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Off Topic / Slow Cooker
« on: September 24, 2020, 10:13:17 am »
I'm not sure where else to post this since technically it isn't raw, so I figured off-topic was the safest..  But I want to try to make my own bone broths and I'm trying to find the best way to make it without overcooking it!  I also live with my Dad and he said he is not comfortable with me leaving the stove on all night the couple of times I tried making my own bone broth on the stove before.

I've been thinking a slow cooker would probably be the easiest solution since they are made for cooking foods at low temperatures over long periods of time, the main problem is that most of them seem to only have settings for low-medium-high-warm and don't show any sort of actual temperature control.  The reviews on the cheaper ones as well seem to mention that the slow cookers are too hot, boiling and burning the foods when left for hours even on low, and I definitely don't want that to happen!  I was wondering if anyone had any good recommendations for a slow cooker that has a temperature control that goes low enough to not destroy the broth too much.

I also don't know what's the lowest temperature you can even make bone broth on, even if I could find a good slow cooker that goes down to low enough temps, what's a good temp?  would 100°F or 150°F be too low?  too high?  So far I've mainly just been drinking pre-packaged bone broths, but I'd like to be able to make my own without all the extra ingredients like salt and veggies that are in most bone broths.  So far my idea is just to put raw grass-fed beef marrow bones with raw apple cider vinegar and water into the slow cooker and cook for 24-48 hours on the lowest possible temperature.  I don't know if that's the best way to make it or not lol.

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Off Topic / UV Rays from the sun
« on: December 19, 2014, 11:18:26 am »
Just wondering what your guys' opinions are about this video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9BqrSAHbTc

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General Discussion / quail eggs
« on: August 20, 2014, 06:03:57 am »
Do any of you guys eat quail eggs?  Where do you get them?  Are they safer or more dangerous to eat raw than chicken eggs?  Are they healthier than chicken eggs?  How do they taste in comparison to chicken eggs? 

I'm thinking of maybe trying quail eggs, I'm trying to do a WAI diet to start off coming back to raw foods, though I'd probably just eat the quail eggs whole instead of separating the yolks like I do with chicken eggs.  I've seen quail eggs at the asian/phillipino(looks mexican to me) market and was wondering if I should try them, they also have quail egg shooters at my work(japanese owned sushi restaurant) and if I like them I might buy them at work too.

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Wai Dieters / Starting this Wai Diet...
« on: August 17, 2014, 05:31:15 am »
Hello you guys, I don't know if any of you remember me because I haven't posted here in a long time, I used to try to be on a low/zero carb raw diet though I tried many things, I had stopped mainly due to money issues, though I tried to return to raw many times it was very difficult mostly because it is difficult for me to find any good sources of raw grass-fed fats besides milk/butter/cheese which are expensive, and it also got a lot more difficult for me to eat raw meats without gagging. 

However, recently I have gotten really tired of my acne issue which just WILL NOT go away no matter what, even when I was on 100% raw diet before it never fully went away, although it has been a lot better since I went raw, even after going back to cooked foods, but it has never gone entirely away (in my entire life), so here I am again. 

I also have had a persistent cough for the past 5 or 6 months, which has not gone away for a single day those entire months, and is sometimes accompanied by runny nose, itchy eyes, and now rarely wheezing(though I was wheezing a lot at the beginning of the cough), and other such cold-like symptoms.  I had gone to the doctor a few times about it, and they had first said it was asthma due to the wheezing and my past breathing issues, but the daily inhaler did not work (although the emergency inhaler definitely works to help me breathe easier) so they said it must be allergies, and I took allergy medicine for a month and took a breathing test which concluded I did not have asthma, but my cough still persisted.  The allergy medicine did help with my runny nose and itchy eyes and other cold-like symptoms, and the emergency inhaler did help with my wheezing, so they said it was both asthma AND allergies, and gave me a pill that was intended for people with both.  Though the medicine helped suppress the symptoms, after another month has gone by I STILL have this cough and it is just not going away.  I am hoping a raw diet will also help alleviate me of this cough after the doctors have failed me, also so my friends and family could see how the doctors failed me.

I started trying to eat this WAI diet a few days ago now(like a day or two after my birthday Aug 9th, because I allow myself to eat anything at all that I want at least on my birthday), though of course as soon as I start the diet is when I have a problem finding fresh, never frozen wild caught fish.  I bought some wild caught tuna and wild caught salmon which were both previously frozen, but they have a fishy smell(mostly the tuna) that makes me gag so I have been feeding the tuna to my cat, and stuck to raw eggs yolks the past two days.  Previous to starting, I was eating a cooked diet though I tried to stay as healthy as I could afford without losing too much weight (I have already lost 4 pounds after starting WAI) though I was eating a lot of rice pasta.  I tried to eat grass-fed cooked(seared) steak(seasoned with garlic and pepper only) as often as I could afford it, but I was more often eating a lot of rice pasta and cheese because I always crave a LOT of fat.  I at least was able to avoid wheat most of the time, as well as non-grass-fed meats, though I did indulge on them sometimes. 

I've stopped all that now though, and have only been eating fruit, raw fish, and raw egg yolks the past few days, mostly following this guide http://www.waiworld.com/waidiet/nut-foodpernut.html to determine which fruits to buy to make sure I get all the nutrients I need.  I like raw tuna and salmon(as long as it is fresh and not fishy smelling/tasting), raw egg yolks are pretty delicious to me, especially without the slimy egg whites or egg yolk sac so I get rid of those and eat only the creamy yolk part.  However I pretty much prefer my fruits to be sweet only, so I've been getting mostly mangoes, bananas, grapes, cantaloupe, and dried dates.  But due to my extreme fat cravings, I'm thinking of adding avocados to my list, and I do have some raw coconut butter I have started trying to eat for extra fat, but I never liked plant-fats much. 

The only thing I'm really worried about is getting enough fat in my diet, because if I don't eat enough fat I get all sorts of bad cravings.  Like lately I have been craving cooked/seared steak and grilled steakfat(I -ALWAYS- crave steakfat, there has never been a single day in my life I would say no to eating some soft, warm, and melty steakfat!) as well as cooked ground beef with melted cheese all over it.  I'm thinking I might have to increase the amount of egg yolks recommended for women and possibly eat fish as well in the same day.  It's only recommended for women to eat 2 egg yolks OR 1.8 oz fish in a day.  I might need more than that, also because I want to start working out if I have the energy for it, I do suffer from fatigue a lot too, my whole life I have, EXCEPT for like the one month I was on 100% raw diet with lots of raw eggs and raw beef when I could eat it all no problem.

Sorry for the long post, I just want to document my progress in this post and see if my life-long acne will actually finally go away after the proposed 2 to 3 weeks on this diet they say will clear up your face!  Wondering if I should post pictures..

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Health / Acid Reflux
« on: March 26, 2014, 01:26:10 am »
Recently my mother has gone into the doctor about a lump in her throat that turned out to be a couple benign nodule on her thyroid.  At the consultation for considering surgery, we learned that to remove the nodules, they would have to remove the entire thyroid as well, which being that they are benign and not cancerous, we really don't want to resort to something like that.  During the consultation, the doctor slid a tub with a camera down her nose so they could look at her throat from the inside.  Usually this procedure isn't very painful, but my mom felt like they were shoving a needle down her throat, and it was extremely painful for her.  From all her symptoms and hat the doctor saw in her throat, they concluded that she also has acid reflux, having all of the symptoms of it besides the burning feeling.

So, my mother eats a pretty SAD diet though I have long been trying to convince her of the amazingness of a raw diet and such, she just can't do that kind of thing, she is far too squeamish.  I've only recently been able to help convince her to stop eating wheat, even though I'm sure she still does eat it sometimes, she's trying to cut back.  And with this acid reflux now, I think she will finally stop drinking soda and coffee since the doctor said caffiene is bad for acid reflux, and hopefully also stop eating fast food.

My question is if any of you know a good list of what foods to definitely avoid and which foods are best to eat while having pretty bad acid reflux that will help with getting rid of it.  She can't go full raw as far as eating animal foods, she doesn't even like meats much to begin with though I encourage her to eat more, but she definitely won't be able to eat raw meat or eggs, and probably not even cooked organs.  I need a list of things she can eat and what she needs to avoid, and so if anyone can help with anything, that would be great.  Cooked food is fine as well as raw non animal foods besides milk, please also mention whether you mean cooked or raw food and the difference between the food cooked or raw, because my mom will of course prefer cooked on at least some things, though I will definitely try to get her eating as much raw as possible.  She also works at an office job so she will need foods that can be prepared beforehand and eaten on the go or in the office for lunch..

Thank you!

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Primal Diet / Cheese from raw milk
« on: May 10, 2013, 02:40:02 am »
So I forgot about some raw milk I had brought to my room the other day, so it's been sitting in my warm room for about two days and I just saw it and it looks like this now:



So, what I want to do is turn it into cheese now, since it already looks half way there.  The only thing is that I don't know how, and all of my previous attempts to make cheese without much instruction ended up pretty bad with no cheese in the end at all.. just a bunch of wasted milk.  I've never seen my milk get so perfectly separated though, and especially that it doesn't even smell sour at all, I kinda just wanna eat that top layer by itself, but I don't think that would taste as good as making it into cheese.

So if anyone knows how I could turn this separated milk into either..
just some regular cheese
cream cheese
some other awesome cheese
those super sweet indian cheese balls thingies, called gulab jamun I will love you forever if you can tell me how to make these things raw because I tried some before and I was addicted to them but they're cooked so if I could make them raw omigosh

Please let me know, I don't want this glass of milk to go to waste especially when it looks so perfect..

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Off Topic / diaphragm breathing
« on: January 30, 2013, 07:40:24 am »
I really wish I could sing well so I've been trying to look up videos of singing lessons, and nearly all of them tell you to do diaphragm breathing.. making your stomach move instead of your chest and shoulders when you breathe.  The thing is, when I was younger I noticed that when I breathed my stomach moved instead of my chest, and I had thought I was weird or something like maybe my lungs were in my stomach, LOL.  But I've always breathed this way, and now I find out that most people don't breathe this way, but that breathing that way is the better way of breathing?


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Hot Topics / Best time to take vitamins/nutrient-dense foods?
« on: January 30, 2013, 01:14:54 am »
I lost my job and have no money so I can only buy my food with food stamps now, and grass-fed meats are too expensive for me to buy enough to eat only meat, and I also can't find any grass-fed fat or organs and you can't buy online with food stamps.. so with my current poor diet I've felt that I'm probably lacking in some nutrition, I haven't felt all that great and my teeth had been feeling like they are loose (though they don't move when I push on them) and my gums were sensitive, had been tired a lot and sleeping a lot but my sleep schedule was all messed up and stuff, and just overall wasn't feeling the greatest.

Now I've never been a fan of vitamins or supplements even when I was an ignorant SAD eater, I've always felt that you should get all the nutrition you need from the food you eat.  But with me being unable to afford all the food I need, (I'm underweight too so I need to be eating a lot more to gain some weight as well) I figure it might be a bit necessary to supplement my diet, so I bought a Garden of Life RAW multivitamin.  I also had some cod liver oil that I bought a long time ago, and a whole bunch of local bee pollen I bought a while ago too, and since I've heard that bee pollen is extremely nutrient dense with all the nutrients we need, I've mixed a whole bunch of it in with my raw honey so I can eat a little bit of that everyday too. 

My question just is, when is the best time for me to take these supplements and eat my bee pollen honey?  I know the body doesn't absorb the nutrients from things like vitamins as easily as it does from food, so I want to take them when it would be the best/easiest time for my body to absorb the most nutrition from the supplements as possible.  Instinctively, I've figured the best time to take them is on an empty stomach, so I started taking the GoL RAW multivitamin first thing in the morning, and I've been feeling a little better than I had been.  I just found my cod liver oil last night though, and also mixed my bee pollen with my honey last night, so I hadn't started those yet, but I'm just wondering if eating them all first thing in the morning is the best time to eat them, or if I should spread them out through the day, or should I only eat them after eating something else?  and if so, after eating what?  I've never really taken vitamins or supplements before so I don't really know how it all works or anything you're supposed to do or supposed to avoid if anything..

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General Discussion / Genetic Roulette video
« on: December 09, 2012, 05:47:21 pm »
Genetic Roulette

Have you guys seen this video called Genetic Roulette?  It's all about GMOs from Monsanto, even though most of us don't eat any of that stuff anymore, but the main thing that scared me is that it said there's a possibility that the pesticide in the GMO corn could get into your gut and multiply in your gut flora, and then even if you stop eating all the GMO foods, your gut flora still produces it!!  This might also be a good video to show SAD eaters to at least convince them to stop eating most grains..

But how do I get this crap out of my system?

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Off Topic / Petition against GMOs
« on: November 14, 2012, 05:35:26 am »
Amoung all the hype of many states petitioning to secede from the USA, there is also a petition to prevent GMOs!  Which was actually my idea, to create a petition right now since so many people are hyping about the states, for a law similar to Prop 37 which failed in California, to label all GMO foods as well as irradiated foods.  However, someone beat me to it, but created a petition to entirely get rid of GMOs.  I have signed it, and I am linking it here for those of you in the USA to sign as well to help prevent GMOs from being used and created anymore!

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/prevent-genetically-engineered-modified-organisms-being-introduced-our-bodies-food-supply/FYd99VbV

Please sign!

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Off Topic / Will do for money..
« on: November 09, 2012, 12:11:53 pm »
So, someone here recently linked me to fiverr as a way to make money!  Well it looked like it had a lot of potential so I signed right up.. So, I don't know about you guys, but if any of you know anyone who could use my services please tell them about me!

http://fiverr.com/cassjan

I can photoshop pictures to do a bit of retouching, realistically enhancing and fixing pictures, or add so much makeup to make up to make the person look like an anime character lol, but I thought that might be popular among younger people/anime fans.
I'm also an okay artist, and can draw people as chibis (more anime stuff) or do live tutorials and drawings through skype.
I'm also really good at math up to Algebra 1 and can do any math stuff up to algebra 1 or tutorial someone in math up to algebra 1 through skype!

That's pretty much all I have, so if any of you guys need or know someone who needs a photshop retoucher, live art tutorial, or math tutor, please link them to my fiverr!

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General Discussion / No money..
« on: November 02, 2012, 11:32:59 am »
So, I lost my job a while ago though I had money saved up, so I was still trying to eat a good diet until I found a new job.. but so far no one is hiring me even after going to a few interviews and stuff, and I am starting to run out of money..

So I want to ask you guys if you know any good, cheap foods I can buy at a regular commercial grocery store that I can still eat raw and be healthy without spending a ton of money on meat.. I usually don't do well on a diet high in plant foods because I crave fat a LOT, and if I eat too much carbs I go crazy to eat some fatty foods, especially meat and dairy.  But I'm not going to be able to afford to keep buying a lot of meat, even commercial meat is still expensive, I don't want to eat grain-fed fat or organ meats, and raw dairy is super expensive.  Pasteurized dairy started tasting like plastic to me after trying raw dairy so I don't really want to buy pasteurized dairy either.  But any suggestions for foods that I could buy from a commercial grocery store that would still be healthy.. I don't know much about vegetables since I never really eat them, which ones can I even eat raw other than leafy stuff?  I usually hate leafy stuff like lettuce, spinach, kale and all that, I never really tried any root veggies other than regular potatoes.. though I liked cooked potatoes.  I don't know what to do, I'm used to eating mainly meat but I won't be able to affording eating as much and I don't know what else to eat..

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General Discussion / Drinking water while exercising
« on: September 13, 2012, 07:09:16 am »
I tried googling whether it is good or bad to drink water while excersizing, but it's all pretty much yahoo-answers type stuff saying it's fine.. but then they also say it's fine to drink while eating..

So I thought I'd ask here since I trust you guys a lot more   ;D  Do you guys know if it is bad to drink water -during- exercising?   and I don't mean like doing some situps, pausing for a moment, sipping some water, then doing more situps. 
I mean like, while you're powerwalking or jogging, without breaking stride or pausing, if you drink water while your body is active at the same time?

I mean I figure in paleotimes they wouldn't have had bottles of water to carry with them to drink while exercising.. and I do not drink while eating and avoid drinking for a while after eating.  But I get thirsty more while I'm power walking somewhere and I feel like I should avoid drinking until I get to where I'm going and sit for a bit and let my body settle.. but is that necessary?  Or am I being too paranoid and it's perfectly fine if I drink while I'm still walking?

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Off Topic / So, I just got a cat...
« on: August 19, 2012, 07:41:53 pm »
or rather, I was given a cat as a birthday present.  I'm not really a cat person, I'm much more of a dog(well, canine) person, and I didn't even want a pet in the first place because it's hard enough just feeding myself...

But now I have a cat.  now I have to feed it.  but I can't make it eat commercial pet food, not when I'm here trying to eat a healthy raw carnivorous diet.  But what do I feed it?  I mean, I figure lots of meat/organs/bones from beef, chicken, and fish.. but does anyone have any suggestions for a good healthy raw cat diet?  I'm planning on eventually buying live mice from the pet store (that are normally used to feed snakes) and letting her catch and eat them, if I can get her to.  But would a diet of pure mice bought from the pet store suffice for a cat? 

She's not a kitten, but not a full grown cat, either, probably a couple months old.  She's some non-shedding breed and supposed to be an indoor cat I guess.  She just had surgery to get her spayed a few days ago, or like a week ago, at most.  She also happens to have a stuffy nose and is sneezing a lot, which I heard makes it difficult to feed them since they rely heavily on smell to eat.. and I'm pretty sure she can't smell much right now.  I've already tried feeding her some salmon, tuna, beef, and beef liver, none of which she's really eating, but she will eat the dry cat food that was given to me with her.  I'm letting her eat it for now, because she hasn't been eating much of anything since I got her a couple days ago, and I'd rather her not starve to death, but I want to switch her to eating raw meat as soon as possible.  Or at least wet canned food, since I've read they need a moisture rich diet to be healthy, and don't drink much water.  I just figure it's probably going to be really difficult right now while her nose is all stuffed up..

But any suggestions would be very welcome, thank you

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General Discussion / Raising your own Egg-laying Chickens
« on: May 26, 2012, 06:38:25 am »
My 2 Aunts and my Uncle all have gotten their own chickens they raise for eggs, and the other day I just got some eggs from some of them.  I had stopped eating eggs because they were not tasting good and making me gag and giving me a very slight stomach ache, but these eggs I got from my family have really rich, deep yellow yolks and don't taste bad or make me gag or give me a stomach ache so far.  I only ate one yesterday morning so far, but I'm going to eat one egg a day and see if I have any improvements or anything bad.  If it's all good, I'm thinking of trying to convince my Dad to let me and my Mom raise our own chickens in the backyard.

The only thing I'm worried about is feeding them a proper diet.  I think my aunts and uncle feed their chickens some sort of grain, maybe corn, (though only on the side, otherwise they mostly feed their chickens bugs) but with the way corn is nowadays, I don't really want to feed my chickens any corn or bad grain.

So if any of you have any good ideas of what I could feed my chickens that would make them the healthiest chickens and the healthiest eggs I could get, then please share.  I don't have any grass in the backyard, so they're going to be on dirt, but I will make sure to feed them as many bugs as possible.  My mom was saying something about feeding them on lay-mesh or something like that for the first six months, or some special feed for the first six months, because there's something specific they need, but I don't want to get any sort of store-bought chicken feed.  I want to make it myself so I can make -sure- there is nothing bad in their feed, no soy no pesticides or chemicals or whatever else might get into commercially processed chicken feed even if it's organic.  (such as chemicals used to clean the processing equipment)

So what exactly is the ideal diet for an egg-laying chicken raised from a hatchling?

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Health / Raw Meat Caused Nausea?
« on: May 26, 2012, 06:23:09 am »
I have been eating mostly raw for a while now, mostly as my new years resolution to eat only good, but I was having a problem with raw meat.  The grass-fed steaks I normally bought and ate were very expensive, so I switched to buying grass-fed ground beef from trader joe's which was a lot cheaper, but I can't eat the meat straight.. it doesn't taste very good to me and makes me gag and stuff, so I instead started making it into beef jerky using my dehydrator.  The only problem was that the dehydrator doesn't have a temperature control on it, and usually got up to 150 - 160 degrees F as far as I could tell, so the meat was coming out cooked and dried I suppose.  I ate it anyways though, and it tastes good to me like that and all, but then I started having problems where the meat was coming out weird and my thermometer started saying it was 180 degrees now, and it also seems like my health wasn't improving very well.

In any case, I stopped eating the cooked beef jerky and I bought some of the same grass-fed steaks that I used to eat again, and told myself I'd go 100% raw from then on, as long as I could.  I didn't eat any meat for about a week though, but I did eat 100% raw for that time.  Then I finally got one of the steaks out and tried to eat it. 

I ate about 4 ounces of raw steak a few hours before I went to sleep, and ate nothing after eating the steak.  The next morning I woke up feeling extremely nauseated and sick, but I hate puking so I tried to just go back to sleep and ignore it and let the nausea go away on its own.  I couldn't fall back asleep so I tried drinking some water to calm my stomach but it made no difference.  I still felt just as nauseated so I finally got up and went to the bathroom to throw up. 

If you don't want to read the details, you might want to skip this paragraph.  It took me a minute after getting up, but I finally started heaving, but at first nothing came up but air.  I rarely ever puke in my life, but the times I do, I usually don't struggle so much.  I wasn't so much dry heaving, because there was a bunch of air coming out, and it felt like i was puking out air rather than just heaving, though I thought it might be because I hadn't eaten much and my stomach must have been mostly empty.  Then I just forced it and finally puked out whatever was bothering my stomach, it didn't look like meat at all, it was mostly just yellowish green liquids, with what looked like it might have been a bit of brownish liquefied meat in it, but only a very little.

I have no idea why I would have gotten so sick after eating that meat though.  It's the same exact meat I had eaten many times raw before, and it never caused me to become nauseated like that.  Could it just have been because I wasn't used to eating any meat since I hadn't eaten any for a week before that, and only cook-dried before that?  Or maybe it was just a bad steak?  Or was it because it was sitting in my fridge for a week?    The fridge is super cold though.  I've never gotten sick from eating meat before, raw or cooked or old or whatever, so I have no idea why this happened. 

edit:  After that, I also just threw away the rest of the steak from the same package, I was too afraid to eat any of it in case it was a bad thing of meat.. but I still have 2 more pounds of steaks that I'm afraid to eat now, and that have been sitting there for about a week and a half by now.. I don't want it to go bad after spending all that money though. 

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Primal Diet / Raw Milk, Green Urine?
« on: February 10, 2012, 08:17:25 am »
I'm not sure where to post this, I don't know if health would have been better, but I picked this forum since the Primal Diet includes raw milk. 

When I drink a lot of raw milk (I usually tend to drink and entire half gallon in one day) I find that I end up having to pee a lot more often than usual, sometimes every like 20 to 30 minutes, when normally I only have to go a few times the entire day, and a lot of times my urine ends up having a greenish tinge to it.. and I don't know if this is normal or what causes it.

I have lately been reading about ketosis though, because I feel like my body much prefers to be in ketosis, or at least feels a lot better when I eat a lot of fat.. and I crave fats the most, even if I'm eating a lot of carbs.  So I searched google on how to tell if you're in ketosis without those strips, and among all the stinky breath and stinky urine posts I saw one person mention that you will have to pee a lot more and that it will have a greenish colour to it, although if that's what's causing me to have greenish urine then that would mean that drinking milk immediately puts me into ketosis.. which sounds off, but I don't know what else it could be..

so I was wondering if anyone else here who drinks raw milk has ever had these things happen to them as well?  or knows what's causing this?

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Display Your Culinary Creations / Grass-fed Liver, Sirloin, and Marrow
« on: August 12, 2011, 08:14:17 pm »


This is my breakfast that I just ate right now.. Grass-fed liver at the top, grass-fed 8oz top sirloin steak on the left, and a little bit of grass-fed marrow on the right.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y200/SrIacIovv/Food/0812010358b.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y200/SrIacIovv/Food/0812010357.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y200/SrIacIovv/Food/0812010358c.jpg

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Display Your Culinary Creations / Fruit Salad
« on: August 12, 2011, 08:09:24 pm »


I can't help that I love fruit.  It is too delicious for me to force myself not to eat it..

This plate is full of organic fruits.  There is watermelon, mango, papaya, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and cherries.. even if you can't see the mango or papaya much.  The papaya is the only thing that might not be organic, I forget if it is organic or not.. I think it isn't, but it is Caribbean Red Papaya that I found in trader joe's, very sweet and delicious, a better flavour I think than the orange papaya. 


http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y200/SrIacIovv/Food/0731011803a.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y200/SrIacIovv/Food/0731011803.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y200/SrIacIovv/Food/0731011803b.jpg

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Off Topic / Ants
« on: August 01, 2011, 08:20:57 pm »
So it jut rained yesterday, and now I've found my stash of food raided by ants.  Mostly going after my honeys, but everything was all together, so they were on everything.

Looked up a few natural remedies, though I didn't have most of them, I did have some cinnamon powder that wasn't covered in ants. 
Turns out ants HATE cinnamon powder.

All I had to do was sprinkle it over my stuff, and on the ants' trails, and they scattered like they couldn't stand the stuff.

So if anyone wants a natural repellant, just sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon powder around and they won't come anywhere near.  I tried both an organic most likely heat-dried cinnamon, as well as an organic cinnamon that claims to be raw, and both seemed to work the same, though I only tried a tiny bit of the claimed raw cinnamon, because I didn't want to waste it.. but I poured the heat-dried cinnamon everywhere.

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Off Topic / Metal Utensils
« on: July 23, 2011, 12:38:23 am »
I've been meaning to ask this for a while, but do any of you guys avoid using metal utensils?

After reading a detox solution of raw eggs and lime juice that says not to use metal utensils or else the concoction won't work, about how high meat made in a metal container caused botulism, and after my mom told me that an apple cut with a metal knife will turn brown, but when cut with a plastic or ceramic knife it doesn't, I went out and bought myself a ceramic knife.  Since then I have been avoiding metal utensils as much as possible, although I have used them here and there, it is certainly no longer a daily occurrence.  I don't let any of my food come into contact with metal if I can help it, and I often wonder if any of my food had touched metal before I bought it.. I'm sure all of my cuts of meat were probably cut with a metal knife, or ground beef ground with metal machines, who knows if my raw milk and dairy products were ever stored in those metal milk containers, or otherwise came into contact with metal.. although I'm sure most fruit and eggs should be fine, since eggs are protected by their shell, and fruit would only have the vines cut by metal.  I often wonder if my water has come into contact with metal, too, and I wonder if all this exposure to metal is a bad thing, or if I'm just being paranoid for no reason?

I never really noticed too much of a difference in my fruit cut with a ceramic knife as opposed to a metal knife and left in the fridge.  But one thing I did notice was that when I accidentally cut myself with a metal knife, just little small cuts, they sting and hurt like hell.. but when I accidentally cut myself with my ceramic knife, it hurt, but it didn't even sting at all and didn't hurt nearly as badly.

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Display Your Culinary Creations / Ice Cream
« on: July 18, 2011, 01:42:20 am »


This picture is of some chocolate ice cream covered in chocolate syrup, and a dash of cinnamon powder and cacao powder.  I made both vanilla and chocolate ice cream, but I ate up all the vanilla ice cream before I could get any pictures of it!

To make the chocolate and vanilla ice cream, I bought a pint of raw cream and a quart of raw milk, and used two of my old 2lb jars of honey that I washed out after finishing all the honey.  I poured half the cream and half the milk in each jar, then mixed in about 3 - 4 ounces of raw honey mixed with either vanilla extract or cacao powder.  I wanted extra-vanilla and extra-chocolate tasting ice cream, so I added a lot of vanilla extract and cacao powder, but if you don't want such intense flavour or so much sweetness, you can add in less honey and flavour.  I mixed the ice cream really well, but I am inpatient so I didn't mix it for long.  It probably would have came out creamier if I had churned it for much longer, or used less milk, and if you have the time, you should churn it for as long as you can.  I kept most of the stuff chilled while I did this, because I live in southern california so it's always pretty hot here, so I kept the jars in ice while I was mixing.  Then I put them in the freezer and left them overnight!  Ta da, vanilla and chocolate ice cream. 


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Display Your Culinary Creations / Jerky "Protein Bars"
« on: July 13, 2011, 02:19:43 pm »


This is about a half pound of grass-fed ground beef(trader joe's brand), mixed with fresh chopped garlic, Himalayan pink salt, paprika, and a little basil and oregano, shaped into bars and sprinkled with more paprika because I love it, then dehydrated at about 90 - 110 degrees F so that they're still raw.. but acceptable to eat in public.   ;D

They weren't dehydrated for long, so they're still a little soft, but they'd be darker and chewier if I had dehydrated them longer.  I also made jerky sticks like slim jims before, but didn't get to take a picture before I ate them all.  They took a very long time to roll into sticks though, so this time I just made bars.


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Display Your Culinary Creations / Chocolate Syrup
« on: July 05, 2011, 09:48:54 am »


Sweets seem to be the easiest to make..
What I did was mix about 3 teaspoons of raw cacao powder with 6 teaspoons of raw liquid honey, then added 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon of raw whole milk, and mixed it all together.  Ta da!  Instant raw chocolate syrup.  Next up is to make some raw ice cream!

You can get raw cacao powder and other raw cacao products here:
http://bluemountainorganics.com/_catalog_85733/Chocolate_Products
as well as raw vanilla extract:
http://bluemountainorganics.com/_product_85721/Vanilla_Extract%2c_raw_-_LRF_(5_oz)
Although, I don't know how reliably raw they are, but they claim that none of their foods are heated or roasted or cooked or anything, and that all their spices are cool-dried not heat-dried.

Not that I would advocate this as being healthy in any way, even though it is raw, this is just for a treat, without having to buy the artificial, pasteurized, cooked versions with their added preservatives and refined sugars and who knows what else.
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Display Your Culinary Creations / Applesause
« on: July 04, 2011, 12:39:06 am »


This was easy to make, and quite delicious.  The only ingredients you need are an apple, raw honey, cinnamon, and raw apple cider vinegar.
In a small 6 oz bowl, I mixed a little bit of raw apple cider vinegar, some honey, and cinnamon, to taste.. this stuff gives it that "applesauce" taste, but you could leave out the apple cider vinegar if you want.  I like it sweet so I had a lot of honey.. I used a liquidy honey that I got from Arizona, labeled raw, unfiltered, and no water added.. the "cat's claw" flavour seems to go best with the organic fuji apple that I used, but you can use whatever apple and whatever honey you have, or think go good together.  My mixture turned out about the consistency and colour of liquid caramel.  Then I took the apple, cut it into fourths, peeled and gutted it.  I took half the apple, and chopped it into little pieces, and threw it in the blender with a little more than half the honey sauce, and blended all that together to whatever consistency I liked.  Then I took the other half of the apple, cut it into 8 slices, then arranged them in my bowl.  I poured in the applesauce from the blender, then covered it in the rest of the honey sauce, and garnished with a couple of the apple peeling and a bit of cinnamon on top.  I WAS going to warm it by putting the bowl in warm water, using my thermometer to make sure the water doesn't get too hot (since the hot water that comes out of the sink can get up to 150 degrees F) but it just looked too delicious that I started eating it right away, cold, lol.


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