Success Story: Emily Parr
Emily Parr owns a New York City-based public relations agency. She’s been tapped by a high-profile national women’s magazine (we can’t tell you which one…yet!) to cover her experience on the Blood Type Diet! Here we meet Emily and get the scoop on her experience with the Type O diet.
Name: Emily Parr
Blood Type: O
Where do you live?
New York, NY
Tell us a little about yourself.
I own my own PR firm, so am pretty much working ALL the time. However, my speciality is wellness, beauty and fitness. So luckily, I have the means of staying fit and healthy at my fingertips. The big difference here is that no matter how nutritious your meals and snacks, every type of foods reacts different in your body versus someone else’s. I am highly active and workout much more than even the above average person. So when I am not feeling great about my body after working out 3 hours a day every day, I know that there is something off about my diet. I really believe that your body is 70% the way you are fueling it rather than the hours spent at the gym.
How did you hear about the Blood Type Diet?
I am not certain, but being in my field, I am really on the pulse of most diets. I am also a very curious person and constantly peruse website’s beauty, health and fitness topics.
Why did you decide to try it?
I was hitting a plateau with my body. Hours of exercise each day and eating healthfully (sans gluten, red meat, dairy, processed foods, etc) was just not cutting it. I knew there was a secret recipe for looking your optimal best, so I thought it was time to put aside eating patterns that I thought were right for me and actually try something that was proven to work.
How long have you been eating right for your type?
I am a BTD virgin — only about a month and I have really just tried to ease into it. Simple swaps, such as removing corn and avocado from my salad as well as ordering a juice at my favorite juice bar, Juice Generation, without coconut in it. I always knew gluten free backed goods were probably just as bad as the full fat wheat types, but wanted to believe they were substantially better for me. This gave me a reason to cut them out.
What foods were the most challenging for you to avoid, which were the easiest?
Avocado, lentils, quinoa, coconut, corn, hummus, gluten-free baked goods (sorghum flower is a no-no). My go-to “healthy” snacks are forbidden on the diet. It makes sense. Even though I thought I was making wise choices, my stomach did not agree. I could always feel turbulence in my belly and discomfort. The woman who gives me colonics would always notice this upset as well. The fruits that are right for my blood type are very interesting, as I always stuck to apples, oranges, and grapefruit thinking they were best—nutritionally. Turns out that banana, mango, watermelon, and figs are excellent, which I always avoided! Cutting out wheat and dairy was easier, because I already followed that rule. All in all, I am an extraordinarily healthy individual—so for me, this was a matter of a few key switches to yield a greater difference in the way I feel and look. That is exactly what I was looking for.
What health changes have you observed since starting the program?
Mostly, my stomach feels balanced. I feel freer from bloats and digestion problems, while also looking leaner.
You probably eat out at restaurants often. How do you stick to your diet while eating out?
That’s easy! I always pick the restaurant. Ordering a salad and either baked fish or meat can be found on any menu. The key is to order simply and to stress how plain you want your food to the waiter—nothing gloppy, sticky, marmalade-esque. I also pretend that I have all sorts of allergies, so that the waiter is extra careful with my dish.
Do you exercise? What type of exercise do you do?
Yes, heavily. I run at least 6 miles per day, as well as do Hot Vinyasa Yoga and a fitness based ballet barre class.
You’re being profiled in a national magazine about your experience…what was that like?
I am usually on the opposite end: working to get my clients featured and staying in the background. So honestly, it felt a little like cheating! It felt like I was experiencing a press placement on myself instead of for a client. But it was flattering. The editors looked at me as a health maven, and thus wanted to document my experience.
*Weight loss varies by individual. Each person will achieve greater or lesser results. Always consult with your health care provider before starting any new diet or supplement.
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