A diet for your blood type

Wednesday, January 9th 2008, 5:08 pm
By: News 9

By Amy McRee, NEWS 9

If weight loss is on your mind, then you've got to hear about a book that one metro man says changed his life. Not only did he drop some pounds, but he got his life back. He went from days filled with golfing, running and biking, to days where he couldn't even walk.

A debilitating form of arthritis started to tear away at this Edmond man's health, until he discovered the power of the blood type diet.

Roger Bonaham takes inventory of everything on his shelves and what he puts into his body. A sudden awareness sparked by a recent bout with gout.

"There's walnuts, tuna, broccoli, hamburger, chicken...," Bonaham said. "It's a form of arthritis. It usually attacks the feet. It hurt very much; I've had a lot of pains in my life, broken bones and injury. The gout really got my attention."

Roger read up and found his inattention to his diet was likely the culprit. With too much uric acid in his system, he read how eating for his blood type may help with his pain and overall health.

"I discovered I was eating a lot of the wrong stuff," Bonaham said. "Fortunately, my wife is an "O" [blood type], and after we got into the book, found out what we needed to eat, what we should not eat..."

Roger stuck exactly to what the book lists for him to eat; foods that are "beneficial" "neutral" which have no affect on his body, and one's to avoid, which meant Roger's favorites, like spaghetti, corn and bread.

"That's a no, no," Bonaham said. "But, I was determined I didn't want another problem."

And Roger hasn't had any problems in over three years. Not only is he back to his favorite activities, he's 30 pounds lighter; weight lost within the first 6 months of starting the diet, and that he's kept off.

"And, it'll help your hands too," Bonaham said.

It's a story he can't help but share with others, all thanks to a book that helped rewrite a troubling chapter in his own life.

"I'm allowed to just keep on going to way I go," Bonaham said.

Roger is going strong. He says his hands used to be stiff after a round of golf; even that is now gone. You may have to ask your doctor to do a special blood test to find out your blood type, or if you've ever given blood, check with the blood bank, they'll have your type on file.