. It sounds kind of "out there" -but what he says makes good sense and actually lines up with many of Dr. Weil's recommendations and just my own experience with my body.
For all the blood types -all foods are listed as Highly Beneficial, Neutral and To Be Avoided. In the vegetable category, for example, for a Type O the avoidance list includes cabbage, corn, cauliflower, sprouts, red & white potatoes, mushrooms, etc. (But sweet potatoes are good for the "O".) He also speaks to health predispositions for certain blood types (like autoimmune problems). As a Type O - so many things lined up for me. When I really stuck to that diet I lost weight and felt better within two weeks. That wheat and most grains are on the "Avoid" list is what makes it so difficult to sustain.
Anyway - I'm running on here - I think the information in that book about health and diet as relating to your individaul blood type is very useful, and certainly coordinates with the acid/alkaline balance thinking, as well as Dr. Weil's plan. Wish I could loan you my copy - but I know the libraries carry it. Also you can find various lists online relating to the acid/alkaline forming aspects of foods. When you think about it - our diets and the quality/quantity of so many foods we consume, have changed drastically over the last couple decades.
Good luck with the weight loss thing - I struggle with that, too. It's mainly a sugar problem for me. I'm making some headway, though.....slowly...but I'll take the baby steps over standing still!
diagnoses: mono 1972; postviral CFS 1997; fibro 1998; CEBV 2005; UCTD (dx limbo) 2007
meds: occasional low dose xanax for sleep, artificial tears w/ ointment at night, ibuprophin (none of which manages the problems very well!)
We cannot avoid the birds of sadness flying over our heads, but we need not let them make nests in our hair.
~~ Chinese saying as quoted by Helen Nearing