Category: Carol (A)
I'm an A+ non-secretor, married to an A+ secretor.
I first developed an interest in nutrition circa 1971 (in my mid-20's), and became a vegetarian in 1989 (in my mid-40's) on our honeymoon. My husband stopped eating meat a year later.
I suppose I first heard about Eat Right 4 Your Type shortly after it was published. All I knew about it was the title and that the author said people with different blood types should eat differently. I thought that made about as much sense as "Eat Right for Your Hair Color," so I gave it no further thought -- until almost ten years later, when a friend emailed me that she had begun to follow the Blood Type Diet. She listed a few of the foods that she was and was not supposed to eat, but did not happen to mention what her blood type was. When I spotted a copy of Eat Right in our chiropractor's waiting room, I borrowed it because I thought that figuring out my friend's blood type from the food lists would be an interesting puzzle. By the time I finished Chapter One, however, I was so fascinated by the logic behind the BTD that I was hooked. In fact, I tried to start following the diet as soon as I finished reading the book -- but I had no idea what my blood type was!
Within a few days, I had remedied that oversight and had also sent in my saliva sample for secretor testing. That was October of 2005. Within a few weeks, I was noticing some pleasant little health-related surprises. In February of 2006, I began to eat a small daily serving of salmon or turkey, but my husband is still a vegetarian, most of my meals are vegetarian, and the local vegetarian group hasn't kicked me out. I have not yet experienced any major BTD miracles, but continue to receive pleasant little surprises.
I was born in Indiana in 1944, but moved away right after college. I lived in eastern Massachusetts, eastern Iowa, western New York, and southern California before moving back to Indiana, with my husband and a back-seat-ful of cats, in 1993. Along the way, I was a high-school math teacher, a clerk-typist for a temp agency, a software engineer, and a nutritionist/herbalist trainee -- before accidentally retiring in 1990.
I enjoy going for walks with my husband (true to our blood type, we're casual day hikers, not back-packers), gardening (encouraging the birds and beneficial insects to help), and writing mystery novels (unpublished so far). Hubby and the cats and I now live a mile from the county road in a house that I designed (for structural integrity, indoor air quality, accessibility, cat-friendliness, and ease of maintenance).