Managing Your Genetic Destiny

Who doesn’t want to be healthy, vibrant and youthful?  These are just some of the claims made by followers of the GenoType diet created by author and naturopath, Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo.  Hoping to begin my journey toward total health, I asked wellness coach and genotype guru Ashley Norwood to help me determine my “type.”  She agreed.

While munching on almonds, (one of her “superfoods”) Ashley spent over an hour taking measurements, including my head, my fingers, my upper and lower leg, examining my fingerprints, making me taste a coated piece of paper and asking me a whole slew of questions. Ninety minutes later, she confirmed her suspicions: I’m a Teacher.  Check out our brief video interview on the genotype diet posted here.

Apparently, physical attributes are the best way to deduce your genetic makeup.  While Dr. D’Adamo’s first books Eat Right 4 Your Type and the Blood Type Diet started an international trend toward “individualized” eating, his most recent book ‘Change Your Genetic Destiny’, gets even more specific by further categorizing humans into six genetic types,  the Hunter, the Gatherer, the Teacher, the Explorer, the Warrior and the Nomad.

In a nutshell, Dr. D’Adamo believes that right diet allows us to activate our good genes and deactivate destructive ones, enabling us to prevent disease and slow aging.  The book, Change Your Genetic Destiny shows you how to determine your genotype and specifies the foods you should and shouldn’t eat in order to maximize your health, minimize weight issues and stave off disease.

Rather than work the process alone, Ashley led me through it. You may recall that I interviewed Ashley last year  about her personal experience with the D’Adamo program.  For her, it was life changing, providing her an effective tool to quell the symptoms of her painful celiac disease.

Me, I’m a simple girl.  Well, not really. Lazy might be a better descriptor – so when Ashley revealed my genotype, we looked up all the foods that would empower me to be my best, healthiest self,  along with Teacher “toxic foods”.  I was aghast. According to D’Adamo, I was going to have to give up chicken, bass and beets, just a sampling from the long list of allegedly healthful foods that I’ve been joyfully ingesting for years.  I figured I could do without the bass, but chicken?  That’s challenging, especially when I pulled open the freezer and saw at least ten dinners worth of chicken legs and breasts staring back at me.

Ashley explained to me that D’Adamo simply suggests that you finish what you have in your kitchen before you convert to the diet 100%. That made me feel a bit better, but honestly, once someone tells you that chicken is a toxin for your body, it loses some appetite appeal.  Oh, and, by the way, most restaurants combine the Teacher toxins on a regular basis, so eating out became a bit daunting.  Additionally, there was still the question of meals with my husband.  Because he is a different blood type, he needs different foods included in his ideal eating plan.  Ashley noted that D’Adamo and his wife have this issue themselves and work though it by sharing foods that overlap and preparing sides that are more specific to each of them.

Okay, I guess I could make it work if I were motivated.   I daresay that if I had an illness, or felt horrible, I would probably chase this down with more gusto. Even if I lived alone, I think it would be easier.  But I don’t. And, I feel okay. Sure I could be better.  Sure, I want to a avoid disease and aging, but heck, without an immediate reward, it’s hard to commit the time and attention required.

Nevertheless, I try.  I avoid the foods that D’Adamo calls toxins. I eat less chicken and more turkey.  I munch on Teacher superfoods, like peanuts and avocados. I take most of the recommended vitamin and mineral supplements for my type.  But honestly, I just don’t have the drive to commit 100%.  Therein lies the rub of preventative medicine.  Ashley’s enthusiasm alone is enough to make me remorseful that I’m not a genotype zealot, but alas, a girl has to do what a girl has to do.  For today, I choose ease. I choose to do the best I can, and I hope that it’s enough.

Many thanks to Ashley for her time and her wonderful sense of humor. You can reach her and find out more about her practice at .

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Date: Wednesday, 13. July 2011 4:05
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