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General Discussion / my cat caught me a mouse... should I?
« on: December 02, 2010, 10:46:04 pm »
so i woke up this morning to a dead mouse on my back porch (pretty clean kill, no blood to speak of). my cat must have caught it and brought it to me. awesome. now, what to do with it? i know mice can be pretty dirty animals (especially in the city - but i live in the suburbs), so i'm seeking your opinion on whether or not i should eat it. i'm definitely going to skin it just because i've never skinned anything and want to learn. i was thinking i could freeze it for two weeks or whatever to kill any kind of parasites it may have and then eat it. i dunno guys. haha, am i crazy?

Off Topic / thought this was a pretty cool short film
« on: November 16, 2010, 11:09:02 pm »
not raw paleo, but i like the rebellion against shitty food and medicine.

Omnivorous Raw Paleo Diet / texas persimmon
« on: October 11, 2010, 11:33:27 am »
i took a day trip out to some land that my parents own out in the texas hill country (15 acres). i found out that most of the trees there are actually texas persimmons. ha, we've nearly got an orchard! they are much different than regular persimmons. small black fruits (about 3 cm in diameter). but the taste is similar. i found out the hard way that if the fruit is not really ripe and mushy, it's acts as a laxative... also collected some native prickly pears but haven't gotten around to cutting them up. kind of a pain with all the thorns. anyways, thought it was cool. i didn't know there was so much wild fruit here in the fall.

here's what they look like:

General Discussion / cheap way to get venison
« on: October 08, 2010, 06:24:46 am »
hey guys, i've been getting some great wild deer meat lately. here's how i did it (note: this may only apply to people in the US, not sure how much craigslist is used in other countries, maybe there's an equivalent though).

go to your local craigslist page and post a wanted ad for 'last year's game meat'. in the ad, tell them that you would like to buy some good quality deer or hog meat that a hunter may need to liquidate before this year's hunt. i posted one such ad this year and have already got probably 30 pounds of really good deer backstrap and tenderloin along with 10 pounds of wild boar cutlets. i think i paid around 100 dollars total. works out to around $3.33 a pound. good deal for local wild meat. only draw back is it's been frozen for a little under a year (and i found bullet fragments in one backstrap, so be careful). also, a woman just emailed me today saying she had 100 pounds of deer meat that i could have for only $50! that's 50 cents a pound! im supposed to pick it up tomorrow. pretty excited.

i should mention though that it's illegal to sell game meat in most states (definitely in texas). not illegal to buy it though.most hunters aren't too worried about getting caught, but some are really paranoid and insist that they're giving it to you as a gift. for example, one lady 'sold' me a can of beans for $60 and gave me 25 lbs of venison as a 'gift', ha. but i've also gotten responses to my ad from vegans and authorities who tell me it's illegal to sell. which i already knew, but if someone is willing to sell it to you, then why not?

anyways, thought this might be helpful to someone on here. there are tons of hunters out there who have too much meat before hunting season starts. might as well help them make some space for new meat. also, if your friendly with them they might let you have some of this year's meat when they shoot it.

General Discussion / what animals have you eaten raw?
« on: September 23, 2010, 12:17:45 pm »
inspired by the topic about eating crocs and turtles... list the animals you've eaten raw. i'll start:

cow, bison, yak, water buffalo, horse, lamb, goat, deer, elk, wild boar, rabbit, chicken, turkey, duck

plus lots of kinds of raw fish, shellfish, and insects. haven't tried any reptiles yet...

your turn

General Discussion / Do you eat meat or fat first?
« on: March 13, 2010, 09:54:52 pm »
i've seen this come up pretty often so i thought it'd be a good idea to see what everyone's doing when it comes to eating fat or meat first. i used to eat fat first but now i eat meat first. i can't really remember much of a difference, but please let us know if you've noticed a marked difference.

General Discussion / Favorite organs?
« on: March 03, 2010, 08:00:14 am »
just for shits and giggles i thought it'd be cool to start a thread listing your favorite organs that you've had. it might also help newbies figure out which organs to try first too. i'll go first with my list from best to worst:

beef marrow
elk heart
goat brain
lamb marrow
wild hog marrow
lamb liver
beef tongue
lamb tongue
beef pancreas
bison heart
deer marrow
deer heart
beef heart
goat heart
lamb heart
chicken marrow
bison kidney
lamb kidney
bison liver
chicken heart
goat testicles
beef adrenals
chicken liver
wild hog adrenals
beef liver
lamb testicles (uh... pungent)

anyways, hope this is helpful/interesting to someone. feel free to add your own list. i'd be very interested.

just got this email forwarded from one of my local grass fed beef suppliers. apparently, the usda is trying to allow monsanto to start growing GMO alfalfa which will effect all alfalfa crops eventually. read below and sign the petition if you care to. thanks

Genetic food giant Monsanto is at it again. Its next target: a new product that could eliminate all organic alfalfa, a key food for raising organic-fed cows and pigs without any genetic engineering. Oceanflynn on Flickr

The USDA is well on its way to approving Monsanto's genetically modified alfalfa. In its own report, the USDA says that not enough consumers care enough about organic foods for the USDA to block Monsanto's modified alfalfa seeds. [1]  This is absurd since one of the main reasons people buy organic food is to avoid genetically engineered crops.

The USDA is only accepting public comments for the next two weeks. We need you to write to the USDA right now and tell them they must not approve Monsanto's mutant alfalfa. We'll deliver your comments before the deadline. [2]

Click here:

Alfafa is one of the major food sources for certified organic animals, not only because of its quality as forage, but because Monsanto's patented genes are already found in 95% of soybeans and 80% of corn. If the USDA lets Monsanto sell its new alfalfa, it will inevitably overtake organic alfalfa crops through the natural pollination process. [3] As a result organic farmers may be feeding their cows genetically modified food.

Just like its corn and soy, Monsanto's alfalfa is designed to tolerate its leading herbicide: Roundup. We can't allow Monsanto's greed to take-over one more crop. The consequences to our choice as consumer, to biological diversity, to the survival of our small and organic farmers depends are too dire.

Monsanto's domination of our food must stop. For the USDA to shrug it off like nobody cares is to add insult to injury. We only have two weeks to submit our comments.The fight for FRESH food will continue, and with your help we'll make it clear that people care about the food they eat.

Let's show the USDA and Monsanto that people want food free from Monsanto's modifications. Write your comments to the USDA now and say no to genetically modified alfalfa.

The fight for FRESH food will continue, and with your help we'll make it clear that people care about the food they eat.

Thanks for all you do.

ana Sofia joanes
FRESH the Movie

Health / chest pain?
« on: February 02, 2010, 09:35:20 am »
for a little over a year maybe (can't remember when it started exactly) i've been having very very minor chest pains. im not really sure what it is though. i can feel it slightly to the left of my sternum (near where i think my heart is). however, i can't tell if it's my heart, some other muscle, my lungs, etc. anyways, it's just been kind of in the back of my mind recently. im not too worried about it, but i was just wondering if any of you guys might have any ideas of what could be causing it. i don't feel it all the time. i mainly feel it if i stretch my arms behind my back or if i do push ups or something. basically anything where im stretching/straining my sternum.

the obvious answer is that i have some sort of heart condition. but i really dont think this is it. my heartbeat always feels constant and it doesn't feel stressed after strenuous activities. also, i've had my heart scanned before and it was fine (not recently though). anyways, i don't want to go into what i think it is too much because i want to hear what you guys might think of without hearing my ideas.

i feel perfectly fine otherwise, just curious of your opinions

Health / infected wound?
« on: January 18, 2010, 03:01:11 am »
alright guys. here's the story. yesterday i was cutting a branch with a metal saw and accidentally hit my other hand's index finger with the blade. it made a very small  (1mm by 5mm) but deep (i could see the bone) cut. it bled a lot but didnt hurt that bad so i continued with what i was doing the rest of the day (the accident happend around 1 pm). when i got home at night i noticed my finger was getting swollen and stiff. i cleaned it a little with hydrogen peroxide and went to bed. when i woke up this morning, it was a little more swollen and very stiff. i though it might be broken because it felt like the bone hurt, not the cut. so i went to my school health clinic and they x-rayed it and found it wasn't broken. then they told me it was probably infected.

at that point, i kinda just wanted to leave because i figured i could deal with an infection. but then they suggested i get a tetanus shot and take antibiotics (cephalexin- apparently similar to penicillin). i faked a story about my parents not wanting me to get vaccines because i was very unsure about the need for one. i got my last tetanus shot in 2002, but the doctors still recommended it. i told them i'd wait until tomorrow to decide (they had already scheduled me for a check up tomorrow). i took the prescription for the antibiotics but i really don't plan on buying them or taking them.

anyways, i would really appreciate any insight. is the tetanus vaccine one of the legit ones? should i get it? any recommendations about the antibiotics? any home remedies i should try? i've already applied raw honey to it just recently as i've heard that helps a lot... also, are there any particular raw foods i should eat? honey, liver, eggs?

haha, they seemed pretty bewildered when i refused the vaccine

Personals / i'll be in san diego january 5-8th
« on: December 27, 2009, 08:42:11 am »
anyone live near there? is it pretty easy to get good grass fed meats or wild seafood? suggestions would be appreciated. also, if anyone would want to meet up i might be able to arrange that.

Personals / Recipe for Living Without Disease
« on: December 20, 2009, 01:30:37 pm »
hey so im looking to buy this book. anyone not want their copy anymore? i was about to get it off the wewant2live website but i thought maybe someone here might not have a use for theirs anymore and would want to sell it to me. i just hate buying new things...

Journals / Southeast Asia here i come!
« on: October 22, 2009, 10:09:47 am »
This summer my family is planning on going to thailand for a few weeks. i will be done with college and will probably stay for longer and possibly work on a farm (WWOOF) or just bum around. anyways, i want to use this thread to get ideas on how to stay mostly raw paleo on my travels. Also, as noted in the vaccine thread, i am interested in any input on which vaccines are recommended and safe. Hopefully i will also be able to go to nearby countries such as cambodia and vietnam. Also, i'm very interested in visiting the phillipines and would love to meet up with goodsamaritin. anywho, i'll keep this updated as i figure out more about my upcoming trip

General Discussion / hmm... heartburn??
« on: July 23, 2009, 09:09:56 am »
alright, so today i had some pretty intense pain right above my stomach and below my sternum. it came on pretty quickly while i was eating my lunch around 1:10 pm (suet and meat). i immediately stopped eating and thought i was going to throw up. but i didnt. i went to the bathroom and took a shit but that didnt seem to help my pain at all. so i just kind of laid down for an hour or so and it didnt get better. my friend said it might be heartburn (i've never had that before) and recommended i take a shot of apple cider vinegar. so i did it and after 20 mins i felt a little better so i got up and drank some water and stuff. then the pain came back and i started salivating a lot and then i threw up my suet (didnt see any meat but it might have been there). after that i felt fine.

im trying to figure out what exactly happened and why. i should add some info about what i did prior to my lunch though. i woke up this morning feeling kind of hungry for berries for whatever reason. now, i dont eat much fruit at all and i very rarely eat anything in the morning (usually lunch is the first meal). but today i ate at least a pint and a half of blackberries. then i went to go herd the sheep and cattle into the barn so i was running around doing that for a couple hours and i felt generally good but i always feel a little off after i eat a lot of fruit. but then i was trying to turn on an electric fence but i must have accidentally touched the exposed terminal because i got a pretty good jolt (it was 3000 volts). freaked me out but i felt alright after. then i broke for lunch

so, any ideas on what was the culprit? here are the options as i see them: 1. too many berries for my system and too early in the morning. 2. the jolt somehow messed with my stomach or something (not sure how this would happen). 3. the suet or meat i ate was bad.

i really dont think it was the suet and meat though because i've been eating the same stuff for a while with no problems. im leaning towards the excess of berries. and then probably the suet and meat just didnt play nice with them. no berries were in the throw up

i dont know, all input welcome. hopefully i'll be able to keep down some marrow, suet, and meat later tonight

General Discussion / salting meats?
« on: June 11, 2009, 01:22:41 pm »
has anyone ever preserved meats by salting them and then storing them? lately i've come across a few examples of cultures doing this before refrigeration. i was watchin bizarre foods with andrew zimmern (which is pretty much my favorite show - its on the travel channel) and some asians salt a bunch of raw pork and seal it in a glass jar for a week or so. apparently its pretty safe. lots of northern cultures also do this with fish. anyways, what are your opinions on the merits of this practice? seems like a good way to store meats to me. and you can always wash off most of the salt later...

Journals / Pacific Northwest here i come!
« on: June 11, 2009, 01:03:48 pm »
so im on an adventure in the pacific northwest US. i bought a one way ticket to portland oregon and am not sure when im returning home to austin tx. right now im staying with some distant relatives but im probably going to be couchsurfing or woofing at some point. i'll also probably be going to eugene oregon, seattle washington, and maybe up to british columbia. im hoping i will get to sample lots of new raw meats up here... so far so good.

i was at one of the farmers markets here today and guess what! one farm sells grass fed yak! unfortunately the guy said they were out that day but that they're about to slaughter two yaks shortly so i should be able to get some within the week. the ranch was called pine mountain or something but their website says nothing about yak, it only says they sell bison and elk (both grass fed). but anyways, he also sells lots of the organs like rocky mountain oysters and stuff so im gonna try those out too (he was out today). so i settled for an elk heart instead. anyways, i was really excited so i thought id share. i'll keep you posted.

so far though, i havent been able to locate a good source of fat. i was kinda banking on the whole foods to have similar offerings to the one in austin (which has suet and marrow up the wazoo), but no dice. i settled for some raw goat milk today for fat and it went down surprisingly well (so far). im gonna go to another farmer's market tomorrow and see if they have some marrow or something. before i left i did make about 2 pounds of pemmican and about 1 pound of rendered tallow. so i have that as a back up but i want to save that for if i go backpacking somewhere.

also, there is a primitive skills workshop being offered around the end of june and it looks like i'll be learning how to make an atlatl and maybe bows and arrows. then maybe i can do some hunting for my own meat  :o

any who, i guess i'll try and keep you guys updated if i find some more cool meats and whatnot.

ps: does anyone know the area or live near here? any tips for staying raw paleo here? we should meet up. i've got a pretty flexible schedule  :)

General Discussion / I found a sushi market!
« on: May 27, 2009, 10:07:41 pm »
so i found a pretty cool korean sushi market when i was just wondering around town. they had all kinds of frozen 'sushi grade' stuff. was just curious about some of their items being raw or not. if anyone has some experience with sushi maybe they could help me out:

the items in question: salmon and flying fish roe, octopus, abalone, hamagari (some type of clam?), squid

the octopus and hamagari looked a little purplish which makes me think they were cooked... pretty sure the roe and abalone were raw. i dont know, any help? oh, also they had frozen wild caught octopus that was definitely raw... should i give that a go?

Personals / Anyone live in the northwestern U.S.?
« on: May 26, 2009, 11:42:01 am »
i'm planning a trip up to portland, oregon. if anyone is anywhere near, let me know and maybe we can meet up! i'll hopefully be there in mid june and plan on being there for a few weeks at least

General Discussion / little help?
« on: May 05, 2009, 12:10:07 pm »
so there's this girl im kinda into right now and i kinda want to ask her out on a date but im just a little worried about how the whole RPD thing will go over with her. right now we're just friends but i havent hung out with her that much so i havent told her yet about what i eat. anyways, i was just curious if you guys (or gals) have any tips for me on how i should approach the situation. should i tell her about my diet before i ask her out? should i stop worrying over it? i havent been on a date since my diet change so im a little nervous. by the way, she's really into fitness and she seems like a pretty open minded person but she still eats a pretty regular 'healthy' diet and goes drinking and stuff so im not really sure how she'd take it...

Personals / Summer job
« on: April 12, 2009, 07:15:04 am »
hey guys, so i really want to do something different this summer and am looking into WWOOFing somewhere in the U.S. or another nearby country. For those of you that don't know what WWOOF ( is, it's a way for volunteers (like me) to find organic farms that need help. The volunteers work on the farm in exchange for food and shelter for however long they stay. Most WWOOF host farms require 3-6 hours a day of work. So anyways, I've contacted a few farms that specialize in grass fed beef while letting them know of my diet and have only gotten one response back which was fairly favorable. But while I'd love to wwoof, it'd be even better to work on a farm with a fellow RPDer, so the point of this post is to see if anyone on here owns a farm and needs help over the summer (from june to august). If so, let me know

Carnivorous / Zero Carb Approach / fat to protein ratio
« on: April 01, 2009, 11:39:02 pm »
i've seen the answer to this on the site, but can't seem to find it now. what is the calorie ratio for fat and muscle meat? i think i remember it being 9 calories to 1 calorie for the same volume of each. anyone know for sure?

General Discussion / mystery organ
« on: March 22, 2009, 12:20:35 pm »
alright so i need a little help here. usually when i go to whole foods, i can get the butcher to give me some grass fed beef fat (soft and hard) which is great; the only problem is sometimes there is a slice of an organ in the harder fat and i can't figure out what it is. it looks kind of like liver (same gelatinous look) but its grayish yellow. it almost looks like a slice of a greyish banana. anyways, any idea as to what this might be? i haven't eaten it yet just as a precaution, but im sure its probably fine to eat.

General Discussion / just something i've noticed
« on: January 25, 2009, 03:41:25 am »
for the couple of months i was raw vegan, i remember my toenails were extremely brittle and didnt grow very fast at all. every since i started working raw meat into my diet (started around early september) my toenails have become increasingly more flexible and they grow much faster. anyways, was just curious if any other people have noticed this or something similar with this diet. just more proof that this is a superior way of eating

General Discussion / Anarcho-primitivism
« on: January 04, 2009, 03:16:19 am »
has anyone else read about this. it's pretty neat in my opinion. not sure i agree with total anarchy, but they have some really cool ideas. basically they're saying that we should abolish all of civilization and revert back to a hunter-gatherer way of life. they are extremely anti-technology and anti-agriculture. they feel that the agricultural revolution created all the social ills of today (ie. gender issues, government, etc). i havent seen any mention of a raw-paleo diet, but they definitely promote the paleo diet. anyways, thought some of you might be interested. you can wiki it to learn more. also, here's a website for an anarcho-primitivist magazine:

Hot Topics / Another Dairy Topic
« on: December 20, 2008, 07:50:54 am »
so i've been thinking, a lot of you guys are pretty adamant that raw dairy is not good to consume on a regular basis, which i tend to agree with. however, doesn't it make sense that paleo people would have killed a lactating female animal every once in a while... if so, they would have definitely consumed whatever milk was present. anyways, just something i've been thinking about. maybe humans evolved eating small quantities of dairy every once in a while. for that matter, all carnivores must be occasional dairy consumers in the wild. im no big dairy advocate or anything (i only eat raw cheese a couple times a month - never had any other raw dairy products), but just wanted to see what you guys think of this theory. 

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