PART ONE: The Camerooni Cabbie
A couple of weeks ago I said to my driver, "I'm going home and I'm gonna cut up some fruit." He told me, "I eat ALOT of fruit."
Me: What's your blood type?
Me: Blood type yadda yadda, etc.
CC: Is O the type most people are?
Me: Well, more people in the world are O's than any other single type.
CC: Let's say I'm O. What does that mean?
Me: Basically, dietwise, you need to eat yadda yadda and stay away from blah blah blah. It's also important to get some pretty vigorous exercise to be at your best, both physically and mentally. In fact, you might have problems with anger and its management if you don't get the appropriate workout --
(Screech of brakes)
CC (craning neck to face me): That's ME. You're talking about ME. Who ARE you? How do you KNOW this?
Me: Keep driving, and I'll tell you. Yadda, blah, etc.
CC: Give me your card! What do I DO?
Me: dadamo.com [...] ER4YT [...]...(scribble, scribble). Here.
CC: I'm 50 years old. My blood pressure is high. I want to stabilize it without drugs, but my doctor doesn't know a THING about nutrition - Why IS that?
Me: Too broad a question...[etc]. Check out that book.
CC: This is fantastic!
Me: First house on the left...G'night!
PART TWO: The Californiac Cabbie
Me: Is that your dinner?
CA: More like Breakfast; my day's just starting.
Me: Whatcha got there?
CA: Roast beef and blue cheese sandwich. No dressing or anything, so it's good for me.
Me: What's your blood type? Do you know it?
CA: O negative. Why?
Me: Roast beef -- an excellent choice for you ... blah blah, not the cheese or bread, yadda yadda. [PAUSE]
CA: This is VERY cool stuff. My new girlfriend's giving me so much grief because I eat meat, and I KNOW I feel better when I eat it. She's a vegetarian. It works for her, but not for me.
Me: O vs. A, for instance, blah blah. Stomach acid differential, yadda yadda.
CA: WHOA! So THAT's why I've had heartburn ever since I've been eating her cooking! It all makes sense! This is DYNAMITE! So: What else?
Me: Well, since you're O, you have less likelihood of blah blah diseases, but, for one thing, I find many O's have serious "anger management" issues --
(Screeching of brakes)
CA: OK, Lady. NOW I'm listenin'. NOW you got my attention bigtime. Look: I'm turning off the meter, 'cause I'm paying for your ride. Now what's this about anger??
Me: Well -- It's very important for O's to sweat, get a good workout every day if possible. Without it, you can itch for a fight, right?
CA: Incredible! I used to be a fire fighter: It was really intense physically, and I guess I needed it, because just driving around, it's true, I don't have time to build in the exercise. But I didn't realize that's why I'm so -- keyed up, wired or something --
Me: OK. So, Run. Go to a gym. Even hard swimming. Whatever gets you pumped. Kickboxing, I don't know. It's gotta be VIGOROUS.
CA: I NEED this information. Sh-t, I get angry and I get acid reflux bad. What else about O's?
Me: Well, it seems O's are often long-lived --
CA: Many members of my family have lived past 90, 95.
Me: I'm writing down a web address for you.
CA: Need paper? I'm ready. This is IT.
Me: And the name of a book.
CA: There's actually a BOOK on this?
Me: A best seller -- And more than one!
CA: Y'know what I'm getting? This is all about "Individuality", isn't it?
Me: BRAVO! You really DO get it! At this website, the homepage'll tell you at the top: "Individuals Welcome Here". That's just what it's about.
CA: Lady, you're changing my life. You realize that.
Me: OK. Make a right here.
CA: You got it. Hey. Can I ask you one more question? You mentioned No Wheat and No Dairy except the cheeses I actually like best [mozzarella, goat, feta, etc.]. Does this diet say O's shouldn't eat POTATOES? Because I like 'em, but somehow they don't seem to agree with me. Does that compute?
Me: You are SO right on. You'll do really well with this. Let me at least give you a tip: Take this (handing him a couple of bills).
CA: Keep it. You've given me all the tip I need. Have a great evening!
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Note: I learned about the (Screechin') Anger/O connection straight from Peter D'Adamo's writings. And I have to say: Again and again O's are WOWED by my bringing it up as a blood-type-related characteristic due to the O's unique need for vigorous physical exertion, particularly "under stress". This is often the major factor that interests O's in D'Adamo's work and a diet they'd never heard of before. Second is the need for red meat, which many O's recognize. Here in California, that wins many over. Third, I'd say, it's a tie between Yeast/Candida, digestive complaints, and miscarriage. Fourth would be thyroid.
Another note: The two O Cabbies above are but two of many, many cabbies I've initiated into our ABO secrets. Improving lives, one ride at a time.
Yesterday at Whole Foods Market, there was a vendor table for a vegetarian "meat" product that included amongst its ingredients butternut squash, portobello mushrooms and garlic. The vendor began to hawk in my direction, so I asked her about the product, and then I replied, "Like Fu" (Fu and Seitan being grain gluten "meats" I remember from my Macrobiotic days). She concurred. I smiled and said, "I eat according to my blood type, so I do better with meat itself," and I kept moving.
"Tell me", she called out with some excitement, "what IS this Blood Type thing?"
Me (backing up): Do you know your blood type?
Me: OK, then. You, too, need to eat real meat.
Vendor: Funny you should say that: I KNOW you're right.
Me: RED meat is best: Lean grass-fed beef, for instance, lamb - virtually any meat, and poultry, fish, seafood...
Vendor (enthusiastic, nodding): So true, so true! I THOUGHT so.
Me: As a woman, small portions would serve you well, but get some of this every day (starting to move away). Eat your meat!
Vendor: Wait Wait ---
Me: You have customers! I don't want to keep you from---
Vendor: No, that's ok. TELL me about this!
Me (parking my cart to the side): Tell you what: Answer their questions, and I'll wait a minute. (Meanwhile, I take out a pen and note pad, and jot down D'Adamo's name, ER4YT and LR4YT titles, and the web address)
(2 minutes later)
Vendor: OK, go on. What do I DO?
Me (handing her the note): Here. Pick up a copy of ER4YT. If they've sold out in the book department here, you can special order it.
Vendor: Or just skip down to Borders; no problem. I'll get it TODAY.
Me: Great. And if there's any delay, meanwhile think Meat, Fish, eggs; vegetables, fruits, and NO WHEAT or dairy, basically. The book'll give you the details.
Vendor: Wow! I KNEW it was the wheat!! But (whining) No cheese either?
Me: I think farmer's cheese might be ok, and goat cheese? The book'll tell you.
Vendor: I can't believe my luck that you came by! This is EXACTLY what I've been looking for.
Me: OK. (Pushing off) Take care of your customers!
Vendor: That's okay (clearing her tray); I'm outa here.