Has anyone tried the "Living Well" diet?

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   Posted 12/30/2011 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was complaining about my lpr on Facebook - someone said they did the "living well" diet and they haven't had reflux since. The living well diet is the one where you eat according to blood type. Interestingly it says type "A" people (I'm A+) don't have enough acid - which makes me wonder if that's true is this why the low acid diet seems to give me more problems. I'm just curious if anyone has done this and does anyone think it's just a bunch of garbage. I can pull up a url if someone is interesting - I'm not sure if it's allowed on the forum so I'll wait.

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   Posted 12/30/2011 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
This is the same as "Eat right for your blood type" and it has gone in and out of fashion. I am also blood group A, and according to the original version I'm not supposed to eat meat - but with being iron deficient and already avoiding the foods I'm allergic to, I didn't think I could take it on. When you go through diets like this there are often other factors that may be the reason they work - e.g. Is it because it's low in sugar or fat, low in animal products, only allows meals to be made from scratch with nothing from a packet or jar? Some blood groups are told not to eat wheat - and yet there's a variety of reasons why that may make someone feel better (and none of them can be proven to be related to blood group).

This is one of those things that doesn't have the science behind it - and yet it thrives because enough people feel good on it. There's certainly no harm in you trying it - so long as you aren't already anaemic like me and the diet requires you to remove the best sources of iron. Don't forget that if you're on acid suppressing drugs, iron from non meat sources is very poorly absorbed (it can't be extracted from the food).

Look at the diet carefully and ask yourself what else is it - is it low fat, vegetarian, gluten free? Have a look and be aware that those other factors may be contributing to any benefit. That said, if you're willing to give it a go, then do it for a couple of weeks, keep a symptom diary and report back! There is no single one size fits all solution - who knows, this may be your thing!

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   Posted 12/30/2011 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not taking any drugs so that won't be an issue - I'm going to try to get the book at the library but I don't know if I'm going to delve too deeply into it - but like you said it might be worth a try. I'm going to try to get back on the low acid diet but I'm not going into the induction phase again - I'm just going to eat within reason and try to cut way back on fat and other things. I will eat apples because they don't bother me and leave off melon which does. And I'm going to eat some tomato products because they don't seem to bother me if I'm eating it in small amounts. I'll see how this does too. The induction diet was just so depressing to me. The only issues I have are the throat clearing and coughing. I rarely (and I do mean RARELY) have the chest pain from GERD - once in a while I'll feel like acid is coming into my throat but there is no pain and very little discomfort. And that symptom got really bad while I was on the induction diet for some reason.
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