What’s Blood Got to Do With a Nutrition Program?

Sifting through the myriad of approaches to nutrition is no easy task. And as a busy entrepreneur, I’ll bet you don’t have a lot of extra time (nor interest) to do that sifting. My wish for you is that you find a nutritional approach that works for you, and hopefully one that is comprehensive as well as customized.

fruit-veggies.jpgA comprehensive nutrition program from my view is one that helps you identify the foods, beverages, herbs and nutritional supplements that are best suited to you at this stage in your life.

I believe strongly that a customized and comprehensive nutrition program should start with the Blood-Type Diet (as presented by Peter D’Adamo in Eat Right 4 Your Type) at its foundation. Your nutritionist should further refine your program by taking into account your current metabolic rate (the rate at which you convert food into energy – assessed through a variety of tests), your ancestral heritage, and finally your food and exercise preferences.

Yes, I know the Blood-Type Diet approach is controversial. But I’m not short on opinions here. I’ve eaten and experienced the benefits of a Blood-Type Diet for more than 10 years. I’ve seen my family members, friends and many clients do the same.

Unfamiliar with the Blood-Type approach? I’ll devote this post to the matter and also provide resources for your continued exploration.

Blood-Type Diet Basics
The fundamentals of the Blood-Type nutritional approach involve learning which foods are blood type friendly for your blood type. Certain foods are considered ‘neutral’ or ‘avoid’ or ‘beneficial’. For instance, as a Blood-Type O, wheat and dairy are on my ‘avoid’ list and meat (I choose hormone-free and grass-fed meats), dark leafy greens like Swiss chard, as well as plums and cherries are all on my ‘beneficial’ list. It so happens those are also foods I adore, but the best part is that I feel fabulous when I eat this way. Doing so has seen me through some major health challenges.

In nutrition school, as well as by learning from my own naturopathic physician, Dr. Patricia Meyer, N.D., and reading the D’Adamo book and research, I came to learn the nuances of the Blood-Type approach. I learned how blood type influences digestion, why different blood types have different strengths and weaknesses, how anthropology has shaped the characteristics of each blood type, and which exercise regimes are most beneficial for each blood type. And as I said, I am biased toward the approach because it works for me. I urge you to do your own due diligence on this approach and test your own experience.

Dr. Peter D’Adamo
Sitting behind the theory and research of the Blood-Type approach is Dr. Peter D’Adamo, author of the ER4YT book and proponent of the Blood Type Diet topic we’re discussing.

A brief summary of his clinic and biography reads, “The life work of Dr. Peter D’Adamo is the heart and soul behind the D’Adamo Naturopathic Center. A second-generation naturopathic doctor, Dr. D’Adamo has been practicing naturopathic medicine for over 20 years. Best known for his research on human blood groups and nutrition, Dr. D’Adamo is also a well-respected researcher in the field of natural products.”

The science behind Dr. D’Adamo’s work is explained not only in the ER4YT book, but on his website:

http://www.dadamo.com/knowbase/newbie/1.htm

“No conscious person can read Peter D’Adamo’s works without considering much more thoughtfully how their genetic inheritance relates to their needs for specific food, lifestyle and environmental factors to improve their health.”

-Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D. founder,
Institute for Functional Medicine

A Second Opinion
As I mentioned at the outset of this post, the Blood-Type theory and approach can be a controversial topic in some circles. In fact, one of the mentors you will see me quote extensively in this blog, Dr. Andrew Weil, occupies a seat on the opposite side of the debate table. You can read his views (posted in April, 2007) here:

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/QAA400179

What do you think?
Do you have personal experience with a customized, blood-type approach to nutrition? Add a post and let us know. If not, consider checking these resources:

Excellent Practitioners
For an excellent comprehensive and customized nutrition program, hire a pro. Your first step can be to contact any one of the three professionals listed below. Or call each one of them, schedule a consultation phone call and see which practitioner suits you best. All three women are highly skilled, professionally qualified, entrepreneurs themselves, and incredibly compassionate. They understand the unique wellness needs of busy entrepreneurs and are all part of my own health and wellness team.

A few words about these amazing women:

Anasuya Batliner, NC, specializes in nutritional counseling and Asian bodywork. She’s is a former nutrition school classmate of mine and will be contributing to this blog. Her office is located to the SF Bay Area.

Pati Caputo, CNC, is located in Fort Collins, CO. She specializes in clinical nutrition, uses whole food supplements and is a pro at working with you long distance.

Dr. Patricia Meyer, N.D. is a naturopathic physician, heads the Namaste Natural Healing Center in Portland, Oregon and guides me in my own comprehensive (Blood-type based) nutrition and wellness program.

1. Anasuya Batliner, NC, Dipl., ABT, CST
ph: 510-848-8439
http://www.MyBodyWisdom.net
email: anasuya@MyBodyWosdom.net

2. Pati Caputo, CN
ph: 970-224-5521
http://www.HealthInfoSource.com
email: mtncentre@aol.com

3. Dr. Patricia Meyer, N.D.
ph: (503) 408-0790
12616 S.E. Stark Street
Portland, OR 97233
http://www.oanp.org/index.ph

Coping with Change and Transition: What’s an Entepreneur to Do?

2007-beach-wave.jpgPerhaps you went from a one-person office to managing a staff of three. Maybe one of your major long-term clients called to say they are moving to Albuquerque and no longer need your services. Or it could be that your spouse’s company announced a merger and move, you both decided to relocate along with them, and now you’re setting up your entrepreneurial shop all over again. Are these opportunities to grow? Sure. But let’s face it. We’re talking about change.

And be it large or small, change is change. Sudden or planned, transitions can be taxing on our nerves and effect our overall well-being. We should know. We are entrepreneurs and dealing with change comes with the territory…but are there basic strategies for coping with it?

When I was 10 years old, we moved from a small town in northern California to New York City. The change of lifestyle was huge and the transition not particularly easy. One day I was walking to school past pastures of cows, going on field trips to the country for picnics and playing in the safety of our suburban cul-de-sac. A week later I was learning how to ride city buses to ballet class and how to focus on my schoolwork with taxi horns blaring outside my classroom window. I missed my friends. I missed petting the horses down the street. I missed the life I knew.

But I was fortunate. My family, the counselors at day camp the first summer, the journal that one of those counselors encouraged me to keep, and the circle of Italian aunts, uncles and grandparents helped ease the transition. Looking back, I see that the support I had was part of the “coping strategy” (of course I didn’t call it that at age 10) that eventually helped me find new friends, enjoy corner grocery stores with penny candy, and be excited rather than reticent of city field trips to the Empire State Building.

From my current vantage point, I clearly see that support from others played a key role in helping me through the transition of that move. And support from others is still the foundation of the strategy I use to this day to help me navigate the changes and transitions of my entrepreneurial life. Here’s the whole list:

7 Tips for Entrepreneurs to Use to Cope with Change and Transition

1. Find a source of support so you can vent. Choose someone or a group of someones to talk to about the change, transition, uncertainty and confusion in your life and ask her/him/them to listen (no problem-solving) without interruption so you can express your thoughts and feelings.

2. Make basic self-care a priority. During this challenging time, make sure you get plenty of sleep, adequate nutritious food (particularly protein), and some kind of physical pampering (massage, acupuncture, pedicure or foot massage) to keep your nervous system balanced.

3. Start a new transitions journal. First vent here. Then, step back from or rise above your situation with an eye for how it could ultimately serve your life. Start with these inquiries: What inner qualities will you develop as you move through this transition? What fears and hurdles will you overcome? If writing isn’t for you, take these inquiries along with you as you move to tip #4.

4. Get outside and witness nature. Go for a walk, a hike, a bike ride. Visit a park and observe the plants, trees, and birds. Notice the ease with which nature moves through transitions and seasons. Know that this ease is in your nature too.

5. Breathe. Take time throughout the day for a few deep breaths. Expand your capacity to do so by moving your shoulders back, straightening your spine, and allowing your belly to be filled as well as your lungs. Give thanks for your breath. It will be with you the entire time you move through this transition. Take comfort in this.

6. Create a confidence file. Make a list of past and recent achievements that reflect your ability to overcome obstacles and challenges and keep it in a folder or on your Blackberry, Treo or computer. The hard file could also contain letters of recommendation, encouraging notes from family and friends, or testimonial letters from clients or other people you’ve helped in the past. Look at this file weekly.

7. Throw lemons. Times of transition call forth many emotions. Sometimes, anger and frustration are the order of the day and we need to find healthy ways of expressing them. When I first learned we were moving to New York when I was a kid, and I was angry at having to do so, my mom handed me a few over-ripe lemons. She encouraged me to go outside (away from anyone else:) and throw the lemons down onto the driveway and watch them go splat! To this day, when all else fails, I will do the same thing. Quite a juicy tension-reliever!

** Bonus tip: Read something inspirational. The comfort of uplifting words will help you navigate the uncertainty of change. See the reading list for some refreshing ideas.

Now Take Action
Circle one, two or three that you are willing to put into practice for a week and go to it. Post a report of your experiences.

•Recommended Reading List:
Seven Sacred Attitudes, by Erica Ross-Krieger
Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires by Esther and Jerry Hicks
Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes by William Bridges
The Laws of Spirit: A Tale of Transformation by Dan Millman

Wellness Coach Blog for Entrepreneurs

Are you an entrepreneur with wellness on your mind? Is your entrepreneurial body, mind and spirit stretched to full capacity with all you have to do? Have you been looking for a collection of practical wellness resources that target the unique needs of entrepreneurs? Look no more. You’ve come to the right place!

Hello and Welcome to the new WellnessCoach.com blog.

Let this be a place for you to take a brief time out from your busy days and grab a bite of refreshment for your entrepreneurial body, mind and spirit.

This blog is for entrepreneurs.

You may be just starting out on your own or be a seasoned professional with more than 20 years under your entrepreneurial belt. You may have a home-based business or have a large office downtown. Your travel itinerary could very well include several international business trips each quarter or it could be limited to a single car trip to the office supply store once a month. And your business may gross $2000 a month or $5 million a year. It matters not. As an entrepreneur, you are in business for yourself and your wellness needs are unique.

Entrepreneurs have distinct wellness needs.

While we do enjoy the freedom and flexibility to set our own paces, those of us who are entrepreneurs also have a higher potential for stress-related health and wellness challenges than those who don’t run their own businesses. While we tend to thrive on doing things our way, we have been known to get burned out by trying to do it all and from trying to do it all alone.

While getting the entrepreneurial plane off the ground in the first place can be exhilarating, it also provides a stressful workout for our adrenal glands. And keeping our enterprise in the air, especially if we are flying completely solo, can be even more taxing on our systems. Yes, when we manage the whole gamut of entrepreneurial responsibilities – from sales to admin, marketing to strategic planning, delivering products and services to computer trouble-shooting – we put great demands on not just our adrenal glands but our overall wellbeing.
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From articles to help you deal with entrepreneurial self-doubt and a pod-cast or two with soothing 1-minute meditations to recipes for nutritious snacks and names of nutritionists in your area, you’ll be glad you stopped by.

Erica Ross-Krieger, M.A., N.E. is a wellness coach for entrepreneurs.

As an entrepreneur/owner of three businesses, a Nutrition Educator, master coach, and someone who adores research and collecting practical wellness information, I’ll be your guide. I’m Erica Ross-Krieger and I’m delighted to provide the wellness resources you will find here.

A Community of Entrepreneurs Cultivating Wellness exists here.

I’d also enjoy hearing what’s on your entrepreneurial mind when it comes to wellness. Together we’ll explore the wellness arena, discuss what it means to be an entrepreneur while also embracing wellness, and how we each define wellness and success from the inside out.

Body/Mind/Spirit – Resources for Entrepreneurs at WellnessCoach.com.

Posts on this blog cover topics in the areas of body, mind and spirit.

In the body category, you can find a nutrition-on-the-go idea (though my bias is toward the Slow Food Movement:), a resource for a biological dentist (because you have been grinding your teeth worrying about that bottom line, haven’t you?) as well as a list of herbs for preventing jet-lag.

In the mind category, you will find a post that includes a worksheet for assessing your company’s financial wellness and another post to help you beef up your decision-making skills and break free from the stress of indecision.

In the spirit category, you can read an excerpt from my book, Seven Sacred Attitudes—How to Live in the Richness of the Moment and also find tips for taking a rejuvenating lunch break (what lunch break you ask? Well, that’s covered too) as well as an announcement about a renew-your-spirit workshop in Costa Rica that is great for entrepreneurs.

Consider this blog as a Wellness Program for Entrepreneurs.

The posts on WellnessCoach.com Blog address the unique wellness needs of busy entrepreneurs. From the anxiety that new (and seasoned) entrepreneurs experience while marketing their businesses, to the challenges of living and working at home, or dealing with the isolation involved in home-based businesses, this blog is for all of us who call ourselves entrepreneurs. Together, we can explore the terrain of wellness for entrepreneurs and build a community as we go.

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