For the next four weeks, we’re going to be talking all about the Blood Type Diet – if you’ve ever seen that book, Eat Right for Your Blood Type – our guest, Lacey Johnson is going to give us a lot of great information about all the different blood types. From their personalities to the types of foods to eat to stay balanced.

Lacey is a writer and journalist based in Nashville, Tennessee. She founded, a beauty, wellness and personal growth website in 2014. With a passion for ruffling feathers, serving up inspiration, and smacking her readers in the face with the truth, she’s a tenacious researcher who writes boldly about alternative health solutions, the mind-body-spirit connection, self-care, and personal growth.

After working in the beauty industry for six years, during college and after that, one of her main objectives became to blur the lines between beauty and wellness for women, for she believes they’re the same thing. Lacey is a staff editor for Maribella Magazine and has been published by well-known media sources, such as the Huffington Post, Cosmo, Marie Claire, Women’s Day, and much more.

Lacey Johnson: I get so excited about ‘blurring the lines between wellness and beauty’ because it’s my mission in life. The Blood Type Diet is practiced primarily in Japan and Korea, and other Asian countries as well, but it became popular in the 1920s to look at the blood type for matchmaking, finding a career, taking care of yourself, what activities you should engage in, the way that you should argue.

About 50 years ago, a Naturopath physician determined that there was a strong correlation between blood type and wellness. He was studying about 250 of his patients, and he noticed that on the clean eating food plan that he put them on, some people were soaring in their health: arthritic symptoms were going away, libido was returning, they were conceiving children after years of infertility.

Whereas, a lot of other people were deteriorating, growing sicker and developing all kinds of problems, so, he embarked on a quest to get to the bottom of this and determine if there is a strong chemical reaction that occurs in your blood whenever you eat. And, there is an undeniable reaction that occurs based on your blood type and when you eat a certain food.

I wonder how they even figured that out or why they thought that blood type was so important back then.

Lacey Johnson: It’s mostly attributed to lectins (proteins found in pretty much all foods); but, there is a lectin response based on your blood type that happens in your digestive tract. And, whatever happens in your digestive tract, there is a ripple effect; it affects everything, from the whites of your eyes to your fingernails, to your hair. What goes on in that digestive tract, it becomes a part of you; all the chemicals released in your digestive tract affects your mood; it’s responsible for everything.

These lectins are kind of like super glue, and they round up and bind all the bacteria, viruses, parasites – all the harmful pathogens – and they round them up whenever there is a strong lectin response, and it contaminates your body. So, it’s true that one man’s medicine is another man’s poison (regarding food).

I’m sure a lot of readers out there can agree with that; there are certain foods that just do not agree with me. For some reason, I can’t eat garlic at all, or I get ill.

Lacey Johnson: Then you’re probably Type A

I am Type A! Have you tried this diet? And what blood type are you?

Lacey Johnson: I’m Type A as well, and I incorporate the principles when possible; it’s not a diet, it’s a way of life and an absolute way of understanding yourself, a way of understanding others, a way of caring for yourself and wellness. The food component is huge, but there’s a lot more to it; which is why it’s on most job applications and dating sites in Korea and Japan. In fact, there’s a huge movie in Korea entitled, “My Boyfriend is Type B” and the lead role is a woman, Type A who is introverted and shy and her boyfriend is Type B, who is very passionate and daring, and the movie plays out how they just butt heads and how they’re so incompatible. You can find it on YouTube.

How quickly do you see results when you start shifting your lifestyle towards their recommendations?

Lacey Johnson: It depends on the way the issues are manifesting in your body; whether it’s health or weight loss. But I typically have observed an immediate shift. I follow the principles every day. In the book, it talks about an 80-20 rule for foods you can have vs. foods that are forbidden based on your blood type, and if you can stick to it 80% of the time, that is ideal. For me, I strive for that, but I’d probably say I’m more like 70-30.

Life happens, there are events, holidays – so 70-30 sounds reasonable and normal.

Lacey Johnson: Being too stringent on yourself and can create negative manifestations as well. You want to be aware of the best ways to care for yourself, aware of the foods that are medicinal for you; but at the same time, you have to allow yourself time to enjoy life with your family and friends.

What’s the quickest and cheapest way to find out your blood type?

Lacey Johnson: Dr. Dianamo, the author of the book, has an awesome website where you can buy an inexpensive kit, prick your finger and find out in a matter of minutes what your blood type is. But if you just go to the Red Cross and donate blood, then you can find out right away.

Thank you Lacey for the awesome introduction in the Blood Type Diet. Join us next week when we discuss the personality and dietary advice for type As!