Blood Type Diet, Earthing, Over-Training & More - Ep. 168 OPEN SKY FITNESS PODCAST

Blood Type Diet, Earthing, Over-Training & More – Ep. 168

This week, Devon and I took some time to answer questions submitted to us by members of our Open Sky Fitness Facebook Group.

We discussed a huge variety of different topics from the Blood Type Diet to Earthing to discussing the great debate of what’s better – free weights or machines? Plus, you’ll find out how to you know when you’re over-training and how to get past the all or nothing mentality around being healthy.

If you have any health questions that you want answered, our Facebook group is an incredible resource. It’s become an awesome community of people who want to share their best health advice while helping others succeed.


Is The Blood Type Diet Beneficial?

The Blood Type Diet was put together by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo who also wrote the book, Eat Right For Your Type. People do see results when they start to follow this diet, but that’s only because people have stopped eating processed, sugary foods to a follow a whole food diet. haven’t been any proper studies done to validate that the Blood Type Diet is the best way to achieve great health through nutrition.

When you start eating healthy, no matter how you begin, you will feel more energy, have improved blood panels, and a stronger gut. 

According to Dr. D’Adamo, the following foods are best for these blood types:

  • Type A – plant based
  • Type B – plant based and meat, but no pork or chicken
  • Type AB – plant based with seafood, tofu, dairy, beef, beans, and grains
  • Type O – high in protein, rich in meats, fish, poultry, some fruits and veggies but limited legumes, beans, and dairy

Out of all of them, the Type O Blood Type Diet is probably the closest to the Paleo Diet. 



What is Earthing?

Earthing (or grounding) is connecting to the earth by walking around barefoot in grass, dirt, or even sleeping on the ground. Now that we wear shoes and sleep on mattresses, we’re not connected to the earth’s natural energy like we used to be. By spending more time outside, you can connect more with nature.


What’s Better – Free Weights or Machines?


“There is no wrong weight to lift.” – Rob Dionne


As long as you are lifting weights that help your muscles get stronger, that is the most important thing. However, both have different benefits.

In some cases, free weights can be more beneficial because there are a lot of secondary muscle movers and stabilizing muscles that have to be used. The machines stabilize the core, but free weights force your body to get into action and work hard to stabilize and keep your muscles engaged. Overall,  you will burn more calories and build stronger muscles.

However, machines allow you to isolate different muscle groups so that you can specifically focus on it from multiple different angles.



Identifying and Avoiding Over-Training

You can easily identify whether or not you’re over-training by tracking and paying attention to your results. If you have an increase and then it plateaus and drops, that’s a good indication of over-training. It takes 48-72 hours to recover from a specific weight lift. If you’re not recovering and feeling lethargic, that’s a sign that you need to give your body a break.

It’ll be easy to tell when you’re over-training and you need some time to rest and recover.


How Can a Vegetarian Consume More Protein?

For a vegetarian, consuming more protein can be difficult to do without drinking protein shakes or without also consuming a high intake of carbs. However, the highest amount of carbs with lower amounts of carbs are dairy products and eggs. Unfortunately, only 40% of us can actually digest dairy so you may have some gut issues.

We recommend you try to add eggs, cottage cheese, Swiss cheese, and milk to your diet. 

Soy is also a possibility, but it is high in GMOs and has issues for hormones and not really good for the digestion. Nuts, seeds, grains, and quinoa are also other options, but they are quite high in carbs.

Following a Keto Vegetarian Diet may also be an option.



Share Your Healthy Recipes With Us!

 From breakfast to dessert, send us your favorite healthy recipes in the Open Sky Fitness Facebook Group

We thought it would be a fun idea to gather all of our favorite recipes simply for the sake of sharing them with each other. We won’t be selling this book of recipes. Rather, we just want to compile a list of them to share with each other.

All you have to do is:

  • Choose your favorite recipes
  • Send it to us in the Facebook group and include:
    • The source where you found the recipe i.e. book, online, magazine
    • A couple of sentences about yourself.
    • Use the hashtag: #OSFcookbook to help us easily find your submission!



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What You’ll Hear on This Episode

00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction

1:15  Opening comments with Rob and Devon

1:50 Check out last week’s episode –Episode 167 – Bradley Goldman: Workout & Nutrition Programs for Building Muscle

2:55  Join a great health and wellness community! Open Sky Fitness Facebook Group

5:00 How our hunger changes depending on what time of day we work out.

8:45  Sign up to do one-on-one coaching with either Rob and Devon!

5:30  Is it okay to follow a Blood Type Diet?

15:00  What is Earthing?

24:00  Diet and Lifestyle

30:45  What’s better – free weights or machines?

34:25  How can a vegetarian hit higher protein goals?

38:40 Strategies to stay consistent with healthy eating

45:00 How can we identify and avoid over-training

47:00  Closing comments with Rob and Devon

48:10 Open Sky Fitness Closing




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