The GenoType Diet is a new incarnation of the The Blood Type Diet, both of which were developed by naturalistic physician Dr. Peter D'Adamo. The idea behind this diet is to use genetic information that was previously not available to determine the right foods to eat for optimal health. D'Adamo identifies six "genotypes," one of which is The Teacher.
Typical Attributes of The Teacher
According to D'Adamo, The Teacher genotype has a calm, analytical personality and enjoys the arts and nature. This individual typically has a type A blood type, is Rh positive and tends to have an overgrowth of bacteria in the intestines. A teacher is typically of average or below-average height, with a long torso and a sinewy body. This person may have a sensitive digestive system, suffer from bacterial infections and be excessively detail-oriented.
Proteins, Fats and Oils
D'Adamo recommends people avoid certain foods depending on their genotype, using the theory that different genotypes have evolved to tolerate certain foods and not others. Some of the foods The Teacher genotype should emphasize include goat, mutton, turkey and emu, along with salmon, tilapia and tuna. Eggs are encouraged, as are many cheeses, although common ones such as cheddar and mozzarella are prohibited. Notably, The Teacher genotype must avoid butter, catfish, chicken, beef and pork.
As with proteins and fats, the genotype diet provides recommendations for carbohydrates. Rather than severely limiting them in the manner of low-carbohydrate diets, you must use the list of recommended foods to emphasize or avoid. People who fit The Teacher genotype should eat foods with oat bran, whole wheat and brown rice while avoiding grains such as corn, barley and rye. Among the recommended vegetables are avocados, cabbage, carrots and zucchini, while mushrooms, olives, potatoes and tomatoes are forbidden. As for fruits, The Teacher genotypes are encouraged to eat blueberries, kiwi fruit and limes while avoiding bananas, apples, oranges, strawberries and pears.
Exercise and Supplements
D'Adamo does not provide research to support the advice he provides, but it is safe to say his exercise recommendations are sound. He asks individuals with The Teacher genotype to spend 40 minutes, four or five times a week, engaged in a blend of both vigorous and less demanding exercise, advise in alignment with that of the American College of Sports Medicine. Hiking, yoga and resistance training are all recommended for The Teacher genotype.
The Genotype Diet includes recommended supplements for each genotype. For The Teacher, brewer's yeast and bifidobacteria probiotics are recommended to enhance metabolism, while turmeric and selenium are recommended for gene support. D'Adamo claims that gene mutations for The Teacher genotype can be blocked by quercetin, vitamin D, ginseng and green tea.
- "The Genotype Diet"; Peter D'Adamo; 2007